Vintage Race Association

Dedicated to the history of the IMSA Kelly American Challenge

About the website

This website was created in 2008 as a way for me to help gather and organize information about my race cars. It has grown into being the only site on the internet dedicated to the IMSA Kelly American Challenge & Kelly Girl race series. 

My goal is for this website to be the go-to place to get information on the series and to create a world-class vintage race organization which will run with HMSA, VARA and HSR events at some of the premier race tracks across the country. 

About me

My name is Shaun Coleman -- I live in Saratoga, California and work in the high-tech industry here in the Silicon Valley. I began my racing career 8 yeas ago running in NASA HPDE events at Sears Point and Laguna Seca, with my then new 2001 BMW M3 street car.

I gradually became more addicted to the sport, as we all do and eventually built a dedicated race car to run with the BMW Car Club of America. For various reasons including the cost of trying to turn a tired old 1997 M3 into a reliable race car, I decided to change racing venues and purchase a purpose-built vintage race car (my logic being if I'm going to spend the money it might as well be on something which appreciates in value! :) ).

I had always been interested in old Trans-Am cars from the 80s and 90s and started a quest to find a vintage IMSA GTO or SCCA Trans-Am car to buy. The first car I purchased was a 1991 GT1 Oldsmobile Cutlass -- to my surprise it had quite a bit of history and was originally a 1985 Kelly Challenge & Trans Am Buick Somerset driven originally by Dick Danielson and Troy Waldron (it has since been re-bodied back to its original red/white #65 Buick Somerset) -- I've spent the last few years restoring this car and other Kelly American Challenge race cars to have fun with and help promote this amazing almost forgotten racing series--- you'll find me on any given weekend racing at Buttonwillow, Sears Point, or Laguna Seca with one of my old cars in either a vintage event, NASA SU, HPDE4 or a SCCA GT1 race