Just a few minutes from Oak Grove Plantation Bed & Breakfast is a leading auto and motorcycle track, attracting participants and fans from all over the country. At VIR (Virginia International Raceway), one of the highlights this year is the Optima Batteries Chump Car World Series Aug. 10-11. Participants can only drive cars valued at $500 or less and hope that the four alternate drivers can make it to the finish line in a 24-hour race. “This series is for gear-heads, for people who love driving and driving fast,” say the sponsors at VIR.
A few years ago we had guests rooting on their families in the Chump Car race. They had a blast, but the car conked out in the first few hours of the race.
For relatives who would prefer a substitute activity, we recommend our Thomas Day Tour of museums and other institutions that have furniture and woodwork designed by the prominent free black cabinetmaker before the Civil War.
Other upcoming events:
Aug. 23-24: The Biscuitville K&NR Series NASCAR development race.
Sept. 21-22: The CCS Fall Cyclefest of Speed Motorcycle Racing.
Sept. 29: Heacock Classic Gold Cup
Oct. 5: American LeMans Series