BC Historic Motor Races took place Aug. 17 in Mission.

BC Historic Motor Races took place Aug. 17 in Mission.

Historic races in Mission

Rare race cars were on display at Mission Raceway Park

Mission Mayor Ted Adlem and Abbotsford  Mayor Bruce Banman as well as MLA Simon Gibson opened the annual BC Historic Motor Races at Mission Raceway Park earlier this month.

Another sunny day ensured that a large crowd of circuit motor racing participants from the pacific northwest and fans were on hand for the BC Historic Motor Races that featured races of vintage cars from England, Germany, France, Japan, USA and Canada, built in the 1950s though to the 1990’s

In the production-based classes, familiar makes such as Triumph, MG, Austin Healey, Volvo, Alfa Romeo, Porsche,  Chevrolet, Mazda, BMW, and Datsun  were enhanced by rare cars like TVR, Elva Courier, Ford Escort, Lotus Cortina and Sunbeam Tigers

Among the purpose-built racing cars there were vehicles from several classes including Formula V (VW Based) Formula Ford (Ford Cortina based) and Formula Atlantic that races in the Molson Indy like a Renard.

In Canadian racing livery of green and white  was a recently restored Canadian car, a 1970 Chinook Formula Ford presented by Mike Adams who towed from Regina to participate. It was the winner of a highly prized “Moose award.”

On display was one of the rarest race cars in the world, a 1964 Cheetah that saw action at Westwood in the 1960s, now fully restored.

The grid of 31 closed wheel cars was a particular highlight with almost all of the makes mentioned here combined into one interesting race.

Volunteers from Mission Save on Foods provided the fan food services and all proceeds will be donated to Children’s Hospital.

You can follow historic racing at www.vrcbc.ca and the BC Historic races on www.bchmr.ca.