Western Speedway

The group leading the search for a new location for the former Western Speedway has identified another potential location. (Black Press Media file photo)

Search moving in right direction for new Western Speedway location

A new, promising location has been identified, but talks remain in their early stages

 

Westshore Motorsports Park ended its final season with the last day of racing on Sept. 17. (Courtesy of CBRE Victoria)

Fire department looking for new training spot as volunteers dismantle speedway

Metchosin had used former Western Speedway parking lot for driver training

 

Celebrating the Western Speedway and Westshore Motorsports Park feature, page B1. <ins>Keith and Daryn Cahill stand for a photo in front of their car Saturday (Sept. 10) ahead of the Demo Championship at Westshore Motorsports Park in Langford. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)</ins>

PHOTOS: Sellout crowd takes in final demo race at Westshore Motorsports Park

Demo Championship Night sees drivers reflect ahead of final race

 

Rain delays left some drivers waiting, with the organizers electing to move some of the events to Monday. (Simon Fearn/Black Press Media)

PHOTOS: Rain delays reschedule races at Westshore Motorsports

Some events from Sunday were rescheduled to Monday (Sept. 5.)

Rain delays left some drivers waiting, with the organizers electing to move some of the events to Monday. (Simon Fearn/Black Press Media)
Race cars and their drivers from West Shore Motorsports Park were on display, signing autographs, and even handing out candy in central Langford Saturday following the last-ever parade from the track, as it is set to close permanently later in September. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Westshore Motorsports Park starts final lap with parade through Langford

The parade and car show saw race cars hit the public roads ahead of the final race Sept. 17

Race cars and their drivers from West Shore Motorsports Park were on display, signing autographs, and even handing out candy in central Langford Saturday following the last-ever parade from the track, as it is set to close permanently later in September. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
A competitor navigates an obstacle Saturday during the Island Cup extreme 4x4 competition at the Westshore Motorsports Park. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Racetrack group looking at 4 options for a new home for Western Speedway

President of Westshore Motorsports Park racing group says priority is salvaging of equipment

A competitor navigates an obstacle Saturday during the Island Cup extreme 4x4 competition at the Westshore Motorsports Park. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
A competitor navigates an obstacle Saturday during the Island Cup extreme 4x4 competition at the Westshore Motorsports Park. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Westshore Motorsports Park looking at 4 options for new home

President of racing group says priority is in organizing salvaging of equipment from current site

A competitor navigates an obstacle Saturday during the Island Cup extreme 4x4 competition at the Westshore Motorsports Park. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
In 1986, Rocky Horne became the full-time track announcer, kicking off an impressive 23-and-half-year announcing career. Rocky ‘silver tongue’ Horne coined many nicknames. (Contributed)

Nicknames part of racing legacy at Langford’s Western Speedway

From Len ‘Digger’ O’Dell to ‘Smokin’ Joe Liberatore, drivers have long attracted monikers

In 1986, Rocky Horne became the full-time track announcer, kicking off an impressive 23-and-half-year announcing career. Rocky ‘silver tongue’ Horne coined many nicknames. (Contributed)
President Dave Ferguson of the Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame said the museum will have to leave its current home at the Westshore Motorsports Park in September and is currently searching for space to store its artifacts. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame hoping to preserve artifacts before fall closure

The museum is looking for storage space until a new permanent home is found

President Dave Ferguson of the Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame said the museum will have to leave its current home at the Westshore Motorsports Park in September and is currently searching for space to store its artifacts. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Norm Wilcox in the #1 car. (Courtesy Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame)

Speedway legends establish Victoria Auto Racers Hall of Fame

Norm Wilcox looks back at his start in racing, establishment of hall of fame

Norm Wilcox in the #1 car. (Courtesy Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame)
Western Speedway legend Dave Cooper holds one of the many trophies from his racing days. (Black Press Media file photo)

Western Speedway racing legend ‘The Flying Plumber’ had all the tools

Dave Cooper recalls car crashes, his first win, and more in Langford

Western Speedway legend Dave Cooper holds one of the many trophies from his racing days. (Black Press Media file photo)
A 1971 crash involving driver Larry Pollard. (Photo by Barrie Goodwin)

Speedway Spotlight: Catching the action in Langford at full speed at Western Speed

Speedway photographer Barrie Goodwin shares life behind the lens

A 1971 crash involving driver Larry Pollard. (Photo by Barrie Goodwin)
Taking down the bleachers board by board is Andy Cottyn, who built the wooden structure at Western Speedway. (Photo submitted)

Western Speedway fueled lifelong dream of Langford track legend Andy Cottyn

‘I have experiences that money can’t buy,’ Cottyn would have done it all again in a heartbeat

Taking down the bleachers board by board is Andy Cottyn, who built the wooden structure at Western Speedway. (Photo submitted)
Langford Mayor Stew Young remembers the speedway as the biggest event in town for many of Langford’s early years. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Speedway Spotlight: Stew Young remembers growing up at the racetrack in Langford

Mayor hopeful there will be another 50 years of memories at the races

Langford Mayor Stew Young remembers the speedway as the biggest event in town for many of Langford’s early years. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Jim Laird #52, Howie Bianchi #2, and Jimmy Wilburn prepare for their race in 1935 in front of a capacity crowd at Willows Speedway in Oak Bay. (Photo contributed)
Jim Laird #52, Howie Bianchi #2, and Jimmy Wilburn prepare for their race in 1935 in front of a capacity crowd at Willows Speedway in Oak Bay. (Photo contributed)
Daryl Crocker has managed the speedway for the past seven seasons. (Courtesy Wildlight Motorsports Photography)

Westshore Motorsports Park’s final season in Langford spins into high gear

General manager Daryl Crocker looks ahead at final season’s schedule

Daryl Crocker has managed the speedway for the past seven seasons. (Courtesy Wildlight Motorsports Photography)
The Vancouver Island Safe Speed Association has developed an early concept for a new motorsports park that includes most of the elements of the current Westshore Speedway, due to close after the 2022 season. (Photo courtesy of VISSA)

Non-profit developing plan for new motorsports park on West Shore

Group working in advance of impending closure of Westshore Speedway after 2022 season

The Vancouver Island Safe Speed Association has developed an early concept for a new motorsports park that includes most of the elements of the current Westshore Speedway, due to close after the 2022 season. (Photo courtesy of VISSA)
1957 photo shows Six Mile House-sponsored #4 1932 Ford stock car with Frank Morris (from left), Ted Mackenzie, Bill Sim and driver Gerry Sylvester. (Bud Glover/Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame)

Memories race as Western Speedway approaches its finish line

‘It was life to us:’ Vancouver Island racers, crew will never forget what the track gave them

1957 photo shows Six Mile House-sponsored #4 1932 Ford stock car with Frank Morris (from left), Ted Mackenzie, Bill Sim and driver Gerry Sylvester. (Bud Glover/Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame)
A multifaceted industrial park and 60 homes are some of the uses under consideration for the property that’s home to Western Speedway. (CBRE Victoria)

Future of Langford’s Western Speedway under the microscope

Hotel and film studio under consideration could have track searching for new home

A multifaceted industrial park and 60 homes are some of the uses under consideration for the property that’s home to Western Speedway. (CBRE Victoria)
The Western Speedway, and the 80.97 acres of land on which it sits, are up for rezoning. (CBRE Victoria)

Western Speedway rezoning raising questions about future of signature Island race track

Application to be considered Feb. 8, mysterious new owner waits in the wings

The Western Speedway, and the 80.97 acres of land on which it sits, are up for rezoning. (CBRE Victoria)