It was Car Club Challenge Day at the Richter Pass Motorplex Sunday — the excitement revved up as racers and fans packed the place for a full day of Okanagan Valley rumble.
A record number of cars — 123 — registered, their drivers pushing their cars to the limit.
The fun at the second to last Wine Country Racing Association event included some street-legal bad boys that arrived in the pocket desert under their own power.
The Kelowna Outlaws rolled up in their own cars — no trailers here.
“These super fast street legal vehicles are required to make passes at drag tracks throughout the province and have a minimum number of passes they have to make,”explained the WCRA’s Shana Cachola.
“Their vehicles then had to get them all the way back to the barbecue in Kelowna, in order for them to get credit in their club’s standings and remain in the competition.
“It’s not too much to say that these were some impressive rides.”
This year a newly entered gang of gear heads, called the Detonators, rumbled and roared their way to the Club Car championship.
Mason McCune (1989 Ford Mustang) was the Detonator’s champion, and proudly hauled the trophy back to Enderby.
McCune may have looked fresh-faced to the fans — and for good reason. The young man isn’t yet 21 and is a newcomer to the sport. This marked his second drag racing day. He has yet to lose a race.
Still, his win was no easy task. Rick Hill didn’t come from Summerland in his 1958 Ford pick-up to mess around. He took the Okanagan Rodtiques right up to the final round.
A second Club Car trophy was awarded to the Club winner in the “Fast 8” competition.
The name pretty much tells you how this competition works. Fastest 8 cars, battling it out to find the one speedy champion. This year the Rodtiques’ own Tom Groot (also from Summerland) flew past the competition in his 1967 Firebird.
Bike/Sled — Stuart Eckley (Osoyoos), riding his 2002 Kawasaki 2X9 beat out Sonny Plamondon (Grand Forks) and his 1986 Suzuki GS550.
Sportsman Bracket — Jim Behnke (Mission) brought his 1973 Plymouth Scamp a long way to beat out hometown guy Blake Ogilvy (Osoyoos). Ogilvy raced the track in his 1981 Chevy pick-up this weekend.
Pro Bracket — Chris Kroening (West Kelowna) took his 1969 Chevy Beaumont to trophy lane by beating Robin Redding (Merritt) and his 1927 model T.
Super Pro — Kayle Shaw (Penticton) was ripping it up in the Boult Automotive propane powered 1973 Vega. Shaw outdid Brad Baxendale (Osoyoos) and his 1969 Chevy Beaumont.
Reaction Time — Riley Ward (Kelowna) moved his 2000 Dodge Dakota off the line for the best reaction time this weekend with a super fast .502 starting light. A start-time of .500 is considered perfection.
WCRA has one event left this season. The racing at Richter Pass winds up on Thanksgiving weekend, October 7.
Gates will open in two weeks at 9 a.m. A $10 gate fee applies to all over 12 (kids must be accompanied by an adult.). Concessions are available on site.
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