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Old 06-06-2008, 04:11
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Nog enkele actiefoto's vanop de Paramount Ranch ...

Foto 1 = Richie Ginther in een Aston Martin DB3S
Foto 2 = Chuck Porter in een Mercedes Special, met op de achtergrond één van de decors.
Foto 3 = Bruce Kessler in een Ferrari 500TR, later die dag vernield tegen een boom.
Foto 4 = Jack McAfee in een Porsche 550 RS
Foto 5 = Betty Peters in haar "Aardvark Special", 1957
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Old 06-06-2008, 04:21
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685. Columbus (Columbus, OH - USA)

Dit stratencircuit werd in de periode 1985 - 1988 gebruikt door IMSA en had een lengte van 2.3 mile.
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Old 06-06-2008, 04:48
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Actie op het stratencircuit van Columbus ...

Foto 1 = 1985 - Porsche 962 van winnaars Drake Olson / Price Cobb
Foto 2 = 1986 - Jaguar XJR-7 , een derde plaats voor Brian Redman / Hurley Haywood
Foto 3 = 1987 - Lola T86/Chevrolet waarmee Sarel Van Der Merwe niet aan de eindstreep geraakte.
Foto 4 = 1988 - Porsche 962 met Al Holbert aan het stuur, zou nooit starten ...
Foto 5 = ... Al Holbert verongelukte op vrijdag 30 september 1988, toen hij opsteeg met zijn vliegtuig vanop Columbus International. De wedstrijd was gepland voor het weekend van 1 en 2 oktober ...
IMSA trok nummer 14 definitief terug.
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Old 06-06-2008, 05:04
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686. Reunion Arena (Dallas, TX - USA)

Een 1.5 mile circuit dat gebruik maakte van straten en parkings rondom Reunion Arena in Dallas.
In 1993 en 1994 bezocht door SCCA Trans-Am Series en in 1996 door IMSA.

Reunion Arena is de vroegere thuisbasis van Dallas Mavericks (NBA), Dallas Stars (NHL) en Dallas Sidekicks (Soccer). De Arena zou na 30 juni 2008 definitief sluiten.
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Old 08-10-2008, 19:21
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We gaan verder met een groot aantal Canadese circuits.
Ik zet de tekst online in het Engels, omdat we meer dan wat hulp kregen van een rasechte Canadees ...

Here we go ...

We will continue with a big bunch of Canadian tracks.
I will put the tekst online in English because we have gotten more then a bit of help from a genuine Canadian ...
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Old 08-10-2008, 19:30
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TOM JOHNSTON ... our Canadian friend

Tom Johnston was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1941 and grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan. He began racing in 1962, at the age of 20. Over the years, he participated in well over 300 race events at tracks across North America, as a driver, car designer and manufacturer and team owner. He has designed, built and then raced ten different cars, as well as racing 15 others. In 1969 he left the prairies and moved to the North Shore of Vancouver. In addition to his many and varied racing experiences, Johnston built a career in engineering and founded Thomas E. Johnston Engineering Inc. He was also employed by Keen Engineering, one of Canada’s largest mechanical engineering consulting firms, from 1972 tto 1999, starting as a student draftsman and finishing as President and CEO. He was awarded the Government of Canada’s Award for Business Excellence in 1990. In 1998, Johnston was honoured by being inducted into the Canadian Motor Sport Hall of Fame.

Tekst taken from "Granville Island Publishing"

Quoted: Norris McDonald, The Toronto Star Dec. 11, 2004
But Tom Johnston was good at something else: he was also one of Canada's best, all-round motorsports personalities. Over a 35-year-period, he drove, designed, built, did the mechanical work and entered race cars in more than 300 events across North America. When he wasn't in the cockpit himself, he prepared and entered cars for drivers of the stature of Ross Bentley and Frank Allers. In fact, Allers won the 1990 Canadian Formula Atlantic championship in one of Johnston's cars.

Tom Johnston wrote a first book Sports Car Road Racing in Western Canada , which will soon be followed by a second one Road Racing Circuits of Canada.

We are very honoured that Mr Johnston was so willing to offer us a helping hand in tracking down the Canadian tracks !
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Old 08-10-2008, 19:46
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687. Abbotsford Airport (Abbotsford, BC - Canada)

First race was held in 1950 when the airport was still under military command by what was later to be known as the Sports Car Club of British Columbia or SCCBC.
The last race known as Swan Song was held in 1958 when the airport was turned over to civilian authorities.
Lenght: 2 miles
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Old 08-10-2008, 19:55
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688. Westwood Motorsports Park (Westwood Racing Circuit) (Coquitlam, BC - Canada)

Built and owned by the SCCBC this track was the first purpose built racetrack in Canada and functioned for 32 seasons.
It was especially known for the Formula Atlantic races.
Due to the expansion of Vancouver the track had to give way for a Golf course and housing development.

Picture 2 : apparently there is still a trace left from one of the turns ... just a print between the trees...
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Old 08-10-2008, 20:06
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689. River's Edge Racing or Mission Raceway Park (Mission, BC - Canada)

1990 saw the end of Westwood and SCCBC struck a deal with British Columbia Custom Car Association to develop a track next to their already existing Drag Strip (red on picture).
A flat 1.38 mile track was constructed and has been in good use since 1994.
An increase in lenght has been planned in the future.
The yellow indicates a MX circuit.
The whole complex carries the name “Mission Raceway Park”.
The road course also is referred to as “River’s Edge Racing”
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Old 08-10-2008, 20:16
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Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (Montreal, QC - Canada) => staat reeds op nr 617

Permanent home of the Canadian Grand Prix F1 but also the only track in the world where F1 and Champ Car raced.
Originally called Circuit de Ile Notre Dame but renamed after the death of Gilles Villeneuve at Zolder in 1982.

It seems there were plans already in 1963 to build a track for the Canadian GP on the sister island Ile St. Helene.
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Old 08-10-2008, 21:10
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690. Exhibition Place or Grand Prix Toronto (Toronto, ON - Canada)

A 1.75 mile street circuit at the site of the Canadian National Exhibition since 1986.
There are traces that as early as 1900 races with tricycles were held here.
There also are traces of an oval in the 1950's and 1960's.
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Old 08-10-2008, 21:22
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691. Grand Prix of Edmonton (Edmonton, AB - Canada)

A 1.96 mile track at Edmonton's City Centre Airport (formerly military Blatchford Field) where since 2005 Champ Car visits.
Castrol CASCAR Super Series already passed by in the 1990's.

I also found traces for the track being called Jagflo Speedway and Rexall Speedway after their respective sponsors..
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Old 08-10-2008, 21:37
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692. Edmonton International Speedway (Edmonton, AB - Canada)

Built on the site of an old oval known as Breckenridge Speedway the track was 2.5 mile long and surrounded a 1/4 mile paved oval.
There also was a Drag Strip.
This track was in use from 1968 until 1982 when it was demolished for development.
The track was visited by Trans-Am, Continental Formula A, Pro Atlantic and so on ...

The perspectif of the drawing probably spoils the exact location but it is based on the remains I found of the old oval. These remains can be seen in the pictures. They were confirmed by Canadian journalist Lawrence Herzog who happens to live in the neighbourhood.
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Old 08-10-2008, 21:49
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693. Stratotech Park (Fort Saskatchewan, AB - Canada)

This track is mainly used by Karts, Sport Bikes and Formula cars.
They use the Arcobaleno Formula, which is a Formula type car powered by a 148 hp Yamaha YZF 1000 cc bike engine.
Longest configuration is 1.765 m.
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Old 14-10-2008, 22:13
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694. Cassidy Speedway (Cassidy, BC - Canada)

Complex consisting of a 300 foot Sand Drag (1996), a paved Kart sprint track (1994) and a 1/4 mile Dirt Oval (1972).
The facility was closed in september 1999 but might reopen.
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