This June 17≠21 2015 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park “CTMP”, the Vintage Automobile Racing Association Canada “VARAC” will once again be holding the Canadian Historic Grand Prix. This Motorsport event brings vintage and historic racing machines together from all over North America. This event offers exciting racing action while honouring the legendary drivers and vehicles from the past. This year they will be featuring the Formula Ford.
The Formula Ford is a single seat open wheel race car, which traditionally have been the stepping stone to the top leagues of Motorsport such as Indy Car and Formula 1. Legendary drivers such as Gilles Villeneuve , Scott Goodyear, Ron Fellows, Michael Andretti and most recently Barrie resident Kyle Marcelli all started racing in cars such as these. A couple of mentionable drivers competing in the FF event will be 1960≠70s Canadian racing champion and race driving instructor Gary Magwood and retired Canadian General Lew MacKenzie who’s long time hobby away from military duties has been racing. Magwood has also been chosen to be the Grand Marshall for the event. The “Ford” in the series name is due to the exclusive use of Ford motors over the years since the formula started in the early `60s. From a very fragile 1.1 Lire in the beginning to the more current 2000cc engine, many evolutions have come and gone. You can see some of these original cars at the CHGP in June. Along with the featured series will be the vast array of classic and historical sedans racing in their respective classes. Cars such as Mustangs, Corvettes, Porsche, Datsun, Alfa Romeo and Audi will put on a memorable performance in the “Classic” grid. For the fans, Friday night kicks off with a classic “street party” in downtown Bowmanville near the track, featuring cars on display that will race on the weekend. You can take in the local atmosphere and cuisine while enjoying the display. Also, one can participate in the Sunday in the “Field of Dreams” car show, drive your classic out for the day and enjoy a special parking area with fellow enthusiasts and swap stories about the hobby. Touring or `lapping” sessions are also taking place during the lunch break for the car show participants. Lots of things to see and do, it’s all happening at CTMP June 17≠21 Father’s day weekend. Now that’s an outing tailor made for Dad! Visit www.canadianhistoricgrandprix.com for all the details and schedule.
written by Perry M.Mason Photos courtesy of Paul H. Gulde and Ferret Industries Canada web