Motorsports is different from the stick-and-ball crowd in many ways, but perhaps none more so than how the stars of the past can get back in the game. You’re not likely to see Yogi Berra swat another line drive, or Frank Gifford hoof it toward the other team’s running back for a tackle. However, it’s not unusual to see legendary drivers like Brian Redman and Bobby Rahal mixing it up in cars they could have (and occasionally did) drive when new.
Vintage Auto Racing Association (VARA) doesn’t see much involvement from big name drivers, but it does see plenty of classic racing cars (both dedicated race cars and street cars upgraded to racing specification) on track during an event weekend. And as long-time VARA members Ken Blasko and Jeff Ireland (The latter, incidentally, is one of our dad’s former customers.) explain, there’s no time like the present to be a part of motorsports’ rich and colorful past.