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The Vintage Road Racing Association Celebrates Canada’s 150th Birthday With A Look Back At 50 Years

BOWMANVILLE, ON – In the autumn of 1967, Mosport raceway northeast of Toronto hosted European legends Mike Hailwood and Giacomo Agostini in a Grand Prix race to celebrate Canada’s 100th birthday.

Monday, 17 July 2017 16:10 Published in News


VRRA Quinte TT race report from Shannonville

@VRRACANADA • Shannonville Motorsport Park, June 8 -  The sounds of open exhaust vintage racebikes echoed like thunder and the smell of Castrol racing oil filled the air at Shannonville Motorsport Park as the VRRA (Vintage Road Racing Association) held its first race of the season at the popular Quinte TT.

The weather was perfect and the racing was close, and with record attendance, fans and spectators were treated to some incredible vintage and classic motorcycle race action. Over 170 competitors registered for the weekend, the grids were packed with classes fielding as many as 42 racers at a time vying for the lead going into turn 1.

With a large number of motorcycles now eligible to race, the sport has never seen the popularity it is enjoying today. The VRRA has four eras or “period” classifications for racing, with several ages, models and sizes eligible to compete in each period. Period 1 includes machines built before 1967. Period 2 has a cut-off date at 1976. Period 3 goes up to 1982 while Period 4 goes to 1989 with each one of the period categories separated into different class structures. For complete listings of eligible machinery check the VRRA rules at  www.vrra.ca.

The big winner this weekend was Ste-Marthe QC rider Louie Raffa. The Honda Canada/Hamel Honda-sponsored rider took his Scott Miller/Fast Company-prepared 1989 Honda Hawk 650 to three class wins in Period 4, taking the top step of the podium in Formula 3 Formula 2 and Formula 1. Raffa handily won in all three events, with his best challenge coming early on in the Formula 3 event when club vice-president Dominic Aubry chased him all the way to the flag. Jamie Barkley claimed the last step of the podium in a close third.

Aubry also earned a large lead in the Period 3 Middleweight round but sputtered to a stop on the penultimate lap with a fuelling issue, handing the win to Mick Vaclavik from Thornbury, ON. In Period 1 Open competition, Peter Hurst battled race long with Paul Brubaker and Doug Forbes but pulled out to take the win in the latter stages of the race. Local rider Brian Madeley took third in the Period 3 Lightweight class and Colin Duncan from Brighton finished second just ahead of Steve Hoffarth in Period 4 Formula 1.

The next event for the VRRA will be on July 17-19 at Grand Bend Motoplex in Grand Bend, ON. The next motorcycle race at Shannonville Motorsport Park will be on July 3-5 when the RACE SuperSeries resumes with Round 2 of the season.

By Don Empey, for Shannonville Motorsport Park

Monday, 08 June 2015 13:05 Published in Reports, Results & Points


VRRA Joins Opening 2015 MOPAR CSBK National Round at Calabogie

Canada's classic motorcycle racing group, the Vintage Road Racing Association, will provide support event racing for the opening round of the 2015 MOPAR CSBK National tour at Calabogie Motorsport Park, June 11-14. The VRRA has negotiated an agreement with National event organizers Professional Motorsport Productions that will see VRRA Period Four machinery take part in a separate event at the 2015 National Superbike opener.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:21 Published in News


A Tale of Two Banquets

The Vintage Road Racing Association and Flat Track Canada race series hosted their year-end awards banquets recently. Inside Motorcycles attended both celebrations and, while the similarities were many, the differences showed the uniqueness of each of these flourishing organizations on the Canadian race landscape.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 11:06 Published in Feature Stories


VRRA Vintage Fest @ CTMP - recap

Under less than ideal skies, the VRRA gathered for its third event of the summer at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park near Bowmanville, ON on August 22-24.  Friday morning's fog lifted enough for practice rounds, but soon morphed into drenching rain, which delayed the start of the afternoon Endurance race. Opinions were offered and debated over tire choices, the possibility of a change in the weather, and who was going to venture back to the paddock to get the rain gear.

Thursday, 04 September 2014 11:53 Published in Reports, Results & Points


The Vintage Road Racing Association Heads to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

August 7, 2014- Round 3 of the 2014 Vintage Road Racing Association calendar will take place August 22-24 with the VRRA Vintage Festival to be held at the legendary Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Thursday, 07 August 2014 20:02 Published in News


The Vintage Road Racing Association Announces 2014 Calendar

January 1, 2014-  The Vintage Road Racing Association (VRRA) has settled their racing schedule for 2014.  The VRRA is proud to announce it has no conflicting dates in 2014 with other vintage motorcycle clubs.  As a matter of fact, the entire North American vintage racing community has managed to cooperatively create the 2014 racing schedule with only one conflicting date!

Wednesday, 01 January 2014 07:51 Published in News


VRRA Season Ending Announcements

On the 16th of November, the Vintage Road Racing Association held its final event of the 2013 season, the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Chris Hurst took top honours, earning the Number One plate for the upcoming 2014 season with five race wins across four classes on machines spanning over 20 years of motorcycle racing history!  The heart of the VRRA is the preservation of our racing heritage, and Chris is one of the finest representatives of that spirit. 

Friday, 06 December 2013 09:21 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Quebec GP: Hurst triomphe au grand prix du Québec de la VRRA

L’ontarien Chris Hurst a connu tout un weekend lors de la présentation de la dernière manche du championnat de la VRRA à l’autodrome St-Eustache, ce dernier a gagné la finale de P3M  face a Tim Whyte et Mick Vaclavik pour ainsi se mériter le championnat pour cette classe et il a aussi obtenu deux autres podiums et une quatrième place pour remporter aussi les championnats de P4F3, P4F2 à bord de sa Honda Hawk 650 préparée par Andrew Cuttler et celui de Vintage GPM à bord de sa sa Yamaha TZ350.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:33 Published in Reports, Results & Points


VRRA: Quebec GP recap

In spite of a terrible weather forecast, the faithful racers of the Vintage Road Racing Association headed to Autodrome St-Eustache for the final round of the season on September 7-8. Fortunately, Mother Nature (or the racing gods) chose to bless them with incredible temperatures to finish off a turbulent but successful 2013 campaign.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:27 Published in Reports, Results & Points


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