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Message posted by Webmaster on 16 November 2003 at 9:33pm - IP Logged
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Discuss your memories of Wasaga Beach Speedway

Message posted by curious on 03 March 2004 at 11:41am - IP Logged
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Who owns this property now?

Is it just the photos or do the corners looked off-cambered (ie banked the wrong way)?

It's so disheartening to look at photos of a dead speedway...I think it's worse than seeing a dead body!!! 

Just think of all the thrills, excitement, and passion so many people had at this place--although it closed down long before I was born, I can really feel it. 

Not that the area needs another speedway, but it would be nice to see it restored somehow.


Message posted by Webmaster on 03 March 2004 at 1:23pm - IP Logged
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The property is a provincial park so I'm assuming it's owned by the Ontario government.

I think the photos are misleading. The corners were pretty flat from what I remember. I don't recall them being off-camber.

I can't see it ever being used for racing again. There are houses across the road. The property is essentially right in the town of Wasaga Beach. I'm surprised it lasted until 1970.

 

 

 


Message posted by here_and_back@hotmail.com on 23 May 2004 at 4:10pm - IP Logged
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one armed drivers using spinners on the steering wheel and a little hot spot bar/dance hall right outside the main gate called THE HITCHING POST it was a great place

Message posted by here_and_back@!hotmail.com on 26 May 2004 at 9:21am - IP Logged
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    I t was the biggest 1/4 in Canada closer to 3/8 it had lots of bank.. Doug Warrens and Ross Howes were fast there and won if Jack Cook  didnt show up  the best women driver ever in Canada Joan Howard  (Loyd Howards wife ) #15

Message posted by Brampton Race Fan on 26 May 2004 at 10:33pm - IP Logged
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I went there when I was a kid but I cannot remember what night they raced.Was it Saturday???

Message posted by Brampton Race Fan on 26 May 2004 at 10:38pm - IP Logged
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Looking at these pictures it sure looks like a narrow track.Did the Late Models race there?

Message posted by Webmaster on 27 May 2004 at 12:12am - IP Logged
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Brampton Race Fan:

Wasaga raced on Saturday nights. They ran Late Models - also "B" Modifieds, mini-stocks, super-modifieds, Diamonds, etc over the years.

 


Message posted by Ross on 13 July 2004 at 8:50pm - IP Logged
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  the b -bombs also ran with the late models if they wished to do so. I was there thr first night that this happened


Message posted by Beach Guy on 16 October 2004 at 12:36pm - IP Logged
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I sure do have some fond memories of the place! It was a great way to finish a fun day at "the beach".

Now the town has a population of almost 16,000, but has only the beach and some beach front bars to keep people busy. The main street has lost it's movie theatre and the remaining stores sell only bathing suits for 3 months of the year.

 

 


Message posted by d..smith2@sympatico.ca on 06 April 2005 at 10:38am - IP Logged
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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..smith2@sympatico.ca    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.


Message posted by Web master on 06 April 2005 at 1:15pm - IP Logged
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Dave,

Thanks for your post. I enjoy reading old stories like this. Feel free to post more stories.

 

 

 


Message posted by Red Headed Kid on 23 April 2005 at 7:32pm - IP Logged
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Does any body remember the Yellow Canary of Spike Johnson from Meaford  or How about the # 37 of Roy Byron a red "37 Ford coupe from American Auto Wreckers If anyone has pics i'd like to see them I washed windshields and helped change tires on these in my preteen years prior to 1967

P.S  you were right about the HOT DOGS


Message posted by rick baker on 14 December 2005 at 11:18pm - IP Logged
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does anyone remember rodger hammer

Message posted by Tony Douglas on 24 July 2006 at 12:55pm - IP Logged
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Just want to thank you for your coverage of the Wasaga Beach Speedway. I raced a '49 Meteor, #36 there most of the summer of 1964. I remember losing the car one night coming out of turn #2 and eating sand and old stumps on the infield.

I shared pit space and equipment with Terry Paxton of Schomberg, who raced in a higher class. I remember Vic Parsons racing in a mechanics race because he was his own mechanic. The other mechanics didn't have a chance!

One night, a wheel flew off a car on #4 turn, flew through the pits narrowly missing me and Terry, but it destroyed our tool chest.

We used to meet our girlfriends and go swimming at the beach in the dark after the races. It was a great summer!

 


Message posted by JLORaceGirl48 on 09 August 2006 at 5:10pm - IP Logged
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Hi "Red Headed Kid" I'm trying to find you some pictures of Spike Johnston's Yellow Canary. I have pictures of his other cars but we haven't found the YC pictures yet.

Message posted by Dick Mahoney on 25 March 2007 at 7:59pm - IP Logged
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I am looking for any old B Bombs email mahoneyd79@hotmail.com

Message posted by cdn-wheels on 30 March 2007 at 8:13am - IP Logged
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I am writing on behalf of my dad.     His name is Al Cox and was the engine builder with Jack Cook for a number of years.   They won the Wasaga Speedway Late Model Championship in 1965.     He is trying to find an old friend of his named Pete Hudson ... other wise know as " The Bandit ".     If anyone has any info could you pass it on to my email address .... midgetwheels@hotmail.com

Thanks ahead of time!         Neal Cox


Message posted by John Oldroyd on 23 April 2007 at 7:48am - IP Logged
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Wih respect to Neal's posting...as the Son of an old B-Bomb racer I do not recall a Pete Hudson, although Jack Cook is a name I remember from the 1960's...my Father though was known/advertised as "The One Armed Bandit". His car was number 23 / 82 depending on the year....


Message posted by fpombiere@rogers.com on 08 May 2007 at 1:51pm - IP Logged
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I was a CNE regular in the Hobby Division during the late 50's and early 60's. One Saturday night we took our car to Wasaga Beach.  Walking the track, we were aware of plenty of pot holes in the track and many rocks on the track.  Half way through the feature the track lights went out and we all hooked up our trailer lights (which were on the back of our race cars) to finish the feature.  Everybody seemed to be in a good mood at the Wasaga Beach Race Track.  We had much fun there.

 

Fred Pombiere


Message posted by Web master on 08 May 2007 at 7:53pm - IP Logged
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Fred,

Thanks for sharing your memories. I cam across your name many times in my research on the CNE Speedway.

Message posted by JIM INGRAM on 21 June 2008 at 10:27pm - IP Logged
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IN 1964 I STARTED RACING AT WASAGA SPEEDWAY WITH 1949 FOR COUP.#177, ROLLED IT IN THE FIRST RACE, PUT A RAD. IN IT AND WON THE NEXT HEAT RUNNING AGAINS THE B BOMBS.   IN 1966 I DROVE SLEEPY FOR  JERRY REEVERS TILL THE ENGINE BLEW AND WE BOUGHT THE CAR AND  RAN IT IN 1967 AND WON MANY FEATURES AND LITTLE FEATURES. IN 1968 I BUILT NO.7 CORVAIR WITH A 292 CU. IN. MOTOR AND GAVE RICK BATTERS A RUN FOR HIS MONEY WITH A $300 CAR AGAINST A $1000 MOTOR AND ALL JACK COOKS HELP. 

  


Message posted by darrell eacott on 13 August 2008 at 7:42pm - IP Logged
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this is another place my dad john eacott started his career ,i would say mid 60s or so well before me, i was told the story of when he tried to exit the track and got sand in his eyes couldnt see and drove his car right threw the pit on / off devider wall , thats to funny knowing all the fresh air pumps and trick full face helmets we have today , i am under the understanding they left the car at the speedway never to return and pick it up ?? my dad went on to be a latemodle champion at diffrent speedways around ontario ! but it all needed to start some where ! i have sevral pics of my dad threw the 60 and so on threw his retirement , if anyone would like a copy or anyone has pics of him i would love to get together ,, THANK U AGAIN CANADIAN RACER FOR PROUD MEMORIES !! ,DARRELL EACOTT

Message posted by ab leach 33 b bomb on 09 March 2009 at 7:43pm - IP Logged
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races 1964 72 suttoon wasage speed way sutton chanp 72

Message posted by ab leach on 09 March 2009 at 8:02pm - IP Logged
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raced with bert smith dick mahoney jackcook vic parsons late g pringle charlie greenlaw ken hart paul lalonde pete harvey ray waggs tiny degeer bill watson tommy cuzzila doug warrens rick batters don batters was flagman at sutton dollie his wife drove in powder puff  i raced westgate for number of years no 23 streetstock roy freeman owner 2 in points 1980 several wins disabled 2001 quad by pass conjestive heart failure just swim in pool and injoy life

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