2012 Speedfest at the Classic Motorsports Mitty presented by Mazda
Apr 27 - Apr 29 at Braselton, GA
This year's Mitty is over! But fear not, there's another still coming. Until then, click here to see our highlights.
Every year classic sports car and racing enthusiasts gather in the hilly country near Atlanta, Georgia, to celebrate the full spectrum of historical and contemporary motorsports. Road Atlanta has been home to the Classic Motorsports Mitty since its inception, and there's no better place or time to enjoy a motorsports daydream. Join us April 27-29 for a long weekend of action both on and off the track. Even if you're not a competitor, you can get your car on this internationally famous racing circuit by participating in one of the weekend's parade laps.
The focus of the 2012 Mitty will be a British extravaganza and a celebration of all British marques, with special attention given to the ageless rivalry between Triumph and MG. Clubs representing these two marques will compete for best turnout in our Club Corrals in the infield, and the winning marque will receive special recognition in Classic Motorsports magazine. The single club with the most cars in their car corral will receive a special award.
Click here for the printable schedule of this year's big event.
Latest Mitty Update: April 27.
The Classic Motorsports Mitty
- VIP Super ticket for Friday, Saturday and Sunday
- VIP parking pass
- VIP parking area near the Classic Motorsports tent
- A Classic Motorsports lanyard and VIP ticket holder
- A coupon redeemable at the Classic Motorsports booth for an official 2012 Mitty program
- VIP viewing areas with shade and water available
- Touring laps Friday and Sunday
- Access to the Friday and Saturday night HSR driver’s dinner and party
- Access to the Classic Motorsports appreciation party - VIP Paddock tours led by the Classic Motorsports staff
- An entire weekend of historic racing, racing celebrities, ride and drives, and fantastic cars!
Tickets will be mailing by April 1, 2012
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The 2012 Grand Marshal is Triumph legend R. W. "Kas" Kastner.
R. W. "Kas" Kastner made his name as a production car driver in the late 1950s. He traded his driving gloves for a manager's clipboard and enjoyed a legendary career in motorsports, helping both Triumph and Nissan to the top of the podium. We're proud to welcome Kas to Road Atlanta as the Grand Marshal for the 2012 Classic Motorsports Mitty. Click here to read more about Kas Kastner.
Racing at the 2012 Classic Motorsports Mitty
There's a weekend full of on-track action at the Mitty. We'll have the full race schedule posted soon, but you won't want to miss any of the excitement when these historic racing machines hit the track, from vintage production-based racers to historic stock cars, prototypes, Formula 5000, Formula 1 and more. The 2012 Mitty will also host the very first Gorsline Cup award, to be presented to the driver that best embodies the spirit of the Gorsline company.
The 2012 Classic Motorsports Mitty will also host the Friends of Triumph and their special Kastner Cup race. This race is exclusively for Triumph-powered race cars, and grand marshal Kas Kastner will select the Kastner Cup recipient. This will be the 10th running of the Kastner Cup race. It's a traveling show and we're excited to host it at the Mitty.
Interested in participating in the Mitty as a racer? Click here to visit the Historic Sportscar Racing homepage where you can find the information you need.
Clubs at the Classic Motorsports Mitty
Classic Motorsports is proud to welcome the following clubs, which have already secured their spot in the club corrals for the 2012 Classic Motorsports Mitty:
Peachstate Region BMWCC
Southeast MG T Registry
Peachtree MG Registry
Volvo Club Of America
VTR Southeast Region
VTR Northeast Region
VTR Southwest Region
VTR Central Region
Friends of Triumph
American MGB association
St. Louis MG Club
DC MG Club
Georgia Lotus Club
Atlanta Area Austin Healey Club
Alfa Romeo Owners Club Georgia and DC Region
DC Region Healey Club
Bluegrass Miata Club
DC Miata Club
Southern Region PCA
Alabama Region PCA
The Spitfire Squadron
Georgia Z Car Club
Atlanta Chapter Ferrari Club of America
Mercedes Benz Club of America Georgia Region
Audi Club Of Georgia
North Georgia Jaguar Club
Georgia Chapter of the 356 Registry
Brits of the Hudson Club
Rocket City Miata Club
Randy Owen's Originals
Acadiana Sports Car Orphanage
Easy Transit LLC
The Mitty will also be hosting the regional meets for the Georgia Triumph Association and the Vintage Triumph Register.
The VTR gathering will include a race with a Le Mans-style start, car show, parade lap and awards party. The meet is open to all VTR members regardless of their region, so get in touch with the Vintage Triumph Register to make sure they save you a spot in the corral.
Interested in being a part of the 2012 Classic Motorsports Mitty with your club? Click here to email Andy Reid and he'll help you with the details.
The 2012 Classic Motorsports Mitty is presented by Mazda and sponsored by Kumho Tires, the Gorsline Company, Moss Motors, the Skip Barber Racing School, Exotic Car Transport, eBay Motors, G-Force and SafeRacer. There are still sponsorship opportunities available, so please contact us if you'd like to be involved with this one-of-a-kind event.
Every year, the Mitty attracts spectators from around the country. If you'd like to have a space in our huge vendor area to reach these qualified customers, simply download our vendor information package, complete the forms, and send it to Per Schroeder.
Vendors currently on the roster:
Brusters Ice Cream/Vincent
Double Vision Photography
Jarrito Burrito/Tearoff Guys
Joe Gibbs Driven
Leukemia Research Foundation
Victory Lane Motorsports Souvenirs
Little British Car Co
Atlanta Motorsports Park
Fast Frankie's Lemonade
Scott and Sandy Schleh
The official host hotel will be:
Holiday Inn Express at Chateau Elan
2069 Hwy. 211 NW
Braselton, GA 30517
Call (770) 867-8100, book under the Classic Motorsports room block. Room rate is $119.95 + tax.
We expect this hotel to fill quickly, so click here if you're looking for an alternative.
April 27 Update: Mitty Gates Are Open!
This year's Speedfest at the Classic Motorsports Mitty presented by Mazda has begun. The gates are open, and the festivities are in full swing. We look forward to hosting you for another fun-filled weekend.
April 25 Update: Mitty Setup Day
The Classic Motorsports staff arrived at Road Atlanta today for setup. There's tents to pitch, banners to hang, and corrals to mark. We'll see you later this week.
April 24 Update: See a Morgan With Much History
Par Starr has been racing the same Triumph-powered Morgan since he bought it in 1957. He and the famed race car will be at the Mitty
April 23 Update: Meet Moss Motors's Co-Owner
Robert Goldman, co-owner of Moss Motors, will be at the Mitty this weekend. Stop by and say hi.
April 20 Update: Mitty Program at the Printer
While at the Mitty don't forget to pick up an event program. This year's book checks in at 40 full-color pages. Call it an act of love from the Classic Motorsports staff.
April 19 Update: Hello There, Air-Cooled American
Fifteen race-prepared Chevy Corvairs are expected at this year's Mitty. The Corvair contingent has supported the Mitty for several years, and looks like this year they're showing up in full force.
April 18 Update: Look for the Championship-Winning Group 44 Triumph GT6+
Classic Motorsports Publisher Tim Suddard has confirmed that the magazine's Group 44 1969 Triumph GT6+ will be at the Mitty. This is the very car that Mike Downs drove to the 1969 SCCA E Production national title.
April 17 Update: Where's the Shelby?
The Classic Motorsports 1967 Shelby GT350 will be on display at the Mitty. Look for it near the Classic Motorsports big top, right in the center of the infield.
April 16 Update: See Sam Halkia's Triumph Tribute Cars
Longtime Triumph TR6 racer Sam Halkias is bringing a pair of tribute cars to the Mitty. One replicates the TR6 that John McComb drove to the 1975 SCCA D Production title, while the other duplicates the same car during Paul Newman's ownership; Newman drove it to an SCCA title the following year. Tim once shared his TR3 race car with Halkias.
April 12 Update: All the Art You Could Want
Driver's Road will be sharing a booth with Victory Lane Motorsports Souvenirs. If you're looking for car-related artwork, model cars, t-shirts and other excellent automobilia, their booth is a great stop to get everything you need to add style to your shop. Randy Owens Originals will also be there with automotive artwork.
April 11 Update: A Triumph Mag Rep is Coming, Too
The editor of Spitfires & GT6 Magazine is expected at the Mitty. In addition to these popular sportsters, the periodical also features other small Triumphs like the Herald and Sports 6.
April 10 Update: Meet a Brit-car PR Guy
Mike Cook, former public relations manager for Standard-Triumph and British Leland, will be at the Mitty. Between 1958 and 1987, Cook worked to promote the brands so many of us love: Triumph, MG, Jaguar, Rover and more.
April 9 Update: All Your Fuel Injection Solutions Under One Tent
DIYAutoTune.com will host another one of their MegaMeets at the Mitty: meet their staff, learn more about MegaSquirt fuel injection, and see lots of home-brewed, programmable fuel injection setups. But wait, that's not all: They'll also have live music. Click here for details.
April 5 Update: Father-and-Son Triumph Racers Coming, Too
Rick Cline, who campaigned his own Triumphs against the ones entered by Bob Tullius and Kas Kastner, will be at this year's Mitty. Cline will be joined by his son, fellow Triumph racer Ric Cline.
April 4 Update: The Classic Motorsports TR3 Gets a Refresh for Track Duty
Our project Triumph is getting ready to go to The Mitty.
April 3 Update: Group 44 Car Owner and Crew Member at The Mitty
Bill Warner, owner of the Group 44 Triumph TR6 that graced our January 2011 cover, will have that car at the Mitty. He'll be joined by former team crew member Lanky Foushee. John McComb drove this very car to the 1975 SCCA D Production title; the following year, actor Paul Newman drove it to another SCCA championship.
April 2 Update: Test Kumho Tires in Mazdas
The Kumho Tires laps around the Road Atlanta test track won't be limited to Saturday this year, as the action will now start on Friday. The Skip Barber Racing school is again providing the Mazdas: MX-5, RX-8 and Mazda3. Zoom zoom, everyone.
March 29 Update: Group Rates at the Hampton
Still looking for a room? The nearby Hampton Inn still has rooms available, and Classic Motorsports has secured a great group rate: about $110 per night plus tax. Call (770) 965-0357 and book under the Classic Motorsports or CMS block. The Hampton Inn, located at 4660 Holland Dam Road in Flowery Branch, Georgia is only 8 miles from Road Atlanta.
March 26 Update: Slot Car Action Coming to the Big Top
Greg Walker from The Race Place will again be at the Mitty hosting some cool slot car racing on Friday and Saturday. Stop by the Classic Motorsports big top—right in the middle of the infield—to get in on the action. As usual, there's no charge to participate. The Race Place, a full-service slot car facility, is located right around the corner from Classic Motorsports World HQ. The phone number is (386) 295-1371.
March 21 Update: Meet Group 44's Bob Tullius
During the '60s, '70s and '80s, Bob Tullius's Group 44, Inc. campaigned some of the toughest Triumphs, MGs and Jaguars across this land, and his green and white paint scheme has become a legend in our world. Well, he's returning to the site of some of his biggest wins: Road Atlanta. Tullius will be at this year's Mitty. Get those Sharpies ready for an autograph.
March 20 Update: The MG V8s Are Coming
Looks like the largest North American gathering of V8 MG race cars will take place at this year's Mitty: five cars confirmed plus two more possible.
March 18 Update: Group 44 Slide Show
Steve Knoll, Group 44's team photographer, will present a slide show Saturday evening in the Classic Motorsports bigtop. The slide show will feature images of the team taken from 1966 through 1969.
March 14 Update: Triumph 250K Is Coming to the Mitty
The Triumph 250K, a prototype commissioned by Kas Kastner and penned by Peter Brock, will be at this year's Mitty. The idea behind this design exercise was simple: What if the proven TR6 chassis had a wind-cheating body? Sadly, only the one example was built. Learn more about this amazing piece of history at this link.
March 12 Update: Watch the Mitty Host Hollywood Magic
Ben Cissell will be wrapping up production of "Vintage Racing Today" at this year's Mitty. Work on the movie started at last year's race. Quiet on the set!
March 8 Update: Welcome eBay Motors
eBay Motors, one of the world's most important automotive web sites, will have a major presence at the Mitty. Looking for a part? Have something to sell? Feel like kicking some tires? Either way, eBay Motors can help out. They're open 24/7 and can scratch any automotive itch.
March 2 Update: Meet a Big-Block MG
We have seen V8-powered MGBs before, but one sporting a big block? Curtis Jacobsen, moderator and editor of BritishV8.org, plans on driving this MGB GT to the Mitty. Power comes from a 455-cubic-inch Buick.
February 21 Update: The Triumphs are Coming!
Here is a tentative list of the Triumph racers planning on going to the Mitty. Looks like a strong field.
Tony Garmey: 250K
Joe Alexander: Ambro
Bill Hart: Devin
Jason Ostrowski: GT6
Bobby Whitehead: GT6
Patrick Starr: Morgan +4
Marty Sukey: Spitfire
Susan Kahler: Spitfire
Bill Collins: Spitfire
Joe Hovey: Spitfire
Bill Rampe: Spitfire
Mike Harmuth: Spitfire
Bill Dentinger: TR3
Greg Blake: TR3
Robert Johns: TR3
Bob Davis: TR3
Tim Suddard: TR3
Jeff Snook: TR3A
John Hasty: TR3A
John Fridirici: TR3A
Barry Munson: TR3A
Randy Williams: TR3A
Dennis DeLap/John Nikas: TR4
Sean Alexander/Mark Alexander: TR4
George Wright: TR4
Kenneth Suhre: TR4
Bob Wismer: TR4
Dick Stockton: TR4
Tony Drews: TR4
Bob Blake: TR4
Henry Frye: TR4
Mark Wheatley: TR4
Rob Deans: TR4
Greg Hilyer/Connie Henderson: TR4
John Hagen: TR4
Richard Taylor: TR4
February 16 Update: Get Some Barbecue!
Sonny's Bar-B-Q is returning to the Mitty. They will have a pair of booths on vendor row.
February 14 Update: IMSA GTP Reunion Added
Many enthusiasts probably associate Mitty Grand Marshal Kas Kastner with Triumph's competition department, but he also ran Nissan's IMSA GTP program in the '80s. So, we did the only logical thing: added a GTP reunion to the weekend's schedule. An IMSA GTP Q&A for the weekend is also in the works.
February 10 Update: English Film Crew Is Coming
John Clancy is coming over from England to film the Mitty for one of his future Triumph DVDs. Learn more at his site.
February 6 Update: Hear Kas Kastner's Tech Tips
Kas Kastner, the Mitty's grand marshal, will share some of his tech tips in the May issue of Classic Motorsports. Not yet a subscriber? Request a free issue here.
Start: April 27, 2012, End: April 29, 2012