Valley-wide drag racing Rumble re-visits the Osoyoos Airport

Two winners from the 2015 Rumble in the Valley ready their cars and their nerves at the starting lights at Richter Pass Motorplex in Osoyoos, BC. Cliff Meeds, from Oliver, BC, won the Car Club Challenge in his 1949 Mercury truck. Reg Krutom, from Kelowna, BC, won the Fast Eight shoot-out in his 1958 Yeoman station wagon. Dan Hodson, Oliver, BC/submitted photo

Two winners from the 2015 Rumble in the Valley ready their cars and their nerves at the starting lights at Richter Pass Motorplex in Osoyoos, BC. Cliff Meeds, from Oliver, BC, won the Car Club Challenge in his 1949 Mercury truck. Reg Krutom, from Kelowna, BC, won the Fast Eight shoot-out in his 1958 Yeoman station wagon. Dan Hodson, Oliver, BC/submitted photo

OSOYOOS – The Wine Country Racing Association (WCRA) is getting set to host the seventh annual Car Club Challenge. The drag racers invite car clubs from near and far to line ‘em up, race it out and see who takes home the glory for their club.

This year looks to be even more exciting than last. Joining the Okanagan Rodtiques (Penticton, BC), the Coachmasters (Oliver, BC), the Kelowna Kustoms (Kelowna, BC) and the Cam Jammers (Vernon, BC) are the Cactus Jalopies (Osoyoos, BC).

So far a three way tie of two wins each have been logged into the history books for Rodtiques, Coachmasters, and Kelowna Kustoms. There’s no doubt that the other two clubs will be geared up to take home the win for year 7.

The 2015 race boasted over 100 drivers, all aching to run their rides to the max for the crowd’s entertainment. You never know who can be a drag racer. You may be surprised to see your friend, neighbor, or your hometown friend revving it, ripping it and flying down the track in the name of fun.

Registration will be open at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Practice runs will be held from approximately 3 p.m. Gates open at 9 a.m. Sunday September 25. Admission is $10, 12 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. All racers and vehicles must pass safety technical inspection, so show up early to get a couple of test runs in. Eliminations begin around 1 p.m. Sunday.

Concessions are available on site. Grand stands are available, but fill up quickly on Rumble Day. Fans can bring their own lawn chair, or the early birds can back up their trucks to Red Neck Row, for the best seats at the finish line.

Only two more race days are left for the 2016 season. October 9 marks closing day for WCRA.

Visit www.winecountryracing.ca for more information.