It is true. Some things do run in the family.
But we’re not just talking about hair colour and shoe size. Some families in the South Okanagan share a serious need for speed.
“My son started racing when he turned 16, on the oval track,” said Oliver’s Downtown Kenny Brown, who can sometimes be seen behind the wheel of the lean, mean 1980 Monte Carlo they have affectionately named “The Black Widow”. “I was happy to see him hit the track and race in a safe, legal way.”
The young Mr. Brown – Warren – chases the trophy seated upon his 2002 Kawasaki motorcycle.
The Wine Country Racing Association (WCRA) is preparing for their fourth race of the 2011 season. Sunday, September 18 is the day to participate. Whether you are a driver or a spectator you become part of something very special.
Racing is notoriously a family sport. It is commonplace for entire families to fill the grandstands. Three generations of racing fans gear up and cheer on their favorite cars. Among the racers it is evident as well. Multi-generational and composed of both genders you can find father/daughter teams, father/son groups, and husband/wife pairings. These family ties are found both in the racing pits, as well as among the staff of volunteers. I had an opportunity to speak with one Dad whose daughter is now out burning her tires on the strip.
Neil Ericson of Osoyoos says, “She has always been competitive. She excelled in both sports and academics. I knew Bailie would have fun doing this.” Ericson was emphatic that winning or losing is not the goal when their family turns out, “it is all about getting out, and having a blast.” Admittedly, Dad was very proud when the 19 year old Bailie won the finals in her division on her first time out. Stay tuned next year to track the racing career of her younger brother, Tanner.
When asked if he and his son are competitive with one another Oliver’s Ken Brown answered, “Absolutely! That’s where the fun is!”
“There is definitely a family feel among the racers as well,” said Shana Cachola of Oliver, who races with her husband Don. “You are out on a Sunday afternoon, hanging around with people who love to do the same thing that you do. Naturally, bonds and friendships are forged.”
The gates open at 9 a.m. on Sunday September 18. Time trials begin around 11 a.m. The main elimination event starts around 1 p.m. If you are a driver show up early to have your car inspected. Gate admission is $10 (12 and under free). Concessions are available on site.
Contributed by Shane Cachola