Saturday, October 31, 2009

Burnaby drag racer heads south, 1967

Ed Gray, super stock drag racer headed south for the World Finals in Tulsa, OK. I'm not sure if I have any data on how well he did.

(Oh yeah, happy Hallowe'en!)

Friday, October 30, 2009

late season drag racing at Mission, 1967

Here's a clipping mentioning Chuck Poole amongst others.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

another GVMPS Pioneer clipping

Murray Neibel was inducted this October as one of the Greater Vancouver Motorsport Pioneer Society's Pioneers. Long time motorcycle enthusiast and racer, here's a 1967 clipping from the Vancouver Sun showing his winning ability.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

racing that doesn't always need good weather, part three

Another event that can go in the rain. This one I remember as it happened near where I grew up in the south end of Langley. I never knew it as "Horne gravel pit", just as one of the gravel pits in the area. This one was just south of 28th Avenue, north of Campbell River (creek, we called it) and west of 200th Street (Carvolth Road).

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

racing that doesn't always need good weather, part two

Another wet weather event. (Not that I'm saying it rained that day. It might have been nice.)

Monday, October 26, 2009

racing that doesn't always need good weather, part one

First of a few 1967 posts. Late 1967. October and November, when it rains. Rains hard. Rains often. But you can do stuff in the rain.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sunday cartoon

I will, I will, I promise I will get back to some sort of comic story. There's a King of the Mounted awaiting to be started. But first, Santa, here's what I want for Xmas.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Saturday flick

Abbott and Costello in Midget Car Maniacs. Was the end part of Buck Privates Come Home I believe. Pretty bad but perfect for a Saturday matinee.

Friday, October 23, 2009

1970 yearend stuff, two

Langley Speedway yearend points and awards. I see that 2009 Greater Vancouver Motorsport Pioneer Ed Roe won top mechanic. Right on!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

1970 yearend stuff, one

From Westwood and the SCCBC.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

False Creek Speedway photos, early 1960s

At the Langley Speedway Reunion in September I spent some time looking at Trevor Morgan's scrapbooks. He took photos of some tracks he attended and I took photos of those photos.

These two are from False Creek Speedway, circa 1960. No. 22 is Mel Keen, No. 64 is Norm Dahl (I think), No. 94 is probably Len Barcelo.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Greater Vancouver Motorsport Pioneers Society October 18th, 2009

Big day. Weather tried to cooperate. Fewer cars on the field than last year but an interesting collection and lots of diversity.

The photo is of Pioneer Don Estridge. He raced power boats from the late 1950s to about 1980. Won stuff and definitely sounds like he had a good time doing it.

I know I should take more photos but I seemed to be busy doing other stuff.

Sunday, October 18, 2009


No. 500 -- no hurray.

Okay, hurray!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Been a long stretch with nothing. I will get back to this on a regular basis shortly. A couple photos to try to kick start the process.

GVMPS Ceremony tomorrow. Noon at the Scandinavian Centre in Burnaby.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Langley Speedway, Sunday, July 30, 1967


62 cars (again, like last week!) with 4000 in attendance.

early-late dash:
1 -- Dennis Corfe

modified stock dash:
1 -- Charlie (Ha Ha) Brown

super stock dash:
1 -- Gordie Hemrich

1st early-late heat (11 start, 6 finished):
1 -- Dennis Hill
2 -- Ric Atchison
3 -- Norm Cartwright
(Ray Skivinski rolled lap six. Leo Laser and Leon Campbell crashed into him.)

2nd early-late heat:
1 -- Vic Myers
2 -- Ric Craig
3 -- Larry Stagg

3rd early-late heat:
1 -- Chris Palm
2 -- Ron Atfield
3 -- Dennis Corfe

1st super stock heat:
1 -- Bill Quarry
2 -- Ralph Widdess
3 -- Harland Gustafson

2nd super stock heat:
1 -- John Rothwell
2 -- John Cowan
3 -- Gordon Wintrup

1st modified stock heat:
1 -- "Smokey" Graham
2 -- Ric Lester
3 -- Harry Van Dieman

2nd modified stock heat:
1 -- Larry Gibbons
2 -- Doug Rutherford
3 -- Charlie (Ha Ha) Brown

early-late consolation main:
1 -- Ric Atchison
2 -- Dick Godfrey
3 -- Ric Craig

early-late main:
1 -- Chris Palm
2 -- Carl Christianson
3 -- Bert Delisle
(Ron Atfield, Lou Ferguson and Rick Adsit crashed on the last lap.)

super stock main (12 start, 5 finish):
1 -- John Rothwell
2 -- Ralph Widdess
3 -- Harland Gustafson
(Rothwell, Bill Quarry and John Cowan crashed lap one.)

modified stock main:
1 -- Charlie Brown
2 -- Doug Rutherford
3 -- Harry Van Dieman

modified stock mechanics' race:
1 -- Randy Gibbons (#13 -- brother Larry Gibbons' car)