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Fairy-tail season for Mason and team

The 2018 Historic Racing Season for H.J. Pfaff Audi race team and driver Perry Mason wrapped up last weekend November 4th at the VARAC awards event and placed a cap on a “dream season” to say the least. With 13 race wins and 3 second places out of 16 entered, Perry and his Pfaff sponsored 1981 Audi 80 GT Touring Car earned the Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada’s “Triple Championship”. This is the “G class”, the “Classic division” and the overall VARAC Championship.

I am proud to have done this with help of H.J.Pfaff Audi and keep some of the brand’s early Motorsport memories alive” Mason told us. “Pfaff is reaching the top levels of Motorsport these days and is very recognized as a contender wherever they appear. So for us, it’s so cool to carry the retro branding that goes back to Pfaff’s roots to the winners circle” 

The car itself is no stranger to those who have been around or followed the Pfaff group over the last 20 years or so. Perry has owned this car since the mid eighties and it’s the only one of its kind racing in North American Historic racing . Based on the Audi 80 Coupe GT, it’s built similarly to what the European Touring Car Championship cars were in 1981. The original factory Audi race car is in Audi’s Museum in Germany. Plans over the winter are simply to go over any components that need inspecting and replacing, and to get the car all clean and detailed up for the 2019 season.

We had a totally problem free season in 2018” Mason stated, “That makes preparations for next season much easier, with no special parts hunting or fabrication required”. Historic cars are always a challenge when faced with obsolete components. “Our parts team at H.J.Pfaff Audi headed by Nicholas Haney, has always been helpful sourcing every location worldwide when that special clip or bearing is needed” Perry added. “As well, I’d like to thank Darryl Hopp and Mark Harris both of H.J. Pfaff Audi for the crewing help they provided this season and the employees throughout our group who showed their support.

Also special thanks to Jeff Pabst and Pfaff Autoworks for being ready with the touch up paint, and Hockley Autosport for their assistance as well. Next season’s race schedule will be posted in the spring of 2019 when available. 

Photos are some of our favourites of the 2018 season, provided with thanks from Mark Harris, @neenachannanphotography, Emily Atkins and www.coburnpix.com