Dates announced for 2011 BC Historic Motor Races

BCHMR 2010 - Paul Bonner photo

Vintage Racing Club of British Columbia announces the dates for its 2011 British Columbia Historic Motor Races

The Vintage Racing Club of B.C. (VRCBC) announced today that the 2011 running of its annual marquee race weekend British Columbia Historic Motor Races (BCHMR) will be held on June 11 and 12 at the River’s Edge Road Course at Mission Raceway Park.

Since 1976, when the races were staged at the famous Westwood track in Coquitlam and now at the multi-purpose race complex at Mission, the VRCBC’s Historic Motor Races have grown to become the largest vintage race event in Western Canada and one of the largest in the Pacific Northwest, with more than 100 vintage and historic racing cars and more than 3,000 spectators in attendance.

“The BCHMR weekend is a unique experience,” said Event Chairman Tom Johnston “There is nowhere else in British Columbia where road racing fans can get up close and personal with these wonderful machines and their drivers, and where you will see some of the world’s finest race-bred marques racing for the chequered flag. The Paddock is open all weekend for public access and the on-track racing is fast and competitive, stirring nostalgic memories from a bygone era of motor racing.”

The event has become an annual gathering for vintage racing drivers and their crews, as well as local classic car enthusiasts who display their fascinating cars in a special area, creating a show of their own. Adding to the festival atmosphere are the many sponsors’ booths offering everything from automobilia and artwork, to automotive product displays. The food concessions, informative track-side commentary and excellent grandstand viewing, all make this an entertaining weekend for families as well as long-time enthusiasts.

The VRCBC is currently working on a line-up of interesting race cars and activities, which will be announced early in 2011 on the Club’s website: www.vrcbc.ca/ and through the press.

New for this year’s event are revised vehicle age cutoff dates due partly to recent revisions to the CACC vintage racing regulations and to the VCRBC exhibition class (event specific) regulations.

In essence; production based sports cars and sedans up to 1974 are now accepted. Purpose-built sports racing and open-wheel (monoposto or formula) cars with documentable racing history are to be accepted up to 1990. Specific details will be included in the event supplementary regulations which will be posted on www.vrcbc.ca

The VRCBC is a non-profit member organization, which organises a series of five racing events annually including the BCHMR weekend. The purpose of the VRCBC is to restore, race and exchange information concerning vintage sports and racing automobiles. The Club members’ philosophy is to encourage participation, sportsmanship and display of these vehicles in their natural state, on the race track.

For more information please contact Tom Johnston at tomjohnston@shaw.ca or 604 922 2722.