While we’ve lost the Toronto Grand Prix for 2008, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t some great racing to be had in Ontario this year. Just up the road from downtown Toronto, at Canada’s home of motorsport, is the annual VARAC Vintage Racing Festival. The focus for 2008 is on the thundering Can Am cars and what better place to experience these beasts than at Mosport.
Owners of these incredible cars are well aware that some of the most historic Can Am battles took place at Mosport and are always happy to bring their monsters back to the track. We’re still 4 months away and the entry list is already impressive.
Brian Blain, ’69 Lola 163
Ray Boissaneau, McLaren M1B
Lou Casazza, ’67 McKee
Norm Cowdery, ’67 McKee Mk 10
Mike Dunkel, ’68 McLaren M8F
Jay Esterer, McLaren Mk 6
John Giordano, Ferrari 512
Dave Handy, ’68 McLaren M6B
Andy Hauck III, ’71 Lola T260 (L&M ex Stewart)
Dan Lipetz, ’69 Lola (ex Revson)
Tom Malloy, Lola T70
Robert Ryan, ’68 McLaren
Jim Simpson, ’70 McLaren 70M8C Tom Simpson, ’66 McKee
Tom Stephanie, ‘Genie Mk 10 (Vinegaroon)
Johan Woeheide. ‘Lola T70 (ex Gurney)
As a bonus, Lola has included the VARAC Festival in their 50th Anniversary Celebration which pretty much guarantees that we’ll see more Lola entries as the event draws closer.
Another couple of fun events on the schedule include the Simms Cup for MG’s and another 50th anniversary race, this time for the Austin Healey Sprite. That should be fun to watch!
On the home front here in The Garage, the Festival is only a week before the Grand Am weekend and there is a possibility that we may have an early visit from one of our boys on the west coast.