Hwy. 97 Wildfire Recovery Cruise

Join the VI Cruises crowd for the Hwy. 97 Wildfire Recovery Cruise, starting with a picnic in the Williams Lake Stampede Park on Sunday July 8 from 10:00 until 2:00 and consider finishing up the week at the 100 Mile House “Hot July Nights” show and shine on July 13, 14 and 15. If you can’t make Williams Lake, make sure you take in Hot July Nights! These folks had to cancel last year’s show on short notice because of the fires, so they would sure like to see you there this year!

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John Dutton

We are very pleased to be able to feature John Dutton, who served time as the official
strip photographer at San Cobble Raceway/Van Isle Dragways from 1967-1972. John's vast archive of photographs recorded a wonderful era on Vancouver Island. We feel, that, if not for John’s efforts, this history could be all but forgotten. We strongly believe that John's contributions to Vancouver Island's drag racing history warranted recognition.

JOHN DUTTON

Quarter Milers Car Club
Victoria, British Columbia
1963 - 1967
Executive/Secretary, Vice-President, President
San Cobble Raceways/Strip Announcer, Photographer
Autorama Car Shows/Master Of Ceremonies, Photographer
QM Newsletter/Editor
Island Drag Racing Association/Club Representative
Quarter Miler Of The Year/1966

San Cobble Raceway/Van Isle Dragways
Mill Bay, British Columbia
1967 - 1972
Member/lsland Dragway Promoters
Official Strip Photographer
Secondary Public Address Announcer

Mission Raceways
Mission, British Columbia
1967 - 1972
Photographer/Reporter

Drag News
Los Angeles, California
Columnist/Canada Notes

Road and Motorsports Magazine
Vancouver, British Colurnbia
Photographer/Columnist

International Wheelspin News
Ontario
Photographer/Columnist

National Dragster
Los Angeles, California
Photographer/Reporter

June 1970. With fellow members of the Island Dragway Promoters. From left, Russ Hepworth, Gerry Clarke and Doug Ferguson. British Columbia Ferries, returning from Mission Raceway. 

September 1971, location forgotten, Master of Ceremonies, Van Isle Dragway 1971 Season Yearend Banquet and Awards Presentations

Van Isle Dragway, 1968, With Cinematographer Barry Casson

September 1968, with Bert Sweeting (driver of Gary Shepherd-Bert Sweeting BB/Gas Dragster), British Columbia Ferries, returning from Mission Raceway

May 1969, announcer, Van Isle Dragway
 

May 1969, announcer, Van Isle Dragway
 

October 1969, photographer, Van Isle Dragway

August 1971, Van Isle Dragway (A little wasted after a long day of announcing, photographing and a few too many Kokanees!) 

Ray Digby's 29 Model A sport coupe

 At the Goodguys Rod and Custom show in Puyallup Wa. this year, my car was selected for the best homebuilt award, also known as the Homebuilt Heaven Award sponsored by Speedway Motors. What I didn't know at the time was this made this car eligible for the National Award in this category, to be selected by voters from the cars picked at each of the 25 Goodguys shows from across the U.S.
  For those that don't know this car, it is truly a "homebuilt vehicle". From the construction of the frame to the design and fabrication of the lift off convertible top, including dozens of custom body modifications, all body work and paint, and countless 'on-off ' special hand made pieces , everything on this hot rod was done by the owner in his home garage (except the custom leather upholstery). 
This is a quote from the Goodguys Gazette, " We love showing support for home builders and Ray Digby's '29 Model A sport coupe fooled us on that aspect. The craftsmanship was so top notch, from fabrication to final fit and finish, we'd assumed it was pro built! "
You can find out more about this car in the Canadian Hot Rods Feature
 
If, after looking at the other cars and you really believe this car is deserving of this prestigeous award, you can go to  https://www.good-guys.com/homebuilt17  to cast your ballot . 

What I started with.

How it looks now.

1970's in Ucluelet

We would like to say “Thank you” to Todd Rocke for sending us these old time drag photos dating back to the 1970’s in the Ucluelet area back in the day...

There were many other cars in Ucluelet back then that were sweet. A Mercury Cyclone with a 428 CJ, A Maverick Grabber with a 302. A 69 Mustang Mach I with 428 CJ. Numerous other hot rods as well. Forgotten many as it was almost 40 yrs ago for me. lol Tim Scott would know the others. We grew up together in Ukee. 

Here is a pic of the 69 Road Runner. Originally a Henri car (so goes the story) Had a fiberglass lift off Six Pack hood. In this pic it was running a stout 340 with a 727 trans and 4:10 Dana rear. This car was owned by Steve Halvarson. Davids' brother.

This is Serge Noel with his brother Conrad. The 64 Corvette was a 427 -600HP 4 spd car with I believe 4:88 or lower gearing. Serge used to race it up between Courtney & Campbell River on the old paved logging road. It was a very fast car in its day. Serge took it to Mission to see how it ran on the lights...High 9's back then.