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21 Years of Vintage Racing in Gimli[/b]

By Helmut Friedrich & Dino Calvert, Vintage Committee

August 16th, 2019 will mark the 21st anniversary of the Classic Motor Works Vintage weekend, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the classic Austin Mini.

We thought itís probably timely to review how we got here starting with our track. In 1972 the Winnipeg Sports Car Club (WSCC) raced at Gimli in front of the hangers which led to the building of Gimli Motorsport Park (GMP) in 1973. Today GMP is the longest continuous operated track in Western Canada.

Over the years we have hosted Canadaís premier road racing series such as the Club Beer National Endurance 1974 to 1976, Molyslip Endurance 1977 to 1982 and the Canadian National Run Offs 1974, 1981 and 1982.

Our crowning achievement was hosting the original Formula Atlantic series in 1975 and 1976. In 1975 some of us witnessed a young French Canadian named Gilles Villeneuve, earn his first Formula Atlantic victory, beating a field of up and coming international drivers in a monsoon.

Gimli Motorsport became world famous July 23, 1983 when we hosted an Air Canada flight which happened to run out of fuel over Red Lake Ontario, as a result of confusion over Metric conversion.

In 2018, we started the first phase of the track re-pavement/improvement program which will continue this year and will eventually see the track fully repaved.

The first Classic Motor Sport Vintage weekend came about as a result of misfortune for the Vintage Sports Car Racing Club (VSCR) of Minnesota. They had run as a support series for the Trans Am race run on a street course in Minneapolis. When they were informed by the Trans Am group that their participation was no longer required we started a conversation to provide them with their own race grouping at one of our events.

Classic Motor Works provided sponsorship. The first event saw a substantial field of vintage cars and the rest as they say is history!Come join us for a weekend of vintage racing, track laps and car show!

For more information competitors and volunteers can register here on ta-vintage-weekend-gimli-motorsports-park-winnipeg-038936

This year we are working with the Vintage Sports Car Racing group to establish an annual CanAm Challenge. The first leg of the Challenge will be the July 6th Mid-Summer Classic at Brainerd International Raceway with the Classic Motor Works Vintage Weekend at Gimli August 16th hosting the final leg.

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