Westwood Motorsport Park

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Westwood Motorsport Park
Mountain High Racing
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Location Coquitlam, British Columbia
Owner Province of British Columbia
Operator Sports Car Club of British Columbia
Broke ground 1957
Opened 1959
Closed 1990
Major events Atlantic Championship
(1971-1990)

Trans-Am Series
(1977-1980)

NASCAR Winston West Series
(1973-1974)

Player's GM Challenge Series
(1987-1990)

Road Course
Length 2.9 km (1.8 mi)
Turns 8

Westwood Motorsport Park (or Westwood Racing Circuit) was a 1.8 miles (2.90 km) 8-turn motorsport race track located in Coquitlam, British Columbia on the southern slopes of Eagle Mountain (known locally as Eagle Ridge).

History[edit]

The track was built and operated by the Sports Car Club of British Columbia (SCCBC). Construction of Westwood began in 1957, and the first race was held on July 26, 1959, making it the first purpose-built permanent road course in Canada.

Westwood hosted many different professional race series over the years, including long stints with the Formula Atlantic Series, Trans-Am Series, and Player's GM Challenge Series. Champion drivers to have raced professionally at Westwood include Formula One World Champion Keke Rosberg, Indianapolis 500 winners Bobby Rahal and Danny Sullivan, as well as other famous names including Gilles Villeneuve and Michael Andretti.

The December 12, 1988 episode of MacGyver, titled Collision Course, was primarily filmed at Westwood (where it was referred to as the Westwood Springs Race Course). The Player's GM Challenge Series served as the backdrop of the story.

The track, which was located on leased provincial crown land, eventually fell victim to urban development. The track finally closed in 1990 to make way for the Westwood Plateau housing development and the Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club.

In 2009, it was digitally recreated as a free download for pc computer simulations such as rFactor and GTR2.

Major Race Results[edit]

CASC / SCCA Atlantic Championship[edit]

Year Date Driver Car
1971 Oct 3 Canada Craig Hill Lotus 69B [1]
1972 July 9 Canada Craig Hill Lotus 69B [2]
1973 May 27 United States Allan Lader Brabham BT-40 [3]
1974 May 26 United States Allan Lader Chevron B27 [4]
1975 June 1 Sweden Bertil Roos March 75B [5]
1976 May 30 United States Marty Loft March 76B [6]
1977 July 17 Finland Keke Rosberg Chevron B-34 [7]
1978 April 23 Finland Keke Rosberg Chevron B-45 [8]
1979 June 3 United States Kevin Cogan Ralt RT-1 [9]
1980 June 1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Sr. March 80A [10]
1981 Aug 23 Mexico Rogelio Rodriguez Ralt RT-4 [11]
1982 Aug 23 United States Tommy Phillips Ralt RT-4 [12]
1983 May 22 United States Michael Andretti Ralt RT-4 [13]
1984 July 22 United States Chris Bender [14]
1985 July 21 United States Dan Marvin [15]
1986 July 6 United States Ted Prappas [16]
1987 Aug 23 United States Johnny O'Connell [17]
1988 Aug 6 United States Dean Hall [18]
1988 Aug 7 United States Rod Granberry [19]
1988 Sept 11 Japan Hiro Matsushita [20]
1989 May 28 Japan Hiro Matsushita Swift DB-4 [21]
1989 Aug 5 Japan Hiro Matsushita Swift DB-4 [22]
1990 Aug 5 United States Mark Dismore Swift DB-4 [23]

SCCA Trans-Am Series[edit]

Year Date Driver Car
1977 June 5 United States Peter Gregg Porsche 934 [24]
1978 June 4 Canada Ludwig Heimrath Porsche 935 [25]
1979 June 3 United States John Paul Porsche 935 [26]
1980 Sept 7 United States John Bauer Porsche 911SC [27]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 49°18′35″N 122°47′13″W / 49.3096°N 122.787°W / 49.3096; -122.787

References[edit]

  • Johnston, Tom, Westwood, Everyone’s Favourite Racing Circuit, Granville Island Publishing, ISBN 978-1-894694-49-0
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