First Press Release – 2016 BCHMR

Ian Thomas leads a pack into Mission Raceway's Turn 1 in his 1971 BMW 2002 during the 2015 BCHMR - Brent Martin photo

Ian Thomas leads a pack into Mission Raceway’s Turn 1 in his 1971 BMW 2002 during the 2015 BCHMR – Brent Martin photo

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.

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The 2016 BCHMR Date is Confirmed!

Just one example of a typical Vintage racing battle - Camaro (Dennis Repel) versu Mini (Geoff Tupholme) - that you can expect to see repeated at the 2016 BCHMR. - Brent Martin photo

Just one example of a typical Vintage racing battle – Camaro (Dennis Repel) versus Mini (Geoff Tupholme) – that you can expect to see repeated at the 2016 BCHMR. – Brent Martin photo

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.

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Download the BCHMR 2015 Program

2015 BCHMR poster1

Updated: February 24, 2016

Just click here to download a PDF version of the BCHMR 2015 Program.

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The 2015 BCHMR is in the Books

After many years of competition in the Pacific North West, Doug Yip is retiring his well-known 1967 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 2 from the race track. The Tiger went out with its customary flourish at the BCHMR. - Brent Martin photo

After many years of competition in the Pacific North West, Doug Yip is retiring his well-known 1967 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 2 from the race track. The Tiger went out with its customary flourish at the BCHMR. – Brent Martin photo

Updated: September 2, 2015

The 2015 BCHMR is now in the record books. The weather was perfect and the cars looked great!

Results:

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.

Photos: 

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).

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2012 BCHMR Reports in Popular Motorsport Magazines!

 

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.

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It’s Not All Glory – Onboard a TVR Vixen in 2012

Phil Roney in his 1969 TVR Vixen – Brent Martin photo

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.

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Another 2012 BCHMR Video – BMW 2002 vs Elva Courier!

Ron Dempsey, 1973 BMW 2002 – Brent Martin photo

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.

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2012 Battle of the Titans – on video!

The ‘Titans’: Mark Brown (1969 Lotus Seven S3) leads (for now) Dennis Repel (1974 Chevy Camaro) into Turn 2 – Jim Moody photo

These two stalwarts of the VRCBC Executive Team, Dennis Repel and Mark Brown, seem to have a good scrap almost every race weekend, and the Vintage Groups 1 & 2 Feature Race at the 2012 BCHMR was no exception.  If you look closely at the photo above, you will see the onboard camera mounted on Mark’s roll cage. You can watch the entire race from that ‘bird’s eye view’ by clicking this link.

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Walter Wolf, Canada’s Only Formula One-winning Team Owner is 2012 BCHMR Special Guest!

For release: August 2, 2012

Formula One racing has been around since the 1950s, and Canada has had its own Formula One race since 1967. Canada has produced several race winners and even one World Driving Champion, but there is only one man who can claim to be a Canadian Formula One team owner that actually won several races including the Canadian Grand Prix. That man is Walter Wolf, who is the Special Guest of the Vintage Racing Club of British Columbia at the 25th running of its British Columbia Historic Motor Races Saturday August 5th and Sunday August 6th at Mission Raceway Park, 70-km east of Vancouver.

Wolf, a successful Slovenian-Austrian-Canadian oil entrepreneur and business man, and a Canadian citizen since 1965, started his Formula One racing team, Walter Wolf Racing, in 1975 and went on to win (something never done before or since) the very first race it contested—the Argentine Grand Prix of 1977, with future world champion Jody Scheckter as his driver. Several more race wins followed, including the Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport, also in 1977, with driver James Hunt. Wolf also supported the Canadian racing legend Gilles Villeneuve in a Can-Am effort in 1977 and supported well-known British Columbia Racing driver Kees Nierop in a challenge for the British Formula Three Championship.

A part-time British Columbia resident, Wolf still maintains an interest in motor racing and has generously agreed to attend the British Columbia Historic Motor Races, where more than 100 vintage and historic racing cars will compete on track over the weekend.

“The BCHMR weekend is a unique experience,” said event chairman Tom Johnston. “There is nowhere else in British Columbia where road racing fans can get close up and personal with these wonderful machines and their drivers, and where you will see some of the world’s finest race-bred marques racing for the chequered flag.”

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A Lotus Seven’s View of the Mission Track Improvements

The view from the lower right front wishbone of Mark Brown's Lotus Seven

The Sports Car Club of British Columbia (SCCBC) has done a lot of work in the off-season to enhance the Mission Raceway Park Road Course. The most noticeable for the drivers are that the blocks on driver’s left entering Turn 3 have been moved well back, the sight line in Turn 6 has been substantially improved and the corner repaved, and the entrance to the Pits has been opened up.

Mark Brown, Lotus Seven S3 - Paul Bonner photo

You can get a real ground level view of these upgrades from Mark Brown’s video taken from the front wishbone of his two-time VRCBC REVS champion Lotus Seven S3 at the Vintage races during this year’s May 12-13 Mother’s Day Weekend event. And you get the added bonus of being able to look behind at the same time as well!

Just look for the video in the column to the right or click here.

 

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