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May 30, 2012
Dickey talks racing at Sonoma Historic Motorsports Fest

Grass Valley's Don Dickey, a legend in California sports car racing, will talk about the early days of his sport during a special seminar this weekend at the former Infineon Raceway in Sonoma.

Set for 10 a.m. Saturday in the track's Drivers' Lounge, the free seminar is open to fans attending the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival.

Dickey will be part of a panel discussing "Moments in Time: A Celebration of the History of Motorsports," the theme for the race weekend. Also on the panel will be grand marshal Bill Pollack, winner of the main event at the 1952 Golden Gate Park Road Races in San Francisco. Other participants include pioneer drivers Mick Marston, Dick Guldstrand and Peter Giddings.

During the 1950s, Dickey made his reputation at West Coast races and hill climbs, including events at Golden Gate Park, Pebble Beach, Reno, Laguna Seca, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, Arcata, Cobb Mountain and Sacramento. He competed in an Allard J2X, Jaguar XK120, Porsche Speedster and Porsche Carrera GT.

During the two-day festival, 15 groups of historic cars will compete on Sonoma's 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course. The paddock will be open to spectators, so fans can admire the cars close up.

In addition to the racing, patrons can take taste food and wine from Sonoma and Napa counties at the track's Wine County Pavilion.

Tickets are $40 per day or a weekend pass for $60. Youth, ages 13 to 20, will be admitted for $20 per day or $30 for the weekend. Children age 12 and under admitted free.

For more details on the racing, click on For tickets, call (800) 870-7223 or visit

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