Shifter kart

Circa 1976 — One of the very first shifter karts to appear in Canada at Westwood Kart Track in Coquitlam. The engine appears to be from a 250cc motocross bike adapted to a regular kart frame. The shift leaver is on the side with a hand clutch and looking at the starting procedure, rubber V belt around the rear tire connected to a hand held car starter, the kart is obviously in the development stage. Can’t remember how fast it was.

Updated: August 17, 2019 — 4:22 pm

Zero Avenue

January 19th, 2013 — Zero Avenue at 264th Street just west of the Aldergrove border crossing.

Updated: August 12, 2019 — 8:13 pm

Historic car racing

August 10th, 2019 — One thing for sure you will see at any historic car racing event such as this one yesterday at Mission Raceway is cars almost completely disassembled while the owner tries to find out why it won’t run. This 1978 Johnston JM2c sports car owned and driven by Ian Thomas in the white T shirt has lost it’s oil pressure and the crew is trying to find it, which they did. The other certainty is that any event that tries to capture the spirit of the the old Westwood Racing Circuit will get rained on. This event was honouring the 60th anniversary of Westwood’s opening. They didn’t call it Wetwood for nothing. Gary Kwong, below, under an umbrella in his 1996 Protofrom P2 before the start of his race.

Updated: August 11, 2019 — 12:02 pm

Vesuvius ferry lineup

August 1st, 2019 — For the past few years there have often been sailing waits for the ferry to Crofton from Vesuvius on Salt Spring Island. BC Ferries answer to the problem was to replace this ferry with a smaller one, the Quinitsa, which officially carries six LESS vehicles but in reality it’s probably ten or twelve less vehicles. So now the sailing waits are more frequent and waits can be two sailings or more as the lineup for the parking lot extends its long way up a narrow two lane road past homes the residents of are often blocked in or out of. The picture above shows the Vesuvius bus starting down the wrong side of the road with the help of a flag man and a number of cars forming behind it. The picture below is the bus closer to the terminal parking lot.

Updated: August 9, 2019 — 8:37 am