The Governors Cup to Feature Car Powered by Vegetable Oil

Scuderia Gonzo Alonzo announces the debut of its vegetable oil fueled BMW racecar at Virginia International Raceway on June 16th. The car, a 1991 BMW convertible has previously set an East Coast Timing Association speed record and won the Grassroots Motorsports Ultimate Track Car Challenge Green Car Class while fueled with biodiesel. This will be the first time the car will be run on 100% vegetable oil. The event is “The Governors Cup” sanctioned by the Vintage Sports Car Club of America and will be run on VIR’s south course on the 16th and 17th. To our knowledge this may be the first time that a car has run a sanctioned road course event on pure vegetable oil, and the oil used to fuel this effort comes from the restaurants at VIR.

Scuderia Gonzo Alonzo sponsored by Martins Import Auto Salvage of Wendell NC and with driver Alonzo Taylor of Milton NC has been involved with alternative fueled racecars since 2003 when they ran a biodiesel fueled BMW in the BMW Club of America race series. This effort is to showcase environmentally friendly energy alternatives that are being developed in motorsports.

Virginia International Raceway is a world class road course complex located in Alton Virginia, just south of Danville. VIR hosts racing from many top auto and motorcycle sanctioning bodies. Their website is at

Martins Import Auto Salvage is located at 3468 Wendell Rd, Wendell NC. They are a full service, late model import salvage yard. Their phone number is 919 365 6667

Vintage Sports Car Club of America is the oldest sanctioning body for classic race and sports cars in the United States. They operate at a number of historic racetracks on the east coast. Their website is

Alonzo Taylor, originally of Greensboro NC has been involved with motorsports since 1984. Currently operating Scuderia Gonzo Alonzo, which fields BMW’s in NASA, SCCA, VDCA, and Chumpcar World Series and is based in Milton NC.

As Vintage Sports Car Club or America rolls into VIR this weekend there will be a new twist to one of the old cars in the field. Come out and enjoy the fun of two events and witness the outcome for the 100% vegetable oil powered BMW.

You can enter the track by purchasing your Saturday or Sunday only ticket for $10 in advance or $20 at the gate with a weekend pass being $15 in advance and $25 at the gate. All advance sales end at 5:00 pm on June 14 and can be purchased by visiting or calling 434-822-7700 ext. 117.

These passes entitle you to two great events VSCCA vintage racing on the South Course and CCS 12th Annual Festival of Speed Motorcycle Racing on the North Course.