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Lothar Motschenbacher

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.

Turn two crash

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.

Old boys soccer

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.

Finish line crash

May 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 400 meter sprint at the North Shore high school track and field championships showing Pieter VandenBos from Windsor High School stumbling after a dive for the tape which earned him second place.

Cyclocross at Vanier Park

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.

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.

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