Monday, September 30, 2013

Mel Keen's Little Red Wagon from 1988

A story from November of 1988 on Mel Keen's show truck. Mel raced at Digney, Haney, False Creek and Langley Speedways amongst other tracks from 1952 to 1966.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Carr

An article on Jimmy Carr, back in his racing days at Skagit Speedway, before he raced with the World of Outlaws and then became crew chief for the winning sprint cars of Tony Stewart.

Carr was scheduled to be inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in Toronto, Saturday, September 28, 2013. Haven't read anything on it yet.

Also in the profile is driver Roy Blumenhagen.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Greater Vancouver Motorsport Pioneers Society ceremony, September 28th

Some information:

The inductees for 2013 are:


Tevie Smith
Vern Bethel

Drag racing:

Barrie McKenzie
Jack Mezzomo


Dan Smith
Bill Hawryluk

Oval racing:

Len Barcelo

Sports car and road racing:

Charly Godecke
Gerry Fortier
Wray Nixon
Tommy Hamilton


Cliff Rich
The Larson family
Doug and Dan MacLanders

The Sandy Lovelace Memorial award:

Rich Carlson

Friday, September 20, 2013

some more old photos

More from the Bob Hepper scrapbook. Good stuff from Haney Speedway.

Len Jones, Haney Speedway, 1964, Bob Hepper collection.

Haney Speedway, Len Jones, 1964, Bob Hepper collection.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Nice old photos

Bob Hepper was at the 2013 Langley Speedway Reunion. He had a scrapbook of photos from his days with driver Len Jones.

Haney Speedway, Len Jones. Bob Hepper collection.

Haney Speedway, Len Jones, Bob Hepper collection.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

More photos from the 2013 Langley Speedway Reunion

Driver John Bettles and starter Larry Olson.

Driver Len Cook.

Barry Youngston's cruisin' car. Barry crewed on some of Jim Marchant's super modifieds.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

more photos from the Langley Speedway Reunion 2013

Starter Larry Olson flagging the end of two parade laps.

Rollie Walker himself in the white shirt and shades.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sunday funnies

A couple from from 1967 and the Spokane Daily Chronicle.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

What to do in "retirement"

This 1970 article on Bob Randall shows how busy one can get in retirement.

Friday, September 13, 2013

CAMRA 1977, final installment

Last two pages of 1977 CAMRA info.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

CAMRA 1977, part four

Second to last post of 1977 CAMRA season info.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

CAMRA 1977, part three

And another couple pages from 1977.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

CAMRA 1977, part two

Doling out a couple more pages from the 1977 CAMRA yearbook entry in a larger yearbook for northwest racing groups.

Monday, September 9, 2013

CAMRA info, 1977

Some of this might have already been posted. Part of ten pages for the 1977 CAMRA season.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

7th annual Langley Speedway Reunion, September 8, 2013

Racecars! Show cars! Historical displays! Old drivers! Young guns! Music! Prizes!

7th Annual Langley Speedway Reunion and Car Show – south end 208th St. Langley - mark Sunday September 8th on your calendar.

Arrive prior to 10am to witness the event opening from the grandstand hill – it should me an impressive site – if you have a video camera make sure you bring it.

The event commences at 10:00am with the call  “Drivers – Start – Your – Engines!”
Mr. Langley Speedway will then wave his green flag and the inaugural “Victory Lap Parade” will begin to roll out.

In a salute to the fans, all display cars will take 1 parade lap behind the official pace car around the oval on the way to their pit stalls. Once parked and when safe to do so, in the long-standing tradition of racing, all visitors will then be invited to join them in the pits to begin the celebration.

We invite all show car and race car owners to be a fun part of track history – bring out your gear, show us your stuff - no pre-registration - no charge. If you want to be part of the “Victory Lap Parade” just arrive prior to 10 – if not, join us up till 4pm.

All participating racecars will be entered in a draw for prizes including an official driver’s suit and a Hans device.

All show cars on display that day will receive a free ticket for chances at their own prize pool of auto related accessories.

Talk about an affordable family opportunity - cotton candy, hot-dogs and water by donation – proceeds to go to the Historical Society. In addition there will be coffee, cold drinks and mini-donuts available at a reasonable cost.

The first 500 fans to arrive will also receive a free ticket for a chance at door prizes.

At 11:00 and 2:30 we are in for a special treat with the appearance on stage of “Elvis Within” – Jack Overbury is a local Elvis tribute artist who is a past winner at the prestigious Penticton Elvis competition. When not on stage he will be walking around the show area just waiting for people to ask him to pose for a photo.

It is our goal to honour the past while dreaming-n-scheming about the future of oval racing. We hope you are able to join us – bring your family, bring your friends, bring a lawn chair and a picnic lunch – plan to spend the day with old friends and great memories.

Don’t forget your sunscreen.

Sunday funnies

A couple from 1967 after staring at the Spokane Daily Chronicle for far too many days.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

1970 power boats

Summer is ending. Wah! I get close to Harrison Lake when I get to Agassiz Speedway but I haven't been to the lake itself for a long long time.

Friday, September 6, 2013

super modified info

I believe this is a Jim Tipke super modified, not a "Tipske" (or whatever). Former car owned by Larry Tipke of Spokane?

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Langley Speedway, Saturday, June 6, 1970

Saturday, June 6, 1970

7000 in attendance

Early-late dash

1 -- Marty White

Super stock dash

1 -- Jim McMillan

Early-late fast heat

1 -- Duff Braun
2 -- Bob Thomas (Coquitlam)
3 -- Marty White (55 Pontiac)

First super stock heat

1 -- Jim Fraley (57 Pontiac)
2 -- Mac Morrison (66 Chevelle)
3 -- Rollie Walker

Fast super stock heat

1 -- Dennis Lester (64 Olds)
2 -- Gordie Hemrich
3 -- Ron Morrison

Early-late B main

1 -- Cliff Hague (Surrey, 55 Pontiac)
2 -- Dave Gaudet
3 -- Tim Foreman (Delta, 56 Chev)

Early-late A main

1 -- unknown

Super stock B main

1 -- Brad Baerg (Surrey, 57 Dodge)
2 -- Rick Atchison (57 Chev)
3 -- Ken Young (Sedro-Wooley)

Super stock A main (35 laps)

1 -- Jim McMillan (Surrey, 69 Dodge Charger)
2 -- George Cook (65 Chevelle)
3 -- John Roth well (1968 Cobra-powered Comet)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Langley Speedway, Sunday, May 31, 1970

Sunday, May 31, 1970


6000 in attendance.

Early-late B main (21 start, 9 finish)

1 -- Ron Hueller (New Westminster, 55 Pontiac)

Early-late A main

1 -- Lew Ferguson (Surrey, 57 Chev)

Jim Sneddon led first 16 laps. Retired with mechanical problems.

A modified fast heat

1 -- Barry Chamberlain

Lloyd Armey, on last lap, took out Harold Sjostrom and Larry Sproule.

Modified stock main

1 -- Bob Broadway (37 Pontiac, Langley)

A modified main

1 -- Roy Smith (Victoria)
2 -- Larry Sproule
3 -- Bud Hoelzle (Washington)
The crash from the headline.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Langley Speedway, Sunday, May 24, 1970

The information isn't as good as I'd like. Missing heat race results. So, as they say, more research is needed.

Sunday, May 24, 1970

6000 in attendance.

Time trial crashes: Jim Fraley (57 Chev) in turn one corner.

Bill Godfrey (Pontiac GTO) at same spot after 16.67 time. He blew a $1600 engine.

Early-late dash

1 -- Marty White (55 Pontiac)

Super stock B dash

1 -- George Stuart

Super stock A dash

1 -- Gordie Hemrich

Early-late main

1 -- Dennis Corfe (Langley, 58 Pontiac)
2 -- Jim Foreman (Delta, 56 Chev)
3 -- Jim Fleming (Chilliwack, 55 Chev)

Early-late B main

1 -- Bill Dunn (Haney, 55 Chev)
2 -- Bill Hamon (55 Chev)
3 -- Gerard McHale

Super stock B main

1 -- George Stuart (Campbell River, 57 Ford)
2 -- Brad Baerg (Surrey, 57 Dodge)
3 -- Ernie Thurlborn (Campbell River, 56 Ford)

Super stock main

1 -- Dennis Lester (64 Olds 442)
2 -- John Rothwell
3 -- Jimm McMillan (67 Dodge Charger)

Monday, September 2, 2013

Langley Speedway, Sunday, May 17, 1970

Finally, back to Langley Speedway. The 1970 season.

Sunday, May 17, 1970

Super stock dash

1 -- John Rothwell (289 Ford)

Super stock B dash

1 -- Rick Atchison

Early-late dash

1 -- Lee Thomas

Modified stock dash

1 -- Dave Angus

Early-late B main

1 -- Bill Hamond

Early-late A main

1 -- Lee Thomas, Coquitlam
2 -- Lou Ferguson
3 -- Bill Dunn, Haney

Modified stock main

1 -- Bob Broadway (‘39 Chev)
2 -- Dave Angus
3 -- Bo Bo Baker

Super stock main (35 laps), limited and unlimited

1 -- George Cook (1965 Comet)
2 -- John Roth well (1966 Comet)
3 -- Dennis Lester (Olds 442)


Gordie Hemrich, Bill Hunt.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

a Sunday cartoon

Not much, but I haven't been finding much lately.