On Track: Savannah’s Grand Prize Circuit
VintageAutoTV takes a look at Savannah’s Grand Prize Circuit during the Savannah Speed Classic,
which is part of the annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival. The spectator friendly event is sanctioned by Historic SportsCar Racing (HSR) with over 120 vintage and classic race cars participating.
Strap in as BMW aces Mike “Scnhell” Renner and Andy Van Cleef from the BMW Performance Driving School give us a tour of the track built to IndyCar / ChampCar specifications in 1990’s while driving a pair of factory BMW M3s.
Grand Prize of America Avenue, a public road built for racing.
Designed as a temporary street circuit the track has many characteristics of a permanent road course. Folks who take hot laps rides during the Speed Classic and the vintage racers who compete all seem to enjoy the challenges of this layout at a venue located just across the Savannah River from the Southern city’s downtown historic district.
Trivia: Did you know Savannah was the home to America’s first “Grand Prix” race that pre-dates the Indy 500?
For public safety the road has permanent barriers installed when not officially in use … no joy rides here.
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