A Ghost in Campbell Valley

Although I have been living in the Vancouver area for many years, I only had a vague idea of where it was when I started on a walk this morning.  But I was determined to find the remains, if any, of the old Langley Speedway (1965 – 1984).  I know that the track should be in the middle of what is now, the  Campbell Valley Regional Park, which is between 200th Street and 208th Street (east and west) and 8th Avenue and 16th Avenue.

It took me more than an hour to walk from home to the northwest entrance of the park at 16th Avenue and 200 Street.  I tried to read the map on the large sign but didn’t see where the old racetrack was located – so I headed out on one of the many trails – and figured that sooner or later I’d find it.  That was a mistake.

After about two hours of walking, the track was nowhere in sight.  I asked a couple of hikers for directions and they were more than helpful.  The walk through the woods was beautiful and I took a few pictures along the way.

After hiking for another thirty minutes, I found the track!

Historic Langley Speedway (April 2, 2019)                  Photo by Danny

I sat down to rest on one of the cement barriers.  I scanned the area around the track to see if I could tell where the grandstand had been located.  I closed my eyes and for a few minutes, hoping that I might hear the roar of the race cars as they sped past me, between turns 1 and 2.

Langley, BC Speedway (1965-1984)                                Photo from the Langley Historical Speedway Society

Langley Speedway                   Photo from the Langley Historical Speedway Society

 

But the only sounds I heard were birds, crickets and other wildlife.  And although I never ever saw a race at this track when I lived here during the ’80s,  I’ll bet my buddy Philip did.  Trees have replaced the grandstands and there isn’t even a road to the track anymore.

The best way to reach it is by parking on 208 Street and walking through the equestrian park and within thirty minutes, you’ll be there.  And even if you’re not a motorhead (motorsports fan), you’ll love the numerous sights and sounds of the many trails within the park.

Anyway, I did take six short video clips of the walk.  I also inserted a video clip of an actual stock car race at the track from the 1960s.  I saw it when I got home and visited the Historical Langley Speedway website.   Be sure to choose ‘Play all’.

Click on this link to view the videos:  Danny’s search for Langley Speedway

After leaving the racetrack, I walked through the large equestrian park and reached 208 Street.  I glanced at my watch – I had already been walking for three hours!  It took me an hour to walk from the park to my home.  Holly was waiting for me at the door.

I checked my Google Fit data and learned that I walked 19.68 kms or 26,000 steps!  It was four hours – my longest continuous walk ever!  I spent the next half hour in a hot bath.  I was exhausted and didn’t think that I had enough energy left to see my gal pal, Patricia, who is performing in Vancouver, tonight.  I gave her a call and told her that I wouldn’t be able to make the concert and wished her well.

Well, that’s all folks.  Holly and I are going to bed early tonight.  Pleasant dreams.

Dedicated to the late Paul Dunn, a best friend, and Motorhead

Hugs,

Danny

Today’s tune from Danny’s library (purchased):

Immortality – lyrics

So this is who I am
And this is all I know
And I must choose to live
For all that I can give
The spark that makes the power grow

And I will stand for my dream if I can
Symbol of my faith in who I am
But you are my only
And I must follow on the road, that lies ahead
And I won’t let my heart control my head
But you are my only

We don’t say goodbye
We don’t say goodbye
And I know what I’ve got to be

Immortality
I make my journey through eternity
I keep the memory of you and me
Inside

Fulfill your destiny
Is there within the child
My storm will never end
My fate is on the wind
The king of hearts, the joker’s wild

We don’t say goodbye
We don’t say goodbye
I’ll make them all remember me

‘Cause I have found a dream that must come true
Every ounce of me must see it through
But you are my only
I’m sorry I don’t have a role for love to play
Hand over my heart I’ll find my way
I will make them give to me

Immortality
There is a vision and a fire in me
I keep the memory of you and me, inside
We don’t say goodbye
We don’t say goodbye

With all my love for you
And what else we may do
We don’t say, goodbye

Songwriters: Robin Hugh Gibb / Maurice Ernest Gibb / Barry Gibb
Immortality lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management

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An almost famous Film, Television & Stage Actor living in Vancouver, BC (as in almost pregnant). His other passions include: patient advocate (he had Stage 3 Throat Cancer) ; daily power walks at the Promenade in White Rock; and of course, spoiling his dog Holly Golightly. If you like the stuff he writes about - please leave a hug (or a comment).

2 thoughts on “A Ghost in Campbell Valley

  1. Great story and walk Danny. I am forwarding to my motorhead brother in law. See you Friday in Anacortes. Doug

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