Archive for May, 2011

The VRCBC at the ABFM

The 2011 All British Field Meet (ABFM) – otherwise known as the  Greatest Show on British Wheels – was held Saturday, May 21st. (Click here for more information.)

The ABFM began in 1985. Since then it has grown to become the largest of its type in Canada and the Pacific Northwest, overflowing the magnificent lawns of Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanical Garden with some 600-plus classic cars and motorcycles, and more than 6,000 enthusiastic visitors. 

 The VRCBC had its usual booth just inside the main entrance. In spite of the damp (genuine British?) weather, we had many enthusiasts drop by and pick up information on the Club and the BC Historic Motor Races. Club members Al Harvey (MGB), Mark Brown (Lotus Super Seven) and Ralph Zbarsky (MGA Twin Cam) exhibited their vintage British racing cars next to the booth. They had a great time answering questions about their cars.

VRCBC Booth at 2011 ABFM - VRCBC photo

MGA Twin Cam, Lotus Super Seven, MGB at VRCBC Booth - VRCBC photo

 

Sad News – Pete Lovely Passes Away

Winners Jack Nethercutt and Pete Lovely (foreground) – Five Hour Enduro – Westwood – October 1960

Well known Pacific Northwest racer Pete Lovely passed away on May 15th, at the age of 85. Among his many other accomplishments, Lovely won the first ever race at Laguna Seca Raceway in a Ferrari in 1957, and also set the first lap record at Westwood on its opening day- July 26th, 1959 – in a Lotus 15. Lovely was one of SOVREN’s most illustrious members. The VRCBC offers its condolences to his family and to his many friends.

Two links to The News Tribune of Tacoma: here and here .

 

Two Items of Interest

Two VRCBC members have passed on the following items of interest for all those who enjoy classic cars and vintage racing.

LeMay Museum Progress

John Carlson sent us a link to a local TV news story on the constructi​on of the very impressive, new LeMay Museum in downtown Tacoma. Click here to watch the video clip.

Classic Racers TV Program

Craig Johnson sent us information on a TV series called Classic Racers, which covers Vintage Racing in Europe and the US. It is on the radX High Definition Channel – channel 794 in Delta.  Click here for more information on the program.

VRCBC Racers at Laguna Seca

Alan McColl and his 1968 Lotus Cortina - Myles Kitchen photo

Several VRCBC members got in some pre-BCHMR warmup by taking part in the Vintage Spring Classic at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca, in Monterey California over the April 30-May 1 weekend.

Geoff Tupholme sent this link to a YouTube video of the start of the Sunday Feature. That’s Geoff in the white Mini in about 15th place.

Thanks to Myles Kitchen, we also have some photos of two others, Alan McColl and John McCoy, who were entered in the special ‘English Ford Day at The Races’ group.

Some more of Myles’ photos are shown below. All of them can be seen in his gallery here.

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Membership – New and Renewal
Interested in becoming a Member of the VRCBC or just want to renew you 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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