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Mitty Mania Summer 2008

British Cars Add to the Global Tapestry at Road Atlanta

By Scott R. Lear

Many events claim to offer something for everyone, but the GRM Speedfest at the Classic Motorsports Mitty presented by Mazda is truly an all-you-can-eat buffet of automotive delicacies from around the world. Held this year from May 1-4, the Mitty served up racing, car corrals and heaping portions of infield fun for thousands of enthusiasts.

Once again Moss Motors was a big part of the show by hosting the Moss Pub. It was the infield’s centerpiece, hosting evening parties and giving attendees a comfortable, shady place to rest their weary feet.

Road Atlanta’s iconic 2.54-mile circuit buzzed with a staggering variety of race cars. From rare vintage racers dripping with patina to the latest legends from the world of prototype sports car racing, it was a rare attendee who could identify all of the cars on track at any given time. The featured race of the weekend was the Historic Grand Prix battle between vintage Formula 1 cars.

The infield was alive with the Grassroots Motorsports Speedfest. Attendees could stroll the aisles of the many car corrals, meet Bob Bondurant, or take a few hot laps of their own in a Kumho Tires Mazda MX-5 at the autocross.

As day rolled into evening, the Moss Motors Pub opened for business. Cold drinks were served, while the dart boards were open for business. Chris Knight, Moss Motors’ marketing assistant, was also present to hand out catalogs, answer questions and meet loyal customers. 

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Need a new toy? Wire Wheel Classic Sports Cars sponsored the for-sale corral, and some tasty wares were on display.

The guys from Slot Car Illustrated, B.R.M. Model Cars and the Race Place hosted a slot car shootout for anyone interested in giving it a try.

The guys from Slot Car Illustrated, B.R.M. Model Cars and the Race Place hosted a slot car shootout for anyone interested in giving it a try.

Several times each day spectators were allowed to take some touring laps around the famed 2.54-mile Road Atlanta track.

Several times each day spectators were allowed to take some touring laps around the famed 2.54-mile Road Atlanta track.

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