Lake Garnett Grand Prix Revival 2014 (Part 1 - The Track)
More than 160 cars and numerous spectators attended the Lake Garnett Grand Prix Revival (LGGPR) on Oct. 11 in Garnett, KS. Those competing in the track event were able to choose their appropriate category by speed, allowing them to drive their classic or performance car around the historic course.
There was also a car show on site, with a number of cars on display that were not driving in the track event. For photos from the show, click here.
The Lake Garnett track, although narrow and now mainly used for go karts, proved to be an enjoyable driving experience for participants. No major crashes took place and spectators were able to safely enjoy the event.
The event is called a “revival” because it remembers the historical heritage of the track. According to the LGGPR’s website:
“Garnett hosted the Lake Garnett Grand Prix Races as part of the SCCA series from 1959-1972. This was the premier series at the time and included cars from all of the major automakers including Ferrari, Maserati, Shelby, Chevrolet and Austin Healey to name a few. Many famous race car drivers, such as Dan Gurney and Carroll Shelby, raced here. Race fans now in their 60s and 70s all over the country still remember heading to Garnett those weekends after the Fourth of July to join an estimated 60,000 to 70,000 fans who sometimes attended the events throughout the 1960's.
Due to difficulties with crowd control and increasing safety concerns the track was closed to competitive racing in 1972. The ghosts of race's past still lives on.”
The 2015 LGGPR dates have been set for Oct. 10 and 11, 2015.
For photos of cars on display in the car show (part 2), click here.
For more information about the 2014 event, click here.