Osoyoos Rumble Race weekend extraordinaire

Dan Hodson/submitted photo Geoff Bell (left) and his 1976 Dodge Dart are recent additions to Oliver, BC. Paul Paprskan (Vernon, BC) made sure he welcomed him properly to WCRA in his 1932 Plymouth at the Sunday, Sept. 24 drag race event in Osoyoos, BC.

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Geoff Bell (left) and his 1976 Dodge Dart are recent additions to Oliver, BC. Paul Paprskan (Vernon, BC) made sure he welcomed him properly to WCRA in his 1932 Plymouth at the Sunday, Sept. 24 drag race event in Osoyoos, BC.

Final drag race on Canadian Thanksgiving, Sunday, Oct. 8

OSOYOOS, BC - Wine Country Racing Association (WCRA) volunteers are due a grand round of applause for this past weekend’s race extravaganza in Osoyoos, BC.

The south Okanagan Valley drag racing club hosted their big yearly event, the 8th annual Car Club Challenge. Mountains of fans and race cars swarmed Richter Pass Motorplex. Nitro Dave O’Hara, from Nitro Brothers Racing, had his fuel-altered Fiat Topolino on site to treat the entire crowd to some big horsepower. A total of 106 drivers signed up and made their way to the starting lights to see what their ride could muster up. Adrenaline surges for the drivers the entire race, with the competitors often not knowing the outcome when they cross the finish line.

Here’s a list of those that had the good news after their finishes at the end of the day:

Car Club Challenge

Cliff Meeds (Oliver, BC) was the man who couldn’t lose on Sunday. Meeds won both the Car Club Challenge as well as the “Fast Four” of all the car clubs, driving his 1969 Chevrolet Pick-up.

Reaction Time

The racer with the sharpest time leaving the starting light this week was West Kelowna’s Chris Kroening. His 1969 Chevrolet Beaumont had no problem moving down the track with his nearly perfect .501 reaction time.

Sportsman Bracket

The sportsman winner, Jim Behnke, travelled all the way from Mission, BC in his 1971 Plymouth Scamp to carry home a WCRA trophy.

Pro Bracket

Gary Conto and his 1967 Chevrolet Camaro made his home of Westbank, BC proud on Sunday, now sporting the title of the Pro Bracket Champ.

Super Pro Bracket

Shana Cachola, a fairly fresh addition to the Super Pro Bracket (Oliver, BC) drove her 1972 Chevrolet Nova to victory.

Bike/Sled

Speedy Man Warren Brown (Oliver, BC) is certainly accustomed to parking his 2002 Kawasaki ZX12 motorcycle in Winner’s Row. Brown may need to add a room onto his house soon.

WCRA has one event left in the 2017 drag racing season. Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, Sunday Oct. 8 gives fans a final time to cheer on their favorite racer. Gates open at 9 a.m. Racing begins around 11 a.m., final elimination round starts around 1 p.m. Pop the turkey into the oven and head down to choose your seat in the grandstands. Concessions available on site. Visit www.winecountryracing.ca for more information.