History of Lansdowne Speedway
Early Stock Car Racing in Ottawa
by Dave Truemner, Antique Automobile Club of Ottawa (AACO)

Points Champions
1955 Jerry Weatherdon "A" Class
1956 Keith James "A" Class
1957 Keith James "A" Class
1957 Ivor Williams "B" Class
1958 Buck Holliday "A" Class
1958 Ron Wild "B" Class
1959 Keith James "A" Class
1959 John Derby "B" Class
1960 - "A" Class
1960 - "B" Class

Cars pass the Roughriders' scoreboard in 1956

In front of the grandstand on June 12, 1957. Car 55 ('38 Plymouth) driven by Ray Routliffe about to hit Vince Berndt's #66 ('39 Ford).

July 1956: the late Larry Foster trying to keep control of his '38 Dodge coupe while the left front wheel rolls away. Note the very-dented roof...this car had been dubbed "Dippy Duck" because it had rolled over so many times during previous evenings of racing. Photo taken by Ted Grant coutesy of the City of Ottawa Archives.

June 3, 1959 Stu Trudel in one of several cars that had been sponsored by the CTC store at Kent St & Laurier Ave., in downtown Ottawa. Note the checkered-pattern Start/Finish line just ahead of the car's front wheels, near the centre of the grandstand.

Poster recently found in a barn

Ed Joiner,1939 Chev, in the pits on June 6, 1956. Photo by Ted Grant, courtesy of the City of Ottawa Archives.

George Anstiss in his #73 Ford coupe
Mike Kelly in a '36 Ford, is driven by while doing a few hot laps on the new ashphalt. Photo from the Nesbitt collection

Spring of 1957: The new guard-rail has just been installed, although the tops of the posts are not yet trimmed to size. Workers from Diblee Construction are paving the turn-4 area. Note that the track has been slightly lengthened ... part of the earlier dirt track is still visible in the infield. Photo from the Truemner collection

Lansdowne Park Stadium, circa 1965. A football game appears to be in progress. The old, original Lansdowne Pk grandstand is visible on the left (north-side) of the field, and the newer south-side bleachers are on the right, on top of the former back straight of the stock car track. A smaller set of bleachers has also been placed on the turn 3-4 end of the oval. Photo from the City of Ottawa Archives.

Mike Kelly, 1956

May 1958 "Ivor-the-Driver" Williams being presented with the trophy for winning the A-class Feature Race by flag man Ken Cosgrove.

American "Irish" Jack Murphy

Demolition derby entry, August 1958

June 13, 1956: Dave Kenyon winning the feature in his 1938 Dodge. Photo by Ted Grant courtesy of the City of Ottawa Archives. Today Dave is still involved in the racing scene as the owner of Kenyon Racing Products.

1956 driver listing