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David Holmes Makes News In The ObserverXtra

A passion for MGs … and speed

Excerpt by Scott Barber from the ObserverXtra

There’s a thunderous roar as David Holmes revs the engine of his iris blue 1959 MGA Twin Cam.

Pumping out 140 horsepower and weighing just 1,600 pounds, the speedy import once owned by legendary Canadian vintage racer Dick Baker can reach speeds upwards of 145 miles per hour.

After being purchased last spring from Baker’s sons, the rare British sports car became the fourth racing certified vehicle in Holmes’ ever-growing fleet. Now, with some minor tuning and a test-ride at the track in Grand Bend out of the way, the longtime Elmira resident is ready to put the car back in the race.

Read the full article from the ObserverXtra here…

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

 

 

2015 MCO Ted Powell Races – Calabogie Motorsports Park

VARAC had a great weekend of racing at Calabogie Motorsports Park on August 22&23, 2015 as part of the MCO Ted Powell Races.

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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

August 2015 Pit Signals

The August 2015 edition of VARAC Pit Signals by Jeremy Sale has been released!

Click here to download your personal copy.

VARAC Pit Signals

Features this month include:

  • Andrew Celovsky’s tales of The Pittsburgh Grand Prix
  • Brits on The Lake by Bob DeShane
  • The Collier Cup at Watkins Glen
  • Jim Holody Awarded the “MG Collier Cup”
  • Alfas at the Glen w/ Christopher Creighton
  • PIRC by Joe Lightfoot
  • HMSA at Mont Tremblant
  • Waterford Hills Report by Jeremy Sale
  • Classifieds and More!

VARAC Classic Cars to Race BARC This Weekend

TORONTO, ON (July 28, 2015.) – The Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada will be competing this weekend, Aug 1 – 2, 2015 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario in the BARC Canadian Touring Trophy Races. This is the fifth event in the 2015 CASC-OR Race Ontario Championship and third event in the VARAC Classic Drivers Challenge.

The test day is Friday July 31, then the racing and fun begins Saturday and Sunday August 1 and 2. This event at CTMP is a points paying race for VARAC Classic cars (Group 70+ and Group 90).

“The new race class of Group 90+ was added in 2015.” says Del Bruce, VARAC’s President and Race Director. “We have expanded the eligible age of historic race cars to include the racing period of 1990 to 1994. We believe this is a very positive move in response to the interest in newer cars. We hope to see a good number of these cars joining us at BARC and in the future”.

The British Automobile Racing Club – Ontario Centre (BARC-OC) was founded in 1959 by a group of motorsports enthusiasts in the Toronto area. BARC-OC is the only chapter of BARC outside the UK. Mosport (CTMP) is an iconic, world famous race track, both technically demanding with challenging corners and impressive elevation changes.

In addition to the VARAC cars there will be lots of other classes and fantastic races, and the weather looks extremely promising. We look forward to a great weekend of racing!

Photo by Peter Viccary

July 2015 Pit Signals

The July 2015 edition of VARAC Pit Signals by Jeremy Sale has been released!

Click here to download your personal copy.

VARAC Pit Signals

Features this month include:

  • Extensive coverage of the 2015 CHGP
  • The 2015 Jefferson 500 Summit Point
  • VARAC at the MGVR Focus Event – VIR
  • Mt-Tremblant Spring Classic
  • MCO May Madness
  • Classifieds and More!