The Best Mitty Ever

Ford was this year's featured marque, and fans of the blue oval were not disappointed.
The fan walks at the Mitty gave spectators an up-close and personal experience of machines that many people dream of posing for a picture with.
Car corrals were packed on Saturday.
The Mitty's historical gems aren't only found in the paddock. Many were sprinkled about the infield, open for the public to enjoy.
There are extremely few places you can enjoy on-track competition between cars like this.
One of the best things about the Mitty is the access to the paddock. Spectators can look on as team members tinker on legendary pieces of equipment.
Many of the Classic Motorsports project cars were on display as well. Thank you to Reliable Carriers for helping make that possible.
The Grassroots Motorsports Skidpad Challenge gave everyone an opportunity to experience the handling limits of their own cars in a safe environment.
Spectators also had a chance to pilot their own cars around historic Road Atlanta during parade and touring laps.

The 39th running of Speedfest at the Classic Motorsports Mitty Presented by Hagerty at Road Atlanta could not have been more spectacular. Record crowds enjoyed perfect weather and an automotive nirvana second to none. The legendary track hosted some of the very best HSR vintage racing throughout the weekend, featuring Ford and Can-Am monsters plus many other historically significant machines.

Spectators were also treated to hosts of infield activities, including expansive car corrals, parade laps, the Concours d’LeMons, and the Grassroots Motorsports Skidpad Challenge. The best way we can describe it is a circus for gearheads young and old. This event could not have happened without the support of our partners: Hagerty, Michelin, Ford, Reliable Carriers, Vredestein, G-Force, Flyin’ Miata and Cobra Automotive.

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Join us again for the Classic Motorsports Mitty next year at historic Road Atlanta in late April.

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nderwater
nderwater PowerDork
4/25/16 11:26 a.m.

There were so many cool cars parked around the track this weekend that never made it into the car corrals... Five Porsche 356's were parked at the camp site behind us. Nearby was a couple with a 550 Spyder. Toby Bean had his vintage Ferrari Mondial Spyder at his tent. The guys camped next to us had a concours worthy Shelby 350GT and Camaro SS. In the paddock were pair of late model Ferrari Italias, a McLaren 570S and a Ford GT. My father and I talked for a while with a one-off Citroen 2CV wagon.

The Coker Tire Tour show was nice, but what's GRM & HSR's appetite to host a larger car show at the Mitty? Many spectators are bringing cool cars anyway, why not designate a spot for everyone to show them off? Given the big turnouts at local events like Caffeine & Octane and Caffeine & Exotics, I think we could even boost Mitty attendance by extending an invite to local show-n-shine groups and asking them to spread the word.

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
4/26/16 6:57 a.m.

nderwater, we are working on trying to move a cars and coffee group or two to the Mitty. Thanks for your good ideas and comments.

Leo  Basile
Leo Basile HalfDork
5/1/16 4:11 a.m.

We had a great time. Friday was rainy, but I got to drive the Cooper for the first time in the rain, and learned a LOT!

HSR put in in the group with F1 and F5000 cars, after lightly expressing reservations, I was put in with the sport cars and really got to do some good racing against a 911, Lotus Elan, and a super quick Morgan.

I didn't realize how nice Road Atlanta is for spectators.

Leo

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nderwater
nderwater PowerDork
5/1/16 8:35 a.m.

I was surprised to see you mixing it up with the street-bodied cars, but glad to see you holding your own. Props to you for taking that car out in the rain!

Leo  Basile
Leo Basile HalfDork
5/2/16 2:30 p.m.

I really didn't get to see the whole field, but it seemed like there was only about 5 cars out in the rain. The hardest part was not trying to keep up with that damned VW Rabbit! He cleaned my clock in the wet...not so much when it dried!

I was absolutely amazed at how much the front of that Cooper hydroplaned. It was an almost constant. I would just TOUCH the brakes and the fronts would lock up to the point of not realizing it till I noticed the "DUNLOP" on the sidewalls. However, If I didn't have a sparkplug issue, I would have stayed out the whole time. It was the first time that car felt powerful!

At the end of the day, I to "race" more with the sports cars than with the F1 and F5000 machines. It's always fun to compare apples and oranges!

Leo

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
5/6/16 6:17 a.m.

I ran a VW GTI in the rain at a very wet Summit Point a few years ago. They are amazing rain cars.

ultraclyde
ultraclyde UberDork
5/6/16 6:58 a.m.

That's an amazing photo, and major props to you for taking a vintage open car out in that.

Leo  Basile
Leo Basile HalfDork
5/6/16 9:20 p.m.

Thanks!

Road Atlanta is a pretty forgiving course in the sense that I would have to be driving really fast and stupid to hit something.

Also I really wanted a photo in the rain! LOL

Leo

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