8/7/1923 - 12/1/2005
Harry C. "Pike" Green was a well known Northwest open wheel racing driver who took many wins during a career that lasted from 1946 to 1960 in the Northwest and at Langford Speedway. Harry Green died 16 years ago, he was 82 , He would have been 98.
Harry C. "Pike" Green was a well known Northwest open wheel racecar driver and motorsports figure.
Born in Victoria, BC, Pike was a long haul trucker by trade. He was involved in auto racing from 1946 to 1960.
Pike started competing in Stu Pringle's sprint car. He won the first ever 50-lap sprint car race in Victoria on September 14th 1946.
The highlight of his early career was winning the first ever 50-lap main event at Langford Speedway in 1946. There were over 40 cars entered from all over the West Coast. Pike ended his rookie season by earning second spot in the season point standings.
During 1947 and 1948, he took many wins in the Northwest and at Langford Speedway.
Pike and his brother Bud were referred to as "The Brothers".Pike was involved with many public relations activities for the sport of Auto Racing. He wrote numerous historical newspaper articles and kept statistical information, clippings and race results.
Pike also drove a sprint car named "the Stinker", which derived its name from an oil company sponsor. He delighted in winning with this car as it had a small 110 cu. in. engine competing with the larger-engined cars on the quarter mile tracks. His first time out at Duncan's Shearing's Speedway saw Pike winning the Main Event.
In 1960 he moved to hydroplane racing. Competing in hydro's through 1970, among his many victories was the Seafair trophy for limited hydroplanes in July of 1964.
He was also a pilot and following his successes in auto and hydro's, Pike took his flying talents to airshow performances from 1971 until 1980. He appeared in numerous major Western airshows, including the Abbotsford World Internationals.
Along with his time "behind the wheel", Pike also crewed on a car at the 1977, 1980, 1981 and 1984 Indianapolis "500" races.
One of his favorite accomplishments was the formation of Golden Wheels Fraternity. Assisted by Pat Diviney, John Dalby and others, Pike was the impetus that put Golden Wheels Fraternity on track in 1975 and today it remains one of the major vintage racing groups in the country.