auto racing

Shawn Driver proudly stands next to his in Sooke shop. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)

Fast enough for you? Vancouver Island racer hits record speed of 468 km/h

High-speed driver Shawn Driver is breaking records, but still wants to go faster

 

Bill Okell of Saanich (77, left) is edged for fifth place by Jason LaManna of Rochester, N.Y. in the H Production class race Friday (Oct. 1) at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, during the 2021 Sports Car Club of America National Championship Runoffs. (Photo courtesy of Mark Webber)

Saanich’s Bill Okell posts career best sixth at Indy in sports car nationals

Late charge after crash halts race leaves Okell a whisker away from fifth at SCCA championships

  • Oct 2, 2021

 

Bill Okell of Saanich navigates a turn on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course during Thursday qualifying for the Oct. 1 Sports Car Club of America National Championship Runoffs race. Okell qualified 11th in the 44-car H Production class field. (Photo by Mark Webber)

Saanich sports car driver to start 11th in 44-car field at Indy

Bill Okell making his second national runoffs appearance at the famed U.S. track

 

Sparks fly during a Crash to Pass race at Saratoga Speedway, Saturday, Sept. 25. Photo by Doug Waller

Season champions crowned at Saratoga on Saturday

By Doug Waller Special to Black Press Die-hard race fans braved the…

  • Sep 27, 2021
Sparks fly during a Crash to Pass race at Saratoga Speedway, Saturday, Sept. 25. Photo by Doug Waller
Sports Car Club of America U.S. Majors Tour second-place finisher Jerry Olsen, left, joins H Production class race winner Bill Okell on the podium at High Plains Raceway near Denver on Aug. 22. (Photo courtesy Bill Okell/Colorado Region SCCA)

Saanich sports car driver qualifies for Indy, and then some during Denver races

Bill Okell chalks up a first and a second, needing only to complete 50 per cent of laps

Sports Car Club of America U.S. Majors Tour second-place finisher Jerry Olsen, left, joins H Production class race winner Bill Okell on the podium at High Plains Raceway near Denver on Aug. 22. (Photo courtesy Bill Okell/Colorado Region SCCA)
The late Neil Montgomery stands proudly with a motor he built in his shop behind Malahat Auto Parts. The longtime supporter and participant in auto racing at the former Western Speedway will be memorialized there on Aug. 20. The service coincides with Daffodil Cup weekend at the track, one of Montgomery’s favourite events of the season. (Photo by Donna Rand)

Longtime friend to Vancouver Island auto racers to be memorialized Aug. 20

Neil Montgomery wore many hats in his race career: builder, hall 0f fame president and more

The late Neil Montgomery stands proudly with a motor he built in his shop behind Malahat Auto Parts. The longtime supporter and participant in auto racing at the former Western Speedway will be memorialized there on Aug. 20. The service coincides with Daffodil Cup weekend at the track, one of Montgomery’s favourite events of the season. (Photo by Donna Rand)
The Crash To Pass feature race included 15-foot fibreglass boats. Photo by Douglas Waller

Record-setting crowd at Saratoga Speedway on weekend

Crash to Pass event featured fibreglass boats for maximum carnage

The Crash To Pass feature race included 15-foot fibreglass boats. Photo by Douglas Waller
Bill Okell manoeuvres his MG Midget around a corner at Buttonwillow Speedway in Bakersfield, Calif. during a February 2020 race. Okell will be in Denver this month attempting to qualify for the Sports Car Club of America nationals in Indianapolis this fall. (Photo by Cali Photography)

Dream to race at Indianapolis one last time close to reality for Saanich driver

Bill Okell aims to be in the U.S. auto racing mecca this fall

Bill Okell manoeuvres his MG Midget around a corner at Buttonwillow Speedway in Bakersfield, Calif. during a February 2020 race. Okell will be in Denver this month attempting to qualify for the Sports Car Club of America nationals in Indianapolis this fall. (Photo by Cali Photography)
A truck in the Pro class takes off from the starting line during the 2017 Thunder in the Valley event on Stamp Avenue. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Alberni Valley drag racing’s charity cruise set for Aug. 6

Event will raise money for residential school memorial, hospital ER expansion

A truck in the Pro class takes off from the starting line during the 2017 Thunder in the Valley event on Stamp Avenue. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Saratoga Speedway overhead view. Photo by Claye Chamberlin

Full slate of racing in Black Creek at Saratoga Speedway opening night

By Doug Waller Special to Black Press Warm weather greeted both racers…

Saratoga Speedway overhead view. Photo by Claye Chamberlin
Canadian driver Paul Tracy pulls out of the pits during the morning session at the Molson Indy in Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, July 26, 2003 (CP/Richard Lam)

Vancouver is considering hosting a Formula E race using electric cars

The race would be part of a three-day event focused on climate and sustainability

Canadian driver Paul Tracy pulls out of the pits during the morning session at the Molson Indy in Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, July 26, 2003 (CP/Richard Lam)
Former Highlands resident Josh Reaume was suspended by NASCAR last fall for a social media post and was recently reinstated. (Black Press Media file photo)

Former Greater Victoria racer welcomed back to NASCAR after suspension

A toaster strudel got Josh Reaume disciplined last year

Former Highlands resident Josh Reaume was suspended by NASCAR last fall for a social media post and was recently reinstated. (Black Press Media file photo)
Former Highlands resident Josh Reaume was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR following a social media post that breached members’ code of conduct. (Black Press Media file photo)

NASCAR suspends former Vancouver Island resident for insensitive social media post

Josh Reaume ‘sorry’ if food photo ‘taken out of context’ offended anyone

Former Highlands resident Josh Reaume was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR following a social media post that breached members’ code of conduct. (Black Press Media file photo)
Bill Okell was glad to be back behind the wheel of the Huffaker Engineering race team’s MG Midget at the Buttonwillow Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif. in February 2020. (Cali Photography)

Saanich race car driver shifts gears as pandemic cuts U.S. season short

Bill Okell, 65, sets sights on Canadian racing circuit for 2020

Bill Okell was glad to be back behind the wheel of the Huffaker Engineering race team’s MG Midget at the Buttonwillow Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif. in February 2020. (Cali Photography)
Cobble Hill’s Robbie Price is racing again in the U.S. after a brief COVID-19 layoff. (Wildlight Photography)

Sprint driver Price back on course in U.S.

It was taking some time for Price to get back in the swing of things

Cobble Hill’s Robbie Price is racing again in the U.S. after a brief COVID-19 layoff. (Wildlight Photography)
A truck in the Pro class takes off from the starting line during the 2017 Thunder in the Valley event on Stamp Avenue. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Thunder in the Valley drag racing cancelled for 2020

Alberni Valley Drag Racing Association’s beleaguered event won’t happen this year

A truck in the Pro class takes off from the starting line during the 2017 Thunder in the Valley event on Stamp Avenue. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Myra Van Otterloo, a helicopter pilot from Nanaimo, and Jessa Arcuri, a school vice-principal from Penticton, will be driver and navigator of the True North Rally Cats, the first B.C. team to compete in the Rally Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc, the world’s only all-women’s, fully off-road rally, March 14-28 in Morocco. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo woman to compete in off-road rally race across the Moroccan desert

True North Rally Cats will be first B.C. team to compete in Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc

Myra Van Otterloo, a helicopter pilot from Nanaimo, and Jessa Arcuri, a school vice-principal from Penticton, will be driver and navigator of the True North Rally Cats, the first B.C. team to compete in the Rally Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc, the world’s only all-women’s, fully off-road rally, March 14-28 in Morocco. (Photo submitted)
Full throttle for David Smith

Full throttle for David Smith

Entrepreneur, adventurer and race car builder lives life at top speed

  • Feb 17, 2020
Full throttle for David Smith
Competitors lay down some rubber and smoke the course Sunday during opening races at Thunder in the Valley in 2018. (MIKE YOUDS PHOTO)

Port Alberni’s Thunder in the Valley drag races returning to Stamp Avenue

Parking will be a challenge for spectators after site shrinks due to construction

Competitors lay down some rubber and smoke the course Sunday during opening races at Thunder in the Valley in 2018. (MIKE YOUDS PHOTO)
A truck in the Pro class takes off from the starting line during the 2017 Thunder in the Valley event on Stamp Avenue. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Port Alberni drag racers turn attention back to Stamp Avenue for 2020, 2021

AVDRA to ask city council for permission, road closures to run Thunder in the Valley Aug. 7-9, 2020

A truck in the Pro class takes off from the starting line during the 2017 Thunder in the Valley event on Stamp Avenue. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)