BCR Shannonville Report August 15 &16, 2020

Round 3 of the Ontario Pirelli GT Sprints were held at Shannonville Motorsports Park, near beautiful Belleville, Ontario.

BCR fielded three cars in the GT1 class, which unfortunately became two after an engine failure Friday afternoon for the #167 Camaro of Rob Martin. We were extremely disappointed, especially after a full day of testing without any issues or warning signs that anything was amiss.

Saturday’s events were run on the long track, with the #120 of Blaise Csida taking pole and the win in the afternoon race, and Mark Busscher qualifying 3rd and finishing 4th. Sunday the organizer switched to the Pro configuration. The first race was tricky as on and off showers made for a difficult decision on tires. The top 3 all decided on wets, which in hind-sight was the wrong call as the track dried within a few laps of the start of the race. We struggled terribly to hang on and finished 3rd and 4th.

The last race was redemption, as track conditions were near perfect and BCR brought it home with a 1-2 finish. Another great club race weekend, many thanks to the crew and organizers.

Watch Blaise qualify on the long track:  


GT-40 Kit Car Completed at BCR

We at BRC sometimes take on strange and non-racing related projects, especially for good customers and interesting challenges.

About 18 months ago, we were contacted by a long-time customer, asking if we would take on assembling and building a Ford GT-40 replica car from South African manufacturer CAV. Not having much interest in old cars, I had to look up the car and its history. Seemed intriguing. This was prior to the release of “Ford vs. Ferrari”!

About 14 month ago a huge transport container showed up, with a chassis, body panels and thousands of parts all bubble-wrapped. Friend and previous BCR employee Martin Lee took on as lead on the project, and we spent the first 2 weeks of the build unwrapping and cataloguing parts.

As we learnt, the driveline, brakes and tires had to be supplied locally. We chose a fuel injected 331 cubic inch small block Ford, and Porsche 5-speed transaxle. The brakes are Wilwood, and we secured a set of period correct appearing Avon tires.

Unlike race cars, street cars have glass, air conditioning, heater, carpet, glass and other creature comforts. There were many days and weeks of frustration, but at the end we are really proud of building this super cool looking machine.

Hand-off was last Friday at Calabogie Motorsports Park, where after an expert tune and chassis dyno, the car took to the track for its maiden voyage. It sounded awesome and looked remarkably quick! It stood out among its far more advanced modern peers, the latest GT-40 and the Mark 2 version.

Thanks to our customer for trusting us with this project, and to my friend Martin for masterminding the build.