Historic Racing

Motorsports Market Historic Racing


We have been racing historic, "vintage", racing cars for the past 15 years. These cars have included Lightweight Jaguar E-Types, Porsche 356's, Lotus, Cooper, and Lola Formula Juniors, Austin Healeys, Ralt, Chevron, and March Formula Atlantic cars, and more. We race because it is our passion, and our business. Below are some of our racing highlights.

Champagne victory celebration on the F1 podium at the 2013 U.S. Grand Prix

Art Hebert won the inaugural Formula Vintage race the 2013 U.S. Formula One Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. Art won the race in dramatic fashion with a last lap pass for the victory driving the 1977 Chevron B39 Formula Atlantic car seen below. The race was held just before the F1 race in front of 110,000 fans. Upon pulling into parc ferme, the F1 winners'post-race impound area, Art was greeted by the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. Moments later Mario Andretti presented Art with the winner's trophy on the F1 victory podium. The champagne celebration then errupted to the roar of the crowd. At the conclusion of the ceremony the Infinity Red Bull Racing Team made their way to the podium to personally congratulate Art on the victory. Later that afternoon the Red Bull team celebrated its own victory when World Champion Sebastian Vettle won the F1 race.

The Chevron B39 that Art drove to victory is the ex-Didier Pironi, Jacques Laffite, and Keke Rosberg factory team car run by Chevron's U.S. agent, Fred Opert Racing in the 1977 Labatts Pro Formula Atlantic Series. Period livery included the famous Excita livery, as well as Red Roof Inns.

Jaguar Vintage Racing Team

From left to right: Driver, Bob Hebert; Team Manager and Lead Engineer, Brian Donovan;
Crew Chief, David Hathaway; Team Coordinator, Fred Sands; and Driver, Art Hebert

In 2003, Jaguar launched the Jaguar vintage Racing Team. Jaguar, already racing in Formula One and Trans Am at the time, became the first first manufacturer to have its own vintage racing team. The team, managed by Brian Donovan of Donovan Motorsports, has been campaining two historic Lightweight E-Type racing cars at select major vintage races throughout the U.S. for the past several years with great success.

Motorsports Market's Bob Hebert and Art Hebert were chosen as the Jaguar Team drivers. Bob races the Ex-Huffaker prepared 1967 E-Type roadster, which won an SCCA Championship in the late 1960's. Art drives the 1961 E-Type hard top roadster, which raced in the Northeast in the early 1960's. Bob, one of the most successful vintage racers in the U.S. with over 100 victories, is now offering personal coaching and race car set up services. Coaching Services

The team has won, or finished first in class, at every track they have raced including; Sebring, Watkins Glen, Road America, Lime Rock Park, Sears Point/Infineon, California Speedway, Virginia International Raceway, Moroso, Summit Point, and others.

The historic racing program has been a success for Jaguar, their fans, and the vintage racing community. Jaguar has brought sponsorship to several major vintage races, and has introduced thousands of new fans to the sport of vintage car racing. The success of the E-Types on the track has also generated international publicity for the marque.

If you attend a vintage auto race in the U.S., Make sure to stop by and say hello. We would be happy to show you the cars and introduce you to the team.

Jaguar Race Team Photos

Great Cars: Jaguar Vintage Racing Video - Infineon Raceway

Automobile Magazine article on Jaguar Racing Team

Marin Indepedent Journal Article on Art Hebert and Motorsports Market

Formula Junior Racing

In 2006, Motorsports Market acquired a 1963 Lola Mk.5A Formula Junior. It is chassis number BRJ 59, which the FIA papers show to be the ex-Bill Bradely Lola. Bradley finished 5th with the car at Monaco in 1963, and also won the Irish Championship that same year with the Lola. The car is currently powered by a proper 1100 c.c. Cosworth Ford engine, with a Hewland Mk.4, five speed gearbox. In 2006 we won our first race with the car. The next race we finished first in class, and second overall to a 1963 F1 Cooper. We finished the year with another second place. In 2007 we only raced the car twice, winning, and finishing second. 2008 was the 50th anniversary of Formula Junior. We raced the car in several 50th Anniversary Championship Races, including the Monterey Historic Automobile Races, and the Wine Country Classic at Infineon Raceway. The Lola claimed seven victories and two second places out of nine total races. We also set the Formula Junior track record at Infineon, which still stands.

In 2009, we did not race the Lola. However, we were back racing the Lola in 2010. We qualified 2nd, by less than .05 seconds, at the inaugural Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival at Infineon Raceway. We won the race against some of the quickest Formula Juniors in the U.S., and against the more powerful Formula One cars of the period. See the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival article, and Sports Car Digest article, below.

Infineon Raceway Article

Video: Art Hebert and Lola Mk.5A winning the Wine Country Classic

2008 Monterey Historic Automobile Races - 50th Anniversary Formula Junior Feature Photo - Lola Mk5A on front row.

Lola on the pole at the Monterey Historics 50th Anniversary Formula Junior Feature Race

Lola at speed

Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival Article

Sports Car Digest Article

In 2011, We again qualified 2nd at the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival at Infineon Raceway. Track conditions at race time were tricky, with the first half of the course fairly dry, and the second half wet from the morning rains. Working with Scott Drnek of Virtuoso Performance out of Hayward, CA, we made last minute chassis changes to adapt to the constantly changing track conditions. We got it right and won the race for the second year in a row against a great field of Formula One cars and Formula Juniors. The weekend also included a Comcast Sports Net Live interview. See the link below.

Comcast SportsNet Interview with Greg Papa and Art Hebert

Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival Victory at Infineon Raceway

In 2009, we acquired a 1961 Lotus 20/22 Formula Junior, chassis number 20-J-935. It was originally raced out of Millerton New York, where Lotus East ran their U.S. racing headquarters. We prepared the car and raced it at the 2009 CSRG Charity Challenge at Infineon Raceway, finishing second in the featured Formula Junior race, splitting two Lotus 27's and finishing ahead of two Lola Mk.5A's, another Lotus 27, and several Lotus 22 Formula Juniors.

Video: Art Hebert and Lotus 20/22 lap of Infineon Raceway

Formula Atlantic Racing

Motorsports Market acquired this Ralt RT1 in 2006. This is Chassis #5, the first Ralt Formula Atlantic car constructed. The 1,100 lb. monocoque chassis is powered by a 1600 c.c., 226 h.p. Cosworth BDD with a Hewland FT-400, five speed, gearbox. From 1975 through 1979, the car won the Macau Grand Prix, the Phillipines Grand Prix, the Selangor Grand Prix, the Penang Grand Prix and the Brunei Grand Prix. We qualified the car for the Historic Formula One race at Infineon Raceway ahead of several, newer, F1 machines. Unfortunately, a split water hose ended a great run during the race. The car has since been sold and restored to a very high level by Virtuoso Performance in Hayward, CA. The Ralt is currently being campaigned in U.S. vintage races.

Motorsports Market acquired this March 79B in 2011. It is F1 driver Derek Daly's pro Formula Atlantic car for 1979. The car was run by Fred Opert Racing, who also ran factory supported team cars for Keke Rosberg and other F1 drivers. The March is one of the last flat bottom Formula Atlantic cars built, and is highly competitive in the historic Formula Atlantic series. The 1,100 lb. monocoque chassis is powered by a 1600 c.c., 240 h.p. Cosworth BDD with a Hewland FT-200, five speed, gearbox.