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.


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

Drag News
Los Angeles, California
Columnist/Canada Notes

Road and Motorsports Magazine
Vancouver, British Colurnbia

International Wheelspin News

National Dragster
Los Angeles, California

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!)