Monday, February 11, 2008

Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame

Time is flying here. The Saturday following the Daytona 500 will be the Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. That's Saturday Feb. 23rd. Here's the news release:

The Auto Racing Fraternity and friends will be gathering on Saturday, February 23rd for the annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies and racer’s reunion. This year marks the 24th Anniversary for the Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame which was the first of its kind established in Canada solely dedicated to the Sport of Auto Racing.

This year’s function will be held at the Langford Legion Hall on Station Road in Victoria. Doors will open at 1:00 PM with the formal ceremonies commencing at 3:00 PM sharp. Admission at the door is still only $12.00 which includes a light luncheon and a free souvenir programme at the conclusion of the ceremonies. Popular refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon.

Although the names of this year’s Inductees are not released in advance, they will be honoured and join the 63 previously inducted persons in the Hall.

In addition, there will be Pioneer Award recipients introduced who will be added to the 51 previous selections in the Hall.

The motor racing heritage on Vancouver Island dates back to the 1920’s. It is rich in historical significance and the Hall of Fame Committee is extremely proud to be able to highlight the noteworthy personalities of the past on Vancouver Island and showcase the various significant accomplishments that have occurred.

Everyone is invited to attend this year’s event. As always, it allows members of the Auto Racing Fraternity, their fans, friends and anyone interested in learning about the sport to come together to remember past occurrences, renew old acquaintances, meet new ones, look at the memorabilia on display and generally enjoy the afternoon.

Check: for more information.

Sad to also read of the passing of Victoria mechanic Walter Wakelyn at age 87. His memories went back to the Langford Speedway days. Here's a photo from the late 1940s that includes Walt identified as the middle crewman for the Digger Caldwell sprint car. Also the obituary posted at the Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame website.

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