This Is What It Means To Be A Timeless Racer
“I pack it up and drive to the track on the highway with modern cars around me, which is a little scary sometimes,” Bradley Price says, “but I love the feeling of freedom that it gives me when you get to the track, you just unpack the car and you’re ready to go!”
Bradley’s casual approach racing may at first seem alien, if you’re only used to watching Formula 1 or Nascar. But when you’ve got a 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce with tasteful period modifications, the Vintage Sports Car Club of America is the perfect series to race in—and this track, Lime Rock Park, is one of the best.
“Lime Rock came about in the time period when this car was new, in fact, the first-ever race held with sports cars at Lime Rock in 1957 was actually won by a Giulietta Spider,” Bradley says. “In many events, we don’t even have timing. You just grid up wherever you want to be, find a friend you’re evenly matched with, and just have a fun afternoon of racing together.”
Lacking a long straight and favoring drivers who are able to maintain momentum through corners, Lime Rock’s layout is a perfect venue for agile and nimble vintage racers to hang with high-horsepower machines.
And although racing wheel-to-wheel may look like an expensive, dangerous way to spend time, Bradley says that focusing on becoming a better driver is—for him—what makes this hobby so rewarding.
“If you’re content with keeping the car at a certain place and working on your driving, that’s a great way to economize,” he says. “I think there’s a lot of people that are constantly messing with the car to get faster, when they should just be focusing on what they’re doing in the car.”
“Because at the end of the day, you are the component of the car that needs the most work.”
Petrolicious wishes to thank Santo Spadaro and his #555 Alfa Romeo, the Vintage Sports Car Club of America (VSCCA), and the team at Lime Rock Park for their help in making this production a fun success.