Updated: April 17, 2013
The SCCBC / CACC 'A Lap Ahead' weekend opened the race season at Mission Raceway Park Road Course on April 13-14. It was a little chilly and damp on the Saturday but just as ordered by the VRCBC's Vintage racers, the weather was beautiful on Sunday. The full weekend results are now available on the SCCBC web site (here) and will also be posted on this web site.
Check out the photos below. Thanks to Paul Bonner for the on-track shots.
Updated: October 12, 2012
The VRCBC's Finest were in Fantastic Form during the SCCBC's Flying Feathers Weekend on Saturday, October 6th. There were lots of entertaining battles throughout the field in both of the races. The weather was perfect and it was a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving and to finish off another great season of Vintage road racing at Mission Raceway Park Road Course.
Thanks again to Brent Martin for providing (most of) the photos below.
Update: All of Brent's photographs are now posted on his web site (here). Look for the 'Mission Raceway (Vintage Group) Oct.6, 2012' album.
Updated again: October 9, 2012
Sunday, September 23rd saw some of the VRCBC's finest hit the track at Mission Raceway Park for two Vintage races during the SCCBC's 'Volunteer Memorial' Weekend. In addition to some excellent racing, this event saw the Mission debut of Ralph Zbarsky's former BMC Works Team 1967 MGB GT, now beautifully restored. Ralph raced this car at Sebring in March of this year - see our earlier story here. (Don't miss the link to the You Tube video showing the car's roll over at Sebring in 1970. Hint: It wasn't Ralph!)
The first race got off to a great start. Dennis Repel was leading until about half distance when the throttle stuck open going into Turn 2. Major streaks of rubber were required to get the 'Heavy Chevy' (with its dyno-proven 406 hp) Camaro stopped in time. Judicious use of the kill switch enabled him to get back to second place behind Mark Brown before the finish. They were followed by Phil Roney, Ian Thomas, and Roger Flescher. The next three places featured a close fight between Ian Wood, Al Harvey and Paul Haym. Then Peter Valkenburg and 'the Zbarsky Train' of Mike and Ralph. Al Reid had to retire his MGB after only nine laps.
At the start of the second race, Mark and Phil tried desperately to outbrake Dennis into Turn 1 but couldn't manage it and Dennis took the lead, only for his engine to let go in a (very) terminal way, entering Turn 1 on the fifth lap. Mark managed to see through the spray of oil well enough to take charge, particularly since Phil had already broken an axle shaft after only two laps. Roger took second, followed by Ian Thomas and then the scrapping trio of Ian Wood, Al Harvey and Paul Haym. (Just to show how close these three were: on the fourth lap, each of them turned a lap time of 1:24.1!). The Zbarskys were next. Peter Valkenburg and Al Reid had issues and were several laps down.
The full results are available here.
Update - October 9th: Gerry Frechette has added his 148 photos of the Vintage action on September 23rd to his web site. ( http://gerryfrechette.zenfolio.com/ ) or just click here to go directly to that album.
A big thank you to Brent Martin for providing the photos below. You can see the rest of his photos on his web site: www.martinsactionphotography.smugmug.com or just click here to go directly to his September 23rd Vintage album of 136 photos.
[caption id="attachment_7353" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Jim Robinson's Bugatti T51 was a BCHMR favourite with everyone. - Brent Martin photo[/caption] For the last while, the members of the VRCBC have been focused on the 25th running of the British Columbia Historic Motor Races (BCHMR), which were held at Mission...