9th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic – Calistoga BCRA Vintage


By June Wheeler-Ferreira


Hi, all, well the Vermeil Classic is in the books what a great weekend we had nothing but good racing Saturday and Sunday night. The crowds were great both nights and there was plenty of on track action the weather was good and the track was smooth and fast. A big thank you to Tommy and Jeanie Hunt and everyone involve for a great show.

CRA Sprints, USAC Midgets, Vintage WRA Midgets, Sprints, Track Roadsters, Modifieds, Vintage BCRA Midgets cars were on hand. Everybody likes to go to Calistoga for wine tasting and racing. As usual the Hall of Fame banquet was held Friday night and it was a sell out the food was great and plenty of it.   2016 Louie Vermeil Classic Grand Marshall was Gary Gerould and Hall Of Fame inductees are Bill Crowley, Tim Green, Vern Kornbrust, Mike McCreary, John Monhoff, Phil Pedlar and Jack Pacheteau.

The BCRA and WRA had our regular guys there both nights time was a little short but we got our track time in.  In the Winners Circle Saturday Night were Midgets Tanner Thorson and Sprints Ryan Bernal. Sunday Night Midgets Michael Faccinto and Sprints Thomas Meseraull

There is a lot of construction going around track area so parking was a little tight but everyone found a spot. This event gets bigger and bigger every year and it’s really worth the effort to try and make it, believe us you well really enjoy it. Saturday afternoon they had all the vintage racecars and classic cars on display as you enter the stands. The weekend went by so fast that it’s hard to believe it’s over already.

The BCRA vintage guys present with their Midgets; #16 Tommy Belfiore, #30 Norm Gray; #21 Ron Dunn (Sprint on display) ; #8 Richard Walsh; #17 Doug Shanoian; #36 Paul Ferreira in the cockpit Richard Walsh and #107 Tim Green in the cockpit.

On a sad note we lost Herk Albert, he past peacefully in his sleep of a heart attack. He was Norm Rapp’s helper. We’ll all miss him RIP Herk.

Our next event is the All American Vintage Classic at Roseville 10/ 20-21-22/16 , which is always a fun filled event with lots of track time, If you haven’t sign up with Bonnie Chisholm and  plan to attend, please give her a call (707) 254-8775. Looking forward to seeing all in Roseville.