Harold raced from 1960 starting in Jalopies to 1978 finishing in the Camra Circuit. He ran Stock Cars from 1961 to 62, moving to B Modifieds in 1963 and using his own designs. He is well remembered for starting from the back, and winning the B- Main, which qualified him to start at the back of the A-Main, and going on to win the A-Main as well. In 1964, Harold built a B Modified with a 327 cu. in. Pontiac motor. That year was one of the best. Harold won Sportsman of the Year, Most Popular Driver, most Main events, and was B Modified top point Champ at Grandview Bowl. Harold had an inventive side, and in his own business as a welder, came up with quite a few innovations for the cars he built, as well as creating a third axle system for logging trailers to allow them to carry more logs each trip. Despite keeping very busy raising a family, building axles, modifying trailers, and running his welding shop, he found time to put his building talents to work on a new A Modified for 1965, another for 1966, and a new offset B Modified for 1967. The new offset, and undersprung B Modified worked well for him. With it he won the Inter City Championship competing with drivers from Langley, Victoria, and Nanaimo and setting new track records at all three tracks, as well as picking up wins at many other tracks.
Moving up in 1970, another new car was built for the CAMRA Series with a 311 cu. in. Chevy for power. From 1970 to 1975, Harold ran in the A-Modified division and competed from Portland, Boise, Salt Lake City, Edmonton, Prince George, Langley, Victoria, Nanaimo, and to William’s Lake at their new track where he set the new track record with fast time before being knocked out with a broken axle. After his hectic schedule, he was picked by Ken Svendson to drive Ken’s new 09 car running in the CAMRA series at many of the same tracks from 1976 to 1978, and adding to his trophy collection along the way.
The Hall of Fame Committee is very pleased to induct Harold Sjostrom into the Victoria Auto Racing Hall Of Fame.