Our History

Since 1980, the VRRA worked toward a single purpose: “maintain the traditions of vintage and classic motorcycle racing in Canada”.

 Over the course of 40 years, our organization has cultivated new classes that accept almost every type of machine built from the 1940’s to the 1980 and has experienced an exponential growth in our membership and racing grids. This year will be growing again with the introduction of 2 new classes that include production machines build in the 1990’s.

 All of this has made the VRRA one of the oldest and largest vintage racing clubs in North America, but we wouldn’t be who we are today without many of the key people and milestones that have help shaped our organization.

1979
The Beginning
In 1979, a group of Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group (CVMG) members who were interested in road racing, organized a race event for vintage motorcycles at Shannonville. The event was a massive success and laid the foundation for the VRRA
1979
1980
The VRRA is Formed
Based on the success of the inaugural event, the organizers got together and decided to form a club dedicated to racing vintage motorcycles. Doug Warwick was the prime mover in the formation of the club and had VRRA membership number 1. Membership reached 75 members in 1980 and the first VRRA Vintage Festival, again at Shannonville, was held on 2/3 August, 1980 with a total of entry of 31 rider entries.
1980
1981
Period 1
Although eligibility rules for machines were formulated in 1980, a major change took place in late 1981 when the cut-off date of 1967 was introduced, now known as Period 1. For the first two years the cut-off date was 1969. The VRRA started competing at some RACE Castrol series events in 1981, RACE providing a race slot on each day for vintage bikes.
1981
1982
Sponsorship and Growth
In 1982 Dunlop Canada sponsored the VRRA championship series in conjunction with four RACE events and the VRRA Vintage Festival which was again held at Shannonville on August 18 and 19. The Vintage Festival attracted 54 rider entries. Dunlop continued this sponsorship into the 1983 and 1984 seasons when NGK spark plugs took over for the 18985, 1986 and 1987 seasons. As well as sponsoring the trophies, NGK had a representative attend every event in the series, reading plugs and giving advice and spark plugs to the participants.
1982
1984
Period 2 and New Sponsorship
A second period was introduced for the 1984 season that included machines dating from 1968 to 1972. Originally this new class was named Supervintage but has since been renamed to Period 2. sponsoring the trophies, NGK had a representative attend every event in the series, reading plugs and giving advice and spark plugs to the participants.
1984
1985
NGK and New Sponsorship
NGK took over sponsorship in 1985 which continued through the 1986 and 1987 seasons. As well as sponsoring the trophies, NGK had a representative attend every event in the series, reading plugs and handing out advice and spark plugs to the participants.
1985
1987
Mosport Vintage Festival
In 1987 the VRRA Vintage Festival moved to Mosport. The event has been held at Mosport (now Canadian Tire Motorsports Park) every year since then.
1987
1997
Period 3
Period 3 was introduced in 1997 after an earlier attempt in the early 90's failed to get much support. The Period originally had two classes, Junior and Senior but was later expanded to the Lightweight, Middleweight and Heavyweight classes that run today.
1997
1999
The Runway Romp
In 1999 the first of many races was held at the Jack Garland Airport in North Bay. North Bay was a regular event on the VRRA schedule until 2010.
1999
2003
Period 4
Period 4 was originally introduced in 2003, but only as a lightweight class, now F3, in the first year. At the end of that year the P4 rules where written for the whole period including the F2 and F1 classes.
2003
2016
Modern Grand Prix
In 2016 a class exclusively for factory built two stroke road racing machines of the modern era was introduced. This class provided machines that had been replaced by four strokes in most other racing organizations a place to compete and to preserve their rich history
2016
2017
50th Grand Prix Celebration
In August 2017, the VRRA got together to celebrate on the 50th Anniversary of the only Canadian Motorcycle Grand Prix held in 1967. The event included may invited guests and numerous Canadian and International historical figures and machines including Phil Read, Steve Baker and Canada’s own Michelle (Mike) Duff who took 3rd place on that wet and windy day in 1967
2017
2020
VRRA 40th Anniversary
In 2020 the VRRA celebrates its 40th anniversary. Although somewhat overshadowed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the VRRA will be hosting a full program or sprint and endurance racing on September 4th to September 6th at Shannonville.
2020