Motoring Festival Events

Savannah

Savannah Speed Classic

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ABOUT

Nestled across the water from the famed River Street, Savannah's own little private island comes alive with the roar of engines October 23 - 25, 2015.
 
With its storied past and cobblestone streets, Savannah, unbeknownst to most, is the birth place of Grand Prix racing.  Celebrating that heritage, the Savannah Speed Classic is a unique road race experience offering an intimate look at the inner workings of racing.
 
HSR brings wheel to wheel racing back to its roots in Savannah. Featuring series races, enduros and even more excitement with hot lap rides, test drives, an off road experience, and pit access. The Savannah Speed Classic is a great destination for drivers, crew, family, friends and spectators alike. Please click HERE to view the our 2015 preliminary spectator schedule.

I M P O R T A N T   E V E N T   I N F O R M A T I O N

Dogs are NOT allowed at the Hutchinson Island venue.

We DO encourage you to bring your own chair/blanket to the event...we have ample lawn seating available for spectators!

T I C K E T S

Tickets are available for purhcase online.  Click here to purchase tickets online now.  Tickets will also be available (at the Standard Rate) at the gate.  

Plese note: Children under 12 receive free admission, ages 12 and up get in for $10/day at the gate (w/ Student I.D.) and military (and their families) receive 50% off at the gate (w/ Active Duty I.D.).

DAILY PASSES
Advanced Rate (available through Oct. 18)Standard Rate
Friday (October 23) $15 $20
Saturday (October 24) $25 $30
Sunday (October 25) $15 $20
Car Club Corral - Saturday Pass (October 24) - SPACE IS LIMITED N/A $35 (available online through Oct. 4 and at the gate)
Car Club Corral - Sunday Pass (October 25) - SPACE IS LIMITED N/A $35 (available online through Oct. 4 and at the gate)
MULTI-DAY PASSES
Advanced Rate (available through Oct. 18)Standard Rate
Super Speed Classic Pass (October 23-25) $40 $50
Car Club Corral - Two-Day Pass (October 24-25) - SPACE IS LIMITED N/A $60 (available online through Oct. 4 and at the gate)
VIP Package - Two Day Pass (October 24 - 25) - SPACE IS LIMITED N/A $100 (available online through Oct. 4 and at the gate)
Festival Pass (October 24 at Hutchinson Island + October 31 & November 1 at Hilton Head Island) $75 $90

Group ticket packages are also available for certain ticket types.  Group ticket packages must be for a minimum of 10 tickets. For more information, call the Motoring Festival office - (843) 785-SHOW (7469).


P A R K I N G

Parking (including designated space for handicap parking) is available in the Grand Prize of America Track Infield for $5 per car.  For downloadable/printable directions to the Grand Prize of America Road Course, click here.  

L O C A T I O N

The Grand Prize of America Road Course is located next to The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa's The Club at Savannah Harbor at 2 Resort Drive, Savannah, GA 31421. 
For downloadable/printable directions to the Grand Prize of America Road Course, click here.  

Situated on Savannah’s Hutchinson Island, the venue overlooks the Savannah River and the city’s famed River Street in the historic district. 

Want to cross the river?  The Savannah Belles Ferry system is the newest member of the Savannah maritime family. The ferry system offers a unique alternative to the Tallmadge Bride as a link between Savannah and Hutchinson Island.  The ferry, with landing locations at the City Hall Landing (River Walk at City Hall, adjacent to the Hyatt Regency Savannah, the 2015 Speed Classic Host Hotel), the Waving Girl Landing (River Walk, adjacent to Marriott Hotel) and the Trade Center Landing on Hutchinson island (between Trade Center and Westin Hotel), offers a short, scenic ride on the Savannah River.  The ferry system operates 7 days a week, 362 days a year with departures and arrivals every 20 minutes from 7:00 AM until 12:00 AM (subject to weather and river traffic conditions).  For the complete ferry schedule, click here.  For more information on the Savannah Belles Ferry, click here.

R E G I S T E R

Interested in racing at the 2015 Speed Classic?  Click here for more information from Historic Sportscar Racing, Ltd. (HSR), our race management partner. 

Are you a registered driver who is interested in parking and staying in your RV or personal camping vehicle?  There is space available.  For more information or to reserve a space, contact the HSR office at (727) 573-1340.

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Savannah's Story

Savannah, GA, thought of by most for its Southern charm, storied past and relaxing pace, is not typically linked to fast cars.  American auto racing today is synonymous with cities such as Indianapolis and Daytona.  However, unknown to most, the unlikely city of Savannah, GA is, in actuality, the birthplace of Grand Prix racing in America.  Imagine back to 1908 - the unpaved city streets of Savannah filled with hundreds of thousands of spectators from across the United States; over 1,500 soldiers serving as human barricades to protect those watching from the racing cars zooming past; people traveling by train and steamship to be a part of the historic occasion; downtown hotels opening their ballrooms to serve as campgrounds for visitors; the greatest names from Louis Chevrolet to Henry Ford to the Vanderbilts all in attendance.  All of this to be a part of the American Grand Prize.  

From 1908 to 1911, four major automobile races were hosted in Savannah, Georgia in which automobile drivers from around the world participated in a grand prix auto racing on a twenty-five mile race course laid out southwest of the city proper. 

The four Savannah races included:

  • Grand Prize Race of the Automobile Club of America (November 26, 1908) - Won by Louis Wagner in a FIAT
  • American Grand Prize (November 12, 1910) - Won by David Bruce-Brown in a Benz
  • Vanderbilt Cup Race (November 27, 1911) - Won by Ralph Mulford in a Lozier
  • American Grand Prize (November 30,1911) - Won by David Bruce-Brown in a FIAT

In 2008, racing was finally brought back to the city of Savannah.  The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance reopened the track at Hutchinson Island with the Savannah Speed Classic.  

Grand Prize of America Road Course

The Grand Prize of America Track debuted in 1997 with the Indy Lights Dixie Crystals Grand Prix.  That was the only Indy Lights race to be held on the Hutchinson Island road course, a wide, 1.965 mile circuit with 10 turns in Savannah, GA.  Helio Castroneves was the winner of the inaugural Dixie Crystal Grand Prix.

According to Mauricio Gugelmin and Mark Blundell who ran on this track during a private PacWest test back in ‘97, cars can reach up to 190 miles per hour at the end of the straights. Turn 1 is like an oval — you enter at about 190, drop a gear, and get on it. It is good for passing because, since it's like an oval, you can set somebody up high or low into the following esses – a characteristic reminiscent of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

“As a drivers track, it's good," said Blundell after his time on the course. "It's quite demanding and really physical. It's a fun circuit to drive, and there are at least two and possibly three spots for overtaking. It doesn't have a street course feel — it's more of a road course feel.  From a spectator viewpoint, there are plenty of great vantage points."

Click here for to see a layout of the Grand Prize of America Track.

Click here for a video tutorial on the Grand Prize of American Track from HSR.

Click here for a video tour of the Grand Prize of America Track with the BMW Performance Driving School's Mike Renner.

Special Features

Unlike many auto racing events, the Savannah Speed Classic offers a unique, up close and personal perspective. From access to the pit/paddock to actual time on the track, spectators will get the real feel for the life of a racecar driver. It’s an experience unlike no other!

car club corrall

Bring your car and Car Club to the Infield of the Grand Prize of America Road Course and get special pricing, parking and track access to the only sanctioned race held at this 1.965 mile track built in 1997 for an Indy Lights race. Savannah Speed Classic Races – A Unique Experience Not to Be Missed! First come, first served, as space is limited. 

Packages will be available for sale online starting Spring 2015.

H O T   L A P   R I D E S

Ride as the passenger with a professional driver at racing speeds around the 1.965 mile circuit with 10 turns. Hot laps are available in a manufacturer vehicle or in a racecar. You must be 18 years old or older with a valid photo ID to participate in the Hot Lap rides and you must check-in in the Pit/Paddock 15 minutes prior to the start of session.

Tickets are available for purchase on-site at the event 
Manufacturer Performance Vehicle Hot Lap - $50
Racecar Hot Lap - $90

Click here for a video preview.

T O U R I N G   L A P S
Test the track in your own car! Touring laps are designed to allow you to tour the 
track at controlled speeds. Touring laps are offered each day at lunch time and can be purchased on-site at the event.  Drivers of the vehicle musbe be over 18 years of age with a valid driver's license.  Passengers must be 12 years or older and all people in the car must be belted.

Tickets are available for purchase on-site at the event  
Touring Lap - $35

P I T / P A D D O C K   A C C E S S

Access to the highly active pit/paddock area is included with your ticket. Tour the cars 
 participating in the Speed Classic and mingle with the drivers as you enjoy the event!

Hyatt Regency Savannah

Conveniently located across the river, just a short ferry ride, from Hutchinson Island, the Hyatt Regency Savannah offers the perfect accommodations for the 2015 Savannah Speed Classic.  Located near River Front Plaza, this Bay Street hotel offers unequalled access to the largest historic district in the country.  When not taking in the full throttle action at the 2015 Savannah Speed Classic, stroll through the Historic District to view stately Georgia homes, landmark architecture, and famed Savannah sights like Forsyth Park.

To receive a special Speed Classic group rate, click here to make a reservation online.  Or simply call (912) 238-1234 and ask for the Savannah Speed Classic.

Hyatt Regency Savannah
2 W. Bay Street
Savannah, GA  31401