Vintage Tag

[caption id="attachment_8288" align="aligncenter" width="450"] And they're off!! Frank Winterlik (1971 Porsche 911) and John McCoy (1969 Ford Escort Twin Cam) - Paul Bonner photo[/caption] The full schedule for the VRCBC Vintage races at Mission Raceway Road Course during 2013 is now available on the 2103 Race Schedules page under...

[caption id="attachment_8150" align="aligncenter" width="490"]Long time 'Big Healey' racer, Ivan Lessner (L) is charged by Stanton Guy with the custodial responsibility for the Austin Healey Owners Club of Victoria (Australia) car badge donated to the VRCBC by Les Mathieson at the 2012 BCHMR. Ivan is also 'modelling' a 2012 Sandown Historics T-Shirt from Les. - VRCBC photo Long time 'Big Healey' racer, Ivan Lessner (L) is charged by Stanton Guy with the custodial responsibility for the Austin Healey Owners Club of Victoria (Australia) car badge donated to the VRCBC by Les Mathieson at the 2012 BCHMR. Ivan is also 'modeling' a 2012 Sandown Historics T-Shirt from Les. - VRCBC photo[/caption]

The VRCBC had some special visitors at our 2012 BC Historic Motor Races. Les Mathieson and his wife Zonda, Austin Healey enthusiasts from Victoria, Australia dropped by to cheer on our 'Big Healey' racers. They also presented the Club with an Austin Healey Owners Club of Victoria car badge. (Of course, they received a VRCBC car badge in exchange.)

[caption id="attachment_7908" align="aligncenter" width="450"] 2013 REVS Champion, Paul Haym - Gerry Frechette photo[/caption]

This year's Annual Gala & Banquet was another great success with the usual potpourri of excellent food, 'speeches', serious (and not-so-serious) year-end awards, door prizes and dancing. Congratulations to Paul Haym, this year's REVS Champ and to all of the other award recipients. We look forward to seeing everybody at the track in 2013.

A sampling of Gerry Frechette's photos of the evening are shown below. You can check out all 150 of them at Gerry's web site (here). Just click on the 'Recent' tab and look for the 'VRCBC Awards Banquet' album. Thanks Gerry and Sue.

[caption id="attachment_7845" align="aligncenter" width="450"] The Money Shot - Brent Martin photo[/caption]

Updated

The VRCBC's November general meeting (Tuesday November 13th) was a very special one, particularly for all those who remember the Westwood Racing Circuit. The meeting was held at the Mark's Auto Body (here) location in Port Coquitlam.

Many current Mission Raceway regulars will know Dino Milacic from his very fast peddling of the white MioDino Racing BMW 330i. Dino grew up going to Westwood however and although he was too young to have ever had a chance to race there, he has never forgotten it. Earlier this year Dino decided to permanently honour the memory of the track by turning one wall  (Yes, one whole wall!) of their PoCo shop into a Westwood mural. It's all there - from the mountains in the distance, to the trees, grass, dirt and asphalt, plus the cars of course, in the foreground. And as a special bonus, the sky is blue and it can be guaranteed - for the first time ever - that it will never rain at this 'Wetwood'!

After the regular meeting finished, there was a 'formal' ceremony to 'unveil' the mural. Guests are always welcome at VRCBC meetings and a lot of Westwood veterans joined us for this one. It was a great time and the VRCBC would really like to thank Dino and Bobby Milacic for hosting us. Check out the Mark's Auto Body Facebook page (here) for more on the event.

Thanks to Brent Martin for providing us with all of these photos. He has more coming soon - check back.

[caption id="attachment_7708" align="aligncenter" width="450"] PI leads the grid to the Starter. - Jock Hobson photo[/caption]

Veteran VRCBC MGB chauffer Pierce Isaacs - a.k.a. PI - was on the Pole for the second REVS Vintage race on October 6th. Just like all of his other fellow pole-sitters (i.e., the Vettels, Hamiltons and Alonsos of the racing world), Pierce was called upon to autograph countless (well, ... maybe eight) photos for his sponsors and Fan Club (well, ... maybe other team members and hangers-on). It can be tough at the top sometimes but Pierce came through like a champ.