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2012 Canadian Historic Grand Prix & YOU!!!

(June 10, 2012-Bowmanville) The Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada will hold its annual Canadian Historic Grand Prix event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park from June 15 to 17, 2012 on the Mosport Grand Prix Circuit – Canada’s Home of Motorsport.  Participating racers from across Canada and the US will converge on the Toronto area track to compete in three days of racing in six race groups:

·        Group 1 – Monoposto – Vintage and Historic open-wheel race cars

·        Group 2 – Vintage Sports Cars – Pre ’62

·        Group 3 – Historic Sports Cars – ’62 to ’72

·        Group 4 – Classic Sedans – to ’72

·        Group 5 – Wings & Slicks – Open Wheel Formula Cars & Sports Racers running on slicks

·        Group 7 – G70+ – ’73 to ’89 Closed Wheel Cars

·        Corvette Feature Race – All Corvette Grid

Join us this coming weekend June 15-17 for a car enthusiast’s dream weekend.  There will be fabulous racing action with 200 vintage and historic cars in six race groups battling for the honour of a sharing the podium and receiving trophies from Canadian Racing Greats, Eppie Wiezes, Ludwig Heimrath, Bill Brack, Craig Fisher, Gary Magwood and Walt MacKay.

And there is more!  Bring your classic car out on the evening of Friday June 15th to the “Checkered Flag Cruise” to be held right on the Start/Finish Straight – walk where championships have been decided and the world’s greatest drivers have taken the Checkered Flag.  The Cruise will start at 6pm and the entry is free with a $5 donation per car to Wounded Warriors of Canada.  The Cruise will combine Hot-Rods and Muscle Cars with Sports Cars and Race Cars.  In addition to witnessing this fantastic Cruise Event, attendees will have the opportunity to explore the paddocks and see what a great spectacle the VARAC – Canadian Historic Grand Prix presents. Souvenir Dash Plaques will be provided to all cars entering the Cruise.

Saturday June 16th features the Wilson-Niblett Hillfest Corvette Gathering with 200 Corvettes attending to honour this year’s featured marque of Corvette – America’s Sportscar in its 60th year of production.

Eppie Wietzes, who won two Trans-Am Championships driving Corvettes will be the Grand Marshal for this year’s Canadian Historic Grand Prix.  Eppie will also present the “Eppie Wietzes Trophy” to the winners of the All-Corvette Feature Race on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday June 17th morning from 10am to 11:30, “The Great Canadian Racers Reunion” takes place in the marquee tent welcoming anyone involved in racing over the years to come out and meet old friends and celebrate racing at Mosport, Canada’s Home of Motorsport.  Gary Magwood, Canadian Racing Champion hosts “The Legends of Mosport” and welcomes our greatest drivers to a “Meet the Press and Fans Panel” in the Marquee Tent.  So, come out and hear what these Champions who formed Canadian racing have to say.

The “PartSource Field of Dreams Car Show” also takes place on Sunday Morning from 9am on the infield at Corner 8.  A special admission rate of $20 per car applies to those coming in for the day and entering the Car Show.  Souvenir Dash Plaques will be provided to all cars entering the Car Show.  The noon-hour parade laps are an annual feature.  We will continue that tradition this year by offering Car Show attendees the opportunity to register on-site for the “Dream Laps” with a donation of $10 to the Wounded Warriors of Canada will be required and special Souvenir Windscreen Stickers will be provided to entrants.

With all of this racing action and the variety of ways to participate, you won’t want to miss THE GREATEST SHOW ON TARMAC! the VARAC – 2012 Canadian Historic Grand Prix on the Mosport Grand Prix Circuit at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, June 15 to 17, 2012.

To answer any questions you can contact the VARAC CHGP Director, Bob DeShane

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2012 CHGP June 15-17, The Greatest Show on Tarmac Plus!

The greatest Show on Tarmac PLUS!!! Checkered Flag Car Cruise, PartSource Field of Dreams Car Show, On-Track Parade Laps & MORE!

Two weeks & counting! The Green Flag will drop on the VARAC 2012 Canadian Historic Grand Prix from June 15 to 17th, 2012. Will you be there to take it?

We’d like you to join us for the best Vintage and Historic Racing in Canada on the fabulous Grand Prix course at Mosport – now renamed Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. You’ll have a blast!

Millions of dollars have been spent to improve the facility at CTMP and you’ll be both amazed and pleased with the changes, the most significant of which is the new double-wide and tall tunnel and all-new roadways. It is the same great historic race track with the look and feel of a new one. At LBMC, we are proud to be part of VARAC and part of this fantastic event! We’ve got great racing, large grids, an Enduro and that’s just the racing! There’s Mini Meet North, the largest annual Mini Gathering in Canada, the Checkered Flag Cruise on Friday Evening right on the hallowed tarmac of the Start/Finish straight of the Grand Prix Circuit, Wilson-Niblett Hillfest welcoming 200 Corvettes on Saturday, the Legends of Mosport Great Canadian Racers Reunion Sunday Morning, the Field of Dreams Car Show and Parade Laps Sunday morning and noon. There’s good food, lots of awards, posters, event shirts, a charity – Wounded Warriors of Canada, and all sorts of activities both on and off the track to keep you entertained. You can even join our TOURING SESSIONS and get a feel for the track at brisk but safe speeds. Why not join us? Friday Evening Checkered Flag Cruise – FREE ADMISSION for all with a small donation to Wounded Warriors. SPECIAL SUNDAY GROUNDS ADMISSION PRICE OF JUST $20 PER CAR – AND FREE ENTRY TO PARTSSOURCE FIELD OF DREAMS CAR SHOW.

Successful Weekend at VARAC Test & Tune April 22, 2012

The season has started off with an excellent turn-out to the VARAC Test & Tune that was held on Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Mosport).  A large number of new members and “new” vintage and historic cars along with a strong turnout of our regular members teched their cars and hit the track.

The day served as an excellent warm-up for the first race of the season to be held on May 4/5 as part of the BEMC Spring Trophy Races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park as well as for the Canadian Historic Grand Prix coming up on June 15 to 17.

A visit from Ludwig Heimrath was a special treat and an honour for our club whos passion lies in the history of race cars and racing legends.  Media personality Gary Grant was on hand to capture the visit and even wrote about it in the Wheels section of the Toronto Star – see the posting here.

Our first annual edition of “Pit Signals” by Jeremy Sale will be released shortly with more coverage on the event, in the meantime pictures of the event can be found here.

2012 Canadian Historic Grand Prix – June 15-17, 2012

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Toronto, Ontario (April 18, 2012) – The Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada (VARAC) will hold its 33rd Annual Vintage Racing Festival, renamed for 2012 as the “Canadian Historic Grand Prix”  sponsored by Wilson-Niblett Performance of Richmond Hill at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Mosport) .  Wilson-Niblett is Canada’s largest Corvette Dealer and agent for Callaway Performance Cars.

Fittingly, this prestigious historic racing event is Canada’s premier vintage and historic race meeting.  The annual event will be held at the world-renowned circuit from June 15 through 17, 2012. This technically demanding, very fast 2.459 mile track and former home to the Formula One Grand Prix, Can-Am, Trans-Am and Formula 5000 is just one hour northeast of Toronto.

Corvette will be the featured marque for 2012.  Corvette racing cars from across Canada and the United States will descend on the Toronto-area track for the second major historic Corvette focus event following the very successful Corvette World Tribute held at Road America in Wisconsin this past August.

In addition to Corvette racing, VARAC will make High Performance Driving and Touring sessions on the Grand Prix track available and there will also be lots of activities both on and off the track for Corvette Clubs and other enthusiasts including a rally/tour of the area.

Subject to finalizing personal schedules, Johnny O’Connell and Andy Pilgrim have tentatively agreed to act as Grand Marshals for this prestigious event. .

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 Porsches, Mustangs, etc.) and of course Corvettes.

The weekend will also play host to the only Canadian round of the Small Bore Challenge Cup, an enduro series for small bore vintage & historic racing cars.

VARAC extends a special invitation to all drivers, crew, marshalls, volunteers and media involved with racing in past years to join in the ”Great Canadian Racers Reunion” on Sunday morning.  This will be a fantastic opportunity to re-connect with old friends and celebrate the history of Canadian racing.   As in important and integral part of the larger gathering, former Canadian National Champion, Gary Magwood will host the “Legends of Mosport” driver’s reunion and many of Canada’s racing greats will be in attendance.

The VARAC – 2012 Canadian Historic Grand Prix is about more than racing. This year VARAC has added a new event on Friday evening – the “Checkered Flag Charity Cruise”, which is open to all cruisers with proceeds going to the Wounded Warriors of Canada.  The cruise will be held on the Start/Finish Straight of the famed racing circuit and will give participants and spectators alike a glimpse of the excitement surrounding this race weekend and an opportunity to walk where champions have walked, while viewing a fabulous mix of machinery from hotrods to race cars with the best of rock & roll music and good food and drinks. We encourage everyone to come out for the cruise, join the party and support the Wounded Warriors of Canada, the designated charity for the event.

Other features of the weekend include the fast growing “PartSource Field of Dreams Car Show” and welcomes sports cars, hot-rods, car clubs and enthusiasts from far and wide.  Mosport offers a special discounted day pass for those attending the car show.  Also, parade laps of the Grand Prix track will be available to registered car show entries with the proceeds going to Wounded Warriors of Canada. Also, take in Canada’s largest Mini gathering, Mini Meet North while you’re there.

Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the VARAC Canadian Historic Grand Prix where you are encouraged to take it all in. Walk through the paddock and get up close to the cars and drivers who will be happy to greet you. Youngsters will enjoy meeting the drivers and being photographed with the race cars. Enjoy free camping. Explore the booths of vendors of all types. Within the park you’ll also find good food and beverage and modern comfort facilities.  That’s a lot of action and a super value!

Vintage racer, cruiser, motorsport enthusiast, sports car or Corvette owner, you won’t want to miss this event! Be sure to put it on your calendar today, June  15,16,17,  2012. For more information contact Bob DeShane tel: 705-878-5422 email: bob.deshane@varac.ca

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2012 Canadian Historic Grand Prix Registration Now Posted

VARAC is proud to be hosting our 33rd Annual Vintage Racing Festival on June 15-17, 2012, renamed the 2012 CANADIAN HISTORIC GRAND PRIX.  This years event is sponsored by Wilson-Niblett Performance with CORVETTE as the featured marque and includes a variety of exciting activities for car and race enthusiasts alike!

Click the CHGP link on our site for event information and registration forms.

2012 Canadian Historic Grand Prix – June 15 – 17, 2012

The Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada (VARAC) will hold its 33rd Annual Vintage Racing Festival , renamed for 2012 as the “Canadian Historic Grand Prix” at the world-renowned Mosport International Raceway, June 15 to 17, 2012. This technically demanding, very fast 2.459 mile track and former home to the Formula One Grand Prix, Can-Am, Trans-Am and Formula 5000 is just one hour northeast of Toronto.

Corvette will be the featured marque for 2012. Corvette racing cars from across Canada and the United States will descend on the Clarington track for the second major historic Corvette focus event following the very successful Corvette World Tribute held at Road America in Wisconsin this past August.

In addition to Corvette racing, VARAC will make High Performance Driving and Touring sessions on the Grand Prix track available to Corvette owners and there will also be lots of activities both on and off the track for Corvette Clubs and other enthusiasts including a Saturday rally/tour of the area.

To make the weekend even better for Corvette enthusiasts, Canadian racing driver and Corvette legend, Ron Fellows has tentatively agreed to act as Grand Marshall for this prestigious event.

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 Porsches, Mustangs, etc.) and of course Corvettes.

The weekend will also play host to the only Canadian round of the Small Bore Challenge Cup, an enduro series for small bore vintage & historic racing cars.

VARAC extends a special invitation to all drivers, crew, marshalls, volunteers and media involved with racing in past years to join in the Mosport Racer’s Reunion on Sunday. This will be a great opportunity to re-connect with old friends and celebrate the history of Canadian racing. Former Canadian National Champion, Gary Magwood will host the “Legends of Mosport” driver’s reunion and many of Canada’s racing greats will be in attendance.

The VARAC Festival is about more than racing. This year VARAC has added a new event on Friday evening – the “Checkered Flag Charity Cruise”, which is open to all criusers with proceeds going to the VARAC charity. The cruise will be held on the Start/Finish Straight of the famed racing circuit and will give participants and spectators alike a glimpse of the excitement surrounding this race weekend. The public is encouraged to come out for the cruise as well and join the party.

Other features of the weekend include Canada’s largest Mini gathering, Mini Meet North as well as the very popular “Field of Dreams” car show that welcomes sports cars and hot-rods and car clubs from far and wide with Sunday noon parade laps on-track. Entry to the car show and parade laps is free! That’s a lot of action and a super value!

Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the VARAC Canadian Historic Grand Prix where you are encouraged to take it all in. Walk through the paddock and get up close to the cars and drivers who will be happy to greet you. Youngsters will enjoy meeting the drivers and being photographed with the race cars. Enjoy free camping. Explore the booths of vendors of all types. Within the park you’ll also find good food and beverage and modern comfort facilities.

Vintage racer, cruiser, motorsport enthusiast, sports car or Corvette owner, you won’t want to miss this event! Be sure to put it on your calendar today, June 15,16,17, 2012.