‘Vintage means Variety!’ Peter Strachan (1972 Datsun 510), Ivan Lessner (1958 Austin Healey 100-6), Robin Liu (1970 Datsun 240Z) and Gunther Ruppel ( (1960 Austin Healey ‘Bugeye’ Sprite)

Posted: July 25, 2022

The fourth races of the 2022 VRCBC’s Vintage racing season took place on Sunday, July 17th at the Speed-Fanatics Motorsport Circuit at Mission Raceway Park. This was also the fourth event of the VRCBC’s IWE-REVS points series for 2022.

Our Vintage races were just one part of a full weekend of road racing organized by the Sports Car Club of BC (SCCBC) and sanctioned by the Confederation of Autosport Car Clubs (CACC). 

Thanks (as always) to Brent Martin for his photos (see below) of the action. They are available on Brent’s website (here), along with the many others he has taken over the years. Make sure to check them out and order at least one of yourself (or your favourite ‘hero’ driver if that’s not you) in action!

The complete results for the weekend, including those for Vintage, are available on the SCCBC web site (here). The next Vintage races at the Speed-Fanatics Motorsport Circuit are the Club’s British Columbia Historic Motor Races over the August 6th-7th weekend. Check out who has already entered on the BCHMR website (here) and we look forward to seeing you there!

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Just another of the titanic struggles so typical of Vintage racing as Ryan O’Connor (1985 Camaro) tries to hold off John Elliott (1969 MGB) between Turns 3 and 4 ……. or maybe not. – Brent Martin photo

Posted: June 14, 2022

The third races of the 2022 VRCBC’s Vintage racing season took place on Sunday, June 12th at the Speed-Fanatics Motorsport Circuit at Mission Raceway Park. This was the third event of the VRCBC’s very own IWE-REVS points series for 2022.

The Vintage races were just part of a full weekend of road racing organized by the Sports Car Club of BC (SCCBC) and sanctioned by the Confederation of Autosport Car Clubs (CACC). The weather was a little damp at times but not enough to bother the hardy Vintage racers!

Thanks (as always) to Brent Martin for his photos (see below) of the action. These will soon be available on Brent’s website (here), along with the many others he has taken over the years. Make sure to check them out and order at least one of yourself (or your favourite ‘hero’ driver if that’s not you) in action!

The complete results for the weekend, including those for Vintage, are available on the SCCBC web site (here). The next Vintage races at the Speed-Fanatics Motorsport Circuit are scheduled for the Sunday of the July 16-17 weekend. See you there!

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Two of the VRCBC’s finest competed in the 2022 Leavitt Machinery Knox Mountain Hill Climb. President Mike Zbarsky was a first timer with his rare 1967 Triumph 2000. In contrast, Larry Sandham’s Mini Vauxhall has lost count of how many times they have gone up that hill together! – Jim Moody photos

Posted: May 26, 2022

After missing two years (for well known reasons), the Leavitt Machinery Knox Mountain Hill Climb was back over the May long weekend. Our intrepid roving reporter (and long time supporter) Jim Moody braved ‘the wilds’ of the Okanagon in order to send us this report and photos of some of the highlights. Thanks very much Jim!

 

The recent Victoria Day weekend saw the return of the Knox Mountain Hill Climb after the event, for the two previous years, had been cancelled. This year’s event, the 63rd Okanagan Hill Climb, was held under pleasant sunny skies. The two day event saw 54 drivers challenge the road course and a large turnout of spectators enjoyed the racing action both days. VRCBC was well represented along with other vintage entries. Club president Michael Zbarsky made his first appearance at Knox. Michael’s best time with his 1967 Triumph 2000 was on his final run turning a 2:30. 325.

Larry Sandham with his Mini Vauxhall turned a 2:10.729 this year for his fast time on the hill. Gayle Baird achieved a time of 2:28.382 with her Honda Civic and Erle Archer driving a Lotus S3 recorded a time of 2:14. 148 as his best. Robin Liu with the 1970 Datsun 240Z posted a best time of 2:26.098 on his final run of the weekend. Kees Nierop entered a Datsun 280Z and achieved a quick time of 2:06. 260.

Jasper Thomas, making his first appearance, arrived at Knox Mt. with his 1970 Dodge Challenger. His time of 2:14.528 on his 7th run would be his best. A long time competitor at Knox, Fred Del Pero with his 1969 Alfa Romeo GTV got his time down to 2:02.921 this year. Doug Yip with his son Trevor returned to Knox Mt. with the Tesla Cobra EV. Trevor’s best time this year was 1:54.435.

The Gunner brothers, Nick and Steve made an appearance at Knox again. Nick’s time of 2:13.372 beat Steve’s best of 2:13.762. Richard Matte driving Steve’s Porsche 944 post a best time of 2:18.080.

The FTD winner of this year’s event was Mark Uhlmann racing his Stohr WF1 up the Knox course with a very quick time of 1:39.989. Mark’s time was just 2.924 seconds off the record time set in 2007 by John Haftner with his Tui Super Vee.

In all, 12 drivers posted times under 2 minutes and a few more entries very close to that mark. It was a successful weekend of Hillclimb racing I think all would agree. – Jim Moody

 

The full results are available on the event web site (here) and the event Facebook page (here) has more photos and an onboard video of the fastest time of the day by Mark Uhlmann.

Check out more of Jim Moody’s photos below!

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It was definitely ‘Volvo-friendly’ weather on Sunday. Ian Wood (1969 Volvo 124S) and Robin Strachan (1968 Volvo 122S) shown negotiating a soggy Turn 5 in their Swedish Steel Specials. – Brent Martin photos

Posted: May 17, 2022

The second races of the 2022 VRCBC’s Vintage racing season took place on Sunday, May 15th at the Speed-Fanatics Motorsport Circuit. (If you haven’t already heard, that is the brand new name for our long time home, the Road Course at Mission Raceway Park.) This was the second event of the VRCBC’s very own IWE-REVS points series for 2022.

The Vintage races were just part of a full weekend of road racing organized by the Sports Car Club of BC (SCCBC) and sanctioned by the Confederation of Autosport Car Clubs (CACC). The weather was not very cooperative (unless you enjoy ‘liquid sunshine’) but road racing goes ahead ‘rain or shine’!

Thanks (as always) to Brent Martin for some photos (see below) of the action during the morning practice session. All of Brent’s many photos are available on his website (here). Make sure to check them out and order at least one of yourself (or your favourite ‘hero’ driver if that’s not you) in action!

The complete results for the weekend, including those for Vintage, are available on the SCCBC web site (here). The next races at the Speed-Fanatics Motorsport Circuit are scheduled for the June 11-12 weekend. See you there!

Once again, Brent Martin captures the torrid Vintage action! John Elliott (’69 MGB) closes in on Ryan O’Connor (’85 Camaro) through Mission’s Turn 5, shrewdly setting him up for a pass – or perhaps just some bump-drafting – along the straight between Turns 6 and 7 …. or maybe not!

Posted: April 26, 2022

The 2022 VRCBC’s Vintage racing season got underway on Sunday, April 24th at the Speed-Fanatics Motorsport Circuit. (If you haven’t already heard, that is the brand new name for our long time home, the Road Course at Mission Raceway Park.) This was the first event of the VRCBC’s very own IWE-REVS points series for 2022.

The Vintage races were just part of a full weekend of road racing organized by the Sports Car Club of BC (SCCBC) and sanctioned by the Confederation of Autosport Car Clubs (CACC). The weather was excellent for racing and thanks (as always) to Brent Martin, we have some great photos (see below) of the action. All of Brent’s photos of the full weekend will soon be available on his website (here). Make sure to check them out and order at least one of yourself (or your favourite ‘hero’ driver) in action!

The complete results for the weekend, including those for Vintage, are available on the SCCBC web site (here). The next races at the Speed-Fanatics Motorsport Circuit are scheduled for the May 14-15 weekend. See you there!

The pack enters Mission’s Turn 2 at the 2018 BCHMR. – Brent Martin photo

Posted: March 13, 2022

The VRCBC is very pleased to announce that entrant registration for the 2022 BCHMR has just been opened on MotorsportReg.com. Just click here to get your race entry in now!

We are now finalizing the plans for the return of this favourite motorsport event after being forced to cancel for two long years. The BCHMR has its own website (here). The most recent information and contacts will always be updated there. Check back often.

We look forward to seeing you at the track on the August 6th – 7th weekend!

Paul Haym is ALWAYS ready to go at the start of every season – are you? – Brent Martin photo

Posted: January 21, 2022

The race schedule for the 2022 season at the Road Course at Mission Raceway Park is now confirmed; at least it is as confirmed as possible in these days of pandemics and shutdowns at short notice. The VRCBC’s finest – plus some of our closest friends – expect to be racing on the Sundays of the SCCBC weekends as always, as well as at our very own BC Historic Motor Races during the August 6-7 weekend.

The current schedules are posted here. Everything is of course subject to change, so be sure to check back often. See you at the track!

Some of the action during the last Vintage races of the 2021 season. Note Dennis Repel (#79) attempting to use his Pace Car Driver expertise -waving an open door – to intimidate Ian Wood (white Volvo) and Bart Pickles (#769 Datsun), and the red hot discs on Robin Strachan’s Volvo (#122). – photos courtesy of Brent Martin

Posted: October 13, 2021

This past weekend saw the fifth – and final – CACC-sanctioned race meeting at the Mission Raceway Park Road Course for 2021.

The organizing club, the SCCBC had its usual full schedule of practice, qualifying and racing sessions for Open Wheel and Closed Wheel classes on both Saturday and Sunday. The Vintage racers were out on the Sunday for our REVS series. The full results are available on the SCCBC website (here).

Our thanks to Brent Martin for the photos in the above ‘collage’ and also below. All of his excellent (as always) photos of the full weekend will soon be available on his website (here). Make sure to check them out and order at least one of yourself (or your favourite ‘hero’ driver) in action! You can download a high resolution image for only $10.99!

See you at the track next season!

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And the ground shook! VRCBC racing legend (and current director) Alan Donaldson reliving former glories, leading the thundering pack into the first turn. – Brent Martin photo

Posted: September 21, 2021

Wire wheels and wood rimmed steering wheels were the style over the CACC September 18th – 19th race weekend at the Road Course at Mission Raceway Park. The SCCBC was honouring its most senior member, Paul Lautard who was celebrating his 99th year! Paul used to race an MG TC many years ago, so some local MG enthusiasts brought out their classics to put on display in the Paddock and to also do some parade laps.

The MG TCs. TDs and TFs are generally credited with leading the rapid growth of sports cars in post war North America. They might look pretty antiquated to modern eyes but they were a lot of fun ‘back in the day’ and they still are! Thanks as always to Brent Martin for the great photos (below).

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Posted: September 21, 2021

This past weekend saw the fourth CACC-sanctioned race meeting at the Mission Raceway Park Road Course for 2021.

The organizing club, the SCCBC had its usual full schedule of practice, qualifying and racing sessions for Open Wheel and Closed Wheel classes on both Saturday and Sunday. The Vintage racers were out on the Sunday for our REVS series. The full results are available on the SCCBC website (here).

Our thanks to Brent Martin for the photos in the above ‘collage’ and below. All of his excellent (as always) photos of the full weekend will soon be available on his website (here). Make sure to check them out and order at least one of yourself (or your favourite ‘hero’ driver) in action!

The Vintage racers will be back on track during the CACC #5 race weekend on October 9th and 10th.

See you at the track for this, the last event of the season!

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Posted: September 7, 2021

This past weekend saw the third CACC-sanctioned race meeting at the Mission Raceway Park Road Course for 2021.

The organizing club, the SCCBC had its usual full schedule of practice, qualifying and racing sessions for Open Wheel and Closed Wheel classes on both Saturday and Sunday. The Vintage racers were out on the Sunday for our REVS series. The full results are available on the SCCBC website (here).

Our thanks to Brent Martin for the photos. All of his excellent (as always) photos of the full weekend will soon be available on his website (here). Make sure to check them out and order at least one of yourself (or your favourite ‘hero’ driver) in action!

The Vintage racers will be back on track during the CACC #4 race weekend on September 18th and 19th.

See you at the track!

Vintage racers in action on Sunday, July 25th. Variety of cars is the spice of Vintage racing life! It was hot and not just the action on the track! – Brent Martin photos

Posted: July 27, 2021

This past weekend saw the second CACC-sanctioned race meeting at the Mission Raceway Park Road Course for 2021. It was great to welcome spectators back! The weather was almost perfect – it was a little warm though!

The organizing club, the SCCBC had its usual full schedule of practice, qualifying and racing sessions for Open Wheel and Closed Wheel classes on both Saturday and Sunday. The Vintage racers were out on the Sunday for our REVS series. The full results are available on the SCCBC website (here).

Our thanks to Brent Martin for the photos. All of his excellent (as always) photos of the full weekend will soon be available on his website (here). Make sure to check them out and order at least one of yourself (or your favourite ‘hero’ driver) in action!

The Vintage racers will be back on track during the CACC #3 race weekend on September 18th and 19th. However, there will be more great road racing action at Mission before that. The ICSCC (‘Conference’) will be holding its big annual event at the track over the Labour Day weekend. See the SCCBC website (here) for more information as the date approaches.

See you at the track!

 

See you at the 2022 BCHMR! – Brent Martin photo

Posted: July 9, 2021

It is with great sadness and frustration that the VRCBC had to cancel the BCHMR for 2021. The Club thanks all those racers and volunteers who did register with a special thank you to our friends from SOVREN who supported us once again. However, we didn’t get the required absolute minimum 40 Canadian entrants we needed to make a go of it.

The BCHMR committee ultimately felt we would be better off keeping our ‘war chest’ intact to put on a bigger and better show next year, when we can get all our ducks in a row, and adequately advertise our event without worry about conforming to COVID protocols and possible uncertain restrictions.

Vintage racers in action on Sunday, June 13th. It was a little damp but there was lots of good racing and good fun. – Brent Martin photos

Updated: June 13, 2021

This weekend saw the first CACC-sanctioned race meeting at the Mission Raceway Park Road Course for 2021. The organizing club, the SCCBC had its usual full schedule of practice, qualifying and racing sessions for Open Wheel and Closed Wheel classes on both Saturday and Sunday. The Vintage racers were out on Sunday. The full results are available on the SCCBC website (here).

Our thanks to Brent Martin for the photos. All of his excellent (as always) photos of the full weekend will soon be available on his website (here). Make sure to check them out and order one of yourself (or your favourite ‘hero’ driver) in action!

Unfortunately, no spectators were permitted this weekend because of the current Covid restrictions. However, we are all hopeful that this situation will improve as the summer proceeds and we will see you at the track!

The word is out! VRCBC members are coming from every direction to participate in the new Member Benefits Program for 2021! – Brent Martin photos

Updated: May 21, 2021

The VRCBC has announced an exciting new Member Benefits Program for 2021. Club members will be able to take advantage of discounts and other benefits from many companies who support Vintage racing and motorsport in general.

 

Update: Lordco Auto Parts has just joined the MBP, offering current VRCBC members discounts of up to 30% on various product purchases!

 

Check out the latest information under the ‘The VRCBC‘ menu above or just click here to go directly to the page.

There has never been a better time to join the VRCBC!

Frank Micucci of Driver’s Edge Autosport draws the winning name and the winner ‘Rocket Ralphie’ Zbarsky shows off the goodies he chose from Frank’s wide selection of motorsport products.

Updated: December 18, 2020

Last month the Club distributed an online questionnaire to a large number of current and previous members, BCHMR entrants, and other friends and associates. The objective of this survey was to gather data and opinions that would help the incoming 2021 executive make improvements to the Club’s future racing events and organization in general. The overall response was very gratifying. Our survey team then prepared a report (PDF here), which consolidates the results and also summarizes their conclusions from them.

 

As a thank you for those responding to the survey, the Club offered free entry to a draw for a $100 gift certificate at our long time supporter, Driver’s Edge Autosport . Frank Micucci of Driver’s Edge drew the winner’s name  – veteran Vintage racer Ralph (aka Rocket Ralphie) Zbarsky. Ralph recently picked up a bundle of goodies at Driver’s Edge.

 

Thanks to everyone who participated and to the Club members who initiated and organized this survey.

Goodwood Speed Week Home Page – image courtesy Goodwood

Posted: October 21, 2020

Each of the historic events at the legendary Goodwood circuit in England are a ‘must see’ for Vintage racing enthusiasts. The recent SpeedWeek was no exception; there were great cars, great racing and new records set. Click here to go to their home page and choose from the various video highlights.

Enjoy!

Geoff Tupholme ( ’73 Mini) shifts some leaves as he blasts past the tense battle between Paul Haym (’69 Datsun 510) and Phil Pidcock (’65 Triumph Spitfire) during the ‘That’s Fall Folks!’ event on September 27th. – Brent Martin photo

Posted: October 11, 2020

The SCCBC held their third and final CACC-sanctioned race weekend (‘That’s Fall Folks!) of this very unusual season at the Mission Raceway Park road course on September 26th – 27th.. There was an excellent Vintage grid on the Sunday and some great battles throughout the field. It was an enjoyable (well, for almost everybody) way to close out this very unusual season. The complete results for the weekend are posted on the SCCBC web site (here). And as always, thanks to Brent Martin for the photos (see below) of the action.

Let’s all hope for a return to something ‘reasonably normal’ for the 2021 season. In the meantime, stay tuned for updates until then.

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Gunther Ruppel’s 1960 Austin Healey ‘Bugeye’ Sprite leads the charge at the ‘August Heats’! – Brent Martin photo

Posted: August 27, 2020

The SCCBC held their second CACC-sanctioned race weekend (‘August Heats’) of this very unusual season at the Mission Raceway Park road course on August 22nd – 23rd. Our regular Vintage racers were joined by several ‘special guests’ on the Sunday. There were some excellent battles and everyone had a lot of fun – which is what Vintage racing is really all about. The complete results for the weekend are posted on the SCCBC web site (here). And as always, thanks to Brent Martin for the photos (see below) of the action.

Registration for the next (and last scheduled) SCCBC / CACC race weekend (‘That’s Fall Folks’) is already open. Check the Schedule page on the SCCBC web site (here) for full information.

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Haym International Racing team owner and lead driver Paul Haym watches ‘thoughtfully’ as his latest recruit Keith (‘Smokie’) Robinson installs one of his (in)famous go-faster coat hanger mods on the team’s trusty Datsun 510. – Brent Martin photo

Posted: July 29, 2020

Finally! The SCCBC held their first CACC-sanctioned race weekend of this very unusual season at the Mission Raceway Park road course on July 25th-26th. The Vintage racers hit the track on the Sunday. Some cars were  ‘attacked’ by the Vintage racing gremlins, but there was also some excellent on-track battles. In spite of the heat, the mosquitoes and the (now familiar to us all) COVID protocol requirements, it was good to get back to the track. Hopefully, the next event scheduled for the August 22nd-23rd weekend will also get the green flag.

The complete results for the weekend are posted on the SCCBC web site (here). And as always, thanks to Brent Martin for the photos (see below) of the action.

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Well known Mission Raceway Park ‘track groupie’ Keith Robinson completes his final check on the Green Flag before the first CACC/SCCBC race weekend of the 2020 season. His report? – It works perfectly! – Brent Martin photo

 

Updated: July 24, 2020

The first race weekend of this very unusual season will be this coming July 25th-26th weekend. Unfortunately, due to the necessary restrictions that we are now all too familiar with, the number of entrants and crew has had to be limited and there will be no spectators allowed.  However, the weather forecast is good and everyone entered is looking forward to getting back into action after all this time.

Remember to keep checking the Schedule page (here) on the SCCBC web site for the current status of the remaining 2020 road racing season at Mission. Take care and we hope to see everybody at the track soon.

Larry Sandham bends his Mini Vauxhall around a turn at the Knox Mountain Hill Climb in Kelowna earlier this year; no doubt practicing for Maryhill! – Jim Moody photo

Posted: October 11, 2018

VRCBC member Larry Sandham took his well-known Mini Vauxhall down to the Maryhill Hill Climb in Goldendale Washington over the October 6-7 weekend. The Maryhill Hill Climb is no pushover; this is what our friends in the SOVREN vintage racing club say about it:

“It’s a unique experience for any motorsports enthusiast, as very few hill climb events are still available anywhere in the world. Driving it at speed is a dizzying ascension not for the faint of heart, with long drop-offs just a few feet away all the way to the top.”

This is what Larry had to report:

“Unfortunately, only 19 cars took part in this year’s event, which was down a little on the usual 30 to 40 but a good time was had by all nevertheless. The cooler than normal temperatures kept the times down a bit but I still managed to get a fourth overall despite having the wrong gearing in the car. The event even includes the opportunity to drive your racing car down the public highway to a car show at the Maryhill Museum on the Saturday, which is always a lot of fun. Heck, where else do you get to do that! No helmet, no insurance, no muffler and a ‘liberal’ speed limit make for a fun drive.”

You can watch Larry pretend to be Don Quixote charging the windmills in this short video.

Larry even took some time out from looking for windmills to take a few photos of some of the other interesting cars at the event. Thanks Larry; we look forward to your 2019 report!

Not the ideal car for the conditions! Kiwi Bishop muscles his ’89 Chevy Camaro around a soaking Turn 5. – Brent Martin photo

Posted: September 17, 2018

The streaming wet conditions kept many racers away from the REVS races during the SCCBC / CACC September 15th-16th weekend at the Mission Raceway Park Road Course. But, unlike many other forms of motorsport, road racing always goes ahead ‘rain or shine’!

The overall results for the weekend are available on the Results page (here) of the SCCBC web site. The indefatigable Brent Martin was also there braving Mother Nature, and has provided us with the following photos.

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