Even out here in British Columbia, there is a very dedicated group of Ice Racers. This yearthe members of Western Canadian Ice Racing Association of B.C. had four weekends of racing scheduled. All races are held on Barnes Lake near Ashcroft, B.C. The first weekend was cancelled due to standing water on the ice, but the other three featured lots of good racing. The wheel-to-wheel racing portion had a smaller entry than in previous seasons, but the addition of Ice Cross has added another type of competition on the ice. Ice Cross is like Autocross only it is held on the ice one car at a time against the clock, and has become a very popular addition to the weekend schedule.
Autocross has also been busy with events on Vancouver Island organized by the Victoria MotorSports Club (VMSC) and in the greater Vancouver area at Pitt Meadows organized by University of British Columbia Sports Car Club and Vancouver Chinese Motorsports Club.
Winters on the west coast tend to have a lot less snow than other parts of Canada so Autocross can run all year round, save for a short break during the Christmas season. Autocross has a huge following in B.C., and several competitors also race in the United States. Some also compete in the U.S. Autocross Championships each year and on many occasions they have won class championships.
The CACC racing season was scheduled to start in early April. However, the lower Fraser Valley has experienced a lot of rain since the beginning of the year which has caused some delays in resurfacing of the drag strip at Mission Raceway Park. Until the drag strip has been repaved, the rest of the track cannot be completed. The schedule has been changed twice. SCCBC has had to reschedule its driver training, which will now be held in June. Check the Sports Car Club of British Columbia website (www.sccbc.net) for more information. The first race is now scheduled for May 24-25, and the full weekend schedule will be posted on the SCCBC web site. The first race driver training session of the year was held by VMSC on March 29-30 at Western Speedway in Victoria, B.C.
Time Attack is also very popular and has a large following with events being held at Western speedway in Victoria and at Mission Raceway Park with the CACC race weekends. The big event each year in Time Attack is always the Knox Mountain Hillclimb which is held in Kelowna on the Victoria Day holiday weekend.
The Vintage Race Discipline is growing and new old race cars arrive each year. Vintage Racing Club runs a race group each weekend on CACC race weekend. The annual, stand-alone Vintage event is set for August 15-17. New classes have been added for this season to include cars that ran in the Honda Michelin series, the Rothman Porsche Series and the Players GM Series. A lot of these cars still exist, and hopefully some will come out and compete in the vintage races. For more info on the British Columbia Historic Motor Race weekend, check the website (www.bchmr.ca) or look up the Vintage Racing Club of British Columbia at (www.vrcbc.ca). The Vintage event is always lots of fun with good racing and a really good social atmosphere. It’s a can’t-miss weekend.
All of the racing would not happen without the hard work of all the volunteers that staff the track. These people are the unsung heroes of motorsport. They spend long days at the track in all sorts of weather conditions from wet and rainy days to hot, sunny days. Our volunteer staff is a dedicated and well trained group of people. They perform just about every conceivable task from registration, tech, stewarding, timing, race control, corner work- ing, flagging, emergency crew, pace car, chase car and many other positions. This is a very large group and they are always looking for more help.
If you are interested in learning any of these skills, the experience will put you right in the heart of the racing action. To learn more, contact Motorsport Emergency and Turnworker Association (META) or go online (meta.bc.ca).