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Motorsports Market Vintage Racing Team

June 17th, 2022

Art Hebert Motorsports Market Founder &  Driver

Bob Hebert Vintage Racing Driver & Instructor

Gunnar Hebert Race Car Preparation & Driver

Kevin Capone Race Car Sales & Driver

Don Sandy Driver & Racing Patron

Andrew Wait Advisor & Endurance Driver

 

The Motorsports Market team currently races Jaguar E Types as members of the Donovan Motorsports Jaguar Vintage Racing Team, Titan Mk. 6 Formula Fords (often with Geir Ramleth’s ‘Geirheads Racing Team’), a 1999 Martini Picchio SR2, 1977 Chevron Formula Atlantic B39 and a Apache Sports 2000.

Art has been racing historic cars for over 15 years, driving production racing cars such as Jaguar E-Types; Porsche 356’s; Austin Healey and more. He has also cut his teeth with Formula Cars, ranging from Formula Ford to Formula One, racing marques such as Cooper, Lola, Ralt, Brabham, March, Titan, and Chevron. He has recently begun his next field of racing; historic endurance prototype cars, such as those that ran at Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Daytona. A respected presence on the historic racing circuit and a frequent winner on the track, Art has proven himself a key member of the vintage racing community. His passion for racing, decades of racing experience and distinguished racing record have established him as a respected resource and partner for vintage race car collectors across the country and around the world.


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2022 Charity Challenge Crossflow Cup

October 6th, 2022

https://www.norwestff.com/points-standings
9/30-10/2 at Sonoma Raceway, Art was on the track in:
Group 2: Don’s Porsche 356
Group 5: Lola Formula Junior (silver)
Group 6 : Titan Formula Ford (yellow)

Don drove his 1957 Porsche 356 Super to the track, the Porsche partook in 3 lap passenger rides to raise money with Speedway Charities.
Check out a great recap of the weekend “Sonoma Race Report & Crowning The 2022 Champions” by Crossflow Cup: https://www.norwestff.com/new-blog

Race 1: What was shaping up for a heck of a donnybrook for the top spot ended up going the other direction as “Steamroller” Steve Romak went flag to flag leading every lap to take his first win of a strong season. Behind him though, it was a mosh pit. 6th place starter (and points leader) Martin Lauber was on a mission to score as many points to add to his tally as possible on his march to 2nd place, fighting his way through the scrum of usual suspects. Andrew Wait struggled with front end grip after a hard opening salvo overheated his front tires, and Art Hebert finished where he started in 4th place.”

Race 2: As the final green flag of the season waved, the field went 3 and 4 wide up the hill and under the walkover bridge. Polesitter Wait chose the right side of the road giving him the inside heading into T2, whereby he took the point and attempted to run as easy a pace as he could to keep his front tires under him. Baker ran in P2 early on with Heil behind, but Hebert was able to move past both of them and sit with Wait clear to the finish.

Martin Lauber drove a smart race and took home 4th place points, which was enough to seal his first ever Crossflow Cup championship, while Wait came home on the top step of the HF podium, flanked by Hebert and Baker.”

Congrats and thank you to everyone for a great weekend of racing!

My race weekend was predictably chaotic. So what’s new? My 90 year old father-in-law, Don Sandy, and I worked on getting our 1963 Lola Formula Junior, 1970 Titan Formula Ford, and 1957 356 Porsche to Sonoma Raceway and out to practice on Friday. My cousins Kevin, Cathy, and Colin, son Gunnar, and daughter Lindsey, came for the weekend to provide badly needed support. 

We had a persistent misfire with the Titan on Friday. On Saturday, with help from Jay Ivey, and the discovery of a loose coil wire, we resolved our misfire problem in the nick of time for qualifying. We were thrilled to make the top five.  Everyone has gotten so good in the Crossflow Cup! 

Saturday’s Crossflow Cup Formula Ford race saw future champion, Martin Lauber, drive around the OUTSIDE of me in turn 2 headed for the front. Steve Romak was so far ahead in first place that I never saw him after a few laps. After a fun battle with Danny Baker, I managed fourth place, nearly side-by-side with Andrew Wait at the finish, with Kelly, “jelly man“, Heil, right on top of me in 5th, and first of the Club Fords. (more…)


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2022 Lime Rock Park Historic Festival

September 5th, 2022

Art joined the Donovan Motorsports Team at the labor day weekend 2022 Lime Rock Historic Festival.

In race one the E-Type Jaguars finished first and third with a Corvette in between. Jack Bush won, Scott Heckert was second, and Art was third.

Corvette was a featured marque of the weekend, and Chevrolet brought out some of the most iconic cars in Corvette history for display!


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2022 SVRA Memorial Day Classic at Lime Rock Park

May 30th, 2022

Racing one of the Donovan Motorsports E Type Jaguars, Art took to the track at the SVRA Lime Rock Park Memorial Day Classic – a huge thank you to Donovan Motorsports, and everyone who contributed to the team effort!

Feature Race 1
B Production – Donovan Motorsports teammate Jason Rabe 1st, Art 2nd
Overall – Jason Rabe 1st, Art 3rd

Feature Race 2
B Production – Art 1st
Overall – Art 2nd

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2022 Laps for Laguna

May 22nd, 2022

“The 2022 season got underway at Laguna Seca on May 21/22. A new format of double race weekends meant a different approach for our racers, keen on hauling the largest amount of points possible for the weekend. ” – [https://www.norwestff.com/new-blog]

Art took both the Lola and Titan to the racing weekend. We finished 12th/37 in the Saturday Crossflow Cup Formula Ford race on Saturday, with teammate Andrew Wait taking the win! On Sunday we finished 10th, and Andrew won again in his Titan Mk.6 FF.

After some car issues took Art off the track for the first Formula Junior race on Saturday, some assistance from Virtuoso Performance and Ed Van Tassell saw Art back on the track Sunday. The Lola worked its way through the pack to finish 1st in the FJ feature race with Chris Locke second and Alberto Fernandez Sr. in third.

“One of the big highlights of the weekend was the amazing dinner overlooking the track from the turn 1 pavilion hosted by the Laguna Seca Raceway Foundation. Thank you teammate and Crossflow Cup double winner, Andrew Wait, for buying a whole table for us to enjoy dinner and the festivities! The MC for the event was Foundation member/fellow vintage racer, Martin Lauber. Martin treated us to an interview with Danny Sullivan regarding Danny’s famous “Spin & Win” Indy 500 victory over Mario Andretti. To spice things up, Martin called Mario during the interview. More than 30 years later the two racers are still battling, in fun, for the rights to that win! What they did agree upon, however, was the great history of Laguna Seca Raceway, and the need to support its continued preservation and growth.

Adobe Road Wines also poured wines from their famous Racing Series of wines. Someone else pouring beverages at the party was Erik Schmid, founder of Red Bus Brewing, a craft beer brewery. Erik was pouring from a selection of their “Oil Can” themed beer, which was a big hit! Erik personally awarded several of the Oil Can beers to us after our win in the Formula Junior race. Thank you Erik! We are looking forward to you joining us on the track soon!” – Art


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Getting Started in Vintage Racing – A Running Behind the Scenes Blog

May 21st, 2022

Follow along with Motorsports Market Vintage Racing Team member Kevin Capone as he journeys back into Vintage Racing!

thinking about getting into Vintage Racing?

Kevin has been a GIS Professional in the IT industry for the past 30 years and an auto enthusiast since childhood, having owned and restored several American and European sports cars. He grew up around the race track both on crew and driving in SCCA, IMSA and various other vintage racing events. He has performed ground up restorations on classic road cars and has raced both modern and vintage racing cars. Kevin is now getting back into racing, starting with a 1988 Chevron B67 Formula Continental and now his 1987 Apache S2000.

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“A Lifelong Love of Formula Junior” written by Art Hebert for Victory Lane Magazine

January 1st, 2022

“Looking back I had forgotten that my very first race was in a Formula Junior.

In the mid 1980s my dad, Bob Hebert, called and asked if I had heard anything about something called “vintage racing.” Nope, I hadn’t. He said he found an old race car in Vermont that we should look at. So, on a snowy winter day, we went to Vermont and bought a 1959 Moorland Formula Junior.” (pg 45 – 46)

To celebrate the new Formula Junior races and all new nationwide Formula Junior Championship opening this year, Art was asked to share his experiences racing Formula Junior.

Click ‘more’ below to check out the full article for details on Art’s first time on the track, the Formula Junior community and more.

Art will be racing the 1963 Lola Mk.5A Formula Junior at the CSRG (Classic Sports Racing Group) David Love Vintage Car Races at Sonoma Raceway  this weekend, 4/1 – 4/3, 2022.

 


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2021 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

August 16th, 2021

8/12 – 8/15, 2021 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca  – 1999 Martini Picchio MB1 – Racing Team: Art Hebert – Andrew Wait – Tim Barber

[Bob Pengraph Photography nwspeedshots.com]

Behind the scenes and live footage of the Picchio on the track from the Goodwood Road & Racing live stream:

(head to Goodwood’s youtube for live coverage of the entire weekend)

Click Here for the Masters Historic Racing Weekend Recap

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2021 SVRA Sonoma Speed Tour

April 26th, 2021

4/24 & 25 at Sonoma Raceway 1970 Titan Mk.6 Formula Ford & 1986 Swift DB2 Sports 2000

Motorsports Market Racing Team Summary:

Art Hebert & the 1970 Titan Mk.6 Formula Ford:

Saturday, Feature Race #1 – 1st in Historic Formula Ford / 2nd Overall

Sunday, Feature Race #2 – 1st Overall

Art Hebert & the 1986 Swift DB2 Sports 2000:

Sunday, Feature Race #2 – 1st in Historic Sports 2000 / 2nd Overall in the Sports Car Prototype Class

Art’s Recap of the Weekend:

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