Here's a fast run up the hill, sub-10 minutes:
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
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
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
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
Monday, June 6, 2011
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.