Gordie Mannes Memorial event at Penticton Speedway entertaining

Penticton Speedway's Gordie Mannes Memorial weekend draws a big crowd

Brian Clutchey (98)

Penticton Speedway owner Johnny Aantjes was very pleased with the 2015 Gordie Mannes Memorial weekend.

It marked the debut of the Tri-City Series, which Aantjes said was good. Thirty cars started the race and by the end there were 16 left. While there were plenty of crashes resulting in caution flags, none were very serious, but enough for drivers not to continue.

“It was a really good race, it was very exciting,” said Aantjes. “The follow up the second day, we had less cars out. Another great day of racing.”

On Saturday, along with the Tri-City series, nearly 3,500 spectators took in hornet racing, the Okanagan Dwarf Car Club and hit to pass. The crowd was the biggest to date.

Six drivers from the Tri-City Series competed and Aantjes said they enjoyed the track. The only thing that bothered him was there absence from Sunday’s action.

“I was disappointed that more of them didn’t stay for the second day,” he said. “They are set up to run their series. That’s a priority for them.”

The next race in the series is set for Aug. 15 in Prince George.

Once again Eve of Destruction was a hit, though there wasn’t as much destruction as normal.

“It was still a really good race,” said Aantjes.

Next action at the speedway is Aug. 22 for Flying Destruction and Aug. 23 featuring Eve of Destruction. The Penticton Speedway received a lot of hype, Aantjes said, about the Flying Destruction. Both events start at 7 p.m.


Just Posted

Penticton’s choice to host 2021 Centennial Cup well grounded

The strength runs deep throughout the Vees organization and the city in landing Centennial Cup

Okanagan inmate charged in Princeton kidnapping gets second trial extension

Afshin Maleki Ighani said he was unprepared for trial due to issues around a full disclosure package

South Okanaga SPCA receives over $21,000 from Penticton fundraiser

Barry Zarudenec almost single handedly raised over $21,000 for the South Okanagan Similkameen SPCA

Ranchers help grow PRH

Ranching family’s roots recognized through PRH donation

PHOTOS: Kids get big thrill out of Indigo Circus in Penticton

Indigo Circus kicked off 36th season of the Children’s Showcase on Sunday

Charles wows them at iconic South Okanagan venue

Blues musician Michael Charles played to a sold-out crowd at the Dream Café Saturday

Conservative candidate Tracy Gray wins Kelowna-Lake Country

The Canadian Press declared her the winner around 8:30 p.m.

Tories take North Okanagan-Shuswap riding with decisive lead

Incumbent Conservative MP Mel Arnold returns to Ottawa, Liberal Cindy Derkaz a distant second

Conservative Dan Albas wins Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola

Supporters for candidates gather in West Kelowna to watch election results

Second young woman dies after rollover crash near Williams Lake

‘Someone’s going to get her heart, which is awesome, because she has the best heart in the world’

Google searches for ‘how to vote’ surge on Election Day

Interest spikes despite social media campaign by Elections Canada

Troll Grandfather bridges gap in Okanagan

Spotlight Kids’ Series show comes to Vernon Sunday

Kelowna council opposes ‘racist’ Quebec secularism bill

The city joins Calgary, Montreal, Victoria, Kitchener and Brampton in condemning the bill

Alberta man pleads guilty, fined for hunting without a licence in North Island

It’s the responsibility of each hunter or angler to know whether they are considered a B.C. Resident.

Most Read