Roy was born and raised in Victoria and started his career in 1961 as a crew member on his Dad's, the great Jim Haslam's, modified race car. A few years later, partway through the 1965 season, Roy started driving Jalopy Class race cars. Racing in Nanaimo the very next year, the young driver was named Vancouver Island Track Racing Association's Driver of the Year. His career was launched.
In 1967 Roy was Stock Car points champion, and he won the Roy White Memorial, the Billy Foster 100 and the Corby Cup. A year later in 1968, Roy moved up to the Super Stock class and continued to assert himself as a champion driver by winning the July Cup. He finished 3rd in the season point championships. In 1969 he was 5th in points and he and his team also ran in the US. Roy finished 6th in Late Model points in 1970 and that same year he won the Canadian 100 Go-Kart race at Westwood.
Following 1971, where he finished 3rd in Super Stock points, Roy dropped to 11th the next year, but the team won the Best Appearing Crew award for all classes. In 1973 Roy was 2nd in Super Stock points and 3rd in the Popular Driver vote.
Success continued, and in 1974 Roy was 6th in points and won the Carling Challenge Race for Super Stocks. The next year, he won the Carling Opener in the Super Stock class, the Canada 200 and also the Carling Open Series Championship. He repeated this win in 1976.
Roy would continue his amazing win record for the next 20 years. Highlights include:
- Edmonton International Speedway road course 8000 winner in 1976
- I.D.C. Championship Open Super Stocks in 1978 as well as being named driver of the year
- Limited Open SS Track Record Holder in 1979
- Speedweeks North West Champion (Open Super Stock) in 1980
- Two-time Boomerang 250 off-road race winner in 1981-82
In 1981 Roy was also the Pepsi Challenge Champion and Canada 200 winner. In 1982 he won the Invitational Race of Champions in Stateline Washington. In 1983 he repeated as Canada 200 winner and was the Canadian Off-Road Magazine Series Champion. In 1985 he won the July Cup and the Canada 200 for the third time. That same year he was Super Stock Points Champion, MISS Points Champion, and he held track records in both open and local Super Stock classes. In 1986 he was the Local Super Stock Points Champion and won both the Corby Cup and the season Championship Race. In 1987 Roy was the Pro Stock Champion and repeated for another astonishing three years. In 1991 he was the winner of the Yakima Speedway Fall Classic.
1993 was a successful season as well, and Roy won three Can/Am Main Events, more than any other racer. He did it again in 1994 with three Main Event wins and two Old Time Racers Association Main Event wins.
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Like many Langford boys, the roar of the nearby race track was irresistible for Gary Kershaw. He began a long and illustrious racing career in 1961 at Western Speedway, piloting a 1932 Ford stock car against such veterans as Billy Foster and Dave Cooper.
Finishing sixth overall that year gave Kershaw top rookie honours. He wound up second in 1962 and also began driving in the higher-calibre modified division. Late in that season he scored a rare double victory, winning stock car and modified 25-lap main events.
In the mid-to-late 60s he was the driver to beat at Western. He dominated the 1967 and '68 campaigns, winning 9 of 15 mains. He almost retired in 1969 but was talked into driving Rich Graham's car on the Pacific Northwest NASCAR super stock circuit. The partnership proved fruitful, as Kershaw took the title his first season, winning six of eight main events.
Kershaw and his team dominated the circuit in 1970 as well. On the heels of that solid season, he became the first Canadian to win the prestigious Permatex 200 in Riverside, California in January 1971, winning the race in his second try against a field of talented American drivers.
Named Victoria's male athlete of the year that March, he won the inaugural International Drivers' Challenge series, thrilling fans with his duels against American driver Herschel McGriff.
After five largely successful years on that circuit, he rounded out his racing career almost like he started, by driving a 1930 Ford in the Old-Time Racers Association.