Posted: July 24, 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. It is updated regularly. Check it out today.
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).
Updated: June 4, 2014
……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.
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.