Car Show in Mission this Sunday

Bent Wrenches Car Show - Sept 2014

Posted: September 18, 2014

Well known Vintage racer and VRCBC member Bernie Hamm is hosting his annual classic and sports car show at his shop in Mission this coming Sunday, September 21st. You still have time to get out the polish and make your interesting car(s) look immaculate. This show is always good fun and the proceeds go to a local charity. Give Bernie a call for more information.

Another Successful Vintage Race Day!

David Hogg (Porsche 911) holds off Ian Thomas (BMW 2002) and an almost hidden Mike Hawthorne (Porsche 944) through Mission's Turn 5 with Leigh Anderson (BMW 1600), Ian Wood (Volvo 142S) and Paul Haym (Datsun 510) in hot pursuit. - Brent Martin photo

David Hogg (Porsche 911) holds off Ian Thomas (BMW 2002) and an almost hidden Mike Hawthorne (Porsche 944) through Mission’s Turn 5 with Leigh Anderson (BMW 1600), Ian Wood (Volvo 142S) and Paul Haym (Datsun 510) in hot pursuit. – Brent Martin photo

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.

And now for something completely different …

Duck! A typical position for a Pacific Forest Rally car somewhere near Merritt - pointing in one direction but actually going in another! - photo courtesy Canadian Rally Championship

Duck! A typical position for a Pacific Forest Rally car somewhere near Merritt – pointing in one direction but actually going in another! – photo courtesy Canadian Rally Championship

Posted: September 15, 2014

This isn’t about Vintage racing but it is about motorsports enthusiasts enjoying themselves in local competition. The Pacific Forest Rally (PFR) is the British Columbia stop in the Canadian Rally Championship (CRC) and is an annual fixture in the provincial motorsports calendar. This year, this great stage rally over the October 3-4 weekend, is again based out of its traditional home of Merritt .

The CRC has created a preview video (here), which shows what you can expect – lots of flying gravel basically!

There is no Vintage racing at Mission that weekend – so you are available – and the PFR organizers can always use a a few more volunteers, so why not check it out? Volunteers get a bag lunch on Saturday, a ticket to the banquet on Saturday night, and help with hotel costs. But none of those perks compare to the best part: making new friends, meeting legendary rally teams, and seeing rally cars up close and personal.

For more information, check out the event web site: (here) …. and don’t forget to duck!

UPDATED!: Are you looking for a (potential) TR8 Vintage Racer, a Dodge SX 2 litre, an MGB GT (reduced price), or …..

TR8 green drivers side - resized

Updated price!: This 1980 Triumph TR8 would make a great Vintage racing car.

Updated: September 10, 2014

……a TVR Vixen, a former Ontario Canada Class Champion, a Triumph roll bar, a Ford Anglia, a RCI Race Seat, a full Vintage FVee package, 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?

Check out the items in our Classifieds page under the Pit Shop menu by clicking here.

Another Successful BCHMR!

Tony Carruthers (1986 Swift DB2), Jim Robinson (1967 Lotus Super Seven), Marty Knoll (1975 Johnston JM3 ), Ian Wood (1965 Fournier Marcadier Barquette) and - almost hidden behind Jim's Lotus - Ray Stec (Royale RP37) coming through Turn 5 at the Mission Raceway Road Course on Saturday. - Brent Martin photo

Tony Carruthers (1986 Swift DB2), Jim Robinson (1967 Lotus Super Seven), Marty Knoll (1975 Johnston JM3 ), Ian Wood (1965 Fournier Marcadier Barquette) and – almost hidden behind Jim’s Lotus – Ray Stec (Royale RP37) coming through Turn 5 at the Mission Raceway Road Course on Saturday. – Brent Martin photo

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).

BC Historic Motor Races next!

Here comes the Havy Metal! - Doug Yip ('67 Sunbeam Tiger) leads Dennis Repel ('74 Chevrolet Camaro) and the rest of the pack in the 2012 BCHMR. - Brent Martin photo

Here comes the Heavy Metal! – Doug Yip (’67 Sunbeam Tiger) leads Dennis Repel (’74 Chevrolet Camaro) and the rest of the pack in the 2012 BCHMR. – Brent Martin photo

Updated: July 30, 2014

The next race event at the Mission Raceway Park Road Course is the VRCBC’s very own annual BC Historic Motor Races. The BCHMR has its own web site (here) with all of the info for entrants, spectators and media.

You can see photos of many of the entrants who have already signed-on by going directly to the Photos of Entrants – 2014 page (here).

The BCHMR web site is updated regularly. Check it out.

 

 

The Action was (Very) Hot at the Second Vintage Races!

Leigh Anderson (1967  BMW 1600) and Paul Haym ( 1969 Datsun 510) lead Bernie Hamm (1966 MGB) and the rest of the pack into Turn 2. - Brent Martin photo

Leigh Anderson (1967 BMW 1600) and Paul Haym ( 1969 Datsun 510) lead Bernie Hamm (1966 MGB) and the rest of the pack into Turn 2. – Brent Martin photo

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.)

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A Big Mini Adventure!

The M3 Class Podium with the third place man, our boy Geoff on the right, runner-up Richard Paterson on the left and the winner, UK Mini-legend Nick Swift (of Swiftune fame) in the centre. - photo courtesy Can-Am Mini Challenge

Can-Am Mini Challenge: The M3 Class Podium with the third place man, our boy Geoff on the right, runner-up Richard Paterson on the left and the winner, UK Mini-legend Nick Swift (of Swiftune fame) in the centre. – photo courtesy Can-Am Mini Challenge

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.

Class M4 Winner Bob Beauchemin - photo courtesy Can-Am Mini Challenge

Class M4 Winner Bob Beauchemin – photo courtesy Can-Am Mini Challenge

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.

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SOVREN’s Pacific Northwest Historics Weekend: July 4th-6th

Long time VRCBC member Tim Pickstone in his beautiful 1963 Porsche 356C leads the pack in one of the Historic Small Bore races at the Pacific Northwest Historics. - Brent Martin photo

Long time VRCBC member Tim Pickstone in his beautiful 1963 Porsche 356C leads the pack in one of the Historic Small Bore races at the Pacific Northwest Historics. – Brent Martin photo

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).

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Splish, Splash! (Soggy) Action at the Season’s First Race!

Whoops! Even 'Detroit Iron' is spooked by a 'Big Healey'! Dennis Repel (1974 Chevrolet Camaro) does a graceful pirouette in front of Ivan Lessner (1958 Austin Healey 100-6) leaving Turn 1. Dennis eventually recovered to win the race. - Glen Gibbons photo

Whoops! Even ‘Detroit Iron’ is spooked by a ‘Big Healey’! Dennis Repel (1974 Chevrolet Camaro) does a graceful pirouette in front of Ivan Lessner (1958 Austin Healey 100-6) leaving Turn 1. Dennis eventually recovered to win the race. – Glen Gibbons photo

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.

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First Vintage Races of 2014!

John Elliott (1969 MGB) splashes around the track. - Brent Martin photo

John Elliott (1969 MGB) splashes around the track. – Brent Martin photo

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.

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VRCBC and META at the BC Classic & Custom Car Show

The VRCBC - META booth before the doors open. - VRCBC photo

The VRCBC – META booth before the doors open. – VRCBC photo

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.

L to R: Lotus Cortina, Tiga Formula Ford, TVR Vixen - VRCBC photo

L to R: Lotus Cortina, Tiga Formula Ford, TVR Vixen – VRCBC photo

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!

There are a few more photos posted on the META and VRCBC Facebook pages.

VRCBC Season Opens with Karts!

Team Cheatah makes another lightning-quick pit stop en route to sixth place. - Jock Hobson photo

Team Cheatah makes a super-quick pit stop en route to sixth place. – Jock Hobson photo

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.

Our sponsor, IWE-Rear Ends Only, donated some fabulous trophies and Western Driver (our annual host at the All British Field Meet) provided some other goodies. Thanks!

And thanks to Jock Hobson for the photos below.

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And Now for Something Completely Different!

Havana by Thunderbird - Linda Zumm photo

Havana by Thunderbird – Linda Zumm photo

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.

Notice: 2014 Race Schedule Updated – Yet Again!

'A word from the wise." Former VRCBC president Jim Latham (L) reminds current president Tedd McHenry to always check the schedule before heading to the track. - VRCBC photo

‘A word from the wise.’ Former VRCBC president Jim Latham (L) reminds current president Tedd McHenry to always check the schedule before heading to the track. – VRCBC photo

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.

2014 BCHMR in August

Ron Dempsey (1969 BMW 2002), Dave Phillips (1957 Austin Healey 100-6), Ian Thomas (1971 BMW 2002), Paul Haym ( Datsun 510) and Geoff Tupholme (1973 Mini) between Mission's Turns 1 and 2, at the 2013 BCHMR - Jim Moody photo

Ron Dempsey (1969 BMW 2002), Dave Phillips (1957 Austin Healey 100-6), Ian Thomas (1971 BMW 2002), Paul Haym (Datsun 510) and Geoff Tupholme (1973 Mini) between Mission’s Turns 1 and 2, at the 2013 BCHMR – Jim Moody photo

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.

VRCBC Vintage Eligibility Rules for 2014 Approved

 VRCBC Eligibility and Approval Process for 2014

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.

Last Westwood Historics DVD

Many of those who attended the VRCBC’s special ‘Westwood Mural Unveiling’ meeting at Mark’s Auto Body in Port Coquitlam or our Annual Banquet asked about one of the DVD’s we were showing.

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.

BCHMR Web Site

The BCHMR has its own web site with results and photos on the 2014, 2013 and 2012 events. Just click on this link:
www.bchmr.ca
to go directly there.

Videos of Mission Action

Go to www.racing.ca to watch some excellent videos of the 2013 races at Mission Raceway. No Vintage races (yet) but the action is great!

Vintage FFord at Mission
Dennis has a ‘Smokin’ Day’
Ride Along With Phil
Ride Along With Mark
E-Type wins 2012 Race #1
Lotus 7 2nd – 2012 Race #1
Lotus 7 wins 2012 Race #2
2011 BCHMR Highlights
2011 BCHMR from a Mini
BCHMR: BMW 2002 Ride
XKE Hot Lap of Mission
Minis Battle at Mission
Lotus 7 at BCHMR-WW50
Westwood Closure: 1990

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