The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association's U.S. Vintage National Championship held October 8-12 proved it's one of the best ways to enjoy COTA. It's laid-back, has a wide variety of action all day long, and you get a chance to see rare machines up close.
This stunning 1997 Porsche 911 RSR competed against a huge set of vintage Porsches and 2000s-era Nascar stock cars in the Group 10 race Saturday afternoon.
A morning downpour canceled the Saturday morning races, but fans spent time wandering around the garages and admiring race cars while staying dry.
Pictured: The complex steering wheel and tight cockpit of a 1997 Benetton B197 Formula 1 car, once driven by Gerhard Berger.
An early Porsche 911 RSR lapping COTA.
One of the best things about vintage racing is seeing 1960s Trans-Am cars duke it out. This Camaro Z/28 looks every bit as menacing today as it did in 1968.
Gulf racing blue and orange is always incredible, but personally this all-blue Superformance/Ford GT40 looks even better.
Fans could watch the race from directly over the track.
Seeing vintage stock cars, like this former Cale Yarborough 1977 Oldsmobile Cutless, being pushed around a road course is a always a thrill.
This 1976 DeKon Chevy Monza was an extremely successful race car in IMSA in 1976 and 1977.
Underneath the featherweight fiberglass body sits this tube-frame structure in the 1970 Porsche 908/3. It was designed to be extremely fast at the Nurburgring and Targa Florio.
The 1974 Shadow DN4 Chevrolet was a competitive Can Am car and is a stunning looker today. The Can Am series is remembered as being like the wild west — almost anything was allowed. This car had an aluminum monocoque chassis, weighed 1500 lbs and had over 800 horsepower.
A Porsche 911 (993) RSR from the 90s in the Group 10 race.
Porsche 911s are so prevalent here because they were so prevalent in every era in which they raced!
An early 2000s NASCAR Dodge Charger rounds Turn 19 at COTA.
The Camaro vs. Mustang rivalry goes back decades. This BOSS 302 Mustang is one of the quickest in its class.
Competitors enjoyed a moment of calm before the race.
They don't make surfaces like they used to.
A BMW 2002 makes its way around the multi-apex Turn 16-17-18 complex.
The sights and smells of 1970s motorsport.
For a car nerd, the beauty is everywhere.
The sun makes its first appearance at the last possible moment, and a fantastic day comes to a close.