Vintage Goes Vroom was published in AAA Living’s July/August 2016 issue. They also suggested places to dine and sleep, if you go.
History is a driving force at the WeatherTech International Challenge in Elkhart Lake, July 14-17. Here, how to enjoy one of the largest U.S. vintage car events.
CHEER – From Bugattis, Bentleys and MGs to CAN-AMs and Formula I cars, if it’s ever raced on a track, it’s probably here. On the first three days, spectators watch competitors practice and qualify. The final day brings the actual races, which comprise just seven laps each (the better to protect these valuable automobiles).
SOAR – Twin zip lines strung high above the Road America track give visitors a bird’s-eye view of the action on the ground while the drivers race each other to a fun finish.
MARVEL – On Friday and Saturday evenings, 100 of the cars parade into downtown Elkhart Lake, where they’re parked for two hours so fans can see them up-close, take photos and even chat with drivers (many of whom don vintage racing gear for the occasion).
REV UP – Inside the actual racetrack a go-cart track lets would-be speed demons compete with their friends without ever giving up views of the vintage cars whizzing nearby. roadamerica.com
IF YOU GO:
DINE – AAA Three Diamond-rated Lola’s on the Lake serves elegant versions of American classics – such as lobster bisque with citrus creme fraiche or Norwegian salmon with arugula walnut pesto – against the stunning natural panorama of Elkhart Lake. For dessert, toasted Swiss meringue adds an upscale note to strawberry-rhubarb tart. lolasonthelake.com
SLEEP – Perched on the lake’s sandy shores, the century-old AAA Two Diamond-rated Victorian Village Resort offers a melange of rooms, suites and condos. Some rooms have private decks or porches overlooking the water, all with access to the resort’s indoor and outdoor pools. Also on the lake, the AAA Four Diamond-rated Osthoff Resort which is famed for its private swimming beach, where guests gather on select summer evenings to toast s’mores over a bonfire, or on any sunny day to swim, canoe, kayak or fish. vicvill.com, osthoff.com