Thursday, June 30, 2011

record lap at Pikes Peak, 2011

Here's a fast run up the hill, sub-10 minutes:

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Oakland Speedway, big cars and stock cars

Nice old footage of the high banks in Oakland. There are a couple books on the subject available at Coastal181 here and here.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

some videos, 1966 Las Vegas Can-Am

Got to get into a rhythm again. Big time racing with Jackie, Bruce, John, Dan and others.

Monday, June 27, 2011

I know, I know

I've been lost in space or something.

Here's a new blog that features photos from Seattle's Aurora Speedway.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Mission Historics, June 11, 2011

A couple photos from the 2011 Mission Historics. One of Bill Sadler in his Sadler Formula Junior, and another of the Stan Burnett Mk II.

Rip Kirby, International Incident, part 25

Rip continues.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Bill Sadler at Mission Vintage sports car races

Bill Sadler is the special guest for the weekend of racing. A few clippings.

even more Con Jones Park stuff

A picture of one of the early local midget racers, Walt Armstrong, along with an ad from 1941 that mentions the B.C. Midget Auto Racing Association which, after the war, helped bring racing back to various locations, including Digney and False Creek Speedways.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

some more Con Jones Park stuff

Con Jones Park was built by Con Jones, from Australia, a tobacconist, who tried to get professional field lacrosse started before World War One. He brought in Newsy Lalonde to play on his team for a reported $5,500 for one season.

Interesting ad below that includes an admission price for the "unemployed" at 10 cents. The depression wasn't over until the Second World War began.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

more 1939 racing news

An ad for an outboard race. And a couple photos of Seattle racers, Swede Lindskog and Tommy Legge.

The guy standing to the right is Glen Shaw, of Seattle, one of the pioneers of racing from that city.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

1939 Con Jones Park

Results for that first midget race.

Monday, June 6, 2011

that hockey thing (and the racing connection)

So the Canucks are up to something, all good hopefully. But there is a hockey history to the early days of motorsport around here. Midget racing, introduced first in 1937 and then brought back on a regular basis in 1939, was the brain child, in the northwest at least, by hockey promoters Bobby Rowe, of Portland, and Guy Patrick, of Vancouver.

Rowe was player/coach of the Buckaroos and had played on early teams including the Seattle Metropolitans that won the Stanley Cup in 1917. Patrick was the brother of Frank and Lester, hockey hall of famers.

So, yeah, hockey helped bring in midget racing to Vancouver.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

A night at PGARA

From the internet archive, "a night at PGARA". Cool!