Friday, October 31, 2008

Bill Stephens, Rose Cup winner in 1963

Stephens? Or Stevens? I'm sticking with Stephens until otherwise told to change.

Bill Stephens raced for a few years in the early 1960s. Seemed to coincide with his education at the University of B.C. He graduated up to a very hot Lister Corvette, won the prestigious Rose Cup in Portland, OR. Not sure how long he continued racing after 1963. I don't see his name much, if at all.

Maybe I need to look harder. Or ask somebody.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Langley Speedway, August 7, 1966

Again, a couple months lapse, but we're back. (I'm here, I'm here, let the bells ring and the banners fly....)

August 7, 1966

Information from the Sun, Province, Columbian, Advance, Leader and Racing Wheels.

4,000 in attendance.

One newspaper has 88 cars in the pits. Racing Wheels has over 100. Cars from various sanctions and cities.

Trophy dashes:

early lates -- Chris Palm (flathead)
early lates -- Gordie Hemrich (overhead)
modified stock -- Ron Lamont
B modified -- Larry Sproule
A modified -- Wayne Wilbey

early late heats:

slow heat --
1--Doug Phillips
2--Russ Dole
3--Jerry Meyers

fast heat --
1--George Cook
2--Lynn Briggs
3--Clarence Regenwetter
(#34 Wayne Trotter rolled, one report has 21 starting and 14 finishing)

overhead heat --
1--Gordie Hemrich
2--Mac Morrison
3--Ken Sayers

modified stock heat --
1--Larry Gibbons
2--Ron Lamont
3--Doug Firth

B modified heat --
1--Walt McKitka
2--Larry Sproule
3--Glen Parsons

A modified heat --
1--Larry Lotz (Seattle)
2--Ken Wilcox
3--Al Keller

early late consi --
1--Lloyd Green
2--Gordie Plastow
3--Rick Lester
(Lester spun narrowly missing starter Leo Van der Kamp.)

early late main --
1--Les Spratt
2--Chris Palm
3--Lyn Briggs
(Bill Goldstone spun and was hit broadside by Frank Fletcher.)

overhead early late main --
1--Mac Morrison
2--Don Latting
3--Clare Walsh

modified stock main --
1--Ron Lamont
2--Jack Dack
3--Ron Minet

A & B modified combined main --

B modifieds --
1--Walt McKitka
2--Larry Sproule
3--John Phillipson

A modifieds --
1--Garry Destobel
2--Larry Lotz
(first lap Ken Wilcox flipped three times. Declared okay after a trip to Langley Memorial Hospital.)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

early vancouver, part seven

Must get back to this after two months of not getting back to it. Early Vancouver. Up to 1919.

20--May 28, 1919--Hastings Park

--295 cu. in. and over, 8-miles
1st, Gus Duray, Stutz Special
2nd, Rae Lentz, Romano Special
3rd, Will Erickson, Hudson Super Special
4th, A. Williams, Mercer Special
5th, Cliff MacBeth, Elks' Mercer Special
time, 9:08

--270 cu. in. and under, 5-miles
1st, Bill Giddings, Maxwell Special
2nd, Walter Bloom, Comet Special

--free for all tire change, 5-miles
1st, Gus Duray, Stutz Special
2nd, Cliff MacBeth, Elks' Mercer Special
3rd, Rae Lentz, Romano Special
4th, Will Erickson, Hudson Super Special
5th, A. Williams, Mercer
time, 6:29

--295 cu. in. and under, 8-miles
1st, Cliff MacBeth, Elks' Mercer Special
2nd, Bill Giddings, Maxwell

--free for all, 10-miles
1st, Gus Duray, Stutz
2nd, Williams, Mercer
3rd, MacBeth, Mercer
4th, Giddings, Maxwell
5th, Erickson, Hudson
time, 13:30

--special touring car race, 3-miles
1st, Fred Elliot, Saxon Six
2nd, Charlie Laey, Stutz
time, 4:09

21--July 19, 1919--Hastings Park

--mile against time
1st, Rae Lentz, Romano Special 1:04
2nd, Gus Duray, Stutz Special 1:08 2/5
3rd, Jack Ross, Mercer Special 1:10 2/5
4th, Geo. Lott, Lott Special 1:11
5th, Walter Blume, Comet Special 1:14 4/5
6th, Harry Hooper, Vulcan Special 1:18 1/2
7th, Ira Hayes, Hayes Special 1:22 1/2

--230 cu. in., 5-miles
1st, Walter Blume, Comet Special
2nd, Bill Giddings, Maxwell Special
3rd, E. Cartner, Elks Special
time, 6:37

--invitational, 7-miles
1st, Gus Duray, Stutz Special
2nd, Rae Lentz, Romano Special
3rd, ???, Lott Special

--293 cu. in. and over, 6-miles
1st, Walter Blume, Comet Special
2nd, Bill Giddings, Maxwell Special

--Vancouver Derby, 25-miles
1st, Gus Duray, Stutz Special, 32:28
2nd, George Lott, Lott Special, 34:30
3rd, Harry Hooper, Vulcan Special, 36:19

1st, Stutz Special
2nd, Lott Special
3rd, Vulcan Kewpie
time, 5:48

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Jim Dinsmore

No special reason for using this except I'd scanned the entry from an old Langley Auto Racing Association yearbook. Might as well use it.

The modified stocks were a favourite class at Langley Speedway for me and others. Now I realize they were throwbacks to the old stock class that ran in the 1950s at places like Digney Speedway. And they still exist, somewhat, in the Old Time Racing Association that visits Agassiz Speedway now.

Monday, October 27, 2008

moving along here

Been getting back into the swing of things, now that summer is really done, autumn definitely falling and Halloween just around the corner.

Cleaning up files: what's been used (I think) and what hasn't (still thinking).

So I'll spend the next couple days using some stuff up. Then, hopefully, get back into a pattern that is useful, organized and regular. (And pigs will fly....)

I know I haven't finished the 1966 Langley Speedway season but it is banquet season so this fits. And it's winter rally season. And this ad for Morris Minors at Fred Deeley Ltd. is pretty cool.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

death drives a midget, part twelve

Been a week. Catching up on sleep, or something. But King of the Mounted's Death Drives a Midget continues! Drake is dead from the accident, King has spotted and removed the faulty part, Shorty thinks he's in the clear, Cyclone is in the lead after the restart:

Sunday, October 19, 2008

death drives a midget, part eleven

The continuing laps of adventure with King. King knows the knuckle was inferior. And he has a suspect. Jeepers willikers King:

Saturday, October 18, 2008

tell Laura

Clipping about Guy Miller racing at Action (Langley) Speedway. It mentions the old song Tell Laura I Love Her by Ray Peterson.

You know, I never really listened to the song until recently (about a week or so ago when Randy Bachman played a series of car songs on his CBC Radio One program, Randy's Vinyl Tap) so I never knew it was about a guy dying in a stock car accident. And his last words were...well you know.

But this post is really about Guy Miller who still helps out in the pits at Agassiz Speedway.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Bob Veith, part three

Bob Veith ran a car similar to this reconstructed MG Liquid Suspension Special at the 1964 and 1965 Indianapolis 500s. This car was rebuilt by Vancouverite, Ralph Zbarsky. He has since sold the car.

The detail tries to show an autograph added by Wally Dallenbach, Sr., who drove the MG Liquid Suspension Special in the mid-1960s.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Bob Veith, part two

A couple news items from the Sun:

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Bob Veith, California driver came north a couple times

Bob Veith raced his "hot rod" at Digney Speedway a couple times in 1949. The California cars were definitely hotter than anything the Vancouver, BC, or even the Washingston State racers had.

Bob went onto the a USAC racing career racing at the Indianapolis 500 numerous times.

He also went to Monza, Italy, for the Race of the Two Worlds on the high banked track. Indianpolis cars versus the Formula One cars of the day. The Indy cars had the power. Jimmy Bryan, from Arizona, dominated.

Bob Veith came back to Vancouver in the early 1960s to give safety instructions to various local high schools. The program was sponsored by the Vancouver Sun.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Jack Williams, Syndicate Scuderia, part two

The A/D Syndicate Scuderia of Jack Williams still lives. Here's a couple photos I took of it about ten years ago at the Motorsport West show.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Jack Williams, Syndicate Scuderia

Jack Williams goes back to the early 1950s in custom cars and drag racing in the Greater Vancouver area. I believe the colour photo above is from the orginal Mission Raceway. Photo credit was to Roy McBride (maybe Ray).

Sunday, October 12, 2008

death drives a midget, part ten

The comic strip continues. The accident happens and King sees the problem:

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Arleigh Pilkey, part three

A couple stories on Arleigh as he raced into his 60s.

A Larry Rose story in Wheelspin noting Arleigh's passing and some of his accomplishments.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Arleigh Pilkey, part two

More Arleigh. A photo of one of his specials at the Westbank hill climb in 1958 that would have seen action at Abbotsford Airport. And a 1960 photo of a Lotus he campaigned at Westwood and elsewhere.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Arleigh Pilkey

Arleigh Pilkey is one of those almost forgotten pioneers of Greater Vancouver motorsport. His name goes right back to the late teens of the 20th century when he raced on the half-mile horse track at Hastings Park. And he was still racing up to the mid-1960s with sports cars at Westwood.

So some clippings and photos about Arleigh over the next few days.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

some more Bob Gregg, at Langley Speedway

CAMRA came to Langley Speedway in 1967. Norm Ellefson tells the story (and I'll believe him) that his car owners told him to slow down and stop pushing near the end of the feature. This done by hand signals. That allowed Bob, running second, to get around Norm on the next to last lap and win. Norm didn't sound too pleased when he told me that story.

more Bob Gregg

Some more Bob Gregg things.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Bob Gregg, "Bullet Bob the Barefoot Boy"

Bob Gregg, out of Camas, WA, passed away nearly 6 years ago, after racing for six decades and being named "Driver of the Century" by the Golden Wheels racing fraternity.

He started racing midgets back in 1940 and won numerous titles in the Oregon and Washington Midget Racing Associations. He also raced, and won with, the big cars (sprint cars) and track roadsters (hot rods) of the 1940s and 1950s.

In the 1960s and 70s he ran the super modifieds on the Canadian American Modified Racing Association (CAMRA). And while he never won the points title there he consistently finished in the top ten and did garner many feature wins.

Other drivers moved from the CAMRA circuit moved up to USAC and the Indy circuit. Bob made his attempt back around 1950. He took his rookie test but never returned after that.

I'll have to dig up more Bob Gregg stuff. He deserves to be recognized across the nation in either, or both, the Sprint Car and Midget Halls of Fame.

(Thanks to Ralph Hunt for these photocopied clippings.)

Sunday, October 5, 2008

death drives a midget, part nine

The continuing adventure continues. Nothing bad has happened...yet:

Saturday, October 4, 2008

racin' in the rain

Well, it's raining. And it has been a busy week. Some more busy weeks to come as well so the blog will be sporadic.

Everything winding down. They even raced in the rain way back when.