Travel: The 39th Annual Mitty Is An Overwhelming Dose Of Nostalgia

The 39th Annual Mitty Is An Overwhelming Dose Of Nostalgia

Logan LeGrand By Logan LeGrand
May 2, 2016
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Photography by Logan LeGrand

Every year since the 1970s, Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) has been coming back to the foothills of Georgia to celebrate all things racing. Its inaugural event was held at Road Atlanta nearly 40 years ago and a lot has changed since then, but the Mitty still reflects the glory days of sportscar racing like no place else.

This year’s Mitty marked the 50-year anniversary of Can-Am, which is arguably the greatest series ever to have been developed. In its heyday, Can-Am was producing some of the most technically-advanced cars for the era. Hearing the engine notes echo between the hills is truly a humbling experience.

Some may assume that these priceless museum pieces are being pampered while on track, but this weekend—like any other—had its fair share of unfortunate bumps, rubs and heavy contact. One of the Shadow DN4 Can-Am cars was crashed heavily during qualifying, resulting in the driver being airlifted to the hospital. He suffered multiple fractured bones but luckily is expected to make a full recovery.

Incidents like these are good reminders that the drivers pushing these cars to the limit are doing so in machines built long before modern safety standards were developed. Fortunately, track safety has come a long way over the years and the weekend saw plenty of clean and safe racing.

You might notice from the photos that not all of these cars are what most would consider vintage. When rule changes in modern sports car racing render a current GT3 Cup or Formula car chassis ineligible for the most current season, those cars can find a home in historic racing, which is perfect if you ever wondered how a Daytona Prototype stacks up against an Audi R8 LMP1. The Mitty is truly a melting pot for every decade of racing with enough variety to satisfy anyone’s tastes.

Once the weekend is over, if you haven’t at least made a couple friends, memories (or at least stained your shoes with red Georgia clay) then you haven’t fully experience the Mitty. It might not be as popular as other big name vintage gatherings, but in my opinion, it’s one of the best historic racing events in North America.  

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tonywa28
tonywa28

Thanks for taking the time to document this event. I did attend and enjoyed it very much. Most of us highly appreciate your efforts to document it. Well done.

Derelict
Derelict

I wish the trend of soft photos would just die already.

tonywa28
tonywa28

So someone takes the time to do a thoughtful article for our mutual enjoyment, with some great pictures and your comment is this.

Derelict
Derelict

Perhaps a bit harsh but it is a terrible photographic fad right now. Yes, the article was great and the Mitty is a wonderful event held at a spectacular track.

Leo Basile
Leo Basile

It was nice to see my car in the Gallery! It’s the red Cooper, number 122.

Maxime Veilleux
Maxime Veilleux

Gotta agree with Logan, Its also my favorite car in this gallery.

Bryan Dickerson
Bryan Dickerson

Really nice bunch of photos! I do like some detail shots but it’s very satisfying to see full body pics of the cars in action. Thanks from all of us out here who can’t afford the time or money to see ’em live.