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New BCR TA2 Driver

BC Race Cars is excited to announce Tony Ave as the inaugural driver for its new TA2 Trans-Am Camaro at Sebring, 2018. Tony needs no introduction; he is well known for his driving talent as well as his involvement in Trans-Am as a premier manufacturer and previous share holder.

With a successful racing business, Ave Motorsports, the opportunity to prepare one of his own race cars for himself and actually race it as planned is often put on the side lines so that his customer’s needs come first. “Being personal friends with him and Julie, we have often discussed Tony running our TA2 car in a Trans-Am race for well over a year now, but conflicting schedules got in the way”. Timing could not be any better, as BCR is trying a different set-up philosophy on this new TA2 race car, and Tony’s background as a test driver will be a real advantage! A win- win situation where both of our teams can work together to accomplish two tasks at the same time.

We are stoked to have Tony and thank him in advance for his expertise. Now if we can only complete the beast in time…

New TA2 Arrived At BC Race Cars

As a dealer for Howe Racing Enterprises in Ontario and our satisfaction with our previous TA2 cars, BCR is pleased to announce the arrival of our new Howe 2018 Trans-Am TA2 Camaro. As a house car, it will be available for rental in both professional and club racing events.

The decision to build a new car came in December, after our beloved “Snot” was sold to friend Rod D. The folks at Howe outdid themselves by pulling out all the stops to get a chassis and body together in such a short time, and we are grateful. They did a beautiful job, and the 2018 improvements should prove to be an advantage.

We still have a lot of work to do to complete the car for its first race at Sebring, March 2-4. As we pride ourselves in the engineering and construction of race cars, the car is basically a chassis and body with suspension pieces custom built to BCR specs. Driveline, steering, electrical, safety, comfort, plumbing, wiring, etc. are yet to be done. The crew will be taxed to the maximum to pull this one off in 5 weeks, but we are motivated; we have an incredible driver. Announcements to follow……

Race Mechanic Position

Thank you to all who applied for the race mechanic position we had available. We had an excellent response and we have now selected two talented applicants to join our team.
Best wishes in your employment search.

BC Race Cars Inc. is a well-established race car repair and manufacturing company located near Peterborough, Ontario.
We are currently seeking full time individuals seeking a fast paced, challenging, and ever-changing work environment.   We offer excellent pay for the right person.

Interested applicants must have the following:
– Valid passport to be able to travel to the US
– Ability to work weekends during racing season
– Clean driving record
– Racing experience and/or mechanics experience
– Fabrication skills

Please email resume to:

BCR Waves Good-Bye to “Snot”

BC Race Cars Inc. delivered our TA2 SCCA Trans-Am race car to its new owner, Rod Darmaga of Ontario, Canada this past week.

Built in 2014, the #07 Green Machine was affectionately nick-named “Snot” due to its colour, factory green, and became well-known in both Trans-Am circles as well as local regional racing. In its four-season professional career, it achieved a remarkable 24 professional starts with only 2 DNFs due to mechanical failure, and usually ran top 10 with a best finish of 3rd at Daytona this year at its final Trans-Am race.

In addition, it ran numerous Ontario club races and testing days, winning the local GT-1 championship in 2017. It served at least 20 different drivers thru the years, from first-timers to professionals. All who drove loved the car for its balanced performance, speed and set-up.

We are excited to keep this wonderful machine in Ontario and have the opportunity to service and look after it for its new owner Rod. We hope he loves and enjoys Snot as much as we enjoyed building, developing and racing it.

BCR First TA2 Podium at Daytona!

Josh Bilicki in our #25 TA2 Camaro gave BCR our first podium in TA2 Trans-Am competition at Daytona International Raceway at the final round of the 2017 racing season.
“We have been so close so many times, but the podium has alluded us. I have always believed our cars and set-ups are top notch and capable of winning, and Josh was able to deliver in extremely difficult conditions” stated Blaise, team principal at BC Race Cars Inc.
Josh was quick out of the box, asking for no changes till he learnt the car and track. With a minor rear spring change, he topped the charts in the 1st official practise and placed 6th in the second on a full fuel load run. In qualifying, he pulled off a beautiful lap, placing second in a tight field where the top 6 were separated by only 0.6 secs, missing the pole by 0.171 of a second!
Race day looked scary as the track was wet and the oval does not require a wet set-up. After lots of head scratching, we backed off the dry set-up just a little. It was a super exciting race, watching the different cars and set-ups do well and struggle later as the track dried. Josh was never out of the top 4 and finished with a well-deserved 3rd place after an epic battle in the top 5!
BCR looked after 2 other cars, both in the TA class. It was almost a Cinderalla story as Steve Kent Jr., piloting our BCR #15 TA Corvette was also incredibly quick all weekend and almost pulled off a double podium for the team.
As a top-notch TA2 driver, Steve was quick in the TA car as well, coming to grips with the additional power and placed 3rd and 6th in the official practises. Qualifying did not go our way, as he was compromised severely by some TA2 cars on his hot laps, ending up 8th.
The race was even more daunting for the TA drivers, trying to negotiate the wet conditions with the wide tires and crazy horsepower of these cars. Steve did an amazing job, keeping out of trouble and getting faster and faster as the conditions improved. He made is his way to 2nd where he would run the second half of the race, some 43 seconds ahead of the third place car. With 2 laps to go, a cut water pump belt took him out of the race and robbed him of a well-deserved podium finish!
Jed Copham in the #5 BCR C7 Corvette had a horrible accident during Thursday’s practise where he touched with another car on the front straight at over 190 mph, spun sideways and flew up in the air coming down on its roof and crashing into the soft barriers. Jed was OK, in fact walked away with just a minor bruise on his arm, a testament to how well the TA cars are built. A scary moment for all that witnessed it!
Watch a few laps in qualifying with Josh Bilicki in the BCR #25 TA2 Camaro:

Strong 4th At New Jersey

New Jersey Motorsport Park was the setting for round 11 of the SCCA Pro Trans-Am series, and BCR participated with one TA2 car, the #78 of Harry Steenbakkers.

With lots of practise sessions and great weather, we had the chance to truly experiment with various set-ups. We made great progress and were usually 3-5th in all the sessions. Unfortunately, qualifying did not go our way, and ended up in the 6th starting position.

Race day turned out much better. We took a penalty for new tires and started 8th, but Harry made quick work and picked up 3 positions on the first lap. In the next few laps he secured 4th, but had lost the top 3 cars at that point. He would end up running an uneventful race, a solid 4th without any challenge from behind.

Watch Harry’s first few laps from New Jersey:

Redemption for BCR at the Glen!

Watkins Glen International Raceway was the venue for round 9 of the SCCA Trans-Am series, and BCR entered 2 TA2 cars as well as our #15 house TA car.
Constantly watching the weather, and struggling with delays and a less than ideal schedule, we did not get sufficient practise time to get the drivers/cars up to their full potential.
Steve Burns in our house #25 Green machine quickly learnt the track (never having driven there) and qualified 13th in very tricky conditions. A broken input shaft ruined an otherwise great showing, breaking 8 laps from the end of the race.

Harry Steenbakkers was quick as usual. Qualifying happened on a full wet track but no rain. A last minute set up change and Harry’s quick hands and driving talent gave BCR our first 2nd place qualifying position of the season! Unfortunately, the lack of practise showed in the race, we missed the set-up ever so slightly, and Harry struggled to hold on to 6th place, a great finish regardless! Congrats to Harry and the crew.

Blaise Csida had a total of 4 laps in the car prior to qualifying but still secured a 9th place starting position. The race was eventful with great racing, red flags, caution periods and lots of incidents. Blaise was getting faster every lap and finally passed Simon Gregg for a season best finish of 5th.

No Breaks at Mid-Ohio for BCR

  It was a tough weekend for BC race cars at Mid-Ohio, one of the premier events for Trans-Am on the calendar, supporting NASCAR’s Xfinity series.  

Testing and practise went well for all 3 cars, and the crew was almost bored at not having to do much. We tuned the cars, played with set-ups and weight, and were utterly satisfied with the speeds the cars/drivers showed, looking forward to qualifying. 

Qualifying was cancelled due to thunderstorms moving thru the area, a bummer as Trans-Am would line up the cars based on championship points, which none of the three drivers had. As such, we were starting last….. 

Harry Steenbakkers had a fabulous start, and quickly moved up to the top ten within a few laps! His progress was remarkable considering the strong 26 car field and we were poised for a great top 5 finish. But, as luck would have it, the transmission shifter broke, a very rare failure. Harry struggled for as long as he could, trying to twist the knob and find gears, but finally retired on lap 32. What a wasted opportunity….. 

Steve Kent Jr. in our BCR green machine also had a good start, slowly but surely working his way to the front. With some great moves, a really fast car, good driving and some lucky yellow flags, we found ourselves in 4th place!!!! A great battle ensued for 4th with Lawrence Loshak, awesome racing, side-by-side, Loshak eventually getting 4th from us. Shortly after, the 6th place car simply punted us off the track, and we eventually finished 11th. The disappointment was excruciating!   

But, our bad luck would continue in the TA race as well. Steve Kent Jr in a last minute deal, decided to run our #15 TA car. Starting last, and NEVER having driven the car, he quickly found his way around, and moved up steadily in the race, getting faster lap after lap. He would progress all the way to 7th position by lap 13, only to have radiator cap failure retire him early. There is always next year…..

BCR Visits Morse Measurements for K&C Testing

In order to further improve our chassis, BCR took our latest TA build to Morse Measurements in North Carolina for kinematics and compliance testing. The test was most productive and utterly interesting.



There are very few K&C rigs in North America, such testing equipment is generally exclusive to auto manufacturers. The one at Morse Measurements is the only independent facility to offer this kind of testing to the public, more information is available on their website:

Although the test is not cheap, the information we gained is invaluable; we were able to compare design geometry to actual production geometry, evaluate different chassis features (such as the effectiveness of engine bay strut bars), and gain valuable information about measured wheel rates, anti-roll bar contributions and range, etc. We also learnt a lot about chassis and component compliance and where/how we can improve our chassis.

It will take us a few weeks to analyze all the data, and thankfully we have the expertise of some incredible engineers to help us. We will then re-design and fabricate some new components for further testing in.

BCR Becomes EMCO dealer for Ontario

We are pleased to announce that BC Race Cars Inc. became a dealer for EMCO Gears Inc. for Ontario, Canada. Furthermore, we are excited to have the new EMCO developed 5 speed sequential transmission as our standard transmission for all TA cars that we build.

Emco is a world-class manufacturer of gearboxes and transaxles, including racing, aerospace, commercial and military markets.  Check out their website:

BCR has been rebuilding racing transmissions for many years and our experience includes all types of 4-speed dogboxes (Jerico, G-Force, Mid-Valley, etc.) as well as Hewland, Weissman, and Emco. We just finished rebuilding a 6-speed DV-46 for a local customer.


Please contact us for all your transmission needs.