* Mike became interested in the sport of Auto
Racing as a fan of Phil Lambrick in the early fifties at Western Speedway.
In 1958 he built his first race car, a 1935 Ford Coupe and had Wally Lum
* Mike graduated to being owner / builder of a Modified Sportsman car
in 1961. This Fiat-bodied racer had a Buick overhead engine and was driven
by Bob Fiddick. The team competed in the Gold Cup race in Edmonton, Alberta,
they finished seventh.
* In 1965, Mike ran a 1950 Ford in the Jalopy Class with brother John
doing the driving. The following year, Mike made the long tow to race
in Nanaimo every weekend, this time with brother Bill behind the wheel.
* Mike then took some time off from owning and maintaining race cars and
became a track official. He worked the pit entrance gate in 1967 and 1968,
then turned his attentions to being an assistant Pit Boss for the next
* As well as his pit duties, Mike served as Vice-President of the Vancouver
Island Track Racing Association (VITRA) in 1969.
* In 1970, Mike built a 1957 Ford for the new Super Stock class and had
Ron Hancock do the driving chores. This combination set a Track Record
and finished the year in 9th position in 1971.
* The next car Mike built was a 1965 Ford Fairlane Super Stock, again
with Ron Hancock as the driver. They finished in 6th position in the 1972
* 1973 saw Mike join forces with brothers Pat and John and run a 1969
Ford Torino Super Stock car. With John as the driver, the team won the
best appearing crew award and finished the year in the top ten in points.
* Mike again held the position of Vice-President of VITRA in 1974. He
was also awarded the Member of the Year Trophy.
* In 1975, Mike and his family relocated to Cranbrook. He took his faithful
#9 Ford race car and competed in Spokane. A subsequent move saw them move
to the Fraser Valley. Mike converted #9 to a dirt car and ran Skagit Speedway.
The family finally returned to Victoria in 1983.
* In 1984, Mike became involved with the Old Time Racers Association (OTRA)
and was the owner of a 1930 Ford Coupe. Gary Kershaw, Dave Johnson, Roy
Haslam and Bill Price were some of the drivers who pilotred this car during
the next few years. After a brief retirement, Mike owned and campaigned
a 1933 Oldsmobile Sedan with the OTRA.
* Shortly after the formation of the Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame
in 1984, Mike became a Director and is still a valuable member of this