Sunday, July 31, 2011

Rip Kirby, International Incident, part 30

Probably going to knock this on the head soon. Unless someone has been following closely....

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Vancouver song from the early 1960s

Okay, this is about as politically incorrect as it can get.... No, it can get worse. Morning radio guy Frosty Forst with the The Hi-Fives.

I first heard this on the Shaw Cable 4 t.v. show Rockinitis. Harry Walker just laughed and had no idea what Frosty was going on about when host Michael Willmore asked him to explain the song.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Regina's Emory Collins, 1927 at Toronto

A description of Emory Collins giving a ride to a "society" editor at Toronto. (I deleted a photo of some society people that had nothing to do with the story.)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Model T racing, Saskatoon, 1945

Mention of Model T racing (actually reviving an old Don Radbruch thread, from here) reminded me that I had managed to copy these items off the net. A Dominion Day Model T race at Saskatoon.

Like Alberta, the Saskatchewan races began during the Second World War.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Rip Kirby, International Incident, part 29

This is coming to a conclusion. The race at least. Not sure about the whodunit part.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Saturday night song

Alan Vega (great car name) was on the weird edge of punk. This is from around 1980. Not for everyone.

(Someday I'll have to get the info I have on a big drug scandal from the 1950s that had a speedway connection onto this blog. The 50s weren't all that innocent.)

Friday, July 22, 2011

Langley Speedway, Sunday, August 6, 1967

Sunday, August 6, 1967


Early-Late dash:

1 -- Frank Fletcher

Modified Stock dash:

1 -- Charlie (Ha Ha) Brown

Super Stock dash:

(Four cars that started -- “Sargeant Pepper” (Mark McFadyen), John Rothwell, Clare Walsh and Don Latting -- crashed. Only Walsh could restart. Three more cars added to complete the field.)

1 -- Clare Walsh

1st Early-Late heat:

1 -- Bill Mandy
2 -- Lloyd Green
3 -- Don Fletcher

2nd Early-Late heat:

1 -- Fran McMullan
2 -- Ric Peters
3 -- Larry De Valern

3rd Early-Late heat:

1 -- Chris Palm
2 -- Ric Adsit
3 -- Richard Dirks

1st Modified Stock heat:

1 -- Larry Gibbons
2 -- Ric Lester
3 -- Bob Baker

2nd Modified Stock heat:

1 -- Harry Van Diemen
2 -- Doug Rutherford
3 -- Charlie Brown

1st Super Stock heat:

1 -- Bob Moran
2 -- Harry Ashbrooke
3 -- George Winthrope

2nd Super Stock heat:

1 -- Don Latting
2 -- John Rothwell
3 -- Ken Sayers

Early-Late consolation main:

1 -- Don Fletcher
2 -- Frank McMullan
3 -- Vic Dione

Early-Late main:

(16 start, 8 finish)

1 -- Ric Peters
2 -- Richard Dirks
3 -- Dale McCartney

Modified Stock main:

1 -- Larry Gibbons
2 -- Doug Rutherford
3 -- Doug Firth

Super Stock main:

1 -- Don Latting (Sedro Wooley, WA, 46 years old)
2 -- John Rothwell
3 -- Les Spratt

Sponsors’ Race:

1 -- Jerry Dirkson (in Merv Meyers’ No. 61 Early-Late)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

interesting map

Here's a link to a map of "lost" race tracks in the Los Angeles area. A couple books on that subject were put out by a guy from LA, part of a scholastic dissertation.

I know there are a lot of them, as well, in the Great Vancouver area. And, because I'm such a lazy sod, the book on that hasn't come out yet.

(Sorry, Tom.)

Monday, July 18, 2011

when in doubt link link link

Northwest Stock Car Racing featuring stock car from the late 1960s and early 1970s from the Evergreen, Spanaway, Portland Speedway tracks.

Guys like Hershel McGriff and Roy Smith along with others I don't recognize, but probably should.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

it was just over 55 years ago

Bill Haley and The Comets played the Kerrisdale arena June 27, 1956.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Langley Speedway, Saturday, August 5, 1967

Reviving an old series, a detailed look at the history of Langley Speedway. Mostly being results.


Saturday, August 5, 1967

BCTRA Mid-Summer Championship

Attendance reported at 8,000

Racing under the lights.

Dennis Wooden, in his A modified, crashed and caught fire lap five of his heat race. Later reports said the hero of the moment, pulling Dennis from the car, was fellow racer Cal Arnold.


Early-Late dash:

1 -- Earl Thomas

Super Stock dash:

1 -- George Cook

B Modified dash:

1 -- Ken Klatt

A Modified dash:

1 -- Glen Parsons

1st Early-Late heat:

1 -- John Bettles
2 -- Dave Dixon
3 -- Dave Hunter

Early-Late and Super Stock combined heat:

(Ten cars started, five car pile up at start, some restarted but down to five cars by lap three.)

1 -- super stock -- Bob Keam

1 -- early-late -- Harry Roberts

1st B Modified heat:

1 -- Reinhart Unruh
2 -- Doug Bordts
3 -- Jack Dack

2nd B Modified heat:

1 -- Ken Klatt
2 -- Walt McKitka
3 -- Cal Hough

Early-Late and Super Stock combined main:

1 -- super stock -- Jim McMillan

1 -- early-late -- Ron Morrison

A and B Modified combined main:

1 -- A modifieds -- Larry Sproule

1 -- B modifieds -- Reinhart Unruh

Thursday, July 14, 2011

motorcycles at Chilliwack airport

A flyer for one of a few CMA races held at Chilliwack airport. Not sure of the years and results are not easily found. At least not online. I might have them buried here in my archives. But I'm not looking too hard for them at the moment. Other things to clean up first.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Another interesting photo

Billy Foster in what looks to be a modified without the roll cage. They were made to be converted back then so they could run as a super modified or a sprint car. This would no doubt be a sprint car race. From a previous post I see "Bill" Foster scored points in the sprint car season of 1962.

The photo comes from the online Golden Wheels archive.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Interesting photo

From around 1996, leading up to the Molson Indy at Vancouver. Greg Moore photographed in a restored Bill Sadler Formula Jr. Bill, of course, was up at Mission for the Historics recently.

Monday, July 11, 2011

NFB film on motorcycle racer Mike Duff

Interesting look at Canadian Mike Duff racing in Europe in the mid-1960s.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

a test, using a story on the Westwood Karting Association's 50th

I'm going to see if I can get things happening at the point this video starts:

Not sure if it can be embedded.

Madge Whitehead, one of the originals, is interviewed.

(I think it worked! A Sunday bonus!)

Rip Kirby, International Incident, part 28

Part 28! Wow!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Piston Post, other things

Piston Post, at least the October 1971 issue, covered more than oval super modifieds. Tony Carruthers chasing down John Randall and the legendary drag racer Buck Kinney.

Friday, July 8, 2011

More Piston Post, this time spinners

Photographers like to get the action shot. Top photo is Jack Cross at Western Speedway, also during the Daffodil Cup, as are the lower photos.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

More from the Piston Post

My first interest is always going to be oval racing, super modifieds especially.

Bill Madson, from Salt Lake City, and Alvin Haggith, from Nanaimo, made it to Tillicum Speedway.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Piston Post, October 1971

I'll spend a few days putting up some photos from this short lived newspaper. Wish I had all of them. Then, again, there are a few other papers from the past I'd love to get my hands on as well.

While this paper came out of Victoria it covered B.C., as can be found in these photos from Vernon's Tillicum Speedway and Penticton Speedway.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

a couple more George Harrison motor racing vids

Not music, well a little:

With Jeff Lynne of ELO:

Monday, July 4, 2011

Monday video

Yeah, well. I'm on a George Harrison jag.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

1962 Pacific Northwest Big Car Association standings

Article from the February 1963 Northwest Rod News.

1 -- Ernie Koch, 345
2 -- Bill (? Hyde ?), 259
3 -- Bob Gregg, 176
4 -- John Ellis, 131
5 -- Bob McGrotty, 89
6 -- Ray Wearne, 87
7 -- Art Pollard, 85
8 -- Dean Willcock, 84
9 -- Don Nelson, 68
10 -- Chuck Tontz, 82
11 -- Bill Foster, 56
12 -- Cokey Williams, 49
12.5 -- J. McIntyre, 48
14 -- Howard Osborn, 45
15 -- Steve Myers, 44
16 -- Frank White, 41
17 -- Roy Winchester, 39
18 -- Mike Morresey, 37
19 -- Earl Veeder, 33
20 -- Duane Willcock, 30
21 -- Ed Kane, 27
22 -- Joe Bridgeman, 25
23 -- R. Termane, 19
24 -- Jim Chase, 18

Friday, July 1, 2011

1959 Washington Auto Racing Association standings

Get a few days to myself and I start going through stuff I've accumulated. Here's the top 12 and a half for the 1959 WARA sprint car season.

1 -- Smokey Blake (repeating his 1958 title) -- 465 points

2 -- Ray Wearne -- 87 points behind

3 -- Del Fanning

4 -- Ernie Koch

5 -- Ron Weiskind

6 -- Ken McLaughlin

7 -- Bob Simpson

8 -- Mel McGoughy

9 -- Bob Burgess

10 -- Ray Laing

11 -- Bill Thomas

12 -- Elmer Schilling

12.5 -- Bob Gregg

Sorry about the skewed skan. I'm off kilter these days.