Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

some more from the Oregonian

The second day of racing from July, 1912.



Monday, February 25, 2013

some early racing from the Oregonian

Found a reasonable source for the Oregonian newspaper. Wish it went much further in years but I'm still mining what it has to offer.

From 1912, the first day of a two-day meet.



Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sunday colour comics

More pages from old hot rod comics.



Saturday, February 23, 2013

Saturday morning drums

Well respected session drummer from the past, Hal Blaine, had a racing instrumental album.

This tune, entirely drums with engine accompaniment, is called "Drum Brakes". A musical break with drums? Geddit?


Friday, February 22, 2013

an old stock car race


 Again, from Eugene, Oregon.



Thursday, February 21, 2013

an old midget car race, rained out


 From the same year as yesterday. This time a midget race that ultimately was rained out. A photo of a front drive Offy to be driven by Darmond Moore is interesting.



Wednesday, February 20, 2013

an old big car race in Oregon


From 1946. Not a great event from the sounds of it. But a race nonetheless. Won by Howard Osborn.



Tuesday, February 19, 2013

a couple photos of the Romano Special of Seattle

Something to tide me over for a day. There are more photos of the Romano Special to be had from the Oregon Newspaper archive. I just have to get them organized. Which is why I need a day.



The car made it to Vancouver over those early years.

Monday, February 18, 2013

1968 LARA and ELRA final points

To finish with this long season, the final points for LARA and ELRA.

1968 Langley points

ELRA -- Early-late Racing Association

Top points

1 -- John Rothwell, #28, 330
2 -- Gordie Hemrich, #33, 300
3 -- John Cowan, #47, 229
4 -- Mac Morrison, #37, 174
5 -- Ken Sayers, #59, 126
6 -- Rollie Walker, #64, 123
7 -- Dennis Lester, #94, 119
8 -- Bob Johnson, #88, 118
9 -- Jim Fraley, #21, 114
10 -- Clare Walsh, #70, 78

Track record

Super stocks -- Gordie Hemrich, 16.38

Mechanic of the Year -- Ed Roe

Rookie of the Year -- Dennis Lester

Sportsman of the Year -- Alf Aiello

Hard Luck Trophy -- Clare Walsh

Best Appearing Car -- Dennis Lester

Executive for 1969 elected October 22, 1968

President -- Reg Royle
Vice-president -- Les Spratt
Treasurer -- Don Robertson
Secretary -- Dennis Lester

Name change from ELRA to CORA (Canadian Oval Racing Association)

1968 Points

LARA -- Langley Auto Racing Association

Early-lates

1 -- Frank Fletcher, 180.5
2 -- Ken Marwood, 126
3 -- Don Fletcher, 116

Modified stocks

1 -- Lloyd Bellamy, 237
2 -- Dave Angus, 206

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sunday funnies

A couple pages from an old hot rod comic book.



Saturday, February 16, 2013

Building a palm size V12

If you've got the tools....


Friday, February 15, 2013

1968 BCTRA points

Some point information for the 1968 BC Track Racing Association drivers.

1968 Langley points

BCTRA

A modified

1 -- Dennis Goldstraw, 207
2 -- Glen Parsons, 176
3 -- Cal Arnold, 117

B modified

1 -- Jack Cross, 167
2 -- Cal Hough, 138
3 -- Walt McKitka, 130

Super stock

1 -- Jim MacMillan, 128
2 -- Tom Hankins, 93
3 --

Early-late

1 -- Ron Morrison, 165
2 -- Brian Thompson, 110.5
3 -- John Bettles, 97.5

Track records

A modified -- Dennis Goldstraw, 14.94
B modified -- Jack Cross, 15.80
Super stock -- Jim McMillan, 16.62
Early-late -- 18.40

Trophy winners

Billy Foster Memorial -- A modified

Glen Parsons

Ken Koester Memorial -- B modified

Walt McKitka

Empire Trophy -- A modified

Dennis Goldstraw

Bardahl Trophy -- B modified

Len Barcelo

Mid-season championship -- A modified

Dennis Goldstraw

Mid-season championship -- B modified

Jack Cross

Mid-season championship -- Super stock

Gary Greenaway

Mid-season championship -- Early-late

Ron Morrison

Top Mechanic -- A modified -- Jim Marchant
Top Mechanic -- B modified -- Max McIntyre
Top Mechanic -- super stock -- Joe Leach
Top Mechanic -- early-late -- Tim Johnson

BCTRA officers elected November 4, 1968 for 1969

President -- Al Rock
Vice-president -- Jim Marchant
Secretary -- Jim MacMillan
Treasurer -- “Red” Tisdale

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Wednesday, September 18, 1968, Langley Speedway

The championship races for ELRA and LARA were postponed from Sunday, September 15th to Wednesday, September 18th due to rain.

And thus the 1968 season, a long one, closed out at Langley.

Sunday, September 14, 1968

ELRA and LARA Championships

Rained out.

Wednesday, September 18, 1968

ELRA and LARA Championships

Early-late dash

1 -- Rick Atchison

Modified stock dash

1 -- Bob Baker

Super stock dash

1 -- Gordie Hemrich

Early-late consolation main (25 laps, 11 start, 6 finish)

1 -- Dennis Hill
2 -- Roger Boucher
3 -- Jack Steiger

Lap 10 -- Mike Stephens and Gerald Ball crashed. Stephens out. Lap 11 -- Stan Cavanagh lost a wheel.

Early-late main (19 start, 10 finish)

1 -- Ken Marwood
2 -- Rick Adsit
3 -- Merv Meyer

Lap 2 -- Leo Laser and Ken Sande into fence. Later, Vern Abney, Frank Fletcher, Dennis Corfe crashed on straight. Abney and Corfe out but Corfe came back in Ed McIntyre car.

Modified stock car (35 laps, 10 start)

1 -- Norm Andrews

John Thomas, Keith Whitter and Norm Andrews crashed late in the race. Norm was the last leader and with too few cars to continue was declared the winner.

Super stock main (50 laps, 17 start, 11 finish)

1 -- Gordie Hemrich, 1957 Pontiac with a 350 Camaro motor
2 -- Bill Godfrey, newly built 57 Chev 327
3 -- Rollie Walker

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Saturday, September 14 1968

Championship races. Final race of the season for the BCTRA.

Saturday, September 14, 1968

BCTRA Championships

Early-late dash

1 -- Al Hewer

Super stock dash

1 -- Jim MacMillan

B modified dash

1 -- Cal Hough

A modified dash

1 -- unknown (run with B modifieds?)

First early-late heat

1 -- Ken Sande
2 -- Peter Harding
3 -- Holly Tupper

Second early-late heat

1 -- Ron Morrison
2 -- Brian Thompson
3 -- John Bettles

Super stock heat

1 -- Jim MacMillan
2 -- Gary Greenaway
3 -- George Cook

B modified heat

1 -- Lorne Grocott
2 -- Cal Hough
3 -- Tyce Rogerson

A modified heat

1 -- Barry Chamberlain
2 -- Dennis Goldstraw
3 -- Dennis Wooden

Early-late main (17 start)

1 -- Al Hewer
2 -- Ron Morrison
3 -- John Bettles

Lap 8 -- Earl Jergens into fence. Lap 18 -- Brian Thompson blew his motor. Jerry Hahn led for first 22 laps.

Super stock main

1 -- Gary Greenaway, 55 Chev 283
2 -- Stan Waterson
3 -- Tom Hankins

Lap 6 -- Jim MacMillan and Brian Moore tangled. Jim out.

A & B combined main (75 laps, 11 start)

1 -- A -- Barry Chamberlain, 301 Chev
1 -- B -- Cal Hough, 266 Chev

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Sunday, September 8, 1968

Lots of crashing. And if you were real clever you could have got a free ticket or two to the races that weekend.

Sunday, September 8, 1968

ELRA and LARA

Early-late dash

1 -- Dennis Corfe

Modified stock dash

1 -- Jim Dinsmore

Super stock dash

1 -- Dennis Lester

First early-late heat

1 -- Lou Ferguson

Second early-late heat

1 -- Leo Laser

First modified stock heat

1 -- Dave Angus
2 -- Larry Gibbons
3 -- Brian Bishop

Last lap -- Dough Firth hit cement wall.

Second modified stock heat

1 -- unknown

First super stock heat

1 -- Bob Johnson
2 -- Don Latting
3 -- Rich Godwin

Second super stock dash

1 -- unknown

Early-late consolation

1 -- Clarence Regenwetter
2 -- Jack Steiger
3 -- Jack Thompson

Early-late main (21 start, 14 finish)

1 -- Ken Marwood
2 -- keith Cheyne
3 -- Leo Laser

Lap one -- Rick Adsit, Dale McCartney, Merv Meyer, Rick Jensen, Jim Whitehead, Rick Atchison and Ray Mackie came together. Adsit and McCartney out. Next lap Rick Adsit into pit fence and Ray Mackie into outer fence. Adsit out. Lap 4 -- Rick Jensen, Ray Mackie, Dennis Corfe, Gerard McHale and Don Fletcher crashed. Jensen, Corfe and Fletcher out.

Modified stock main (15 laps)

1 -- Jim Dinsmore
2 -- Lloyd Bellamy
3 -- Dave Angus

Super stock main (20 start)

1 -- John Rothwell
2 -- Dennis Lester
3 -- Jim Fraley

Lap 3 -- Ken Young, Mac Morrison, Bill Ashcroft and Bill Hunt crashed. Ashcroft and Hunt out. Lap 9 -- Don Latting, Ken Sayers, John Cowan and Alfy Aiello in corner. Cowan, Aiello and Latting out. Latting taken to hospital but released.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Saturday, September 7, 1968

An Intercity meet featuring the three clubs -- BCTRA, VITRA and MIRA.

Saturday, September 7, 1968

BCTRA/VITRA/MIRA

Intercity

Early-late dash

1 -- John Crozier

Brian Thompson’s engine blew on the last lap spinning Ron Morrison and Al Hewer.

Super stock dash

1 -- George Cook

B modified dash

1 -- John Wassell

A modified dash

1 -- Barry Chamberlain

First early-late heat

1 -- John Bettles
2 -- Harold Harks
3 -- Jack Thompson

Lap one -- Larry Olson, Dennis Kennedy and Holly Tupper crashed back straight. Olson taken to Royal Columbian with back injuries.

Second early-late heat

1 -- Al Hewer
2 -- Ron Morrison
3 -- Jerry Huhn

First super stock heat

1 -- Don Latting
2 -- Dwight Coyle
3 -- Brian Moore

Second super stock heat

1 -- Jim MacMillan
2 -- Gary Greenaway
3 -- George Cook

First B modified heat

1 -- Doug Bowell
2 -- Walt McKitka
3 -- Jack Cross

Second B modified heat

1 -- Drew Kitsch, Kelowna
2 -- Lorne Grocott
3 -- Tyce Rogerson

Lap 3 -- Tyce Rogerson, Ron Lamont, Gerard St. Jean tangled. Gerard and St. Jean out.

First A modified heat

1 -- Dave Ferris
2 -- Bob Warman
3 -- Larry Sproule

Second A modified heat

1 -- Barry Chamberlain
2 -- Al Smith
3 -- Ted Glawson

Early-late main (15 laps)

1 -- Barry Regan, 53 Chev 235
2 -- Winston Pike
3 -- Al Hewer

Super stock main (13 super stocks plus Ron Morrison early-late)

1 -- Jim MacMillan, 1957 Dodge 354
2 -- Ross Surgenor
3 -- Gary Greenaway
7 -- Ron Morrison

Columbian has it:

1 -- MacMillan
2 -- Greenaway
3 -- George Cook

B modified main

1 -- John Wassell, Nanaimo
2 -- Drew Kitsch, Kelowna
3 -- Jack Cross

A modified main (25 lap)

1 -- Roy Smith, 301 Chev
2 -- Al Smith, 301 Chev
3 -- Bob Warman, 300 Chev

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sunday funnies

Doug Wright was featured on the pages of the Weekend Magazine insert of daily newspapers across Canada. The Vancouver Sun had it with the Saturday paper.

Doug is best known for his "Little Nipper" comic strip which is now being republished. But he also did other illustrative work. Apparently he was a fan of motorsport.



Saturday, February 9, 2013

Saturday video, Boundary Bay

Another from Boundary Bay, 1975.

This one featuring Bill Phillips, who was recognized for his contributions to the local racing scene by the Greater Vancouver Motorsport Pioneers Society a few years back.

http://www.gvmps.org/inductee_pdfs/b-phillips.pdf


Friday, February 8, 2013

odd items

From the past. Where else? This "past" being 1953.



False Creek Speedway wouldn't get up to speed until 1957.



Thursday, February 7, 2013

Sunday, September 1, 1968, Langley Speedway

A big powder puff special for the the third day of the Labour Day weekend.

Sunday, September 1, 1968

ELRA and LARA

Powder Puff special

Early-late dash

1 -- Ron Morrison

Modified stock dash

1 -- Jim Dinsmore

Super stock dash

1 -- Gordie Hemrich

First early-late heat

1 -- Gary Steen
2 -- Winston Pike
3 -- Merv Meyer

Second early-late heat

1 -- Rick Atchison
2 -- Ron Morrison
3 -- Leo Laser

Ron Morrison, Bill Harris, Rick Atchison, Don Fletcher, Ken Marwood, Rick Adsit, and Frank Fletcher came together. Adsit rolled and was out.

First modified stock heat

1 -- Charlie Brown (Lloyd Armey)

Second modified stock heat

1 -- Larry Gibbons

First super stock heat

1 -- Dennis Lester

Second super stock heat

1 -- Gordie Hemrich

Early-late consolation main

1 -- Jim Whitehead

Early-late main

1 -- Ron Morrison
2 -- Ken Marwood
3 -- John Kowaliuk

Modified stock main

1 -- Charlie Brown (Lloyd Armey)
2 -- Bob Baker
3 -- Keith Whitter

Super stock main (25 laps)

1 -- Gordie Hemrich
2 -- John Rothwell
3 -- Jim MacMillan

29 powder puff entries.

First early-late powder puff race

1 -- Bonnie Armstrong
2 -- April Olson
3 -- Gwen Zemlak

Second early-late powder puff race

1 -- Dorthy Blaker
2 -- Marilyn Boucher
3 -- Mary Ann Corfe

Modified stock powder puff race

1 -- Gayle Gibbons
2 -- Joan Simmons
3 -- Barb Jenkins

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Saturday, August 31, 1968, Langley Speedway

Second race of a three day weekend of racing at Langley.

Saturday, August 31, 1968

Super Stock Special

A dash

1 -- Jim MacMillan, Surrey

B dash

1 -- Dwight Coyle, North Vancouver

First heat

1 -- Brian Moore, Surrey
2 -- Barry Tuhkala, Vancouver
3 -- Bill Lenhart, Vancouver

Second heat

1 -- Rick Adsit, Surrey
2 -- Frank Fletcher, New Westminster
3 -- Jim Fraley

Third heat

1 -- Rich Goodwin, Vancouver
2 -- Tom Hankins, Surrey
3 -- Rollie Walker, Richmond

Fourth heat

1 -- Gordie Hemrich, Vancouver
2 -- Gary Greenaway, North Vancouver
3 -- Bob Bissenden, Victoria

Jim MacMillan led until the last lap. He blew a tire.

B main (25 laps, 16 start, 6 finish)

1 -- Brian Moore, 1956 Ford 292
2 -- Barry Tuhkala
3 -- Don Fletcher, 1949 Ford 255

A main (35 laps)

1 -- Gordie Hemrich
2 -- Gary Greenaway
3 -- John Rothwell

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Friday, August 30, 1968, Langley Speedway


The third CAMRA event at Langley. And the continued dominance of Jungle Jim Roberts of Eugene, OR, in the Eagle Auto Supply car from Spokane.



Friday, August 30, 1968

CAMRA

A dash

1 -- Larry Sproule

B dash

1 -- Bill Crow, Boise, ID

First B heat

1 -- Alvin Haggith, Nanaimo, BC

Second B heat

1 -- Glen Parsons, Surrey, BC

First A heat

1 -- Ron Juricich, Bremerton, WA

Second A heat

1 -- George Robertson, Lewiston, ID

B main

1 -- Alvin Haggith
2 -- Jerry Lundgren, Boise, ID
3 -- Bob Warman, Vancouver, BC

A main (40 laps)

1 -- Jim Roberts
2 -- George Robertson
3 -- Larry Sproule


Monday, February 4, 2013

Saturday, August 24, 1968, Langley Speedway

Sure, I've been off in la-la land, which is not a place but a funk of mind. I think I'm back. Will work on it for a few days.

In the meantime:

Saturday, August 24, 1968

BCTRA Intercity

Early-late NTR -- Ron Morrison -- 53 Chev 238 -- 18.37

B modified NTR -- Jack Cross -- 230 Chev -- 15.37

Early-late dash

1 -- Al Hewer, 53 Ford 253

Super stock dash

1 -- Jim MacMillan, 57 Dodge 354

B modified dash

1 -- Doug Bowell, Nanaimo

A modified dash

1 -- Gordon Stewart, Lynwood, WA

First early-late heat
1 -- Larry Olson, New Westminster, 53 Plymout 217
2 -- John Bettles, Burnaby, 51 Chev 235
3 -- Holly Tupper, Burnaby, 53 Ford 235

Second early-late heat
1 -- Ron Morrison
2 -- Winston Pike, 50 Hudson 232
3 -- Jack Crozier, Port Coquitlam, 53 Chev 235

First super stock heat
1 -- Don Latting, Sedro Wooley, WA, 57 Ford 352
2 -- Bob Keam, New Westminster, 57 Meteor 292
3 -- Rich Goodwin, 57 Chev 265

Second super stock heat
1 -- Jim MacMillan
2 -- Bob Bissenden, Victoria
3 -- Tom Hankins, Surrey

George Cook (55 Chev 283) led until last lap -- lost a wheel.

B modified heat
1 -- Jack Cross
2 -- John Wassell
3 -- Dale Desabrais, Calgary

First A modified heat
1 -- Glen Parsons, Surrey
2 -- Barry Chamberlain, Coquitlam
3 -- Al Haggith, Nanaimo

Second A modified heat
1 -- Ron Juricich, Bremerton, WA
2 -- Bob Warman, Vancouver
3 -- Cal Arnold, Surrey

Early-late main (20 laps)
1 -- Ron Morrison
2 -- John Bettles
3 -- Jack Crozier

Super stock main
Either Don Latting or Jim McMillan.

Jim was ahead by a lap but spun on his last lap on greasy track. Latting was given the trophy but not official.

A & B combined main
1 -- A -- Bob Warman
1 -- B -- Jack Cross

The next day, Sunday, August 25, 1968, a LARA and ELRA day, was rained out.

Sunday, February 3, 2013