CACC held its first race of the season on May 23-25, which marked a very late start to the season in BC. Suffice to say, many racers were very eager to get back on track. The delay was a result of much rain this spring, which delayed paving on the drag strip and parts of the road course at Mission Raceway Park. With the paving on the road course complete, it was time for a full weekend of racing. The weather created challenges during the weekend with rain on Friday; Saturday was a lot drier, but when Sunday rolled around the rain had returned.
Friday was open for a practice day. Saturday’s schedule included the first novice practices and race as well as sessions for time attack. There were also races for open- and closed-wheel groups.
The novice races are held for drivers who have completed a recognized driver training program. These drivers have to complete three novice races under observation. When they have completed these three races under the observation of the Novice Race Director they can be upgraded to a senior race licence. Once they have a senior race licence, they will be allowed to enter races on both the Saturday and Sunday. The novice grid was not that large as there had only been one driver training held at that point. There was good on-track action with the novices practicing the skills they had learned during driver training. Sunday had races for open wheel and closed wheel cars as well as sessions for vintage cars. The entry was strong in all groups with lots of on track action.
The Vintage Racing Club of British Columbia (VRCBC) will be holding their annual British Columbia Historic Motor Races at Mission Raceway Park on the weekend of August 15-17. This is always an excellent event with some great racing and fantastic old cars on track and on display in the paddock. The weekend also has some great social events with BBQs on Friday evening and the Trackside Gala on Saturday evening. Put this event on your calendar and come out and have some fun.
Knox Mountain Hill Climb was held in Kelowna in central BC over the Victoria Day long weekend and, as always, it was an excellent event. The entry was down a little this year, but this allowed everybody to have more runs. A second hill climb is in the planning stages for BC. It will be held in Nakusp. The tentative date is September 20-21, 2014. This is a huge undertaking by a small dedicated group of car enthusiasts, and they have strong support from the community. We wish them well with their efforts.
Autoslalom is in full swing throughout the province. In the Okanagan Valley, the Okanagan British Car Club is a very active autoslalom group that holds events in Kelowna on Thursday evenings and in the city of Vernon on Sundays. For more info on the Okanagan British Car Club please visit www.obcc.ca