For more than 40 years, The Mitty at Road Atlanta remains one of the nation’s best vintage racing events, attracting some seriously rare cars from around the nation. This year’s festivities didn’t disappoint—check out our seven favorite cars from the 2018 Mitty below.
According to the owner, this is allegedly one of the few 934/5s that were produced for the 1977 racing season. They only made ten 934/5s, and most of them are well-documented, making this one a strange outlier. Visually, it looks very similar to the Kremer Group 4 car, incorporating the same Martini livery and number, but differs from the Kremer aerodynamically. Regardless if it’s a replica or a long-lost 934/5, it doesn’t matter—it’s seriously cool.
1967 BMW 2000CS
You can’t toss a lugnut in a paddock without hitting a competition-spec E30 or 2002, but you never see any of the larger 2000CS hit the track. This incredibly handsome silver CS was the first we’ve encountered. If it’s the same silver 2000CS that was up for sale a few years ago, this is a big-money build that enjoyed tracktime during the prestigious Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
Some of the best cars of The Mitty are found scattered around the campgrounds, where a motley crew of attendees and race participants snooze in the shade next to their cars. That’s where we found this excellent Lotus Eleven, parked around a bundle of pitched tents and swaying hammocks.
1997 Stewart & Stevenson
Like we said—attendees go a little nuts. It’s not on the same cosmic scale as the Lane’s 1959 LARC, but this S&S was massive, especially parked in the same vicinity as Miatas and Mini Coopers.
Alfa Romeo SZ
Now that these enigmatic SZs are of legal (importation) age, they’re starting to pop up around the States. Here, SZ sightings will puzzle even the most devoted car wackos, considering it’s also managed to avoid the Instagram spotlight with low production and controversial styling. Eventually, as more begin to prowl our streets, maybe we’ll adopt its original Italian nickname—Il Mostro (the monster).
1968 Chevron B8
Like most of the closed-cockpit racers from this era, the diminutive B8 is one of the sharpest-looking cars in the paddock. The B8 (and related models) enjoyed successes around the world, taking advantage of low weight and advanced construction. This particular Chevron packs a rare heart—namely, a Cosworth FVA four-cylinder that is most commonly found in contemporary Formula 2 cars.
Bill Thomas Cheetah
This fiberglass fantasm is a real-deal Bill Thomas Cheetah—a lightweight, V-8 powered ripper aimed squarely at Carroll Shelby’s Cobra. It was great on paper, but in practice, the Cheetah had poor reliability and sketchy handling at the limit. As a result, not many were made.