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Message posted by Webmaster on 16 November 2003 at 9:30pm - IP Logged
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Discuss your memories of Acton Speedway here.


Message posted by Clifford Biggart jr on 28 October 2004 at 10:25am - IP Logged
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I have pictures of my fathers race cars when I find out if the pictures are from acton speedway i will let you know. i took my first ride in a race car at kids night with my sister at acton speedway.


Message posted by Webmaster on 28 October 2004 at 6:46pm - IP Logged
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Quote: Originally posted by Guest on 28 October 2004

I have pictures of my fathers race cars when I find out if the pictures are from acton speedway i will let you know. i took my first ride in a race car at kids night with my sister at acton speedway.


Great! I'm looking forward to seeing them.

Message posted by Clifford Biggart jr on 04 January 2005 at 1:10pm - IP Logged
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I was talking to my father in ontario a few days ago he told some of the race cars were left behind when Acton Speedway closed. Iam going to ontario in the summer I am going to the track to see if the cars are still there if they are i will get pictures and get them to you.

Message posted by Web master on 04 January 2005 at 10:35pm - IP Logged
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Quote: Originally posted by Guest on 04 January 2005
I was talking to my father in ontario a few days ago he told some of the race cars were left behind when Acton Speedway closed. Iam going to ontario in the summer I am going to the track to see if the cars are still there if they are i will get pictures and get them to you.

I had heard that rumour too. When I was there in the summer of 2003, there was really no where for them to be kept. There were two old, collapsed buildings that appeared to be too small to have cars. They may have been moved to the barn but the property has changed hands so I suspect the cars are gone.

On the other hand, if there are there somewhere, definately get photos!

 


 


Message posted by Clifford Biggart jr on 06 February 2005 at 2:12pm - IP Logged
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My father told me the if the cars are still there they are in what used to be the pit aera of the track.


Message posted by Web master on 06 February 2005 at 7:00pm - IP Logged
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Quote: Originally posted by Guest on 06 February 2005

My father told me the if the cars are still there they are in what used to be the pit aera of the track.


I  was told that the pits were behind the back straight. That area is working farm land now.

Message posted by Clifford Biggart jr on 23 February 2005 at 3:16pm - IP Logged
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Is there a possibility that this track could be reopened i was considering looking into this when I go up to Ontario this summer the track still seems to be in good shape as long as i dont get too many objections about reopening the acton speedway.

Message posted by Web master on 23 February 2005 at 9:54pm - IP Logged
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Quote: Originally posted by Guest on 23 February 2005
Is there a possibility that this track could be reopened i was considering looking into this when I go up to Ontario this summer the track still seems to be in good shape as long as i dont get too many objections about reopening the acton speedway.

I don't think there's much chance of getting it open again. Assuming you get past the local bylaws and that the current owner would allow it to be used, you are still facing a huge task.

You would essentially be starting from scratch. It's really just an oval shaped chunk of asphalt in the middle of a farm field. The grandstands were never anything decent in the first place and currently if you breathe on them, they'd fall down. There's no washrooms, concessions, pit shack, scoring tower or any infrastructure. The parking area and pits have been plowed back into working crop fields. The access road is almost non-existant.

The track surface is not in very good shape. It looks good in the photos and considering it hasn't been maintained in 30 years, it's doing well. When you see it up close though, it's in too rough shape to work with. It also appears to  have been fairly narrow by today's standards. I would think that you would have to tear it up and start fresh. Considering that you'd have to build all the infrastructure and completely rework the track, you might as well build a new track somewhere else.

The last thing against it is the land itself; it's not flat. The front straight was downhill and the backstraight was uphill. I don't think drivers today would tolerate that.


 


Message posted by Clifford's sister Cheryl on 12 March 2005 at 1:42pm - IP Logged
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Hey!  if you re-open the Acton Speedway, Clifford,  I'll come and race!  I personnally have no memories of Acton Speedway, but I do remember Flamboro Speedway.....alot of great memories there.

Message posted by Clifford Biggart Jr on 16 March 2005 at 1:49pm - IP Logged
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Quote: Originally posted by Guest on 12 March 2005
Hey!  if you re-open the Acton Speedway, Clifford,  I'll come and race!  I personnally have no memories of Acton Speedway, but I do remember Flamboro Speedway.....alot of great memories there.


Message posted by Clifford Biggart Jr on 16 March 2005 at 2:07pm - IP Logged
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As Ernie said the track is not in as good a shape as it looked in 1992 when  i was last there. I guess i will see what the township has to say when talk to them as well as the property owner ijust hope he will let me look around when i stop by. i also have memories of Flamboro ,Varney and New Sunset Speedway back in the days of Bob Hogan Daytona Don Beiderman Rick Couling Jim Tardiff And our Father of course.

 

 

 

 

 


Message posted by Rick on 25 March 2005 at 7:47pm - IP Logged
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I raced there twice in 1968.  I recall that off turn three, in the bush there, were 2 old Model A bodies both in really bad shape.

What an awesome sight to see the old race track  brought back a lot of memories.  The pictures of turn 4 down the front straight brought back memories of me spinning once there and then hitting the wall a few laps later in the race.

Keep up the good work


Message posted by Clifford Biggart jr on 28 April 2005 at 3:27pm - IP Logged
Quote Clifford Biggart jr

Thanks for the information Rick. I will look into that when i am in Ontario. Do you have any pictures from Acton Speedway if you do it would be nice to see them on Canadian Racer pictures from Acton are pretty scarce.


Message posted by BRYAN RASHLEIGH on 17 June 2005 at 10:05pm - IP Logged
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MY BROTHER ROD RASHLEIGH CAMPAIGNED A 1960 FOR 2 DOOR SEDAN IN 1969 AND 1970. IT WAS PAINTED MAVERICK GRABBER BLUE AND WAS #27 SPONSORED BY PINE VALLEY TEXACO IN WOODBRIDGE. I AM SURE A HAVE A FEW PICTURES FROM WAY BACK WHEN. I DROVE THE CAR IN THE DRIVER INTRODUCTION LAP AND DID GET TO RACE IT ONE SUNDAY AFTERNOON. WE USED TO TOW THE CAR TO THE TRACK ON ROAD TIRES BY CHAIN BEHIND MY BROTHER'S ROAD CAR FROM WOODBRIDGE EVERY SUNDAY AFTERNOON. I REMBER DOUG MCCAULEY  FROM THE PICTURE. HIS FATHER HAD A TEXACO STATION AT THE SOUTH-WEST CORNER OF HWY 50 AND HWY 7. WE LATER RACED IN THE HOBBIES AT FLAMBORO ALONG WITH GARY ELLIOTWHO DROVE THE MINI STOCK VW. I LIVE IN BRAMPTON AND PASS THE TRACK AT LEAST ONCE EVERY SUMMER. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A WALK BACK THERE TO SEE THE TRACK IN PERSON IF THE FARM OWNER IS RECEPTIVE. WHEN I FIND THE PICTURES I WILL FORWARD ANOTHER E-MAIL. GREAT WORK!


Message posted by Web master on 18 June 2005 at 10:58pm - IP Logged
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Quote: Originally posted by Guest on 17 June 2005

MY BROTHER ROD RASHLEIGH CAMPAIGNED A 1960 FOR 2 DOOR SEDAN IN 1969 AND 1970. IT WAS PAINTED MAVERICK GRABBER BLUE AND WAS #27 SPONSORED BY PINE VALLEY TEXACO IN WOODBRIDGE. I AM SURE A HAVE A FEW PICTURES FROM WAY BACK WHEN. I DROVE THE CAR IN THE DRIVER INTRODUCTION LAP AND DID GET TO RACE IT ONE SUNDAY AFTERNOON. WE USED TO TOW THE CAR TO THE TRACK ON ROAD TIRES BY CHAIN BEHIND MY BROTHER'S ROAD CAR FROM WOODBRIDGE EVERY SUNDAY AFTERNOON. I REMBER DOUG MCCAULEY  FROM THE PICTURE. HIS FATHER HAD A TEXACO STATION AT THE SOUTH-WEST CORNER OF HWY 50 AND HWY 7. WE LATER RACED IN THE HOBBIES AT FLAMBORO ALONG WITH GARY ELLIOTWHO DROVE THE MINI STOCK VW. I LIVE IN BRAMPTON AND PASS THE TRACK AT LEAST ONCE EVERY SUMMER. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A WALK BACK THERE TO SEE THE TRACK IN PERSON IF THE FARM OWNER IS RECEPTIVE. WHEN I FIND THE PICTURES I WILL FORWARD ANOTHER E-MAIL. GREAT WORK!


Bryan,

I remember you and your brother running Hobbies at Westgate in the early 70's. I'd definately like to see your old photos. I'll definately post them.


 


Message posted by b dunbar on 22 June 2005 at 8:52pm - IP Logged
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     About 10 years ago a friend of mine went to the track.There was an old barn on the site.In the barn was an old modified coupe NO-7 it is a 36-37 chev He purchased it the car is now in windsor ontario sitting up on blocks outside behind the house.If any one has any info on this car it would be greatly appreciated.


Message posted by Rick on 03 July 2005 at 8:38pm - IP Logged
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Hi Cliff..

 

Sorry I have no pictures of my races at Acton.  We went there in the fall after the track we  usually raced at closed  (Hideaway Speedway, New Hamburg ).

Was a fun place to race and I recall all the other racers being so helpful.  Also remember a race where they mixed us up with a bunch of Flamboro Hobby cars.  These cars are now called Vintage Modifieds and that was a blast too.  Keep up the good work.  Have told others about this site so maybe some other info will come up from other sources


Message posted by Clifford Biggart jr on 13 July 2005 at 10:00am - IP Logged
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i am also hoping when I go to Ontario I can go back to the track as well. I would like to see the pictures to when you find them Brian.

Message posted by KEVIN D MCCOY on 13 March 2007 at 8:37pm - IP Logged
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I REMEMBER MY DAD EARL MCCOY IN THAT GREEN #8 BLOWING THE DOORS OFF OF EVERYONE .THIS IS A COOL SITE KEEP IT UP

Message posted by Kevin Eckerich on 24 August 2010 at 1:30pm - IP Logged
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WoW there are some memories, where my dad started racing and raced in Ontario for 20 years, Acton, Varney, Pinecrest, Sauble, Hamilton, Breslau, Cayuga, Barrie, was some good times back in the day for stock car racing. 

Message posted by hondaman on 05 October 2010 at 7:59pm - IP Logged
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I remember Acton before it was paved, and have a few old photos. I will post them to you, if I can figure out how.
The track was originally cut into the hill-side on turns 1-2, and if you cut in too close, you could end up on you roof, and in the field-----it happened more than once.

Message posted by Caneh5@yahoo.com on 09 January 2012 at 2:36pm - IP Logged
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I am Marie White wife of the late Ron White who built this track, there are no cars left there, and yes the by laws closed us down, it was a fun time , I had a snack bar in a school bus, we never made money since the insurance was so high. Our son who was 5 at the time would drive a car around the track and over the end of it, making fans panic, as to where he went, it was safe. He would then walk down the track to a standing ovation. His name is also Ron, he now runs his late Father's business. Ron's Burner Service in Acton, Ont. A lot of great memories, and I do have a lot of pictures. We met so many wonderful drivers, and fans over the years.

Message posted by larry majuery on 20 November 2012 at 8:46pm - IP Logged
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  Just happened to come across this site,what great memories it brings back. I raced there from the 3 rd week it opened untill the end,it was sad not to go to Acton on Sunday anymore. Ron and his family  became  good friends of the Majuery,s , as did Ken and Vivian Shaw and we appreciated their efforts in making sure we all had a fun time. The best times we had were when it was dirt.Going home after the races looking like racoons and turning on the garden hose to get some of the dirt off before we spent our winnings for the day on KFC for the whole family was a good time. Racing brought our family together like nothing has since.I continued racing for years after Acton,but no track gave me so much fun. The cars got better,faster and more expensive to run making it a more expensive hobby and more serious. I have many pictures of the track and cars,mostly our cars I guess,if I can figure out how to post them ,I will.We did have rules,but if some other class of cars came to race when car count was low,we all voted to let them run.It was basically,... run what you brung and hope you brung enough.. I remember being towed to  the races  by a 1968 dodge dart and a towbar in 1969. We were close to the track and running late,but the car quit.I started up the racecar and pushed the dart to the track and right into the pits,couldn,t be late for racing. Thanks again to Ron and his family for the great times,Iwas very sad to hear of Rons passing. Larry Majuery

Message posted by Web master on 21 November 2012 at 9:01pm - IP Logged
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Larry,

Thanks for posting your memories. There is no way to post photos though. If you send them to webmaster@canadianracer.com I can put them on the site.


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