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.

2013 CASC-OR Celebration

Images from CASC-OR Celebration of Motorsports held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on September 28/29, 2013

Additional Pictures by Richard Coburn are available at the following links:

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2013 BEMC Indian Summer

Images taken at BEMC Indian Summer at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in September 2013 by Peter Viccary:

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2013 BARC Canadian Touring Trophy

Images from Radu, Brian Graham and Diane of the 2013 BARC Canadian Touring Trophy Races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

2013 VARAC Canadian Historic Grand Prix

The following are images from the 2013 VARAC Canadian Historic Grand Prix held on June 14-16 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

VARAC was very lucky to have many talented photographers on site at this year’s CHGP. The following are links to downloadable photographs capturing the weekend events (some are free for download, some are for purchase). As a gracious thank-you please be sure to credit the photographer if you use their photos, and maybe even drop them a line to tell them how much you enjoy their work!

Inside Track Motorsport News2013 CHGP ProgramWebsite

Globe and Mail ArticleGlobe and Mail Article – June 12, 2013

Mini Meet North2013 CHGP from the Mini Meet North Perspective

Richard ColburnCHGP PhotosWebsiteContact

Please ignore the button that says “Buy”, these photos can be downloaded for free (many thanks to Richard)

Hugh HawleyWebsiteContact

If you’re interested in high resolution versions of any of Hugh’s pictures, please contact him with the HWDP #### from the following flicker sites:

CHGP Part 1

CHGP Part 2

CHGP Part 3

CHGP Part 4

CHGP Part 5

John WalkerCHGP PhotosWebsiteContact

Mai-ai Photography by Michael Patrick

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Peter ViccaryContact

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Miscellaneous Photos from Members

2013 BEMC Spring Trophy Races

Images from the BEMC Spring Trophy Races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

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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