Updated: April 23, 2015
Want to go Vintage racing with the VRCBC? Here are three great options.
You can’t beat this TVR Vixen if you want to get on the track and go fast – right now! This car is a proven performer at Mission and is being offered ready to go. You can see how competitive it is by clicking on the video (‘Ride Along With Phil’) in the column to the right. Make sure to watch it until the end to see how many it gets ahead of!
If you would rather build your own Vintage racer (And VRCBC members would be glad to help out.) then either of the other two cars would make excellent projects. The TR8 would be a great choice if you are looking for a medium-size sports car with a lot of ‘grunt'; with that torquey aluminium V8, it would really haul out of Mission’s tight turns. (Note that this is an original TR8; not a converted TR7.) However, if you would rather build a traditional British racing sports car on a budget, then the Midget would be the perfect choice. These small MG’s are very nimble and fun to race, and parts are readily available.
Check out these three cars in the Classifieds section (here). And while you are in the Classifieds, have a look at the all of the other ads for (update) SU carburettors, a Brabham BT35, a Vintage race suit, a new Honda Generator, an Austin Panel Van, a Dodge SX 2 litre, an MGB GT, a former Ontario Canada Class Champion, a Triumph roll bar, a RCI Race Seat, or a Hawke Formula Ford, or a ‘Big Healey’, or a Mallock, or a street MG Midget, or trailer ramps, or a DKW-engined Formula Junior, or if you have a Triumph GT6 for sale, or you are looking for a Spitfire gearset, or a Stewart Warner gauge set, or a LeGrand Formula Ford chassis ‘project’, or driver-signed racing prints by well-known motorsports artists, or a choice of other Vintage racing sports cars, or … whatever?
Updated: April 5, 2015
The new race season’s first on-track action was a CACC-sanctioned Lapping Day organized by the SCCBC at Mission on Saturday, April 4th. Thanks to Brent Martin (click here for Brent’s web site), we have some photos of the Vintage participants. Now that everybody’s ready, bring on the first races!
Update: Because this one was so successful, the SCCBC is considering scheduling another Lapping Day before the first race weekend at the end of May. Check the post on the SCCBC Web Forum (here) and then let them know asap if you are interested.
Updated: March 19, 2015
Update: Only 7 seats left!
Long time VRCBC member Patrick Stewart has organized the trip of a lifetime for Vintage automobile and motor racing enthusiasts. His ‘Best Brit Classic Tour’ in September will take in some of England’s most famous venues, including the Goodwood Revival, the Brooklands Museum, and the British Heritage Motor Centre, as well as both the Aston Martin and the Morgan factories!
Several Club members visited some of these in recent years and their stories are on this web site (here and here) as well as in past issues of our Vantage newsletters (Just click on the issue title and then look for the story.): Winter 2010-2011, Winter 2011-2012, Spring 2012, and Winter 2013.
These vignettes give some ‘flavour’ of what to expect but to get the complete information package on this great guided tour, go to the Western Driver web site (here). Tell all your friends and pack your bags!
Updated: January 30, 2015
The SCCBC has released their complete 2015 event schedule (here) and the dates of all of the race weekends at Mission Raceway Park Road Course are now confirmed. There will be Vintage races on the Sundays of each of the CACC weekends: May 31st, June 28th, July 19th, August 9th and October 11th. And of course, the VRCBC’s own BCHMR will be on the August 22-23 weekend. The current Vintage schedule is on this web site. (here).
Updated: January 30, 2015
Update: Check out the 30% off sale!
Ted Wilkinson, le Patron of Wilkinson’s Automobilia, has announced that he will be closing his well-known ‘bricks and mortar’ store on Ontario Street in Vancouver at the end of March. Wilkinson’s, a favourite gathering place for local motorsport enthusiasts for over a quarter of a century, has been a long time supporter of our very own BC Historic Motor Races. Ted emphasizes that his eAutomobilia online store (here) will continue without missing a shift, however. Good news!
The full story can be found on the Western Driver web site (here).
Updated: October 17, 2014
Gerry Frechette has posted some (97!) excellent action photos on his web site (here).
Some of the VRCBC’s finest took to the track for the final time this season during the SCCBC’s ‘Double Double Weekend’ on October 11th and 12th at Mission Raceway Park Road Course. The results are available on the ‘2014 Season Results’ page (here).
John McCoy in his ‘two-wheeling’ Escort Twin Cam and Phil Roney in his TVR took first and second places respectively in both races; with less than a second between them. Dennis Repel took third in the first race with his Camaro and Ian Thomas in his BMW took the final podium spot in the second race.
John has posted a short in-car video of the last few laps of his winning drive in the second race on You Tube (here). It is easy to tell that the track is still slippery.
In the middle of all that were another BMW (Leigh Anderson), Gunter Pichler’s XKE, the Datsuns (Paul Haym and Phil Linzey), the Porsches (Michael Hawthorne and Frank Chynoransky), the Volvos (Ian Wood and Peter Valkenburg), Ivan Lessner’s ‘Big Healey’ and the MGBs (John Elliott and Al Reid).
Over in the Open Wheel group, the always fast Alan McColl in his Formula Ford Tiga, VRCBC president Tedd McHenry in his Formula 4 Xpit and veteran Tom Sproule in his Formula Vee carried the Vintage flag. Unfortunately, Gayle Baird was unable to start either race after having some mechanical issues with her Vee on Saturday.
Photos of some of the entrants below:
Updated: October 7, 2014
Ian Wood, long time VRCBC member and local ‘road racer extraordinaire’ took his latest sports racer to the Classic Sports Racing Group’s (CSRG) big annual Charity Challenge event at Sonoma Raceway (previously known as Sears Point) during the first weekend in October. This car was built in France in 1965. It is powered by a Renault Gordini 1.6 litre four cylinder. The car’s ‘legal’ name is ‘Fournier Marcadier Barquette‘ but Ian finds it a lot easier to just affectionately call it (her?) Monique’.
Ian and Monique were entered in three races and did very well against many much newer and more powerful cars. Congratulations! Check out the photos below.
Posted: October 6, 2014
Editor in Chief Tom Johnston has just released the Autumn 2014 edition of Vantage – the VRCBC Newsletter. In this issue, President Tedd McHenry reviews the Club’s progress this year. Mike Tate then reminisces on ‘his life with beautiful models’! (Don’t jump to conclusions!) Robin Fairservice tells the story of the legendary one-off, mid-engined Jaguar XJ13. Tom Johnston reports on this year’s road racing inductees to the Greater Vancouver Motorsport Pioneers Society and there are some photo highlights from the BCHMR and other venues.
Updated: September 17, 2014
The latest racing in the VRCBC’s REVS series took place this past Sunday, September 14th during the SCCBC’s ‘September Sizzle Weekend’.
The results are posted under the ‘Race Results – 2014 Season‘ menu tab or just click here to go directly to the page. As always, thanks to the SCCBC Timing & Scoring team.
Update: Jim Bradley has posted some photos of the weekend’s racing in the ‘Cars‘ section of his website (here). Look for the ‘SCCBC – Sept 14 – 2014′ album or just click here to go directly to the six pages of photos. The fourth, fifth and sixth pages have some great shots of our VRCBC ‘hero racers’.
Thanks to Brent Martin for the action photos below.
Posted: August 19, 2014
This year’s edition of the BC Historic Motor Races continued the great 27 year tradition of the VRCBC’s big annual event. The BCHMR has its own web site (here). Many photos of the weekend have already been added and the final results will follow soon. Check it regularly.
You can also see other photos and follow the ongoing serious (and not so serious) commentary among some of the racers, officials and fans on the VRCBC Facebook page (here).
The next regular VRCBC ‘River’s Edge Vintage Series’ races will take place on the Sunday of the SCCBC’s September 13th-14th weekend event at Mission Raceway. Full information will be posted on the Schedule page of the SCCBC web site (here).
Updated: July 15, 2013
The weather conditions for this season’s second race weekend couldn’t have been more different from those at the first. While it was soaking wet in May; it was baking hot for the SCCBC’s ‘Race for the House’ event during the July 12th-13th weekend. The heat took its toll on both racing cars and drivers. (Of course, crew members, turn workers, safety crews and the other race officials and volunteers who are well-known to be much tougher, hardly noticed that the sky was cloudless!)
The results are posted under the 2014 Race Results menu (here). As always, thanks to the SCCBC for making them available.
New: Check out some of Brent Martin’s photos below. More to follow soon. (Thanks Brent.)
Posted: July 9, 2014
Classic Mini enthusiasts gathered at the famous Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Can-Am Mini Challenge, celebrating the 55th anniversary of the ‘real’ Mini. The Mini Challenge was one of the feature races in the Sports Car Vintage Racing Association’s (SVRA) big ‘2014 The Mechanics Bank Vintage Grand Prix of Mid Ohio‘ over the June 26th-29th weekend.
The VRCBC was very well represented. Two of the biggest Mini enthusiasts anywhere, VRCBC members Geoff Tupholme and Bob Beauchemin made the long trek from the BC interior to Ohio, and they did us proud.
In a field of 48 racing Minis of every description (‘standard’ Vintage eligibility rules didn’t really apply!), Geoff finished 8th overall and third in class and Bob (after a slight off-course excursion on the last lap) came 10th overall and won his class. (See the results pages here and here courtesy of the SVRA.)
But the VRCBC connection didn’t stop with our two local heroes. Club ‘alumni’ (and ‘monster’ Mini enthusiasts) Rachel and Andy Nelson (who now live in Ontario) were also heavily involved in the event. Andy took 14th overall in their beautifully restored 1965 Cooper S. He also loaned their very fast 1963 Cooper S to well-known British Mini tuner Nick Swift, who proceeded to take second overall and win his class. (Check out his story of the event on the Swiftune web site here.)
And last but certainly not least, Rachel was the lead organizer of the Mini-Challenge. It will not surprise VRCBC members who remember her great contribution as a member of our Executive, that this event was a huge success.
Click here to see a short video of the start of the race; Geoff goes by in 10th place and Bob in 12th. (Mission Raceway Road Course racers will be interested to know that there are no sound level restrictions at Mid-Ohio!)
The Can-Am Mini Challenge Facebook page (here) has many more photos and videos. And an online album with over 300 photos of the full SVRA event (not just the Minis) can be viewed here. That great ‘Montage of Minis’ below was created by Richard Coburn. You can visit his Facebook page here.
Posted: July 8, 2014
SOVREN, our Vintage racing friends from just across the border held the 26th edition of their annual Pacific Northwest Historics event at Pacific Raceways over the July 4th-6th weekend. Our good friend Brent Martin was there and brought back some great photos of VRCBC members and friends in action (see gallery below). You can see lots more of Brent’s excellent photos on his web site (here).
Posted: May 30, 2014
VRCBC stalwart, Glen Gibbons had transmission troubles with his familiar yellow Alfa Romeo GTV early on during the first race day of the season. So, he ‘shifted gears’ (ahem) and became a photo-journalist. He sent us these photos of the soggy goings-on. Thanks Glen; you’re hired.
Posted: May 28, 2014
The 2014 Vintage racing season at Mission Raceway Park Road Course got off to a very soggy start on May 25th. The weather was OK on the Saturday of the SCCBC’s “May-niacs” Weekend, but the Sunday – when the Vintage races were run – was a real west coast-style soaker! Not all of the VRCBC racers had the ideal tires for the conditions but nevertheless ‘a good time was had by all’ – sort of. After all, being out on the race track – no matter the conditions – is always better than doing chores at home!
The results are posted under the 2014 Race Results menu (here). Thanks to the SCCBC for making them available.
Check out Brent Martin’s photos below. As always, thanks Brent.
Updated: April 21, 2014
The VRCBC and our good friends from META (Motorsport & Emergency Turnworkers Association) shared a booth at the 18th Annual BC Classic & Custom Car Show at the Fraser Valley Trade and Exhibition Centre (more commonly known as TRADEX) in Abbotsford. We had three racing cars on display: Alan McColl’s Lotus Cortina and Tiga Formula Ford, and Phil Roney’s TVR Vixen.
The show was open to the public during Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Easter weekend. We would like to thank the many motorsports enthusiasts – old and new – who stopped by to talk about road racing at Mission Raceway. See you at the track!
Updated: April 19, 2014
The VRCBC racing season opened the evening of Tuesday, April 15th with the VRCBC – IWE Piston Cup Kart Race at our favourite venue, TBC Indoor Racing in Richmond. This time, the members of each team were selected by a random draw held just before the start. As a result, some former team mates became ‘arch-enemies’ and former enemies found themselves on the same team. Interesting!
The Final Results are available here.
And thanks to Jock Hobson for the photos below.
Posted: March 21, 2014
Long time META volunteers and VRCBC members, Linda and Manny Zumm have offered us a diversion while we await the completion of the Mission Raceway track re-surfacing so that the 2014 racing season can get under way. They visited Cuba earlier this year and snapped some photos of the old cars that the country is so well-known for. (Apologies for the fuzziness of some of them; they were taken from a moving bus.)
By the way, the current rumour is that Linda and Manny are trying to decide which car to bring back for Vintage racing at Mission. Apparently the front runner is that hot-looking lilac(?) 1959 Chevie in the photo below, but we will have to wait and see what they show up with.
Updated: March 16, 2014
The SCCBC has just released a further revision of their race schedule for 2014. (This latest SCCBC notice can be downloaded here.) The major changes are the cancellation of the March 30th Practice Day, the first Driver Training on-track sessions for April and the first CACC race event intended for April.
Update: The Practice Day for Friday, April 18th is no longer tentative; it has been cancelled. The first Practice Day will be Friday, May 23rd.
The first REVS Vintage races will now not occur until Sunday, May 25th during the first CACC / SCCBC race weekend of the year. The Vintage race schedule on this web site (here) has been amended to reflect these changes.
Registration for the May weekend is now open at sccbc.motorsportreg.com
These changes are required because of ongoing paving projects at Mission Raceway.
The following is taken from a February 27th email notification from the SCCBC Executive to their Club members explaining the situation:
” … the Club Executive, after much deliberation and consultation, has concluded that it is in the best interest of the club at this time to repave the Turn 9 area and the section of track between Turns 7 and 8.
The BC Custom Car Association is having the asphalt removed from their drag strip and is repaving the first 350 feet of their run-off/shut-down area. This new pavement will extend beyond our Turn 9. Having assessed the situation it was determined this was an opportune time to address the issues in Turn 9. The Turn 9 profile will not be changed, but it will be re-graded in order to have a nice level, consistent and smooth transition onto the front straight. In order to blend this new raised area into the existing roadways, a fair amount of fill will be added and the area will need to be appropriately sloped to tie in with the existing roadways and to allow for correct water drainage.
The area between Turns 7 and 8 has been rapidly deteriorating in the last year and over the winter has become even worse. It has now become a “Must Do” repair. This area will be torn up, a proper road bed installed and repaved. This should repair the very uneven pavement and sink-hole. We acknowledge that there are other areas of the track that will need addressing in the near future, and those will be looked after as funding becomes available.
Our infrastructure is beginning to show its age, and we must keep on top of these issues so as to ensure the safest track conditions possible. Weather permitting we hope to have the track ready for use for our March 30th practice. “
Please note that this work is very weather dependent and the schedule is subject to change. Therefore, always make sure to double-check the official schedule on the SCCBC website (here) before heading to the track.
Updated: February 27, 2014
The VRCBC’s 2014 British Columbia Historic Motor Races will be held on the August 16 – 17 weekend, with a Test & Tune (Practice) Day on the preceding Friday, August 15. As the latest information on the BCHMR becomes available, it will be posted on the BCHMR web site, here.
Updated: March 15, 2014
The VRCBC Eligibility Committee proposed some revisions to the VRCBC Eligibility Rules for the upcoming 2014 race season. The document is available for downloading here. All of the changes from the current 2013 document have been highlighted in yellow. Some of these are merely annual date updates and minor editing revisions. The significant changes in racing car eligibility are in the Production-Based Racing Cars category:
- The time window for the current Classic Group will be closed at the current Dec 31/1980 date. (It currently has the ‘add one more year every year’ clause.)
- A new Class (tentatively named Group 80+) is established for cars from 1981 to 1989. (It includes the ‘add one more year every year’ clause.)
- A new group is established for cars from the three well known national Canadian racing series for Honda Civics, GM Camaros and Firebirds, and Porsche 944s.
Update: These proposals were formally presented by the Eligibility Committee for discussion at the VRCBC General Meeting on February 18 and the document was approved by the members present. This document was then presented at the Vintage Discipline meeting during the CACC AGM on March 9th and was accepted by the Vintage Discipline members present.
This was ‘The Last Race’, a DVD produced by Hans Sipma about the very last Vintage race event, ‘The Tenth Annual Historics Weekend’, held at Westwood over an early July weekend in 1990.
The entry list of almost 100 cars that is included with the DVD contains many familiar names, quite a few of whom are still Vintage racing today. And you will recognize a lot of the faces too (although they are considerably younger!) when you watch it.
The DVD captures a lot of the activity and fun in the Paddock as well as having some great video of the on-track action, which features everything from classic Morgans to ‘Vettes and XKE’s, and from Formula Vees and Fords, to the beautiful 1948 Talbot Lago Grand Prix car, captured by Kane Rogers in his cover illustration.
Click here to download Hans’ info sheet for his DVD.