July 27th, 1969 — The worst fear of a sports photographer is to have the greatest picture in the world happen right in front of him only to look at the just developed film fresh from the fix and find a referee’s backside blocking his view just as he pushed the shutter. It’s kind of what happened to me as Denny Hulme crossed the finish line to win the Klondike 200 Can-Am car race at Edmonton International Speedway. This time it was the starter and it wasn’t the greatest shot in the world and actually it was planned because I knew the habits of this particular starter. “Sure John, you planned it, really you did, …”
July 27th, 1969 — A member of the Goodyear Racing Division turns a racing slick into a hammock to catch a nap during practice for the Klondike 200 CanAm sports car race in Edmonton while the rest of the crew in the background play cards. I doubt this scene would ever happen in the hyper competitive and expensive racing we have today. Note that the “slicks” of this earlier era actually had tread. Also of note is that there are two big car races this weekend, the Indy 500 and the Formula 1 race in Monaco.
June 23rd, 1968 — John Cordts and his crew push their car (57) to the starting grid of the 1968 Players Pacific race at Westwood Racing Circuit. Cordts set fastest lap but crashed while contesting the lead with Stan Burnett (64). In the second picture Cordts talks to car owner David Billes at the esses next to their damaged McLaren while Don Jenson (0) in his Burnett Special drives by. Monte Shelton, final picture, driving a Porsche Carrera 6 won the race.
July 27, 1969 — George Eaton crosses the finish line on three wheels to place third in the 1969 Edmonton CanAm race. Eaton blew the right rear tire on his McLaren M12 just before the last corner and spun out a few meters after receiving the checkered flag.
August 27th, 1993 — If you’re not a motor racing fan this picture won’t mean much but these three men were the titans of American open wheel racing for a while. Carl Haas, Eric Broadley and Teddy Mayer in conversation during practice for the 1993 Indy car race in Vancouver.
July 26th, 1969 — Chris Amon about to get into his Ferrari 612P during practice for the 1969 Edmonton CanAm race. Later in the day while trying for a close up picture of Amon sitting in the car I didn’t realize I was blocking his exit from the pits. Him running me over wouldn’t have killed me but the look he gave me just before I jumped out of harms way almost did.
August 1st, 1971 — Edmonton Speedway — David Hobbs after winning the Lucerne 100 F5000 race in Edmonton, one of the victories that gave him the overall championship in 1971. The trophy to the disappointment Hobbs was filled with milk not Champaign.
May 23rd, 1970 — Edmonton International Speedway — There were people who said that in the late 60’s Mike Eyerly was the fastest American driver on four wheels but some bad car choices and couple of accidents ended his career after winning the SCCA Continental Formula B championships in 1969 and 1970.
August 1st, 1971 — One of my favourite pictures from my days photographing races at Edmonton International Speedway.
Aug 1st, 1971 — The race track at Edmonton was next to a farmer’s field and the owners of the land were often seen riding their horses through it during races. Sometimes they came across the strangest things such as this scattering of race cars which had piled up on the first lap of a support race for the 1971 Formula 5000 race and had been pulled into the dirt to be rescued by their owners and pit crew at the end of the day.