On October 16, 2016 VS2 lost one of its founding fathers, and greatest supporters. Pete lead by example and inspired many of us to become involved with Sports 2000 cars. He will be missed by all who knew him. God Speed.

July 16, 1946 – October 16, 2016

R. Peter Gates, age 70, of Landenberg, PA, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, October 16, 2016.

Born in Mullens, WV on July 16, 1946, Peter was the son of the late Louis and Elizabeth (Denney) Gates. He was a graduate of Claymont High School, and would later work as a mechanic with the DuPont Company, retiring after 38 years of dedicated service.

An avid racing enthusiast, Peter was named the 1986 Pro Formula Atlantic Champion. He enjoyed racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and at Watkins Glen. Peter was a 50-year member of the Sports Car Club of America. Above all else, he was a loving and devoted husband and father and will be very dearly missed.

Peter is survived by his wife of 50 years, Freda Dawn Gates; son, Scott Gates (Jessica) of Wilmington, DE; brothers-in-law, Newell Fields (Faye) of Middletown, DE, Alan Fields (Mary Jane) of Jupiter, FL and Nick Liberman of Arden, DE.

At Peter’s request, there will be no services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Support Community, 4810 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807.

Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. September 2016

Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen 2016


The Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen had good weather, over twenty S2000’s entered, and more eye
popping vintage cars than you could count.

Saturday evening the VS2 social gathering was a hit. With sponsor banners flying, plenty of snacks,
and beverages of every sort flowing, the banter between the competitors was fun. When Jim Hanna
started to hand out the prizes it was hard to get everyone to quiet down.

Jim managed to award eight cases of oil, 8 new Hoosiers, 4 new Avons, along with gift certificates from
Pegasus, Racerparswhosale, Motorsports Composites, Taylor, Quicksilver, and Tilton.
The VS2 cars were run as part of SVRA’s combined group 7 and group 5. Both the test day and practice
went well with no incidents.

The first qualifying session saw Brent Gernert’s DB5 second over all at 1:59.365 and first in S2. The
second qualifying session ended with Fritz Seidel third over all and first in S2 with a 1:57.089.

Saturday’s race was cut short when a BSR flipped causing a red flag, ending the race on the second lap.

Our Sunday feature, strictly for S2000’s, was delayed due to cleaning up after the previous race. Even
with that, we were scheduled for our full 14 minutes, plus one lap race. The start saw Ben Sinnott out
front followed by Brent Gernert. After Fred Knoll unfortunately met the turn 11 wall, there were two full
course caution laps. The final three laps saw Ben Sinnott win by 1.9 seconds over Rob Sherwood,
followed closely by Mark Coombs.

Simon Green came home the VS2 winner, followed by Larry Rossi in a rented Swift DB2.
HS2 was won by Tom Kane.