Grand Prix of Scottsdale: Meet the teams

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Racers on the streets of Scottsdale | Photos courtesy of Grand Prix of Scottsdale

Editor’s note: This is the first in a five-day series featuring teams fielding Vintage Kart Mini Racers in the second annual Scottsdale Grand Prix, to be held November 4-6 on the streets of Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona.

The streets of downtown Scottsdale will be transformed November 4-6 into a modern Great Gatsby-inspired version of the roaring ‘20s as Vintage Mini Races hit the streets in the second annual Grand Prix of Scottsdale.

The three-day event begins Friday evening with a display of the cars in team livery during the “Gatsby Under the Stars Gala.” The gala takes place on the Marshall Way Bridge and benefits Southwest Human Development, one of the racing weekend’s charity partners.

Gatsby lawn parties take place Saturday and Sunday with attendees  encouraged to dress in ‘20s-era attire as they sample local beer, wines, and food while enjoying music from the era, choreographed dance performances, and a special cigar bar with club seating.

Also Saturday is the Concours d’ Kids for children to compete in the Grand Prixni, a mini driving experience as well as various crafts and games.

The Grand Prix of Scottsdale officially begins at 11 a.m. on Sunday, following the 2016 Vintage Victory Trophy presentation during the trackside Dine and Drive breakfast. Radio personality Dave Pratt will be master of ceremonies and Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane is the pace car passenger for the main event.

Race winner gets the Vintage Victory trophy while second- and third-place finishing teams also getr awards, as does the person who posts the best individual lap.

The half-mile course begins near the bridge at the Scottsdale Waterfront and takes racers past local landmarks along Goldwater and across 5th avenue before completing the lap.

Restaurants and local businesses along the course are slated to offer race-day specials and multiple viewing areas are accessible along the course and near pit row at no cost.

Each team competing in the Grand Prix of Scottsdale may have up to six drivers in a Vintage Kart Company’s Arizona-built Vintage Mini Racer, which was inspired by cyclecars of the 1920s. Each mini racer features a 200cc engine capable of 30–35 miles per hour.

Teams competing in the 2016 Grand Prix of Scottsdale include:

Launch Real Estate, Car No. 50

Downtown Scottsdale-based Launch Real Estate is home to the sharpest, most experienced, and preeminent Realtors® in Arizona real estate. Launch offers the highest level of representation to home buyers, sellers, investors, and developers. Through its extensive network and an up-to-the-second databases of off-market properties, Launch and its agents know the exceptional properties in the most sought-after neighborhoods in the Valley.
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Artisan Colour, Car No. 98

Artisan Colour is a discerning color house and digital commercial printer located in Scottsdale, AZ. Founded in 1998, Artisan is an accomplished company of 65 industry professionals working together forwarding our core values of integrity, enthusiasm, excellence, professionalism and respect in all it does in the visual communications and graphics sector.

"Artisan makes printing exciting by aspiring to be more than just a printer” says founder and Artisan Team driver, Doug Bondon, “We’re a company that excels in print communication by bridging concepts with technology under the watch of quality people. Our quest is outstanding results and clients for life."
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Urban Luxe Partners, Car No. 17

Urban Luxe Partners is a top producing real estate team offering a uniquely personal perspective in all aspects of the real estate market. Having the support of the Remax Platinum Brand sets us apart from any other brokerage in town and we strive to be the best in our industry. Buying and selling Houses in today's complex Phoenix and Scottsdale Real Estate market requires knowledge, creativity, experience and enthusiasm. Let Urban Luxe Partners assist you every step of the way.
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Nathan and Associates, Car No. 13

For over 35 years, Nathan & Associates, Inc. has earned a reputation as the leading commercial and residential land brokerage firm in the Southwest United States. By expertly evaluating market trends, formulating valuable client opportunities, insisting on unrivaled customer service and creating personal relationships, landowners, developers, and homebuilders are instilled with confidence by the entire Nathan & Associates, Inc. team. From Arizona to Nevada, our business is not something we do...it’s what we live to do.
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