August 5th, 1975 — What’s fascinating about this picture of Vancouver’s Gastown Grand Prix and the one below is the complete lack of crowd control. Restaurants had tables right beside the track. Spectators ate lunch and drank wine as the racers went by. The Gastown Grand Prix is still held but now spectators are packed in behind six foot high fences. It’s still a fun race to watch but it doesn’t have that special joy it once had. The picture above was taken as the riders sprinted for the finish. The rider on the left, Brian Keast of Coquitlam, won the race. Bill Wild of Port Moody on the right was second.
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