Monday, November 30, 2009

Eldon Rasmussen

Lots of extra clippings about Eldon Rasmussen, former CAMRA racer from Edmonton, Indy 500 racer and Canadian Motorsport Hall of Famer.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sunday funnies

Been real lax here. Time to get some more done.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Saturday video

Tom Sneva from 1975. He got under Eldon Rasmussen of Edmonton and then Sneva ended up hard into the wall. Sir Jackie Stewart accesses no blame to either driver. Seems like a proper call from the video evidence. Tom was on the pole three times at Indy in his career and went on to win the Indy 500 in 1983. The "Gas Man".

Friday, November 27, 2009

Ted Havens

Another clip about 2008 GVMPS Pioneer Ted Havens. I see the name Fred Herzog at the bottom of the story finishing third in a race. Same Herzog that is the photographer? He took photos of motorcycle scrambles at the north end of the 2nd Narrows Bridge.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Agassiz' Kent Raceway

From a 1995 race report in the Harrison-Agassiz Observer.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Terrible Teddy

From the "wayback" machine. An ad for Terrible Teddy Tetzlaff and the Blitzen Benz at Minoru Park in 1914.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

some more Allen Heath

More photos of Allen. These are midget shots from the Pacific northwest, mainly Aurora Stadium Speedway north of Seattle. Allen also raced at Langford Speedway, Con Jones Speedway and Cloverdale fairgrounds. The flagger is Glen Shaw with the Gilmore Lion checkered flag.

The midget was a Kurtis, owned by Tom Carstens, also known for his power boat and sports car exploits.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Allen Heath

Been going through computer files and see I've got some leftovers from previous posts. So, to begin with, Allen Heath. A legend. The top photo connects with Pike Green's story about Allen getting "some air" at Portland back in 1947. Below is an old business card for a shop Allen had in southern California. Allen won races down there from the 1940s to the 1960s in both midgets and sprint cars.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

some more motorcycle stuff

Back at this post there is a comment about motorcycle racing in Chilliwack from Rod Hudson. His father, Vic, was an oldtime Westwood racer, as well as all the things described at the aforementioned link.

Here's a Chilliwack Progress story on Vic Hudson from 1973.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Saturday flicks

"Goggles Pizano", Fred Flinstone's alter-ego in one episode of The Flintstones.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

more racing that doesn't need good weather

The weather has definitely sucked for the past week or so. Rain and wind. Motorcycle scrambling weather? Maybe. Maybe not.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Saturday video

Another game show from 50 years ago.

Friday, November 13, 2009

a couple Canadian midgets from the late 1940s

Art Lane in the No. 100 and Walt Armstrong in the No. 103. Circa 1946. The C77 is probably Gordon Reelie's machine.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

midget photo of Don Olds

From a disc of northwest midget racing photos sent to me by Chuck Harring that he made of Ione Rentz' collection. Her husband, Frank, owned various cars over the years.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Vantreight wins

The headline reads "lustreless meet" but I do like the winning wreath. And the kiss. Jerry "Jeep" Vantreight at Langford Speedway.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Langford Speedway, Pike Green

A couple more photos from Langford Speedway. These actually come from the web at this site.

Pike Green, one of the inspirations for this blog.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Langford Speedway

I've been looking at my Victoria stuff. Langford Speedway. So a few posts of that track. It operated from 1936 to 1941 and again from 1946 to 1950.

Don Olds did very well at Langford in 1948. He won five main events and set, and reset, the track record down to 17.50 seconds. He also won a couple main events in the midgets at Digney Speedway that year.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Saturday video

A couple "old racers" on a game show in 1961.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Bayview dragstrip

I don't know much about it. Allan Brown's History of America's Speedways says it ran from "c.1956 to c.1960". The ad I have comes from 1960.

This link is for what is thought to be some 1960 colour photos from Bayview. If not, they are still really cool to look at.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

1967 season end info for Westwood/SCCBC

Karen Hall, who was at the Westwood50 celebrations last summer, made headlines being the first woman to win an overall class award in the SCCBC.