April 6, 2015
14X East of Edmonton
took place on Highway 14X east of
Edmonton as described by Dave Lentz below:
"In the summer of
1960 or 1961 ( memory fades as this was half a century ago and I was
only about twelve years old ) while our family was out on a Sunday
afternoon drive we saw that highway 14X was closed off south of what is
now 101 avenue. Cars were racing south on the highway and were using
the hill as a shut down area. Both cars had to return on the same road
before the next two could race ( the highway was only two lanes back
then ). Spectators watched from the shoulder areas and the ditches.
Everything was extremely informal, including the flagman. Not only was
this my first experience at a drag race but it was the first time that
I saw a real live hot rod up close ( a 1948 Ford coupe with a nailhead
Buick ). A life changing event indeed! Some time later I read in the
Edmonton Journal that racing in this area was shut down because a
clutch had exploded and injured a young girl who was standing close to
the road during a race."
I do not
have any other info or
pictures from this era, do you?
races took place in 1964 and 1965 on
the road going by 7 Supply Depot.
recall two very fast 409 4 speed cars
that ran at Namao.
blue 1962 Chevy
and an orange 1955 Chevy.
was also a white
super stock Dodge with a 413/426 4 speed.
The owner of the blue Chevy 409 was Vic Fitzgerald from Wainwright. Anyone have any pictures and info on these
I received the following message February 18,
Sandy. Yes, I was driving the orange 55 Chevy you saw.
year before I ran the engine in a 1962 Impala with an Aluminum Front
End. The engine was a Z-11 that I had acquired from a racer
Seattle. The Orange 55 belonged to Lorne Cook & we
ran in it
think C/Gas. Funny but I don't remember the hood flying up.