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Canadian Historic Grand Prix Returns to CTMP in 2014

2014 Canadian Historic Grand Prix
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
June 13 – 15, 2014

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.

Racers from across Canada and the United States will descend on Canadian Tire Motorsport Park just north of Bowmanville, Ontario with their MGs, Triumphs, Jaguars, Porsches, Alfa Romeos, 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 current and former host to world-class racing such as ALMS, the NASCAR Truck Series and 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.

Triumph and MG Racers will be the “Featured Marques” for 2014 as VARAC steps back in time to in time to recreate the epic battle for sportscar supremacy between British manufacturers – Standard Triumph and MG Cars. Mosport’s tarmac has seen that battle play out decade after decade and now, VARAC is staging what promises to be the largest ever such contest in its 2014 Triumph vs MG Can-Am Challenge. This year, racing fans will once again be thrilled to witness a huge grid of swarming, fast Triumphs and MGs piloted by cunning and experienced drivers from across Canada and the US, returning back to claim victory as they challenge the Mosport tarmac and each other once again.

In addition to the featured Triumphs and MGs, there will be 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 2000cc), Big Bore Vintage & Historic Cars (over 2000cc), 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.

The Canadian Historic Grand Prix is about more than on-track racing! Spectators and car enthusiasts of all stripes will enjoy the scope and scale of experiences open to their participation on the weekend such as:

• The “Historic Grand Prix Tribute” hosting the “Checkered Flag Cruise” this year for the first time in Downtown Bowmanville from noon to nine on Friday, just like the world-famous street party at Watkins Glen. You don’t want to miss this!
• Track Touring Sessions – On-track sessions are offered twice daily.
• 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.
• “Legends of Mosport Racer’s Reunion” – Canadian Champion, Gary Magwood hosts this “meet the fans & Press” session Sunday morning with other champions and greats like Bill Brack, Eppie Wietzes, Ludwig Heimrath, Craig Fisher, Walt Mackay and others. Open to all at no cost. Mix with old friends, racers and champions.
• “Stars of the Autobahn” Concours d’Elegance conducted by the Mercedes Benz Club of America open to all German cars.
• “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.
• Free weekend camping courtesy Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
• Advance tickets available here

About 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.

May 2013 Pit Signals

VARAC Pit Signals

The May 2013 edition of VARAC Pit Signals by Jeremy Sale has been released! Click here to download your personal copy.

Features this month include:

  • 63rd BEMC Spring Trophy Races
  • VARAC and CASC-OR 2013 Driving School
  • Ed and Dorothy Luce, driver and crew, #54 Lotus 51A
  • Team Canada at the Formula Vee 50th Festival

CANCELLED! VARAC Test & Tune, April 20, 2013 CTMP

It is with great disappointment that we must announce the following:

ATTENTION VARAC MEMBERS PARTICIPATING IN THE
TEST AND TUNE DAY on SATURDAY APRIL 20 .
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

We have just received notice from Myles Brandt at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park that due to snow on the track edges and the weather forecast calling for -2 C on Friday night and wet snow mix on Saturday with a high of 6 degrees the Test and Tune Day has been CANCELLED.

Information regarding refunds for registered entrants will be made available shortly. We will process refunds as quickly as possible. Your patience is appreciated.

NOTE: CASC-OR Technical Inspection will be available at the CASC-OR Spring Fling event at Shannonville on Friday April 26 and Saturday April 27.

VARAC Board of Directors

Pre-Race CASC-OR/CTMP Celebration of Motorsports, Sept 29/30 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE VINTAGE AUTOMOBILE RACING ASSOCIATION OF CANADA TO CLOSE OUT
THE SEASON AT THE CASC-OR/CTMP CELEBRATION OF MOTORSPORTS

TORONTO, ON (September 25, 2012) – VARAC Vintage/Historic and Group 70+ race cars will compete in their final race for the 2012 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 eighth and final points race counting towards the VARAC Drivers Championship.

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

The full weekend schedule 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 2013 CHGP will feature Porsche.

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

Follow us on Twitter at @VARACBoD

Pre-Race BEMC Indian Summer Trophy Races Sept 15/16, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE VINTAGE AUTOMOBILE RACING ASSOCIATION OF CANADA RACES FOR FUN AT
THE BEMC INDIAN SUMMER TROPHY RACES THIS WEEKEND

TORONTO, ON (September 11, 2012) – VARAC continues its whirlwind tour of eastern Canadian race tracks on their stop at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for the British Empire Motor Club (BEMC) Indian Summer Trophy Races on September 15/16, 2012. As a special event that does not contribute to the VARAC points championship, VARAC’s Vintage/Historic and Group 70+ cars (under 2500lbs) will combine together to form one grid and race for fun in front of fans and fellow regional competitors.

This weekend’s race event is the 58th annual long standing BEMC tradition and includes a special three hour CASC GT Challenge enduro that will be held at the end of the day on Saturday.

For the combined VARAC race group, Saturday will consist of one 20-minute practice, one 15-minute qualifying and one 20-minute race all starting at 8:30am. Sunday, there is two, 25-minute races, on-track activity starts at 9:00am.

Other race groups that will participate in the BEMC Indian Summer Trophy Race Weekend event are as follows:
• CASC-OR GT Challenge
• CASC-OR GT Sprints
• Toyo Tires F1600 Championship
• Formula Libre

The full weekend schedule is available at CASC-OR

Complementary tickets are available at CASC-OR

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 2013 CHGP will feature Porsche.

For more information on VARAC: www.varac.ca
For more information on Canadian Tire Motorsport Park: www.canadiantiremotorsportpark.com
For more information on BEMC: www.bemc1928.ca
For more information on CASC-OR: www.casc.on.ca

Follow @VARACBod on Twitter

Pre-Race BARC-OC Canadian Touring Trophy, August 4/5, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE VINTAGE AUTOMOBILE RACING ASSOCIATION OF CANADA RACES FOR FUN AT
THE BARC-OC CANADIAN TOURING TROPHY THIS WEEKEND

TORONTO, ON (July 31, 2012) – Fresh from racing at the Legends of Motorsports Powered by HMSA at Mt Tremblant last weekend, VARAC returns to its feature track, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, to participate in the BARC-OC Canadian Touring Races on August 4&5, 2012. As a special event that does not contribute to the VARAC points championship, VARAC’s Vintage/Historic and Group 70+ cars (under 2500lbs) will combine together to form one grid and race for fun in front of fans and fellow regional competitors.

For the combined VARAC race group, Saturday will consist of one 15-minute practice, one 15-minute qualifying and one 20-minute race all starting at 8:30am. Sunday, there is two, 25-minute races, on-track activity starts at 9:00am.

Other race groups that will participate in the BARC-OC Canadian Touring Trophy event are as follows:
• CASC-OR GT Challenge
• CASC-OR GT Sprints
• Ontario Formula Ford Championship
• Formula 1200
• Formula Libre
• Formula Four

The full weekend schedule 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 in 2012 on Jun 15-17 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

For more information on VARAC: www.varac.ca
For more information on BARC-OC: www.barc-oc.com
For more information on CASC-OR: www.casc.on.ca/roadracing

Follow us on Twitter @VARACBoD

2012 CHGP Photos and Results

Thank you all for participating in and attending the 2012 VARAC Canadian Historic Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

This year’s events were captured by numerous professional and talented amateur photographers, photos are available here

The feature race results are available here