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The Stock Car Race Track at Whitehorse, Yukon
K.M.A. Speedway

by Murray Lundberg

    The K.M.A. Speedway closed permanently in 2004, but this 3/8 mile semi-banked dirt oval provided Whitehorse residents with a lot of fun and excitement for over 30 years.

    The property that became the K.M.A. Speedway was first leased from the City of Whitehorse in 1970, by the Klondike Auto Racing Association (KARA) and later by the Klondike Motorsport Association (KMA). Races were held by KARA from 1969 (a year before the lease was signed) until 1989, and then by the KMA from 1993 until 2004. In September 2004 the speedway was closed by request of the City and the Territorial government, and the lease was relinquished. Since January 2005, the K.M.A. Speedway and surrounding greenbelt has been held under reserve by Community Services, Community Operations Branch for future country residential development.

    The aerial view of the track to the right, from Google Earth, shows its position on the Alaska Highway. It is now between two "country residential" subdivisions, Mary Lake to the left, and Cowley Creek to the right. These consist of about 100-120 properties each, with each property approximately 3 acres in size. The "cross" to the north of (above) the race track is the airport for the radio-controlled model club. Clicking on that image, which is dated June 20, 2010, will open an interactive Google map of the location, in a new window.

    The access road to the track was blocked in about 2012. Other uses for the property, including a school and a horse training centre, have been proposed but nothing has yet been approved. Part of the problem is dangerous access to the Alaska Highway, which is far busier than it was in the early days of the track's operation.

    I'm always very pleased when the stuff I post brings back good memories for people, and within a few hours of posting this article, it's already be doing that. For those of you who would like to chat about those exciting days, and/or have photos from the early days that you'd like to share, I've posted on the blog to make that easy (just contact me about sharing photos if you don't have them online yet).


Click on each of the photos below to greatly enlarge it.

The photos of the cars in action are from 1993. They are scans of prints, some of which got damaged when I took them out to the track to sell copies to drivers and crew members and got hit by rain. I hope that I have the negatives here somewhere, but haven't found them yet.

1993

K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon


2009

The access road to the race track seen from the Alaska Highway driving towards Whitehorse in July 2009.
Click on the image to go to Google Streetview at that location, in a new window.
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon



2010

Access road from Alaska Highway still open.
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon

After not seeing it for many years, this was a sad sight.
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon

A lap in my Subaru Outback, just because I could.
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon



2013

Access road from Alaska Highway blocked.
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon

The grandstand area.
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon

The grandstand area and start/finish line.
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon

The first turn - the mountain is Golden Horn.
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon

A broad view with the back straight.
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon

Looking towards the grandstands and finish line.
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon

The grandstands and finish line.
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon

The packer helped keep the track in good shape.
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon

The tracks in the mud are made by caribou now.
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon

The site still has some garbage from the racing days.
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon

It took a great deal of fill to build the track.
K.M.A. Speedway - Whitehorse, Yukon