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Description: 2017 VARAC Vintage Grand Prix Program Inside Track Motorsport News is proud to produce the official program for the 2017 VARAC Vintage Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on June 15-18. The 38th edition of the event features Masters Historic Formula 1 and the Formula Junior World Tour.

TABLEOFCONTENTS 04 05 06 08 12 13 14 20 22 Photo by Richard Coburn WELCOMELETTER VARACCARCLASSES SUMMEROFLOVE WEEKENDHIGHLIGHTS EVENTSCHEDULE CTMPLAYOUT LEGENDSOFMOTORSPORT ENTRYLIST BECOMEAVARACMEMBER INSIDE TRACK COMMUNICATIONS INC. VARAC BOARD OF DIRECTORS Ted Michalos I President VARACVintage GP Chair Conduct Chair and Race Director Ivan Samila I Vice President and Membership Director Julie Wildman I Treasurer Gavin Ivory I Secretary Dave Good I V H Eligibility Director Rob McCord I Classic Eligibility and Director Andrew Atkins I Classic Director Brian Thomas I Director Gord Ballantine I Director Andrew Celovsky I Director Chris Rupnik I Eastern Director Emily Atkins I Communications and IT Director Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada 10539 Community Centre Road Baltimore ON K0K 1C0 www.varac.ca James Neilson I Editor and Production Manager Grace Kang I Graphic Design J. Wally Nesbitt I Contributor Jeremy Sale I Contributor Richard Coburn I Photographer David Weber I Sales Rob Morton I Sales Brad Hulton I Sales Lindsey Broad I Sales John Hopkins I President Greg MacPherson I Vice President David Weber I Treasurer Rob Morton I Secretary The 2017 VARACVintage Grand Prix program is brought to you by Inside Track Communications Inc. 95 Trinity Street Suite 101 Toronto ON M5A 3C7 416-962-RACE (7223) Fax 416-962-7208 www.insidetracknews.com COPYRIGHT All rights reserved. Reproduction without prior written permission of Inside Track Communications Inc. is strictly prohibited. VARACVINTAGE GRAND PRIx I 3 WELCOME TO THE 38th EDITION OF THE VARACVINTAGE GRAND PRIX Story by Ted Michalos VARAC President Race Director VGP Chair Photos by Richard Coburn ern cars and often is dominated by younger drivers eager to make their mark and advance their motorsports careers. Next we have the Masters Historic Racing Series (mastershistorciracing.com). This group races Formula 1 cars from the 1960s to 1980s. Last week these cars competed at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal and we are very lucky to have them join us particularly since this is the 50th anniversary of the first Canadian Grand Prix originally held at the Mosport Grand Prix Circuit at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. These cars will race on Friday and Saturday only. And finally we have the Formula Junior Diamond Jubilee World Tour (formulajunior.com) making their only Canadian appearance at our event. The series ran from 1958 to 1963 and replaced Formula 3 cars as the stepping stone for new drivers to Formula 1. Revived in 1975 as a historic racing series the group has grown into a worldwide phenomenon with racers joining us from Europe Africa Australia New Zealand and the United States. We are truly grateful that these drivers and their cars are here this weekend. An event of this type doesn t just come together it takes many hundreds of volunteers workers and officials to make it happen. On behalf of VARAC I d like to thank all of these people for the time effort and energy they so generously give to our sport. Without their commitment none of us would turn a wheel. Thank you The stage is set. Please enjoy the cars and the racing and if you d like to get involved ask one of our members how to find me for a chat. Ladies and gentlemen start your engines GREETINGS VINTAGE RACE FANS W elcome to the 38th running of the Vintage Automobile Rac- ing Association of Canada (VARAC) Vintage Grand Prix. Along with our partners at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park allow me to set the stage for what you are about to see. VARAC was created to provide a safe competitive environment to race the classic cars of yesteryear. On track this weekend you ll see cars from the early 1950s to late 1990s racing as they did back in the day. For some people the event provides a flashback to their youth when they came to the track to watch their racing idols race. For others it is a chance to see the cars they used to dream about driving and or owning. Whatever your reason we hope you will enjoy the show. The racing is real and the cars are driven hard in their original specification. We have strict no contact rules primarily to protect the cars but also because we re racing with our friends. Sure there is a trophy for the winner but taking an extra tenth of a second off a lap time is even more important than winning. Joining VARAC this year are three guest groups which I am excited to tell you about. First the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship (formula1600.com) is running this weekend again. The Formula 1600 class has been around for decades you may see some of the earliest version of F1600 cars on the Monoposto (single-seat race cars) grid. The Toyo Tires F1600 Championship is for mod4 I VARAC.CA VINTAGE RACE WEEKENDS FEATURE PRE-WAR RACE CARS TO 1990s SPORTS CARS Story by Ted Michalos VARAC President Race Director VGP Chair Photos by Richard Coburn VARACCARCLASSES T he Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada was founded in 1976 to provide a place for people who love rac- ing vintage cars in a friendly yet competitive environment. With well over 200 members VARAC is one of the founding clubs of the Vintage Motor Council a collection of vintage racing organizations from across North America. The VARAC Vintage Grand Prix is in its 38th year and represents the largest event of its kind in Canada. Partnering with the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park we have run on the Mosport Grand Prix Circuit for many years and we hope to be able to do so for many more to come. (Top to bottom) VARACevents feature five distinct classes Pre-War Vintage Production Historic Production Group 70 and Group 90 . PRE-WAR CARS This class includes classic pre-war single-seat sports cars and post-war T-series MGs. VINTAGEPRODUCTION This is the most common vintage racing car class and usually the most affordable to get on track. This class consists of cars like Austin Healey Sprites or 3000 Lotus Seven Triumph TR3 4 MGA Porsche 356 and other mass-produced street cars. Class cut-off December 31 1961. HISTORIC PRODUCTION Similar to Vintage Production except to the end of 1972 cars could be a Sprite Midget MGB Lotus Elan Shelby GT350 a sports car or a Trans Am car. Mini Cooper S cars are plentiful and fast. Volvos Cortinas and Escorts are popular. Class cut-off December 31 1972. CLASSIC (GROUP 70 ) Group 70 includes production-based and purpose-built race cars that were designed to race in IMSA Trans Am SCCA and CASC GT. An exciting mix of style and speed Group 70 grids feature everything from Corvettes and Mustangs to 2.0L Sports Racers and Porsche 911s. Class requirements 1973 to 1988. CLASSIC(GROUP 90 ) This class features production-based and purpose-built race cars designed in the 1990s (up to 1997) to race in IMSA Trans Am Touring Cars SCCA and CASC GT Classes. VARACVINTAGE GRAND PRIx I 5 HISTORIC FORMULA 1 AND FORMULA JUNIOR CARS RETURN TO MOSPORT Story by Jeremy Sale Photos courtesy CMHFCollection John Cross and Paolo Pedicelli 1967 THESUMMEROFLOVE car. Wietzes had to wait as Clark s car was done before he could get back in the Lotus 49 originally earmarked for him. In the end it was all for naught as both cars suffered ignition failure due to the heavy rain with Wietzes grinding to a halt on the pit straight. He was pushed to the end of the pit wall and when the electrics were dried out the car started again but he was disqualified for receiving outside assistance. We tested the cars in rain but this is ridiculous said Lotus founder Colin Chapman. The race was ultimately won by Jack Brabham in his Brabham Repco BT24 with teammate Denny Hulme in second. They had lapped the entire field including Dan Gurney who finished third in his Eagle-Weslake T1G. Graham Hill came home in fourth after spinning between turns 9 and 10. Following Hill was Spence (BRM) Amon (Ferrari) Bruce McLaren (McLaren-BRM) Jo Bonnier (Cooper-Maserati) David Hobbs (BRM) Richard Atwood (Cooper-Maserati) and in his one and only grand prix drive American Mike Fisher (Lotus-BRM). Clark (Lotus) and Stewart (BRM) failed to finish as did Irwin (BRM) Jochen Rindt (CooperMaserati) and Jo Siffert (Cooper-Maserati). The Canadian Grand Prix was held at both the Mosport Grand Prix Circuit and Mont-Tremblant until 1977 (at Mosport) when Gilles Villeneuve made his debut for Ferrari. That race was won by Jody Scheckter in Canadian Walter Wolf s WR1. Since 1978 the event has been held in Montreal at Le Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017. T he Summer of Love was a social phenomenon that occurred during the summer of 1967. Remember long-haired hippies tie-dyed shirts The Grateful Dead Jefferson Airplane Jimi Hendrix and Big Brother Not to mention caftans miniskirts peace and love. It was groovy baby Canada was about to get its very first Formula 1 Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park s Mosport Grand Prix Circuit. VARAC s Phil Lamont was track manager and two Canadians (Al Pease and Eppie Wietzes) were entrants. Both Pease and Wietzes were top competitors in North America and knew the Mosport Grand Prix Circuit intimately. At the inaugural Canadian Grand Prix weather played a large part in various drivers misfortunes. It poured on and off during the race including a downpour during the parade lap where Ferrari driver Chris Amon spun at low speed before the race even began and almost took out the BRMs of Jackie Stewart Chris Irwin and Mike Spence. Pease in a rented Eagle T1G had to change the car s battery and lost six laps on the race leaders. Pease then turned in some good laps but later spun and suffered another flat battery. He ran back to the pits for a new battery carried it back to the car fitted it himself and continued earning a good show message from his pit crew He was still running at the finish albeit 43 laps down on the winner. Wietzes was to drive the backup team Lotus 49. However in practice Jim Clark spun and put his car into the fence at turn 1 and took over the backup 6 I VARAC.CA (Opposite page) Inaugural Canadian GP winner Sir Jack Brabham. (Above left) Formula Juniors race for the Peter Revson Trophy named after the US racing star who died in a 1974 testing accident. (Above right) Gilles Villeneuve s Ferrari 312T5 is an example of the machinery at historic Formula 1 events. FORMULA JUNIOR WORLD TOUR From 1958 to 1963 Formula Junior replaced the motorcycleengine 500 cc Formula 3 cars as the stepping-stone to Formula 1. It was the brainchild of Italian Count Johnny Lurani and featured 1.0- or 1.1-litre production engines and gearboxes in mini grand prix chassis. In its short six years the design span covered the major progression of racing car evolution from ladder-frame front-engine cars space-frame cars with proprietary suspension like the Alexis HF1 rear-engine space-frame cars like the Coopers to the full monocoque of the Lotus 27. John Surtees Mike Hailwood Wolfgang Von Trips Gerhard Mitter Lorenzo Bandini Giancarlo Baghetti Howden Ganley Clark Rindt Spence and Revson were among the grand prix stars that made a name for themselves in Formula Junior. From South Africa Australia and New Zealand and after a brief interlude back in Europe the Historic Formula Junior World Tour arrives in Canada one of the strongholds of Formula Junior in period and at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park one of the world s great tracks said Duncan Rabagliati Formula Junior Historic Racing Association (FJHRA) chairman. Not only Formula Junior but Canada Class cars will have their first standalone race in many decades and this will be the second race of the Peter Revson Trophy. Formula Junior has had huge support from World Tour Patron ex-Formula 1 BRM works driver Howden Ganley and Jennifer Revson Peter s sister. Doug Elcomb s Dreossi has ably represented Canada Class on the World Tour so far and the European Australian and New Zealand visitors are much looking forward to engaging with other Canadian and US drivers as we visit the Mosport Grand Prix Circuit and thence progress through North America. In 1975 Formula Junior was the first formula to be revived as an historic series. The FJHRA was established in 1993 and in 1995 the FIA Lurani Trophy for Formula Junior cars became the first FIA championship to be run by its own organisation. In 1997 Formula Junior cars first raced at Monaco and it was one of the closest races of the day and Formula Junior cars have been com- petitors there since that time with a fantastic array of beautiful cars recreating the historic racing era of the 1959-1963 with Grand Prix Monaco Junior. VARAC extends a very warm welcome to the Historic Formula Junior World Tour and hopes that you all have a wonderful experience at this iconic race track. MASTERSHISTORICFORMULA1 With the important milestone for the Canadian Grand Prix in mind organizers have invited the Masters Historic Formula 1 racers to participate on Friday and Saturday at the 38th edition of the VARAC Vintage Grand Prix where Canadian Tire Motorsport Park will turn back the clock and once again host some fantastic Formula 1 cars and expert drivers from around the world. Everyone at Masters is really excited to be getting the chance to race on the Mosport Grand Prix Circuit for the Vintage Grand Prix said Ron Maydon founder and president of Masters Historic Racing. It s a circuit that has been on our wish list to race for a few years now as many of our Masters USA cars raced there in period so it certainly seems fitting Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is going to ring with the sound of the [Ford Cosworth] DFV engine again We have a great grid of cars coming to race that are sure to wow the crowds In North America Masters Historic Racing has a six-race 2017 schedule three of which are Formula 1 support races including the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal a week prior to racing on the Mosport Grand Prix Circuit which was designed in the late 1950s and was the home of the Canadian Grand Prix eight times between 1967 and 1977. Event winners included Jacky Ickx Peter Revson Emerson Fittipaldi James Hunt and the aforementioned Brabham Stewart and Scheckter. The layout of the circuit is relatively unchanged from its inception so drivers will pit their skills against the lap times of some all-time greats A colourful grid of Masters USA cars is sure to ignite the memories of the crowd as they watch their favourite Formula 1 cars thunder around this historic track. VARACVINTAGE GRAND PRIx I 7 FROM MODERN F1600 CARS TO VINTAGE RACERS THERE S LOTS TO SEE THIS YEAR Story by J. Wally Nesbitt Photos by Richard Coburn Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell have travelled this particular route on their way to the top. The Canadian version of the Formula Ford division has previously been mentioned in the same breath as the renowned British series. Gilles Villeneuve Scott Goodyear and Paul Tracy are all former Formula Ford graduates as are more recent competitors like Kyle Marcelli and Scott Hargrove. Now branded as Formula 1600 in Ontario and Quebec the formula still thrives and the current crop of drivers will demonstrate their racing prowess in a triple header appearance over the VARAC Vintage Grand Prix weekend. Many of the seasoned race fans will recognize the basic and widely-utilized Van Diemen car while those people who have been away from the track for a while will need to be introduced to the newest editions of the Mygale Piper and Spectrum chassis. Some might also be surprised to see that this class is no longer strictly associated with the Ford power plant as many of the cars TOYO TIRES F1600 CHAMPIONSHIP Sixty years ago the Formula Junior division was an entry-level entity a low-cost open-wheel formula where aspiring drivers could develop their road racing skills but it wasn t long before an alternative arose a concept that eventually became the Formula Ford discipline. Officially introduced in England in 1967 Formula Ford rapidly found worldwide acceptance. The nimble hardy single-seaters originally powered by the venerable 1.5-litre Cortina GT motor became the standard option for a driver s introduction into the realm motorsports. The list of former Formula Ford competitors who have gone on to enjoy substantial success is too long to itemize suffice to say that such notables as Emerson Fittipaldi 8 I VARAC.CA VARACVINTAGE GRAND PRIXHIGHLIGHTS estival is the only appropriate word that should be used to F describe the 38th edition of the VARAC Vintage Grand Prix a weekend guaranteed to provide exciting and entertaining activities and attractions both on-track and off. Long recognized as the Home of Motorsports in Canada the legendary Canadian Tire Motorsport Park facility will host a memory-packed celebration of vintage motorsports highlighted by Grand Marshals Joann Villeneuve (wife of racing legend Gilles) and CMHFinductee Eppie Wietzes and racing machinery from all eras of automotive competition. The headlining FIA Masters Historic Racing Formula 1 and Formula Junior Diamond Jubilee tour vehicles are sure to attract their fair share of attention but the weekend schedule is filled with so much more including VARACclasses and the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship. now boast a 1.5-litre Honda motor beneath the engine cover. In the 2017 Toyo Tires F1600 Championship series there are two classes of cars competing on track at the same time. The F1600-A division cars include such makes as the aforementioned Piper and Mygale models and these cars are the most recent and refined examples. Cars of older manufacturing dates prior to 1994 are given their own division and championship and are designated as F1600-B. Although perhaps not as technologically advanced as their newer brethren the B-class cars are far from slow and are regularly found contending for position with their A-class cousins. This year s Toyo Tires championship will be determined through an 18-date schedule with events run at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Calabogie Motorsports Park and Shannonville Motorsport Park. The VARAC weekend is the second event on the 2017 calendar. The season-opening races were run in midMay with veteran Gord Ross (No. 63 Mygale Honda) coming into the VARAC weekend riding a three-race winning streak as is B-class race winner Graham Lobban (No. 12 1994 Van Diemen Honda). Although the majority of the on-track activities taking place over the VARAC Vintage Grand Prix will focus on gentlemanly competition staged between classic cars and respectful drivers the same cannot be said for the trio of 22-minute races slated for the F1600 racers. There are trophies to be won rivals to be beaten and championship points to be earned. Gentlemanly competition will have no place when these drivers take to the Mosport Grand Prix circuit. VARACCLASSESOUTINFULLFORCE Drivers aboard Vintage Historic Production cars will enjoy multiple sprint races their specific group designation determined by engine size. The smaller displacement class for vehicles with an engine size less than 1.3 litres will feature an entry list that includes such famous marques as Austin Healey Lotus Triumph MG and Mini Cooper cars. Over 1.3-litre displacement motors will be found in their own grouping their class fielding models of cars from classic manufacturers like Alfa Romeo Volvo MG-A Porsche and Ford. VARAC organizers have not forgotten about the open-wheel side of the sport and have set aside equal track time for vintage formula cars including the more updated powerful and sophisticated monocoque Wings and Slicks class. With the ever-increasing popularity of vintage open-wheel cars the Vintage Auto Racing Association of Canada recognized that the term vintage was becoming a relative term and quickly embraced a new designation of competitive vehicles geared towards attracting a more recent but no less classic heritage of racing cars. Continued on page 10... VARACVINTAGE GRAND PRIx I 9 (Above)Traditionally the VARACVintage GP features the largest entry list of the season. (Below) The 38th VARACVintage GP will host round 2 of the 2017 Toyo Tires F1600 Championship. FROM MODERN F1600 CARS TO VINTAGE RACERS THERE S LOTS TO SEE THIS YEAR ...Continued from page 9 The Classic division includes Group 70 (open to equipment constructed between 1973 and 1989) and Group 90 (sedan race cars built from 1990 to 1997). This division showcases many vehicles that once competed on the IMSA Trans-Am and other professional GT tours with cars such as production-based Corvettes Mustangs Porsches and BMWs regularly appearing in the grid. Diverse fields can be expected in each of the schedules contests no more than in the all-encompassing finale the VARAC Grand Prix which is open to all weekend entrants. For those aficionados with a more defined taste perhaps the MG versus Triumph Challenge will be more to their liking. An automotive Battle of Britain the winner from each manufacturer will be honoured with either the Simms Cup Trophy for MG contestants or the Group 44 Trophy for Triumph entrants. Whatever type or age of vehicle that the gathered motorsport fan is hoping to see undoubtedly there will be an example of each and every one somewhere at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park or on the Mosport Grand Prix Circuit over the course of the VARAC Vintage Grand Prix. While the on-track activities will certainly be a main draw for the vintage racing weekend no festival would be complete without a wide selection of sideshow attractions to fill out the package. Once again this year the Field of Dreams Classic Car Show and the Mini Meet North will take the Concours des Marques event to new levels on the infield lawns. When the appreciation tours are completed it may be time to consider making dinner plans. That is when Friday night s Steam Whistle Paddock Tour and musical Love-In come into play. The Paddock Tour is a three-stop roaming dinner party where the hungry attendees can enjoy various entrees and an adult beverage or two before settling for a throwback celebration of 1960s music courtesy of the Kim & Company band. And since people tend to get hungry on Saturday s as well the Psychedelic Saturday Supper will take place in the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park conference centre following the day s racing. Open to all competitors crews and workers an Italian-style dinner will precede the recognition of event guests and honourees. Following the ceremony the Mudmen band will take the evening out in musical style. One of the undisputed highlights of the VARAC Vintage Grand Prix weekend is the annual Legends of Mosport Drivers and Racers Reunion. Taking place Sunday morning in the Event Centre the interactive meet-and-greet has been hosted by such notable motorsports personalities as The Toronto Star s Norris McDonald and racer Gary Magwood in the past. What generally starts out as a casual panel discussion between some of the country s greatest motorsports competitors has a habit of degenerating into a laugh-filled free-for-all as the panellists recount past exploits debate questionable memories and exchange quips with their former racing rivals. The VARAC Vintage Grand Prix has developed into one of the premiere destinations for any classic motorsport enthusiast with an unparalleled collection of racing machinery memorabilia and personalities. The 38th edition of the VARACVintage Grand Prix is destined to continue that tradition for drivers history buffs and race fans alike. VARACVINTAGE GRAND PRIXHIGHLIGHTS (Above) Classic Mini and Lotus race cars are well represented at VARAC events. (Below) G90 competitor Emily Atkins driving her Martini-coloured Porsche. 10 I VARAC.CA WEEKEND SCHEDULE AND TRACK LAYOUT SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE SO CHECK VARAC.CA FOR UPDATES 11 25 a.m. 12 00 p.m. 12 30 p.m. 12 45 p.m. 1 30 p.m. 2 05 p.m. 2 40 p.m. 3 15 p.m. 3 50 p.m. 4 25 p.m. 5 00 p.m. 5 25 p.m. 6 00 p.m. Practise for the Vintage Small Bore cars will get the on-track portion of the 2017 VARACVintage GP started at 8 30 a.m. on Friday June 16. Photo by Richard Coburn Time 7 45 a.m. 8 30 a.m. 9 05 a.m. 9 40 a.m. 10 15 a.m. 10 50 a.m. 11 25 a.m. 12 00 p.m. 12 30 p.m. 1 30 p.m. 2 05 p.m. 2 40 p.m. 3 15 p.m. 3 50 p.m. 4 25 p.m. 5 00 p.m. 5 25 p.m. 6 00 p.m. FRIDAY JUNE 16 Session Class Minutes Mandatory driver meeting P1 Vintage Small Bore 25 P2 Monoposto 25 P3 Vintage Big Bore 25 P4 Masters Historic Racing 25 P5 Classic 25 P6 Toyo F1600 25 P7 Formula Junior 25 Lunch until 1 30 p.m. Q1 Vintage Small Bore 25 Q2 Monoposto 25 Q3 Vintage Big Bore 25 Q4 Masters Historic Racing 25 Q5 Classic 25 P8 Toyo F1600 25 Q6 Formula Junior 25 Track closed Steam Whistle paddock tour SATURDAY JUNE 17 Session Class Minutes Mandatory driver meeting R1 Vintage Small Bore 25 R2 Monoposto 25 R3 Vintage Big Bore 22 R4 Masters Historic Racing 25 R5 Classic 25 Q7 Toyo F1600 R6 Formula Junior Lunch until 1 30 p.m. Opening Ceremony R7 Masters Historic Racing R8 Vintage Small Bore R9 Monoposto R10 Vintage Big Bore R11 Toyo F1600 R12 Classic R13 Formula Junior Track closed CTMP conference centre dinner 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 Time 7 45 a.m. 8 30 a.m. 9 05 a.m. 9 40 a.m. 10 15 a.m. 10 50 a.m. 12 I VARAC.CA Time 8 45 a.m. 9 00 a.m. 9 35 a.m. 10 10 a.m. 10 45 a.m. 11 20 a.m. 11 55 a.m. 12 30 p.m. 1 30 p.m. 2 05 p.m. 2 40 p.m. 3 15 p.m. 3 50 p.m. 4 25 p.m. 5 00 p.m. SUNDAY JUNE 18 Session Class Minutes P8 Hard luck practice R14 MG-Triumph Challenge 25 R15 Formula Junior 25 R16 Vintage (all classes) 25 R17 Toyo F1600 25 R18 Classic 25 R19 Monoposto 25 Lunch until 1 30 p.m. R20 Formula Junior 25 R21 Vintage (all classes) 25 R22 Toyo F1600 22 R23 Classic 25 R24 Monoposto 25 R25 VARACVintage GP 30 Track closed VARACVINTAGE GRAND PRIx I 13 RACING GREATS GATHER TO REFLECT ON CANADIAN RACING HISTORY Story by J. Wally Nesbitt Photos Courtesy CMHFCollection and Richard Coburn (Above) Bill Brack raced in the Canadian GP three times (twice for BRM). LEGENDSOFMOTORSPORT CRAIG FISHER T he Legends of Mosport Drivers and Racers Reunion is a From an introduction into the world of motorsports through gymkhana and hill climb events in the late 1950s 1997 CMHF inductee Craig Fisher developed into a racing talent that drove for Penske Racing competing in the Trans Am Series alongside Penske Racing star Mark Donohue. Fisher s previous racing resume had included stints driving Abarth-Simcas Sunbeams Shelby Fords Mazdas Lola T70 Can-Am cars and Ferraris. His racing accomplishments include multiple victories on the now-defunct Harewood Acres circuit at Mont-Tremblant and at his home track of Canadian Tire Motorsport Park s Mosport Grand Prix Circuit. Arguably his most notable career accomplishment were his back-to-back victories in the Sundowner Six Hour enduro races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 1965 and 1966 when he teamed with Eppie Wietzes in a Comstock Racing Mustang and then a Cobra that he shared with George Eaton. However Fisher s greatest success came in Chevrolet and Pontiac rides even when General Motors was not officially in racing. In 1968 Fisher became the first Canadian to win in the Trans-Am series when he took the checkered flag at the Maryland Marlboro circuit. Following that win Fisher was paired with Donohue in a Penske Racing Camaro for the Sebring 12 Hours and helped to bring the team a one-two class result finishing third overall. If you check the record books you ll see that I finished both first and second smiled Fisher. I started the race in one car and finished the 12 hours in the team Camaro Continued on page 16... must-see attraction of any VARAC Vintage Grand Prix. The casual gathering panel discussion involving some of Canada s greatest racing talent offers the race fans an opportunity to meet the heroes of a bygone era. And what a lineup of legends will be in attendance for the 2017 edition of the Racers Reunion BILL BRACK To meet 1993 CMHF inductee Bill Brack today it would be almost inconceivable that his quiet and reserved individual could be the all-conquering face of Canadian Formula Atlantic racing in the 1970s. Outwardly shy Brack was as intense a competitor as any fellow open wheel racer his talent and determination allowing him to compete in a trio of Formula 1 events. He appeared in the 1968 Canadian Grand Prix aboard a Lotus 47 followed by entries as an invited member of the BRM contingent in 1969 and 1972. From rather obscure beginnings at the wheel of a Morris Mini competing on the frozen lakes near Huntsville ON Brack maintained an affection for the Mini make eventually racing his Hot Wheels-backed Mini on asphalt in the Ontario and Canadian GT Championship chase. From little sedans to Formula 1 machinery Brack was a perennial threat to win but his career was ultimately defined by his three consecutive Canadian Formula Atlantic Championships (1973-1975) aboard his Lotus 59 69 a car that he still owns. It would take no less a talent that Gilles Villeneuve to finally dethrone the three-time champion. 14 I VARAC.CA VARACVINTAGE GRAND PRIx I 15 RACING GREATS GATHER TO REFLECT ON CANADIAN RACING HISTORY ...Continued from page 14 PHIL LAMONT Most race fans will recognize Phil Lamont as the driver of the immaculate U.D.T. Laystallgreen Lotus 18 Formula Junior. More avid race fans may remember that he also ran a one-off event in Jack Boxstrom s Lotus 9 at Harewood Acres before rolling his Norton-Manx-powered Cooper Formula 3 car and ending his racing career but Lamont s involvement in the sport runs considerably deeper than that. Despite the abrupt end to his on-track career Lamont has been a force behind the scenes. After being convinced to attend a race with Jack Boxstrom s Morris Minor racing effort Lamont s interest in motorsports was re-tweaked and he continued his association with the sport in the role of team marketing manager track manager at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and as an executive member of the Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada. He was also a vital component in the creation of the VARAC Vintage Grand Prix and the Players GM Motorsports Series for Camaros and Firebirds. Where Lamont has made the largest impact especially in vintage racing is with his Dunlop Tire dealership. Originally partnered with Charlie Gibson Lamont s Vintage Tyres Limited became the sole North American source for Dunlop vintage racing rubber after Gibson s untimely death. Expanding his motorsports involvement Lamont has also provided Dunlop racing tires to the Motorola Cup and the Grand Am P2 and GT divisions. LUDWIG HEIMRATH From 1958 to 2000 CMHF class of 2000 inductee Ludwig Heimrath was recognized as one of North America s most preeminent drivers usually found challenging for race victories BILL SADLER A member of MENSA International and an MIT graduate 1993 CMHF inductee Bill Sadler is one of the true geniuses of innovation design and creation in both the automotive and aeronautical industries. Constructing his first purpose-built race cars around a chalk outline on his workshop floor Sadler assembled parts from a Jowett Javelin a Morris Minor and a Triumph TR-2 into a car allowed him to race on the Edenvale race track in Ontario and across the border on the roads surrounding Watkins Glen NY. Continued on page 18... 16 I VARAC.CA (Above)Phil Lamont was instrumental in the creation of the VARACVintage GP. (Below)Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fameinductee Ludwig Heimrath. LEGENDSOFMOTORSPORT aboard his favoured Porsche marque. In 1961 Heimrath captured the inaugural Canadian Sports Car Championship in a Porsche RS60. He repeated the accomplishment in 1964 at the wheel of a V-8 Cooper King Cobra and was the overall runner-up in 1962 1963 and 1965. Competing in Can-Am and IndyCar did not provide the success that Heimrath had grown accustomed to due to the equipment not being on par with his talent so when a race-ready Porsche 911 became available he used his new ride to turn his fortunes around in the SCCA Trans Am series. Eventually upgrading to a Porsche RSR and later a 934 Heimrath famously battled Peter Gregg on track and the FIA and SCCA off it to win the 1977 Trans Am championship. Heimrath continued to race in a variety of Porsche models until 2000 taking his final year out in style by competing in nine races on the 11-date CASC-Ontario Region GT calendar. Although he is unsure of the number of race victories that he has achieved it is estimated that someone would need close to 500 fingers and toes to add up the trophies in his home. VARACVINTAGE GRAND PRIx I 17 RACING GREATS GATHER TO REFLECT ON CANADIAN RACING HISTORY ...Continued from page 16 In the fall of 1955 Sadler chose to install a 265 cubic inch Chevy V-8 into his car and then spent long hours designing welding and fabricating suspension components and refining the transmission differential and transaxle to make the car driveable. With a customized aluminum body finally fitted on to what was now known as the Sadler Mark II the car would earn a victory in the inaugural Nassau Speed Week festival with Brian Naylor at the controls and Sadler himself would guide the Mark II to victory in the 1958 Watkins Glen Queen Catherine Cup event. A radical mid-en2015 Vintage GP Grand Marshal Gary Magwood racing in the 1974 Grand Prix Trois-Rivi res. LEGENDSOFMOTORSPORT gine open-wheel Formula Libre was the next vehicle to emerge from Sadler s imagination soon to be followed up by the groundbreaking Sadler Mark V a car that appeared on the grid in the 1961 Players Grand Prix at Mosport Park. Sadler s career was not limited to these three outstanding vehicles as other examples of his workmanship can still be found competing in the vintage Formula Junior racing divisions. GARY MAGWOOD Racer businessman racing instructor Gary Magwood has been an integral part of Canadian motorsports since 1964 in one form or another. He has owned Magwood s RaceEquip selling Merlyn Formula Ford cars and assorted accessories and memorabilia. He was the creator of Canadian Tire Motorsport Park s original racing school with his partner and former track owner Harvey Hudes. Most recently he has been enjoying life as a farmer near Tweed ON and has even made a run for elected office but his true claim to fame has been on the track as a driver. His first racing venture was in a real S box Canada Class Yachuk Special that spent much of its track time puking out its engine. He then raced aboard a Mini and an MGB before switching to openwheel mounts. A Kelly Formula Vee was his first ride in formula car racing before moving up to a Merlyn Formula Ford. Despite his success aboard the Merlyn a test drive of David Lazenby s then-new Hawke DL-2A convinced Magwood to change mounts the gamble paying off as he went on to claim 16 races and the 1970 Canadian Formula Ford championship. Stepping away from the competitive side of the sport to pursue other related business options Magwood did eventually return to the 18 I VARAC.CA driver s seat in 1998 teaming with Martin Chenhall to run in the Firestone Firehawk Series in an Oldsmobile Cutlass. The next year his last as a full-time racer Magwood paired with Terry DiFrancesco in a super-competitive Toyota MR-2 in the Firehawk Series. Magwood s contributions to the sport were recognized in 2015 when he was the Grand Marshal for that year s VARAC Vintage Grand Prix. BILL ADAM Few people have enjoyed the privilege of competing in as varied a line-up of sports cars as 2005 CMHF inductee Bill Adam. Beginning his competitive career in Ontario regional racing aboard his own Corvette his skills behind the wheel were noticed by Group 44 team owner Bob Tullius the pair eventually teaming up for four years (1980-1984). With the Group 44 team Adam raced the iconic green-and-white GTOTriumph TR8 in 1980 and won the 1980 Sebring 12 Hours and on his home track of Canadian Tire Motorsport Park an achievement duplicated in 1983 when the team upgraded to the Jaguar IMSAGTP car. The 1985 season saw Adam race a March GTP car around the tracks on the IMSA tour before switching once again to join the Porsche brigade and eventually the Riley and Scott Le Mans Prototype effort. In 1993 Adam signed on with the privateer Champion Racing team driving a Porsche in the IMSA GT-2 class. By 2001 the world s eyes were focused on the amazing Audi R8 sports car and Adam was ecstatic at being chosen to drive the legendary No. 38 Audi for Champion Racing in the IMSA Le Mans Prototype title hunt. Now retired Adam still maintains a presence in the sport as a broadcaster for IndyCar races. VARACVINTAGE GRAND PRIx I 19 ENTRANTS SUBJECTTOCHANGE AND UPDATES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE TRACK (Above)The 38th VARACVintage GPwill feature over 250 classic race cars. Photo by Richard Coburn 17 28 40 41 44 52 59 60 61 62 68 99 111 Pixley Tom Smith Ross Cove Tony Switzer Doug Bovenizer Bill Forrer Chris Giroux Marc Young Kevin Gagne Claude Waldrop Duke Viccary Peter Friedrich Helmut Engen Travis 1978 1970 1977 1970 1968 1978 1969 1971 1972 1982 1966 1969 1976 Wheeler Super Vee Hawke DL2A Ferret MK IV TSR TSVee Titan Mk 3 Tiga Club Ford Brabham BT-29 Crossle 20F Lotus 61M Van Diemen RF82 Kelly Caldwell D9 Ralt RT1 Traverse City MI Westport ON Oshawa ON Georgetown ON Ajax ON Pensacola FL Cushing ME Toronto ON Embrun ON Winter Haven FL Markham ON Winnipeg MB Weston CT VARACVINTAGE GRAND PRIXENTRYLIST FORMULA JUNIOR WORLD TOUR DRIVER Nellemann Jac Lamont Phil Hoemke Robert Clubine David McCrudden Neil Rabagliati Duncan Moore Ed Yule Jim Morici Stephen Michalos Ted Gelles Bill Anderson Jeffrey Harrison Gary Freeman Howard Olissoff Anthony Edgar Robert O Grady Tom Stammers John Drake Chris Hicks James Durrell Doug Boel Peter Russell Hunter Nigel Bateman Jeff Hemming Bill Carwardine Lance Kent David Rowe John Bullock Martin Nursey Colin Watkins David Fergusson Al Thornton Gregory Mitchell J.R. Elcomb Doug YEAR 1959 1960 1962 1962 1961 1959 1962 1961 1963 1960 1959 1961 1959 1960 1962 1962 1960 1960 1961 1965 1963 1959 1954 1961 1962 1960 1963 1962 1962 1961 1961 1960 1961 MAKE HOMETOWN Alfa Dana Formula Junior Birkerod DK Lotus 18 Formula Jr. Hubbards NS Cooper T59 Abilene Tx Lotus 22 Brantford ON Lotus 20 22 Banjup WA Alexis HF1 London xx Cooper T59 San Antonio Tx Cooper T-56 Springtown Tx Cooper T-67 Formula Jr. Wrightwood CA Lotus 18 FJ Guelph ON Stanguellini F Jr. Chappaqua NY Lotus 20 22 San Antonio Tx Lotus 22 FJ Brecksville OH Sadler Formula Junior Toronto ON ELFIN Mk1 FJ Auckland AUK Elfin FJ Catalina Perth WA Cooper T59 FJ Spring Tx Sadler FORM JUNIOR Welland ON Elva 300 Guelph ON Cooper T56 FJ Haywards Heath ENG KiKi Mk2 Kingston ON Panther MK1 Tuakau WKO Sadler Formula Junior Auckland Buckler Autosport Spec. Midland ON Tojiero FJ Brighton VIC Lynx Lynx Lowline north perth WA Lynx Mk3 lowline FJ Springwood NSW Lotus 18 Formula Jr. Gooseberry Hill WA Lotus 27 Perth WA Lotus 22 Formula Junior Tiverton ON Elfin Formula Junior Dianella WA Ferret MK1 Guelph ON Lotus 22 White Roding GB Lotus 18 FJR Newtown CT Dreossi Canada Class Chatham ON NO. 1 2 4 6 7 7 8 9 14 18 21 22 24 26 31 40 53 54 55 56 67 78 81 87 95 111 117 118 127 132 150 162 181 254 948 GROUP 2 3 4 VINTAGE HISTORIC NO. 1 6 8 12 18 19 21 23 35 43 49 53 61 62 63 67 70 74 89 97 98 104 137 191 328 409 424 607 709 757 776 789 850 DRIVER Biscoe Jim Hunt Brian Hooton Don Holmes Evan Sopp Donn Morgan Dave Ramage Jay O Day Mark Bolger Dyrk Brown Dan Moore Russ Poxon Richard Racine Don Smith Larry Bachand Amyot Levac Erick McRae Cam Rzepkowski Richard Pratt Nick Paterson Richard Garnett Roger Mount Frank Hershey Ted Thomas Will Raymond Alain Leonard Dan Milnes Terry Sherman Mark Stevenson Todd Cronin Ed Ford Manley DeShane Craig Coste Larry Baggio Lino YEAR 1967 1960 1959 1968 1966 1968 1962 1947 1968 1959 1963 1963 1960 1962 1963 1972 1959 1971 1965 1966 1959 1946 1972 1965 1965 1953 1966 1953 1952 1953 1952 1960 1965 1956 MAKE HOMETOWN Austin Cooper S Alcona ON Austin Healey Sprite Calgary AB Austin Healey Sprite Napanee ON MG Midget Elmira ON Triumph Spitfire Cortland NY Austin Mini Cooper S Georgetown ON Morris Mini Cooper S West Lincoln ON MG TC Kensington NH Mini St Andrews MB Austin Healey Sprite Winnipeg MB Triumph Spitfire Brooktondale NY Ginetta G4 Bailieboro ON Mini Mini Cooper Nevada City CA MG Midget Richmond VA MG Midget Wentworth-Nord QC MG Midget St-Constant QC Fiat Abarth Kingston ON MG Midget Livonia NY MG Midget Peterborough ON Austin Cooper S Stouffville ON Austin Healey Sprite Lansing NY MG TC Caledon ON MG Midget Conesus NY Mini Cooper S New Fairfield CT Fiat 1000TC Brome QC MG T D Parkton MD Austin Mini Cooper S Caledon ON MG TD Short Hills NJ MG TD Bethany Beach DE MG TD Meadville PA MG TD Middleville MI Austin Healey Sprite Lindsay ON Morris Mini Cooper S London ON MG A Guelph ON GROUP 1 MONOPOSTO NO. 1 5 6 8 9 10 11 14 DRIVER Fraelich Thomas Luce Ed McPhail Brent Burnside Robert Anderson Mac McDonald Mark Hollister Paul McClelland Rob YEAR 1978 1968 1970 MAKE Tiga Club Ford Lotus Type 51 Hawke DL2A Ford Brabham BT29 Crossle F35 Lola 3000 Hawke DL2 Ford Lotus 61 HOMETOWN Marathon FL Kingston ON Belle River ON Dexter MI Kerrville Tx Sebring FL St. Joachim ON Oshawa ON 1995 1970 1969 20 I VARAC.CA 1 1 3 4 5 6 7 7 9 16 28 29 37 42 43 53 56 57 58 62 64 68 70 74 74 76 79 80 85 86 86 90 91 93 95 97 105 117 124 136 137 142 155 162 168 169 172 193 214 246 329 356 418 5 13 46 67 99 123 136 146 192 Engen Travis 1962 Tosler Alan 1964 Samson Randy 1969 Gentry Harry 1964 Gidman Steve 1963 Bork Robert 1962 Brown Mark 1969 Wiesen Stefan 1963 Eagleson Bob 1967 Soden Philip 1963 Lambrinos Peter 1971 Meyers Chris 1957 Good Dave 1959 Allen Gary 1974 Lok Leon 1969 Di Cesar Jason 1969 Clark Jeff 1971 Hamann Stephen 1973 Ivory Gavin 1970 Cooper Phil 1974 Samila Ivan 1970 Wankum Kye 1968 Skirmants Vic 1961 Thomas Brian 1972 Thomas Brian 1965 Shannon David 1970 Davies Walter 1971 Thornton Gregory 1968 Reid Dugald 1969 Sale Jeremy 1962 Wheatley Mark 1962 Zubko Michael 1961 Pichler Gunter 1969 Di Cesar David 1960 Kinnear John 1972 Goneos Theodore 1968 Creighton Christopher 1972 Vegter Harry 1967 Celovsky Andrew 1972 Brown Richard 1967 Holmes David 1957 MacEachern Brian 1956 Bond Russ 1972 Talbot Lee 1967 Costich Alan 1968 Lightfoot Joe 1965 Searle Robert 1976 Di Cesar Dan 1972 White Steve 1965 Navin Richard 1968 Haas Kenneth 1966 McCord Geoffrey 1961 Rupnik Chris 1972 Burnett Stephen 1954 Cloutier Richard 1965 Polito Anthony 1966 Hanson Hugh 1967 Bruce Del 1971 Bordin Charles 1959 Brown Stewart 1967 Middleton Jim 1966 Atkinson Brian 1960 Lotus 23B Weston CT MG B New York NY Lotus Elan 2 Brampton ON Ginetta G4 Knoxville TN Ginetta G4R Scarborough ON MG MGA Buffalo NY Lotus Seven S3 Wardsville ON Elva Courier Coupe Palgrave ON MG B-GT Nepean ON MG MGB Pontypool ON Volvo 142E Pickering ON MG A Burlington CT MG A Caledon ON MG B Brooklin ON Volvo 142S Whitby ON Volkswagen Beetle Brossard QC Triumph GT6 Kars ON Lotus Europa Scarborough ON Porsche 914 Baltimore ON MG B Roadster Lorraine QC Lotus Series 4 Stouffville ON Porsche 911 L Mississauga ON Porsche 356B North Branch MI Mallock Mark 11B Bethany ON Lotus 23B Bethany ON TVR Vixen Glenburnie ON MG B Roadster York ON Chevron B8 White Roding GB Lotus Super 7 S4 Knowlton QC Lotus Super Seven Mississauga ON Triumph TR4 Nashua NH Porsche 356 Roadster Medina WA TVR Vixen S2 West Vancouver BC MG A Fayetteville NY MG B Kingston ON Porsche 911 Litchfield CT Alfa Romeo GTV Mitchell ON MG B GT Barrie ON Fiat 124 Special Toronto ON Marcos GT East Hampton CT MG A Elmira ON Lotus xI Flat Rock NC Mazda Rx3 Uxbridge ON Ginetta G4 McLean VA MG BGT Rochester NY MG B Picton ON BMW 2002 Kirkland QC MG B GT Brossard QC MG B Belle River ON MG MGB Fort Erie ON MG B Roadster Higganum CT Porsche Toronto ON Fiat 124 Spider Pierrefonds QC Jaguar 1954 Special Kingston ON Ford Mustang Prevost QC Ford Shelby Mustang Lindsay ON KIKI Mk III Winnipeg MB Chevrolet Corvette Locust Hill ON Philson Falcon Sport Scarsdale NY Ford Shelby GT350 Williamstown ON Ford Shelby Mustang Lindsay ON Daimler SP250 Hamilton ON 24 28 33 36 37 41 43 47 48 49 50 52 60 61 65 66 69 70 71 72 73 75 76 77 83 88 91 94 95 96 109 113 123 129 134 138 155 178 188 195 227 228 229 277 404 614 Fergusson Al Nytko Piotr Micacchi Dino Salo Kari Coey John Piper Richard Law Ian Askew Peter Young Neil Dukovac Josip Zurrer Scott Abrami Phil Mason Perry Silegren Heikki Pleasance Ray Murfin Scott Bruce Del Watson Terry Atkins Andrew Kurtin Douglas Morris Alan Strelbisky Michael O Connell Steve Ballantine Gord Januszewski Andy Bulkowski Peter Service Lloyd McCord Geoffrey McCord Rob Kontny Phil Metcalfe Robert Dale Diane Gibson Sean Steplock Mike Rashleigh Bryan MacLean Alister Pascoe Shaun Francis Mike Brett Jonathan Crerar Ian Ferreira Paul Goulet Alain Margolese Dave Gibson Ian Dufresne Paul Rupnik Chris 1962 1994 1968 1971 1973 1986 1992 1985 1971 1988 1995 1988 1981 1973 1972 1989 1972 1980 1987 1972 1985 1988 1988 1987 1988 1980 1989 1971 1972 1983 1989 1971 1988 1969 1989 1983 1989 1991 1997 1989 1987 1992 1970 1988 1987 1988 Jaguar E-Type Guelph ON Volkswagen GTI COx RT Markham ON Chevrolet Corvette Woodstock ON Datsun 510 Gormley ON Porsche 911 Etobicoke ON Porsche 944 Turbo Cannington ON Acura Integra Mount Albert ON Porsche 944 Oakville ON Datsun 240Z Halton Hills ON BMW E30 M3 Woodbridge ON Ford Cascar Taurus Deseronto ON BMW M3 Montreal QC Audi 80 Coupe Loretto ON Datsun 240Z Gormley ON Porsche 914 -6 Orangeville ON Nissan 240Sx Millgrove ON Chevrolet Corvette Locust Hill ON Chevrolet Corvette Pierrefonds QC Ford Mustang Lansdowne ON Porsche 911 RS Georgetown ON BMW 323i Oakville ON Porsche 944 s2 Burlington ON Porsche 924S Oakville ON Porsche 944 Oakville ON Porsche 924S Scarborough ON Triumph TR8 Spyder Hanover ON Porsche 944 T Mississauga ON Porsche 911 Toronto ON Porsche 914 6 Toronto ON Porsche 944 St Eustache QC BMW M3 Kingston ON Datsun 240Z Bolton ON Honda Civic Ayr ON Porsche 911 Lakefield ON Toyota GTS Caledon ON Porsche 944 Mount Elgin ON Acura Integra Maryhill ON Chevrolet Camaro Lindsay ON Chevrolet Corvette Mount Elgin ON Porsche 911 Picton ON Porsche 944 SP2 Oakville ON Porsche 968 Berthierville QC Porsche 914-6 Caledon Village ON Honda Civic Waterloo ON Porsche 924 S Sainte-Martine QC Project x Pierrefonds QC GROUP 6 TOYO TIRES F1600 CHAMPIONSHIP NO. 2 3 4 5 6 6 8 11 12 22 23 25 28 33 35 40 41 42 44 50 63 64 71 82 99 DRIVER Reims J.D. Hurst Ben De Angelis Roman Taylor David Goikhberg Mikhail McPhail Brent Graham David Britnell James Lobban Graham Murdoch Duncan Wagland Connor Lee Mike Smith Ross Crowder Danby Lindsay James Cove Tony Bodrug Steve Lobban Keith Zeller Alexander McGregor Michael Ross Gord Sharpe Jason Jantzi Shane Tebbutt Bill Willis Craig YEAR 2014 2014 2014 1999 2014 1970 1992 1970 1994 1998 2012 1992 2001 2013 1991 1998 1993 1994 2000 1977 2012 2013 2002 1982 1991 MAKE HOMETOWN Piper DL7-Honda Kennesaw GA Piper DL7-Honda Oakville ON Piper DL7-Honda Belle River ON Van Diemen RF99 Waterdown ON Piper DL7-Honda North Vancouver BC Hawke DL2A-Ford Belle River ON Van Diemen RF92-Ford Barrie ON Hawke DL2-Ford Belle River ON Van Diemen RF94 Cambridge ON Van Diemen RF98-Ford Saint-Lambert QC Piper DF5-Honda Hamilton ON Van Diemen RF92-Ford East York ON Van Diemen RF01 Pointe Claire QC Spectrum 014-Honda Odessa ON Van Diemen RF91-Ford Waterford ON Van Diemen RF98-Ford Oshawa ON Van Diemen RF93-Ford Mississauga ON Van Diemen RF94-Honda Caledon ON Van Diemen RF00-Ford Orleans ON Lola T440-Ford Brantford ON Mygale SJ12-Honda Ingersoll ON Mygale SJ13-Honda Bolton ON Van Diemen RF02 Ayr ON Van Diemen RF82-Ford Mississauga ON Aero 2-Ford Georgetown ON VARACVINTAGE GRAND PRIx I 21 GROUP 5 CLASSIC (G70 AND G90 ) NO. 0 7 8 9 10 11 12 16 17 18 DRIVER Slot Bart Hawkes John Akers Reg Cosgrove John Lee Bryce Jakubowski Ernie Ferrier Patrick Elkins Brad Atkins Emily Racki Robert YEAR 1979 1970 1994 1990 1986 1990 1986 1971 1994 1983 MAKE HOMETOWN Ford Mustang Lindsay ON Porsche 914 6GT Toronto ON Ford cobra r Newcastle ON Nissan 300 Zx Mississauga ON Merkur xR4Ti Peterborough ON Porsche 944 S2 Oakville ON Porsche 911 Claremont ON Datsun 280z Schomberg ON BMW M3 Picton ON Baird & Travette Camaro Georgetown ON GET INVOLVED WITH THE VINTAGE AUTO RACING ASSOCIATION OF CANADA TODAY Story by Jeremy Sale Photo by Richard Coburn WANT TO GO RACING ing In Canada the representative body for vintage racing is the Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada (VARAC). The cars we race range from as recent as 1997 back to pre-war racers. Somewhere in that range of years is likely a car or cars that you are a fan of. Maybe you have thought about getting onto a race track and living your dream Well VARAC is here to help you have the most fun you can have in a car without getting a ticket The first thing to do is get a membership. You will then find yourself in the company of a great bunch of very helpful people who will help get you onto the track in the right car. And by the way please don t assume that whatever car you may own or be interested in buying or restoring is appropriate or legal it just might not be So don t spend a nickel until you have done the research You can buy a race ready car for anywhere from about 10 000 up to lottery dollars. Best advice Buy a car that has been raced and has at least been deemed legal by VARAC. You will avoid any problems that way. However should you already have a car street-able or otherwise that you want to race get in touch with the VARAC Eligibility Chairman first to see what you can and cannot do to your car there s nothing more frustrating than having a keen new member show up with a car that s just not okay to race. You will save time and money by asking the right questions before you do unnecessary work. Don t forget there are many VARAC members ready to help you People with a similar car to yours (MGBs Alfa Romeos Porsches etc.) are happy to share tips and where to get spare parts. Of course the more cars we can get out on the track the happier we are And if we can get you out on the track you will be happy too So to summarize here are the basic steps to take First get a membership then join the VARAC chat group and start asking questions including how to get a race licence and last but not least decide on what car you want to race (check the VARAC classified ads for cars). It s less expensive to have a car that s strictly for the track than to try to race a street legal car. One question that s often asked is But is it really racing The answer is most definitely yes When you re at the wheel of a 1962 MGB going into turn 8 on the Mosport Grand Prix Circuit and there s another driver going for the same corner believe me its racing. However contact is frowned upon so there will be no fender rubbing or you will get a visit from the race stewards. If you do have the right attitude you will meet a great bunch of people and have a ball racing with fellow enthusiasts. 22 I VARAC.CA By visiting varac.ca you ll find lots of info including how to become a member race cars for sale how to get a race licence and a list of contacts to get in touch with. And for more info email jeremy.sale varac.ca. A s a race fan you know the reality is that lots of people have no clue about racing and fewer still know about vintage rac-