Saturday, June 30, 2012

Saturday morning music

She's got a V-type engine in her system.

Nuff said.

Friday, June 29, 2012


A motorcycle trials event held on Hollyburn Mountain. I was asked about when it became Cypress (mountain?, bowl?, I don't know). I need a map and a history book.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

a bit late in the season, but snow mobile races

Well the ad was in March, so that isn't late for snow. But this is June and snow is hard to find at the top of Grouse now. But, snow mobile races on Grouse Mountain.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

a couple ads from 1967

Two drag racing ads from 1967. One for a display of drag racers at Conroy's; and the other for the races at Mission.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

1967 demolition derby

Big full page story on the demolition derbies being held at Callister Park in 1967. Written by Barry Broadfoot, who would go on to be an author of some celebrity.

Monday, June 25, 2012

some interesting names from 1962

Along with the Victoria crowd at Western Speedway a few out of towners made the ferry ride to race in 1962. For the Daffodil Cup Portland's Art Pollard finished second behind Billy Foster. And at the season's end some False Creek Speedway early-lates showed up, including Ralph Widdess, Jack Martin and Gordy Hemrich.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

1971 sports car race at Western Speedway

The sports cars ran at Western Speedway, near Victoria. Here's a 1971 result from the same Piston Post yesterday's post.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

1971 Little Saanich Mountain hill climb

Information from the Vancouver Island publication, Piston Post. Tom Johnston is on the cover.

Friday, June 22, 2012

1970 Little Saanich Mountain hill climb

Tom Johnston won this event.

Of the two hills, this is the one I know I've been up. It's the one with the observatory on top.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

1963 results of the later Mt. Douglas hill climb

From what I understand the hill climbs -- both at Mt. Douglas and Little Saanich Mountain -- were held twice a year. I don't have all the news clippings so I'm guessing this is the second one for the 1963 season.

Veteran Arleigh Pilkey, from Vancouver, missed winning by two-tenths of a second.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

some more of the 1962 Mt. Douglas hill climb

Billy Foster won the first Mt. Douglas hill climb with a pretty rudimentary looking modified.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Mt. Douglas/Little Saanich Mountain hill climbs

Coming this July is a reunion for the Mt. Douglas and Little Saanich Mountain hill climbs. Here's the announcement:

Victoria Motor Sports Club proudly presents the 50 year Reunion of the Mt. Douglas and Little Saanich Mountain Hill Climbs.  Sunday, July 8, 2012.  Mt. Douglas Park, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, then drive over to Little Saanich Mountain, meet at the top, 2:30 - 4:30 pm, then drive to The Beach House.  No host cocktails and dinner to follow at The Beach House Restaurant (formerly McMorran's in Cordova Bay).

And a few clippings from the first hill climb at Mt. Douglas.

Monday, June 18, 2012

next post on the Maser at Westwood

My usual wtf with blogger. We'll see how this works out. But, anywhoo, here's the result of the Maserati of Tom Meehan at Westwood in 1960.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

a Maserati at Westwood

Some pretty hot cars raced at Westwood. A Maserati, owned and driven by Tom Meehan from Seattle, brought a 1957 model up for the yearend endurance race.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

1960 Westwood

 Put two items together. One a clipping of the May 29, 1960 race at Westwood with the ABCD Production winner being Dave Troffer, in a Mercedes, winning. And the other a picture identified as Dave Troffer with the checkered flag.

I believe Dave Troffer was from Seattle.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Shellburn Kart track

Jim Greenwood flags the field at Shellburn in 1960.

It was mentioned to me by John Randall that his first racing experience came at the Shellburn Kart track on Hastings at Fell in Burnaby. It, and John, got their respective starts in 1960.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Tommy Sands, Westwood

Tommy Sands, heart throb in the making, and married to Nancy Sinatra (how'd you like to call Frank your father-in-law?), paid a little visit to Westwood while in town performing at The Cave. Circa 1960.

Photos from the Tom Johnston Westwood collection.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

West Vancouver's Jim McGuire drives Bardahl Unlimited

 Jim McGuire's consideration for, and then his earning of, the ride in the Miss Bardahl unlimited hydroplane out of Seattle was big for 1960.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

results for the 1960 Van-Man-Van rally

It took a few days but the results of the 1960 Van-Man-Van rally were published in the Vancouver Sun.

Monday, June 11, 2012

1960 Van-Man-Van Rally

Some information about the 1960 Van-Man-Van Rally. Photos of some of the teams were featured on the Woman's page of the Vancouver Sun.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Mickey Thompson's Challenger at the Motorama

 In 1960 Mickey Thompson's 367 mph Challenger was scheduled to be displayed at the Showmart building for the BCCCA Motorama.

Friday, June 8, 2012

car show from the Knox Mountain Hill Climb, 2012

It was the most cars I've seen at the car show. Lots of Datsuns.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

some more from the Tradex 2012

Don Garlits Swamp Rat III (I believe) which went out and cackled with the rest.