First Practice - Jim Latham photo

The first REVS race of the year was held at Mission Raceway Road Course on a mostly sunny, Sunday, April 17th. There were ten closed wheel Vintage entrants plus four more formula cars running in the Open Wheel group.

Phil Roney set the pace in Qualifying in his TVR Vixen, just managing to break below the 1:19 mark. He was followed by the two top ‘noise makers’ from Dyno Day: Dennis Repel’s Camaro and Gunter Pichler’s XKE, who were both well into the 1:19’s. They were followed by 2010 REVS Champion, Mark Brown in his Lotus Super Seven, Gord Houghton’s Mustang, Al Harvey in his MGB, Evan Williams’ TVR Grantura, Lorne Andras in his newly – acquired (from Jim Latham) Volvo 122S, John Carroll’s beautiful Ginetta G4 and Keith Wong in his Triumph GT6.

The first race had the fast cars – Gunter’s XKE, Dennis’ Camaro, Mark’s Lotus, Phil’s TVR and Gord’s Mustang – playing together up front. They were followed by Al Harvey’s MGB all on his own, then Evan’s TVR Grantura, John Carroll’s G4 and Dr. Keith Wong in his GT6 changing places.

The front runners played give and take throughout the second race but some early season gremlins did rear their head: Dennis’ Camaro developed engine troubles, Lorne’s Volvo suffered from a massive oil leak and Gord’s Mustang broke down. It was a good day’s racing with practically everybody discovering items that will need attention before the cars are ‘exercised’ again in May.

The full results are available here (Thank you to the SCCBC.) and also on the SCCBC web site (www.sccbc.net) under Race Results.

Photos on Facebook: VRCBC members Ann and Alan McColl have posted several photos of every racing car on their MCE Motors Facebook page. Just go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/MCE-Motors/150264761670790  and make a Friend Request.

 

More Jim Latham photos below.

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Ralph leads Mike at Infineon's Turn 2

Two long time MG racers and VRCBC members have gotten in some early practice for this year’s BCHMR. During the first weekend in April, the father and son team of Ralph and Mike Zbarsky ran their well-known MGAs in the special MG West Coast Reunion races at the Classic Sports Racing Group’s (CSRG) opening event at Infineon (formerly known as Sears Point) Raceway. You can look forward to a story about their adventures in the next Vantage Newsletter, and also, of course, for them to run strongly at the BCHMR on June 11th – 12th.

Ralph Zbarsky leads a group of classic MGs

Maybe these ones will fit?

Finding the right tires for a vintage racing car can be a real challenge. Several Club members have done a lot of research over the years and have a great deal of useful information on what is and isn’t available in various sizes and compounds, as well as on potential sources of supply. Mark Brown, our favourite Lotus Super Seven racer – and CACC Vintage Discipline Director – has offered to compile this information so that it can be made available on this web site soon. In the meantime, if you are having trouble finding suitable tires or would just like some advice before making a spending decision, check with Mark or Jim Latham. Their contact information is available here.

Gunter’s XKE arrives

The Club held its Second Annual Dyno Day on Saturday, April 2nd at Miller Performance in Abbotsford. (A big thank you to Brody Saari.) Thirteen drivers tested their car’s horsepower and torque. The preliminary results are available here.

VRCBC VP Dennis Repel not only ‘made the biggest numbers’ with his 1974 Camaro (with 372 hp and 391 ft/lb) again this year, but was also unveiled as the best ‘guesstimator’. His guesses on what his engine would do were almost exactly dead on. The Camaro was loud too, but not as loud as Gunter Pichler’s well-known Series 1 E-Type, particularly when he tried it without the mufflers!

Mike Bailey has put some some of his videos on You Tube: Mustang, MGB, Camaro and Tiger here and XKE (cover your ears!) here.

Check out some photos below.

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Greg Harper of Breakfast Television visited the Vancouver Auto Show on Friday, April 1st. You can watch the full video Clip here.  At about 3 minutes in, Greg talks to Nigel Matthews of Hagerty about the very rare 1959 Jensen 541-R, which was a big winner at last year’s All British Field Meet and will be back again for this year’s ABFM (click here) on May 21st at the Van Dusen Gardens.

With Nigel’s helpful commentary, Greg then tries to get comfortable in Tom Johnston’s Ralt in our VRCBC display. Greg, you will be able to really see how to “wear” a Formula Atlantic racing car when you come out to the BC Historic Motor Races on the June 11 – 12 weekend!