9th Annual Car Club Club Challenge
Rumble in the Valley
Saturday & Sunday
As the summer heat pours over the Okanagan Valley, it’s time to put the drag cars to rest until fall. Father’s Day at Richter Pass Motorplex in Osoyoos,BC was a hit for more than just dads.
Wine Country Racing Association hosted the third of their 5 events scheduled for 2018. The results for the day follow.
Osoyoos, BC had the showdown locked in on Sunday for Sportsmans’ Bracket. Brad Baxendale triumphed in his 1984 Chevy Camaro over Glenn Taylor in his 1990 Ford Mustang.
Shane Williamson raced the Pro trophy home to Enderby, BC in his 1967 Camaro; beating out Oliver, BC’s Cliff Meeds in his 1949 Ford truck.
Jim Wanner brought his 1969 Valient a long way from Prince George, BC, driving it to victory over Grand Forks, BC’s Levi Wierberg (1981 Buick Regal).
Lorne Stavinga went back home to Grand Forks, BC a happy gentleman. Stavinga zipped the trophy out of the competition’s grasp on his 2001 Suzuki 1300.
Rob Skilling, from Grand Forks, BC had a perfect .500 reaction time in his 1970 Chevelle.
Next race dates
The Wine Country Racing Association (WCRA) treated the Okanagan Valley to another drag race Sunday, at Osoyoos’ airport.
A weekend filled with all sorts of car shows and events to entertain the automotive enthusiast culminated with the following drivers gracing the winners’ circle.
Mason McCune made his car club, The Detonators, proud by dragging the trophy home to Enderby. McCune drives a 1989 Ford Mustang.
Dean Martin, currently living in Castlegar, has the bragging rights this week by topping the Pro Bracket with his 1967 Camaro.
SUPER PRO BRACKET:
Michael (Bucky) Stewart of Langley adds yet another piece of drag racing jewelry to his bragging wall by out-racing the others in his 1967 Chevy II.
The Americans take a trophy back across the border with them this go around. Bob Henrie (Conconully, WA) bested the competition in the bike/sled bracket on his 2009 Polaris IQR.
BEST REACTION TIME:
This week’s best reaction time is an absolutely perfect .500 light. Hometown racer, Brad Baxendale (1984 Camaro) kept the RT trophy in Osoyoos.
Father’s Day Sunday is the next event at Richter Pass Motorplex. Treat Dad to a special day at the track.
Gates open at 9 a.m. on race day. Newcomers are welcome and encouraged to show up early for registration and technical inspection. Visit www.winecountryracing.ca for more information.
There are those times in life. You know them, THOSE times. All you need is a little escape from reality. Whether your work is keeping your nose to the grindstone, flooding is getting you down, or your life needs a wee pick-me-up in general, there is someplace you can go. The volunteers of Wine Country Racing Association (WCRA) are getting Richter Pass Motorplex geared-up, out-fitted and ready to host the second race of the 2018 drag racing season in the South Okanagan Valley.
The speed junkies from near and far will gather at the Osoyoos,BC airport on Sunday, June 3 to show off their hot cars. Let’s see what a little friendly competition can do to your average, everyday house wife or your neighbourhood mechanic when race day rolls around. Centered around good fun and great times, the drag racers are sure to put on a show to please the crowd all day long.
Spectators can enjoy the scrumptious eats at the concession stand while watching side by side 1/8 mile drag racing from 11 a.m. with elimination rounds starting at 1 p.m.
Gates open at 9 a.m., but not only for spectators. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like… If you’ve thought your car is fast… If you want to have some drag racing fun in the desert you are welcome to come race. New racers are encouraged to come early to register, pass their car through technical inspection and have a chance to chat and get to know the place.
Get June started off on the right foot, with the right foot pressing the accelerator straight down, hard to the metal. Ten bucks gets you through the front gate. Remember, youngsters 12 and under are free, with an adult.
You have 4 chances to feel the rumble with WCRA in 2018
Now… LET’S RACE!
Despite threatening skies, the Wine Country Racing Association (WCRA) pulled off a successful start to the 2018 drag racing season at Osoyoos, BC’s Richter Pass Motorplex.
Results for the weekend’s event follow:
Glenn Taylor (Osoyoos, BC) was able to climb his way to the top of a mountain of street cars Sunday. Consistency in his 1990 Ford Mustang pays off.
Robin Reding (Merrit, BC) drove his 1927 Model T to victory in the Pro Bracket.
Mike “Bucky” Stewart (Langley, BC) took his 1967 Chevy 2 to the victory lane in the Super Pro division.
Lorne Stavinga (Grand Forks, BC) zipped past the competition to take home the Bike/Sled trophy.
Go to www.winecountryracing.ca for more information, or find us on Facebook to stay updated.
Two June races are scheduled to finish up the spring segment of drags in the South Okanagan Valley.
Drag Racing Winds up in Osoyoos
The last drag race of the 2017 season is now in the history books for Wine Country Racing Association (WCRA).
The troop of volunteers and sponsors worked their magic yet again at the Osoyoos airport. This past Sunday WCRA had 94 drivers registered and ready to show off their stuff to well over 400 fans. This is how people like to spend Thanksgiving weekend at Richter Pass Motorplex.
The final rounds of the day played out as follows:
Jim Behnke (Mission, BC) drove his 1971 Plymouth Scamp to victory over Blair Ogilvy (Osoyoos, BC) and his Chevrolet pick-up.
Jim Piggot (Salmon Arm, BC) took the trophy in his 1971 Plymouth Duster away from Mark Sherriff (Summerland, BC) and his Deputy Diesel 2005 Chevrolet pick-up.
Super Pro Bracket
Bucky (Michael) Stewart (Langley, BC) zipped the trophy home in his 1967 Chevy II. Stewart drove past Kayle Shaw (Penticton, BC) in his 1973 dragster.
Stuart Eckley (Osoyoos, BC) reigned victorious on his 2002 Kawasaki 2X9, by beating out Dale Senkiw (Kelowna, BC) on his 1984 Suzuki G5 1150.
This weekend’s winner of reaction time was only .001 of a second off of a perfect launch. Congrats to Dean Russell (Penticton, BC) in his 1967 Mercury Comet Caliente.
Ron Tasker Memorial/Sportsman of the year
This season WCRA elected TWO people to win the Ron Tasker Memorial Trophy. James Lutz (Enderby, BC) with his 1966 Ford Fairlaine has to share with twin brother Jason Lutz (Enderby, BC) and his 1966 Ford Fairlaine. Something tells me these two may be accustomed to sharing things in life. Both gentlemen exhibit good sportsmanship, a sincere willingness to help around the track, and promote the WCRA enthusiastically to their friends, relatives and anyone else in Enderby who is willing to listen. Thanks Lutz Boys, from all your friends at WCRA!
The track has been all packed up for the winter, but rest easy knowing that your favourite teams and drivers are already tearing their vehicles down to make improvements.
Visit www.winecountryracing.ca for updates throughout the winter.
The south Okanagan valley drag racing club hosted their big yearly event, the 8th annual Car Club Challenge. Mountains of fans and race cars swarmed Richter Pass Motorplex. Nitro Dave O’Hara, from Nitro Brothers Racing, had his fuel-altered Fiat Topolino on site to treat the entire crowd to some big horsepower. 106 drivers signed up and made their way to the starting lights, to see what their ride could muster up. Adrenaline surges for the drivers the entire race, with the competitors often not knowing the outcome when they cross the finish line.
Here’s a list of those that had the good news after their finishes at the end of the day:
Car Club Challenge
Cliff Meeds (Oliver, BC) was the man who couldn’t lose on Sunday. Meeds won both the Car Club Challenge as well as the “Fast Four” of all the car clubs, driving his 1969 Chevrolet Pick-up.
The racer with the sharpest time leaving the starting light this week was West Kelowna’s Chris Kroening. His1969 Chevrolet Beaumont had no problem moving down the track with his nearly perfect .501 reaction time.
The sportsman winner, Jim Behnke, travelled all the way from Mission, BC in his 1971 Plymouth Scamp to carry home a WCRA trophy.
Gary Conto and his 1967 Chevrolet Camaro made his home of Westbank, BC proud on Sunday, now sporting the title of the Pro Bracket Champ.
Super Pro Bracket
Shana Cachola, a fairly fresh addition to the Super Pro Bracket (Oliver, BC) drove her 1972 Chevrolet Nova to victory.
Speedy Man Warren Brown (Oliver, BC) is certainly accustomed to parking his 2002 Kawasaki ZX12 motorcycle in Winner’s Row. Brown may need to add a room onto his house soon.
WCRA has one event left in the 2017 drag racing season. Thanksgiving weekend, Sunday October 8 gives fans a final time to cheer on their favourite racer.
Gates open at 9 a.m. Racing begins around 11 a.m. Final elimination round starts around 1 p.m. Pop the turkey into the oven and head down to choose your seat in the grandstands. Concessions available on site. Visit www.winecountryracing.ca for more information.
Summer 2017 has turned our Sunny Okanagan Valley into a smoke-filled, socked-in chamber. Only occasionally Mr. Golden Sun managed to burn through the cover and light up our days the way we know he can.
Sunday, September 24 the Wine Country Racing Association (WCRA) offers you a smoke-filled day of a different type. The “Rumble In The Valley” car club challenge returns to Richter Pass Motorplex for its eighth year. Four car clubs from up and down British Columbia’s interior gather their best looking and gnarliest rides in an event that the fans always enjoy. Nothing says vintage racing like wicked burnouts.
The thrill-filled day of side-by-side 1/8 mile drag racing will give you and your family tons to look at. Rail type dragsters, rat rods, tire-smoking pickup trucks, noisy diesels, high revving turbo charged imports, and some good ol’ American muscle make up the broad field of contestants. Every racing fan can find a favourite to cheer for.
Get ready to really feel the rumble with special guest Nitro Dave O’Hara, from the Vancouver area. O’Hara will show off his Nitro-fuelled, altered 1948 Fiat Topolino.
Gates at the Osoyoos airport open at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Cost is $10, kids 12 and under admitted free, and must be accompanied by an adult. Anyone interested in participating should come early to register and have their vehicle passed through technical inspection.
Fans can fill the grandstands, bring along their own lawn chair, or back their pickups trackside for the best finish line action. Concessions are available on-site.
Come enjoy the smoke, in WCRA style: hot cars, drag racing and exciting burnouts.
Upcoming race days:
Sunday, September 24
Sunday, October 8
We are needing extra help, since the event is expected to be even bigger and more outrageous than ever!
Specifically, we are looking for a race director, someone who can keep the ladders updated and running smoothly.
Call Shana at 250-498-9167 if you’d like to help with a super-fun weekend!
Pssst: rumour is out that the Tumbleweed Shootout will be back in October!