George Holt takes his ‘Big Healey’ (a 1959 Mk1) into a soggy Turn 5 ahead of Robin Liu (1976 Datsun 280Z) and Larry Sandham (1978 Mini Vauxhall). George is a real ‘Vintage traditionalist’ – he drove his Healey to the track, raced it and then drove it back home again – just like the good old days! – Brent Martin photo

Posted: October 17, 2019

The final race event of the CACC 2019 season at the Mission Raceway Road Course was the SCCBC’s Wet Leaf Classic over the October 13th-14th weekend. Well, they certainly picked an appropriate name this time! It was damp and windy.

The results are posted on the SCCBC Results web page (here). As always, a big thank you to Brent Martin for his photos (see below). You can see all of Brent’s motorsport photo albums on his web site (here).

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The VRCBC’s version of ‘Brothers in Arms’ or should that be ‘Brothers in Porsches’? Steve Gunner (#945) and Nick Gunner (#944) surf their Porsche 944’s down the main straight at the Mission Raceway Road Course. – Brent Martin photo

Posted: October 13, 2019

Somebody should make a movie at Mission about racing in the rain!  😉

The SCCBC should have renamed their September 14-15 race weekend ‘September Drizzle‘ instead of ‘September Sizzle‘! It was wet! The VRCBC Vintage REVS races were held on the Sunday as usual. The results are posted on the SCCBC web site (here) and Brent Martin has provided some photos of the soggy action below. You can see all of Brent’s great motorsport photos on his web site (here).

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Probably some of the least exciting moments at Westwood ‘back in the day’ were watching the new Chevrolet station wagons go in the main gate! This image is taken from the opening scenes of David Kincaid’s excellent new video commemorating the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Westwood track.

Posted: August 21, 2019

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Westwood track in 1959. The BC Historic Motor Races were ‘subtitled’ Westwood60 in recognition of this historic moment in Canadian motorsport.

David Kincaid, one of our excellent BCHMR commentators was heavily involved at Westwood. As a special personal project for the Westwood60, David produced a video compilation of early ‘home movies’, later on-track action videos, plus recent interviews with some of our own ‘local legends’ as well as famous drivers who raced at Westwood.(You’ll have to watch it to find out who they all are!)

David’s excellent Westwood60 video is available on three different platforms:

David is very appreciative of everybody who helped him with this project. In turn, the VRCBC and all local motorsport enthusiasts very much appreciate David taking the initiative to produce this for the BCHMR, and for now making it widely available.

And they’re off! Karlo Flores (1967 Austin Healey Sprite), Gayle Baird (1990 Honda Civic), Steve Gunner (1983 Porsche 944), Mike Granat (1967 Morgan +4), Steve Clark (1968 Ford Cortina), Paul Haym (1969 BMW 2002), and Jeff Quick (1967 Triumph TR4A) lead the pack into Mission Raceway’s Turn One at the start of one of the closely fought races at the 2019 BCHMR. – Brent Martin photo

Posted: August 21, 2019

Where does the time go? The 2019 British Columbia Historic Motor Races has already been over for almost two weeks! The weather was a little soggy at times but it was still a lot of fun for everyone. Check out the BCHMR web site (here) for the photos and results.

Two of the VRCBC’s finest battle it out at SOVREN’s Pacific Northwest Historics. Phil Pidcock (1965 Triumph Spitfire) leads (just) Shelby Clark in her 1959 Elva Courier. – Brent Martin photo

Posted: July 10, 2019

The Pacific Northwest Historics put on by SOVREN, our good friends from south of the border, is one of Vintage racing’s most anticipated annual events. Several VRCBC racers and friends went to Pacific Raceway over the July 5th to 7th weekend:

  • #11 – Karlo Flores, 1993 Mazda Spec Miata
  • #38 – Gunter Pichler, 1964 Jaguar E-Type
  • #46 – Phil Pidcock, 1965 Triumph Spitfire
  • #50 – Mike Zbarsky, 1967 MGB GT, Works Sebring
  • #73 – Ken Butler, 1967 Morris Mini
  • #84 – Steve Clark, 1960 Lola Mk1
  • #112 – Tom Sproule, 1976 Caldwell D13
  • #130 – Ralph Zbarsky, 1967 MGB GT Works
  • #260 – Shelby Clark, 1959 Elva Courier
  • #441 – Geoff Tupholme, 1973 Austin Mini

As usual, our heroic photo-journalist, Brent Martin was there to capture all of the action. (Thanks Brent.) Here are just a few of his photos; click on a photo for a bigger, clearer image. Check Brent’s web site (here) for many more photos over the next while.

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A Vintage ‘Teutonic Titanic Tussle’! Paul Haym in his 1969 BMW 2002 leads Peter Valkenburg in his 1969 Porsche 911 into Turn 5 at the Mission Road Course. – Brent Martin photo

Posted: June 19, 2019

The second VRCBC REVS races of the 2019 season took place at Mission Raceway Park on the Sunday, June 16th of the SCCBC’s ‘Dash for Dad’s‘ weekend. The full results for the weekend are posted on the SCCBC web site Results page (here).

Brent Martin has again provided us with some great photos (see below) of our Vintage drivers and their cars in action. Thanks Brent! You can find all of Brent’s photos on his web site (here).

The next Vintage on-track action at Mission will be our very own British Columbia Historic Motor Races over the August 10th-11th weekend. Before that however, make sure to come out for the SCCBC’s big Mission 25th Anniversary Grand Prix over the July 27th-28th weekend. Check the SCCBC web site (here) for more information.

See you at the track!

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VRCBC stalwart Bruce Jamieson obeys the No Parking sign and heads up Knox Mountain in his Datsun 240Z. – Jim Moody photo

Posted: June 3, 2019

The May 18-19 long weekend saw the 62nd (!) annual Knox Mountain Hill Climb in Kelowna, in BC’s beautiful Okanagan Valley. Our long time ‘travelling motorsport correspondent’, Jim Moody was there and sent us this report, complete with photos. Thanks Jim!

 

“Several members of the VRCBC participated in the running of this year’s Knox Mt. Hillclimb, Kelowna BC. In all 62 drivers faced the challenge of the 2.2 mile road course. Larry Sandham was making his 40th (!!) appearance at Knox achieved a best time with his Mini Vauxhall of 2:01.730. Mike Ball and Bruce Jamieson shared driving duties with a Datsun 240Z  Mike’s fasted run up the hill was 2:11.861 while Bruce clocked a best time of 2:26.211.

 

Steve and Nick Gunner competed with their Porsche 944. At the end of the event, only 0.824 seconds separated the two, with Steve winning the bragging rights with a time of 2:14.299 just beating Nick’s time of 2:15.123.

 

Other non-VRCBC drivers included a newcomer to Knox Mountain, Alberta’s Robert Caven, with a beautifully prepared Morris Mini. Robert’s best time was a 2:42.319. Cam Thorkelson posted a 2:01.489 with his Caterham Super 7.Chuck Roberts drew attention at Turn 1 with the late braking of his Mazda RX-8. A 2:15.171 was Chuck’s best time for the weekend.

 

King of the Hill honors went to Aran Cook driving his FL Arco X10 with recording a fast 1:46.738 for FTD. Queen of the Hill this year went to Jennifer Ocker. She achieved a time of 2:04.715 with her Subaru WRX.

A Vintage Traffic Jam! From left to right, Peter Valkenburg (Porsche 911), Ian Thomas (BMW 2002) and Gunter Pichler (Jaguar E-Type) lead Paul Haym (BMW 2002), an almost hidden Steve Gunner (Porsche 944), Phil Linzey (Datsun 240Z) and Ivan Lessner (Austin Healey 100-6) into the Mission Raceway Road Course’s Turn One. – Brent Martin photo

Posted: May 8, 2019

The first VRCBC REVS races of the 2019 season at Mission Raceway Park on the Sunday May 5th of the SCCBC’s ‘May Daze‘ weekend. The full results for the weekend are posted on the SCCBC web site Results page (here).

As usual, Brent Martin has provided us with some great photos (see below) of our Vintage cars (and the drivers too of course!) in action. Thanks Brent! You can find all of Brent’s photos on his web site (here).

The next Vintage on-track action at Mission will be during the SCCBC’s ‘Dash for Dads‘ event over the June 15-16 weekend. See you at the track!

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Trevor Sandham’s #76 gold Mini and Karlo Flores’ #84 red Mini were highlights of the display on the Jack Poole Plaza at the 2019 Vancouver International Auto Show in March. – Patrick Stewart photo

Posted: April 8, 2019

It was a Mini invasion on the last day of the Vancouver International Auto Show (VIAS) when 23 classic Minis and 3 BMW Mini Coopers filled the Jack Poole Olympic Plaza to celebrate the 60th (!) anniversary of this most iconic and celebrated of British cars.

The Mini 60 Drive-Up event began at Vanier Park and then proceeded in convoy down Burrard street to the Plaza creating quite a sight for many by-passers. Our friends at Steveston Motor Company – the classic Mini specialists in Richmond – have posted a video of their involvement in this procession. Check it out on their web site media page (here).

The plaza display drew large crowds all day with many enthusiasts sharing stories from their own racing and personal Mini experiences ‘back in the day’. Two of the ‘biggest’ (ahem) stars were the very quick Mini Vintage racers of VRCBC members, Trevor Sandham and Karlo Flores.

This one-day event was sponsored by the VIAS, Mini Club BC and WesternDriver.com.  To see more than 500 British Classic Cars be sure to visit the All British Field Meet (aka ‘The Greatest Show on British Wheels’) on Saturday, May 18th at Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanical Garden; both the Mini and Bentley marques will be featured this year. (Check the web site (here) for more information and tickets.) The VRCBC will again be there with our usual display; make sure to stop by and say hello!

 

Fastest Team! Event Co-organizer Ian Wood (L) presents the Overall Winners trophy to the members of Team Silverstone; Jeremy Stewart, Will Jones and Danny Getheran. – Patrick Stewart photo

Posted: April 8, 2019

As has now become the tradition, the VRCBC kicked off their new race season on March 19th with a Kart Fest Enduro at TBC Indoor Kart Racing in Richmond. The Enduro was promoted as a fund-raiser in support of our BC Historics Motor Races in August but in reality, it is primarily just an excuse for members of the VRCBC, SCCBC, META and their family and friends to have fun on the track!

Each team was assigned a race track name and had three randomly selected members:

  • Westwood: Mike Bailey, Russell Jansen, Kaylan van der Marel
  • Mission: Scott Dougans, Daryll Jansen, Rowan van der Marel
  • Abbotsford: Rob Dunlop, Nolan Rempel, Doug Walter
  • Mosport: John Elliott, Keith Robinson, Ian Wood
  • Laguna Seca: Angus Glass, Patrick Stewart, Bruce Yeo
  • Silverstone: Danny Geheran, Jeremy Stewart, Will Jones
  • Goodwood: Paul Haym, Peter Valkenburg, Lachlan ‘Rocky’ MacKay
  • Gimli: Ryan Jansen, Roger van der Marel, Marcus Lee

The awards were all original Westwood trophies from the 1970’s, which had been refurbished for this event. Good, clean racing was enjoyed by all who attended and the VRCBC thanks everyone for their support!

These photos of the action were taken by co-organizers Patrick Stewart and Ian Wood.

 

Larry Sandham in his modified 1965 Morris Mini Cooper at Western Speedway in 1970 / 1971.

Posted: December 18, 2018

Larry Sandham’s bright green Mini Vauxhall is well known in these parts. But did you know that it started out as a 1965 Morris Cooper that he bought back in 1969? Well, that’s not strictly true but that car was the start of his long love affair with fast Minis.

The Cooper had many of the ‘traditional’ modifications of the time. The 998 cc engine’s horsepower had been raised from the stock 55 to about 85 by the time Larry had modified the head, installed a 544 cam and two 1.5 inch SU’s and made other modifications. 

Larry had a great time competing in gymkhanas, slaloms, hill-climbs, sprints, speed trials and road races with this Cooper, and probably wishes he still owned it!

Some things never change – Minis always seem to need something fixed! Larry’s Mini Cooper at Western Speedway in 1970-71 and his Mini-Vauxhall at Mission Raceway’s Turn 3 in 2017.

And they’re off!  Variety is the spice of VRCBC REVS Vintage racing! – Brent Martin photo

Posted: October 16, 2018

The ‘road racing gods’ must have felt guilty for the miserable rain storm throughout the September race weekend because they delivered beautifully warm, sunny weather for the SCCBC’s final event of the season on October 13th-14th. As usual, our Vintage REVS races were on the Sunday.

The full results for the weekend-including Vintage-are available on the SCCBC web site (here). Brent Martin has again provided us with a sample of his always excellent action photos (see below). For many more of Brent’s shots of this weekend and many other motorsport events, check out his web site (here). Thanks Brent.

See you at the track next year!

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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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