Quote: Originally posted by Administrator on 16 November 2003
Discuss your memories of Wasaga Beach Speedway
Wasaga Speedway was owned back in the 50's and 60's (probably 40's as well) by a fellow named Bob Smith. Bob's folks also lived at the beach, on the River Road, the other side of the Elmvale highway, close to the mouth of the river.
Bob also had a place at the road in front of the track, called the Hitching Post. It was a restaurant and dance hall that rocked on the weekends. There was also a dude ranch housed in the stables that years earlier were used for the horse race track, which later became the car race track.
The original car track was a clay track that had been used for the horses to race on.....can't tell you what type of horse racing it was, I just know that they used it for that at one time.
When the cars raced on the clay track, there wasn't much between the track and the grandstand.......just a very light wooden fence.....a tad dangerous when I look back on it now. After quite a number of years of racing on the clay track, which I think was a 1/2 mile, a paved 1/4 mile oval was built inside the clay track, which certainly provided better safety for the spectator's.
As a teenager and pre-teenager living at the beach during the summer months, I had the pleasure of working at the Hitching Post part-time for Bob and his lady, flipping burgers etc. On Race Nites, I ran the concession booth's for Bob at the track. We made the "Absolute Best" Hot Dogs. Another job I had with Bob was to drive the Wasaga Speedway Announcing Car that had Speakers mounted on the roof, to annouce to all those thousands of people at and on the beach, that there was Stock Car Racing that nite, at the Wasaga Race Track. What a fun time for a young guy who loved racing.
All these years later, racing is still in my blood......My son Paul Smith drives the #28 Can-Am TQ Midget race car at race tracks throughout Ontario and Western New York. Paul is the "2004 Castrol Can-Am TQ Midget Racing Series Champion".
I would be interested in hearing from any of the Driver's who might have some interesting tales about racing at "The Beach". Wasaga Beach that is!
As many of you who will read this will know, the moniker "the Beach" now belongs to Joe Chisholm's Sauble Speedway.
Anyone with any more info, or who might want to contact me, can do so by e-mailing me at d..email@example.com I would also be interested in hearing from any of my old friends from the beach. Our family business throughout the mid forties thru to the late fifties and early 60's was the Kawartha Lodge which became the Kawartha Motel in the fifties. It was located on Mosely Street, next to "The Wool Shop", just 1/2 a block from the Main Street.
Dave Smith - Cambridge, Ontario.