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Donkey Cross 2017


September 16th, 2017 — Donkey Cross, the first race of the 2017 Vancouver Cyclocross Coalition Series, was held at Port Coquitlam’s Castle Park and the conditions were hot and dusty. Jessy Hoffman on his way to 23rd place in the intermediate men’s class. More pictures from the race HERE or by clicking on the picture.

“Big Daddy” Don Garlits

Don Garlits 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.

Steeplechase

Steeplechase June 5th, 1976 — A Nikon F with motordrive and a long extension cord allowed me to get this water jump picture during the men’s steeplechase at the high school track and field provincial championships at Swangard Stadium. It’s a shot I wouldn’t think of doing today with a digital camera; they don’t like wet. The mechanical Nikon F, however, was almost indestructible and never had to be babied.

Burrards vs Salmonbellies

Box Lacrosse August 16th, 1975 — At one time, in the 1940’s, the biggest rivalry in town was box lacrosse between the New Westminster Salmonbellies and the Vancouver Burrards. It was standing room only with sell out crowds when the teams played at Queens park Arena in New Westminster or in the Vancouver Forum. By the time I took this picture in Queens Park Arena boxla as it was known locally had faded to a fringe sport and the back of the sports pages if it was mentioned at all but at one time it was the biggest pro sport in town and bought houses for two of my uncles who played for the Burrards.

Kendall Ryan wins

July 12th, 2017 — From this expression on Kendall Ryan’s face in the early part of the 2017 Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix you wouldn’t think she was on her way to winning the race but she did. More pictures from the women’s race HERE or by clicking on the picture.

Gastown Grand Prix 2017

Gastown Grand Prix July 12th, 2017 — It was six abreast into turn one on the first lap of this years men’s Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix bicycle race with Shane Kline of Rally Cycling on the inside appearing to be acquiring a little elbow room from Garneau Quebecor rider Jean-Francois Soucy. More pictures from the men’s race HERE or by clicking on the picture..

New West Grand Prix

Kirsti Lay July 11th, 2017 — With fingers just touching the brakes, Kirsti Lay, riding for Rally Cycling, flies down 6th Street onto Columbia to win by almost a lap the New Westminster Grand Prix criterium bicycle race. More pictures from the race are HERE or by clicking on the picture. There are more than a hundred of them so it might take a while to load.

Eppie Wietzes

Eppie Wietzes 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.

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