Robert MacKenzie Brings Championship Winning Spitfire to Groesbeck Grand Prix


Robert MacKenzie has been involved in motorsports since he was a teenager. In high school, he discovered that he could get into Can-Am races at Mosport for free if you volunteered to wave flags. In college, Robert began racing his 1969 VW Beetle with a sports car club that ran autocross events on the frozen lakes of Ontario, Canada. Since then he has raced with the SVRA, SCCA, and CVAR.

The car Robert will be campaigning at the Groesbeck Grand Prix is a 1962 Triumph Spitfire 4,  the 921st Spitfire ever built, and one of the oldest examples in the USA. The car started out as a $500 barn find in 2006 and over the next two years, it was completely restored the car to its original configuration as an example of a mid-70s SCCA car.  Retaining its original 1147cc engine; it is fully compliant with the 1967 SCCA GCR  "G Production" rule set with modern safety equipment.

He first autocrossed the car at events in San Antonio and has taken it to SCCA Solo Nationals twice. Robert would go on to win the Vintage Triumph Register national convention taking 1st place in the prepared category running against cars with much larger displacement. The podiums didn't end the Spitfire would win the 2014 CVAR championship and bring home class wins at COTA and Indy.

Robert has also served as President of the Austin chapter of the Vintage Triumph Register and was the Assistant Regional Executive with Lone Star SCCA in Austin for 4 years.