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.
June 26th, 1977 — A camera man from a Seattle TV station rides a kart to get B roll footage with a Arriflex 16s before the start of a kart race through the streets of Marysville, Washington. Note, he is not the mayor but the mayor did drive the kart in a celebrity race earlier in the day. More pictures from the race can be found HERE or by clicking on the above picture.
July 25th, 1970 — David Hobbs in the pits during practice for the Klondike 200 Can-Am sports car race at Edmonton International Speedway.
July 27th, 1969 — Chuck Parsons watches mechanics working on his Lola T163 in the garage area behind the pits during practice for the Klondike 200 Can-Am car race at Edmonton International Speedway. Parsons didn’t start racing until he was 30 and was another of those drivers who had well prepared cars for the Can-Am series but limited success although usually finishing in the points. As an endurance driver he won the Daytona 24 hours co-driving with Mark Donohue in a Penske Racing Lola T70 coupe.
August 1st, 1971 — Lothar Motschenbacher with his mechanic checking over his Formula 5000 Mclaren at Edmonton International Speedway during practice. Motschenbacher raced Can-Am sports cars and open wheels, always had a quick car, but I don’t think he ever won a race.
August 1st, 1971 — A first lap crash exiting turn two during a Formula B car race at Edmonton International Speedway. Six cars out of the race almost before it started. In the last two pictures the horseback riders were from the farm next to the track.
Circa 1969 — The biggest name and easily the greatest drag racer of all time, Don Garlits also known as “Big Daddy”, stands next to his his AA fuel dragster “Swamp Rat” while examining the starting area of Edmonton Speedway before taking a practice run. He was touring Canada and the northern US with Jerry Ruth who he raced in a series of match races at any track that would pay them to show up. It was a way to make some extra money in between the big national races in the states. It’s not a great picture except for the details such as the beater pickup that was his push/tow truck and the fact he’s alone. I don’t remember him even having a mechanic with him at the track which would have been useful as, if I again remember correctly, Garlits blew up in the first race and had to rebuild the engine himself which he barely managed in time for the second round, which he lost.
August 31st 1997 — Greg Moore with his father before the start of the Molson Indy Vancouver car race around False Creek; twenty years ago today.
August 31st 1997 — Twenty years ago the Indy-Car race around False Creek attracted over a hundred thousand spectators. Noise eventually killed it. There’s a new series just started, however, called Formula E. The “E” stands for electric and the race cars with battery powered electric motors make about as much noise as a sewing machine. Just the sort of event to enhance the green image our elected city officials want for Vancouver.
June 14th, 1970 — Eppie Wietzes (94) driving a McLaren M10B on his way to winning the Canadian Road Race Championship event at Edmonton International Speedway. Second in Bill Brack (85) in a Lotus 70. The dust is from cement thrown onto the track to pick up oil spilled on an earlier lap.