Message posted by Web master on 19 March 2006 at 4:41pm - IP Logged
Discuss False Creek Speedway.
Message posted by Brian Pratt on 20 March 2006 at 12:15am - IP Logged
The Washington Midget Racing Association raced at False Creek a few times:
August 6, 1960
fast time -- #89 Bill Mehner, 15.48
trophy dash -- #15 Gordy Youngstrom
1st heat -- #12 Gordy Livingston
2nd heat -- #1 Bob Gregg
3rd heat -- #15 Gordy Youngstrom
4th heat -- #86 Johnny Ellis
Main event -- #12 Gordy Livingston
Mehner went on to race with USAC. Bob Gregg was posthumously inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame. The #12 car that Gordy Livingston was driving was probably owned by Vancouver, BC's Gordon Reelie. Reelie was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame.
Reelie played an important part in getting False Creek Speedway up and running. He knew a Parks board supervisor in Vancouver who gave the go ahead and Reelie laid out the track, initially as a dirt track before it was paved in 1959. The area the track used was the old city dump.
Two midget races in 1960. I'll get to those next time I post.
Message posted by amy on 03 April 2006 at 2:32pm - IP Logged
If anyone has some pictures or more information on Gordon Reelie, #12,
Message posted by ohsweken_ministock23 on 17 May 2006 at 10:00am - IP Logged
I think that some of these tracks are pretty amazing looking but i know the walls hurt no adays i hope thos trees wernt there it would suck hitting the trees
Message posted by Brian Pratt on 17 May 2006 at 3:49pm - IP Logged
The trees came later. There was the typical board fence on the perimeter of the track and therein lay the problem. The local freeloaders were trying to watch the races through the knotholes. The Vancouver parks board was worried that someone would get hurt from a car going through the fence and that they'd be sued. So the track was closed down.
Message posted by John Gregg on 09 August 2007 at 2:11pm - IP Logged
As a 13 year old kid in Vancouver, False Creek was the only track that my brother Mike and I (no relation to Barefoot Bob) could thumb a ride to to see the stock car races. Reg Royal (stock) and Bob Hall (midget) are names I remember seeing. We couldn't get to Digney or the out-of-town tracks. Great to have had a track close to the people. One night the go kart club came out to run arround at half time, and track records were broken.
Message posted by k riz on 26 July 2012 at 2:47pm - IP Logged
I was here last weekend. The park is busy in the summer time, 2 soccer teams were practicing on the infield. One of the straights is quite "rolly" with tree roots pushing the pavement up, but overall still in pretty god shape for not having been maintained for 50 years.