Photos: Historic Formula Atlantic Challenge at the LBGP

Art Hebert entering the fountain complex in his Fred Opert Racing 1979 Chevron B39, driven by Didier Pironi, Jacques Laffite, and Keke Rosberg in period. Photo: Nick Lish

HMSA‘s Historic Formula Atlantic Challenge kicked off track activity Friday morning at the Long Beach Grand Prix with a practice session followed by afternoon qualifying. The field of 18 cars drew a mob of bright-eyed spectators as they staged just outside of their paddock area in the conference center.

Warming up Andrew Wait’s ex-Rahal, ’75 Players FA series 1975 Lola T360. Photo: Nick Lish

Top-qualifier Todd Willing (1974 Chevron B27) noted that it was “a great privilege to be running on such a historic circuit here in Long Beach.” The group now prepares for their first of two races, starting at 4:30 Saturday afternoon.

The business end of Todd Willing’s ex-Trois Rivieres & Jean Pierre Jaussaud Fred Opert 1974 Chevron B27. Photo: Nick Lish
John McKenna paces this group through the fountain complex in his 1978 Ralt RT1. Photo: Nick Lish
Awaiting afternoon qualifying is Travis Engen’s 1976 Ralt RT1 (Left), Bill Fickling’s ex-Patrick DePaillier 1975 March 75B (middle), and Gordon Medenica’s ex-Gilles Villeneuve “Skiroule” 1975 March 75B (right),Photo: Nick Lish
Kyle Buxton through Turn 2 in his ex-RJ Nelkin 1977 March 77B that ran here in period. Photo: Nick Lish
Chris Bender’s ex-Bobby Rahal 1976 March 76B before qualifying. Photo: Nick Lish
Chris will be starting from P5 for Saturday’s race. Photo: Nick Lish
Cal Meeker’s 1978 Ralt RT1 through the fountain complex. Photo: Nick Lish