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Our Boys go to England

Tempting! Pierce Isaacs ponders racing the 1958 Sadler-Chevrolet Mk3 built by legendary Canadian racing car builder and fellow VRCBC member, Bill Sadler. – Al Reid photo

October 4, 2017

VRCBC members are always travelling the world of motorsports and sending back reports for our web site. Our most recent reporters were Al Reid and Pierce Isaacs, who took part in an excursion to England in September, culminating in a visit to the great Goodwood Revival Meeting. They were ably supported by Steve Jones, a retired Lotus Seven Vintage racer from Calgary.

During this trip they visited: the Morgan Motor Company factory, the Cotswold Motoring Museum, the new Jaguar factory where the F-Type is made, the British Motor Museum, Desmond J, Smail Limited (Aston Martin specialists), the Aston Martin Works, the Williams F1 Museum, the National Motor Museum and of course, the Goodwood Revival weekend.

That was a lot to do and see in only eight days but our intrepid correspondents came through heroically, selecting the following photos (from hundreds) to illustrate their adventure for us.

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Latest Vantage Published!

Editor in Chief Tom Johnston has just published the Spring 2012 edition of Vantage – the VRCBC Newsletter. This time, Robin Fairservice tells the story of the post war 500cc motorcycle-engined, Formula 3 which started the careers of so many subsequently famous drivers and constructors. Mike Tate has some more personal reflections on last year’s Goodwood Revival, and Tom Johnston tells the story of the circa mid-50’s Jones Lake Hill Climb. Check out the very ‘attractive’ spectator and entrant fees in the SCCBC Event Notice re-printed on page 15. Those were the good old days!  Tom also explains some of the background to the Snell and SPI certification bodies.

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

Update – More from Goodwood!

Grand Prix Ferrari cockpit - M. Zumm photo

META stalwarts and VRCBC members, Linda and Manny Zumm had a great time at this year’s Goodwood Revival. They sent us the following ‘trip report’ and many photos which really capture the atmosphere of this event. Check out their photos under the Gallery / Photos menu or click here.

The Goodwood Revival was on the Bucket List and friends in the UK made it possible. The tickets were purchased, a cottage rented just 5 miles from the Goodwood estate and the clothes put together by various means. The 3 day event exceeded all expectations; the track, the people, the racing, the atmosphere, and the legends of motorsport – even the weather didn’t disappoint. All typical English weather, a little bit of everything. Even the parking lots showed the passion, love and money of Vintage Motorcars. Lastly, the patience of queuing every morning to get into the grounds, at least 1-2hrs each day.

This is an event even for the non-motor racing people; people watching, shopping, fair grounds, eating, drinking, and lots of walking. The track, all 2.38 miles, is visible from all areas, lots of flushable portable toilets! So clean. Of course the countryside and villages are idyllic for the event.

There were special events between races, Ford UK 100th anniversary parade, Sir Stirling Moss’ 82nd birthday celebrated by Bunny Girls delivering the cake, a Battle of Britain air show with a Lancaster and 10 Spitfires ( the ones the Germans didn’t get), Motorcyclist champions and the 50th anniversary Jaguar Race.

Goodwood will be remembered fondly forever.

 Update: Linda has just published their story on the BMO CyberPensioners website (here) as well.

The BCHMR Web Site

The BCHMR has its own web site. To see photos of all the action and check the results of the 2017 event, just click here:  www.bchmr.ca .

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