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Message posted by Web Master on 10 December 2003 at 10:09pm - IP Logged
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Discuss your memories of Harewood Acres.


Message posted by mnblda@sympatico.ca on 18 January 2004 at 10:42am - IP Logged
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My Father was a race fan and us kids attended several races there including the sundown.we have pics taken in 50's and 60's.In particular I remember the Lemans start, boiled hot dogs, and a back and forth lead between a Corvette and Austin Healey until in the final the wheel came off the Healey(who I was rooting for).What a rush tho when the Healey would lead thru the turns and then on the straight the roar of the Corvette catching up and passing and then the turn.then we went to Mosport

Regards,,,Bill Morrison


Message posted by Web Master on 19 January 2004 at 9:57pm - IP Logged
Quote Web Master
Bill - thanks for sharing your memories. Would it be possible to get scans of your Harewood photos?

Message posted by Stefan Ornerdal on 26 January 2004 at 4:12pm - IP Logged
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Hello,

I am working on a database for results of Formula 2, Formula 3 and Formula Junior races.

I know there was a lot of FJ-races in Canada 1959-1963, at Harewood Acres, Green Acres, Westwood etc.

Does anyone of you have any results, entry-lists etc? All kind of help is much appreciated!

Here you can find what I have so far:

http://http://user.tninet.se/~aiq291w/F2_Index.htm

 

Kind regards

Stefan Ornerdal, Sweden

stefan.ornerdal@minmail.net


Message posted by Web Master on 26 January 2004 at 4:23pm - IP Logged
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I don't have Formula Junior results but try this discussion group (if you have not already): http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CMSHG/

Someone there can help you. I think I remember a discussion about your project on that board.

Good luck.

 


Message posted by Stefan Ornerdal on 26 January 2004 at 6:31pm - IP Logged
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Thank you, webmaster!

I have now joined that group, now I am waiting to see what happens!

Kind regards

Stefan

 

 

 


Message posted by Scott Morris on 02 February 2004 at 2:17pm - IP Logged
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Excellent summary of the history.  I recall attending races at Harewood in the 60's and enjoying the dicing of Mini's vs Muscle cars of the day.  Several years ago, I met a retired person who used to marshall at many of the local tracks and had put film footage he had taken onto a video format.  Much the the film is of racing a Harewood and is most entertaining.  Your web site is also well done; not to busy and easy to work through.  Well done.

--Scott Morris, Simcoe  ON

 

 


Message posted by slucas on 09 March 2004 at 8:17am - IP Logged
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 Bill Morrison (first post) mentions watching a race between a Healey and a Corvette that ended with the Healey loosing a wheel. I was there also and vividly recall the Healey loosing its wheel. Thats all I remember (I was only 4 or 5) I don't even know if my father was racing his homebuilt sportscar or not , though I suspect he was.   

Message posted by Everett Hagar on 17 March 2004 at 4:15pm - IP Logged
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Enjoyed your articles on Edenvale and on Harewood. I was wondering if the airport that Green Acres was on still existed. I was looking at the IFR approach plate for Goderich and saww Port Albert airport on it as well. A triangular shaped abandoned airfield that would have been Green Acres.

Wonder what is left...


Message posted by doug d on 01 April 2004 at 8:48pm - IP Logged
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I have been trying to locate the Harewood acre site on a topographical map. Are there any elements of the track left to see ? Is there anyway a more exact location of the track be given?

Message posted by Webmaster on 01 April 2004 at 11:31pm - IP Logged
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Quote: Originally posted by Guest on 01 April 2004
I have been trying to locate the Harewood acre site on a topographical map. Are there any elements of the track left to see ? Is there anyway a more exact location of the track be given?
My understanding that there is virtually nothing left of the track. When they build the refinery on the property the track was destroyed. To find the location, just look for the Esso Refinery near Jarvis.

Message posted by Russell Lewis on 12 August 2004 at 9:28am - IP Logged
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My Mother,Monica Lewis and I were LASC club members during the early '60's and were at most of the LASC sponsored events assisting as lap scoring (Mum) or marshalling (me) - Stan Williams was the club president then (recently died) and we were a part of the fund raising group to repave parts of the track. Great memories of the track and the people involved - I returned to LASC in late '70's and acted as club Treasurer and Race Director for a few years for events held at Shannonville - our executive back then included Nancy Dampier,Bob Long (multiple CASC champion - F4) Larry and Ruth Johnson and Mary Ann Leverton. The pictures and text are excellent and I was pleased to see my friend Craig Hill mentioned.


Message posted by Zsolt on 22 November 2004 at 12:36am - IP Logged
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Hi, my Dad raced sidecars at Harewood many years ago.  He was a sidehack on the # 108 BMW...if anyone has any info or pictures  on the races for Motorcyles in the 60's, I would greatly appreciate your help.  My dad is turning seventy soon and I'm trying to put a little surprise together for him.

Zsolt


Message posted by Royce Emley on 12 December 2004 at 9:00pm - IP Logged
Quote Royce Emley
I was a racer back in the 60's . A LASC member I raced at Green Acers and Harewood. I raced the home made Anteater a red Canada Class car. Bob Long got his novice licence using my car. The 60's were great times I miss Harewood. I stll have ample photos negatives and slides and on occasion have posted b/w photos taken there on some sites. I left Canada in 1968 and now live in Florida but come north each June to drive by the old tracks hoping to re-live some of the best days of my life. If you need photos I would be willing to send them.

Message posted by Robert Barg on 02 February 2005 at 3:58am - IP Logged
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Just read the Harewood Acres story - boy, does this ever bring back memories - I spectated there many times in the late fifties and early sixties - even got to race there - first in a 998cc Mini-Cooper in 66/67 and then in the ex Mo Carter 67 Camaro starting in 68 and thru till 70 (actually did a few races in a Canada Class Devin Crosley special in 61 at both Greenacres and Harewood but that's another story) - I can remember when still spectating seeing Heimrath in his RS 60 or 61 Porsche doing lap times that seemed unbelievably fast (that I would later eclispe in my old Camaro beast).  I remember how low key everything seemed - lots of guys drove their car to the race track - then removed everything loose from the trunk, taped up the lights and went racing (production classes)!  The thing that I miss the most, however, is the banquets that LASC used to put on after their events - after the day's racing was over, most everyone would stay for the evening banquet put on by the ladies auxiliary of one the local church halls in the town of Jarvis - and let me tell you that the food was the finest country style cuisine that would be hard to beat anywhere.  I can also recall some high jinks such as one Al Souter driving his 50cc.Mini bike thru the banquet hall just before the meal started.  There was a rumour that Al had "loosened up" somewhat with a few beers at the track prior to arriving at the hall.  Many great racing days were held at Harewood.  

Another mostly forgotten fact about Harewood would be that you could arrive at the track during the week with either your race or street car, pay $5 to farmer Hare and rip around the track all day! In the spring of 1965 Doug Vansickle and I prepared a production class Triumph Spitfire for the racing season and took it to Harewood for some prerace testing one fine day.  Doug and I flipped a coin to see who would be first to drive - I lost and Doug took the first few laps.  Remember that the hay bales used to line the track had been left out all winter.  Unfortunately Doug clipped one of these "cement" bales and it turned the Spitfire over - he rolled three times before coming to rest and there were three distinct red stripes on the pavement from each time that his helmet had scraped during the rollovers.  When he didn't come around we realized something was wrong and we went to find him - he seemed ok but was quite dazed and we rushed him off to the hospital in Simcoe - turned out he had a severe concussion and spent 7 days in the hospital. (of course there were no ambulance or medics at the track) I never did get to turn a lap in the Spit - it was totally wrecked and parted out! Doug did not resume his racing career and last I heard he moved out west shortly thereafter! Some other friends of mine who shall remain nameless took the family VW to Harewood one day and managed to roll it  - they turned it right side up and managed to drive it home - there was lots of explaining to do when they got home - something about losing control after a dog crossed the road and landing upside down in a ditch?

Robert Barg,  (rgbarg@shaw.ca)   


Message posted by Web master on 02 February 2005 at 10:32am - IP Logged
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Robert,

Thanks for sharing your memories of Harewood. I had never heard about the open lapping for $5.


Message posted by Doug Fraser on 07 March 2005 at 7:16pm - IP Logged
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I raced there with a group from St LAC (Scuderia Hysteria), running on a frayed and knotted shoestring. We started with the GVCC Relay Race, and had a ball. I remember camping in the infield (the storm drains alongside the runway made a good beer cooler), losing a left front wheel at the upper right hand corner,  and watching the rear view mirror like a hawk on Big Torque, since there were a D-Jag and a Chrysler-engined Special running. They both had big torque, but I was pushing a mildly-tweaked Morris Minor. Good times.

d.fraser@dccnet.com


Message posted by Doug Fraser on 12 March 2005 at 1:22am - IP Logged
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Since posting the above, I've found an excellent report on the Relay Race in the CMSHG page, including a complete results and list of competitors. It also showed me that I was wrong about the D-Jag, but right about the Chrysler Special. I still have the sash we were required to carry around, hanging up with a bunch of Competitors badges from the era. The track format then was Esses, Big Torque, Hairpin, Zig, Zag, Chicane, and Gunnery.

Message posted by Mike Nilson on 02 August 2005 at 4:59pm - IP Logged
Quote Mike Nilson

Great little article!  I currently restoring a Canada Class car that raced at Harewood, Mosport and St Eugene   The car was a DKW powered formula junior type that was driven by Helmut Teubler and Gunther Decker. 

It's great to see people are still interested in ghost tracks! I spent a morning at the old St Eugene track, wandering around the bush taking pictures!  I look forward to sharing information about the track.

Pics of my car are found at http://www.mcubed.ca/TE_Index.htm

Mike Nilson mnilson@mcubed.ca 


Message posted by David Birchall on 05 January 2006 at 12:23pm - IP Logged
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Quote: Originally posted by Guest on 12 August 2004

My Mother,Monica Lewis and I were LASC club members during the early '60's and were at most of the LASC sponsored events assisting as lap scoring (Mum) or marshalling (me) - Stan Williams was the club president then (recently died) and we were a part of the fund raising group to repave parts of the track. Great memories of the track and the people involved - I returned to LASC in late '70's and acted as club Treasurer and Race Director for a few years for events held at Shannonville - our executive back then included Nancy Dampier,Bob Long (multiple CASC champion - F4) Larry and Ruth Johnson and Mary Ann Leverton. The pictures and text are excellent and I was pleased to see my friend Craig Hill mentioned.


I am trying to locate Craig Hill.  His old Gemini FJ just won the European FJ Championship and the owner of the car would like to get in touch with Craig.  Can anyone help?  The owner of the Gemini now is Dr Tony Goodwin who raced from the fifties to the nineties in contemporary racing in England before going "Historic".  I can be contacted at info@bellhouseinn.com

Message posted by jpantis@hotmail.com on 10 February 2006 at 11:39pm - IP Logged
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Would anyone have photos of a Porsche 904 or 906 at Harewood? In 1967/8 Jean-Paul Ostiguy ran a 906 & Rainer Brezkinka ran a 904 & then a 906. I've written a book on Porsche 904, 906 & 910 racing in America and I'd like to include a few photos from Harewood if possible.

Thanks,
Jerry Pantis
Montreal

Message posted by Bob Ross on 17 March 2006 at 1:22pm - IP Logged
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Who out there rembers the match race between the stock cars and the sports cars that Bobby Anderson promoted in about 1961?I recently spoke to Doug Syer and he reminded me of it.Ted Hogan,Norm Mackereth,Jimmy Howard,Gary Witter,Harvey Lennox Jack McCutcheon Doug Syer are some of the names I remember from the stock car crowd. Were Bill Sadler and George Makins there representing the sporty car boys?Does anyone from my era use the internet?

Message posted by Leighton Irwin on 21 March 2006 at 3:33pm - IP Logged
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I raced Harewood many times in the 60's in a MGB and an Elva MK6 Climax. My first race, in a MGA, was the last race at Greenacres. Last time I was there in the early 80's there was a turkey farm with a huge coop on one corner. Edenvale is now an active airport again near Stayner. Yes I remember The stockers. George Makins might have run The Makins Special (Bearcage Buick) or a stock car. He was a CNE racer. His son Barry Makins is in Orillia, On. and runs Makins Garage. He is an ex racer in stock cars and snowmobiles who raced snowmobiles against Gilles Villeneuve.

To get in touch with the "Craiger" (Craig Hill) you might try the Canadian Automobile Sport Clubs or the web site WWW.race-cars.com/  A lot of us old farts watch it. I still keep in touch with Bob Long and Nancy and often see Gord Green of Ecurie Portland and the P & G cars fame. He lives in a "log cabin" in Haliburton, On. 


Message posted by Terry Fitzgerald on 08 April 2006 at 12:03am - IP Logged
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A special hi to Leighton who was a racing compatriot in the 60s. I'm also looking for pictures of my Bugeye Sprite (#311) from 1967 at Mosposrt and Harewood.

 

Love the memories.

 

Terry Fitzgerald


Message posted by Leighton Irwin on 08 April 2006 at 3:39pm - IP Logged
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Hi Terry. Saw you at Mosport a couple of years ago but did not recognize you. Gord Green told me later. Judy and I run Rift Valley Bait and Tackle and Pond and  Garden in Waubaushene (#400 & 12) at the foot of Georgian Bay, so the summer is our busy time. 7 days a week. If you are up this way drop in. 705 538 0001.

I remember running in the Relay Race at Harewood in A MGB. We thought we were super smart and brought an electric impact gun for the compulsory wheel changes. So did a bunch of other teams. Our idea (and others) was to stop early.  The electric circuits all blew leaving the track with no power! Luckily this was during practice. Pit stops then had to be arranged with the organizers so only one team using guns stopped at a time. So much for that bright idea.


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