Feature Article, Open Wheels — March 21, 2005 at 4:47 pm

Pike Green remembered (issue 63)


By George Hespe

Harry C. “Pike” Green, well-known Northwest open wheel racecar driver and motorsports figure died Jan. 12 in Mesa, Ariz.

Green was born July 8, 1923, in Victoria, B.C.

A long haul trucker by trade, Pike’s sports career was devoted mainly to motorized sports starting in Canada in 1946. Showing his talent, he won the first ever 50-lap sprint car race in Victoria Sept. 14 of that year.

Centering his interest on the open wheel classes, he was involved in auto racing from 1946 to 1960, when he moved to hydroplane racing. Competing in the hydros through 1970, among his many victories was the Seafair trophy for limited hydroplanes in July of 1964.

A pilot also, following his successes in auto and hydros, Pike took his flying talents into airshow performances from 1971 until 1980. He appeared in numerous major Western airshows, including the Abbotsford World Internationals.

Along with his time “behind the wheel,” Pike also crewed on a car at the Indianapolis 500 races in 1977, 1980, 1981 and 1984.

One of his favorite accomplishments was the formation of Golden Wheels Fraternity. Assisted by Pat Diviney, John Dalby and others, Pike was the impetus that put Golden Wheels Fraternity on track in 1975 and today it remains one of the major vintage racing groups in the country.

Pike was inducted into the Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame, Golden Wheels Fraternity Hall of Fame, CeCal Hall of Fame, sprint car division, and the Gulf Oil Hydroplane 100-mph Club. Pike was also appointed nominator/elector, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa.

His non-racing involvement included memberships in; Apache Lodge No. 69, F&AM, Mesa, Ariz.; Scottish Rite 32nd Degree F&AM; Nile Shriners; American Legion Post 46, Mesa, Ariz.

One of Pike’s favorite charities was the Sunshine Acres Children’s Home in Mesa, Ariz., to which he bequeathed the bulk of his estate.

He was preceded in death by his wife Judith, and a brother, Bud, who also was a racecar driver. In honor of Pike’s wishes, there were no services.

Memorials may be made to: Sunshine Acres Children’s Home, 3405  N. Higley Rd., Mesa, AZ  85215, to Hospice of the Valley-East, 777 W. Southern Ave., Suite 301, Mesa, AZ 85210 or to a racing Hall of Fame.

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