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Mission: Racing into history

Anderson Leigh, driving his 1967 BMW 1600. - Photo submitted
Anderson Leigh, driving his 1967 BMW 1600.
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Four Surrey auto enthusiast are entered in next week’s 2014 British Columbia Historic Motor Races (BCHMR) in Mission.

It’s the Vintage Racing Club of British Columbia’s (VRCBC) 27th-annual event involving pre-1994 vintage and historic sedans, sports and racing cars.

The Surrey racers include Anderson Leigh (#330, driving a 1967 BMW 1600), Tedd McHenry (#99, driving a 1972 Xpit F4), Felim Power (#6, driving a 1981 Van Diemen RF81) and Tom Sproule (#65, driving a 1969 Merilyn MK1)

The event will take place on Aug. 16 and 17 at the Mission Raceway Park (32670 Dyke Rd.)

More than 100 vintage cars and as many as 3,000 spectators are expected to watch racers from Alberta, Washington, Oregon and California challenge locals in open wheel (formula) and closed wheel (sedans and sports car) classes.

For 2014 BCHMR is bringing back the popular Hagerty Formula Festival with the very quick open wheel purebred racing and sports racing car. The plans for the 2014 include a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the arrival of Japanese sports cars in Canada with several of these historic cars participating in the racing as well as a Sunday afternoon parade.

The VRCBC is currently working on an additional line-up of interesting racing cars, racing celebrities and fun activities, including a special area known as the Field of Dreams.

For more information, email tomjohnston@shaw.ca, call 604-922-2722 or visit www.vrcbc.ca and www.bchmr.ca

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