Meis, Ray Morgan, Hank Giffin, Mike Jackson and Bud Merrill
has become quite clear that there are as many ideas about what vintage racing is
as there are types of cars and drivers. What started out as a movement to
preserve old racing cars and to recreate the competitions of the past has
developed into a continuing evolution of race cars and, in some cases, virtually
a state-of-the-art racecar under an older style body.
VDCA, led by its Board of Directors
[pictured here at VIR 2012], returns to
the roots of the sport. We are a nonprofit club operated by member volunteers
and formed for the benefit of our drivers and the purpose of
preserving, enjoying and racing period authentic
sports and racing cars from pre-war racers through the golden eras of the
fifties and sixties up to the sports racers of 1976.
To us of VDCA, vintage racing is all about cars competing in the form they would have been presented in the era that they were
raced. To that end we are using a standard of "period prepared" and will use the SCCA GCR's thru 1972 as the basis for our car prep regulations. Cars that are
not period prepared will be accepted to race at our events on a case-by-case
basis. As a general rule of thumb, most cars that race with either SVRA, VSCCA,
or VSCDA will be accepted at VDCA events. See our
Car Eligibility page
for more specific information on this topic.
We strive to create a venue where drivers can race against other
club members in similar and period-authentic cars in a friendly environment.
As a policy of the club, we do not charge for enduros; entry in any enduro
and the all-comers "gimmick" race is included in the fee for the weekend. Your
entire board pays annual membership fees and event entries just like all other
members with the exception of Bud Merrill who also serves as Chief Steward at
all our events. If a member can not make an event, we do not charge
punitive cancellation fees: the entire entry is refunded, no questions
The primary emphasis is to bring back the fun and camaradarie to vintage racing. With that in
mind, there will be parties and opportunities for fun, a minimum of two 25
minute SEPARATE track sessions per day for each Group, and an awareness of the
role safety should play in the operation of an event. To keep entry fees
reasonable despite escalating track charges, we work to form partnerships with
other groups to share track time. Yet with VDCA, entrants generally enjoy
more track time than with any other organization.
To emphasize that safety is of prime concern, we have established a Driver's
Committee to evaluate racing incidents, and we apply the 13/13 rule which states that if your car is involved in an accident, it will
be put on the trailer and you will miss the next race and be on probation for 13
The Board wants to know what our members want from their club--we need input, likes and dislikes. We
know that VDCA cannot please everyone,
nor will we be all things to all people, but we will try to be responsive to
input from the members.