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Nov 27 2012 05:27 pm
great site i have 8 mill footage of sarnia raceway my dad drove polcat#2 in the 50s I can b reached at   crice9@cogeco.ca 519 331 6981 sarnia ont

Apr 13 2012 07:48 pm
Rick Sharples from Yesterday's Speedways. Awesome site.

Dec 30 2011 02:27 am
You are very Welcome

Dec 18 2011 08:23 am
Old Memories of Winsor 1965 when I used to go with the Bishop family Ray Bishop Now Deceased used to race his car and have the car towed to and from the track he didnt have a trailor in those days what a great family day and life style it was.
Thanks for the Memories it's a great site.

Sep 24 2011 08:37 pm
Harvey Lennox will be inducted into the London Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday, Nov. 3. The event called Spirit of Sport will be held in the Carousel Room at Western Fair (next to the slots and racetrack).
  Tickets cost $40 (tables of 8) and are available on line at www.westernfairdistrict/shop/products or 519 642-7114. I know Harv would like to see some of his old rivals, friends and fans.
  Great site. Took me back. My first daily newspaper job in 1953 was at the Chatham News and I often covered racing at Ridgetown.
Bruce Huff

Sep 13 2011 07:49 am
Bill Daniels 203 from Hickory corners   anyone have pics etc ?/ billdaniels49@live.com

Dec 13 2010 07:16 pm
Just a note to say whoever J is I want to thank him for the article on my Dad Russell Kulvander who died at Windsor Raceway.He was so young and I was only 3 years old at the time. It was a surprise to see his name. Kathy Kulvander Fuerst.

Sep 8 2010 08:45 pm
Thank you for the info Pete will check it out   Michelle

Sep 1 2010 08:13 pm
Glad I found this site--its great     There wasa   good article in the London Free Press abd out Jack Sharpe on 17/8/10 if anyone is interested
BTW severl years ago we had Trip Trepaniers son working with us on a pipeline in the Wilkesprt area
Pete Burrowes

Apr 8 2010 10:20 am
hi, just a note to correct about windsor speedway,theres a car on its side in front of the flag man, the name shown is hector beliveau, thats not him thats my brother roy lucier, if you look at the front of the roof ull see the name roy, i remember that nite when he rolled on his side he broke all the flags off, back then the flag man stood on level ground to flag he was crazer then the drivers lol, yea all they had was pipes in the ground to hold the flags, those were the days of guts an glory,,   leo lucier #49

Feb 10 2010 05:28 am
I have been looking for pictures of the car my Dad drove in the late 50's until 1966 he drove for Supertest Garage it was an orange and black car and it can be one of two number 68 was the first number and 100N was the second one.... if anyone has any of those pictures could you please forward them to me.... my parents are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and would love to have a few of those old pics thanks ahead of time :)
Great Web site too ... my dad and I have spent hours looking at it he knew every single one of the drivers ... a stroll down memory lane :)
Contact Email stdrouillard@hotmail.com please no spam

Feb 3 2010 10:24 pm
Mark;   Just love your site,as I remember the Ridge back in the 50's and late 60's.   I was just 5 years old when I rode with Trip in the Copperhead to dry the track and they said that they couldn't take the smile off of my face with sandpaper. Just loved that car.   Hope that this site goes on forever cause coupe racing rocks   Brad Gosnell

Nov 18 2009 09:05 am
hi i was goofor fo leamington cars #28 billy condruck spondordby jackson motors #A-1Mr henderson sponsord by hyatt motors A-2 herb heatherington and roy hunter who is in can. hot rod hall of fame. A-3billy robinson sponsord by ray young motors billy was a2wwv of can. airforce also my cousin.thanks to all the crews that made a12 year old kid happy who loves cars   j.j.s.

Oct 2 2009 09:49 pm
I have spent hours at your site Mark. Awsome.

Clyde Labonte

Sep 24 2009 08:10 am
DAYUS RACEWAY INTRODUCTION MERLE LANGLOIS BESIDE STOCKS, MERLE DRIVES BIG CARS,ROADSTERS AND MIDGETS. MERLE ALSO IS MANAGER OF LANGLOIS CARTAGE AND IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE MOTOR CITY STOCK CAR RACING ASSOCIATION.   YOURS TRULY A FAN.

Sep 24 2009 08:10 am
WRITE UP WINDSOR STAR   JULY 1952. HOT ROD DRIVER RUSSEL KULVANDER VANCOUVER STREET, DETROIT,LOST HIS LIFE SATURDAY EVENING AT WINDSOR SPEEDWAY IN SANDWICH WEST TOWNSHIP, WHEN HIS SOUPED-UP STOCK CAR [29 FORD ROADSTER] CRASHED THROUGH THE FENCE ON A TURN[AT WINDSOR RACEWAY THERE WAS A SIX FOOT PINE FENCE AROUND THE OUTSDE ON THE EDGE OF THE TRACK ALL THE WAY AROUND] THE DRIVER WAS PINNED UNDER THE RIGHT FRONT WHEEL OF THE VEHCILE AND WAS DEAD ON ARIVAL AT HOTEL DIEU HOSPITAL. IT WAS THE FIRST FATALITY AT THE SPEEDWAY SINCE HOT0ROD RACING STARTED TWO YEARS AGO. TRAVELLING AT TOP SPEED THE RACER TORE DOWN 60 FEET OF FENCE.[IN LATER YEARS I TALKED TOO A FEW RACERS WHO WERE THERE THEY BOTH SAID IT WAS A PIECE OF BOARD THAT STRUCK HIM IN THE HEAD THAT KILLED HIM] YOURS TRULY A FAN.

Jun 11 2009 09:28 pm
BRODIES DELEWARE RACEWAY -A hillside rising from a flat strech of ground on the Broadie Farm became the insperation for the Raceway in 1952.Track is three - tenths of a mile long built with a gravel base surfaced with blue clay.Racing under flood lights every Thursday night.

Jun 11 2009 09:28 pm
RIDGE RACEWAY-Located on the Ridge Road between Blenheim and Ridgetown is a one-third mile oval track and was built in August, 1951. It is an amphiteatre layout with bleachers on three sides and was the second stock car track to be built West of Brantford .Ridge Raceway Limited is owned by Jack Ingram   and Clayt Johnston of Ridgetown Ont.Some of the top drivers at this track are Trip Tripanier in Copperhead 1 of Jeanettes Creek, Gordy Truman in car 70-W of Watford Joey Atkinson in the Black Diamond from Merlin Al Rice, Chatham in car 66, Russ Evans in Slow Poke 1 of Ridgetown and from Windsor Stan Earish 106 and Harry Bolton 3B         Barry

Jun 11 2009 09:28 pm
TILBURY-This track is operated by the Lions club, of Tilbury, with the proceeds going to the clubs work. This one quarter mile dirt track has an action packed program every Wedensday night.     Barry

Jun 11 2009 09:28 pm
DAYUS RACEWAY -Situated on the outskirts of Windsor on Howard Avenue. one fourth of a mile asphalt track, opened in 1951. One of the fastest action tracks in Canada. Now open to all competition with racing every Saturday night. Owned by Frank E Dayus.     Barry

Apr 19 2009 08:50 am
This is an advertiment on Dayus Raceway.
                                              NO[3B]-iF YOU COME FROM AROUND WINDSOR OR DAYUS STADIUM WAY WE WON,T HAVE TO TELL YOU MUCH ABOUT 3B DRIVEN BY HARRY THE KID BOLTON AND ITS FINE RECORD THIS YEAR.SPONSORED BY BOLTON TOOL AND DIE SANDWICH EAST, THIS CAR IS A THREAT IN ANY RACE.THE KID IS WELL EXPERIENCED AND SHOULD END UP ,53 WITH A GOOD SHARE OF WINS.

Apr 19 2009 08:49 am
BLACK DIAMOND-Joey Atkinson of,Merlin drives this car [34 CHEV-3 WINDOW] gets it,s name from the International Black Diamond motor.The sponsor of this car is Bill Ball, who operates Bill,s Garage atPrairie Siding.Joey is one of the more experienced drivers on the Western Ontario tracks and won fame as the driver of 82. He has a large following of fans who are always on hand to thrill at his expert driving. Ross Cook of Prairie Siding, is the mechanic on this car.Joey is a regular at Dayus Raceway.

Apr 16 2009 08:26 am
        HEY HARRY 3B CAN YOU NAME THESE DRIVERS      

    BLACK DIAMOND     DAPPER DAN
    TINY TIM         KING COBRA
    RED RAM           2-4-D
    K-9               T-8
    XX               U-2
    C-17             V-8
    X-3               G-4
    M-1               T-62
    A-3               A-7

  THESE FELLOWS YOU USED TO RACE AGAINST.

Mar 29 2009 08:17 am
Hi there ...just found your website and found it very interesting...I drove at checkerflag in 67.68....was wondering if you had any pictures of late model #7 driven by Gary Stephens...

Mar 29 2009 08:16 am
HI GUYS: Always doing writeups on the Checker Flag website, but I am doing some research on Dayus, Windsor and Bluebird Speedways, and hope to do some write-ups on these great speedways in the near future. These speedways have some great stories to tell about the races and the competitors. Just hang in there while I dig through my archives and photos.I am also trying to dig up some material on the Tilbury Speedway.STAY TUNED..............RACINGLY YOURS...........George Oldnall

Feb 10 2008 09:09 am
Hey Mark, Bobby McConnel here..   I was talking to a friend of mine and he said his Uncle and Dad raced at Checker.   Joe and Gary Donlon?   Would you have any pics of them?   Take care man and thanks...   Send me an e-mail

Aug 23 2007 05:45 pm
Awesome Pictures!!!   Brings back good memories.   Ryan Custer, son of Gary Custer #03, just saying hello and all the pics are Grate!! Racing Karts at Windsor Raceway with Windsor Kart Club www.999kart.com.   I realy miss Checker Flag BAD!!!!

Aug 22 2007 12:37 am
Hey Leo all fixed go make sure I did it right lol   Michelle

Jun 30 2007 05:03 pm
THE LOCAL RACING LEGENDS:The Windsor area probably has more stock car racing legendary drivers then anywhere in North America.Having viewed stock car racing in the area for over several decades I could probably write a book on all the areas drivers.The 1950's era saw drivers such as Trip Trepanier in his legendary "Copperhead"coupe,Harry Bolton,Don "Cookie"Cookson,Jack Goodwin,Don Smith, Serge Tesolin, the Coates brothers,Carl, Bill and Claude just to name a few.Drivers such as Stan Earish,Jimmy Vandelinder,Johnny Banks etc. would go on to compete into the 60's and 70's.The legendary tracks in the area such as the Tilbury Speedway,Windsor Speedway, Dayus Raceway and of course Checker Flag Raceway, all super competitive ovals with legendary events over the years.While the racing was super competitive, it was a lot more fun back then and surely more affordable then it is today.It was a golden era back then, when almost every other gas station or local garage had a stocker out front.The crowds at the local tracks reflected the popularity of the sport of stock car racing in the area.Even today, when talking about the good old days, no matter who you talk to, they either attended the races or they knew someone who competed at the old tracks.While it is very doubtful that the Windsor area will ever have another speedway we are very fortunate to have the local racing websites that are preserving the memories of the "Good Old Days" of racing in the Windsor area.Racingly yours GEORGE OLDNALL from the OLDSCOOL GARAGE................

Dec 12 2006 08:52 am
Thank you Leo got it fixed up now.
          Mark & Michelle

Dec 12 2006 08:46 am
hi again mark an michelle, i was looking at a picture of the #48 in 1967 an 68, that was me in that picture i drove that car in a lot of races for my nephew ray hebert in ridge town, not ron tripanier, i didnt wanna lose our points at checker flag so i drove the #48 it was even painted purple like the #49 leo lucier

Dec 10 2006 08:40 am
Thanks Leo ,, Ron is allways on the two sites and will see this and laugh we sure did .   Mark & Michelle

Dec 10 2006 08:39 am
hi mark, barry an michelle, i was looking at the guest book an noticed the name ron colley, an it brought me back two the late 60s when i raced at rigetown, i think it was the last of the season an they had a officials race, an ron colley was the flag man then, an asked if he could use the #49 purple onion in the race, an my crew thought what the hell its just a race, an i told ron the clutch was on the rite an the brake was on the left, because we sat in the center of the car an allways had your foot ready for the brake, the race started an he was doing fine an some one spun out an ron ran rite in two the pack of cars, i know he steped on the wrong pedal but ill bet he wont admit that, i remember that like it was yesterday i have know ron colley since i was a teen ager, tell him i said hi an dont lie two you about that nite, lol take care,   #49 the purple onion the car ron smashed up   hahahha   leo lucier

Nov 15 2006 07:39 am
Hi George great story about some of the old names from Southwestern Ontario
greats. And from the U.S. Those were great days for sure. Thanks for the story.  
Mark & Michelle

Nov 12 2006 08:59 am
Delaware 100:It was the late summer of 1965 and a planned trip to Delaware Speedway for the supermodified 100 lapper was on the ajenda.We arrived at Delaware only to find threatening weather all around.After watching supermod practice and several hobby car heats the rains came forcing us to return the following Friday night forthe raindate.The following week the weather was much better.In the pit area all the top Canadian and U.S. supermodified stars were on hand along with a full field of hobby coupes.Top Canadian stars such as Sammy Snider,Jack Sharpe,Jack Greedy, Harvey Lennox, Al Kerr, Joe Hylwka just to name a few were on hand along with U.S. stars such as Bob Seelman, Bill Denninger, Cy Fairchild and a host of others. In time trials, Toronto's Joe Hylwka posted the fastest time of the night to gain pole position for the century grind. After several hobby-car heats and feature with such drivers as Jimmy Shipway, Terry Kitchen etc., the twenty-four car field of supermods was pushed off for the main event.At the green, Hylwka jumped out in to a commanding lead with Lennox,Kerr, Jack McCutcheon and Jack Greedy battling for the place and show positions in the field. The yellow would appear several times fo minor spins, but at the end of the event it would be Joe Hylwka in the beautiful black and gold #23 supermodified taking the checkers to claim the Delaware Supermodified 100.I hope you enjoyed this look back at one of Canadian short-track racings historic events.Racingly Yours-George Oldnall..........

Nov 12 2006 08:59 am
hello mark and michelle

Oct 4 2006 07:15 pm
Hi Leo I'm really glad you had a good time. It's really good seeing all the guys again. Next year were going to try harder to get more of the guys out.Their were quite a few called and some just didn't show. Jack Monaghan was on a trip this year he's been to all the past reunions.By the way Gary Parent is home and doing well.I want to stop over and see pops when he's feeling a little better. Take care Leo see you soon.I'm Almost done with the album I'll bring it to you soon.Take care of my truck Ha! Ha!
                                            Mark

Sep 26 2006 05:28 pm
hi mark an michelle, just two let you know how much i enjoyed the reunion sunday, an getting two see an talk with all the old rivals that i competed with this is a great site, i was suprized that there were alot of people that werent there, its two bad, they missed a great day, im looking forward two next year allready,an im hopeing that theres more drivers next time, an i wanna thank all of you for the photo album of all the pictures in memory of stan earish, that was great, an i wanna thank barry dunbar also for the feature sticker i havent seen one of them since the 60s,an i wanna wish gary parent a speedy recovery.thanks again (#49 the purple onion) leo lucier

Sep 20 2006 09:12 pm
Thank you George for sharing the memories.I remember BlueBird very well. George like I said you are welcome to write anytime .I have had alot of good commemts thank you. By the way I hope to see you at the reunion this Sunday the 24th. A lot of the old drivers will be there. It starts at 1.pm at the Moose Lodge .
              Hope to see you there Mark

Sep 18 2006 08:23 am
Bluebird Raceway:The Bluebird Raceway which was located on Howard Ave. south of the Windsor city limits was the scene of some action packed racing action for several short seasons. It filled the void between the closing of the Dayus Speedway and the opening of the Checker Flag Raceway in the early sixties. Bluebird was known for its dust problem. Many a Sunday evening was spent cleaning up after watching an afternoon of racing at Bluebird. No matter which direction you approached the track on Howard Ave. you could see the dust storm rising above the cornfields off in the distance. Located on the northeast corner of the tracks property was a farmhouse. The pit area was basically in the yard of the house and I always thought how neat it would be to have the pit area at your backdoor. I can remember several Sunday afternoons the track brought in Poop-Deck Paul who hosted the Pop-eye cartoons show on CKLW-TV9 as the guest announcer. It was truly a treat for all the kids in the grandstands. The parking lot was located south of the track in what was basically an open field. If the wind was blowing in the right direction you had a field of probably the dirtiest cars in the Windsor area. Many of the drivers that would later go on to compete at Checker Flag ran at Bluebird. Drivers such as Joe Holden, Gord desjardins, Gary Parent, Andy Gordon and Serge Tesolin, just to name a few. Jerry Churchill who would later go on to compete in both the ARCA and NASCAR series got his racing career started at Bluebird at the wheel of an old Mercury. There was always plenty of thrills and spills on the little Bluebird dirt oval. While not much has been documented about Bluebird, I hope this will bring back a few memories about the short-lived Bluebird Raceway. Racingly yours-George Oldnall

Aug 10 2006 12:46 am
Hi Karen ; Sorry we don't have any information for you. Do you know where he raced or the number of his car that might help us to find some information for you, if you do please let us know.
                                  Thank you Mark & Michelle

Aug 10 2006 12:37 am
I was wondering have you ever heard of Gary Rowell.   He raced in the 50's and 60's.   He is my father and passed away a couple of years ago & I have been trying to find out some information on his racing days.

Thanks,

Karen

Aug 6 2006 06:11 pm
Hi George; Thank you for the great story about the Supermods at Deleware.Yes The 70's were a great era for racing. I regret not seeing the Supermods racing at Deleware.I was very busy around Checker flag at the time. Helping on the cars and racing myself. I kind of wish I would of got out more to see what was going on at the other tracks.I Thank you again for the story and I welcome you to post them anytime on this site or the Checker flag site. I also hope to see you at the Checker Reunion with many of the Windsor Legends.
                                        Thank you George
                                                    Mark & Michelle

Aug 4 2006 09:03 am
Delaware Speedway back in the sixties was the Canadian hotbed for supermodified racing. Three tracks made up the super circuit back then with racing at Nilestown, Delaware and Flamboro Speedways. Who can forget the supermodified stars of that era. Harvey Lennox in the legendary Tammy Ten super or the great drivers such as Joe Hylwka, Jack Sharpe, Jack "The Ripper" McCutcheon, Glenn Schurr and the legendary Norm Mackereth.Several times each season Delaware would host a long distance 100 lap feature. The U.S. supermods would travel over to do battle with our Canadian stars. Michigan stars such as Bob Seelman, Cy Fairchild, Nick Rowe, Bill Denninger just to name a few could be seen pitside at Delaware. In the late sixties and early seventies several of the top cars from the famed Oswego Speedway in New York state would make the long journey to Delaware for the long distance specials.Nolan Swift in his legendary "Ten Pins" super or Jimmy Shampine, Todd Gibson all competed at Delaware at one time or another. The racing was close, exciting and very colourful to say the least. While Wednesday and Saturday nights were reserved for racing at Checker Flag here in Windsor, Friday nights was the long drive up to Londons Delaware Speedway to watch the wild open wheeled supermodifieds do their thing on the old quarter mile paved oval.It was an exciting era in racing and I was glad to be able to witness it. I hope this brings back some memories for some of the older fans and gives some racing history for todays younger fans to look back on.George Oldnall.

Jul 14 2006 06:22 pm
Hi George,I remember you very well. I remember all of the racing reports and writeups you did in the programs and of course the little paper,"Checker Chatter".You are right, Stan was the one to beat. He was very cool. I knew Stan very well. My dad sponsered him in 68 and 69. My uncle was his mechanic for those two season. You know George I think Stan could have won races driving a wheelbarrow. It was good talking to Stan at the 2004 reunion. George if you ever want to write any old stories on any of the area tracks please feel free to post them on our guest book either on Old time racing site or our Checkerflag Raceway site which you can get onto from the link from the home page on this site. Thanks for writing George it's great hearing from you .If you have any old pictures or writeups you would like to put on the site just send them to us and we will be glad to put them on for you .

                                              Sincerly Mark Desjardins

Jul 5 2006 08:44 am
A fantastic website.It sure brings back a lot of good memories. Was fortunate to do P.R. for Checker Flag in the late seventies and early eighties.Posted race reports for Wheelspin News,M.A.R.C.Times and several other publications.I was always a great fan of Stan Earish.I remember going over to the Michigan State Fairgrounds with my dad and watching Stan race the Windsor Body & Fender Special sprint car on the big one mile dirt oval against a host of big name sprint car stars from the midwestern states.If I remember correctly, Stan finished fifth that day.The race being won by the legendary Gordon Wooley from Waco Texas.The night before Stan drove his #1 coupe to the feature win at Checker Flag.Now that was adapting to two different race cars in a period of twenty-four hours.Godspeed Stan I will never forget you.GEORGE OLDNALL

Feb 24 2006 10:56 pm
I finally found it. Nice site mark and michelle. Pete jr.

Feb 21 2006 05:52 pm
Terrific site.   I've never been a racer, but was at Dayus with my folks when I was young, and at Checker Flag twice a week, even before I could drive and had to hitch a ride.   I'll try to scan some of my old photos and send them in.

I was able to connect with Don Smith for a short time before he died.   That was really great.   His in-laws and my grandparents lived next door to each other.

Keep the memories alive.

Jim Broadwell (now in Calgary)

Feb 19 2006 07:52 pm
Hi Mark,

It was nice to see you again, I just wish it was under better circumstances.   Your Dad was a fixture around our neighborhood and was well know and well liked.   Again my condolences to you and your entire family on your loss.   May God welcome Blaise into heaven with outstretched arms...   Peace and God Bless...

    Bob McConnell   (ps. Chris Couvillon, hear is my address   mc_egg@cogeco.ca)

Feb 16 2006 09:28 pm
Thank you June It's really good to hear from you again and keep in touch   Mark



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