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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • GEORGE WASHINGTON CROSSING THE PIES

1954 Barry K into the rub rail

1954 Barry K into the rub rail

1954 Jalopy Racing in its glory days. Many beautiful coupes and sedans were destroyed for the sake of racing. I was 10 years old at the time and spent every Wednesday with my dad, friends or if you were lucky taken into the pits with a driver. This is Barry K, one of the top dogs at the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition grounds here in Fort William, Ontario, now Thunder Bay. The stands would be jammed with hundreds of fans cheering for their favourite drivers. Most race tracks in those days were right in the center of town to the chagrin of many local residents. A steel '32 Ford coupe body today in good condition could bring at least $10,000. How I miss those wonderful times. View full size.

 
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