Monday, August 31, 2015

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sunday funnies

More Alley Oop.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Saturday morning sock hop

Vince Taylor and the Playboys, "Brand New Cadillac".

Friday, August 28, 2015

some sports car ads, 1957

From the December 1957 Pit Pass of the SCCBC.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

SCCBC Pit Pass December 1957

A couple pages from the SCCBC's first Pit Pass newsletter. The cover (postage 2 cents !!) and a profile of Roy Shadbolt.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

further John Denniston online stuff

John Denniston was a photographer for various Canadian newspapers, including the Edmonton Journal, and the Vancouver Sun and Province. He has a blog featuring his photos, some of which are auto racing oriented. Here's a link to the auto racing stuff. The rest is also of interest.

Monday, August 24, 2015

a kart video

I posted this video a while back. The guy who put it together, John Denniston, was at the BC Historic Motor Races last weekend out at Mission. Figure I should post again with credit going to him.

Here's the description from the youtube link:

Go kart racing on the sprint track at Westwood Racing Circuit near Vancouver BC, at Thrashers Corner near Seattle, Washington and at the Puget Sound Go Kart Association's track south of Tacoma. As of 2011 only the Tacoma track is still in existence. The film was shot in 1978 and 1979 and shows drivers from the Westwood Karting Association competing in races sanctioned by the International Kart Federation. The film was used to promote karting and the Westwood Karting Association at trade shows. Drivers featured in the film include Ralph Oakes, Ruddy Chong, Glen Mackenzie, John Fey, David Lehmann, Luckie Kuosmanen, Kevin Nelson and Kerry Nelson. The film was shot on 16mm film with an Arri ST by John Denniston of Vancouver. Editing was done by Jana Fritsch of Montage Editing in Vancouver. Music is from Little Mountain Studios also in Vancouver. The voice over is former CBC announcer Gordon Hunt. Sound recording was by John Denniston which was mixed in an empty CBC studio by a man whose name I can't remember. The final mix was done by Alpha Cine in Vancouver. The copyright to this film belongs to John Denniston.

I recognize a couple names: Ralph Oakes was karting in the 1960s and I saw a story on him in senior magazine -- apparently he's still karting; and John Fey -- a U.S. karter who came up to Canada and when I helped a karter down in the U.S. 25 years ago John was still racing.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sunday funnies

More Alley Oop.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Saturday morning sock hop

Rocky Davis, "Hot Rod Baby".

Friday, August 21, 2015

BC Historic Motor Races, Mission Raceway, August 22 and 23

I'll be there. Say hello if you manage to see the Greater Vancouver Motorsport Pioneers Society tent.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

a couple more photos from the Columbian newspaper Westwood program insert

There was a stock car race also at Westwood that weekend.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

some photos from a 1980 Columbian newspaper Westwood program insert

The Columbian newspaper was a folded broadside so scanning pages is nearly impossible. But here are some photos from that May 29, 1980 insert. It was for the Formula Atlantic race.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sunday funnies

More Alley Oop.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Saturday morning sockhop

Conny and the Bellhops, "Shot Rod".

Friday, August 14, 2015

the program for the Monday, October 11, 1953 Shearing Speedway race

Might as well drag this out a bit. Good info on the previous races and entries.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Final race for the season promoted

Scheduled for Monday, October 11, 1953 with special entries.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Jack Smith's column and Phil Foster looks back at old cars

Two pioneers of motor sport in Victoria on the pages of the local dailies.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Jack Smith's column and Shearing Speedway's most popular driver announced

Jack Smith's October 1, 1953 column. And the winner of the most popular driver at Shearing Speedway for 1953.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Saturday, September 26, 1953, Shearing Speedway

More racing from the 1953 Shearing Speedway season:

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sunday funnies

More Alley Oop.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Saturday morning sock hop

"Draggin'" by Curtis Gordon

Friday, August 7, 2015

Thursday, August 6, 2015

sad news, Jim Marchant

We've heard from various sources that oval racing Pioneer Jim Marchant has passed away.

Ralph Monhay and Jim Marchant, Haney Speedway.

The second rear-engined super modified Jim Marchant built.

Saturday, September 19, 1953, Shearing Speedway

Next race at Shearing Speedway.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Saturday, September 12, 1953, Shearing Speedway

Getting back to the 1953 season at Shearing Speedway.