October 15th, 2017 — Every once in a while I go out to a park and kick the soccer ball around. It’s good exercise and it’s fun. The downside is that after doing this a couple of times I start thinking about playing the game again, maybe in a plus 60 league. It’s a downside because I forget how serious even 60 year olds take the game such as this defender for the Salt Spring Island Old Boys who first stepped on the foot of an opposing player for the Juan de Fuca 48’s and then kneed his other leg to knock him over and leave him lying on the field. Didn’t even get a yellow card. Juan de Fuca did have their revenge, however, winning by at least eight goals.
June 6th, 2017 — Moon rise over the Escape Velocity Tuesday night criterium at Glenlyon in Burnaby.
Circa June 1978 — It came to me when I posted the picture of Quinn Anderson crashing on the barriers last weekend that I have a lot of pictures like that in my archives. Here’s a series from the men’s 100 meter sprint at the BC high school track and field championships at Swangard Stadium Circa 1978 which I don’t think was published; at least I didn’t find any of them when looking through back copies of The Province in the Vancouver library. It would be nice to know the names of the runners and who won.
September 30th, 2017 — No one was jumping the barriers at the Vanier Park cyclocross race this year. Quinn Anderson of Mighty Riders shows us why. More pictures from the 2017 Vanier Park Cyclocross Classic presented by West Coast Cycling and Trek Red Truck Racing Team can be found HERE or by clicking on the picture. Note: There’s a lot of them so it might take a while to load.
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.
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.
Published March 22nd, 1977 — Body builder Lenny Marriott working out at a gym on East Broadway in Vancouver. More pictures from this story which ran as a full page spread in the Vancouver Province can be found HERE or by clicking on the picture.
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.
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.
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.