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Message posted by Webmaster on 12 April 2004 at 9:48pm - IP Logged
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Discuss your memories of Lansdowne Speedway.

Message posted by ross_mould@mitel.com on 05 May 2004 at 1:04pm - IP Logged
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Went to Lansdowne as young kid. Kids got in free with 6 pepsi caps. Racing was at Beamish Hill [ Wakefield Quebec] on dirt before then. I have some photo copies of racing pictures from Beamish Hill. I also have an original program from Lansdowne and some early ones from Capital City [ Ottodrome ]. John Derby  #77 and Keith James #92 ruled Lansdowne until Buck Holiday showed up from New York in his OHV Buick powered C-38. Capital City was always 3/8 or 4/10 mile, depending on promoter. Track size has never changed. Was originally asphalt covered in dirt for 2-3 seasons, then cleared back to the original asphalt on which they still race. Capital City's greatest memories has to be the modifies of Richie Evans #61, Geoff Bodine #1, Gerry Cook #38 and Andre Manny #27 to name a few, banging the open wheelers.

I also have some early programs [ 70-80 's] from Brockville, Cornwall, Oswego and some I can't remember, but I know were they are.

Original Valley racing I'm told was at Whitehorse on the Quebec side and at Meadowlands in the far westend of Ottawa [ Nepean ]. You could see the outline of Meadowlands travelling east on 417 , 1st. south farm before Moody Drive up to a few years ago. There was also a dirt track cut in the bush in the Orleans area in East Ottawa called Eastview Speedway. Made 3-4 trips there, I recall no or small stands, haybales, no guard rails and cars clearing a small berm and heading into the trees with people scrambling to clear.

I live in Dunrobin, rural west Ottawa. If your interested in seeing the programs etc.,    I would be happy to meet you. I've been to a few races !

Ross Mould, RR#2, Dunrobin Ont., K0A 1T0.

 

 

 


Message posted by LORENZO on 09 May 2004 at 12:23pm - IP Logged
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THANKS FOR REMINDING ME OF THE GOODTIMES I HAD AT LANDSDOWNE AND GOING TO THE LOCAL STORE AND ASKING IF I COULD EMPTY THEIR BOTTLE CAP HOLDER SO I COULD GET 6 PEPSI CAPS TO GET IN.  KEITH JAMES AND HOLIDAY NEVER LEFT MY MIND ALL THESE YEARS AND TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHICH ONE OF THEM WAS GOING TO WIN THAT NIGHT.  THAT HOLIDAY FROM OSWEGO REALLY PUT ON A SHOW.  ANOTHER ONE I WILL NEVER FORGET IS DUFF"S TAXI WHICH NEVER REALLY WON THAT MUCH BUT REALLY ADDED TO THE EXCITEMENT.  THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES.


Message posted by ron bell on 14 May 2004 at 11:49am - IP Logged
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  But you had to be accompanied by an adult to get in with the six Pepsi liners. So.... you'd ask that man beside you if you could be his kid till you got through the turnstiles. 

I seem to remember figure 8 races there too.  I remember Buck Holliday, John Derby and Duff's taxi, but not too many others.  Duff's taxi was located just the other side of the bridge betweeSunnyside and Hopewell, next to the (Mason's) audio repair shop next to Joey's restaurant.  Coulter Drugs was on teh other side of Duff's.   A big woman was the taxi dispatcher at the time.   


Message posted by ron bell on 14 May 2004 at 11:50am - IP Logged
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Now racing (sixth season) in the Ministock class at Ottodrome with my 30 year old son, Trevor.

Message posted by B Makinson on 07 February 2005 at 11:55pm - IP Logged
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Does anybody out there remember Roy makinson or have some pictures of him racing?email me at makinson@cyberus.ca thanx

Message posted by Milt on 09 February 2005 at 7:51pm - IP Logged
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As a youngster, my father and myself used to drive up to Ottawa from Montreal to watch the racing at Lansdown on Wednesday evenings. What a thrill it was to watch the likes of Buck Holliday (car # C-38), Shampine (car # 8-ball), Car # 10- pins (forgot drivers name), Kenny Farmer (car # 27) Duffy's Taxi (forgot the driver's name), Kenny Shoemaker (car # 111) and Bill Dalton (car # GM 1). On Thursday night,  several of these drivers made their way down to Riverside Speedway in Montreal to race against Dick Nephew, Charlie Tromblay, Bobby Tromblay, Dick Godell, Ernie Ried, Jackie Peterson and Billy Wimble from New York State and Jean Paul Cabana, Gilles Brochu, Andre Manny, Jean Guy Chartrand from Quebec. On Sunday afternoons, some of these same drivers, from Ottawa came down to Bouvrette Speedway in St. Jerome, Quebec.

Does anyone remember in the late 50's when the old Grand National tour from the southern states came to race at Landsdown? I was there that night, but I wish I had kept the program.

I am looking for a photo of Bill Dalton (I believe his car was # GM 1). He used to race at Lansdown as well as at Beamish Speedway, Oswego Speedway, Two Mountains Speedway in Kemptville.  


Message posted by joe on 10 February 2005 at 9:14am - IP Logged
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I recall that Roy Mackinson was nicknamed Rapid Roy Mackinson and I also remember seeing him at either La Fargville or Evans' Mill


Message posted by Ian McKercher@opera.ncf.ca on 10 June 2005 at 5:24pm - IP Logged
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Hi :
I'm an amateur historian living in the Glebe, and am facinated to hear that stock car racing took place here. I'd be interested in borrowing any pictures, programs or artifacts of Lansdowne Park races so that I could add them to my archives.
Ian

Message posted by Ted Grant on 16 July 2005 at 10:23am - IP Logged
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Boy does this ever bring back memories of great times in stock car racing in the Ottawa area.

Not only did I shoot hundreds of pictures of racing at several tracks I began driving my own sprint car, eventually switching to stock car.

I suppose my worst case drive was the night I crashed in a new sprint car at number #1 turn, Bank street end, broke some ribs and destroyed the sprintcar. :-)

Oh yeah and ended my driving career! :-) But that was a very long time ago.

ted Grant

Victoria BC


Message posted by B M on 21 July 2005 at 2:23am - IP Logged
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Hey Ted Grant,got any pictures of ottawa area racing? Would love to see them.

Message posted by Dave T on 25 July 2005 at 2:06pm - IP Logged
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All of the car photos seen here with this article were taken by Ted Grant.

You can see most of the race photos that he took at the National Archives on Wellington Street for the earlier years, and at the City Of Ottawa Archives for the later years' photos


Message posted by Allan Derby on 05 September 2005 at 5:39pm - IP Logged
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Reading these posts has brought back a lot of memories of travelling to Oswego for Classic Weekend, The Richie Evans Memorial, etc. Used to love doing so with my Dad, John Derby, who drove Duff's Taxi as well as his own car at Lansdowne.

Message posted by Wilf James on 08 September 2005 at 7:17pm - IP Logged
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 I would like to know if anyone has pictures of Keith james and his cars.  He was my father's cousin and I only got to see him race one time at capital city speedway.  My e-mail adress is Buck53@sympatico.ca. Any pictures or information would be appriciated. I have contacted the promotor of the Ottodrome in Ottawa and he remembers Keith racing as his parents and keith's parents knew each other quite well. 

Message posted by BM on 13 December 2005 at 7:22pm - IP Logged
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Dave T where are these photos?


Message posted by chapman54@sympatic .ca on 05 March 2006 at 3:58pm - IP Logged
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very young but went most races father was track worker fire uncle also transported cars to other cicuits ie st jerome is one i vaguely remember

Message posted by Tom on 25 August 2006 at 2:53pm - IP Logged
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Buck Holliday C/38 did the buisness in the late 1950,s,not bad for a driver with bad eye sight at Landsdowne Park, Keith James,yeah one of the best. does anyone remember Jackie Lippet ? Ottawa driver.  thanks

Message posted by MARK on 30 August 2006 at 7:02pm - IP Logged
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Does anybody know if there was races at the old Rockliffe A.F.B. IN Ottawa in the early '70's

Message posted by Web master on 31 August 2006 at 9:59am - IP Logged
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Quote: Originally posted by Guest on 30 August 2006

Does anybody know if there was races at the old Rockliffe A.F.B. IN Ottawa in the early '70's

 

As far as I know, Rockliffe was only used once. It was for a road racing event in 1970. See: http://www.canadianracer.com/track-display.asp?trackid=rockliffe&querytype=detail&extra=history

 

 




Message posted by MARK on 06 September 2006 at 9:00pm - IP Logged
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Thanx- webmaster....talking to people in the openwheel forum on the speedtv web site.Since Champcar looking at  Rock. AFB. Someone posted  an old picture of the race configuration at Rock. AFB,but had no info....thanx again!!!

Message posted by garryfields on 19 September 2006 at 10:55am - IP Logged
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Quote: Originally posted by Guest on 25 July 2005

All of the car photos seen here with this article were taken by Ted Grant.

You can see most of the race photos that he took at the National Archives on Wellington Street for the earlier years, and at the City Of Ottawa Archives for the later years' photos




Message posted by garryfields on 19 September 2006 at 10:57am - IP Logged
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Quote: Originally posted by Guest on 16 July 2005

Boy does this ever bring back memories of great times in stock car racing in the Ottawa area.

Not only did I shoot hundreds of pictures of racing at several tracks I began driving my own sprint car, eventually switching to stock car.

I suppose my worst case drive was the night I crashed in a new sprint car at number #1 turn, Bank street end, broke some ribs and destroyed the sprintcar. :-)

Oh yeah and ended my driving career! :-) But that was a very long time ago.

ted Grant

Victoria BC




Message posted by Sheila Lackie on 31 January 2007 at 12:48pm - IP Logged
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 There is a Surprise 40th Anniversary coming up in April for my Dad "Denzil Billings" who drove (and still does in the vintage class at Brockville), Kingston, Cornwall, Lafargeville, Evans Mills, Capital City and others from 1967 on.  If anyone can pass on any interesting stories to me that they may remember from those days I would be interested in hearing them so I can share them with friends and family who will be attending this special occasion.

Message posted by ryan.dunlevie@gmail.com on 20 September 2008 at 10:52am - IP Logged
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looking for pictures of farmers from the west end of ottawa i have some i think its wilkinson hill or somthing like that

Message posted by char on 04 February 2009 at 3:58pm - IP Logged
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Yes , I remember Jackie Lippet he raced with my dad Carl McConnell and they all used to work on the cars at Bob Coates junk yard out on Fellowfield Road. Spent many a day there.  Now my son his is racing mini stock  at capital city speedway.

 


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