British Columbia’s Mission Raceway hosts a very lucrative Motorcycle drag racing feature…

On July 19-21st, Mission Raceway presented it’s inaugural International Pushrod Nitrobike Open event featuring a wide variety of machines and class categories. It featured racer attendance not only from Canada but also from the USA and even Europe – all chasing the event’s total purse of $20,000.

Canadians were dominate over the weekend scoring some impressive eliminator titles — our event photo extra is featured below.

Tom Tourand took the  604 Street Machine Championship winning over Daryl Tippe’s ’65 Nova in the final.

Billy Aiken won the NHRA.TV award on Saturday – and also went to Sunday’s final round.

Pete Waugh (Nanamio BC) singled for the event’s Top Fuel Harley title when scheduled opponent Kevin Boyer could not make the call due to mechanical issues.

Al Omond (from Abbotsford) has been a dominant winner for years at Mission Raceway – and he again showed his stuff winning Sunday’s Bike/Sled eliminator.

Sami Kempplainen travelled in for the event all the way from Finland — he set both low ET and top speed of the event at 6.60 212.66 mph.

Andy Beauchemin’s very popular “The Joker” Nitro Harley visited from Alberta as did Kevin Boyer’s Team Ace Racing machine (below).

Quinn Olson (St Albert AB) was the number one qualifier and defeated Al Miles from Edmonton on Sunday to win the Pro Fuel Harley title.

Surrey BC native Jim Shellenberg brings his bike to a stop after leading the way for qualifying on Saturday with a 6.628 and 209 MPH run.

Photos by Les Puchala