Fans pack drag race strip in Osoyoos

More than 600 spectators took in drag racing at Richter Pass Motorplex

KEN MICKEY’S classic-styled

KEN MICKEY’S classic-styled

The Osoyoos airport was transformed into the Richter Pass Motorplex on Sept. 27 for the Wine Country Racing Association (WCRA).

More than 600 racing fans flocked the site to watch 94 drivers from four clubs in action. The Kelowna Kustoms, Okanagan Rodtiques and Oliver’s Coachmasters welcomed the Cam Jammers from Vernon into the mix. Oliver’s Cliff Meeds was able to even up the score for the Coachmasters. The Kustoms, Rodtiques and Coachmasters all boast two wins. Meeds snatched the trophy and prize money in his 1949 Ford pick-up over Kelowna Kustoms’ Darren Williams’ 1937 Buick coupe.

The winner of the “Fast Eight” challenge was Reg Krutom in his 1958 Yeoman station wagon, which returned to Kelowna with $100.

Results for brackets are as follows:

Street Warrior: Trevan Zimmer (Kelowna – 1988 Mazda RX7) took the win over Kevin Clarke Penticton – 1973 Camaro)

Street Bracket: Glenn Taylor (Osoyoos – 1951 Mercury pick-up) took the win over Tyler Sopel (Lumby – 1965 Beaumont)

Pro Bracket: Ron Carlson (Kelowna – 1970 Nova) took the win over Lee Orsborn (Rock Creek – 1982 Mustang)

Super Pro: Rae Caswell (Lower Nicola – 1927 Ford Roadster) took the win over Brad Heppner (Malakwa, BC – 1989 Dragster)

Bike/Sled: Warren Brown (Oliver – 2002 Kawasaki) took the win over Terry Soluk (Ok Falls – 2007 Kawasaki)

Reaction Time: Brad Heppner (Malakwa, BC – 1989 Dragster) grabbed up the best reaction time with a perfect .500 light.

For spectators who couldn’t make Sunday’s event, the WCRA is hosting one more race on Oct. 11. Gates open at 9 a.m. Racing starts around 11 a.m. Elimination round starts at 1 p.m. Check for more details.