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VARAC Racers Head to CTMP for BEMC Indian Summer Trophy Races

 

TORONTO, ON (Sept 7, 2015) – The Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada will be competing this coming weekend, Sept 12 and 13, 2015 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Mosport) for the 61st Annual BEMC Indian Summer Trophy Races.

“This is your opportunity to come and find out all about Vintage Racing” says VARAC Membership Director Ivan Samila. “There will be VARAC grids for Vintage/Historic and Classic (G70+, G90). This event also hosts the 7th round of the CASC-OR Regional Race Championship and the final race of the Toyo Tire F1600 Championship. Other race groups will include a 3 Hour Enduro for GT cars, GT Sprints as well as Formula Libre and F4. It promises to be an exciting weekend, full of action. Come out and join us!”

Founded in 1928 as a motorcycle racing club, the British Empire Motor Club has organized more motorsports events than any other club in Canada! Back in 1958, the members – on a huge gamble – took an option on a piece of property north of Bowmanville and put on the first competitive event, a motorcycle scramble, on May 24, 1959, at what became Mosport Park, more recently CTMP. The club, with partners, operated Mosport until 1966 when it was sold to private interests. The club celebrates its 87th anniversary this year.

The first winner of the famous Indian Summer Trophy was Fred Hayes in a Triumph back in 1955. Other winners include names like Denis Coad, Francis Bradley, Peter Ryan, John Cannon, Peter Lerch, Ludwig Heimrath and Gary Magwood. As the VARAC championship season begins to wind down this will be the second last Ontario race of 2015, with valuable points for Vintage Historic and Classic race cars.

For more information please contact del.bruce@varac.ca

 

 

VARAC Racers Head to Calabogie for MCO Ted Powell Memorial Races

TORONTO, ON (August 14, 2015) – The Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada will be competing August 22, 23 at Calabogie Motorsports Park, a world class, 5.05 km long race track facility with all the challenges of elevation, camber changes and 20 challenging turns. Calabogie has quickly built a great reputation for exciting racing.

The VARAC grid will include Vintage/Historic and Classic (G70+, G90) and will be a Points Race for the club championship. Other grids will include: GT Sprints, F1600, GT Challenge/Quebec Super Production, F1200, RADICAL/Formula Libre.

VARAC vice president Ted Michalos says “Calabogie is known as a great track to race on, it’s challenging with 20 corners to master. It is a real driver’s circuit and also has good spectator vantage points.”

Created in 1949 as the Ottawa Light Car Club, MCO has grown to become the largest Motorsport club in Ontario with nearly 400 members. The Ted Powell Memorial races are named after Canadian racer Ted Powell.

Ted was at Mosport for a camping weekend with his son, John. They watched Innes Ireland, the Team Lotus Formula 1 driver; roll a Mini Cooper in a celebrity race. Ted bought the Mini and fixed it up, campaigning it with Ireland’s number (30), which he took for his own. He dominated his class at the Mosport, Mont-Tremblant and Trois-Rivières tracks.

Ted was a Canadian national racing champion in the late 1960s and early ’70s and was inducted into the
Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 2007.

For more information on VARAC at the calabogie event please contact del.bruce@varac.ca

November 2014 Pit Signals

The November 2014 edition of VARAC Pit Signals by Jeremy Sale has been released!

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VARAC Pit Signals

Features this month include:

  • VRG at the Glen
  • Introducing Mark Brown
  • Extensive Highlights of 2014 from various VARAC members
  • and more!

October 2014 Pit Signals

The October 2014 edition of VARAC Pit Signals by Jeremy Sale has been released!

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VARAC Pit Signals

Features this month include:

  • Grattan
  • New Hampshire
  • Charlie Gibson Award
  • Calabogie
  • Watkins Glen
  • Lime Rock
  • BEMC Indian Summer
  • Mont Tremblant Fall Classic
  • CASC-OR Celebration
  • and more!

April 2014 Pit Signals

The April 2014 edition of VARAC Pit Signals by Jeremy Sale has been released!

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VARAC Pit Signals

Features this month include:

  • The Cheetah Turns 50!
  • Pre-Season Driver Fitness Tips from Johnny Greenwood
  • VARAC Test & Tune, April 19, 2014
  • The CMHF Celebration of Speed, April 21, 2014
  • Canadian Avro Lancaster
  • “They Don’t Want A Car!”
  • Mont Tremblant Turns 50, by Bob Harrington
  • The High Park Grand Prix
  • The “Al Pease” MGB
  • The “Wietzes” Sunbeam Alpine
  • Glory Days, Celebration of Speed
  • Goodwood News
  • Classisfieds and more!

October 2013 Pit Signals

The October 2013 edition of VARAC Pit Signals by Jeremy Sale has been released!

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VARAC Pit Signals

Features this month include:

  • Cobble Beach Concourse D’Elegance
  • James Hunt and the “Punch” at Mosport
  • CASC-OR Celebration of Motorsports
  • Mont Tremblant Fall Classic
  • Racing MGA’s Corner
  • Grand Theft Auto (And Trailer!)
  • The Return of 418

VARAC Splits Its Grid Between Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Waterford Hills This Weekend

TORONTO, ON (July 23, 2013) – Following their feature Canadian Historic Grand Prix event last month the Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada (VARAC) competitors have decided to divert their attention to multiple tracks this weekend. VARAC’s Group 70+ grid will be competing at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park as part of the BARC Canadian Touring Trophy Races (July 27, 28) and the Vintage/Historic grid will attend the Waterford Hills Vintage Races (July 26-28).

“Waterford Hills is such a favoured event on the North American vintage circuit” says Del Bruce, VARAC’s President and Race Director. “When it was announced that the schedule would collide with the CASC-OR’s regional schedule we made the decision to support both events, rather than choose one over the other. Both are important to our members and our commitment to BARC and CASC-OR. We think of it as double-the-fun for our club this weekend.”

This year’s Waterford event will feature the Trans Am B Sedan Challenge Race as well as the VSCDA Vintage Vee Series Points Race. Information regarding this event can be found at www.waterfordhills.com and on their Facebook page.

The Group 70+ cars are looking forward to an exciting re-match of the close competition and crowded grids that were experienced at the CHGP. Information regarding the BARC Canadian Touring Trophy event can be found at:

Provisional Schedule available here.

Complimentary Tickets available here.

Both of this weekend’s events are the fourth VARAC points races of the year. 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.

 

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Photo by Michael Haley