The Three Mini Amigos welcome patrons to the Valleyview Lordco Auto Parts

Lordco Auto Parts in Valleyview hosted a Car Show in their parking lot on Sunday, September 18th, with all of the proceeds going to aid the Kamloops Food Bank. Maybe we are biased but the highlight of the show for us was the above trio of Minis. They perfectly illustrated the versatility of this long time favourite.

Jim Clark’s completely original, orange 1976 Mini 1000 is in the middle. It was imported from Australia, which explains why the steering wheel is on the ‘wrong’ side. The green one on the left is Simon Griffin’s 1974 Mini. It is an excellent example of a modified – but still streetable – car, with its Weber-carbed, bored-out 1100 cc engine, Cooper S front disc brakes and a full custom interior. Simon’s car took 1st Place in the Peoples’ Choice Award over about 90 other cars (mostly American ‘muscle’) in the day’s Show and Shine!

The white car on the right will be very familiar to local Vintage race fans. It is VRCBC member Geoff Tupholme’s full race version of a 1973 Mini with a 1293 cc engine and many ‘go-fast’ tweaks. (You will be able to watch Geoff and many other Vintage racers at the season’s final event on October 9th at Mission Raceway Park.) Check out the engine photos below.

Good Show Chaps! 

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Renown Mazda 787 - 1991 Le Mans winner - A. Harvey photo

The VRCBC’s Competition Director Al Harvey, attended the recent Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. See a small sample of his photos below. Look for a full report – with more photos – in the next edition of the Vantage newsletter.

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Thank you to Brian Meakings for passing on this schedule for the “Mountain High Racing” at Westwood for 1985. Those were the days!

 

Paul Kuckein, Gunter Pichler, Mark Brown lead the pack into Turn 1 - Gerry Frechette photo

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Terry Hollinger, Dave Klein and the rest of the pack - Gerry Frechette photo

These are just two of the 158 (!) great photos of the Vintage races at the Children’s Charities Grand Prix weekend that Gerry Frechette has posted on his new web site: http://gerryfrechette.zenfolio.com/ 

Just click on the All My Photos tab at the bottom of the page and then look for the “CACC Mission, August 7, Vintage” album. And be sure to check out all of the other excellent albums while you are there. If you have any questions, you can email Gerry directly at: gerryf@telus.net

Gunter Pichler laps Evan Williams - Jim Moody photo

Vintage Racers were out in force at the Children’s Charities Grand Prix over the August 6th-7th weekend at Mission Raceway Park Road Course. Seventeen drivers were entered for the two Vintage closed wheel races along ‘the River’s Edge’, including Myles Winbigler and Dave Klein up from the State of Washington. There was some great racing throughout the field – in the words of Lotus Seven pilot Mark Brown: “It was awesome!”. Dave Kuckein won both races in his Camaro, with Gunter Pichler taking second from Mark in the first race. Mark returned the favour in the second race. Dennis Repel earned the Hard Luck Award for the weekend with a broken throttle cable ruining practice early and then a broken axle in the first race.

The full results for practice, qualifying and both races are available here. (Thank you to SCCBC’s Timing & Scoring team.) Check below for some action (and not so much action) photos. (Thanks to Jim Moody for the use of his.)

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