Sat, May 13 - Sun, May 14, 2023

2023 Tom Ellis Tribute at RMVR 40th Spring Sprints

High Plains Raceway

About this event

Tom Ellis Tribute at the RMVR 40th Anniversary Spring Sprints
You don't want to miss this one!

Four decades ago, a group of men and women assembled with the purpose of forming a club to allow them to race their older sports and race cars. By May 21, 1983 the newly formed RMVR took to the track. Of this founding group, the only one to my knowledge still active with us is Tom Ellis (RMVR member #13).  

Tom has been involved with motorsports in one aspect or another for nearly 50 years. The contributions he’s made to the vintage racing community are numerous and significant. Thanks to the efforts of Tom and those other pioneers, we’re able to join with other vintage racing enthusiasts and enjoy these cars, the competition, and camaraderie with other club members. CLICK HERE for a brief bio on Tom's many accomplishments.

Soooo….come on out to HPR May 13-14 for RMVR’s first race weekend of the season as we recognize Tom Ellis and begin the next 40 years of racing in the vintage spirit.

WHAT:: Tom Ellis Tribute at the RMVR 40th Anniversary Spring Sprints
WHERE:: High Plains Raceway
WHEN:: Weekend of May 13-14, 2023

Bonus!  HPR will host RMVR-ONLY open lapping on Friday, May 12. It's a great opportunity to shake down & de-bug both car and driver prior to a weekend of racing. To register for Friday lapping at HPR, visit their website HERE.

Another Bonus!  THIS YEAR there can be a CO-DRIVER for your car.  You must already be registered for the two-day event for a CO-DRIVER to then register to drive your car. Your co-driver must log-in under their username and password and sign up using the Optional CO-DRIVER  choice.  (They should NOT sign up for the weekend entry.)  Cost for them is $50.  Current Membership required, as always.

This year an added Run Group dedicated to "Fast Formula & Sports Racer" cars:

Our RMVR Regular Run Groups are: Small Bore Production cars, Mid-Big Bore Production cars, Formula Ford, Formula Vee.  This year RMVR is inviting select Faster Formula and Sports Racer cars from other race organizations to come race with us! This added dedicated run group will be anchored by all our existing faster RMVR vintage Open-Wheel/Sports Racer cars (e.g. Air-cooled FSV, FB, SRs, F5000 etc.).   Invited cars include all Post ’81 Formula Fords * SRs  (Kent and Fit powered), FC/F2000 (Pinto powered), S2000 (Pinto powered), water-cooled FSV, Formula Mazda, and SCCA FX/FC/FE/FE2/ESR . These invited Formula or Sports Racers must have a current logbook and annual inspection from a VMC organization, SCCA, or NASA.  When entering these invited Post '81 cars, please select "Post-'81 Formula & SRs" when prompted as the class.

• Finish those last projects on your racecar.
• Check over your trailer – brakes, wheel bearings, tires OK?
• Make sure your safety gear is up to date (and your driver’s suit still fits!)
• Get an annual tech for your car.
• Show up at HPR, race, socialize and share your vintage spirit!

ENTRY FEES: Your credit card isn’t charged until after the race weekend so SIGN UP HERE NOW for the Full Two-Day regular competition weekend!

  • $385 - “Early Birds” registering before April 21st
  • $410 – registering between April 21st and May 4th
  • $485 - “Fence-Sitter’s” registering after May 4th

Online Registration closes May 10 at midnight. After this, call or e-mail RMVR Admin, Linae Schakel (; 303-319-3062, to arrange late entry. Last minute  phoned-in or at-event registrations are $560

Tech: Don't forget to get your Annual Tech done BEFORE you get to the track. Here's more info on the benefits to you of doing this and how/where to get it done.

Marshal & Volunteers:   If you wish to work this event as a marshal or volunteer, please sign up HERE.

Event Chairs:  Kelly Nichols,   303-904-4653.   Co-Chair - Jon Whiteley,  303-550-9787

Event requirements

Important Stuff To Read Before Proceeding

Cars which DO NOT have an RMVR logbook:  Drivers must hold a valid up-to-date medical exam AND a current Competition License. Cars must be prepared to conform to that organization’s preparation and safety rules.  Entrants must present a self-inspection RMVR Event Tech Inspection Form at regsitration.

  • Production Race cars without an RMVR or VMC logbook:  Such cars are welcome. Please select "Exibition" as the car's class when entering.
  • Invited Post-'81 Formula and Sports Racer cars:  Includes post ’81 Formula Fords (Kent and Fit powered), FC/F2000 (Pinto powered), S2000 (Pinto powered), water-cooled FSV, Formula Mazda, and SCCA FX/FC/FE/FE2/ESR. The invited Formula or Sports Racers must be from a VMC organization, SCCA, or NASA. Please select "Post-'81 Formula & SRs" as the car's class when entering.

For CO-DRIVERs If you are sharing a car with another driver for the weekend as a CO-Driver, the owner of the car must register first. The second driver can then register for the event using the "CO-DRIVER" entry option.  You'll need to select the shared car/driver (who will have already entered). The second driver MUST also go thru registration Saturday morning and have a valid competition license and medical.

"Double-Driven" Cars:  As always, will require each driver to make a regular weekend race entry, one for each particpant, each driving the car in their own Run Group.

Please double check the transponder number listed in the car's profile to be sure it is correct.

When entering you might be required to pay a membership fee in order to complete your registration. It will be good for the entire year.  After Labor Day, that RMVR membership will be good for all of the following year.

Entries (19)

Raymond Stapell
Eric Schakel
Douglas Klink
Michael Moothart
Jeff Keacher
Jim Cambon
Frank Albert
Mark Cox

High Plains Raceway

Deer Trail, CO
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2023 Tom Ellis Tribute at RMVR 40th Spring Sprints

Sat, May 13 - Sun, May 14, 2023