The VRCBC’s British Columbia Historic Motor Races, on the May 25-26 weekend are the first big event of the 2013 season at Mission Raceway Park Road Course. That’s only a few short weeks away now. Find out all of the latest info on the races and other activities by going to the BCHMR web site (here).
See you at the track!
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Updated: April 22, 2013
The VRCBC teamed up with our friends at META (the Motorsport Emergency & Turnworkers Association) for a display at the big BC Classic and Custom Car Show at the TRADEX Exhibition Centre in Abbotsford. The Show was open from Friday April 19th to Sunday April 21st.
The booth featured three all-out racing cars: the former Speedvision World Challenge Corvette C5 of Tom Johnston Racing, the beautifully prepared and very fast Vintage Formula Ford Tiga of Alan McColl and a newcomer on the local scene, the 1965 Fournier-Marcadier Barquette 1.6 litre sports racer of Ian Wood. (These photos were taken late at night before the setup was completed.)
Thank you to the many show-goers who dropped by the booth and said hello; we hope to see you again next year. And a very big ‘Thank You’ from the VRCBC to the many META folks who showed up (in race day uniform) to help us promote road racing at the Mission Raceway Park Road Course. The next big event is of course, our BC Historic Motor Races (here) on the May 25th – 26th weekend.
Updated: April 17, 2013
The SCCBC / CACC ‘A Lap Ahead’ weekend opened the race season at Mission Raceway Park Road Course on April 13-14. It was a little chilly and damp on the Saturday but just as ordered by the VRCBC’s Vintage racers, the weather was beautiful on Sunday. The full weekend results are now available on the SCCBC web site (here) and will also be posted on this web site.
Check out the photos below. Thanks to Paul Bonner for the on-track shots.
VRCBC members and guests gathered at TBC Indoor Kart Racing in Richmond on Tuesday, March 12th for the Third Annual VRCBC One Hour Enduro. There was some great racing throughout, with just enough ”bump drafting” to entertain the ‘hundreds of screaming’ (well, maybe not) fans.
After a full hour of racing, Team Tiger (Doug Yip, Trevor Yip and Steve Hodge) had completed 106 laps, taking first place by 2 laps from Big Bull Racing (Keith Robinson, Paul Higgins and Ian Wood). The battle for third place was really intense with Team CPR – not the Railroad (Gunter Pichler, Greg Campbell and Phil Roney) only beating Team Turn Worker (Roger Salmonon, Thomas Leisner and Angus Glass) by 16 seconds. They in turn only held onto fourth place by one (!) second from Team Zoom Zoom (Al Harvey, Brian Harvey and Rod Davison). The complete results are here.
And special congratulations to the drivers with the two fastest laps; Trevor Yip (at 30.330 seconds) and Roger Salomon (at 30.781 seconds). Trevor is a kart racer who switched to Formula Vee last season. Roger began as an Assistant Starter at Westwood in 1969 and has been contributing his time and expertise as a race official ever since. It is very fitting that he showed all of the ‘regular racers’ how to turn a fast lap!
Apologies for the poor quality of the photos below; the photographer was overcome with excitement!
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.
Updated: April 10th
The first race event of 2013 is only a few days away. It is the Sports Car Club of BC’s ‘A Lap Ahead’ weekend on April 13-14 at the Mission Raceway Park Road Course. Our VRCBC Vintage racers will be out on the Sunday, April 14. (There is also a SCCBC Practice Day on Friday, April 12.)
You can check out some photos of the early bird Vintage registrants below. Everybody will be warming up for the big British Columbia Historic Motor Races (better known as the BCHMR) weekend on May 25-26, also at Mission.
Complete information on the ‘A Lap Ahead’ weekend is available on the SCCBC web site (here). You can go directly to the MotorsportReg.com sites:
- SCCBC - Practice Day, Friday, April 12th: here
- SCCBC – ‘A Lap Ahead Weekend’, Saturday, April 13th - Sunday, April 14th: here
See you at the track!
Updated: April 1, 2013
Brent Martin has posted some of his photos of the ‘Brit Car Drive Up’on the VRCBC Facebook page here. They are great examples of the wide cross-section of cars that will be on display at the All British Field Meet at the Van Dusen Gardens on Saturday, May 18th.
Posted: March 14, 2013
A press release from our friends at the All British Field Meet and Wilkinson’s Automobilia.
Announcing The ‘BRIT CAR’ DRIVE UP
The Brit Car Drive Up is presented by the All British Field Meet – The Greatest Show on British Wheels and will feature and promote classics from the ABFM. This year’s ABFM will again be held at the VanDusen Gardens on Saturday May 18, 2013. (ABFM web site)
Please join us for a brisk Saturday morning drive to the Convention Centre followed by a visit to the big Auto Show. Cars will assemble between 9:30am and 10:00 am at the Vancouver Planetarium parking lot, Vanier Park, Kits Point, Vancouver. (location) From there we will convoy down Burrard Street to the Convention Centre.
We anticipate a good showing with at least one Aston Martin DB5 leading the parade to celebrate Aston’s 100th anniversary. Also, we would like Austin Healey’s 60th anniversary to be well represented as well. But all ‘Brit’ cars are welcome to join in the fun as we take over the streets of downtown Vancouver. Clubs are welcome to bring membership promotion material and banners, as the VIAS will be promoting this event and a large crowd of spectators and media coverage is anticipated.
The VRCBC Eligibility Rules for 2013 were passed at the February 19th General Meeting. These rules apply to the Club’s own REVS races at Mission. (Note that the BCHMR usually uses different eligibility criteria, particulary regarding the minimum age of the cars in the different classes.)
These rules were presented by the Club’s Eligibility Committee and discussed at the January 15th Club meeting and then posted on this web site. They were then presented, discussed and voted on by current Club members present at the February 19th Club meeting.
The approved version was submitted to the CACC Vintage Discipline Director on February 22nd for presentation and acceptance at the Vintage Discipline meeting at the CACC Annual General Meeting on March 3rd, where they were accepted.
The significant changes from the 2012 version are the revisons with regard to the ‘Open Wheel Purpose-Built Racing Cars’. This section has been rewritten so that it is consistent with the existing eligibility rules for ‘Sports Racing Purpose-Built Racing Cars’. The 2013 rules are available on the Racing Car Eligibility page (here) under the Rules & Regs menu.