There are no race results from May 29 due to rain out!
Join us at the next race, June 5.
Great opening day at Richter Pass Motorplex (RPM) in Osoyoos, BC
The first day of the 2016 drag racing season is now in the record books, where it belongs. The Wine Country Racing Association (WCRA) put on the show to a crowd of fans like no season-opener has ever seen. More than 61 drivers flocked to the track from all over British Columbia and Washington state.
Here are the weekend’s trophy winners:
Street Bracket: Riley Martin from Oliver, BC won the Mustang showdown against Osoyoos, BC’s Tim Hiebert. Both gentlemen rip up the track in Ford Mustangs. Martin: 1980 Heibert: 1990
Pro Bracket: Paul Fode (Kelowna, BC) raced his 1970 Plymouth Cuda past Chip Sabyan (Oliver, BC) in his 1984 Olds Cutless.
Super Pro: Brad Baxendale (Osoyoos, BC) and his 1969 Beaumont zipped by Kayle Shaw (Penticton, BC) and his 1972 Chevy Vega.
Bike/Sled: Art Raymond (Grand Forks, BC) took the first place trophy on his 2001 Suzuki Katana by beating out Chase Cranna (Kamloops, BC) and his 2003 Suzuki.
Reaction Time: Two perfect .500 lights were picked up on Sunday. Trophies were given to Riley Martin (Oliver, BC) and Neil Ericson (Osoyoos, BC)
The spring segment of drag racing will continue at RPM with back-to-back weekends May 29 and June 5. The gates will open at 9 a.m. Racing will begin at 10 a.m. Final elimination rounds will start at 1 p.m.
Warren Brown (Oliver, BC – 2002 Kawasaki) took a place he’s fairly used to in the winners’ circle by beating out Dan Ofukany (West Kelowna, BC – 1999 Arctic Cat) in the final round.
Super Pro Bracket
Lorne Pearson (Grand Forks, BC – 1986 Chevy S-10) zipped to victory over Brad Baxendale (Summerland, BC – 1969 Beaumont).
Shana Cachola (Oliver, BC – 1972 Chevy Nova) beat Bruce Mackereth (Summerland, BC – 1955 Chevy 2 door) to the finish line.
Jim Behnke (Mission, BC – 1971 Plymouth Scamp) hauls the trophy a long way home by triumphing over Blair Ogilvy (Osoyoos, BC – 1981 Chevy Pick-up).
Two perfect lights this race!
Michael Stewart (Cloverdale BC) in his 1967 Chevy II and Brad Quwek (Bruderheim, AB) in his 1973 Pontiac Astra both had a perfect .500 light!
Ron Tasker Memorial Sportsman of the Year:
This honour was bestowed to Brad Heppner and Julia Hudson (BJ Racing) from Sicamouse, BC. Brad and Julia haul their rail car a long way every race, just for a little fun.
Hard Luck Trophy:
A new trophy, custom made by Oliver’s Cliff Meeds, is the “hard luck” trophy. This was given to the poor racer who broke his car more than anyone else this year.
Sadly Awarded to: Dean Book of Penticton, BC. The best part about Dean is the well-known fact that he’s going to be re-figuring and rebuilding his truck for more racing next year. Thanks for being a good sport Dean.
This past weekend the Osoyoos airport was transformed by the volunteers of Wine Country Racing Association (WCRA) into Richter Pass Motorplex. The valley-wide Car Club Challenge saw its sixth year draw in four car clubs, 94 drivers and over 600 fans. The Kelowna Kustoms, the Okanagan Rodtiques and Oliver’s Coachmasters welcomed the Cam Jammers from Vernon into the mix-up on Sunday.
Oliver’s Cliff Meeds was able to even up the score for the Coachmasters. The Kustoms, Rodtiques and Coachmasters all boast two wins. I’m sure next year the Cam Jammers will be back to see what kind of upset they can cause in the ratings.
Meeds snatched the trophy and prize money in his 1949 Ford pick-up to victory over Kelowna Kustoms’ Darren Williams’ 1937 Buick coupe.
The winner of the “Fast Eight” challenge among the car club members is Reg Krutom. Krutom and his 1958 Yeoman station wagon take a cool hundred bucks back home to Kelowna.
The Rumble in the Valley is always a delight to fans and racers alike.
With thanks to the Oliver Chronicle! Full story at http://www.oliverchronicle.com/a-chip-off-the-old-block/
with thanks to Dale Cory, Oliver Chronicle
Full article available at http://www.oliverchronicle.com/revved-up-and-ready-to-race/
If you’ve noticed that your favourite drag racer seems missing lately, go check the shop. Likely, your missing person is busy turning wrenches to finish up those last minute touches for the season opener for Wine Country Racing Association (WCRA) on Sunday May 24, 2015.
Whether your buddy is refreshing an old engine, powering your long-standing favourite drag car, or finishing up a completely new build you soon get the chance to see the cars in action once again at the Osoyoos airport. For five weekends a year the airport is transformed into Richter Pass Motorplex, and plays host to a day full of side by side drag racing action.
Tom Kamann, of Oliver, is especially anxious to get this season started. [Read more…]