Saturday, December 31, 2016

green flag

(Scroll down to find new entries.... Or click on the labels on the left.) I've dated this for the end of 2008 (now I've moved it up to the end of 2016!). Go here to find out what it is I'm trying to accomplish. My "mission statement". And remember to click on the thumbnails. They get bigger and readable (even for my eyesight).


Marty Kobata said...

Hi, I just wanted to let you know I scanned a Langley article from my 1972 issues of Wheels:

Hope the link works (it's in the 1972 Racing Wheels album).


befastpast said...

Well the link works as a copy and paste on IE, for some reason Firefox chops the url but obviously I can work around it.

Many thanks Marty for doing the work.

Noted on another scan from that year that the byline for a Victoria story was by Laura Pollard. Big racing family over there. Father Earl, son Larry (of NASCAR fame), and daughter Lois. And probably more.

Here's some stuff about Lois:

Derek Ross said...

Just wanted to say Keep up the Great work !

It is appreciated - especially growing up Racing between the Raindrops myself in the Vancouver area

Here's hoping that when December 31st does roll around it will be a great new year !

If we can ever help out at in any way - please let me know

Anonymous said...

Where is Jim Grant these days? The topless Cuda " Funny Car " with the injected 426 Hemi that ran in the B/A class and was a real fast car for many years!
Great site

befastpast said...

Jim's around and about. Saw him last fall at the GVMPS ceremony with his '32. He even laid a smoky patch on his way out after everything was done. Not sure if he's headed to Bonneville again but he's definitely active.

Keith Robinson said...


Thanks for posting up the Prince George auto racing scene.
I presume you are getting your material from the PG Public Library.

Thanks Again

Keith Robinson

befastpast said...

Hi Keith, Some of the information came from going to UBC -- the Citizen is on microfilm there. Now some of that newspaper is online but in a difficult to access format.

Unser Era History said...

I have found a couple articles on here about Jim Dilamarter, have you been able to contact him ? I grew up knowing him...but lost touch many years ago.

Jay Williams

befastpast said...

I've not contacted him. I believe he is still part of Parnelli Jone's endeavours. bfp

dwinko said...

Really enjoying your blog . Wonder if you could help me with information about a guy who raced modifieds at the Lakehead (now Thunder Bay) in the early 60s.Made quite a name for himself running the dirt tracks here.He apparently moved to BC and ran the track in the Prince George area around 1964-1966 . Big brute ,worked in the sodding business and may have used the different aliases. At the Lakehead he used the name Dave Regan. Originally from Toronto ,there he used the name E Patterson .

befastpast said...

Hi, "dwinko", Not sure I can help directly. I often look at a blog that has many posts on racing at the Lakehead. He might be able to help. To start go to:

There was an Ed Patterson at Prince George. I see a May 14, 1964 Prince George Citizen clipping saying that after 20 years racing in the U.S. he was making his debut at PGARA Speedway. Another from mid-season 1966 having him in the points lead. I'll try to get those posted toot sweet.

And I'll keep my eyes peeled for other stuff for E. Patterson/Dave Regan.

dwinko said...

Hi Thanks very much for the info. I went on your blog "Racing through  the raindrops for the first time a few days ago and was very impressed . So much interesting information . What a great job youre doing.  Dave Cano is the blogger of "Hotrods and Jalopies " is a good friend of mine. In fact some of the posts on racing , and custom rods were submitted by me. Again thanks for the info . Its nice that we try and preserve some of the racing history.I look forward to seeing the posts on Ed Patterson. I also will try and send some clippings of his exploits at the Lakehead that you might find interesting. He was quite the guy.

befastpast said...

Thanks for the compliment. Figures you would be aware of the "hotrods and jalopies" blog. And would be helping out. I'll try to sneak in the Ed Patterson stuff between the regularly scheduled posts.