Another BCHMR in the Books!

Collin Jackson in his beautifully restored 1973 Brabham BT40 is just one of the fast, classic racing cars that will be competing at the BC Historic Motor Races this weekend. - Brent Martin photo

Collin Jackson’s beautifully restored 1973 Brabham BT40 was just one of the fast, classic racing cars that competed at the BC Historic Motor Races this past weekend. – Brent Martin photo

Updated: August 29, 2015

The 2015 BC Historic Motor Races are now history! The 28th running of this annual VRCBC event was again held at the Mission Raceway Park Road Course over the Saturday, August 22nd – Sunday, August 23rd weekend. A big thank you from the VRCBC to all of our sponsors, fans and supporters, and of course, the entrants.

The BCHMR’s own web site (here) now has the Sunday race results. The remaining results will be available as soon as possible.

We have received hundreds of photos from many photographers. (Thank you!) A lot of them will eventually be posted on the BCHMR web site but in the meantime, check them out on the VRCBC Facebook Group (here) and the BCHMR Facebook page (here).

Another Great Race Weekend!

John Elliott and his classic British Racing Green 1969 MGB are just one of the combos entered in this weekend's Vintage races at Mission Raceway Road Course. -  Brent Martin photo

John Elliott and his classic British Racing Green 1969 MGB were just one of the entries in the August 9th Vintage races at Mission Raceway Road Course. – Brent Martin photo

Posted: August 10, 2015

The August 8th – 9th weekend saw the fourth CACC-sanctioned, SCCBC-organized race event – “Hot Summer Days” – of the season at Mission Raceway Park Road Course. As usual, the Vintage racing took place on the Sunday only but there was lots of action on both days in all classes, including Open Wheel racing cars and Sports Racers, and modified production Closed Wheel sedans and sports cars. There are many tight championship points battles across all of the classes, so the action was intense!

The full weekend Race Results are available on the SCCBC web site (here). The Sunday results for both Open Wheel / Sports Racer (which includes Vintage formula cars and sports racers) and Vintage Closed Wheel are also available on this web site (here).

Another Hot One!

Coming right at you! VRCBC Vice President Paul Haym in his classic 1969 Datsun 510 - Brent Martin photo

Coming right at you! VRCBC Vice President Paul Haym in his classic 1969 Datsun 510 – Brent Martin photo

Updated: July 24, 2015

July 18-19 was another hot weekend in the Fraser Valley for the Sports Car Club of BC’s Run for the House charity event for Ronald MacDonald House. The VRCBC ran their third REVS races of the season on the Sunday. The results are available on the SCCBC website (here) and are also posted on the 2015 Season Results page of this website (here).

As always, thanks to Brent Martin for providing us with the photos of the Vintage racing below. Many more of his photos of all of the weekend action – including the Charity rides – will be available on his web site (here) soon.

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VRCBA Racers at the SVRA 2015 Portland Vintage Racing Festival

The VRCBC's own Tony Carruthers in his Swift DB2 leads a Lola 497/C - Jim Moody photo

The VRCBC’s own Tony Carruthers in his Swift DB2 leads a Lola 497/C – Jim Moody photo

Posted: July 15, 2015

Several VRCBC members took part in the Portland Vintage Racing Festival organized by the SVRA at Portland International Raceway over the July 9-12 weekend. Our friend Jim Moody was there and sent us some of his photos; thanks Jim.

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Pacific Northwest Historics

The VRCBC's own Steve Clark in his 1963 Lotus 23B sports racer. - Brent Martin photo

The VRCBC’s own Steve Clark in his 1963 Lotus 23B sports racer. – Brent Martin photo

Posted: July 8, 2015

Our friends across the border, the Society Of Vintage Racing ENthusiasts – better known to all as SOVREN (here) – held their premier annual event, the Pacific Northwest Historics at Pacific Raceways over their July 4th holiday weekend. Many VRCBC members and friends of the Club, who often race with us at the Mission Raceway Road Course, took part.

Brent Martin was there too and has provided us with some great action photos (see below). You can see more of Brent’s photos of this and many other motorsports events on his web site (here).

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Super Hot Vintage Racing!

Roger van der Marel exiting Turn 9 in his beautiful 1967 Alfa Romeo GTV. - Brent Martin photo

Roger van der Marel exiting Mission’s Turn 9 in his beautiful 1967 Alfa Romeo GTV during the REVS races on June 28th. – Brent Martin photo

Updated: June 30, 2015

The weather was almost too perfect for the SCCBC’s June Bug Race Weekend at the Mission Raceway Park Road Course. It was warm!

There was a good turn out of Vintage racers for the VRCBC REVS races. A real highlight was the appearance of Collin Jackson’s beautifully restored and very fast 1973 Brabham BT40, a well-known Formula Atlantic competitor from the past.

The Vintage Closed Wheel and the Open Wheel / Sports Racer results for the Sunday are available on this web site (here). The complete results for the weekend are available on the Race Results page on the SCCBC web site (here).

Brent Martin has again provided us with some great photos – see below. He has also posted many more photos of the weekend’s action on his web site (here).

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BCHMR Online Entry is Now Open!

Ivan Lessner (Austin Healey 100-6), Roger Van Der Marel (Alfa Romeo GTV) and John Elliott (MGB) fight over who gets to enter the BCHMR next. - Brent Martin photo

Ivan Lessner (Austin Healey 100-6), Roger Van Der Marel (Alfa Romeo GTV) and John Elliott (MGB) fight over who gets to enter the BCHMR next. – Brent Martin photo

Updated: June 8, 2015

The online entry for the 2015 edition of the VRCBC’s big annual event, the British Columbia Historic Motor Races (BCHMR) is now open. The BCHMR will be held over the August 22-23 weekend at the Mission Raceway Park Road Course. Full information is available on the BCHMR event web site (here).

Ian Thomas in his BMW 2002 was the first to sign up for the BCHMR, followed closely by VRCBC Treasurer Gayle Baird in her Formula Vee. The next three entrants were those stalwarts of the Formula Ford grids at Mission; Doug Floer, Alan McColl and Alan Baker. The number of entrants continues to grow; their photo is added to the BCHMR web site (here) as they do.

Looking good!

Something for Everyone!

An eclectic mix: BMW 2002ti Racing Sedan, Xpit F4 Racing Car, Singer 4AD Roadster

An eclectic mix: BMW 2002ti Racing Sedan, Xpit F4 Racing Car, Singer 4AD Roadster

Updated: August 12, 2015

The VRCBC Classifieds section (here) has something for everyone, whether you want to go Vintage Closed Wheel racing in a very fast BMW, Vintage Open Wheel racing in a nimble (and economical) Formula 4, or are looking for a classic Singer roadster as that perfect winter restoration project.

And while you are in the Classifieds, have a look at the all of the other ads for a TVR Vixen racing car, a Triumph TR8, 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 two street MG Midgets, 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?

Season’s First Vintage Races

Peter Valkenburg in his new Vintage racer, a Porsche 911, leading Michael Hawthorne in his Porsche 944. - Brent Martin photo

Peter Valkenburg in his new Vintage racer, a Porsche 911, leading Michael Hawthorne in his Porsche 944. – Brent Martin photo

Updated: June 11, 2015

VRCBC Vintage racers were out on the Sunday of the SCCBC’s May Days event over the May 30-31 weekend at Mission Raceway Park Road Course. This was the first on-track racing of the 2015 season and the weather cooperated perfectly. The grid was enhanced with a couple of beautifully prepared new cars; Roger Van Der Marel’s Alfa Romeo GTV and Peter Valkenburg’s Porsche 911.

Update: The results are now available on the 2015 Season page (here) under the Race Results menu.

Brent Martin has again provided us with the great photos shown below. Check his web site (here) later this week for his full set of all of the weekend’s action.

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Want to go Vintage Racing?

Top to Bottom: 1969 TVR Vixen - ready to go racing now!; 1980 Triumph TR8 and 1968 MG Midget - both great potential Vintage racers.

Top to Bottom: 1969 TVR Vixen – ready to go racing now!; 1980 Triumph TR8 and 1968 MG Midget – both great potential Vintage racers.

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).

Lapping Day at Mission

Karlo Flores' classic Bugeye Austin Healey Sprite has a big yawn while waiting for its next turn on the track. - Brent Martin photo

Karlo Flores’ classic Bugeye Austin Healey Sprite has a big yawn while waiting for its next turn on the track. – Brent Martin photo

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.

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Looking for Classic Engines?

Two famous V8's: Gurney Weslake (left) and Weslake Chevy (right) are available.

Two famous V8’s: Gurney Weslake (left) and Weslake Chevy (right) are available.

Posted: March 19, 2015

These two famous engines are for sale. Go directly to the Classifieds page (here) to check them out!

The Enthusiast’s Trip of 2015!

Best Brit Classic Tour 2015 - Poster

 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!

2015 Vintage Race Schedule Now Confirmed

Tom Sproule and his 1969 Merilyn Mk1 Formula Vee are apparently already set up in the Mission Paddock waiting patiently for the 2015 Season Race Schedule to be confirmed. - Brent Martin photo

Former VRCBC president Tom Sproule and his 1969 Merilyn Mk1 Formula Vee are apparently already set up in the Mission Paddock waiting impatiently for the 2015  Vintage Race Season to start! – Brent Martin photo

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).

Final Race Weekend Results

1969 Ford Escort TC - John McCoy - Ioannou photo

1969 Ford Escort TC – John McCoy – Tony Ioannou photo

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:

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Ian and ‘Monique’ do the CSRG Charity Challenge at Sonoma!

Ian Wood gets some air at Sonoma Raceway with his beautiful little 1965 Fournier Marcadier Barquette sports racer.

Ian Wood gets some air at Sonoma Raceway with his beautiful little 1965 Fournier Marcadier Barquette sports racer.

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.

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Latest Vantage published!

VRCBC Vantage Cover Autumn 2014

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.

You can find this edition – and all of the previous Vantages – under the About VRCBC menu, or just download it directly by clicking here.

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.

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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).

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.

Membership – New and Renewal
Interested in becoming a Member of the VRCBC or just want to renew your current one? Go to the Membership page here.
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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