Archive for May, 2011
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.
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 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 construction 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.
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.