Have you ever been at a race track, watching your favorite old British car navigating a hard right hander and thought to yourself “I can do that”? Well, you very likely can do that! There have been many articles and stories printed in popular automotive magazines that tout the Vintage Racing opportunities and the process of entering this sport, leaving the impression that almost anyone can do it. And, in many cases this is true, but read on folks…..

Once you convince yourself that you would like to join the other drivers on the track, it is critical to put yourself in their place, literally. Mooch a ride with an accomplished driver in a Vintage prepared race car. Do this if you can on a sanctioned track, and use the experience to gauge your comfort in the car, in a racing environment. Watching and participating are two remarkably different experiences. The “You Can Be A Racecar Driver” stories are full of examples of people having invested thousands of dollars in cars and equipment only to find out that they are petrified, or at the very least, very uncomfortable when immersed in the sport. Actually being in the mix, on the track sorts ones level of comfort out very quickly.

Southside British Cars evolved out of the Vintage Racing hobby and the need for a support base for the race team. We currently have four vintage race cars and two teams based out of our shop; the original Team 51, as well as DWD Racing. Our cars are a ’61 AH Sprite, ’67 MGB/GT, ’67 MG Midget and a ’59 bug-eye Sprite. (See picture album below).

The square body Sprite was the genesis car and has been raced continually since 1992. Jim stared the race history of this car and Julie took it over in 2003. It has gone through several iterations in the 15 years, while always retaining the original look. Now it may be going to a third generation as Julie’s daughter, Ashley is headed toward getting her competition driver’s license. Julie’s husband, Mike is the lead mechanic and engine builder and keeps all of the cars running. Tony Dix is our Crew Chief and provides trackside support.

We are prepared to build you a Vintage Race Car using your car as a platform. We can prep and maintain your existing racecar if you need extended support services. We can find you a race-prepared car if you are inclined to put your toe in the Vintage Racing water and want to hit the ground running. Call us soon and we will discuss all of the options open to you with our racing programs.

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