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[caption id="attachment_14039" align="aligncenter" width="450"] VRCBC members Tim Pickstone (#63 1963 Porsche 356C) and Geoff Tupholme (#441 1973 Austin Mini) in the thick of it at the Pacific Northwest Historics. - Brent Martin photo[/caption] Posted: July 2, 2018

The VRCBC was well-represented at SOVREN's Pacific Northwest Historics at Seattle's Pacific Raceways over the June 29th - July 1st weekend. Thanks to Brent Martin, (thanks Brent) we have some great photos of them in action. See if you can find them all in the gallery below.

  • Don Benson; 1974 Porsche RS, #74
  • Shelby Clark; 1959 Elva Courier, #260
  • Steve Clark; 1960 Lola Mark 1, #84
  • Karlo Flores; 1959 Austin Healey 'Bugeye' Sprite, #59
  • John McCoy; 1986 Mallock Mk 27, #60
  • Tim Pickstone; 1963 Porsche 356C, #63
  • Phil Pidcock; 1965 Triumph Spitfire, #46
  • Larry Sandham; 1985 Mini Vauxhall, #31
  • Trevor Sandham; 1975 Austin Mini Cooper, #76
  • Geoff Tupholme; 1973 Austin Mini, #441
  • Ian Wood; 1970 McLaren M12, #86
You can find all of Brent's motorsport photos on his web site (here).

[caption id="attachment_13916" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Two of the VRCBC's top 'draft picks' for 2018 battle it out in the Saturday Novice Race! Ewen Dobbie (1959 Porsche 356A) and Gunther Ruppel (1960 Austin Healey 'Bugeye' Sprite) will be 'graduating' to Vintage racing very soon. We are really looking forward to having these two plus Scott Whidden's Alfetta on our grids. - Jim Moody photo[/caption] Posted: June 26, 2018

We again lucked out with the weather for the season’s third race event at the Mission Raceway Park Road Course on the June 23rd-24th weekend. The complete results for the weekend are available on the SCCBC web site (here).

Thanks to Jim Moody and Brent Martin for the great photos of our Vintage action (see below).

The season's fourth event - the July 14th-15th weekend - will be a 'Vintage Double' with Vintage racing on both the Saturday and the Sunday. This will be the perfect warm-up for the our big annual event, the BC Historic Motor Races, a month later during the August 18th-19th weekend.

Get those entries in! See you at the track!

[caption id="attachment_13866" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Regular VRCBC racer and 'Knox rookie', Phil Pidcock wheels his very quick 1965 Triumph Spitfire up the mountain. - Jim Moody photo[/caption] Posted: May 22, 2018

One of the VRCBC's very own 'travelling motorsports correspondents', Jim Moody covered this year's Leavitt Machinery Knox Mountain Hill Climb, and has sent us a report plus some excellent photos of the VRCBC members and friends who were competing. Thanks Jim!!

" VRCBC members and associates made their presence known at this year's running of the Knox Mountain Hill Climb. A mixture of  sun and cloud kept temperatures pleasant for the two day competition.

 Gayle Baird very ably represented the ladies (as always) piloting her Honda Civic up the 2.2 mile road course and posting a best time of 2:21.603. Legendary (ahem) race veteran Keith Robinson, no stranger to Knox, brought a Honda CRX to challenge the course and his best time for the weekend was 2:14.105.

Vancouver Island's Phil Pidcock, making his first appearance at Knox, drove his Triumph Spitfire to an excellent best time of 2:13.364. Larry ('Pops') Sandham once again had his familiar Mini Vauxhall up to speed clocking a best time of 2:04.188. Trevor ('Junior') Sandham drove his gold coloured Mini Cooper to a time of 2:11.249 on his fourth run of the weekend, and that stood as his best.

Mike Ball and Bruce Jamieson shared a Datsun 240Z, with Mike's best time showing as 2:12.770, while Bruce's best was 2:12.645. Nick and Stephen Gunner co-drove a Porsche 944 keeping the car busy on the hill with Nick's fastest time being 2:17.289. Stephen beat his brother's time by only .113 seconds to finish at 2:17.176.

The most fascinating story of the weekend was Doug Yip's son Trevor posting a very competitive time of 1:51.210 with Doug's self-designed and built 'Electric Cobra'; a Tesla-powered EV. Trevor was second fastest overall up Knox, beaten (by only 1.17 seconds) by Andre Marziali's highly modified BMW M3. Andre's FTD was 1:50.040 and he was crowned 'King of the Hill' for 2018.

The 2018 event is now in the history books and Knox Mountain is quiet once again ......... until next year's Hill Climb!"

Check out Jim's photos below.

[caption id="attachment_13840" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Gunther Ruppel's bright red Bugeye Sprite was a big attraction at our VRCBC display at the ABFM. - Brent Martin photo[/caption] Updated: May 23, 2018

The VRCBC again had a display at the 2018 All British Field Meet (This was the 33rd edition!) at Vancouver's VanDusen Botanical Garden on Saturday, May 19th.

The VRCBC is very grateful to the ABFM. As a non-profit motorsport club, we enjoy complimentary sponsorship at the ABFM in order to promote awareness (and attendance) of our BC Historic Motor Races over the August 18th - 19th weekend, among both classic car owners and enthusiasts in general.

The weather was good and there was the usual large crowd of enthusiasts checking out the many classic British cars and motorcycles.

The legendary Austin Healey 'Bugeye' Sprite was one of this year's featured marques and Gunther Ruppel's bright red racing version was very prominent in our display, right next to the 'main road'. We are all looking forward to seeing Gunther really 'wheelin' it' at Mission this season!

Check out Brent Martin's other photos of our display below, and his full gallery of 2018 ABFM shots on his web site (here).

[caption id="attachment_13765" align="aligncenter" width="450"] The Sandham Express! Trevor Sandham ('75 Austin Mini Cooper) leads 'Pops' (aka Larry) Sandham ('85 Mini Vauxhall) around Mission's Turn 5. - Brent Martin photo[/caption] Posted: May 10, 2018

The weather was great for the season's second race weekend at the Mission Raceway Park Road Course on May 5th-6th. A good time was had by all!

The Vintage results are available here; the complete results for the weekend are available on the SCCBC web site (here). We have a break in the action now until the third event - the June 23rd-24th weekend. That will give everybody a good chance to get some of those new 'go faster bits' on their cars!

Thanks to Brent Martin for more great photos of our Vintage action (see below) and check out all of his photos on his web site (here).

See you at the track in June!