Photos: VARA's British Extravaganza at Buttonwillow Raceway Park

Ben Kuhl

Photos: VARA's British Extravaganza at Buttonwillow Raceway Park


Photos: VARA's British Extravaganza at Buttonwillow Raceway Park


An interesting comparison of size as Mark Snelgrove (1973 Volvo 142) overshadows Dale Shore (1967 Austin Mini Cooper). Photo: Ben Kuhl

The Vintage Auto Racing Association (VARA) held its 5th event of the 2022 season a few weeks back – Their annual British Extravaganza at Buttonwillow Raceway the weekend of May 21, 2022. The event marked the halfway point in the Southern California race series’ calendar and featured a host of British-centric events including a featured All British race and Concourse of Cars. The field ranged from fire breathing Formula 5000 cars to wooden spoke wheel Pre-War models that all took to the track sitting west of Bakersfield.

From front to back; Christof Jantzen, Dana LArsen, Jason Wolpert, and Dr. Bill Pierce. Photo: Ben Kuhl

An impressive field of 15+ Formula Fords showed up ready to race, a high mark considering that CSRG was hosting its own event at Laguna Seca Raceway. In the B-Sedan class, it was the father son duo of Brian and Zang O’Shaughnessy who qualified less than half a second apart and raced hard and fair all weekend long. Vintage racer Ben Kuhl was able to capture some sights and sounds from the action-packed weekend.

Paul Kuhl (1968 Lola T140) leads the Wings and Slicks group to take the green flag for Sunday’s feature race. Photo: Ben Kuhl

Next up for VARA is round three of four of its ever-growing Hillclimb series taking place on June 26 at Button Willow Raceway’s Horse Thief Mile. Find out more HERE.

Jerry Kehoe laying down the power in his BMW V12 powered March 87B. Photo: Ben Kuhl

Mike McNamee hustling his 1985 Buick TransAM through the slow turn 2 complex at Buttonwillow Raceway. Photo: Ben Kuhl

One of the pristine Pre-War examples running strong over 100 years later. Photo: Ben Kuhl

Paul Kuhl (1968 Lola T140) showing us what Formula 5000 was all about. Photo: Ben Kuhl

Ben Valentine (1965 Chevrolet Corvette) blitzed the Big Bore field, winning each feature race on Saturday and Sunday. Photo: Ben Kuhl

Tom Grossman (1972 Datsun) and Steve Meline (1965 Triumph Spitfire) battle down the front stretch. Photo: Ben Kuhl

Paul Lisec showing rapid pace in his 1985 Rault RT5. Photo: Ben Kuhl

John Goodlad (1967 Lotus) lets us know he had a great weekend. Photo: Ben Kuhl

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