not forgotten . . .

John Clapham

Nobleton, Ontario - day.Nov.1972

Big John Clapham left us much too soon... he died in a highway crash near his hometown in Ontario Canada in November, 1972, leaving behind his wife Lorrain and two sons, Glen and Mark.

My many racing memories include Jim Shampine and John Clapham winning United Racing Club features (when Bobby Stelter went out-of-the-ballpark) at Lancaster in 1970.

  . . . written by Tom Schmeh

Early days in Canada

June 13th, 1970,
John won his heat and finished 5th in the main

John in the "Rutledge Rocket" at Oswego...

... and at Delaware in 1972.

'69 Classic yearbook

Delaware Speedway allowed supermodifieds to run the big fixed wings from 1969-1971 (or thereabouts). The wingless picture was taken at Nilestown Speedway; both Nilestown and Delaware Speedways are were/are near London, Ontario.


  • please links, stories or images so we can all remember John Clapham.

  •   stats
  • 1969 Oswego Supermod rookie of the year
  • 11 all time Oswego super top 5's
  • 13th in oswego points in 1969, 8th in 1970, and 5th in 1971
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