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The 2017 BCHMR Date Is Confirmed!

Typical Vintage racing action. Dennis Repel leads the pack into Turn 2 at the start of the first Annual Jim Latham Memorial Race for Vintage sedans and sports cars at the 2016 BCHMR. – Justin Law photo

Posted: December 14, 2016

The Vintage Racing Club of British Columbia (VRCBC) is very pleased to announce that the 30th running of its annual marquee race weekend, the British Columbia Historic Motor Races (BCHMR) presented by Key West Ford, will be held on August 19 and 20, 2017 at the Mission Raceway Park Road Course, Mission, British Columbia.

The BCHMR was first held in 1981 at the famous Westwood track in Coquitlam. After several years, it was moved to its current home at the multi-purpose racing complex at Mission. The BCHMR is the largest vintage race event in Western Canada and a significant one in the Pacific Northwest, with typically 100 vintage and historic racing cars and several thousand spectators in attendance.

For 2017, the BCHMR will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Formula Ford with the return of the Formula Festival featuring the very quick open wheel racing cars. The 2017 plans also include the favourite combined race for vintage sedans and sports cars of the types that many remember from their younger days.

Also returning for 2017 will be the very popular “Ride in a Real Racing Car”. For a nominal contribution to a local charity, fans can go for a ride on the track with a racing driver in one of the day’s cars during a dedicated period of the lunch break of each of the two race 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 Field of Dreams”, creating a unique show of its own. Also adding to the overall festive 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 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 VRCBC website: www.vrcbc.ca and the BCHMR event website www.bchmr.ca, as well as through sponsors and the press.

The full press release can be downloaded in PDF here.

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Another BC Historic Motor Races in the Books!

A classic British sports car 'David and Goliath' battle perfectly illustrates why Vintage racing is so much fun. Karlo Flores and his 1959 Austin Healey 'Bugeye' Sprite chase Gunter Pichler and his 1964 Jaguar XKE. - Brent Martin photo

This classic British sports car ‘David and Goliath’ battle perfectly illustrates why Vintage racing is so much fun. Karlo Flores and his 1959 Austin Healey ‘Bugeye’ Sprite chase Gunter Pichler and his 1964 Jaguar XKE during the 2016 BCHMR. – Brent Martin photo

Posted: August 29, 2016

The 2016 BCHMR was another fun event! Racers, officials and spectators all had a great time and – except for it being a ‘little(!) warm’ on the Saturday, the weather was perfect.

Vancouver Canucks hero Kirk McLean did the honours at our Sunday grand opening ceremony on behalf of our presenting sponsor, Key West Ford. Kirk was ably assisted by two legends from the world of Canadian motorsport, Bill Sadler and Al Ores.

Kirk McLean cuts the ribbon to officially open the 2016 BCHMR. Canadian Motorsport Hall of Famer Bill Sadler (L) and BC road racing legend All Ores (R) 'pick up the pieces! - Brent Martin photo

Kirk McLean cuts the ribbon to officially open the 2016 BCHMR. Canadian Motorsport Hall of Famer Bill Sadler (L) and BC road racing legend All Ores (R) ‘pick up the pieces! – Brent Martin photo

And to top it all off, almost $5,000 was raised for the VRCBC’s ‘Charity of Choice’, the Mission Hospice Society, through the generosity of spectators, our sponsors – particularly ADESA Richmond – and individual Club members.

Our very own Brent Martin had his BCHMR race report published in Vintage Racecar / Vintage Roadcar magazine within days!

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Click here to read his full report. Well done Brent; thank you!

In other news! :

  • Results: The full weekend on-track results and trophy and award winners, are posted on this web site under the Results menu. Click here.
  • Photos & Videos: There are many photos and several on-board videos posted on this web site under the Photos & Videos menu. Click here.
  • Facebook: And if you follow social media, you can find the 2016 BCHMR Facebook page here.

 Next time!

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The 2016 BCHMR Poster is Still Available

BCHMR 2016 Poster - image

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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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Mission Track Upgrades as seen from an E-Type

Gunter Pichler, 1964 Jaguar E-Type in Turn 2. - Paul Bonner photo

Update May 10, 2012: The weather has been co-operating lately and all of the re-paving planned for the Paddock, Pre-Grid and Turn 6 has now been completed!

The Sports Car Club of British Columbia (SCCBC) has been working on upgrades to the Mission Raceway Park Road Course throughout the off-season. Probably the most noticeable changes for drivers will be an expanded Pre-Grid, a more ‘straight-in’ exit from Turn 9 to the Pits and the opening up of the sight lines going into Turns 3 and 6. The actual track layout has not been changed but the view from the cockpit is better. You can spot the differences with these two in-car videos from long-time VRCBC racer Gunter Pichler in his well-known E-Type.

The first video is of Gunter’s best lap ever, done in 2011.

Fastest Lap

The second is a compilation from his first race – and first win – of the 2012 Season. 

First Win of 2012

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