Pioneers of racing, custom cars roar into recognition

Three Surrey residents are being inducted as 2014 Vancouver Motorsports Pioneers for their significant contributions to their fields.

Surrey's Vancouver Motorsport Pioneers Society 2014 inductees Carl Blomfeldt (top left

Three Surreyites are being inducted into the Greater Vancouver Motorsports Pioneers Society Saturday in Cloverdale.

Carl Blomfeldt, Dwain Kremyr and Art Brumpton are among 17 new inductees to be honoured at the 14th annual induction ceremony, taking place at Shannon Hall Sept. 20.

Blomfield is being inducted for his long career in motorcycle racing. He helped introduce speedway motorcycle racing to Vancouver fans in the 1980s, and went on to race in the U.S., the U.K, Europe, and the Grand Prix. An engine builder and tuner, he’s worked with riders who became world champions. This year, he’s been in Poland helping another young rider achieve international recognition.

Pioneer drag racer Kremyr got his first car at 12, a 1950 Meteor he used to learn to drive, and by the time he was 15, he and his brother were building a 1949 Thames into a drag racing car.

After buying a famous 1957 Thunderbird called Blackbird in 1971, Kremyr continued campaigning it at Mission Raceways. He went on to build cars for customers, something he still does at Kremyr Racing in Cloverdale.

Brumpton, another Cloverdale resident, is being inducted as a Motorsports Pioneer for his contributions as a hotrod and custom car enthusiast.

A past president of the B.C. Hot Rod Association, he raced Corvettes in the Pacific Northwest for many years. Track racing, hot rods and custom cars remain a passion for Brumpton. Cars in his garage include a modified 1929 Ford roadster pickup, a 1966 Chevrolet Impala station wagon, a 1957 Chevrolet BelAir and a 1939 Ford sedan.

The Greater Vancouver Motorsports Pioneer Society has inducted 215 pioneers in its efforts to recognize and record the accomplishments of those people who have made major contributions over the past 40 years.

“The Motorsport Pioneers Society continues to recognize individuals who have made major contributions in past years as a way to celebrate this history,” GVMPS president Jim Greenwood said.

Areas of expertise include hot rodding, custom car building, drag racing, land speed racing, sports car and road racing, motorcycling, power boat racing, car collecting and restoration.

All motorsports enthusiasts are invited to the event, running from 1-5 p.m. It’s open to everyone. Admission is $15 at the door.

For more information contact www.gvmps.org.

Follow the Cloverdale Reporter on Twitter and Facebook. View our print edition online.

Surrey North Delta Leader

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey city council moving to virtual meetings

For public hearings, people can register to speak via telephone

‘An extra $220 every 90 days’: B.C. patients pay more dispensing fees due to prescription limits

The Kelowna woman says it’s outrageous to charge for refills every 30 days

COVID-19: Daily update on the pandemic in Surrey, White Rock, Delta and beyond

APRIL 4: Two people in Delta fined for trying to re-sell N95 masks

Man injured in reported stabbing near Surrey SkyTrain station

Incident happened around 9 p.m. Friday night

PHOTOS: The day 28,000 Lollapalooza-goers rocked Cloverdale in 1994

Fans share memories of drugs, bad Smashing Pumpkins, Nick Cave walk-off and ‘letdown’ of Surrey date

‘Hold our line’: 29 new cases of COVID-19 announced in B.C.

Saturday’s number of new cases marks the lowest in weeks.

Inmate tests positive for COVID-19 at Mission Institution

15 staff self-isolating waiting results, refusal to work notice sent, says correctional officer

B.C. community service provider hosts friendly art competition for youth

Theme for Pacific Community Resources contest is ‘finding the silver lining in difficult times’

Critic, workers’ group ‘disappointed’ Trudeau chose Amazon to distribute PPE

Amazon Canada said in an email to The Canadian Press that it is working with Canada Post, Purolator

Full World COVID-19 update: National Guard collect ventilators in New York; Spain, Italy improve

Comprehensive coronavirus update with news from around the world.

TransLink to reduce service on some bus routes, SeaBus, West Coast Express

Changes start April 6 ‘due to low ridership and financial pressures’ amid COVID-19

Sex workers face new risks during COVID-19 pandemic

‘Desperation has kicked in’ for vulnerable, undocumented workers unable to access help

Most Read