Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Lloyd Ruby


Lloyd Ruby passed away recently. Here's an obituary.

Lloyd won a few big races over the years despite not winning the coveted Indianapolis 500.

Here's a couple links to videos of the Northwest Grand Prix held at Pacific Raceways. Heat one and heat two.

I don't believe he ever made it up to Westwood.

Monday, March 30, 2009

UBC rally, non-political


Those university students, always protesting something. Unless they're getting drunk or looking for sex. From 1969, when, much of the time, rallies weren't thought of as being about cars.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Scrambola is ongoing

And going on (that's for sure):

Saturday, March 28, 2009

nonsensical returnings

Been off with a cold, etc., for the past while. Luckily had some stuff in the can so it didn't totally look like I'd run off with the loot.

Here's a piece of fiction from www.pulpgen.com, by a writer going with the name Phillip St. John. Apparently it's really the science fiction writer Lester Del Ray. The story is from 1949 entitled Hell On Dirt Oval.

And a poster taken from the Hairy Green Eyeball blog, comics and stuff.

When you're feeling crappy sometimes about all you can do is click a mouse.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Westwood Wednesdays, one

Going to try to put a clipping up for every year of racing. This might get tough in the later years as I haven't researched any of the local papers so I don't know if they cared.

But I'll start when they cared. And I won't start with the first race, although the 50th anniversary of Westwood's opening is being celebrated this July at Mission Raceway Park. See the links over on the right for much much more info on that.

So 1959:

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Scrambola continues

More Scrambola, from the people who brought you...Scrambola!:

Saturday, March 14, 2009

racing novels, part 15

Saturday is a time to search for books and read books, especially when the weather isn't cooperating for racing.

Racing Fear by Jacqueline Guest


Turn Four by Tom Morrisey

Thursday, March 12, 2009

grandview bowl, part ten


And the final points for the 1966 Inter-City series that ran ten feature events at Grandview Bowl in Nanaimo. For 1967 the series would run all three tracks -- Langley, Western and Grandview -- as the differences between the clubs and owners at Langley and Western had been resolved.

So I guess that means we're going to be doing 1967 Langley next. 100 years of confederation, everybody sing together!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

early vancouver racing, final installment (for now)

Three motorcycle events from 1931. One a race from New Westminster to Blaine and back.


The next a hill climb in Maillardville.


And the third a motorcycle jamboree at Hastings Park held by the Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club, a very old club still in existence.


There are power boat races that I've missed and will have to get back to.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Clarence Eckert collection


I recently scanned some photos I've had for a while. Stuff Don Radbruch sent to me. First one is Mario Bianchi at Silver Lake Speedway, near Everett, WA, August 1934. More to come.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Saturday, March 7, 2009

racing novels, part 14

Some more stories inspired by racing.

Hot Laps by Steve Eubanks


Gold Cup Rookies by Eric Speed

Thursday, March 5, 2009

grandview bowl, part nine



The 100-lap championship race for the Inter-City series at Grandview Bowl was postponed for a couple weeks due to rain. Scheduled for September 17th it ran October 2nd, 1966.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Jim Clark in Vancouver


A few big time (during their time) racers came through Vancouver, if not to race, then at least to promote racing. Jim Clark came through in October 1965.

Sunday, March 1, 2009