Vintage Kart Company hosts Grand Prix of Scottsdale

Vintage Kart Company is hosting the Grand Prix of Scottsdale on November 7, 2015 as the inaugural race in its Vintage Mini Racing Series. The streets of Downtown Scottsdale will transform into a cinematic modern day version of the Roaring 1920s as attendees from across the Valley will gather to participate in Grand Prix races and festivities.  Sponsored racing teams will have the opportunity to custom design their own Vintage Mini Racer™ through Vintage Kart Company and compete against friends, colleagues and corporate rivals. The race day will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 6 p.m.

“We are proud to introduce the Grand Prix of Scottsdale to the Arizona community,” said co-founder and producer Napoleon Smith III. “Scottsdale is a vibrant city that is known for unique experiences with attractions, arts, culture, culinary destinations and nightlife. It is a refined destination for the inaugural event to become an all-American tradition.”

The Grand Prix of Scottsdale will kick-off with a Gatsby-era gala where charity partners including Armed Services war veterans will be recognized and driving teams will have the opportunity to showcase their custom Vintage Mini Racers in prior to Race Day. The morning of the Grand Prix, driving teams and guests can attend the ‘Dine Drive’ trackside breakfast where a special unveiling of the Grand Prix winner’s cup will be presented. Scottsdale Mayor, Jim Lane will serve as the flagman for the morning 30-lap charity race and will commence the Americana Promenade between races. Local artisans, restaurants and businesses will have the opportunity to participate by adapting to the 1920s-era and, if racing, display their own Mini Vintage Racer at their downtown Scottsdale storefront. The Grand Prix of Scottsdale will serve as an opportunity to celebrate Americana, heritage, quality craftsmanship and the local businesses that aided the progression of the Downtown Scottsdale community.

The Grand Prix main event will begin at 2 p.m. with ongoing track and safety procedures. The race course measures just under a mile and will weave through the landmarks and retail venues of Downtown Scottsdale, starting on the Marshall Way Bridge at the Scottsdale Waterfront and finishing where it began. The main event Grand Prix is 50 laps with 40 Vintage Mini Racers expected in the field.  Driving teams and will watch racing action from ‘Pit Row’ and other VIP viewing areas.  The Grand Prix event is free to the public.

The Grand Prix of Scottsdale will coincide with the Food Wine Experience hosted at Scottsdale Fashion Square, with the post-race Vintage Victory Awards celebration set for The Food Wine Experience’s main event pavilion.  The sponsored celebration will incorporate the presentation of the Grand Prix winner’s cup, special sponsor heritage presentations and a Prohibition-era musical act.

Schedule of events surrounding Grand Prix of Scottsdale:

November 6, 2015

6 to 10 p.m.                             Gatsby Gala Grand Prix Kickoff Party

November 7, 2015

8 a.m.                                      Race Day ‘Dine Drive’ Breakfast near Starting Line

10 a.m.                                    Morning Charity Race

12 p.m.                                    Americana Promenade

2 p.m.                                      Main Event Grand Prix Race

6 p.m.                                      Vintage Victory Automotive Awards Bash

Ongoing                                   AZCentral’s Food Wine Experience, VIP/ Pit Row Luxe

Ongoing                                   Main Street and Legacy Garages ‘Brand Prix’ Brand Experience

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