James Rogerson brings 1962 Volvo PV544 to Compete in Groesbeck Grand Prix


James Rogerson began his racing career in 1960, banned by the SCCA in 1965 for not being 21 James shifted to motorcycle racing on a BSA Victor. His passion for motorsports would take both on and off-road as a factory racer for Suzuki and Yamaha on two wheels, while he continued to autocross until jumping into the new then new Spec Miata series with NASA where he would see 1st place podium by his third race, moving over to SCCA with Spec Miata he would go on to win two championships.

James and racer Beaux Barfield launched a competition driving school at MSR Houston and to better learn the dynamics of FWD race cars he built a Honda for SCCA HP. Rogerson and his Honda would be a front running the SCCA National Championships. James has also raced in Europe competing in the Fun Cup series at Silverstone, SPA, and several UK tracks. His team's Ford KA competes in an endurance series and is scheduled to race at Brands Hatch this September, and in 2021 they hope to take on LeMans.

The car that James will be racing in the Groesbeck Brand Prix is a 1962 Volvo PV544 that has even been featured by Top Gear as a car to see at Classic Daytona 24hr. In addition to Daytona, James has campaigned the car at the Savanah Festival of Speed, Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, and Classic 12hrs of Sebring.

He and his brother bought this car together since they had both previously owned one back in the 1960s. His brother wanted to restore it but James ended up buying him out to turn it into a vintage B Sedan race car in order to compete at the Put-In-Bay classic.  Only cars that had raced there up to 1962 were allowed.  Currently, James is competing in the SCCA’s B-Spec class with his son and grandson who is picked to win the SCCA National Championships.