Posted: July 21, 2016
Westwood, Canada’s first real road racing circuit closed in 1990, but it is not forgotten. It has become a tradition at each British Columbia Historic Motor Races, for old Westwood veterans and fans to get together to recall those grand times. ‘Youngsters’ are very welcome too of course but be prepared to hear lots of ‘tall tales’ about legendary exploits – on and off the track! Some of them are even true!
Since this year’s BCHMR is being held over the August 19th – 21st weekend, the Westwood Reunion Barbeque is scheduled to be held at the track at 5:00 pm on the evening of Friday, August 19th. Your hosts for the evening will again be those two legends of Westwood; Eddie Clements and Gio Coletta. The cost is only $12.00 – by donation (BYOB).
Posted: July 17, 2016
The green flag has dropped for online registration on MotorsportReg.com for the 2016 BCHMR race weekend and the Friday Test & Tune / Practice Day. Just go to the For Entrants page under the Information menu tab above, or just click here.
You don’t want to be late getting to Pre-Grid, enter now!
Posted: March 3, 2016
The Vintage Racing Club of British Columbia (VRCBC) has announced that the twenty-ninth running of its annual marquee race weekend, the British Columbia Historic Motor Races (BCHMR), will be held on August 20 and 21, 2016, at the Mission Raceway Park Road Course, Mission, British Columbia.
This event has run since 1981. The races were first staged at the famous Westwood track in Coquitlam and then moved to their current home at the multi-purpose racing complex at Mission. The VRCBC’s British Columbia Historic Motor Races is the largest vintage race event in Western Canada and is a significant event in the Pacific Northwest, with typically 100 vintage and historic racing cars and several thousand spectators in attendance.
For 2016, the BCHMR is bringing back the popular Hagerty Formula Festival featuring the very quick pure bred open wheel and sports racing cars. The plans for 2016 also include a special race for vintage and historic sedans and sports cars of the types that we all remember from our younger days.
Returning as well for the 2016 event is the “Ride in a Real Racing Car Event” where fans can (for a nominal contribution) go for a ride on the track with an actual racing driver in one of the day’s cars during a dedicated period held over the lunch break each of the two event days.
The BCHMR is always popular with classic car enthusiasts. A 120-car display will be featured in a special spectator area, known as “The ADESA Field of Dreams”, creating a unique show of its own. Adding to the overall festival atmosphere are the many sponsors’ booths offering everything from automobilia and artwork, to automotive product displays. The food concessions, informative track side commentary and excellent grandstand viewing, all make this an entertaining weekend for families as well as long time motorsports enthusiasts.
The VRCBC is currently working on a full line up of interesting racing cars, racing celebrities and fun activities. As these are finalized, they will be announced on both the Club’s website: www.vrcbc.ca and the event website www.bchmr.ca, as well as through sponsors and the press.
This press release can be downloaded in PDF here.
Updated: January 14, 2016
The Sports Car Club of BC (SCCBC) has released their schedule for racing at the Mission Raceway Road Course during the 2016 season. The VRCBC is very pleased that the BCHMR has again been given the third weekend in August. So, mark August 19th, 20th and 21st on your calendar, with the Friday again being a Practice/Test and Tune Day.
Updated: September 2, 2015
The 2015 BCHMR is now in the record books. The weather was perfect and the cars looked great!
The complete results for the weekend are now available on this web site. Go to the ‘2015 Results‘ page under the Results menu above, or just click here.
We have received literally hundreds of photos from many photographers. (Thank you!) A lot of them will eventually be posted on this web site but in the meantime, check them out on the VRCBC Facebook Group (here) and the BCHMR Facebook page (here).
Paul Bonner, one of the VRCBC’s favourite Vintage Racing photo-journalists (and a long time supporter), has just had two of his stories about our 2012 BCHMR published. One is in the August 2012 issue of Vintage Drift (see cover above), the quarterly journal of our friends at SOVREN (www.sovren.org) and the other is in the Fall 2012 print issue of PRN Motorsport Magazine (www.prnmag.com) (see cover below). Great job Paul – thanks very much!
Unfortunately, neither article is available online but many VRCBC members will have already received their subscription copy of Vintage Drift. You can easily get your own subscription (only $25 per year for Canadian addresses) by contacting the Editor / Publisher, Martin Rudow, at Rudow Specialty Publishing, 6310 NE 74th #245, Seattle, WA 98115. Phone: (206) 527-5301.
PRN is available at larger newstands across Canada.
Posted: August 17, 2012
Ride along with Phil Roney in the first Vintage Group 2 race on Saturday. Phil didn’t get out in Qualifying so he had to start from the back of the grid and work his way through the field. This he does – except for a brief ‘off’ in Turn 1 on the second lap – turning times in the 1:20’s, until a universal joint fails – noisily – in Turn 5. Click here to watch.
Posted: August 16, 2012
Ron Dempsey in his 1973 BMW 2002 had a great scrap for the lead with Steve Clark in his 1969 Elva Courier during the Vintage Group 1 race on Saturday. You can watch the whole thing from over Ron’s shoulder in his onboard video. Just click here. If you watch closely, you can see Steve’s tires starting to give up.