With a father and an uncle running a racecar at Langford Speedway in 1946 plus his Dad’s contributing to the construction of nearby Western Speedway and subsequently becoming a Stockcar owner plus having a family auto wrecking business literally at the doorstep of the family home, young Roy Haslam would have been very hard pressed to not be drawn to cars and auto racing.
In 1962, he became a crew member on his Dad Jim’s #98 “Modified Sportsman” which was driven by Billy Foster. He crewed for Jalopy driver Dick Miller in 1964 and the next year began competing in Western’s Jalopy class in a 1949 Ford. The following season he returned in a similar Ford, running with the Vancouver Island Track Racing Association (VITRA) at Nanaimo’s “Grandview Bowl” for the bulk of the 1966 season where, in addition to finishing 7th in points for the year, he was named VITRA’s “Driver of the Year”.
Roy stepped into a 1955 Chevy Stockcar owned by Harvey Chipper for the ’67 season and had a banner year with many wins and good finishes which included a 1st in the “Roy White Memorial” race, capturing the “Corby Cup” (most main events in a season (5)), the inaugural running of the “Billy Foster Stockcar 100” and capping it all off with securing the Stockcar Season Championship. Roy and Harvey moved up to the new Super Stock class in another ’55 Chevy the following year with Roy winning that season’s “July Cup” and finishing 3rd in points. Purchasing a 1957 Chevy formerly driven by Washington’s Jack Jeffery, Roy finished the 1969 Super Stock season 5th in the points race and also competed in Washington state.
In 1970 in the re-named “Late Model Stock” class, Roy finished in 6th spot and also entered the “Canadian 100” gokart race at Vancouver’s “Westwood” road course which he won. Following 1971 when he finished 3rd in Super Stock points, Roy dropped to 11th the following year although they won the “Best Appearing Crew for All Classes” award. In 1973 he roared back to finish 2nd in points as well as 3rd in the “Popular Driver” vote and in ’74 won the “Carling Challenge” race for Super Stocks and finished 6th in points. He continued to collect more wins in later years which included the “Carling Opener” (which he repeated the following season), it’s Season Championship and the “Canada 200” in 1975, 1978 overall winner of the I.D.C. (International Drivers Challenge), holder of the Limited Open Super Stock track record in ’79, 1980 Speedweeks Northwest Champion, 1981 Pepsi Challenge Champion and Canada 200 winner and also won the 1983 “200”.
In 1985 Roy won both the Canada 200 and the July Cup winning the Super Stock points championship as well as the MISS points winner, holding track records in both the open competition and local Super Stock classes. He repeated as local Super Stock points winner the following year which included capturing the Corby Cup and the season Championship race. In 1987 he was voted Member of the year and won the Pro Stock Championship, which he also won in ’88,’89 and ’90. Roy was the winner of the most “CanAm” main events (3) in 1993 and was the Late Model Champ in ’94 winning another 3 mains plus scoring 2 OTRA main event wins. He was Island Super Stock Champion in 1995 and in his final year of active competition he won the Late Model Super Stock Championship race in 1996.
Following his driving retirement, Roy continued to be involved, providing assistance to his sons Robbie and Michael who are to this day still both very competitively and proudly carrying on the Haslam name in Island racing.
In addition to his induction into the “Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame” in 1999, Roy was also inducted into the “Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame” in 2012. Here is a link to his page on their website: https://www.gvshof.ca/inductees-2/all-inductees/21-motor-sports/177-roy-haslam-2012.htm