2010 MGVR Focus Event - MOSPORT

 By Chris Meyers

MGVR Focus Event 2010 with VARAC at Mosport

~ 2010 Focus Event Photograph Album ~

Thursdays track time included either full day, or half day test sessions, with many MGVRs taking the opportunity to familiarize themselves with Mosport.  By 6 we gathered at MGVR Central to enjoy each others company, a local dark beer on tap(courtesy Frank Mount), some interesting wines and loads of snacks and goodies courtesy of the gathered band of brothers.  One small bit of news was announced at Thursdays gathering-next years focus event is Labor Day weekend at Lime Rock Vintage Festival-mark your calendars!

Friday was the official opening of VARACs Vintage Festival, complete with 4 (FOUR) track sessions, including an All MG practice session.  These sessions ran 20-25 minutes long-plenty of track time by days end.  Following the All MG practice we gathered at Turn 10 for a group photo session with , and without drivers.  The VARAC Wine and Pot Luck dinner provided the perfect end to a long day of vintage racing action.

Saturday was qualifying and race action, with two track sessions, followed by the just for fun enduro for those who signed up.  Race action was fast and furious, with many of our racers finally coming up to speed on this fast circuit.  As someone mentioned in a  recent post, Martin Walford had a misfortunate on-track encounter with some oil and a concrete wall-still, with Manley Fords help and help/parts/tools loaned from several MGVRs he managed to make the enduro and finished a respectable 13th, followed by Manley Ford/Tom Baumgardner in 14th,  Jeff/Jim Devine in 15th  and David Smith/Larry Smith in 16th position.  The Joisey Boys also ran the enduro, finishing somewhere around 25th position.  Following the enduro we were treated to the always sumptuous VARAC banquet, with Burt Levy as feature speaker, followed by VARAC awards and MGVR hyjinks, including awarding of the Tony Simms Challenge Trophy to Manley Ford, the Bill Parish Master of Speed Deception award to Storm Field, and the MGVR Spirit Award-the Big Copper Bucket to David Holmes.  Congratulations to all three for well-deserved recognition!

Sunday dawned bright and sunny after some significant rains that blew in Saturday night.  Group racing action started at 9 am sharp, with all MGs  running in Group B Small Bore, or Group C Large Bore.  With 60+ cars in each group, there was plenty of race action and usually someone to dice with.  Nick Pratt and his screaming Midget was the MG to beat in Group B, while John Targett led the way in Group C.  Following group races and track touring came the ALL MG race.  To start the race, Canadian MGTC racer Tommy Hoan joined David Holmes in the ex-Tommy Hoan MGTC (now owned by David), followed by Roger Pratten in his 2003 MG TF135.   Roger is touring the US and Canada with Northants MG Owners Club and just happened to be in the neighborhood!  25 minutes after the green flag dropped we had another All MG race in the books, with Manley Ford winning the Tommy Hoan Trophy as first T series MG to cross the finish line.  Martin Walford was second T Series, followed  by Peter Ross.  First MGA and winner of the Van Worsdale Trophy was Mark Brandow, with Tom Baumgardner finishing second among MGAs, and David Good coming in third in his first race weekend!  The winner of the combined Midget/MGB group was Nick Pratt, who pretty much put on a race clinic all weekend in his Midget.  Nick took home the Presidents trophy as first Midget, the Al Pease Trophy as first MG overall, and  the MG  V-8 trophy as first MG overall.  John Targett came in second, followed by Joe Lightfoot.  Congratulations to all the trophy winners and all who participated in this years MG race!

My thanks to the many folks who made this focus event a reality-to name a few...

VARAC-Walter Davies, Stefan Wiesen, John Greenwood,

MGVR-Frank and Connie Mount, Richard Navin, Dan and Vicki Leonard, David Holmes, The Donut Gang (David, Butch, Jim, Larry, who did I forget?) , everyone who contributed to Thursdays party, Jack  and Mary Lou Cassingham, Dave Smith and Mark Barnhart, Chris Kintner, Greg Prehodka.  There are others who helped-forgive me if I overlooked you.

Moss Motors-Chris Knight

Real Vintage Racers Tommy Hoan, Al Pease, and Tony Simms-thanks for sharing your time and stories with us.

Race Historian Ed Moody


My best to you..Chris
Chris Meyers, Editor
MG Vintage Racers' Newsletter



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