For many Ontario race fans, the annual Vintage Festival at Mosport is the highlight of the summer. I have to say, that even with all of the pro events we cover, the VARAC festival is certainly one of my favorite events.
In its 31st year, the 2010 edition kicked off with a test day yesterday. Structured practice began today, while there is qualifying and racing tomorrow and Sunday. This year, MG is the featured marque and there are literally dozens of the British cars from every era on hand. The racing ranges from open wheeled cars to more recent showroom stock racers and everything in between. VARAC also hosts the annual Mini Meet North, a giant paddock full of every variation of Mini imaginable.
More than just racing and cars, the festival is about the people. Seeing old friends and swapping stories and making new friends. Motorsport at the core is a very people oriented sport and most participants love the social aspect as much as the racing.
Leighton Irwin and I will be at the track tomorrow and Sunday, chatting people up and shooting tons of photos for those of you who can’t make it. If you are in Ontario, there is no better way to spend Father’s Day weekend than at the race track. Bring the kids, they’ll love you for it! Daily passes are only $20, while a full weekend pass is $35 and kids under 12 are free. While you are there, keep an eye out for us. On Sunday, we’ll be set up somewhere in the paddock with a black Xterra and a banner with The Garage Blog flame logo.