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A pair of trucks kick up some dust during offroad drag races on Sunday, May 29. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Racers return to Alberni Motorsports Park for 2022 season

Island Offroad Racing has full slate of events planned for the season

 

Kart drivers round a turn at the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit during races hosted by the Vancouver Island Karting Association on May 8. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Provincial series revs up near Duncan as part of karting’s Vancouver Island revival

Motorsport circuit in Cowichan is ideal for kart racing

 

President Dave Ferguson of the Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame said the museum will have to leave its current home at the Westshore Motorsports Park in September and is currently searching for space to store its artifacts. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame needs homes for its artifacts as it faces fall closure

The museum is looking for storage space until a new permanent home is found

 

The Saratoga Speedway 2022 racing season kicked off Saturday, April 30. Photo by Doug Waller

Hornets create a buzz at Saratoga Speedway for 2022 season opener

By Pat Monsigneur Special to Black Press Saratoga Motorsports Park kicked-off the…

The Saratoga Speedway 2022 racing season kicked off Saturday, April 30. Photo by Doug Waller
Crash to Pass is a fan favourite at Saratoga Speedway. Douglas Waller photo

Owners of Vancouver Island racetrack withdraw controversial expansion plan

Public hearing for Saratoga Speedway withdrawn after community backlash

Crash to Pass is a fan favourite at Saratoga Speedway. Douglas Waller photo
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

Shawn Driver proudly stands next to his in Sooke shop. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)
Racers take part in the wheel to wheel action on Sunday, Oct. 3. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Offroad racing roars back in Port Alberni

Races saw an almost two-year break due to COVID-19 restrictions

Racers take part in the wheel to wheel action on Sunday, Oct. 3. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Wahmeesh Ken Watts, second from right, Chief councillor for Tseshaht First Nation, accepts a donation of $7,750 from Alberni Valley Drag Racing Association members Roger Haggerty, left, Dave Beecroft, Deb Haggerty and Dave Mikkelson. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni drag racers donate nearly $16K to pair of charities

Residential school memorial, hospital expansion both benefit from Aug. charity cruise

Wahmeesh Ken Watts, second from right, Chief councillor for Tseshaht First Nation, accepts a donation of $7,750 from Alberni Valley Drag Racing Association members Roger Haggerty, left, Dave Beecroft, Deb Haggerty and Dave Mikkelson. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Cars circle around Harbour Quay during the charity cruise on Aug. 6. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Thunder in the Valley cruise raises $16K for charities

Tseshaht First Nation memorial project, WCGH Foundation to benefit equally

Cars circle around Harbour Quay during the charity cruise on Aug. 6. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
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)
Alberni Valley Drag Racing Association’s Dave Beecroft reacts to the Christmas tree in a past Thunder in the Valley side-by-side drag race. The AVDRA is organizing a charity cruise for Aug. 6, 2021 instead of its regular races this year. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Alberni drag racers plan charity car cruise for Aug. 6

Thunder in the Valley cruise would replace proposed test-and-tune on main drag

Alberni Valley Drag Racing Association’s Dave Beecroft reacts to the Christmas tree in a past Thunder in the Valley side-by-side drag race. The AVDRA is organizing a charity cruise for Aug. 6, 2021 instead of its regular races this year. (SUBMITTED 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)

Alberni Valley drag racers ask for test-and-tune weekend

Annual drag race won’t take place, but racers want members-only event

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)
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)
A line of classic cars cruises past Echo Village on 10th Avenue as part of the 150-strong Cruise for Care on Friday, April 24, 2020. The event was put on to salute health-care workers at Port Alberni’s long-term care facilities and its hospital. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

VIDEO: Port Alberni’s Cruise for Care draws 150 cars

Cruisers salute health-care workers at long-term care homes, hospital

A line of classic cars cruises past Echo Village on 10th Avenue as part of the 150-strong Cruise for Care on Friday, April 24, 2020. The event was put on to salute health-care workers at Port Alberni’s long-term care facilities and its hospital. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
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 is still searching for a permanent location to hold races

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)
Ron Lightfoot, who regularly shows his 1928 Model A Ford (here at Gyro Williamson Park in Port Alberni), will be part of Port Alberni’s Cruise for Care this Friday, April 24, 2020. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Ron Lightfoot, who regularly shows his 1928 Model A Ford (here at Gyro Williamson Park in Port Alberni), will be part of Port Alberni’s Cruise for Care this Friday, April 24, 2020. (SUBMITTED 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)
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Full throttle for David Smith

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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)
Thunder in the Valley set up its drag racing ‘Christmas tree’ and starting line in front of Catalyst Paper for the 2017 races. (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

Thunder in the Valley set up its drag racing ‘Christmas tree’ and starting line in front of Catalyst Paper for the 2017 races. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)