About the VRG
In 2004 a couple of vintage racers got together and said, “What if we started our own club” They started calling around to other racing friends and asking the same question along with “and if you did start up in a new club what would you want from it?” Well, it seems that it boiled down to three things, Safety, Safety, & Safety. It seemed that everyone felt that if you got that part right, car safety, driver safety and a safe attitude, everything else would just follow. And it appears that they were correct. Coming out of the gate in 2004 with one event in hand, the New Hampshire Vintage Festival, they quickly added the PVGP BeaveRun Historics and kept right on from there. Now recognized as a premier vintage racing group they have a schedule that spans a nice locale and a full year. Ranging from the northern tracks of Watkins Glen & NHIS to Summit Point and BeaveRun. Developing a coalition of like minded clubs their members can race at places like Mosport and VIR with all the advantages of club members. Safety, Safety, Safety has been the mantra and with a enviable event record behind them it works. Boasting a in-house driver’s school that rivals the best pro schools around, to a cadre of some of the best technical people in the business. Sharp minds and a very active driver’s committee helps all of the drivers to have a safe and enjoyable race. Active member support gives our paddocks and race venues a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Add a few off season events to keep us all in touch and you have one of the finest vintage racing clubs you could join. Thanks, Bob, Tivvy, Ralph, Mark, Brad, Chris, Bill, Kim, and all the others that have taken this club from an idea to a reality
Board of Directors
Mike Lawton – President, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike has been active in racing since 2003 and a VRG member since 2004. He has raced with VRG, HRG (SCCA Historics), SVRA and even with some of the “modern” SCCA classes (ITB and FP) along with instructing at well over 100 car club HPDEs prior to racing. He currently serves as assistant event chair for the VRG Watkins Glen race. His favorite racing moments include lap-long battles with a BMW 2002 and a couple of 911s at Mont Tremblant, racing with the FFs at the VRG all comers enduro at the Glen and being able to race at Bridgehampton. His view is that VRG has an important place in Vintage Racing as the leader in safety and competitiveness with respect, consideration and responsibility and our board has a duty to maintain and evolve that place for our members and fellow competitors. His other interests include coaching youth hockey and soccer and he volunteers as a board member of the town ZBA and youth soccer club.
- Watkins Glen Event Chairman
John Wood – Vice-President, email@example.com
John’s interest in racing began in the late 1960s and 70s while attending TransAm, Can-Am, F5000, Indy series and SCCA races at Mid-Ohio, Nelson Ledges, Indianapolis, and Pocono with his father. He began vintage racing with VRG, VSCCA and VDCA in a nicely prepared 1956 Healey 100-4 race car vintage racer. Later he began campaigning a 1972 BMW 2002tii that he continues to race frequently. John has spent his career working on environmental, health and safety management systems and improvement programs in the chemical industry and has his own consulting business. John is a member of VRG’s Driver’s Committee and is an instructor with VRG’s Driver’s School. Off track, he can be found motoring in a 1954 Healey 100-4 that he restored himself, or in his 1985 Vanagon with his dogs.
Nial McCabe – Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nial McCabe began autocrossing a Bugeye in 1969. He was wheel-to-wheel racing (a Sprite) at Bridghampton by the early 70s. During the 80s and 90s, he was involved in ultralight aircraft and off-road, enduro motorcycling, but returned to road racing in 2000. Nial was born in England but has also lived in Ireland and Canada before immigrating to the US with his parents. His father, a railroad mechanic, was always interested in clamshell (T-series) MGs. This interest carried over to Nial. He bought an Austin A40 when he was 14, but his first street-legal car was a ’56 MGA followed by a TR3, a Bugeye, a Mini and various, similar cars. His current street car is an ’69 MGB roadster. He’s currently working on a “new” vintage racer; an Austin A-35. He and his wife Linda always look forward to meeting up with the friends they have made through VRG. They enjoy the social aspect of VRG membership along with the actual racing. Nial will often post onboard videos from his current racer, #909 Spridget along with some of Linda’s amateur photography. His other interests including building model steam engines, CAD drawings, CNC programming, 3D printing and music. The McCabes also watch their four grandkids at least twice a week. Nial teaches mechanical engineering courses at a local community college. The McCabes live in Succasunna, NJ.
Scott Janzen – Treasurer, email@example.com
Scott bought his first car before he could get a driver’s license, promptly took it apart, and has been playing with cars ever since. He spectated at races for many years, but didn’t start racing until he had the opportunity to go to a Skip Barber Formula Dodge racing school at his employer’s expense. He immediately bought a basket-case Formula Ford (oops). The Triumph GT6 he currently races is his second race car, and he has been racing with VRG since 2004. Scott got into racing for the cars, but has found that the friendships and camaraderie are a huge part of the fun with VRG. In “real life”, Scott has his own real estate investment and development business as well s a consulting business. Scott and his wife Sara (who thankfully supports his racing hobby) live just north of Philadelphia, PA.
Jim Karamanis – Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim has been a member of VRG since 2007 and served as Web Editor for the VRG Web Presence from 2009 – 2015 and is a past VRG President. Jim is the event Co-Chair along with Cal Trumbo for the Jefferson 500 and also serves as a Driving Instructor at the annual spring VRG Drivers School. Jim also serves as a member of the VRG Eligibility Committee and is a past President of VRG. He is a founder and past president of the Delmarva Cougar Club, a role which he served in for a decade. In his role as cougar club President, he chaired concours judged national shows and numerous regional events. He also served on the board of directors of the Cougar Club of America and has owned and restored numerous classic Mercury Cougars. Jim races a small production sedan (b-sedan Ford Pinto) and lives in Manassas, Virginia with his wife and two daughters. He is the Director of Information Technology Design & Development at the Library of Congress.
- Jefferson 500 Co-Event Chairman
- Turkey Bowl Chairman
- Virtual Racer League Chairman
Paul King – Director, email@example.com
Paul has raced a Triumph GT6 with VRG since 2005, and actively races the GT6 in vintage events in the northeast. Paul has served the club in many capacities, including the Event Chair of the VRG event at Thompson Motorsports Park and the Event Chair for VRG of the Lime Rock Labor Day Motorsports Festival. Paul also serves as a Senior Instructor at the yearly VRG Novice School.
- Lime Rock Labor Day VRG Event Chairman
Keith Lawrence – Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Keith grew up just outside Pittsburgh PA and watched/volunteered at the vintage races for many years before he was able to get his first race car, a 1956 Turner 803, that he imported from the UK and restored and raced. With almost twenty years of racing behind him, he has a 1975 BMW 2002 and a 1975 Caldwell D-13 that he and his sons campaign with VRG. Keith lives just south of Pittsburgh with his wife, Denise, and two sons. Keith formally co-chaired the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix PIRC Race with Ralph Steinberg and he now chairs the VRG PittRace event in September.
Graham Long – Director, email@example.com
Graham resides in Lebanon NJ. He got hooked on vintage while apprenticing in a race shop for eight years. During this time he also studied mechanical engineering/materials sciences and graduated from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Graham is self-employed and owns/operates his vintage car/ race-car business in Clifton, NJ. At VRG events, Graham tech’s cars for the club and enjoys driving formula fords in the open-wheel group. On average, he attends 7-8 VRG events a year, with the J500 and NJMP being his favorites. He also participates in many con course, FCA, VSCCA and car auction events. Graham is also an Eagle Scout and enjoys spending his free time outdoors kayaking and camping.
Butch O’Connor – Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Butch has been racing in one form or another for most ofs life, from Soap Box Derby, karts and then cars. He has been very active with the SCCA for more than 30 years, as a worker, driver, race chair and steward. His current SCCA activities are stewarding SCCA events in the Northeast and serving as Chief Instructor for the SCCA Driving School for the last five years. His interest in vintage racing began as the SCCA Race Chair with Charlie Gibson at the Lime Rock Fall Festival and later as an operating steward. That ended after Steve Earle came in to run things, but he was hooked. He acquired a street MGB from a friend that really needed interior work and he built a “tribute” MGB works racer. He has competed with SVRA, VDCA, VSCCA and of course, VRG, with both his MGB and MGA. He has served as Event Chair for the VRG event at NJMP for the last several years, and also serve on the Driver’s Committee.