Brian Redman to Serve as Grand Marshal at The Mitty

Formula cars have captured enthusiasts’ imaginations for decades, and these cutting-edge machines are going to be celebrated at Speedfest at the Classic Motorsports Mitty Presented by Hagerty on April 24-27, 2014. The Road Atlanta event’s grand marshal is a name long associated with single-seaters: three-time Formula 5000 champion Brian Redman.

For more than 35 years, Speedfest at the Classic Motorsports Mitty Presented by Hagerty, and sanctioned by HSR (Historic Sportscar Racing), has brought some of the world’s most exciting race cars to historic Road Atlanta. The 2014 Mitty will showcase formula cars, from the early front-engined Formula Juniors to the turbocharged monsters that defined the ’80s Formula 1 scene. In between, fans will be treated to just about every kind of single-seater imaginable: Lola, Chevron, Williams, McLaren, Ferrari, Cooper, Lotus, OSCA, Ralt, March and more.

While Brian Redman achieved much success racing sports cars and endurance prototypes, his career began in single-seaters: Formula 2 cars, specifically, starting with a Cooper before being tapped by the Ferrari factory. He soon moved onto Formula 1 with the factory Cooper team. In only his second grand prix, he came from dead last to finish third behind Graham Hill and Denny Hulme. He eventually drove Formula 1 cars for Williams, McLaren, Shadow, BRM and Lotus.

Speedfest at the Classic Motorsports Mitty Presented by Hagerty is more than just a full slate of HSR historic racing. It’s an automotive festival. Club corrals fill the Road Atlanta infield. Free test drives are available. Vendors offer amazing finds. Hospitality is available for all. The Classic Motorsports staff is on hand to provide a behind-the-scenes look. And the grand marshal isn’t whisked from motorhome to motorhome, as he’ll be palling around with other race fans all weekend.

Historic Sportscar Racing has been sanctioning vintage and historic races for more than 35 years, and once again their schedule visits some of America’s best tracks, including Daytona, Sebring and Road Atlanta. Some of the most important race cars ever built now run under the HSR banner.

The Classic Motorsports staff has been taking enthusiasts behind the scenes of the classic sports car world for more than 30 years. If you grew up reading Sports Car Graphic and Road & Track, then you’ll feel at home within the pages of Classic Motorsports magazine.

Based in Traverse City, Michigan, Hagerty is the world’s leading insurance provider for classic vehicles and host to the largest network of classic car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial and club liability coverage, provides online Valuation Tools, and publishes the Hagerty Price Guide, the premier price and value guide for post-war collectible automobiles. For more information, call (800) 922-4050 or visit hagerty.com or hagerty.com/valuationtools

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