Monday, January 21, 2008

1961 vs. 1964 in the Chilliwack Progress

More recent finds:

1961 in the Chilliwack Progress was a "not much" year. A story and photo of Holly Peever, winner in the J.U. class outboard races at Deas Slough in June. She was nine years old. Mention of a race for Cultus Lake, September 10, but no info on that showed up then.

1964 was much busier.

The Tamahi Sports Touring Club had many mentions in the early part of the year. Rallies for the most part.

Even slot car racing got some press. The Chilliwack Slot Racing Club ran various races. Jerry Schmidt, whose name shows up with Tamahi, was the owner of the Hobby Shop that ran the slot car races.

The Chilliwack Custom Car Club held its 4th annual Rod and Custom Car Show at the Chilliwack Coliseum. Jim McGowan of Abbotsford won the top trophy with his 1932 Ford Roadster. People's Choice trophy went to Boots Olson of Seattle for a display of a 1963 Corvette Sting Ray.

The motorcycles dominated the events for the latter half of the year. The Chilliwack fair included the bikes on the half mile track. Race was won by Dick Taylor of Kirkland, WA. Mention was made of the possibility of regular races at the fairgrounds for 1965. Not sure yet if that happened.

The Chilliwack Motorcycle Club's president was John Montie with Vic Hudson vice-president. I know Vic Hudson stuck with motorcycles for a few years from features on him in the Progress from the 1970s. He went to the Isle of Man one year.

Scrambles were held October 11th at Ryder Lake. Other clubs involved were the Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club, Victoria Motorcycle Club, Catwalkers Burnaby, and Trail Blazers of Nanaimo.

Two quite different years.

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