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Ghost Tracks - British Columbia

The following photos of the Cassidy Speedway and Grandview Bowl ghost tracks are courtesy of Tom Johnston. Tom is an author and long-time racer/owner. His book, Sports Car Road Racing in Western Canada, 1949 - 2003 in now available.

Grandview Bowl is located in Beban Park in Nanaimo, British Columbia. It ran super modifieds, stock cars and the occasional sports car race. Grandview Bowl was open from 1958 until 1985. The track was visited by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip in 1959 during the Royal visit to Nanaimo. As can be seen from the photos below, the remains of Grandview Bowl have almost been destroyed by a new soccer field built sometime between early 2006 and early 2008.

Cassidy Speedway is located on Spruston Road, between Nanaimo and Ladysmith, British Columbia. Cassidy was a 1/4 mile clay track that closed at the end of the 1999 season due to zoning law changes. It was previously known as Mountain Aire Speedway. Being a fairly recent closure, you can see it's still in great shape. According to Tom, when he visited Cassidy in May of 2002, "everything was still in place, signs, concession, even the fire truck and ambulance were in their parking spots". A go kart track was still operating on the property but has since closed.

If anyone has any more information on Cassidy Speedway or Grandview Bowl - photos, programs, points champions, etc please contact me: webmaster@motorsportscentral.com.

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Cassidy Speedway


Cassidy Speedway sign


Grandview Bowl


Map to Grandview Bowl


Satellite image of Grandview Bowl, as it appeared on Google Earth in 2006

Satellite image of Grandview Bowl, as it appeared on Google Earth in 2008


Satellite image of Cassidy Speedway, 2007


Lumby Raceway, 2005 photo taken by Tony Braun
   


Cassidy Speedway
Photos are courtesy of Bud Bussiere


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Cassidy Speedway
Photos are from the late 1990's

Photos are courtesy of Rob and Linda




Grandview Bowl
Photos are from around 1979

Photos are courtesy of Rob and Linda





Lumby Raceway
Photos submitted by Aaron Toma and taken by Tony Braun

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