The upcoming opening event in the 2021 CSBK National tour and Pro 6 GP race Series at Calabogie Motorsports Park will feature a strong Vintage entry in the classic racer event scheduled for July 10 and 11. The Vintage Road Racing Association, founded in 1980, first competed at Calabogie in an invitational event with the opening CSBK National of 2015.
The Vintage final will feature machines from four categories in the V.R.R.A., including the recently adopted Period 5 class for race bikes utilized in the late 1990s. The period 5 entry includes Ducati pilot Jean-Marc Bilger, a recent Pro Podium performer in Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Nova Scotia. Bilger’s chief rival is likely to be former Pro 250 Grand Prix National front runner Darrell “Boom Boom” Cooney aboard his recently completed Suzuki boattail SRAD GSX-R600.
The strong Period 4 grid will offer a wide range of bikes that featured in the late 1980s, including 2015 Calabogie pole sitter Neil Graham, the writer and film maker aboard a racer red Ducati 888 Desmo. Former V.R.R.A. number one plate holder and Vintage star Daniel Rinfret is also very quick on his Honda GT650 middle-weight twin.
In Period 4, the rider to watch is Tim Ruhl, a star Amateur in the 1980s who had an impressive career in the WERA National Endurance Tour in the U.S.A. during the 1990s. Ruhl pilots a big Suzuki Katana, one of the definitive machines of the air-cooled, twin shock early era of Pro Superbike competition.
Purpose-built racer bikes feature in the Grand prix class, where the trick yellow meanie Yamaha TZ250 two-stroke twin of Rob Massicotte is expected to set the pace. All four classes of Vintage machinery will race together on Sunday afternoon at Calabogie and compete at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park east of Oshawa, ON, in the annual Vintage classic, August 6-8.
|53||Jean-Marc Bilger||Laval, QC||Ducati 748 Desmo||F2|
|99||Darrell Cooney||Guelph, ON||Suzuki GSX-R600||F2|
|221||David Laporte||Sudbury, ON||Kawasaki ZX-7 Ninja||F1|
|717||Tommy Paquette||Sainte-Sophie, QC||Honda CBR600F3||F2|
|27||Daniel Rinfret||Montreal, QC||Honda GT650 Hawk||F3|
|28||Jonathan Vaillancourt||Boisbriand, QC||Yamaha FZR400||F3|
|44||Neil Graham||Blue Mountain, ON||Ducati 888 Desmo||F1|
|129||Glenn Holdbrook||Mississauga, ON||Kawasaki ZX-7 Ninja||F1|
|152||Bruce McTavish||Kinburn, ON||Suzuki GSX-R750||F1|
|174||Ravo Lainevool||Dundas, ON||Honda GT650 Hawk||F3|
|252||Kirby Crosby||Norwood, ON||Yamaha FZR600||F2|
|333||Joe Stuart||Courtice, ON||Yamaha FZR600||F2|
|371||David Cote||Longueil, QC||Honda GT650 Hawk||F3|
|590||Colin Duncan||Brighton, ON||Ducati 900SS||F1|
|241||Tim Ruhl||Hillsburg, ON||Suzuki GS1100 Katana||Heavyweight|
|357||Laurent Laliberte-Girard||St-Colomban, QC||Kawasaki GPz550||Lightweight|
|825||Mark McCoy||Cambridge, ON||Suzuki GS1100E||Heavyweight|
|Grand Prix Two-Stroke|
|51||John Steinke||Cambridge, ON||Yamaha TZ250||Middleweight|
|91||Rob Massicotte||Keswick, ON||Yamaha TZ250||Middleweight|
|381||Lee Racicot||Nepean, ON||Honda RS250||Middleweight|