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VARAC Rolls into Shannonville Motorsport Park May 25/26

TORONTO, ON (May 23, 2013) – Following a very successful BEMC Spring Trophy event three weeks ago the Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada (VARAC) competitors will compete in the second event of the season this weekend (May 25,26) in the DAC Trillium Trophy Races.

Competitors from all across Ontario and Quebec will be competing in the Vintage/Historic and Group 70+ grids which host a wide variety of historic race cars. This weekend you’ll see MGs, Sprites, Alfas, Porsche, BMW, Mustang and Corvette as well as classic open wheel cars such as the Bobsey Formula Vee, Merlyn mk Eleven, Lotus and Mallock.

Saturday will consist of one, 15-minute practice session followed by a 15-minute qualifying and the first 20-minute race of the weekend, all starting at 8:30am. Sunday the cars will take to the track at 9:00am and the day will consist of two, 20/25-minute races.

Provisional Schedule available here

Complimentary Tickets available here

The DAC Trillium Trophy Races is the second VARAC points race of the year and is the final tune-up to VARAC’s much anticipated Canadian Historic Grand Prix taking place on June 14-16 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, celebrating the Rothmans Porsche 944 Challenge Cup as the feature.

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 2013 on Jun 14-16 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

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Photo by Peter Viccary

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

VARAC 2013 Race Season Gets Underway This Weekend

TORONTO, ON (April 29, 2012) – The snow has melted and the grass is finally getting green so it’s time for the competitors from the Vintage Automobile Racing Association (VARAC) to hit the track for their first race of the season.

Cars from the Vintage/Historic and Group 70+ classes will be participating in the BEMC 63rd Annual Spring Trophy Races this Saturday May 4th and Sunday May 5th at the newly refurbished Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

2013 VARAC Race Season Starts This Weekend

During the off-season the addition of a VARAC Festival Championship in concert with vintage clubs in the U.S. was formulated to compliment the already popular VARAC Regional Championship which is run as an integral part of the CASC Ontario Region schedule.

It was also announced a short time ago that Shellbourne Fuels has come on board as the VARAC Driver’s Championship Primary Sponsor, providing the club with some necessary resources and the competitor base with a fully customizable fuel program.

“This is going to be a great season of racing,” said VARAC President Del Bruce. “We have been working diligently over the winter to continue to grow the sport of vintage car racing.  Our new sponsorships and our evolving relationship with some key vintage groups in the US are really enhancing the vintage racing experience for our members,” he added.

The highlight of the season is always the Canadian Historic Grand Prix, this year taking place June 14-16 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The event will continue to celebrate the history of Canadian motorsport as this years featured class will be the Rothmans Cup Porsche 944’s that provided some of the closest racing ever seen and launched the professional careers of many home-grown stars.

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 VARAC’s Canadian Historic Grand Prix:
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

VARAC To Honor 2012 Race Champions at AGM on November 10, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE VINTAGE AUTOMOBILE RACING ASSOCIATION OF CANADA
TO HONOR THE 2012 RACE CHAMPIONS

TORONTO, ON (October 23, 2012) – The Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada (VARAC) will honor all of their 2012 “Champions” immediately after the VARAC Annual General Meeting in a presentation scheduled to take place at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel, 600 Hwy 7 East, Richmond Hill, Ontario on Saturday November 10th, 2012 from 4 to 6pm.

Based in Ontario, VARAC is the premier Vintage Automobile Road Racing Club in Canada with members from the Prairie Provinces, the US, Europe and of course, Ontario and Quebec.

VARAC races cars made in 1989 or earlier, and splits the cars into 4 age groups:

* Pre-war – including post war MG T series cars (as they were built to pre-war designs)
* Vintage – for cars up to 31 December 1961
* Historic – for cars from 1 January 1962 to 31 December 1972
* Group 70+ – for cars from 1 January 1973 to 31 December 1989.

 

2012 VARAC Championship Awards

VARAC Group 70+

G70+ Overall Champion – Mike Steplock

G70+, H Class, 1st – Steve Clark

G70+, E Class, 1st – Dave Margolese
G70+, E Class, 2nd – Tim Sanderson
G70+, E Class, 3rd – Jamie Sutherland

G70+, F Class, 1st – Dan Rosewell
G70+, F Class, 2nd – Peter Schlag
G70+, F Class, 3rd – Kevin Young

G70+, G Class, 1st – Mike Steplock
G70+, G Class, 2nd – Doug Kurtin
G70+, G Class, 3rd – Andrew Atkins

VARAC Vintage/Historic

V/H Overall Champion – Howard Freeman

V/H, K Class, 1st – Ed Luce
V/H, K Class, 2nd – Howard Freeman
V/H, K Class, 3rd – Andre Gagne

V/H1, 1st – Ted Michalos
V/H1, 2nd – Jeremy Sale
V/H1, 3rd – Brian Thomas

V/H2, 1st – Joe Lightfoot
V/H2, 2nd – Richard Navin
V/H2, 3rd – Dave Morgan

V/H3, 1st – Bob Eagleson
V/H3, 2nd – Yvon Lepinay
V/H3, 3rd – Peter Lambrinos

V/H4, 1st – Chris Rupnik
V/H4, 2nd – Ken Lee
V/H4, 3rd – Robert Searle

V/H5, 1st – Alain Raymond

 

VARAC Lifetime Membership Awards

In addition to the awards for the Racing Championship, VARAC will acknowledge the contribution and loyalty of several members by presenting them with the coveted “Lifetime Membership Award”.  This award recognizes individuals who have exhibited “The Spirit of Vintage Racing” through their involvement with and contribution to VARAC and Vintage Racing over an extended period of time and may include Drivers with a long term history in vintage racing and especially VARAC, also Workers who have significantly contributed to VARAC and Crew members who always seem ready to help others.

Recipients of the Lifetime Member Award in 2012 are:

  •  Walt MacKay, Racing Driver, Canadian Racing Champion and VARAC member
  • Michael Rosen, Racing Driver, Former VARAC President and VARAC member
  • David and Nancy Turnbull, Racing Drivers and VARAC members
  • Scooter Elcomb, Racing Driver and VARAC member
  • Jeremy Hinchcliffe, Racing Driver, Former Director and VARAC member
  • John DeMaria, Racing Driver and VARAC member
  • Oliver Clubine, Racing Driver, Canadian Racing Pioneer, Former President and VARAC member
  • Peter Christensen, Team Owner and VARAC member

 

VARAC Honorary Member Awards

Vintage Racing is a celebration of “Racing into the Past”. VARAC is fortunate to be supported by a number of Canada’s greatest racing drivers, National and International Champions who contribute their time and reputations to furthering the “Spirit of Vintage Racing”.  In recognition of their efforts, VARAC has created a new “Honorary Member Award” for 2012 and beyond.

The “Honorary Member Award” is presented to those who are not current members of VARAC and who have made a significant contribution or continue to make significant contributions to VARAC and vintage racing through their support and affiliation.  Recipients may include “name drivers”, sponsors or others.

Recipients of the Honorary Member Award in 2012 are:

  • Bill Brack, Triple Canadian Racing Champion, Two-time Formula Atlantic Champion, Formula 1 Driver, Motorsport Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Craig Fisher, Canadian Racing Legend, Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Ludwig Heimrath, Twice Canadian Racing Champion, Twice SCCA Trans-Am Champion, Formula 1 Driver, Motorsport Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Gary Magwood, Canadian Formula Ford Champion, Motorsport Hall of Fame Founder
  • Eppie Wietzes, Twice Canadian Racing Champion, Trans-Am Champion, Formula 1 Driver, Motorsport Hall of Fame Inductee

Members of the Press are invited to attend the 2012 VARAC Social and Awards Presentations beginning at 4pm on November 10th, 2012 at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel, 600 Hwy 7 East, Richmond Hill, Ontario.  R.S.V.P. Bob DeShane at bob.deshane@varac.ca or 705-878-5422

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.

 

October 2012 Pit Signals

VARAC Pit Signals

The October 2012 edition of VARAC Pit Signals by Jeremy Sale has been released! Click here to download your personal copy.

Features this month include:

  • Indian Summer Trophy Races – reports from Peter Viccary, John Kinnear
  • Tremblant Fall Classic – reports Chris Rupnik, Ted Michalos, Nick Pratt, Joe Cannella
  • Scrutineer’s Rant – “Are Tow Hooks Weapons of Mass Destruction?” by John Greenwood
  • Celebration of Motorsports – reports from Colin Gibson, Doug Kurtin, Stefan Wiesen, Richard Navin
  • Three MGA’s Run and Race Simultaneously! by Dave Good
  • Collier Cup at the Glen – reports from Dave Good, Richard Navin
  • Celebration of Motorsports – Wine & Cheese Pictures

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 Mont Tremblant Fall Classic, Sept 21-23 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE VINTAGE AUTOMOBILE RACING ASSOCIATION OF CANADA RACES AT FULL FORCE
THIS WEEKEND AT MONT TREMBLANT FALL CLASSIC

TORONTO, ON (September 20, 2012) – VARAC returns to Mont Tremblant in full force this weekend to celebrate the much anticipated Fall Classic races. A large contingent of over 65 VARAC racecars representing both the Vintage/Historic and Group 70+ classes from Ontario and Quebec make their way to the track nestled in the beautiful Laurentian mountains of Quebec. This event is the seventh points race counting towards the VARAC Drivers Championship.

For each VARAC race group of Vintage/Historic and Group 70+, Friday will consist of two 25-minute practices. Saturday will consist of one 20-minute qualifying and one 12-lap race. Sunday there is one, 12-lap race and a final 15-lap race.

Other race groups that will participate in the Mont Tremblant Fall Classic event are as follows:
• Quebec GT Challenge
• Quebec Formula Libre

The full weekend schedule is available here

Ticket and track information is available at 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 Circuit Mont Tremblant: www.lecircuit.com

Follow us on Twitter at @VARACBoD