After a one-year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada (VARAC) Vintage Grand Prix returned to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP). However, government restrictions prevented American competitors from crossing the border and participating. With many of last year’s limitations lifted for 2022, the entry list included a large number of drivers from the United States.

The featured marque for 2022 is MG and there was also a special contest for MG and Triumph-based cars. The weekend also included the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship, Formula Ford Challenge Series and the North American Sports 2000 Racing Association.

Vehicles racing at CTMP compete in one of five broad categories depending on the type and age of the automobile. Within many of the categories are a number of classes.

  • Pre-War - Classic pre-war, single-seat, sports cars and post-war MG T-series are included in this category.
  • Vintage Production – This race group comprises sports cars such as the MGA, Triumph TR4, Austin Healey Sprite, Porsche 356, etc. The group has a production date cut-off for vehicles, which is December 31, 1961.
  • Historic Production – Vehicles in this group were manufactured between January 1, 1962 and December 31, 1972. The Ford Mustang, MGB, Mini Cooper, MG Midget, Chevrolet Camaro and Porsche 911 are vehicles commonly found in this group.
  • Monoposto – This category was conceived to accommodate purpose-built race cars – such as open-wheel and sports racers.
  • Classic – The Classic category includes Group 70+ for production-based vehicles built between 1973 and 1989. Also, part of the category is Group 90+ for newer cars (1990 to 1997). This category includes the Porsche 944, Datsun 240Z, Chevrolet Corvette, BMW M3, etc.

Many of the six races groups at the VARAC Vintage Grand Prix were determined by lap times:

  • Group 1: Vintage Historic A, 1, 2, and 3 – under 1.45
  • Group 2: Vintage Historic 4 – under 1.50
  • Group 3: Vintage Historic 5 and 6 – over 1.50
  • Group 4: VH over 2500, Classic 3, 4, 5 and – over 1.40
  • Group 5: Classic A, 1 and 2 – under 1.40
  • Group 6: Formula Classic All

Over 200 drivers competed in twenty-minute races around Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s ten-turn, 2.459-mile road course.

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