Shine it up, rev it up and take home the glory. It’s Rumble in the Valley time in the South Okanagan.
Members from the Kelowna Kustoms Car Club, the Okanagan Rodtiques from Penticton and Oliver’s Coach Masters car club will be cruising into Osoyoos’ drag racing strip on Oct. 2 to grudge it out all over again. The Wine Country Racing Association (WCRA) is hosting the Okanagan Car Club Challenge for the second year during its last drag race of the season. Drivers from all three clubs are getting revved up for the challenge.
The event lets the owners of custom and restored automobiles — most of them classics — bring their vehicles down to test their performance on the drag strip, alongside other enthusiasts. At the 2010 race, Rodtiques champion Kevin Davis raced away with the bragging rights in his red, 1966 Ford pickup truck. New drivers are encouraged to head out to the track early to have their car passed through technical inspection. It’s $25 to participate in the day’s worth of racing.
Gates are scheduled to open at 9 a.m. at Richter Pass Motorplex, which is housed at the Osoyoos airport. Qualifying races start around 11 a.m. and the main elimination event begins at 1 p.m. Concessions are on site. Admission is $10. Kids under 12 are admitted free with an adult. For more information call (250) 498-2355 or check out www.winecountryracing.ca.
Below are results from the Sept. 18 race.
Fifty-three vehicles lined up on Sept.18 at the Richter Pass Motorplex in Osoyoos to see were fastest. The WCRA awarded the following winners plaques for their efforts:
Sportsman Warrior went to Matt Phillips of Westbank, who drove his blue 2008 Subaru to victory over Osoyoos’ Elvis Glenn in his white 1984 Camaro.
It was a battle of Ford Mustangs in the Sportsman Bracket as Osoyoos’ Tim Heibert in his black 1990 Mustang defeated Oliver’s John Johnson in his blue 1989 Mustang.
In the Sportsman Bracket Fast had Yanny Tsigonias of Osoyoos in a red 1999 Mustang defeated Dean Kallstrom of Kelowna in a green 1970 Charger. Tonasket, Wash., resident Lee DeShaw in his yellow 1929 Plymouth Coupe beat Heath Anthony of Osoyoos and his 1983 Mustang to the line in the pro bracket.
In the Pro Bracket Fast, Phil Walter of Peachland zoomed to victory in his black and white 1985 Nissan truck over Kelowna’s Ralph Pool in his green 1978 Baracuda.
In the bike/sled group, Vernon’s Chris Pottie of Vernon defeated Steve Clement of Penticton. In the fastest reaction category, Clement cut a perfect .500 light on his Yamaha sled and Kelowna’s Ralph Pool landed a nearly perfect .501 light in his 1978 Baracuda.