The Confederation of Autosport Car Clubs (CACC) holds motorsports events all year long on the west coast. In the winter months, a very dedicated group of racers look forward to the freezing weather and the trek up the Fraser Canyon to Barnes Lake for a season of ice racing. Unfortunately, the track is dependent on how cold it is and how much ice is on the lake. If it isn’t cold enough that means no ice. No ice means no track. No track means no racing. While there’s still some time for things to turn around, this winter’s warm weather saw things get off to a slow start, with only a single icecross having been run on the lake as of this writing.
Fortunately, the weather in the Greater Vancouver area and in Victoria on Vancouver Island affords us the opportunity to run slalom events year round, with only a short break over the Christmas holidays. Check the CACC web site for a listing of clubs that organize slalom events throughout B.C. during the year.
The CACC will have a booth at the Vancouver International Auto Show again this year (March 23-27), which always attracts lots of enthusiastic spectators. This usually brings new people out to our events, and we invite you to come out and learn more about our organization.
Both the Victoria Motorsports Club (VMSC) and the Sports Car Club of British Columbia (SCCBC) will also be hosting their annual Race Driver Training Events in March, too. The VMSC will hold its school on March 26-27 in Victoria while the SCCBC will hold its on March 13-19- 20. These schools are for people wanting to go wheel-to-wheel racing as well as those who want to learn better car control. Spots fill up early and fast.
The 2016 CACC race schedule is set for the events at Mission Raceway Park’s road course, with the first race weekend set for April 16-17 with a practice day on Friday the 15th. It will be a full field of cars with racing for novices on Saturday, and full grids of open- and closed-wheel cars both days. Plus, there will be a time attack on Saturday, with Sunday set aside for racing Vintage cars. The full schedule is on www.sccbc.net.
Time attackers are also looking forward to the Annual Knox Mountain Hillclimb, which takes place on the Victoria Day long weekend in Kelowna, BC this year. This long-standing event continues to be the only sanctioned hillclimb in Canada, and draws entries from all over western Canada and the U.S.
The vintage racing discipline will be holding races on all regular CACC race weekends, but The British Columbia Historic Motor Races standalone race weekend will take place on August 19-21. This event always features a great display of old race cars doing what they were built to do – RACE! – as well as a superb car corral with lots of old cars to check out. There is a fun social atmosphere at the Saturday night banquet – a must attend event – so what are you waiting for?
Before signing off, the CACC wants to congratulate Rick Payne of Mission, BC, who took his Van Dieman RF99 Honda from 10th on the grid to victory at the 2015 Formula F Championship during the SCCA Runoffs in Daytona Beach, Florida in September. Well done Rick!
The CACC is looking forward to another great season in all of our different facets of motorsport. And we invite you to come out and join us. Check our web site www.CACCautosport.org to find contacts for our affiliate clubs.