April 30th through May 3rd, 2009, marks the return of The Mitty to Road Atlanta in Georgia. I first attended the event about 25 years ago when it was still called The Walter Mitty Challenge. At that time the vintage racing group SVRA was still knows as teh Southern Vintage Racing Association. Times have changed. The event is now just called “The Mitty”, the SVRA is now the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association, and the event is now part of the HSR – Historic Sportscar Racing series. Oh, and I now am married, have kids, and am supposedly a responsible adult.
But best of all I am actually going back to enjoy the festivities!
With Classic Motorsports Magazine hosting the event, this year looks to be the best one ever. For 2009 Jaguar is the featured marque at The Mitty, dozens of legendary cats from the D-Type to the Group 44 IMSA GTP prototypes will be gathering. This could very well be the largest ever assembly of these machines.
In addition, and amazingly to me, they are planning the largest collection of Group 44 cars, drivers and crew members ever assembled. This is your chance to meet the men and see the cars that ruled the Runoffs and Road Atlanta throughout the ’70s.
Of course lots more will be going on including a swap meet, car corral, slot car racing and, oh yes, lots of vintage racing. From the Ferraris and Cobras of the ’50s and ’60s to the incredible IMSA GTP cars of the ’80s and ’90s, the Mitty allows you to relive the most thrilling battles in motorsports history. Plus, famous Formula 1 cars from the last five decades will take to the track for a rare appearance.