Title: Westwood: Everyone's Favourite Racing ...
Publisher: Granville Island Publishing, Canada
Publication Date: 2005
Book Condition: Brand new 11" x 9" hardback.
130 pages. Compiled by a man who has been involved in professional and amateur racing for over 40 years, this book is an invaluable historical study of sports car road racing in Western Canada. After racing at more than 50 facilities, Tom Johnston visited many more in BC and the prairies to document and photograph the lost race tracks, the failed attempts to build new tracks, and the still operating tracks. 35859 A. Bookseller Inventory # 29757
Synopsis: There have been over 600 automobile road racing tracks in North America since racing began 100 years ago. Westwood, the first purpose-built road racing circuit in Canada, was different from all of the others. It was a people place built, owned and operated by the racers themselves. This book tells the story of how the members of a club of enthusiasts (the Sports Car Club of British Columbia) acquired a site in the BC mountains, and with their families and friends and on a limited budget created what one expert described as one of the four best tracks in the world. The track ran just about any kind of racing that came along for cars, mortorcycles and karts, but was best known for its spectacular races for smaller formula cars, Formula Atlantic in particular. The SCCBC effectively operated the track for 32 spectacular seasons until the growth of Greater Vancouver finally overwhelmed it.
About the Author: Tom Johnston began racing in 1962 at the age of twenty on airport circuits in the Prairies. Over the years he has participated in well over 300 automobile race events at tracks across North America, as a driver, car designer and manufacturer, and team owner. In 1969 he left Edmonton, Alberta for the North Shore of Vancouver, where he founded Thomas E. Johnston Engineering Inc. to co-ordinate his many and varied motor sport activities. In 1998, Tom was honoured by being inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame. Tom, the author of Sports Car Road Racing in Western Canada, is a racer still at it, running his collection of historic cars at tracks close (and some not so close) to his home in West Vancouver, British Columbia, where he lives with his wife, Sharon.
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