Wednesday, March 31, 2010

CAMRA, Eugene, Oregon

Some stuff from Eugene Speedway. Big ad for a big race.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

CAMRA, some more from Salt Lake City

The two day Intermountain Cup from Salt Lake City. Rain messed up Billy Foster's second day. Jim Malloy won the overall points to get the title.

Monday, March 29, 2010


Been fooling around on the internet (always a bad sign) and there are a few newspapers online that have local race reports. A few to tide us over while I try to sort out a better chronological look at the series. This one from Salt Lake City, Utah.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunday funnies return!

King of the Mounted
! Yahoo! This story is about thrill drivers, and it's called (wait for it) "Thrill Drivers". Man, you know with a title like that it can't be bad:

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen's birthday happened earlier in the week. It's being celebrated by various blogs, etc.

Here's one that has a Steve McQueen blog-a-thon going on that has some essays: one on Le Mans and another on McQueen's cars.

The photo up top is of Steve in his Formula Libre chasing Vancouver's Bob McLean at Laguna Seca, 1963.

And, of course, the movie (not the greatest racing movie, but a not too shabby attempt):

Friday, March 26, 2010

False Creek Speedway opens in 1957, part two

Some more information on False Creek Speedway from 1957. Always good to start off with a bang, or a fire.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

False Creek Speedway opens in 1957

Two kinds of midgets, open wheel and stock cars. I guess we'd call them foreign stocks now.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Mel Keen

Mel Keen, "King Keen", "Mad Mel", was one of the top drivers at Digney Speedway. He wins an early 1957 feature at Digney Speedway. A few typos in the text: Ken Klatt (not Platt), Ken Koester (not Kester).

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Here's something I don't have much on. A kids' track in the Fleetwood area of Surrey. Seems too early for go-karts. Maybe they were quarter-midgets. Anyone have information?

Monday, March 22, 2010

getting back at it

Sorry, got lost for a few days. So Digney Speedway re-opens for the 1956 season. As good a place as any to get back at it.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Trev Deeley, 1939, part four

Happy birthday to Trev Deeley Motorcycles! Here's some history of the dealership.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Trev Deeley, 1939, part three

And yet even more Trev Deeley clippings from 1939.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Trev Deeley, 1939, part two

Some more Trev Deeley clippings from the 1939 Con Jones Park races.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Trev Deeley, 1939, part one

This Saturday (March 13th) Trev Deeley Motorcycles is having a birthday party. Their 90somethingth. Here's a few clippings from Trev's first season of racing. Not sure if the top photo is actually of Trev, newspapers, in cahoots with promoters, could be somewhat devious in their ways of presenting the "ballyhoo".

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Ed Roe, RIP

Another one gone. Mechanic Ed Roe (who worked on the Gordie Hemrich cars for decades) recently passed away. He won numerous "best mechanic" awards at Langley Speedway and was recognized as a Greater Vancouver Motorsport Pioneer in 2009. The photo above had Ed Roe standing with Gordie in the Langley pits circa 1970.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Ernest "Dig" Digney, 1920-2009

Recently learned that Ernest "Dig" Digney passed away late last year. I've used the old photo before in this archive for a Larry McBride entry but the guy on the left presenting the trophy to Larry is "Dig" Digney. (And for the sake of being a completionist, the guy in the middle is mechanic Tommy Youngston, Larry's wrench.) Photo is circa 1952/53.

The photo below is of Joyce and Ernie Digney back in 2008 at Kaija Kalevala's birthday party.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

a Sunday cartoon

I never saw Tom Slick until just a short while ago. Me being a lazy sod you think I would have but it appears the cartoon was part of the George of the Jungle show. And George was on a channel we didn't get when I was growing (?) up. So both George and Tom aren't part of my childhood.

Time for a second (fifty-second?) childhood.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Shorty Templeman, part three

A picture of Templeman and crew with his potent Bardahl Special.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Shorty Templeman, part two

An interesting letter from Shorty Templeman published in Racing Wheels many years ago. Shorty is more interested in how much he lost rather than how much he made racing.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Shorty Templeman

Came across a few interesting items about Shorty Templeman, the Washington state midget racer. He first came up to Digney Speedway in 1948 for the opening race in July. One news item has him winning the race but, as pointed out in an earlier posting, the official record has the win going to Bob Vorbeck.

Later that season Templeman had a bad sprint car crash at Spokane. He survived and came back to race, and win, at Digney.

The weird part of the story is that the crash seemed to help him grow taller.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

early go-kart racing, part three

My favourite (so far) photo of the early go-kart days. This one from the Simpson Sears parking lot up on Kingsway in Burnaby. Lorne Oakes wearing a football helmet. The guy chasing him smoking a cigarette.

Ah well, it was all for charity....

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

early go-kart racing, part two

Some more information on karting's early days in Vancouver. Chuck Robinson was the first president of the B.C. Go-Kart Association. Chuck was an early hot rodder, and like Milt Goodman and Jim Greenwood, moved with the times gathering new enthusiasts to new forms of motorsport.

I don't know how long the Power Kart enterprise lasted but they obviously thought there was a few dollars to be made.

Monday, March 1, 2010

early go-kart racing

1959 seems to have been the year that go-kart racing broke out all over the place. Here's a link to an early Popular Mechanics story and a Popular Science story on the sport.

And a photo of an early race/demonstration at Vancouver's Oakridge Mall parking lot in 1959.