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[caption id="attachment_7106" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Bruce Jamieson takes Turn 7 in Bernie Hamm's Fiat X1/9 - Jim Moody photo"][/caption] By Jim Moody with files from Geoff Tupholme The Victoria Day long weekend was a busy one for VRCBC members. While some were 'working' at the All British Field Meet in Vancouver, others were having a great time climbing Knox Mountain in Kelowna. The Knox Mountain Hillclimb is the longest annually running (This year was the 55th!) paved hillclimb in North America, and VRCBC members have been participating for many years. This year, it was Frank Winterlik, Geoff Tupholme, Keith Robinson, Evan Williams, Bernie Hamm and Bruce Jamieson carrying the Club's banner up the challenging 2.2 mile course. Frank had his 1973 Porsche 911 RSR both looking and running great during the two day event, posting a best time of 2:08.349. Right behind Frank was Geoff and his quick little 1973 Austin Mini (fighting a plug-fouling mystery) turning a best time of 2:08.416. Bernie Hamm with his 1974 Fiat X-1/9 enjoyed his weekend of competition and came through with a best time of 2:27.906. Evan Williams, no stranger to Knox Mountain, brought his 1963 Jaguar XKE to the hill this year. Evan’s best time of the weekend was 2:30.268. Bruce Jamieson was just getting familiar with Bernie's Fiat and turned a 2:35.034.  Keith Robinson was our only single seater representative this year, driving his 1980 Van Diemen RF 80 Formula Ford to a best time was 2:10.073. The final results are available here. Check below for more photos.

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Updated: May 23, 2012

The 27th edition of the All British Field Meet (ABFM) - 'The Greatest Show on British Wheels' - was held on Saturday, May 19th at Vancouver's Van Dusen Gardens. The weather was perfect and all of the cars looked great. The VRCBC display was in its traditional location, right inside the main entrance, greeting the very large crowd of visitors as they entered Memory Lane.

The VRCBC was very well represented by Mark Brown's two time REVS Champion Lotus Seven, Al Harvey's MGB, Al Reid's MGB, Ralph Zbarsky's MGB GT, Nick Woodhouse's Austin Healey, Ivan Lessner's multiple REVS Champion Austin Healey, and John McCoy's Lotus Cortina. There was a great deal of interest in the cars and in Vintage racing at Mission Raceway Park Road Course.

Update: The winners of the many awards and prizes are now posted on the Western Driver / ABFM website (here) soon. Our congratulations to VRCBC racers, John McCoy and Nick Woodhouse who took first and third places respectively in the Race Cars category.

The following few photos give you some idea of what was a very enjoyable day.

[caption id="attachment_6970" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Auburn Speedster Boattail - VRCBC photo"][/caption] The VRCBC held its May meeting at the fabulous Johnson Collection in Aldergrove. The eclectic variety of vehicles on display is obvious from the following photographs.  Many thanks to our host, Terry Johnson. In March, Alyn Edwards wrote a very informative column about the Collection in the Vancouver Sun. You can read it here.

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The VRCBC's April general meeting was actually a special visit to Ferrari Maserati of Vancouver (website). The Club members and guests who attended were too distracted by all of the beautiful new and pre-owned high performance cars on display to actually focus on any regular business agenda - so we didn't even try!

The few photos below don't do justice to these fabulous machines and the state of the art, multi-story facility on Burrard Street. It was a very enjoyable evening. A big thank you to General Manager Mark Edmonds and his team for hosting us.