June 20th, 1971 — These pictures of a George Follmer pit stop which I recently discovered in my files shows why it was so much fun in the old days to photograph motor racing. There I was taking pictures from the middle of pit lane during a Trans Am car race at Edmonton International Speedway and considering there was a fire in the pits on the previous lap — you can see the mess being cleaned up in the background of of the picture below — it was probably the most dangerous place on the track but the pictures were worth it. Up close with a wide angle lens not a telephoto; unobtainable today. That’s car owner Bud Moore sticking his head inside Follmer’s car.
Edmonton International Speedway
The 50th anniversary of the legendary Can-Am sports car racing series is happening in 2016. Pictures in my archives taken between 1968-1971 at the Klondike 200 race held at Edmonton International Speedway were to be uploaded a few pictures at a time over the next week or so but an executive decision has been made and the pictures were uploaded together into a gallery HERE in the projects section of this blog. Note, there are over 180 pictures in the gallery so it might take a while to load. There were two galleries uploaded early this month of Canadian drivers and Team McLaren. They have been removed and the pictures included in the projects gallery. The car above is a McLaren possibly driven by John Cordts in 1969.
July 25th, 1970 — Dave Morris, driving in a support race to the 1970 CanAm in Edmonton, zooms through the pits on a scooter. His passenger, Brynell Gunderson, is not impressed. Dave is a member of the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame and aside from being the 1973 Canadian Formula Ford champion he owned the team that Gilles Villeneuve drove for in Formula Atlantic the year before he signed with Ferrari in Formula 1.