The Reno Historic Races, organized by the Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA), will honor the H-Modified racing class, one of the longest-lived internationally sanctioned racing classes in existence, at this year’s event. The fourth annual Reno Historic Races will take place May 4–6 at the Reno-Fernley Raceway, in Reno, Nevada.
Out of an entry list of more than 100 historic racecars will be a score of H-Mod cars. Better known today as the D/SR class, these smaller, lighter, and lower displacement cars originally came from Italian and French factories in the early 1950s to meet the demand for increased sophistication in handling and style for racecars. Enthusiasts caught on, and quickly built even more limited production specials that used available production running components in highly innovative and modified lightweight bodies. H-Mod cars have made significant contributions to motor sports in terms of technological innovation and driver development.
The Reno Historic Races is pleased to have as its special guest Reno resident Tony Settember, one of only a handful of American drivers to have ever participated in Formula One racing. Settember competed in seven Grands Prix during his racing career: his best result was 2nd place in the non-championship 1963 Austrian Grand Prix on the Zeltweg aerodrome, behind Jack Brabham. In addition to Settember’s European exploits, he competed in what is regarded as the highest level of sports car racing in North America: the Can-Am Series and the United States Road Racing Championship, driving a Webster, a Genie, and a Lola. Settember will be signing autographs at the event. For more information about the Reno Historic Races, call 818-249-3515 or visit www.renohistorics.com.