VINTAGE FESTIVAL "50" CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF SPORTSCAR RACING IN CANADA
[TORONTO]¾In the fifty years since the first sports-car race was held in this country, thousands of people have contributed to the sports success. From drivers and mechanics to organizers and marshals, all have played a significant and important role in racing's growth. At tracks like Edenvale, Harewood, Gimli or Green Acres they came to compete in club races or volunteered their time and energy to help wherever needed. At this years VARAC Vintage Festival, July 2,3,4, a special reception area at Mosport's Corner One is being set up on Sunday July 4th. for a 50th anniversary reunion party open to anyone who played a part large or small in those fifty years. It's an opportunity after many years for people to renew old acquaintances and reminisce. This special area will be open during the race-day Sunday from 10 to 5 to all former competitors and those with any involvement in the sports fifty years. Some of the former competitors will be reunited with their original race cars. Entrance to the reunion area is included in the regular race day general admission. Special badges will be issued identifying participants. A cash bar and food service will be available. The location will offer a excellent view of the vintage races as well as the special 50th anniversary ceremonies and the feature races. Bring a lawn chair and camera to fully enjoy this historic day. Special emphasis is being made to contact all former Shoppers World and Bulova competitors from the sixties and early seventies. This popular series had races for Formula Ford as well as sedan. At this years vintage race weekend a special feature will be a Formula Ford reunion race with vintage cars from that era reminiscent of the old Bulova and Shoppers World series. On many race weekends during the late 60's and early 70's, a full grid of these race cars would take the green flag at Mosport. Many of the Bulova events were held as support races during Can-Am and Formula One weekends. At times the Bulova series race would prove to be a more exciting and competitive race than the professionals. Tens of thousands of spectators grew to love and enjoy the fierce competition amongst the competitors, A virtual train of cars would circulate every lap hotly contesting for the lead. It's estimated that over the series life, close to 500 different competitors took part in one or more of these races. It's also hoped that many more former competitors from the early years of the sport who remember or raced at Edenvale, Harewood, St. Jovite and a slew of other Canadian tracks will make the effort to attend the Vintage Festival and spend some time in the reunion area. Anyone who knows of the whereabouts of a former competitor who once raced in Canada is asked to please make them aware of the 50th anniversary reunion reception at this years Vintage Festival. It's a golden opportunity to not only renew old acquaintance but see many of the former race cars they once competed against. Over 200 vintage race cars from all over the U.S. and Canada are expected to race along with over 1000 vintage sportscars on display in the "Gasoline Alley" area. Many other events are planned to make the weekend an exciting experience. Further information can be had by contacting the organizers at www.vintageracing.net. or 416-741-4168 during business hours.