Joie Chitwood and his thrill show came to Digney Speedway for a number of years. This is an ad for Chevrolet but many of the thrill shows had company sponsors.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Ken Hurtley, hurt in the thrill show Olympics at Digney Speedway a year earlier, comes back for more. And the side story, provided to the press by Andy Digney, is great. Unfortunately the marriage didn't last.
I spoke with Ken Hurtley a few years ago. He had a friend in the lower mainland that he visited when he came up from Blaine, WA. Very nice man. I'm not sure if he's still with us.
One thing I would have like to have asked him about was a proposed speedway to be built in Blaine in 1968. Ken was the name behind the track.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I've mentioned, and featured, Bob Gregg in a few posts. Here's another clipping from the early 1950s where he travelled to Reno and won a sprint car race. It had to be hot there. And, apparently, the week before he'd rolled the car. Those guys were tough.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Grabbing some stuff from an old newspaper that was available online a few years back. Here's Jack Connor winning a hardtop race in Seattle. He came up to Digney Speedway in 1951 to race as did Victoria's Bud Green and Seattle's Linna Rose. Logan Harter raced midgets up at Digney in the first years of the track.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Some more stuff from Motorsport in B.C. This time the report on the show. Many of these people have been recognized by the Greater Vancouver Motorsport Pioneers Society for their contributions to motorsport in the region. Check out the website for bios.
The colour photo is from that batch forwarded. Looks like it's Carl Tjorhom's roadster. Upholstery by Jack Peebles. Both are GVMPS pioneers. (Can barely see it but it looks like the sign on the door is "Paint by Fred Welsh".)
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
These photos (and more) got forwarded to me. Not sure who the photographer was. Somebody with access to the show before the gate opened, so probably a BCCCA member.
I've tried to enhance a couple of the darker shots. Forgive me for altering the reality as it was given to me.
The top shot is of a B/G drag racing team of Dooley and Chilton and their Musgrove Ford sponsored Thunderbolt that they campaigned at Mission.
Below looks to be Fred Welsh's Treasure. Lots of big trophies around that custom car.