Racing Automotive History
Auto racing is known for the latest technology and showcases the advancement and development of various automotive systems. This isn’t so for a hearty group of racers and car enthusiasts who belong to the Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada (VARAC). They collect, restore and race cars which have to be old, in fact a minimum of 25 years old is required. Though the safety standards for the cars must be current, the cars are generally as they were back in the day. This year’s VARAC Festival as it is every year, is at the newly owned and managed Mosport, which is now known as“ Canadian Tire Motorsport Park“.
Business men Carlo Fidani and Al Boughton along with racing star Ron Fellows, are turning this track into a fully equipped modern facility for the future of Canadian motorsports. This is appreciated by the members of VARAC as the full fields of classic race cars I saw looked at home in the large infield paddock. There are many competitors there as well from our Motoring.ca readership area. Racers from King, Caledon, Dufferin, Simcoe and York Region all were in attendance. Midday had a panel of former racers and stars sharing bench racing stories of the old original days of Mosport.
The 2013 edition of the festival featured cars from the original Rothmans Porsche Cup Series. This series was run in the 1980’s and featured spec racing 944 Porsches. Though they were to be stock with some regulated modifications, some would say the rules got bend slightly back in the day due to high level of competitiveness and full grids of talented drivers. So some may have had a slight “unfair” advantage? Bench racing and fun debates still go on even today. This shows you how popular and prestigious that series was. This series success even spawned the careers of such famous drivers as Paul Tracy, Richard Spenard, Bill Adam and notable others.
This weekend is always a thrill for me. My earliest experience at Mosport (CTMP) was watching my father race there in 1967 for the first time and taking the checkered flag first against drivers like Bill Brack and Eppie Wietzes. I have seen a lot of changes at this venue since 1967, and it looks as though its future is very bright indeed. For information on historic auto racing go to www.varac.ca
Written by Perry M. Mason