He was born in Seattle, Washington. He came to Langford Speedway to race with Swede Lindskog, Woody Woodford, Bert Bloomgren, Chuck Barbo, Lew McMurtry, Slim, Claude Walling, Wes Moore and Wally Schock in 1938. He moved to Vancouver, B.C. in the early 1940’s.
Here is a history of his racing accomplishments on Vancouver Island (Victoria’s Langford Speedway from 1938 to 1950)
1938 Season: Set fast time twice (including a track record); won 2 helmet dashes and 2 Main Events.
1940: 2 Fast times; won 1 helmet dash and 1 Main Event.
1941: 2 Helmet Dash wins and 2 Main Event wins.
1947: Five Main Event wins
1948: 2 Fast times; 3 helmet dashes; 6 Main Event wins. Won the Bert Sutton Memorial Trophy as Points Champion.
1949: 2 Fast times; 5 helmet dashes; 4 Main Event wins. 1949 Big Car Champion.
1950: 3 Helmet dashes; 2 Main Event wins.
The Langford Speedway 1936 to 1950 Main Event Winners Summary saw him as the overall champion with 22 Main Event wins. He was number one over 32 listed Main Event winners.
At Shearing’s Speedway in Duncan in 1953, he set the Track Record of 15:28 on August 15th. He also won 3 dashes, 6 heat races and 2 main events.
At Western Speedway in Victoria in 1954, he won 1 dash, 2 heats and 1 Main Event.
As he retired from racing in 1955 with only 1 heat race win at Western.
One of the Langford Speedway programmes mentioned him as follows: The Little Man With The Big Cigar. He was the grand “old man” of racing. Jack has been a favourite with the racing fans for a good many years, not only because of his driving ability, but for the color and thrills he injects into every race he enters. Pilots with his class are at a premium and are eagerly sought by racing car owners. Jack seems to get the upmost out of every car he drives and usually ends up leading the field across the finishing line.
We’re now proud to induct Jack Spaulding into the Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame.