OK race fans.....we've put together a number of misc collages and newspaper clippings which you may have seen in September and October just before Championship season here at the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition Track from about 1954 until and including 1966. These are in no particular order by year, but you can compare who were the top dogs and what the public paid to witness the most incredible years in automobile racing here in the Lakehead cities of Fort William and Port Arthur. To read the fine print in all of these...click on each of the following 29 or so clippings once or twice to enlarge them.
|HISTORY OF THE LAKEHEAD STOCK CAR CLUB FROM 1952 UNTIL 1963|
How they were advertised!!
These stories are great reading.....The newspaper staff covered these racing events like no other sport in their day.....There really was something besides Hockey back then.
This is how the old Husky Station at 441 S. Syndicate Ave looks today....quite a unique building.
Above are a couple of ads from the 1950's showing two of Barry's cars in two different years to compete in the Western Canada Stock Car Championships.
Bob Harkness had a very distinctive voice which was perfect for announcing the races at the old CLE track.....
Remember when races were held during fair week? In addition to the typical fair entertainment, racing always was the most popular. Also remember when they gave six cars away at the Grandstand during fair week?
Louis Tocheri, the 1957 CLE Track Champion was always controversial and loved to get into scraps with the other drivers which made for great entertainment for the public week after week. Louis would say that in the beginning it was faked a bit, but as time went on, the feuds became very real!!
It was a sad day when driver Sammy Myronuk quit.......
This last insert is from a 1960 program and it shows you who won what from 1953 until 1960. It was a wonderful time to be alive.
HR&J hope you have enjoyed these notes and clippings. There are many more that will eventually grace the pages of Hot Rods and Jalopies....thanks for the notes and emails...keep them coming.
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