Phil Hendry began his auto racing days in 1951, joining the “Vancouver Island Track Roadster Association” (VITRA) and starting in 1952 he drove a Stockcar at “Shearing Speedway” which was located just south of Duncan.
In 1953 he took on the position of “Assistant Pit Boss” at Shearing, working alongside Gary Abbott and Dave Miller, a post which he also occupied when Western Speedway opened in 1954 and continued with until 1956. Phil then took over the position of “Starter”,which had been vacated by Ron Mayell.
Having a keen eye and first-hand knowledge gained from his previous driving experience, Phil soon earned the respect of the drivers he flagged, also developing a flamboyant flagging style which greatly added to the fan’s enjoyment of the weekly race meets.
Phil’s days behind the wheel didn’t disappear entirely as he entered the “crash elimination” races that were held at the track from time to time which he usually won, being the last car still running. He also oversaw the fireworks displays which the Speedway put on and in addition to his flagging duties also served on VITRA’s executive in the positions of “Treasurer” in 1962, “Secretary” in 1964, “Vice-President” in 1965 and 1971 and “Director” from 1966 to 1968.
Like many of his fellow racers who were employed in the automotive trade, Phil was a new car salesman, working at dealerships that included “Dolphin Motors”, “McCallum Motors” and “David Motors”.
In the latter part of the ’63 season, Phil stepped away as Starter but after a short absence returned, passing on many of his talented moves and expertise to the young starters who apprenticed under him, some of whom took over when he retired in 1972.
In 1975 Phil was presented with a VITRA life membership, being only the third person, along with Dave Cooper and Billy Foster, to receive this honour.
Phil Hendry was inducted into the “Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame” in 1989.