Friday, February 28, 2014

Did I post this before?

Not sure. If I did I didn't label it properly. From the Johnny Wright/Dick Downes collection.

From The Willows in Victoria back in 1935.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Langley Speedway, Sunday, May 28, 1972

Some gaps in information for race results this week.





Langley Speedway, Sunday, May 28, 1972

Super stocks, mini stocks, modified stocks and claimers.

Very hot. (Last week was very cold.)

Mini stock dash

1 -- Neil Gustafson

Claimer dash

1 -- Wayne Smith

Modified stock dash

1 -- Seig Krickemeyer

Super stock dash

1 -- Rollie Walker (fast time)

Modified stock slow heat

Fred Goodrum rolled.

No other heat information.

Mini stock main

1 -- Neil Gustafson, Victoria
2 -- Denis Phillips, Burnaby
3 -- John Page, Surrey

Modified stock main

1 -- Don Fletcher
2 -- Bob Brodoway
3 -- Frank Fletcher

Super stock slow main

1 -- Garwin Wilson
2 -- Ed Weismiller
3 -- Merv Meyer

Super stock main (35 laps)

1 -- Gordie Hemrich
2 -- Dennis Lester
3 -- Mac Morrison

Lap 34 -- Rick Atchison and Rollie Walker crashed while second and third. Atchison blew an engine and oiled turn four.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Langley Speedway, Sunday, May 21, 1972

The claimer class was starting to get more cars. Eight this week.





Langley Speedway, Sunday, May 21, 1972

Mini stocks, modified stocks, claimer, super stock.

Very cold.

Fast time for mini stocks: Denis Phillips, North Burnaby
Fast time for super stocks: Rollie Walker, 16.47

Mini stock dash

1 -- Denis Phillips

Modified stock dash

1 -- Andie Fentie, Aldergrove

Claimer dash

1 -- Howard Oldaker, Surrey, 56 Chev

Super stock dash

1 -- Brad Baerg, Surrey

Mini stock heat one

1 -- Don Smith, Richmond
2 -- Herb McIntyre, Vancouver
3 -- Warren Abrahamson, Delta

Mini stock heat two

1 -- Denis Phillips
2 -- Pierce Isaacs, West Vancouver
3 -- Ron Dixon, Vancouver

Modified stock heat one

1 -- John Wills, Langley
2 -- Bill Lawrence, Aldergrove
3 -- Bob Smaill, Surrey

Modified stock heat two

1 -- Don Fletcher, Delta, #67, 27 Model T
2 -- Frank Fletcher, Fort Langley, #55, 32 Model A
3 -- Bob Brodoway

Claimers heat (8 cars altogether)

1 -- Al Hague, Surrey
2 -- Al Prendergast, Port Coquitlam
3 -- Ron Koenders, Vancouver

Super stock heat one

1 -- Harvey Brown, Roytson, BC
2 -- Bill Godfrey, Surrey
3 -- John Thompson, Burnaby

Super stock heat two

1 -- Al Tourond, Surrey
2 -- Jim Fentie, Coquitlam
3 -- John Rothwell, Surrey

Mini stock main (20 laps)

1 -- Denis Phillips, 66 Anglia
2 -- Ron Dixon
3 -- Pierce Isaacs

Modified stock main

1 -- Frank Fletcher
2 -- Bob Brodoway
3 -- Andie Fentie

Super stock main (35 laps)

1 -- Rick Atchison, Surrey, 65 Pontiac GTO
2 -- Gordie Hemrich, Vancouver, 66 Chevelle
3 -- John Thompson, 57 Pontiac

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

sad news

I've just been informed that Boots Olson, a well known and well liked pin striper who transplanted from the U.S. into B.C. many decades ago has passed away.

Messages of condolence can be posted here:

 https://www.facebook.com/BootsPinstriping

RIP.

http://www.gvmps.org/inductees/boots_olson.htm


Langley Speedway, Sunday, May 14, 1972

A new season with a new class of car -- the claimers -- added to the regular mini stocks, modified stocks and super stocks.





Langley Speedway, Sunday, May 14, 1972

Super stocks, mini stocks, modified stocks and claimers

4,000 in attendance.

Fast time: Rick Adsit, 17.29

Mini stock dash

1 -- Neil Gustafson, Victoria

Modified stock dash

1 -- Andie Fentie, Aldergrove

Super stock dash

1 -- Mac Morrison, Vancouver

Claimers

Had one demonstration race. No winner that I can find.

Mini stock heat one

1 -- Al Airlie, Burnaby
2 -- Neal Williams, Vancouver
3 -- W. Abrahmson, Delta

Mini stock heat two

1 -- Denis Phillips, Burnaby
2 -- Neil Gustafson
3 -- Ron Dixon, Vancouver

Modified stock heat one

1 -- Fred Goodrum, Burnaby
2 -- George Unrau, North Vancouver
3 -- John Willis, Langley

Modified stock heat two

1 -- Seig Krickemeyer, Surrey
2 -- Bob Wills, Langley
3 -- Andie Fentie

Super stock heat one

1 -- Rick Atchison, Surrey
2 -- Garwin Wilson, Burnaby
3 -- George Wilson, Surrey

Super stock heat two

1 -- Al Tourond, Surrey
2 -- Gordie Hemrich, Vancouver
3 -- Rollie Walker, Richmond

Mini stock main

1 -- Neil Gustafson
2 -- Denis Phillips
3 -- Ron Pringle, Vancouver

Modified stock main

1 -- Bob Brodoway, Langley
2 -- Larry Lundgren, Vancouver
3 -- Andie Fentie

Super stock main (35 laps)

1 -- Gordie Hemrich
2 -- Rollie Walker
3 -- Rick Adsit, Surrey

Rick Atchison (GTO) and Dennis Lester (67 Chevelle) got together near end of race. Rick leading, with Dennis second. Both disqualified giving the race to Hemrich.



Monday, February 24, 2014

northwest news clippings

From an Ellensburg, WA, newspaper. They're only 20 years old.



Sunday, February 23, 2014

a couple new comic book covers

My source has uploaded some more old comics.



Saturday, February 22, 2014

Saturday morn...er, afternoon, sock hop

A bit late. Part four of the Hot Rod Race saga by Arkie Shibley.


Friday, February 21, 2014

old photo with notes

Good thing I write stuff on the back of photos. If I didn't I'd not know what the heck they were about.

I can waste time finding out. But I already had done the work so why do it twice?

So, remember, pity the poor historian. Write stuff down on the back of photos. Your kids, your grandkids and future historians will thank you.

And to decipher my printing. It says: Back of Digney program. #77 Don Bennett, #83 Tom Romanchuck. B main. Locked wheels and went over the west wall. Saturday June 20, 1953.

So remember, print clearly as well.



Thursday, February 20, 2014

BCTRA Motorama display 1963

A couple shots of the 1963 BCTRA display at the Motorama. The cars in the first photo are Moe Vaillant's, then Ken Wilcox', an unidentified car and then Don Bennett's. The 94 is Len Barcelo's modified.



Wednesday, February 19, 2014

two sides and the back of a modified

I'm sure I have a front shot but I was going through an album pulling duplicate photos and there wasn't a front end view of Don Bennett's 1963 Haney Speedway modified in the stack when I was done.




Tuesday, February 18, 2014

colour covers

I remember taking the shots of these covers. The reflected glare from one tripod leg made it to the finished product.

A "pro" I'm not.



Monday, February 17, 2014

some colour

Two decals from way back when.



Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sunday funnies

Even more cartoons:



Saturday, February 15, 2014

Saturday morning sock hop

A third version of Hot Rod Race by Arkie Shibley:


Friday, February 14, 2014

Grant King, from Victoria to Indianapolis, part three

Last couple pages on Grant King plus a bonus look at his 1980 entry for the Indianapolis 500.




Thursday, February 13, 2014

Grant King, from Victoria to Indianapolis, part two

Some more of the Grant King feature story from 1980.




Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Grant King, from Victoria to Indianapolis

1980 feature story on Grant King who got his start on Vancouver Island and carried it right to Indianapolis.




Tuesday, February 11, 2014

1971 Langley Speedway wrap-up

Some points standings that I've been able to pull together for the 1971 season.



Monday, February 10, 2014

sad news

Heard recently that Frank Weiss, originally out of Alberta and having moved his business to the U.S., has passed away.

Frank William Weiss of Plainfield died Jan. 31. He was 69.

Born July 25, 1944, in Cardston Alberta, Canada, he was the son of William and Mary Aldridge Weiss. He married Marilyn Neilson on July 8, 1963, in Idaho. She survives. The couple has been married for 50 years.

Mr. Weiss was founder and president of Frank Weiss Racing Components in Indianapolis which was in business for 33 years. He drove at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and participated in USAC, CART, and Indy Car Series.

The first three photos are from the Indianapolis 500 Yearbook for 1980.

The fourth one is from Wheelspin in 1968.

The last is from 1973, the Spokane Daily Chronicle.
 




Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sunday funnies

Some more automotive cartoons:



Saturday, February 8, 2014

Saturday morning sock hop

The second version of Hot Rod Race by Arkie Shibley.


Friday, February 7, 2014

motocross, 1971

An ad for Stampeder Motor Park. Not too sure about location of this or the Totem track. Both were in Aldergrove.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sunday, September 19, 1971, Langley Speedway

The Langley 2500.


Sunday, September 19, 1971

Super stock special

Langley 2500

Fast time super stocks: either Rick O’Dell or Gordie Hemrich. (Conflicting information.)

Modified stock dash

1 -- Don Fletcher

B super stock dash

1 -- Lou Ferguson

A super stock dash

1 -- Rick O’Dell

Modified stock main

1 -- Al Tourond
2 -- Andie Fentie
3 -- Frank Fletcher

C super stock main

1 -- Ralph Wiley, Campbell River
2 -- Lou Ferguson
3 -- Marty White

B super stock main

1 -- Steve Dyer
2 -- Marty White
3 -- Ralph Wiley
4 -- Tom Hamilton, Campbell River

A super stock main (75 laps)

1 -- Chuck Little, Spokane, ‘67 Fairlane, $600
2 -- Gordie Hemrich
3 -- Leon DeLapp, Kelso, WA

There was a race advertised for Sunday, September 26, 1971, but it seems it was cancelled.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Sunday, September 12, 1971, Langley Speedway

Not a very good, or understandable, collection of race results as I wonder if some guys won the races or won the championships.


Sunday, September 12, 1971


A and B super stocks, mini stocks

Championship races.

Mini stock dash

1 -- Pete Jensen, Bothell, WA, VW

B super stock dash

1 -- Garwin Wilson

A super stock dash

1 -- Gordie Hemrich

Mini stock heat

1 -- Pete Jensen

Not sure if any other heats were run.

Mini stock main

1 -- Pete Jensen
2 -- Rich Parks, Seattle, WA
3 -- Darrel McLean, Jr., Seattle, WA

B super stock main

1 -- Brad Baerg

A super stock main

1 -- Gordie Hemrich

CORA super stock champ: Gordie Hemrich

BCTRA super stock champ: Don Gibson

LARA/CORA early-late champ: Lou Ferguson

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Saturday, September 11, 1971, Langley Speedway

Sunday, September 5, got rained out. So a two-day racing weekend was re-scheduled.

Sunday, September 5, 1971

Modified stocks, early-lates, A modifieds

Rained out.






Saturday, September 11, 1971

A modifieds, modified stocks, early-lates

Championship races.

Early-late dash

1 -- Bob Thomas

Modified stock dash

1 -- John Carrol

Early-late main

1 -- Tom Mair
2 -- Bill Hammon

Modified stock main

1 -- Frank Fletcher
2 -- Don Fletcher
3 -- Al Tourond

A modified main (18 started)

1 -- Len Barcelo
2 -- Harold Sjostrom
3 -- Drew Kitsch

Larry Sproule was in the new Jim Marchant rear-engined super modified. He went out early with mechanical trouble.

Monday, February 3, 2014

1967

Been looking at the Spokane newspapers, the Spokesman Review and 1967 specifically. Lots of good stuff.



Sunday, February 2, 2014

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Saturday morning sock hop

Old Spokane area singer.