Motor Sport Muse by Connie Ann Kirk

Connie Ann Kirk, Ph.D. is a writer living in upstate New York. She has been credentialed by the FIA to write about Formula 1, credentialed by NASCAR and IndyCar for its races, and by historic / vintage entities like SVRA and Goodwood to write about their events in the U.S. and U.K.. Connie is working on a book about racers and racing. She created, writes, and maintains Motor Sport Muse as a not-for-profit online column / blog and bulletin board for participants, fans, and enthusiasts in the motor sport community and other interested readers. Thank you for visiting!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Marc Giroux presented 2014 SVRA "Driver of the Year" Award

[Image Sources:  Marc Giroux; Connie Ann Kirk; & ad from Vintage Motor Sport Magazine].

Huge ***CONGRATULATIONS!!!*** to Marc Giroux for receiving the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) Driver of the Year (DOTY) Award for 2014!!!! Marc races frequently during the year throughout North America in his 1969 Brabham BT-29 Formula B car as well as in his 1997 Lola Indy Lights T97/20 car. He is an exciting historic/vintage racer to watch on track, typically in the front few cars of the field, battling for a podium position.

 He is either winning, or in a persistent fourth place gaining on the third-place car, or making it more difficult for the leader to hold position. A MIT-alum Chemical Engineer turned Sr. Corporate Vice-President at Corning, Inc. in a career spanning over 35 years, Marc calls Watkins Glen International his home track. He retired earlier this year and now lives in a newly-built home on the coast of Maine. 

According to SVRA, the DOTY Award is "the most prestigious of the SVRA annual awards" and is presented at the Annual Awards Banquet at VIR. SVRA says "The DOTY is selected by the former recipients as the person who best represents the group’s goals of exhibiting Safety, Consciousness, Sportsmanship and Consistent Performance throughout the previous season." SVRA also indicates, "Persons nominated must also have participated in 50% of SVRA events and be free of 'chargeable incidents' during the year of their nomination." ‪#‎SVRA

Marc's skills at driving plus knowing his cars and his rivals make a good example of how a racer can compete both fairly and competitively.

Marc is a great guy, an excellent racer, and I'm proud to call him a good friend whose exciting contests were among the very first I followed in this sport and continue to track today. I watch and write about a lot of races, but I follow only a few racers as a friend and a fan, and Marc is one of them. Congratulations again, Marc! I will keep watching and rooting for you, as always! [And please don't hate me for posting this!].


HERE is the Examiner article about the award.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Crosslé 5S racing 2014 Whitsun Trophy, Goodwood Revival

Check out this video linked below.

RIP, John Crosslé.


[Photos by Connie Ann Kirk].

VIDEO:  1964 Crosslé Ford 5S in 2014 Whitsun Trophy, Goodwood Revival

Well-edited video -- including in-car footage as well as Goodwood track footage of 2014 Whitsun Trophy race at the Goodwood Revival.

[Video by John Monson / Ecurie Scalpel Productions, Goodwood].

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Whitsun Trophy race, Goodwood Revival, 2014 -- Highlight "reel"

Here's a video of highlights from the powerful cars racing in the Whitsun Trophy at the 2014 Goodwood Revival.  These were said to be some of the fastest cars on track at the entire event!

Link takes you to the Goodwood Revival site where you can watch the video. 

Personally, I wish they had left the sounds of the cars in this one rather than back up the video with music.

VIDEOHighlight "reel" from Whitsun Trophy, Goodwood Revival, 2014

Goodwood Revival, 2014 -- from the Whitsun Trophy race

[Photo from Goodwood].

Despite taking a little spin along the way, racer John Monson finishes the Whitsun Trophy race at the Goodwood Revival on September 13, 2014 in his 1964 Crossle 5S sports racer.

Congratulations, John! 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Goodwood Revival, 2014 -- Whitsun Trophy start

[Video by Connie Ann Kirk]

Racer John Monson in the #57, 1964 Crossle 5S sports racer, starts The Whitsun Trophy race at the 2014 Goodwood Revival.  September 13, 2014.  Apologies for shaky video!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Goodwood Revival 2014 -- complete race results

[Photo by:  Connie Ann Kirk]

I attended my first-ever Goodwood Revival in September of 2014.  This, after consecutive historic racing weekend events the two weekends before -- Lime Rock Park Historic Festival 32 over Labor Day weekend, and the United State Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen the weekend between Lime Rock and the Revival.

Here is the article with the race results from the 2014 Goodwood Revival, on  There is also a link within that article that will take you to the page where the time sheets are located!  (You're welcome!).