Racing with SOVREN

SOVREN, the Society Of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts, is here to help you race your vintage car in a safe, fun, and exciting environment. We are a Seattle-based non-profit vintage racing organization with over 500 members throughout Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia. Our members are owners and admirers of older sports cars with racing histories. Ownership of a vintage race car is not necessary for SOVREN membership. If you are interested in learning about racing with SOVREN please contact Jim Johnson at the following email address jamesfjohnson@comcast.net or call Jim at (425) 788-3924 for specific details.

Is Vintage Racing for You?

It can be done on a budget * While you may see cars out there worth over a million dollars, vintage racing doesn’t have to mean a big expenditure. You can get into a reasonable vintage racing car for under $10,000. What’s your dream? A 356 Porsche? An open wheeled racer? A big-bore Muscle Car? They’re all out there with something for every budget and there is plenty of support to help you do it yourself or get assistance from a race shop.

You are good enough * Vintage drivers have highly varied skill levels. Some drivers have years of experience behind the wheel of a high-horsepower big block, while others may well be having their first race ever at age 70+. SOVREN has a well thought out novice program if you’ve never raced before and can accept licensing from other race clubs if you are already experienced.

Vintage Racing is safe racing * All vintage race organizations are serious about safe driving. Would you take your perfect 1956 Jaguar XK140 to an event that had a reputation for breaking fenders? Of course not, and no one else will either. That’s why SOVREN vintage racing runs on strict rules – contact, off-course excursions, excessive spin-outs meet with strict penalties up to a year’s ban from racing.

Is it really racing? * Car racing is more than NASCAR’s band of orchestrated mayhem. Vintage racers run for fun and competition, but are respectful of each other and the other cars on the track. Yes they are racing, and racing hard, but with an eye toward car and driver safety. “Take care of each other out there, is our slogan.”

How to Get Started with Vintage Racing?

If you’re a fan of older race cars and of car racing in general, you’ve at least daydreamed about strapping on a helmet and going racing yourself. There is a way. Vintage racing with SOVREN is comparatively easy to do and believe it or not, it can be done on a budget. If you’re modest about your goals and race for fun and with respect for your fellow drivers and the other great cars on the track, why not give it a shot? Here’s what you need to know in a nutshell:

Keep it stock * Vintage Racing is serious about originality. SOVREN accepts production cars through the 1985 manufacturing year and purpose built races from later years. The goal is to keep the cars as close to originality as possible. If it came with drum brakes, you’re supposed to race it with drum brakes! Yes, you can make your car as competitive as possible within our racing rules. Before you buy or set up a car for vintage racing, be sure you understand the rules of car eligibility. We’re here to help. Like any racing, the reason to go vintage racing is that if you don’t do it, your life will be drab and meaningless. If you can’t go another year with, “I’ve always wanted to…” on your conscience, the best time to start is now. Join SOVREN, get acquainted with the rules, and start looking for the right car.

An extra bonus, every SOVREN member receives a free subscription to Vintage Drift, the country’s premier vintage racing magazine.

So take the first steps. While you’re at the races, check out the cars, chat with the drivers, and picture yourself on the starting grid. Feel that adrenaline pumping already? Then contact Jim Johnson of SOVREN at the following email address jamesfjohnson@comcast.net or call Jim at (425) 788-3924 for specific details.