Season ending drag race for Wine Country

More than 200 races keep spectators entertained at season finale

The Wine Country racing season wound up recently with a year end drag race.

The Wine Country racing season wound up recently with a year end drag race.

The Wine Country Racing Association (WCRA) hosted 77 race cars on the final event of their 2011 season. Viewers were treated to 224 races as the participants fought their way to the top. Winners are as follows:

Sportsman  Warrior:

Emanuel Mantua of Oliver driving his Red 85 GMC pickup.


Ken Holmes of Grand Forks  driving his Red 1978 Pontiac trans Am.

Sportsman Bracket

Walter Pearce of Twisp driving his Blue 1932 Chev Coupe.


Owen Fairweather of Penticton driving his Blue 1979 Chev Caprice.

Pro Bracket

Darin Venne of Kaleden driving his Purple 1964 Fargo pickup.


Paul Fode of Kelowna driving his Blue 1971 Plymouth Duster.

Pro Bracket Fast

Ralph Pool of Kelowna driving his Green 1978 Barracuda.

Defeated by .01 of a second

Neil Ericson of Osoyoos driving his Yellow 1969 Camero.


Chris Pottie of Vernon driving his green 1979 Skidoo sled.


Duane Hamm of Oliver driving his red 1997 Suzuki.

Fastest Reaction Time

Yanny Tsigonias of Osoyoos driving his red 1999 Ford Mustang cut a .505 light

(.500 is a perfect light).

Okanagan Car Club Challenge

Three car clubs, Okanagan Rodtiques, Kelowna Kustoms and Oliver Coachmasters took up the Challenge for bragging rights, in the end  Jim Mckelvey (the old smoothy) of Summerland driving his somewhat green 1947 Ford Coupe for the Okanagan Rodtiques.


Tim Heibert of Osoyoos driving his black 1990 Ford Mustang for the Coachmasters.

All Out Fast Car Show Down

Neil Ericson of Osoyoos driving his yellow 1969 Camaro blasted down the 1/8 mile in 6.223 seconds.


The Ron Tasker Memorial Sportsmanship Trophy for the 2011 racing year  was awarded to Bruce Mackereth of Summerland who drives a white 1955 Chev.



Contributed  by Shane Cachola