Posted: November 23, 2015
Get your pencils out and start marking your calendar for next year! The SCCBC recently announced their proposed 2016 race schedule for Mission. Please note that although these dates are likely, they are not yet fully confirmed:
- SCCBC Driver Training #1: March 19/20
- CACC Race Weekend #1: April 15/16/17 – Friday is a Practice Day – VRCBC REVS races on Sunday
- CACC Race Weekend #2: April 30 / May 1 – VRCBC REVS races on Sunday
- CACC Race Weekend #3: June 11/12 – VRCBC REVS races on Sunday
- SCCBC Driver Training #2: June 25/26
- ICSCC (‘Conference’) Race Weekend: July 8/9/10 – Friday is a Practice Day – no Vintage races
- CACC Race Weekend #4: August 6/7 – VRCBC REVS races on Sunday
- British Columbia Historic Motor Races (‘BCHMR’): August 19/20/21 – Friday is a Practice Day
- CACC Race Weekend #5: September 10/11 – VRCBC REVS races on Sunday
- CACC Race Weekend #6: October 8/9 – VRCBC REVS races on Sunday
The SCCBC has added one more CACC – sanctioned race weekend this year. The intention is that there will therefore be a total of seven Vintage racing opportunities – the BCHMR weekend plus six ‘REVS Sundays’!
Watch this space for final confirmation of the schedule.
Posted: October 16, 2015
The VRCBC’s very own international ambassadors. Linda and Manny Zumm have been at it again! When they aren’t helping with racing at Mission, they are travelling somewhere interesting. In the past, they have provided us with photos of their visit to the famous Goodwood Revival (here) and of the fascinating ‘vintage’ cars of Havana (here). This past July they were back in England and some friends surprised them with tickets to the “Best of British Airshow” at The Shuttleworth Collection (here) located at the Old Warden Aerodrome near Biggleswade in Bedfordshire.
The event showcased aircraft designed and built by the best of the many historic British manufacturers from the earliest days. In addition, the TVR Car Club was invited to drop by and celebrate the 75th (!) anniversary of that famous British sports car.
The Shuttleworth pre-event promotional video (on You Tube here) describes the plans for the show and the post-event video (here) shows many of the historic aircraft in action. Two World War 1 era fighters – a Sopwith Snipe and an Albatros DVa – were brought all of the way from New Zealand for the show.
The weather was perfect as you can see from Linda and Manny’s photos below. Thanks for the trip report guys; we look forward to the next one!
Posted: October 16, 2015
Sunday October 11th saw the final Vintage racing of the 2015 season at Mission Raceway’s Road Course during the Sports Car Club of BC (SCCBC) Turkey Triple Weekend. The Vintage – related results are now posted on this web site under the Race Results menu (here). The full results for all of the weekend racing are available on the Results page of the SCCBC web site (here). As always, our thanks to the SCCBC Timing & Scoring team for making this information available to us.
Brent Martin has again provided us with some photos (see below). Thanks Brent. You can find his full portfolio for the Turkey Triple Weekend plus a lot of other motorsport action on his own website (here). And remember, Brent is donating 50% of the revenue from the sale of photos from his web site during October to the E-Crew Firesuit Fund (here).
Updated: September 20, 2015
The Greater Vancouver Motorsport Pioneers Society (GVMPS) held it’s annual Induction Ceremony on Saturday, September 19 at their usual location, Shannon Hall in the Cloverdale Fairgrounds.
One of this year’s inductees in the Sports Car and Road Racing category was the VRCBC’s very own former Vice President and current Competition Director, Dennis Repel. Congratulations Dennis!
Posted: September 15, 2015
VRCBC members Alan McColl and Doug Floer have parked their Vintage Formula Fords for a week to go to the other side of the country and compete in the famous annual Targa Newfoundland with the BEL Racing team. (Team leader Brad Law is also a regular Formula Ford runner at Mission Raceway but isn’t a VRCBC member … yet.)
The Targa is a unique motorsports event in North America. It is on many enthusiast’s ‘bucket list’; not just because of the opportunity to drive fast on ‘The Rock’s’ challenging closed public roads but also because of the legendary hospitality of Newfoundlanders. The 2015 Targa started on Sunday, September 13 and will end on Friday, September 18.
BEL Racing is entered in the fastest ‘Targa’ class; they are aiming for an outright win. You can pretend you are right there by following the team’s exploits on their Facebook site (here). They are continually updating it with photos and on-board videos.
Good luck guys and watch out for the rocks and the moose!
Updated: September 2, 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.
Update: The BCHMR’s own web site (here) now has the full results for the weekend.
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).
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).
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.
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).
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).
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.
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:
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.
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.