The 9th Brian Redman Jefferson 500 was held on 18-21 May 2000 at Summit
Point Raceway in Summit Point, West Virginia. As usual this event attracted
some interesting vintage racecars from various parts of the east coast and
Summit Point Raceway is located just south of Harper¹s Ferry where the
Shenandoah and Potomac rivers meet with the borders of Maryland, Virginia
and West Virginia. Summit Point is actually two tracks. The 2.0 mile Summit
Point Raceway and the 1.1 mile Jefferson Circuit are on a working apple
orchard. The Summit Point track was built as a cooperative effort with the
Washington DC Region SCCA to replace the Marlboro Raceway. It has a busy
schedule that includes SCCA regional and national races; motorcycle races;
club driving events and the BSR Driving School. Vintage Events include the
Brian Redman Jefferson 500 in May; the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association
(SVRA) Blue Gray Race in October and, for the first time last year, a VSCCA
in late fall. Details of the track and a complete race schedule can be found
on the Summit Point Raceway homepage:
Merrill Lynch was again a major sponsor and this year¹s race was sanctioned
by SVRA. BMW was also a major supporter adding a display of new and old BMW
racecars plus a new Z-8 for pace car duty. Visiting celebrities included the
host Brian Redman and Bobby Rahal. Brian did not drive this year but was on
the podium at each trophy presentation. Bobby Rahal drove his Porsche 908
and sponsored one of the race trophies.
At vintage events the Summit Point management encourages crowd participation
in the form of track time during lunch breaks. You can actually drive the
track, with passengers, in any four-wheeled vehicle. Passing is allowed on
straights but you cannot pass the BSR Driving School lead cars. It provides
a different view of the race for spectators and many race participants treat
their crews to some thank you laps. Proceeds from the Touring Laps go
directly to the very effective Jefferson County high school driving training
The annual Redman event utilizes the 10 turn 2.0 mile track that includes a
tight carousel turn and a 3000 foot straight making it both fun and
challenging to large and small bore machines. The race is run in an
interesting venue that divides the race groups by year, displacement and
very unique past events. Here is a brief description of the classes:
- The John Wyer Cup - A two hour enduro, split between Saturday and Sunday.
For '88 through '80 race cars and '68 through '72 production cars.
- The Briggs Cunningham Cup- A two hour enduro, split between Saturday and
Sunday. For race cars and production cars through '65 running on treaded
- The Marlboro Cup - A 1 hour enduro for production cars through 1972, 1.3
liters to 2.0 liters.
- Lola Cars Cup - A 1 hour enduro for pre '59 sports racing and pre '67
production based racing cars under 1.3 liters.
- The Eifel Trophy ñ All pre 1977 Porsches.
- The Phil Hill Cup- For single seat racing cars built through '72
conforming to Monoposto Racing rules..
-The Bobby Rahal Trophy-For single seat racing cars conforming to Formula 70
With some clever interpretations of these rules some cars can participate in
several events meaning a lot of track time. Most of the races are billed as
24 hour enduros. Race for 1 hour on Saturday; fix it in the next 23 hours;
and race again for 1 hour on Sunday. The only down side is event is
scheduled on the same weekend as the Carlisle Import and Kit Car show making
it a tough scheduling choice for some hard core gear heads, but doable.
The last day of this event is the most interesting. Typical of vintage
events the entry list dwindles during the three days of action. Practice,
qualification and racing will take the usual toll of old cars. Three days of
wet weather probably eliminated a few cars. However, there were some great
cars including a Bocar sports racer, a Terrier Formula Junior, Prosche
racers of every description, gaggles of Loti and even a retired NASCAR
Thunderbird. There were even some Datsun sports cars and sedans increasing
the vintage ranks. A very interesting machine was a recently discovered,
unrestored Bristol powered AC Ace roadster reputed to be a D Production
national champion contender when it was parked many years ago.
Of most interest to the Mini Mania customers was the Lola Cars Cup. This is
a 1 hour enduro for pre '59 sports racing and pre '67 production based
racing cars under 1.3 liters. The field of 25 cars included 6 Minis, 2
square body Spridgets and a BMC A-Series powered Jabro special.
The following was the Mini/Spridget starting field recorded as they passed
on the parade lap. Starting 6th was Ken Walker of New York in his Mini with
Rhode Island¹s Nils Westerberg in 7th also in a Mini. Ken Gobble from
Virginia started 12th in a Sprite; Cindy Bauer, known as Mini Cindy in the
Capital Mini Register, from Pennsylvania started 13th in a Mini; and Paul
Wilson of Virginia was 14th in the Jabro. 16th was the Mini driven by Kurt
Bissel of Connecticut with Maryland¹s Bob Anderson Mini starting 21st. Ken
Walker¹s Mini was a DNS. Alabama¹s Jim Robert, in a Sprite, was a late
starter catching the back of the pack on the first lap.
When the green flag dropped Herb Wetenson in a Lotus 7 and Kent Bain in a
Spitfire lead the field with the Ed Eller¹s Lotus 17 in 3rd. The Walker and
Westerberg Minis held their ground with Cindy Bauer hot on the tail of
Now this is a 1 hour race with a mandatory 5 minute pit stop. These pit
stops are at the driverís discretion making timing/scoring an interesting
job. First to drop out was the Westerberg Mini, followed by Bissel. The
Walker Mini held on to 6th but dropped out at the halfway point. Cindy Bauer
dogged the Spitfire and came out ahead in the pit stop.
The race leading Loti and Spitfire held their positions. Jim Robert in his
Sprite carved through the field from last to 5th overall. Cindy Bauer was
the highest placing Mini with Bob Anderson, Mini, and Paul Wilson, Jabro,
also finishing. I should note that Jim Robert and Cindy Bauer displayed Team
Mini Mania decals.
The other races were just as interesting. Bobby Rahal took the Eifel Trophy
in his Porsche 908. The highest attrition was in the Bobby Rahal Trophy race
for late model open wheel cars with four machines returning to the pits on
hook at the end of the morning session. Names and starting positions were
all done on the fly. For actual results refer to the following Brian Redman
Written By: Tom Styczynski
Article Date: May 22, 2000