The Coatesville Invitational Vintage Grand Prix was conceived as a unique motorsporting event to bring back the excitement of the early days of motorsports in America, when racing was run on the streets and real roads of small towns and cities across the country.
The CIVGP is not a wheel-to-wheel race. Its is a individually timed sporting event run on a challenging 2.2 mile road course that runs through 5 neighborhoods of the historic city of Coatesville.
Complete with "old style" hay bale chicanes to add even more challenges, the event features vintage race cars and motorcycle in 5 run groups: Group 1 is for 1900 to 1950, "Open Wheeled" race cars,
Group 2, is made up of 4-cylinder cars, Group 3 is for 6-cylinder cars, and Group 4 is made up of 8 and 12 cylinder race cars. Group 5 is dedicated to vintage racing motorcycles, always a crowd pleaser.
Each of the run groups will have two run sessions during the day. Each run session is 20 minutes long for a total of 40 minutes of track time! A hour long break at 12 noon gives you plenty of time to fix, relax, eat, talk to friends, or make some new ones. The paddock will be alive with some great machinery and great people! The entry fee is $200.
LUNCHTIME TOURING. $50 gets you in the action! Park in the paddock too!
During the 12 noon break we have one other group for NON vintage car and bike owners. This is Group 6 and we call it "Lunchtime Touring". Unlike the race car and motorcycle groups, Lunchtime Touring is a pace car lead session that give owners a chance to get on the track and have some controlled, safe, fun.
You also get to park in the paddock with all the race cars and motorcycles. You can't get closer to the action then that! This session also run for 20 minutes. The entry fee is just $50!
Eligible Cars and Motorcycles
All cars participating in Groups 1 through 4 must be dedicated race cars, built or modified for that purpose. We do not except Kit Cars, Replicas, or “Tribute” cars. We will accept genuine factory “continuation” vehicles with factory serial numbers. The cars must be as originally manufactured.
No stock road cars are allowed in the timed groups. No exceptions please.
Group1: Open wheel race cars —1900 to 1950
Groups 2 through 4: Race cars — 1940 to 1970
Group 5: Motorcycles — 1940 to 1970
Tires and Wheels All competing cars and motorcycles must be fitted with tires of an appropriate size, in good condition, with no cuts or sidewall cracks. NOTE! This is a rain or shine event, apporiate rain tires may be required.
Driver Required Safety Equipment
All drivers must have a Snell SA2010 approved race helmet. Drivers using open-faced helmets must use goggles or impact resistant face shields. Glasses are not sufficient. All drivers must wear an fire retardant driver’s suit. Fire retardant underwear is suggested, but is optional. Fire resistant socks and gloves made of leather and/or fire retardant material and without any holes are required. A fire
retardant balaclava is highly recommended especially for drivers with beards or mustaches, or using
open-faced helmets. Driving shoes with uppers made of leather or nonflammable materials are required.
No sneakers or street shoes allowed.
Required Car Safety Equipment
NEW! Open cars must have a roll bar, hard top cars do not have to have a roll bar, however, a roll bar is highly recommended. A minimum three (3) point seat belt is required. It is highly recommended to use a racing harness especially in open cars. It should be in good condition and without tears or excessive wear.
A 5 lb. or greater fire extinguisher with a charge gauge is required and must be securely mounted in the driver’s compartment. A power cut off switch is required and it's location, clearly marked. You may be refused to compete if any of these items do not meet their requirements during tech inspection.
Period race cars (1900-1940 only!) that register do not have to have roll bars if they were originally built that way and if the owner is keeping the car to period originality. Final acceptance will be determined by the Race Committee. However, roll bars and seat belts are VERY highly advised for all cars participating.
No car or motorcycle will be allowed to participate if there are any visible fluid leaks, damaged bodywork, or other items deemed unsafe by the Chief Scrutineer. Vehicles found non-compliant will be asked to fix the issue before the event starts. If the issue cannot be fixed, the car will not be allowed to compete in the event and the driver will lose their entry fee. The decision of the Chief Scrutineer is final and cannot be appealed. Please come properly prepared to avoid any issues. NO EXCEPTIONS!
The Coatesville Invitational Vintage Grand Prix is not a “wheel-to-wheel” race, but an individually timed performance driving event. Your safety is our number one concern. Please abide by these rules and regulations to ensure you have a safe, fun, and exciting experience.
Restricted Passing Areas
Passing this year will be confined to 2 designated passing areas of the track. Their locations will be given to you at the drivers’ meeting. Anyone who passes in an unauthorized portion of the track will have 5 seconds deducted from their best time of the day. Continued infringement will result in a DNF for the day.
Drivers, passengers, and crew personnel must wear their wristbands at all times to gain access to the paddock and track. All drivers must attend the drivers’ meeting in the morning to receive wristbands for themselves, their passengers, and their crew. NO EXCEPTIONS!
All cars and motorcycles must pass the mandatory tech inspection and display the official tech sticker on their car so that it can be seen clearly by track officials.
Paddock and Pit Lane
Pit lane speed limit is 5 mph and is strictly enforced. Only drivers, their crew, and passengers will be permitted in staging areas. No others are permitted within the fenced pit and paddock area.
Safe Driving Will be Enforced
At the discretion of the CIVGP Committee and the track event officials, anyone driving in an unsafe manner or endangering others with their actions will be asked to leave and will forfeit any and all funds set forth. We expect all participants to drive in a professional and sportsman-like manner. We thank you for your cooperation in helping us to continue to make the Coatesville Invitational Grand Prix a safe, fun, and exciting event for all.
Mandatory Driver/Rider Meeting
All drivers and riders in Groups 1 through 5 are required to attend. It will be held at 8:30 in the paddock area. Changes to time or place will be announced ahead of time.
Wrist Band Pick Up
All entrants can pick up their wrist bands at the registration tent located in the paddock. All drivers, riders, crew and passengers must wear their wrist band at all times.