JOHNSTON, Tom




Author Tags: Sports

Having participated in more than 300 races since 1962, driver, designer and manufacturer Tom Johnstone traced the history of his sport in Sports Car Road Racing in Western Canada (Granville Island 2004 $120). Johnstone’s coffee table book is a tribute to the early days of amateur racing at the Abbotsford airport (1950-1958), the glory days of Westwood (1959-1990) and car racing on the Prairies. He was born in Winnipeg in 1941 and grew up in Regina. He left the Prairies for Vancouver in 1969 and founded Thomas E. Johnston Engineering to coordinate his racing activities. He was inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2000 he suffered a serious stroke which left him unable to swallow or walk for a long time. He overcame the effects of the stroke to write his book. He raced at more than 50 facilities in North America.

[BCBW 2004] "Sports"

Westwood
Press Release (2006)



"Tom Johnston was inducted as a member of the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame and is a life member of the Sports Car Club of British Columbia. He drove racing cars at the Westwood circuit from 1967 to 1973. In the years following he entered many cars at Westwood that he designed and manufactured, piloted by well-known drivers such as Frank Allers and Ross Bentley. He has also run his professional Formula Atlantic team at dozens of other circuits in Canada and the US. He was involved in the management of Westwood and was personally involved in the final negotiations with the provincial government, representing the interests of the Sports Car Club of British Columbia, at the cabinet level. Compile his book Westwood (2006) he had access to the archives of the SCCBC as well as other private photo collections. The book includes a portrait gallery of over 300 drivers, officials and others from the 32 seasons. Also presented are photos of many celebrity visitors, notable cars and drivers, the big races, race schedules, lap records, results and more."

[ISBN 1-894694-50-3 and 978-1-894694-50-6 (hc); ISBN 1-894694-49-X and 978-1-894694-49-0 (pb), 11” x 8.5” landscape-format coffee table book, 128 pages, 96 pages in colour, over 150 photographs. The collectors’ leather-bound hardcover limited edition of 100 copies, boxed, numbered and signed by the author, is priced at $300.00; the paperback edition is $54.95.]