SANBORNTON — One of the finest collections of vintage racing cars to be found in the Northeast will be on display at a July charity event that will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Central New Hampshire.
The Vintage Racing Stable Charity Concours on Sunday, July 22, will be held at Nick Grewal’s 140-acre farm at 200 March Road. More than 100 cars will be on display, with about 50 of them from Grewal’s extensive collection of vintage English race cars.
The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is expected to draw a large contingent of vintage sports car enthusiasts from all over the Northeast who will be in the Granite State to take part in the inaugural White Mountain Vintage Grand Prix. That event, sponsored by the Vintage Sports Car Club of America, is being held on the recently completed 2.5 mile road racing course in Tamworth on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21.
Grewal says that he expects that many of the racers will be making their way home on Interstate 93 on Sunday and will be able to stop by his farm, just a few miles off from I-93, in order to take part.
He hopes to raise as much as $25,000 for the Boys and Girls Club with the event, which will feature eight classes of judging, ranging from pre-war and post-war foreign and domestic to vintage motorcycles and historic preservation of original features.
“It’s a great cause to help kids and I’m happy to be a part of it,’’ he says.
Grewal has a passion for vintage race cars that extends well beyond collecting them, but also to driving them in international competitions. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of racing cars and recently served as president of Formula Junior Historics of North America.
He has converted one of the barns at the former horse farm into a two-story showroom for his collection, with includes several historic junior racers, and is busy getting the grounds ready at the farm to host hundreds at the July event, which will fall on the same day that New Hampshire Motor Speedway hosts a NASCAR race.
Grewal says that he’s not interested in collecting cars and having them sit in a showroom.
“I want them to be road ready and have the experience of driving them,” says Grewal.
Among the more interesting cars in his collection are a Lotus Climax 18 that Sterling Moss drove to a win at the Monaco Grand Prix and 1964 Lotus 32 that Jim Clark drove to win the 1964 Formula 2 Championship.
There’s also a 1936 Brough Superior 8 made by the English company more famous for its motorcycles that won last year’s Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, as well a 1959 Lotus raced by Colin Chapman and a 1965 DB Aston Martin, the so-called “James Bond car.”
Another famous car is a 1932 Alta LeMans, a rare car that competed in the 1932 24 Hours of LeMans and still has the original chassis and engine. Alta was a small company based in Surrey, England that made all of the parts, including the engine, for their cars.
There’s also a Jock Russell 1970 English Ford V8 that Grewal raced in a Sports Car Vintage Racing Association event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in June of 2015.
Grewal, who grew up in England, also has a large collection of cars he keeps near London, including a 1905 Buick that he drives in Bonham’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, a 60-mile race for cars built before 1906, which is the world’s oldest automotive motoring event.
Next year he’ll be taking part in one of the longest motoring events, the Peking to Paris race with his 1941 Packard Deluxe.
Grewal is the founder and chief executive officer of Nashoba Networks, which he led from its inception through its acquisition by Cisco Systems for $100 million in 1996.