The first weekend in March brings the Sebring Vintage Classic, one of the most enjoyable in motorsports. First, there’s the Florida weather, which provides a welcome escape from winter for half the country. Plus it’s a great value. A spectator ticket for three days of racing costs only $50, and for those who desire that includes dry camping. For others, the Chåteau Élan Hotel has many rooms with balconies overlooking the track.
The main treat for VETTE readers is seeing historic Corvette racecars battle on the racetrack with the likes of Ferrari’s, Porsches, Jaguars, GT40’s, and Mustangs. Every generation of Corvette is represented and they are arranged in a number of race groups. The practice sessions, the qualifications and the races provide numerous opportunities to see all the cars on the track. It’s a truly visceral treat to hear them roar along this course at full song.
The 3.74 mile Sebring International Raceway is not crowded at this event. Cars and RV’s can pull right up to the fence trackside for excellent viewing. Spectators can walk to many of the track’s 17 corners for varied viewpoints or go into the shaded grandstand to see the finish line, pit lane and much of the track. They also can go into the pits to inspect the race cars and talk to drivers. This annual event is not just for vintage cars, it includes modern Trans Am Series racing too.
If you can, consider spending a week or more to visit the many central Florida attractions or auto museums, and stay the following weekend for the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance or the Saint Petersburg Grand Prix. Stay another week for the 65th running of the 12 Hours of Sebring, America’s famous sports car endurance road race. That is an entirely different event, packed with international visitors and a party-through-the-night crowd.