At the Mission Raceway Park Road Course: August 9 – 11, 2019
Posted: November 30, 2018
The Vintage Racing Club of British Columbia (VRCBC) is very pleased to announce that the 32nd running of its annual marquee race weekend, the British Columbia Historic Motor Races (BCHMR) will be held on August 10 and 11, 2019 (with the usual Test & Tune day on Friday, the 9th) 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.
The BCHMR is always popular with classic car enthusiasts. A large 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, special attractions and fun activities. As these are finalized, they will be announced on both the VRCBC website: here and this BCHMR event website, as well as through sponsors and the press.
Check back often!
Posted: November 30, 2018
SOVREN, our Vintage racing friends from just south of the border publish an excellent magazine, Vintage Drift. Their current November issue features a report on the 2018 BCHMR from our favourite photo-journalist Brent Martin.
See you in August!
Posted: September 16, 2018
Vintage Road & Racecar magazine – The International Authority on Classic, Historic and Vintage Racecars and Roadcars – has published a report on our favourite race by our favourite photojournalist, Brent Martin.
“The 31st running of the B.C. Historic Motor Races (BCHMR) once again took place at the Mission Raceway Park Road Course in Mission British Columbia, under hot and smoky conditions due to the over 500 forest fires burning all over British Columbia. 93 vintage and historic racers from B.C., Alberta, Washington and Montana all came together for the two-day event put on by the Vintage Racing Club of B.C. (VRCBC).
There were four race groups this year ………. ”
You can read the rest of Brent’s article here; thanks to Vintage Road & Racecar and (as always) thanks to Brent.
Updated: September 16, 2018
The latest edition of the BC Historic Motor Races was a great event. The weather cooperated – although there was a persistent haze due to forest fire smoke, there were many full grids with excellent racing throughout, many enthusiasts participated in the Field of Dreams car show and parade laps, and our ‘charity of choice’ the Mission Hospice Society raised a lot of funds to support their work with children.
One big highlight of the weekend was the celebration of 50(!) years of racing by Al Ores, BC’s most admired, respected and loved road racer. Formula Vee racers came from everywhere to participate in a race in his honour, and to have a lot of fun at his expense at the Saturday night dinner.
We were also very pleased to have Dann Boeschen bring his beautifully restored 1966 Porsche 906 for paddock display and demonstration laps by local veteran Ian Wood and former Porsche factory racer Kees Nierop. This very car had raced at the legendary Westwood track in the sixties in the hands of Lew Florence.
Our 2018 Guest of Honour, another Westwood legend, retired racer John Randall, was all smiles as he watched one of his favourite racing cars of all time in motion again.
The full weekend’s results are available on MyLaps Race Monitor (here).
Update: We have links to even more photos from three other guest photographers.
Thanks guys; great photos – much appreciated!
Posted: June 17, 2018
One of the BC Historic Motor Races’ most-valued long time supporters, Hagerty Classic Car Insurance has just published its Spring 2018 Newsletter. As always, it is filled with interesting stories for classic car and motor racing enthusiasts.
Check it out here.
Posted: November 4, 2017
Probably the best story at the 2017 BCHMR was the reunion of local racing legend Laurie Craig with the Corvette Sting Ray in which he won the 1966 Player’s Pacific at Westwood. Laurie hadn’t seen or heard of the car since he sold it in 1967. David and Stephanie Lambdin had no idea of the history of this ‘Vette when they bought it – sight unseen – in Anchorage of all places!
The story of how David and Stephanie did all of the research, eventually tracked down Laurie and then were able to get the Corvette to Mission (just!) in time for the BCHMR is worthy of a Hollywood movie script! And you can read all about it here.
Laurie had a chance to do some demo laps in his favourite racing car with David in the passenger seat. It was a great experience for everybody and we were very pleased to be the ‘host’.
Posted: October 2, 2017
At every BC Historic Motor Races, the VRCBC awards (probably not the best word for it) The Battered Cup to ‘the driver, car or crew that has suffered the most battering or generally inhumane treatment from the evil spirits of motor racing‘. We have had some very deserving recipients in the past but our 2017 ‘winner’, Tom Leeming has probably set the threshold at a new height (or maybe it is depth?).
The 2017 BCHMR was to be Tom’s first time at the Mission Raceway Park Road Course and he thought it would be a good idea to enter the Friday Practice Day to learn the track before the racing started on the weekend. So he drove the 1,260 km from his home in Ennis, Montana to Mission and was ready to go first thing Friday morning. However, after only a few laps, his Alfa’s engine began overheating. A quick diagnosis identified a blown head gasket and possibly more serious issues that could not be fixed in time so Tom loaded up the trailer and headed back the 1,260 km to home, never even having had the chance to ‘turn a lap in anger’.
Updated: September 28, 2017
Well, that was a lot of fun! The weather was excellent, most of the grids were full and there were many competitive battles throughout the fields.
Here are the results by race group:
The results are also available by individual race group and session on the 2017 Race Results page on this web site (here).
Thanks very much to the SCCBC Timing & Scoring team and Marc Ramsay in particular.
Update: See some of Brent Martin’s photos below and his BCHMR report in the online edition of Vintage Racecar / Vintage Roadcar magazine (here). Thanks Brent!
Posted: August 25, 2017
We were very pleased to have David Ousted, the very popular goalkeeper of the Vancouver Whitecaps and Key West Ford‘s official representative, on hand to perform the official ribbon (well, tape) cutting ceremony at the 2017 edition of the BC Historic Motor Races presented by Key West Ford.
The ‘ribbon’ was held by VRCBC president Stanton Guy and long time SOVREN racer and BCHMR supporter Charly Mitchel of Tacoma.
David did such a great job that he was awarded one of our famous Morris the Mission Moose, which are traditionally reserved for drivers who put on an excellent display during a race.
Just the first of many big awards this year we trust David; good luck to you and your team mates this MLS season! There are more photos of David’s fun day at the track, including his ride in the very fast Key West Ford Mustang, here.
Thanks to both David and Key West Ford for helping us promote and celebrate the BC Historic Motor Races!
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.
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!
Click here to read his full report. Well done Brent; thank you!
In other news! :
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).