This is a great colour photo of Albert Massaro's "Popcorn Special" as it passes the "Peter Pan Dry Cleaners" building on Simpson Street in 1963. Note that the number on the car is the year of the carnival, not Albert's famed #88. This is of course the Lakehead Stock Car Club float entered in the Fort William Winter Carnival of 1963..... how we miss the old days. Peter Pan dry cleaners was at 236 Simpson Street, just east of Bethune Street.
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Here we have a very rare photo which was donated by Tom Dow. It is Barry Kettering's original race car #00 sometimes fondly remembered as "The Snitch Special" taken during the Murillo Speedway days circa 1950. If you click to enlarge it you will see Barry's name below the side window as driver and the words "Kettering Special" further back on the side. The photo was taken late in the fall at a race in Murillo. The car was in a ditch as the snow started to fall heavily. A couple of young on-lookers were not deterred by the weather, and obviously neither was Barry. There is much more on Barry and Albert further back in this blog.....you can do a search in the small box at the very top left of the main blog page above the title photo.
Thanks to Tom Dow and others who have donated photos for use on Hot Rods and Jalopies, and much thanks to all those who email photos as without them, there would be no history pages such as this.
One final note: Long before Ice Racing was started here in Thunder Bay, many of the boys of summer - stock car jockeys, would bring their cars out to the ice at various locations around town to show what their cars could do in winter conditions.