Off-road racers from Washington State, Alberta, the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island are lining up to take on all challengers in the annual Island Cup. (Victor Vu/Pixabay)

Island Cup set for East Sooke on May 3-5

Off-road racing event expected to attract over 50 racers

Off-road racers from Washington State, Alberta, the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island are lining up to take on all challengers in the annual Island Cup from May 3 to 5.

The Island Cup is expected to attract more than 50 off-road vehicles in the annual event, which is held at 910 Speyside Rd. in East Sooke.

The 10-year event is traditionally held in the fall, but was moved up to early May this year.

ALSO READ: Sand drag features strong Sooke presence

“Many of the vehicle are purpose built for this kind of an event,” said Ron Low, a spokesman for the Island Cup.

“They’re not the 4×4 you would drive daily. Some of these vehicles have 44-inch tires, more than one transfer case, rear and hydraulic steering.”

The Island Cup involves hill climbing and trail driving, and opens with a night run on Friday. Racing resumes on Saturday and Sunday.

Racers collect points throughout the weekend to win the Island Cup. For the last three years, the trophy was won by off-Island racers.

Similar races on the Island are held in Luxton and Comox.

The racing begins on May 3 at 6 p.m. and on May 4 and 5 at 9 a.m.

A one-day pass is $10 and a three-day pass is pegged at $25. Children under 12 are admitted free.



editor@sookenewsmirror.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Second puppy killed by poisonous mushrooms in Victoria

Springer spaniel puppy died after consuming mushrooms in Fairfield neighbourhood

Western Speedway racing legend ‘The Flying Plumber’ turns 98

Dave Cooper recalls car crashes, his first win, and more

Esquimalt arson trial hears of feud with tenant before the fire

Wei Li charged with intentionally setting fire to a duplex he owned on Oct. 3, 2017

Driver charged in Central Saanich pedestrian’s death appears in court

Victim Kim Ward, 51, died on scene at the August 2018 crash

Nuisance tree will remain on perimeter of Fireman’s Park

Council re-affirm pledge to protecting healthy tree canopy

WATCH: Greater Victoria’s top stories of the day

A round-up of the day’s top stories

POLL: Do you think the day of the federal election should be a statutory holiday?

Increasing voter turnout has long been a goal of officials across the… Continue reading

Woman, 24, faces life-altering injuries after being dragged 4 blocks by vehicle in Vancouver

A gofundme account says the woman will have to undergo multiple complex surgeries

Fatal overdoses down by 33% in B.C., but carfentanil deaths continue to spike

Carfentanil, an illicit drug more powerful than fentanyl, causing more deaths than ever

Two RCMP vehicles vandalized in Duncan over long weekend

Local Mounties asking for help in finding culprits

A year after pot legalization in Canada, it’s a slow roll

It’s one year into Canada’s experiment in legal marijuana, and hundreds of legal pot shops have opened

ELECTION 2019: Climate strikes push environment to top of mind for federal leaders

Black Press Media presents a three-part series on three big election issues

Most Read