These items where copied from the web. On the heritage site for the speedway. Also a little info on the park. So I am not taking credit for any of the writings below. Just giving a little info.
Langley Speedway (British Columbia)
Langley SpeedwayLocationLangley, British ColumbiaOpened1963Closed1984Former namesAction RacewayMajor eventsNASCAR Winston WestShort OvalLength0.4 km (1/4 mi)For the former Busch Series track in Virginia, see Langley Speedway (Virginia).
Langley Speedway was a 1/4-mile paved oval track used for stock car racing located in Langley, British Columbia. The track opened in either 1963 or 1965 (there are conflicting references on both this and the track length), and closed in 1984. The track hosted numerous classes of racing during its operational existence, including several visits from the NASCAR Winston West series in the 1970s. For the last few years prior to its closing due to its lease not being renewed, the track was known as Action Raceway.
Stairs from the former grandstands on the North side of the speedway
Langley Speedway was founded by Craig Frazier in 1963, and was included in a 1969 purchase of land by the Vancouver-Fraser Park District, which later became a part of the Greater Vancouver Regional District, for use as a park. Frazier sold the land and signed a ten-year lease, operating the track until it was taken over by Gordon Hemrich in 1977. After the ten-year lease expired in 1979, renewals were year-to-year, and increasing pressure was brought by local governments with regards to number of events and other issues. Eventually, in 1984, after its operations were taken over by the Lower Mainland Oval Racing Association, the track was closed. Today, it is part of Campbell Valley Regional Park.
The Langley Speedway Historical Society (LSHS) has lobbied governments in the area to preserve the facility, holding clean-up events at and around the track. In 2006, the GVRD Parks Committee voted unanimously to support heritage listing of the speedway. The GVRD Board also voted unanimously to support the listing. In September 2006, the Council of the Township of Langley voted unanimously to include Langley Speedway on its Heritage Resource Listing. The LSHS is currently working with the GVRD staff and other interested groups in its efforts to preserve the site and promote it for various event uses, including car shows.
Langley Speedway in 2007
According to the Langley Speedway Historical Society, Langley Speedway is one of only three locations in British Columbia that has hosted NASCAR events over the years. Winston West races took place in 1971, 1972, 1978 and 1981; Hershel McGriff was a winner of 150-mile races in 1971 and 1972. NASCAR late-model Sportsman races also took place at the track, and the Canadian American Modified Racing Association also used the facility.
Many notable drivers raced at Langley Speedway over the years, including:
There has been a recent discussion concerning the date the track first opened. While most records list 1965 as the year of official opening, officiated by Noel Booth, a local politician of reknown, it is generally agreed that 1963 is the year that racing began on the track. Construction began in 1962.
In 1969, Craig Frazer sold the track to the Greater Vancouver Regional District (now, Metro Vancouver) and obtained a 10 year lease with an option to renew for another 10 years.
Craig Frazer sold the last 3 years of the original lease to Gordon Hemrich, local stock car driving phenom, in the late 1970s. Hemrich did the promotions during his time as lease holder.
After the initial 10 year lease ended, the option to renew the lease for an additional 10 years was cancelled and the lease was limited to a year-to-year basis, on a competitive bid process, a very difficult environment to work under, considering the competition to obtain the lease by several groups.
When Hemrich no longer held the lease to the track, the name was changed to Action Raceway, due to a legal ownership of the Langley Speedway brand.
The track was run by the Lower Mainland Oval Racing Association (LMORA) the last few years.
Reg Royle was the first promoter until the sale of the lease in 1975.
Bill Fisher was the promoter in 1983.
Stan Schmidt was the promoter in 1984.
Langley Speedway hosted NASCAR Winston West races in 1971, 1972 and 1978. This makes it one of only three sites in BC that had hosted NASCAR races. The others being Western Speedway in Victoria and Westwood in Coquitlam. (In these modern times, NASCAR owns the former CASCAR brand and runs at tracks across the country.)
They ran Late Models, Super Stocks, Street Stocks and Bombers in the final years, but everything from Super Modified to crash-to-pass and mini-stock cars were run at the track.
The track was closed to racing at the end of the 1984 season. There is some disagreement on whether there was a lease for the 1985 season or not. It has been said that there was, but it was cancelled before the season began.
The property is still part of the Campbell Valley Regional Park, owned by Metro Vancouver taxpayers.
The park staff removed all the buildings, the hillside seats and any other structures such as the fencing and the starters tower. Vandalism became a problem after the track was closed.
As of 2008, the track surface is intact, with some minor damage due to parties with bonfires and a couple of trees that layed roots under the surface. These trees have been removed.
The concrete walls are still in place. Some appear to be falling apart, but in fact are showing the damage caused by race cars smashing into them.
On Sept 3rd 2006, The Langley Speedway Historical Society had a clean-up at the track, exposing the walls and clearing the track surface. There will be more work parties of this nature in the future, as Metro Vancouver has accepted the proposal of the Langley Speedway Historical Society.
If you are interested in helping preserve the history of this track, contributing articles or photos, or helping in the restoration of the site, please contact the Langley Speedway Historical Society and put yourself on our list.
Recent measurements of the track surface have proven beneficial in settling a long discussed issue of the track’s size. It has been advertised as both a 1/4 mile track and later as a 3/8 mile. The track is exactly 1/4 mile in the racing groove. It was measure both by a vehicle odometer and a measuring wheel. They both agree.
Campbell Valley Park
Campbell Valley ParkThe Annand/Rowlatt Farmstead Site near the South Valley Entrance.
Location of Campbell Valley Park in Metro VancouverTypeMunicipalLocationLangley, British Columbia, Fernridge, British ColumbiaCoordinates49°01′14″N122°39′13″WCoordinates: 49°01′14″N 122°39′13″WOperated byMetro VancouverStatusOpen all year
Facilities/Trails SeasonalParkingOne lot
Campbell Valley Regional Park is a regional park maintained by the Metro Vancouver Regional Parks board. The park is formed from 6 historical farm plots, with portions set aside for the Langley Tree Farm and scout Camp McLean. It contains a vast number of hiking, walking and equestrian trails as well as function facilities such as picnic shelters. The park is also the location of the Metro Vancouver Regional Parks East Area offices, located at the northwest corner of the park.
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Within the park there are 29 kilometres of trails, all unpaved, 14 km of which are designated for equestrian use and 1 km of which is set aside solely for pedestrian and bicycle use. More bicycle trails have become available since the 2009 construction of the perimeter trail.
There are two main entrances to the park and one main equestrian entrance. The two main entrances are the North Valley Entrance along 16th Avenue and the South Valley Entrance on 8th Avenue. The equestrian centre and parking lot are located on 208th Street, south of 16th Avenue. Other entrances include the entrance to Camp Coyote, a Metro Vancouver group camping site.
Drinking water is available at both the North and South Valley Entrances. Shelter is available at the South Valley Entrance.
On Sept 25th, 2006, the Township of Langley voted to include the Speedway on its official list of heritage resources. Effectively declaring it a heritage site.
Also at the South Valley Entrance is the Nature House, a visitor centre which provides occasional insight into the ecology of the park. It is located near a small pond and a gazebo.
Annand/Rowlatt Farmstead and Lochiel Schoolhouse
The Southern end of the park is home to both the Rowlatt Farmstead and the historical Lochiel Schoolhouse. Both landmarks predate 1924. The Rowlatt Farmstead is occupied by a family and, although the fields and grounds are public, the fenced lawn around the house is private. Lochiel schoolhouse is occasionally opened upon reservation.
Lochiel Schoolhouse is the namesake for École Élémentaire Lochiel, an all-French immersion elementary school which was closed by the school district in 2001.
In the late 19th century and the early 20th century, many logging companies took advantage of the temperate rainforest in the area and clearcut the entire park. During this time, logging railways wound throughout the park. The route of one such rail line is clearly visible today along the Ravine Trail at the South end of the park. The routes of the railways are marked on park maps.
Throughout the second-generation rainforest, which has successfully recovered, many stumps of the fallen trees are left, some in excess of two metres across. These stumps bare the scars from springboards, the name for platforms that loggers would cut into the large trees to reach a narrower section of the trunk.
Langley Speedway as seen from the air.Main article: Langley Speedway (British Columbia)
An old paved racing oval is located in the eastern section of the park and is maintained by the Langley Speedway Historical Society. In the past, it was host to local and NASCAR racing events.
On the third weekend of September, an annual two-day commerce fair is held at the Rowlatt Farm, which is a showcase of the local lifestyle and economy. Many artisans, confectioners and musicians showcase their skills at this event.
Okay so now that I have given some info on this heritage site I will get down to the nitty gritty of what we did today. Well to be axact we walked along the trails in campbell valley regional park. Yeah hubby joined us as well. So two pooches, hubby and myself set out on the trails .
I didn’t want to get into to hilly a situation. My right foot has been bothering me of late. When I walk on it too much my feet cramp and my heal and ankle just don’t like me anymore. I sit down for a bit and then when I go to stand up the pain just riddles up my leg and I can’t stand on it. Takes a bit of doing but once I move a bit then it starts to give me back my walking skills without giving me as much pain. Getting old is not fun you know when your body does not agree.
I researched out a couple of places to go and decided on this one. The other one we will do another day.. camera all batteries up to catch some pics if there is something to take pictures of. We are on our way.
So anyways we left first thing this morning. Well it was around ten so I guess you can’t say first thing in the morning. Well to some of us that is first thing in the morning. Took us an hour or so drive there. We went to maple ridge and across the golden ears bridge to Langley. Through Langley on 200th and almost to the US border.
We pulled into the parking lot. Leashes the pooches and we where on our way. First thing we get is a deposit. Well both pooches had to get that out of their system before we had our walk. Great we where close to pooch deposit can for that. On our way we go.
The first trail we took brought us to the heritage farm and school house.. I missed the school house. Seems it was a little further down another road that we didn’t go on.
The house is rented out so couldn’t get near it to take a look. The barn usually has an interpretation centre in it, but is closed right now. There is farm equipment behind the barn. You know some of that equipment I remember from way back on our farm. Other equipment was way older then that.
After our wander around the barns we headed out on the raven trail. A few mucky places, but all in all it was a nice easy trail. We came to a horse trail that went around the outside of the park. We were now sharing the trail with horses. Rocky didn’t know what to make of those big dogs. He watched very closely as we walked by them with people on their backs. we passed many horses on the trail. A few walkers with their dogs. All, in all the park trail we took was not too busy. The way the parking lot was we thought it might be busy there. But it was pretty good. We kept to the quiet trails that didn’t look like the they would be busy. We had times where we were by ourselves. So nice to enjoy quietness. The crunch under our feet and the pooches panting ahead of us.
We found on trail that was flooded. Or maybe it wasn’t and was supposed to be that way. It was called splash creek. So maybe it was a place where horses could walk through the water to the other side. There was a plank across that we walked across. One dog in front of me and one behind me. I made it without falling in.
We made our way down the deer trail. This one was a little narrower then what we had been walking on. Well at least we were not wandering around horse droppings anymore. We followed this trail for a bit. Hubby wondering how long this was and are we on the right trail. I tripped once and he said he was not carrying me out of there if I fall. Nice guy huh!
So we came out of that narrow trail and merged with a nicer trail. Easy walking. This trail lead to the racetrack. This racetrack is now abandoned, but in its heyday had nascar races at it. Now just a paved circle with some barriers around it. The race track was used from the 1960s to the 1980s. Now another heritage site in the park. I out info above on this site. Interesting. Well at least it was to me. I am a bit of a history buff.
This is what the racetrack looks like now but in it heyday it looked so different. The buildings and stands have been removed because of vandals wrecking the place. So sad.
These few pictures I copied from the historical site. This is what it use to look like.
We walked along the racetrack to the next trail. This took us across some grasslands. This may have been the parking area for the racetrack. At the far end of the grasslands we where back id a wooded tree area. Soon coming out to another trail. This one was much busier. It was the main trail that everyone would walk on to make a circle tour.
We fallowed it till we came to the trail that would take us back to the car. Unfortunately it was a bit of an uphill climb. Whoa! Breathing hard by the time we got to the top. I may be in some shape, but not that great of shape.
We where thinking of going down the trail to the farm again and finding the school house. I passed. That last hill did me in.. well back in the car. Coats came off as it was a little warmer then I thought. Sweater came off and I sat in the car in very light clothes until I stopped heating up. I was a little warm.
Our tour home was a different way. We went down to 0 Ave. Hubbie was a little shocked to learn that if you looked over the ditch that is US. As we drove on I showed him markers that marked the border. We came up to a road on the other side of the ditch. There was a US border patrol sitting there.
We came up to highway 13 and wasn’t sure about getting back on 0 Ave so we got onto highway 13 and went up to 8 Ave. Followed it into abbotsford. Turned onto highway 11 and headed for home.
When we got home hubbies parking spot was taken by our son. He came to do a little woodworking in the garage. He opened the door to the garage and wow! The piles of sawdust and wood chips on the floor. Oh, oh! that is gonna be a mess to clean up. His poor harley may be covered under its cover as well. I know someone who may not be happy with that.
Well that was our adventure for the day. A beautiful day for a walk. Got some exercise, but now I have to tend to my foot giving me trouble for a day or two. Pooches are napping and I am relaxing. The only thing is it is different walking with hubbie along. The stops are fewer as he likes to keep going. I don’t see as much and very few pictures to take. Oh well got to get use to it as he will be walking with me more often. Retirement is getting closer, which mean less free time for me to do my own thing. Oh well it is what it is.
So that’s it for my day. Talk to you later.