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VARAC Closes Out a Stellar Season at CASC-OR Celebration of Motorsports Sept 28/29

TORONTO, ON (September 24, 2012) – VARAC Vintage/Historic and Group 70+ race cars will compete in their final race for the 2013 season as part of the Canadian Automobile Sport Clubs (CASC-OR)/Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) Celebration of Motorsports this coming weekend.  It has been a long standing tradition that CASC-OR runs this season wrap-up event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (formerly Mosport) and VARAC continues to be a strong participant.  This event is the seventh and final points race counting towards the VARAC Drivers Challenge Sponsored by Shellbourne Fuels.

For each VARAC race group of Vintage/Historic and Group 70+, Saturday will consist of one 15-minute practice, one 15-minute qualifying and one 20-minute race.  Sunday there are two 25-minute races.  On-track actions starts at 8:30am both days.

Other race groups that will participate at the CASC-OR/CTMP Celebration of Motorsports event are as follows:

·         CASC-OR GT Challenge
·         CASC-OR GT Sprints
·         Toyo Tires F1600 Championship
·         Formula 1200
·         Formula Libre/F4

The full weekend schedule is available at http://www.casc.on.ca/sites/default/files/celebration_display_1_3.pdf

Complementary tickets are available at http://www.casc.on.ca/sites/default/files/7_casc_cel_sept_28-29_wicket.pdf

VARAC is the Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada whose members share a desire to preserve, restore and race historically significant cars in a form as close to the original specification as possible.  We race cars made in 1989 or earlier in Ontario and Quebec.  The highlight of our season is the Canadian Historic Grand Prix held annually in June at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.  The 2014 CHGP will feature the Triumph vs MG Challenge.

 

For more information on VARAC: www.varac.ca

For more information on CASC-OR: www.casc.on.ca

For more information on Canadian Tire Motorsport Park: www.canadiantiremotorsportpark.com

VARAC Communications Director: Diane Dale lddale@varac.ca

Follow us on Twitter at @VARACBoD

Photo by Michael Haley

VARAC 2014 Canadian Historic Grand Prix at Mosport June 13-15

The Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada (VARAC) is gearing up for what promises to be the biggest, most exciting and best-attended event in its history.  The Canadian Historic Grand Prix is one of the most prestigious events on the Vintage and Historic Racing Calendar in North America and it is the largest and most popular event of its kind in Canada and counted as a “Major Spectator Event” at Mosport since 1999.

The annual pilgrimage of racers, race fans and car enthusiasts from across Canada and the United States will once again descend on Canadian Tire Motorsport Park just north of Bowmanville, Ontario with their Jaguars, Porsches, Alfa Romeos, Corvettes, Mustangs, Cobras, Lotus, Minis and more to challenge the world famous Mosport Grand Prix Circuit.

Mosport is one of only three true historic Grand Prix tracks in North America along with Le Circuit Mont Tremblant in Quebec and Watkins Glen in upstate New York.  Mosport is an awesome, technically demanding, fast 2.459 mile track with challenging corners and impressive elevation changes.  It is the former home to world-class racing such as the Formula One Grand Prix of Canada, Can-Am, Trans-Am and Formula 5000.  Moreover, it is a place for cars and drivers to come home to.

The 2014 CHGP will Feature the TRIUMPH vs MG Canadian-American SHOWDOWN.  Triumph and MG cars of all descriptions will face off in what will be the largest ever battle of its kind in Canada and possibly the world.

The TRIUMPH vs MG Canadian-American SHOWDOWN will highlight the ongoing rivalry that has raged on ever since Sam Bird won the first ever race at Mosport in 1961 driving a Triumph TR3.  That battle, now in its sixth decade will be once again fought out on Mosport’s winding tarmac.

In full support of the upcoming event are the “Friends of Triumph” (FOT racers group) and the “MG Vintage Racers”.  A huge field of the combined marques is guaranteed and racing fans will once again be thrilled to witness a full grid of swarming, fast Triumphs and MGs challenge the Mosport tarmac and each other once again in some of the best door handle to door handle racing ever witnessed.

The 2014 CHGP will deliver three full days of exciting racing involving full grids for all Vintage and Historic racing machines from Minis to Mustangs and Canada Class open wheelers to Can-Am cars.  There will be racing for six groups of cars including Monoposto (single seat open-wheel vintage & historic race cars), Small Bore Vintage & Historic Cars (under 1800cc), Big Bore Vintage & Historic Cars (over 1800cc), Wings & Slicks (very fast purpose-built racing cars running on slick tires), G70+ Cars (cars dating from 1973 to 1989 including all kinds of Alfas, Corvettes, Porsches, Mustangs and a host of others) and the Featured Triumphs & MGs.

Spectators and car enthusiasts of all stripes will enjoy the scope and scale of experiences open to participation on the weekend such as:

·        The “Checkered Flag Cruise” on Friday evening.  The Cruise is open to all classic cars and admission to the park for the Checkered Flag Cruise is free. Nostalgia will hang thick in the air as with old time rock and roll blends with the “American Graffiti” atmosphere of classic cars and the vintage race theme.  This event begs participation by spectators, classic car owners and car club members.  Every kind of classic from VW Beetles to Rat Rods is welcome.
·        Track Touring – On-track sessions will be are offered. Whether you are contemplating a future in racing, or itching to actually drive the track, to see and stretch your car’s legs, to experience what it really is like out there at brisk but controlled speeds, this is your chance.
·        Road Rally/Tour – a 100 mile rally/tour throughout the hills and dales and quaint villages of the local area, including a lunch stop on Saturday.
·        Special Guest Speakers and Car Club Exhibits and Vendors.
·        “Legends of Mosport Racer’s Reunion” – Canadian Champion, Gary Magwood hosts this “meet the fans & Press” session Sunday morning.  Open to all at no cost.  Mix with old friends, racers and champions.
·        “Legends of the Autobahn” Concours d’Elegance conducted by the Mercedes Benz Club of America on Sunday
·        “Mini Meet North” all weekend – Canada’s largest Mini gathering,
·        “Field of Dreams” Car Show  – welcoming hundreds of sports cars, classics and hot-rods, owners and car clubs from far and wide featuring Canada’s largest on-track parade open to car show participants and featuring discounted park admission for entrants.  Sunday morning.  Join in! Great value, great fun!
·        Free weekend camping courtesy Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

VARAC: Founded in 1976, the Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada has over 220 members with approximately 100 members who are active racing drivers.  VARAC is sanctioned by Canadian Automobile Sports Clubs – Ontario Region under ASN Canada and the FIA.  VARAC is a founding member of the Vintage Motorsport Council, an umbrella organization representing all Vintage Motorsport Clubs in North America.

VARAC members compete in Vintage and Historic Racing events across North America and abroad.  VARAC is made up racing enthusiasts from all walks of life. Several Canadian Champions are included amongst the membership.

 

The Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada Heads to Calabogie Motorsports Park this Weekend for an epic East meets West Event

TORONTO, ON (August 21, 2013) – VARAC Vintage/Historic and Group 70+ cars head to the picturesque Calabogie Motorsports Park this weekend to participate in an action packed weekend of racing as part of the Ted Powell Races, hosted by the Motorsport Club of Ottawa (MCO).  This event will be the fifth race to count towards the VARAC Drivers’ Championship and the entries are overflowing from Quebec and Ontario.  One of the benefits of Calabogie Motorsports Park being located just outside of Ottawa is that this weekend is a “not-to-be-missed” event for both Quebec and Ontario competitors of each regions’ provincial championships, delivering to fans an unprecedented array of racecars.  The Ted Powell Races prove to be the most attended regional event by VARAC competitors this year.

For each of the VARAC Vintage/Historic and Group 70+ race groups, Saturday will consist of one 25-minute combined practice and qualifying, one 20-minute race all starting at 9:00am. Sunday, there is one, 25-minute race and one 30-minute race; on-track activity starts at 9:00am.

Other race groups that will participate in the Ted Powell Memorial Race Weekend event are as follows:

·         CASC-OR GT Challenge

·         CASC-OR GT Sprints

·         Toyo Tires F1600 Championship

·         Formula 1200

·         Formula Libre

·         Club Libre

The full weekend schedule is available  here

The current entry list is available  here

Complementary tickets are available  here

VARAC is the Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada whose members share a desire to preserve, restore and race historically significant cars in a form as close to the original specification as possible.  We race cars made in 1989 or earlier in Ontario and Quebec.  The highlight of our season is the Canadian Historic Grand Prix held annually in June at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.  The 2014 CHGP will feature the MG vs Triumph Challenge.

For more information on VARAC: www.varac.ca

For more information on Calabogie Motorsports Park: www.calabogiemotorsports.com

For more information on CASC-OR go here

Follow us on Twitter at @VARACBoD

Photo by Michael Haley

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VARAC Travels to Gratten For Vintage CAN-AM Challenge

TORONTO, ON (August 13, 2013) – For an exciting change of venue this weekend, a number of Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada (VARAC) competitors will be travelling to Grattan Raceway Park in Michigan to complete in the VSCDA Vintage Grand Prix au Grattan XXVII.

“VSCDA has always held a unique Grand Prix event every year that our members love to attend.” Says VARAC President and Race Director Del Bruce.  “This year VSCDA reached out to us in the form of a Can-Am Challenge, and we couldn’t help but jump at the chance to participate in what we hope will be a growing relationship of support across national vintage festivals.”  VARAC Member Gary Allan really enjoys the Grattan track – “Its just a great older style natural terrain track – perfect for my MG!”.

This year’s VSCDA Grand Prix au Grattan event is being held from August 16 to 18, 2013 at Grattan Raceway Park.  It will feature the Can-Am Festival Challenge, the Trans Am B-Sedan Race Series sponsored by BTRacing, the National Formula Junior Race, The Formula Vee Series sponsored by TEAM Industrial Services, Spridget Race Series and the Jeff Porasik-Wells Fargo Advisors Endurance Series honoring Wounded Warriors.

Information regarding this event can be found at here.

Provisional Schedule available at here.

This event is the fourth VARAC points race for the newly developed Festival Championship.  Results and Point Standings are posted here.

VARAC is the Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada whose members share a desire to preserve, restore and race historically significant cars in a form as close to the original specification as possible.  We race cars made in 1989 or earlier in Ontario and Quebec.  The highlight of our season is the Canadian Historic Grand Prix held annually in June at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.  The 2014 CHGP will feature the Triumph MG Challenge.

For more information on VARAC: www.varac.ca

 

Photo by Michael Haley