Merrill Faulk gets ready for a demo run in the Burnett Mk2. - VRCBC photo

The 2011 edition of the BC Historic Motor Races is now in the books. There was some excellent racing, the weather was perfect and everyone had a great time. There will be stories and photos online very soon, but thanks to the hard-working folks at Timing & Scoring, the final results are already available. You can check them out under the BCHMR 2011 menu or go there directly by clicking here.

Mini Mountain Climber - Geoff Tupholme - Photo by Aaron McVey

Geoff Tupholme won the Vintage Class at the 2011 edition of the Knox Mountain Hill Climb on the May 21-22 weekend, setting a new personal best time of 2:07.544. He led fellow VRCBC stalwarts, Roger Flescher (Sunbeam Tiger) and Evan Williams (TVR Grantura) across the line. All three will be at the BCHMR – and thoroughly warmed up from the looks of it!

The full results and links to other photos are available at the Knox Mountain Hillclimb web site: http://www.knoxmtnhillclimb.ca/

 

The 2011 All British Field Meet (ABFM) – otherwise known as the  Greatest Show on British Wheels – was held Saturday, May 21st. (Click here for more information.)

The ABFM began in 1985. Since then it has grown to become the largest of its type in Canada and the Pacific Northwest, overflowing the magnificent lawns of Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanical Garden with some 600-plus classic cars and motorcycles, and more than 6,000 enthusiastic visitors. 

 The VRCBC had its usual booth just inside the main entrance. In spite of the damp (genuine British?) weather, we had many enthusiasts drop by and pick up information on the Club and the BC Historic Motor Races. Club members Al Harvey (MGB), Mark Brown (Lotus Super Seven) and Ralph Zbarsky (MGA Twin Cam) exhibited their vintage British racing cars next to the booth. They had a great time answering questions about their cars.

VRCBC Booth at 2011 ABFM - VRCBC photo

MGA Twin Cam, Lotus Super Seven, MGB at VRCBC Booth - VRCBC photo

 

Winners Jack Nethercutt and Pete Lovely (foreground) – Five Hour Enduro – Westwood – October 1960

Well known Pacific Northwest racer Pete Lovely passed away on May 15th, at the age of 85. Among his many other accomplishments, Lovely won the first ever race at Laguna Seca Raceway in a Ferrari in 1957, and also set the first lap record at Westwood on its opening day- July 26th, 1959 – in a Lotus 15. Lovely was one of SOVREN’s most illustrious members. The VRCBC offers its condolences to his family and to his many friends.

Two links to The News Tribune of Tacoma: here and here .

 

Alan McColl and his 1968 Lotus Cortina - Myles Kitchen photo

Several VRCBC members got in some pre-BCHMR warmup by taking part in the Vintage Spring Classic at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca, in Monterey California over the April 30-May 1 weekend.

Geoff Tupholme sent this link to a YouTube video of the start of the Sunday Feature. That’s Geoff in the white Mini in about 15th place.

Thanks to Myles Kitchen, we also have some photos of two others, Alan McColl and John McCoy, who were entered in the special ‘English Ford Day at The Races’ group.

Some more of Myles’ photos are shown below. All of them can be seen in his gallery here.

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