Despite a crash last year, Lori Bush-Engel of Golden, Colo., traveled about 400 miles to race this weekend in the Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing Limited Showboat Grand Prix at Motorsport Park Hastings.
Last year, she took turn 13 at MPH too wide and spun out before another driver crashed into her. She suffered bumps and bruises and a mild concussion, but no serious injuries.
She barely missed a beat.
Bush-Engel repaired her vehicle and got back on the track at another RMVR race in Colorado.
“I got the car ready and got me ready, and I won a race in Colorado,” she said. “The guy who crashed me (in Hastings) came in second.”
Bush-Engel, who has been with the RMVR group since 2008, has wanted to race since she was a child. She said RMVR is one of the groups that races open wheel cars and is less expensive than some other racing clubs.
“She’s been really excited all summer, waiting for race season to start,” Jeff, her husband and crew chief, said. “I’m glad we could make this happen for her.”
Roger and Diane Hively of Conifer, Colo., are co-chairs for the Showboat Grand Prix.
Roger said 75 cars entered this year’s event, the ninth year for the race at MPH. He and his wife have come each year. They enjoy the track, facility and accommodations.
“It’s a popular event for a lot of our people,” he said. “This is worthwhile for our people to come and have a little bit different racing experience.”
Race steward Dennis McIlree of Centennial, Colo., also has been attending since the inaugural event in 2006. The longtime member and former racer now supervises racing during weekend.
“We’ve had a great time coming out here,” he said. “George Anderson (MPH managing partner) has really made it happen.”
RMVR member Chad Wight of Ft. Collins, Colo., enjoys the event as well as the RMVR club.
“I love coming to Hastings even though it’s 400 miles for me because of the great hospitality from George and the community,” he said.
This year, Wight debuted a reborn vehicle for the open wheel class. When he found it a year ago, he said it was a rusted pile of junk. It had no engine, no fuel cell and a broken body.
He numbered the reborn car 316 after the familiar Bible verse John 3:16.
“The car hasn’t been on the track for 20 years,” he said. “It’s now born again, hence the number 316.”
Wight officiates services Sunday morning for the racers. He enjoys being part of the club because the other drivers are courteous and careful on the track. Minimizing crashes helps avoid costly repairs.
“Most of the vintage cars are being driven by vintage drivers,” he said. “I always say, ‘The only thing you can win or lose is the respect of your fellow drivers.’ ”.