1985 CVM History

1985 Membership Card

Hobby Membership
Hobby Membership
2nd Year As Hobby Club President
    This was my 14th season with the Hobby club and my 2nd as club President. 1984 was a good year for the Hobby’s, turning things around by staying close together, and bringing more awareness to our club. We started the Hobby Hall Of Fame in 1984 and would continue it again in 85 with Don Cockburn and Al Bowman the inductees. Off season events were busy with Larry Westwood and I going to the Canadian Promoters Work Shop where three institutions received achievement awards. The Hobby Club, OARC were one of the recipients getting recognition for promoting our sport. This was another historic season, as was 84 with our first ever East Coast Tour. The Maritime tracks wanted us back in 85’ but most members didn’t want to go east again. The first trip was quite hectic, and though I wanted to go, I knew it was a stretch to get the members to say yes, then consider booking holidays, making sure vehicles were fit and all that goes with a two thousand mile two week tour . So, looking for a getaway, I was able to negotiate races in Michigan, Kalamazoo Speedway and Mount Clemens. We also made our first visit the MIS NASCAR race as guests for the pre race parade. The Michigan International Speedway deal was good as teams with blown engines were able to go on the track towing their cars on their trailers. The club grew in 1985, becoming stronger and closer. Our committee worked hard together. The schedule also include first time shows at Perry New York and Check Flag Speedway. Our club sponsors were Dave Franks, B&B Decals, Westward Tools and Quaker State. We presented money to the Easter Seal club, a $2000 cheque, monies we collected from going through the stands at Flamboro. 1985 was a great year for the Hobby club, not so much for our team. My devotion was 100% on being President and a lot less on my race program. My crew and I spent just enough time making sure our car was ready for opening day and every night after. Steffon, John, Paul, Doug and David worked hard, but found it frustrating with me not focused on our race team. We blew a few engines in 85, had some bad crashes. Financially it was a tough season. Nonie and I closed our restaurant, the government chased me again, trying to make sure we didn’t park our car in the garage. It had been almost 7 years since the last episode with the township. The by law enforcement police were relentless so I worked on my car outside on our restaurant property, it was zoned commercial, so we were okay, and survived that hassle. As tough as it was for my family and I personally, the Hobby Club did very well, showing us their appreciation and giving me a sense of accomplishment. Once the dust settled I was able to take a deep sigh and consider 1985 a decent year….We want to extend a special thanks to our own sponsors, Quaker State, 12th year, Reclaim Enterprises (John Saucier), Canadian Collision Supply, Rent A Wreck and M&T Truck Center, Lil’ Al’s Custom and Coors (yes Coors sent me hats and a sports bag)….we hope you enjoy the pictures and stories from 1985.

 

1985 Stats

Hobby Season #14
Hobby Season #14
Raced 24 Nights..Had 5 Rain Outs
    This was a crazy season with 5 rain outs. Two of those came at U.S. tracks on different week ends. Perry Speedway on May 26th, Mount Clemens August 10th during our Michigan Tour in August. There were three lost race nights at Flamboro Speedway due to weather. We never did return to Perry or Mount Clemens. Perry cancelled our 2nd show because the track was covered with clay, they became a dirt track, and Mount Clemens closed the doors the following season. We did get to play at both tracks. Ray Hughes took my car out once the rain stopped at Perry and the engine blew. At Mount Clemens, with the race cancelled and the sun out, we ran mock races at low speed. It was depressingly fun. We also lost the Barrie Speedway feature on September 8th, got the heats in but the feature rained out. That night was crazy. Prior to the race the Hobby members were waiting until I got some money that was owed us from 1984. I had faith we’d get the money, but the members wanted the cash before we raced. We got it and were good to go. I would crash hard in that race, removing the right front wheel after slamming the turn one wall. The club agreed to take tow money instead of waiting to see if the weather cleared up. We got $1100 and headed home. We had good car on most nights as the club was growing. Our team struggled with only one win, a consi. We had 13 top 10 feature finishes, but 9 DNF’s, including three engines. Overall, 1985 was a tremendous success for the Hobby club, and another challenge for our team.text]

1985 Hobby Line Up

Roster
Roster
Hobby Roster
    I got myself concerned when I first looked at the line up. I didn’t understand why there was nothing under #36. Did I forget to buy my membership? No, but I did forget that I changed my number for the first time in 16 years from #36 to #9. The story behind the change, the reason and the headache it created for me and a few others will be explained later, at the car show pictures.

1985 Schedule

Schedule
Schedule
We Booked 30 Shows
    What’s missing here is the Kalamazoo race Friday August 9th. That gave us potentially 30 race nights. We lost 5 to rain and had the 2nd Perry Speedway race cancelled because they changed their track to dirt. We were invited to run if we wanted to race on the dirt but the membership declined….me to on that one.

Club President 1985

Souivenir Program
Souivenir Program
Welcome Letter
    We put together our first souvenir program to celebrate 20 years as an organized club. Many members helped make this happen. It was a great effort by all and helped promote our club throughout 1985.

Quaker State Agreement

Quaker State
Quaker State
12th Year With Quaker State
    This year we put the name on the side of the car and on the roof above the windshield to give maximum exposure.

Reclaim Enterprises

Sponsor
Sponsor
John Saucier…Great Race Fan…Great Sponsor

Rent A Wreck

Sponsor
Sponsor
Associate Sponsor

Canadian Collision Supply

Sponsor
Sponsor
Dan & Cyril Sponsor
    I had a clean up shop business in 85′ and bought supplies from CCS. They sponsored me and asked me to try to sell paint for them at various car dealers. Great people.

Coors

Bill Elliott Sponsor
Bill Elliott Sponsor
Me & Bill…Same Number Same Sponsor
    During the off season a few of us in the Hobby club thought it would be neat to paint our cars like NASCAR teams. I had Bill Elliott`s paint n 1984 but this year made it more official by getting the number 9 and then Coors as a sponsor. It took me a while to get to the marketting person but when I did we got another sports bag and some hats, not a lot, but enough to make the car look as close to the Ford T-Bird as possible.

Hobby Write Up

1985
1985
Pre Season Write Up

More Write Up

1985
1985
Write Up Continued

Dave Franks

Photo`s By Franks
Photo`s By Franks
Dave Franks Returned As An Associate Sponsor
    Dave and Judy helped the Hobby club with pictures, buttons etc for the Hobby Fan Club. He also provided the pictures for our first ever souvenir program, our 20th Anniversary Program. Dave did alot to promote the Hobby`s, and many Ontario race tracks with his photos. He was an official photo supplier for many news papers in Canada and the U.S.

B&B Decals

Sponsor
Sponsor
Dedicated Hobby Family Sponsors Club In 1985
    The Barton Family had an important impact on the Hobby club by not only racing and working on the committee but also sponsoring. Their efforts were much appreciated.

Rawlinson Moving & Storage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Established Business Sponsors Hobby Club

History Story Of Rawlinson

Sponsor
Sponsor
Hobby Club Sponsor
    Don Crosley liked what we did and sponsored the Hobby club for just this season. Here is a story of the 100 years of their business…Don took over 6 years prior to this story.

Westward Tools

Hobby Sponsor
Hobby Sponsor
Hobby Club Sponsor
    Westward sponsored the Hobby club with tools for their weekly draws,as well as door prizes for various events we had. They also donated a set of gold wrenches to the winner of the Best Appearing Car.

85 Rebuild Begins

Our Sponsor Helps
Our Sponsor Helps
John Sauciers Shop
    John`s sponsorship included helping us with a new engine and the use of his shop to rebuild our car. There was little heat and lighting, but it was better than working outside in the winter, in fact we did nothing much over the winter. We were able to do all the welding and hard work here.[/

Hey This Car Isn’t Scrap…Well

Scrap Storage
Scrap Storage
Salvage Business
    John’s business included tearing down big abandoned wharehouses, storing, sorting and selling the scrap. Lucky no one loaded our car into the bin when it came time to get rid of some metal.

Welding The Frame

Welding Frame
Welding Frame
John Saucier Prepares The Frame
    John was welding the rear cross member and adding some support bars. Paul Cornwall was there as well to lend a hand.

Happy Birthday Annie

Annie Saucier
Annie Saucier
Annie Celebrates Her Birthday
    I was fortunate to be close to the Saucier family in 85. Here I join her Sisters April and Melissa wishing her a great birthday.

Birthday Girl

Family and Friends
Family and Friends
Annie With Her Family & Friends

Well Wishes From Annie

Race Fan #1
Race Fan #1
My #1 Fan In 85 Was Annie

Mellisa’s Blessings

Family of Fans
Family of Fans
Melissa Gives Her Encouragement

Apirl Saucier

April
April
No 1 Dirver? Nice, Thank You April
    Well, we may not have finished #1, but for April, Annie and Melissa, giving me a good pre season send off with these cards was very warming and a blessing to me and Nonie.

Promoters Work Shop

Larry Westwood
Larry Westwood
Hooby Reps For The Promoters Work Shop
    There was a decision by the club to send Larry and I to this work shop to see what was new in the racing industry and learn something we could bring back to the Hobby club. We were presented with an acheivement award for the Hobby club, quite an honor considering only three were given out in Ontario.

Work Shop Clipping

OARC Get Award
OARC Get Award
We Win Award For Promoting Our Sport

Award Presentation

Stew Reamer
Stew Reamer
Receiving The Award

Stew Reamer

Award Write Up
Award Write Up
Editor & Publisher Of Racing Promotion Monthly Stew Reamer

John Casale & Bruce Bennett

Track Owners
Track Owners
Sauble & Flamboro Speedway Promoters
    Nonie provided supper for a few of us after the Work Shop. Larry and I more than likely had fun with these two track promoters. Bruce on the right ran Sauble Speedway, and John was the promoter of Flamboro Speedway. These owners had to run at least 25 nights a year to make their budget. They appreciated that not only were we willing to race 25 to 30 times a season, but bring with us a full field of cars every night.

Motion Car Show

1985
1985
Motion Car Show March 1985
    There were six of us in this car show. Mike DeLeeuw’s awesome sign hangs from the ceiling. Mike won an award for best sign in the show. Some of us decided to paint our cars like NASCAR stars. My car was this color in 1984 but to make it look more like Bill Elliott’s car I wanted to run the #9, that hadn’t been run for a few seasons. That deal caused some grief. Bill Lyons thought the number was retired, but we never retired any number, I explained I only wanted to use it for one season. Some other OARC members thought I shouldn’t take #9, but what they didn’t know was that #9 was my other favourite number. Andy Bathgate, the New York Ranger captain when I was a kid was #9, so was Bobby Hull, so was Vic Parson’s my favourite Late Model driver. I took the heat and ran #9 but only for 1985…that’s all I wanted.

Stewart Pitchford #47

Motion
Motion
Stewart Earnhardt
    Stewart was one who decided to paint his car using a NASCAR theme. He copied the Wrangler #3 of Dale Earnhardt. Stewart loved to paint model cars and took a lot of pride in the look of his cars. He was also a big fan of Dale Earnhardt. The other five cars in the show were #2 Ron Goodison, 12 Jim Collison, #21 Larry Westwood, defending club champion #53 Rich Farraway and me.

Ron Goodison #2

Motion
Motion
Second Year Member Ron Goodison #2
    Ron’s rookie season was 1984. Ray, his dad and Ron supported the club whenever they could.

Kids Contest

Motion
Motion
Hobby Kids Car Contest
    The kids from the Hobby club got involved with our display by having a model car contest of their own. That was one thing the Hobby club did well was keep it a family club.

Larry Westwood #21

Motion
Motion
Valvoline NASCAR Scheme
    Larry painted his car like the Ron Bouchard’s Valvoline car from 1985.

Rich Farraway #53…Jim Collison #12

Motion
Motion
Farraway Collison Enter Show
    The 1984 Hobby club Champion Rich Farraway and one of the clubs hardest working members Jim Collison #12 completed the Hobby club entries in the 1985 Motion Car Show. Every entrant got one these plaques for participating.

Season Begins

President
President
Let The Season Begin

Hobby Story

Pre Season
Pre Season
Pre Season Press

Annie & The Coupe

Annie
Annie
Season Starts Soon
    Annie is all smiles knowing we’ll be racing soon. Unfortunately we rained out on May 4th, we didn’t rain out the next week..it was worse.

Pre Race Parade Lap

Dave Franks Go Karts
Dave Franks Go Karts
Parade Lap May 11th
    After the Hobby meeting, Dave Franks asked Bruce Manson and I if we wanted to drive his two Petty go-karts in the parade lap…we said yes…I don’t think we hesitated.

Enjoying The Parade

Flamboro Speedway
Flamboro Speedway
Dave Franks Karts
    While we were playing on the track the Hobby club were lining up the heats. It was no problem, Steffon, Paul and John had it covered…so I thought. When I came in after the parade lap my car was not lined up and the reason was because the car would not start. We switched carbs with Ray Hughes but still no go. We missed the heat, but finally got the car ready for the consi.

Engine Lets Go On Opening Night

What's New
What’s New
Engine Woe’s Already
    We had our problems with engines, blowing up tons. We never expected this to happen, we did all the right stuff, sent it to Jim Lindsay, one of the best builders of inlines. On lap three of the consi the engine grenaded, putting us out for the night. No way to start a championship chase.

Engine Lift…On Steroids

Removing The Engine
Removing The Engine
Monday Morning
    There’s no way we figured on this deal, it was a heart breaker right off the bat. we had no extra money to spend because we spent everything we had just to get ready for opening day, that was depressing for our team. John was upset and said he would deal with it. He called Jim Lindsay because paying for the engine was his main sponsorship for us. Jim made it right and that made things a lot better.

Getting It Out

Blown Engine
Blown Engine
Inline No Problem For This Crane
    John and I worked on Monday to get this engine out and then get it immediately to Jim Lindsay. John and his family were very supportive towards us, not so much financially, but in every way. He cared about me and that mattered a lot, whether he was doing it because he knew I was Annie’s favourite driver, I don’t know, I thought maybe he was my best adult fan. Being with the Saucier family taught me a lot, they were more laid back but yet still never wanting to give up. They did want to slow me down a bit, to take a breath, but never to get me to park the car..no one ever could get me to do that.

Thank You Rich

1985
1985
Rich Farraway Lends Us An Engine
    Our engine didn’t get repaired in time. Rich Farraway was good enough to loan one of his engines until ours was finished. On the Saturday prior to the race we were at John’s having a bar-b-que and someone mentioned Murphy’s Law and how it may continue to affect our racing with the comment “Imagine if we blow Rich Farraway’s engine”. David said almost immeditately, “what if Rich blows up his own and wants this one back”? It was a fun time considering the possibilities of things that could go wrong, knowing something would, but as it turned out we would return to Flamboro on May 18th and take 3rd in both our heat and feature.

Hobby Cars From 1985

1985
1985
Page From The Flamboro Program
    There is a mistake on this program page. The #72 is not Bruce Manson, it’s Murry Luckhart. Bruce was #74.

Points Standings

1985
1985
We Are Not In Top 15 After Opening Night DNF

Hobby Cars Out West

1985
1985
Could We Race Together?
    When I saw this article in the racing magazine I went nuts wanting to do some kind of special with them. It would happen, but not for 5 more years…oh ya that’s in the future, no one should know. Check out 1990 when it’s finished.

We’re Not Alone

1985
1985
The Old Timers Race Association…Just Like Us…Almost
    This club though very similar were about 10 years behind us. The difference between their fast and slow cars was night and day, but they looked awesome and my goal was to somehow have a match race with them.

Flamboro Heat Race

1985
1985
Bentley Leads
    Dave Bentley #29 followed by #21 Larry Westwood and our #9 Dodge.

Ron Shaw Leads Off Four

1985
1985
Sideways And Flying
    Ron Shaw #81 Leads Bruce Manson #74 and I off turn four. Both these cars were on it hard getting their cars side ways.

John Saucier

1985
1985
John Rests On The Car
    John was our friend, crew member and sponsor. Here he is pictured with Mr. Ding DeLeeuw Sr. in the Flamboro pits. Mr. DeLeeuw worked with the Hobby club as line up person.

Racing Off Four

1985
1985
    The Boys Get It Going In The Feature
    Ken Jorgenson #96 and Don Shaw #84 race with this pack off turn four in the Flamboro feature.

Back Chute One To Go

1985
1985
Getting Ready To Go Green

Flamboro Heat May 18th

Flamboro
Flamboro
Heat 3rd..Feature 3rd…Farraways Engine
    Opening night we blew our engine. Then we joked “what if we blew up Rich’s engine, and David said, what if he blew up and wanted his engine back”. When we got to the track on the 18th we unloaded but did not make the first set of warm ups. That was no surprise to us, but what turned out to be an omen, or esp, the thing that made us think we were fortune tellers was when Rich blew his engine in those first warm ups. I offered him his engine back but he said no, went home and borrowed one from Dan Gastonguay. That was an amazing night, we also got 3rd in the feature…thanks Rich.

My Number One Fan

1985
1985
Story On How I Got John Saucier To Sponsor Us

The Man To Beat Most Nights

Bruce Manson
Bruce Manson
Bruce Manson #74
    Bruce helped me a lot in 1985. We were being chased again by the township for parking our car in our garage so Bruce and Carmen let me keep my car at their place until the dust settled down. Dwight and Bruce helped me with setting up my car and we became very close, doing things together. Bruce appreciated my work with the Hobby club and in return helped me because he knew I didn’t know a lot about making the car go faster, and he sure did.

Racing With Bruce

1985
1985
Racing Off Turn Four
    Bruce and I race close with Lorne Stewart #27, Don Shaw #84 and Larry Gibson #88 not far behind.

Check Flag Speedway

1985
1985
Charlie Becks Wins At Windsor
    On May 19th we headed to Checker Flag Speedway in Windsor. This was the worse race for us in 1985. We had 4 complete restarts. The track was terrible. There were pot holes everywhere, water seeping out of turn four onto the track, that never dried up, similar in turn one. Here’s the best, on the back straight, they didn’t have a guard rail or cememt wall, they had parked cars…no kidding. Charlie Beck won the feature that had 12 cautions in 25 laps. We were running 2nd tangled and went scratch. Bruce Manson got into me, spinning me out early in the race and later he hit Rick Koebel #42 who was leading, spinning him out and doing some damage. That got Bruce the black flag. That changed things for Bruce, me and the Hobby club. He was very upset with the various calls and how things were going. Bruce was the fastest car in the club and wanted badly to win the points, getting black flagged hurt him, but the season was still early. This was a double race week end and our only visit to Checker Flag.

On Our Way To Perry Speedway

Ramp Truck Race
Ramp Truck Race
Heading To New York
    On May 26th we headed to New York state for our first of two scheduled races at Perry Speedway. Unfortunately both were cancelled. One to rain, this one on, and one to dirt, the track covered the track making it a dirt track before our next race. We were invited to come but voted not to go.

May 26th Perry Speedway

Packing Up
Packing Up
Rain, Ray & Rod Bolt
    The owner called off the races early, and rightly so, it was a miserable damp wet day. The rain did stop long enough for a few of the guys to take their cars out. Ray Hughes took our car out and not long into the only set of hot laps allowed, the engine let go, very bad mess. This would be the 2nd Lindsay engine lost in 1985. It was also the last time Ray would take anyones car out for practice. Steffon makes sure the car is on right and John heads to the back to tie it down. That was our first blown inline in the U.S., but it wouldn’t be my last…later for the next one…two years later.

Homeward Bound

1985
1985
Highway Speed Photo..Going Home In The Rain

Farraway Wins Both Features

1985
1985
Double Feature Night June 1st
    Our feature rained out on May 25th, but we did get our heats and consi in. John booked the rain out feature the next Saturday, June 1st. We finished 8th in the heat and 2nd in the consi on the 25th, then 6th in the rain out feature a week later. June 1st races were good for us picking up a 4th in the heat and 6th again in the feature. This article says we finished 3rd, but Bruce Manson, Ray Hughes and Jeff Bedell all got by. we won $160 for both features. We put Rich Farraway’s engine back in after blowing our 2nd Lindsay engine. Rick said we could buy it for $400. We had to use the Farraway engine because Lindsay hadn’t finsihed ours yet, although it was promnised for June 8th.

Steffon Fixing …What Else

1985
1985
Engine Woes…Really?
    There was no slowing down our bad luck with engines. This time wasn’t a serious deal, but it seemed we were constantly fighting with our engines. We did a lot of work during the week preparing for June 8th. We removed the trans, bell housing, clutch assembly and oil pan. I was worried because my engine luck was no good when someone who knew what they were doing built or worked on it. Now we were into some heavy surgery, for me. We replaced the rear main seal and oil pan gasket and reassembled everything and incredibly…our oil leak was gone, and the engine didn’t blow up.

Consi Race June 8th

1985
1985
Consi Race Flamboro Speedway June 8th…Brad Collison #1

Dave Lewis & Annie Saucier

Flamboro
Flamboro
Win Gets Kids In The Action
    David Lewis would come with us most every week end. He lived across the street from us in Toronto and was David’s best friend. Here he gets in the picture with Annie Saucier. Most drivers would let kids come down and get their picture taken with them. I remember as a young fan getting to talk to one of the stock car drivers at the CNE. He soon became my hero and favourite driver. As a racer I never want to take that opportunity away from a fan, of any age.

First Win 1985

Consi Win
Consi Win
A Win Always Brings A Smile
    Winning wasn’t plentiful in 85′, so getting to hold the checker flag was a great feeling. This consi win on June 8th was sandwiched between a wreck in the heat and later in the feature.

Consi Win June 8th

1985
1985
Bill Elliott Autographed Our Picture

Driver Of The Week

1985
1985
One Win Will Do It

Looks Good Now

1985
1985
June 8th Feature Insane
    This picture dosen’t tell the story. We started 15th in the main because we qualified through the consi on June 8th. Early in the race I got mixed up when Castonguay got turned by Bruce and cars went everywhere. I got hit by avoided the wall, but the contact flattened the left rear tire. Ron Shaw loaned us a tire and we got back out. The notes from this night say we’d been better off to stay in the pits. About 8 laps later, Jim English and Larry Gibson got together, I checked up and got slammed hard by Dan Gastonguay #54. Dan’s car was mounted on the side of mine, burried into the door, huge damage. The car wasn’t hurt bad enough to continue but wouldn’t restart because of a broken wire on the kill switch. Believe it or not, I had time to twist the ends together and get the car started. Believe it or not I didn’t go a lap and heard something banging in the front end, I drove to the infield and found the rad came back and was hitting the fan. I ran to the pit wall and asked my crew to get something to tie it in place. The heart was pounding to get back out in the race, and it was still under yellow. I got a bungy chord from Mike DeLeeuw and managed to secure the rad, keeping it away from the fan. Man that was crazy, but at least I was going to get back in the race. However, as soon as I got on the track and drove one lap I was black flagged…”infield rule”. There was lots of rain the past few weeks and no one was allowed to go to the infield, well, you could, but you had to stay there. It wasn’t a good night, but we did win the consi.

Week End Of Grand Valley Tornado

1985
1985
Varney June 9th

It was another double header week end. Nonie and I stopped at Grand Valley, to see Ron and Helen Shaw on our way to Varney Speedway. Their little city was hit by a very severe tornado. We coudn’t believe the incredible damage done to homes from the tornadoes that hit that town. Some homes were demolished completely. I had never seen great big three foot thick trees with all the bark stripped off the outside of the tree. That same spawn of tornados also hit Barrie and many people were killed from this terrible storm. Helen gave us a tour of the Grand Valley. After we headed to Varney with Don Shaw and Ron Goodison….Nonie and I went with the kids. None of our crew could make it, but with all the help from other Hobby teams, we were in good shape and we needed help. Our rad was damaged from the night before at Flamboro. We got that fixed but missed warm ups. We ended up 4th in this heat and 7th in the feature. The feature had some issues, this time Bruce Manson and Tim Martin. That wreck, though not serious involved both Charlie Beck and Ray Hughes. At the end of the race we had a 9 car train going and the fans loved it. Mr. Martin and Bruce got into in the pits, but things settled down and no one carried it on. Being President and racing is very tough because after the race is over you have to settle any problems with the rest of the committee and sometimes it can take away from a fun night.

Bruce Manson #74

Varney
Varney
Bruce Making His Presence Known At Varney

Ron Shaw…Bruce Manson At Varney

Varney
Varney
Tornado’s Couldn’t Keep Ron Away
    Ron and Bruce run side by side down the back chute at Varney. Bruce with out a hood is side ways on the outside. Ron was side ways plently of times but not this one as he battles Bruce. Drivers got in free on this day and that was a good deal for us.

Varney Speedway

1985
1985
“Trivia”…What Is Ray Hughes Favourite Track?
    Not Varney!! I can’t remember ever disliking a track. That wasn’t the case for Ray Hughes. Over the winter, while considering the schedule at a general meeting, I asked the drivers what tracks they wanted to race. Ray yelled out “anywhere but Varney”. Even though he would sooner go somewhere else, Ray still showed up to the smallest track in Ontario. I guess you can’t keep a real racer away.

Parade Lap

Flamboro
Flamboro
Getting Some Exposure In The Parade Lap
    Going out in the parade lap is good for our sponsors and the fans. It also gives the announcer an opportunity to promote the division your in as well. Any promo like this is a good thing.

Rick Koebel #42

Flamboro
Flamboro
Rick Koebel’s #42, Painted The Same As Ray Hughes Black & Yellow

Stewart Pitchford #47

Hobby Racer
Hobby Racer
Stewart Loved Racing & Playing Hockey…He Was A Very Good Goalie

Early Season Points Standings

Flamboro
Flamboro
Bruce Manson #74 On Top
    It was no surprise to see Bruce Manson leading the points. Ron Shaw #81 keeping pace with Bruce was a great indicator the fun loving Shaw was having a great season, his best in the Hobby club.

Bruce Manson Leading Points

Flamboro
Flamboro
Manson Wants Points Title…Bad
    There was no one in 1985 more determined to win the points than Bruce Manson. No doubt Ron Shaw, Ray Hughes and Charlie Beck and a few others wanted top honors, as did our team. But Bruce was almost obsessed with not only the desire but need to grab the title. We wanted to take a run at it, but 2 blown engines in our first six nights eliminated our chances. We were 11th at this point in the season.

Back In The Day

Oswego Coupes
Oswego Coupes
Early American Stock Cars

Jim English #55

Flamboro
Flamboro
Souvenir Program Page
    Jim wore many hats. He helped the club by running on the committee, gave advice when any issues arrised that needed a mature voice, was friendly and helpful to all the Hobby members, and one of the toughest dudes to race against when he was on his game. A great loving and humble man.

Charlie Beck #79

Flamboro
Flamboro
Smiling Charlie
    It was “Smilin’ Ray Hughes”, but the title could have went to Charlie Beck who was smiling even when he didn’t win a race…here he’s all smiles.

Brad Collison

Flamboro Pits
Flamboro Pits
2nd Generaion Collison
    Brad was the son of racing great Jim Collison. Brad wasn’t the luckiest racer but enjoyed racing with and against his dad.

Wayne Stevens #99

Flamboro
Flamboro
Coach Runner
    Wayne brought out a beautiful lookijng coach to compete with the Hobby dirvers. He was another racer that would soon start helping mold the clubs success. Wayne raced hard and was clean and fair, showing and giving respect all the time.

Jim Collison #12

Flamboro
Flamboro
Jim Collison The Organizer
    Jim was awesome on the committee. In my 2nd year as president, all the committee members worked hard. Jim worked hard as well, but sometimes worried with all the things I wanted to do. He was disappointed when I stepped down from the committee in 1986, but he knew I had to concentrate on my race program, because it suffered because of the time I spent in the off season trying to get things done for the Hobby club. It was my job as President, and all the other members of the 85′ committee were very good at the things they were doing and I never regretted spending the extra time to make things work. It’s easy when I had people like Jim and a club membership body that cared about their future.

It Won’t Work Larry!!!!

Flamboro
Flamboro
Chaos At Flamboro
    Ken Frost #22 gets low followed by Jim Collison #12. Ron Shaw #81 checks up as #21 Larry Westwood is making things exciting in the turn. Maybe it wasn’t Larry’s fault, he could have been hit causing him to spin, regardless for those heading into the turn fast and two wide it becomes a code red situation.

One To Go

Flamboro
Flamboro
Brian Pratt Drives Gallinger Ford Mustang In Pace Lap
    Jeff Bedell #65 and I lead this pack on the white flag lap of a 10 car heat.

Bruce Manson Remains On Top

Flamboro Points
Flamboro Points
Manson On Top, We Get In Top 10

Ron Goodison #2 & Team

Flamboro Pits
Flamboro Pits
Concerned Crew Looks On
    Driver Ron Goodison inspects his fan while Ed Hennesey in the back ground looks on as does his dad Ray Goodison. The car next to Ron is our car, Steffon can be seen working under the hood of our car. We had a hood that tipped forward.

Crash In Turn One

Flamboro
Flamboro
Tim Martin #33 & Lorne Stewart #27

Wild Sequence

Lost Wheel
Lost Wheel
Brad Collison #1

Autographed Picture

Bill Elliott
Bill Elliott
Dave Franks Got This Picture Autographed For Me..Thanks Dave & Thanks Bill

Mike Witter #19

Flamboro
Flamboro
Awesome Person & Just As Awesome On The Track

Ron Shaw #81

Flamboro Win
Flamboro Win
Keeping Pace With Bruce Manson
    In his 5th season with the Hobby club Ron was showing his stuff by keeping pace with the hard charging Bruce Manson. Ron’s having a great season and winning this race was one of many in 85′.

Feature Wreck June 8

Flamboro Feature
Flamboro Feature
Feature Crash Features Lots Of Damage

Another View

Flamboro Feature
Flamboro Feature
Major Repairs On The Horizon

David`s New Look Idea

To The Drawing Board
To The Drawing Board
David`s Amazing Design
    Our goal was to win a Championship of course, we always tried for it and wanted so bad to be the top runner in the Hobby Club. A feature win was another desire, and that was almost as tough for me, as winning a title, but a title was way above winning a feature. We went 167 nights without a win spanning 6 season from 1978’s dramatic feature win to finally taking another feature at Barrie in 1984. Third on the list, but always having it just as important as the other two was how our car looked. We tried every season to have our car looking excellent, but got beat most times by Harry Nicholson who won Best Appearing Car 11 years in a row with the exact same (but gorgeous)looking car. David told me in mid May if we wanted a shot at best appearing car in 1985 we needed to have side curtins. The number on the car was too far forward and needed side curtins to make the car look more proportionate. Now was the time so we did it after our serious wreck when Dan Castonguay t-boned us the night we won our heat on June 8th. With two rain outs after Varney, June 15th and 22nd we had time to take this drawing and give our car a new look. The next 3 pictures show progress and the final result of our work, all taken from this picture, from a 13 year olds drawing.

June 15th Warm Ups

New Look
New Look
Under Construction
    We didn`t quite have enough time to fix all the damage, redesign the body and have it painted and lettered. As it turned out, this night rained out.

Runs Okay…Now To Paint

Make Over
Make Over
Make Over Incomplete
    The 15th of June and the 22nd both rained out giving us another week to get the car ready with paint and lettering.

Home Run

Flamboro
Flamboro
From The Drawing To The Real Thing
    We were very happy with how the car turned out. David`s idea was a just what this car needed.

New Look A Winner

Dizzy Dean
Dizzy Dean
Dizzy Dean Presents Award June 29th
    On June 29th, Dizzy Dean, the founder and owner of Motion Car Show, came to our race and picked his choice of the Best Appearing car award. This was the first time we ever won an award for appearance. It would be a good year for that because we also won the award at the banquet for the Best Appearing Car award for 1985. David made a good call on this paint scheme revision, and we were awarded the very next race out.

Fred Poets #58

Flamboro
Flamboro
Practicing With Fred Poets

Trouble For Dan

Flamboro
Flamboro
Dan Castonguay #54 Breaks A Wheel

Jim English #55

Flamboro Pits
Flamboro Pits
Nice Looking Model A Coupe

Mike Witter Working In The Pits

Flamboro Pits
Flamboro Pits
Mike Witter #19
    This was Mikes first year in the Hobby Club. He wanted to run the #19 like his dad Gary Witter. Larry Westwood gave Mike the number and took #21 for 1985. Mike was a very graceful person, he and Paul Fisher, the owner of the car were a great duo.

Black & Yellow On The Pole

Flamboro
Flamboro
Rick Koebel & Ray Hughes

Larry Gibson #88

Flamboro
Flamboro
Corvette Club Member
    This was Larry’s second season with the Hobby club driving this nice looking coupe.

Ron Easton’s Rookie Season

Flamboro
Flamboro
Hobby Rookie #00 Ron Easton

Nonie and I were close to George and Sandy McLeod. Ron married George’s daughter Cathy (I think), we usually

    get it wrong, it could be Susan. Nonie and I knew both girls, Ron got to know one better than we did, but do you think I can remember which one. I’m hoping they don’t read this, well at least Cathy or Susan, not assuming both would be upset, not assuming the other one wouldn’t like Ron…wow, this gets worse as it goes on. Anyway, it wouldn’t take Ron long to get his racing career heading in the right direction. He would learn fast and even stir up the tech committee a little, (lot’s of guys did that) but I think his controversial seasson start was next year.

Smilin’ Ray & Not So Happy Bruce

Flamboro Action
Flamboro Action
Ray Holds Off Bruce
    These two usually ran up front. Bruce was the man to beat and most times if anyone was going to beat him it was Ray. Smilin’ Ray was his nick name, no one had one for Bruce, but he usually was anyting but smiling. Bruce was so determined to win the title that he was obsessed and no one was going to get in his way. Here, Ray is in his way, but Ray was good enough on some nights to beat the rocket man.

Hot Laps At Flamboro

Practice
Practice
Practice Makes Perfect
    It made perfect sense to try everything we could to keep up with the top runners. We struggled with the stupid inline blowing up frequently, and those DNFs killed our points hopes. We never gave up trying to win every week.

Starter Gives Sign…2 To GO

Heat Race
Heat Race
Double File Start

Kansas City Paul

Paul Cornwall
Paul Cornwall
Everyone Would Have Loved This Man On Their Team
    Paul Cornwall, from Kansas City Missouri, was a great friend and dedicated pit member. He and Steffon had been with me since 1981, and Paul since 1980. Paul always had something funny to say, but he never said anything against another race team no matter how bad or crazy they acted on the track. He usually found the best from everyone, a great way to be and an attitude that kept peace and calmness in our pits. Paul would be in our Pit Crew Hall Of Fame, if we had one, we remember and love him for all he brought to our team.

Stewart Pitchford Helping Out

Replacing Used Engine
Replacing Used Engine
Stewart & OJ
    On July 6th we finally got our engine back from Jim Lindsay, that’s the one that blew up at Perry Speedway with Ray behind the wheel. Jim didn’t charge us for this one, but it took over a month to get done. Meanwhile we bought a used engine from Rich Farraway and that is the one that’s coming out. It was ok and did the job, but was no match for the top running cars. Here Stewart Pitchford, my long time school friend and racing buddy helps me get the engine out of the car. Jim Granger used his truck to pull the engine out. OJ, I gave him that name because he always raved about the races at Oswego Speedway. He was a close neighbour, OJ stood for Oswego John. John was a great friend and good friends with the Witter family.

Pulling Out The Used Engine

Stewart Pitchford
Stewart Pitchford
The Church Got A Baptism
    We put in our new Jim Lindsay engine, after pulling this one out. We had a few different ways tok set the valves. They were set from Jim so the engine was ready to go. A few weeks after this picture I was in the driveway of our restaurant, we had no garage, and I decided to start up the engine and check the valve setting. David started the car and with the rocker cover off I was shocked to have the oil shoot right up over my head, almost hitting me. We shut the car off. I turned to David and said “that was close”. He pointed to the beige siding on behind me and said “the church didn’t make out so good”. It’s okay, the church won the battle, I would eventually, a few years down the road, be attending church on a regualar basis, just not this one.

Fast Car Heat

Flamboro Heat Race
Flamboro Heat Race
New Engine Give Us A Great Night On July 6th…Ray Wins Feature
    We had one of our best nights of the year on July 6th. We finshed third in this heat but 2nd in the feature. When Jim Lindsay finished our engine we installed a button clutch. On lap 13 we were running 6th. Going into turn one I got made a move on the inside and went from 6th to second. The car was awesome (so said the diary). Larry Westwood was leading but spun out a lap later in turns 3 & 4 giving me the lead. I was incredibly excited at the thought we could possilby win this race. On lap 17 the unimagineable happened, our new clutch started slipping and smoking. The car was losing power and I was falling back. Coming off four with three to go Ray edged by me and the yellow came out. I thought it was for me, but it was from water on the track when Larry spun. John Casale called the race even though it was only the second caution of the feature. The checker came out and Ray motioned me by him, but he was ahead of me before the yellow came out giving us second. The win would have been synonomous with the big move on lap 13, but racing with Murphy’s Law as your reason for finishing any race, second (though excellent) was synonomous with the baffled clutch.

Fred Poets Leads Under Caution

Heat Race
Heat Race
Fred Poets, Murray Luckhart, Don Shaw and Larry Westwood

Ron Shaw #81

Heat Win
Heat Win
Smilin’ Ron Shaw

Twin 25′ Warm Ups

July 27th
July 27th
Testing At Flamboro
    Actually what we were testing was the spark plug readings. In the first set of warm ups I spun and hit the wall bending the spring purchase and busting a tire. We got it back out and did shut the car off to test the plugs, the verdict was they were okay. Losing power that night, already losing 3 engines so far in 85′ was becoming discouraging. In the first 25 lap race we ended up 17th. While getting the car ready for the 2nd feature the water pump broke and went through the rad, and that we could not fix in time. The Twin 25’s were one of my favourite races but this one, like many ended in disappointment. In spite of some bad finishes we were 7th overall after this night only 6 points out of 5th. Bruce was leading with Ray 40 points behind and Ron Shaw only one behind Ray.

Fred Poets #58

Heat Win Flamboro
Heat Win Flamboro
Fred Poets Grabs Heat Win

Trevor Boys Canadian NASCAR Star

Trevor Boys
Trevor Boys
B&B Decals Sponsored Trevor Boys In 1985 For A Few NASCAR Races

Ken Frost #22

Heat Race
Heat Race
Ken Frost On The Pole…Don Shaw #84 Indicates One To Go

Rich & Leonard

Soap Box Night
Soap Box Night
Rich Farraway #53 & Leonard Farraway…Mini #53

Mike Witter Wins Twin 25’s

Marc Times
Marc Times
Twin 25 Champion Mike Witter Gets Press

First Ever Michigan Tour

Kalamazoo Speedway
Kalamazoo Speedway
Kalamazoo Speedway Advertises…”OARC Sportsman Modifieds”
    Our first ever trip to Michigan would go down in history for the CVM as one of it’s best efforts in promoting the club. Not only were we loved by the fans, the race promoters began to fight for us in the years to come. Race giants, Randy Sweet and the Benson familly raved about the Hobby cars, not so much about the appearance, but more on how hard they raced with the beautiful bodies. They were amazed we actually wrecked, making our class a legitamate race division to them. Of course we already knew that, we wrecked every week at our home track. We were called everything in Michigan. One track referred to us as the “Canadian Coupes & Coaches”. Mount Clemens Speedway called us “Pre War Coupes”. It was an exciting time for us, heading south to meet new friends, some that would last for a long time.

This Was Worth The Trip

Michigan
Michigan
Like A Kid Meeting Santa Claus
    We left home on Thursday, heading for Kalamazoo Michigan. It was a three event deal. Kalamazoo on Friday, Mount Clemens on Saturday and then M.I.S. on Sunday to be part of the NASCAR pre race day events by going on the track to be in the parade. The whole week end was very exciting for all of us. Early evening Thursday night we were still having trouble finding a room, more than likely because of the NASCAR race. Most of the other Hobby members booked rooms ahead of time. We ended up getting two rooms in Jackson. On our way to check in we drove around the building to park and saw the Coors #9 show trailer. I almost fainted. We found the driver and spent some time with him. He gave us hats and other stuff. No hero cards back then, so I had nothing to give him back. He went out to see our car and loved it. The next day he was on display at Melling Pumps so we went to see the car and Bill Elliott’s main sponsor.

Like Heaven For This Race Fan & Family

Coors #9
Coors #9
New Race Team
    What a day for us. We got to meet the staff from Mellings, got some good pictures. It was like Heaven for me, it would be at least two and half years before I knew what the real Heaven was.

Looking Good…New Wheels…Shined Up

Melling Tools
Melling Tools
If Bill Elliott Was There…I Would Have Been Hospitalized…Too Much Excitement

Fastest 3/8 Paved On Earth

Program
Program
Fast It Was

Kalamazoo Speedway

The Zoo
The Zoo
Greetings From Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo Sign

Lined Up
Lined Up
“And The Sign Says…”

Pit Road

Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo
Bruce & I On Pit Road

Kalamazoo Coupes From The Past

Program
Program
The Track Promoted Us With Their Own History

Hobby’s In The Pits

kalamazoo
kalamazoo
Full Field Makes Trip

Crammed Pits

Pre Race
Pre Race
Kalamazoo Pits Were Jammed

Ron Shaw Practicing

Hot Laps
Hot Laps
Huge Crowd Every Week

Fast Man On Fast Track

Practice
Practice
Bruce Manson Hot Lapping…He Loved This Track…The Fans Loved Him

Tim Martin #33

Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo
The Martins Loved To Travel

Ken Frost #22

Pits
Pits
Nice Coupe By Trashed Late Model…Our Cars Went Over Great

Jim English #55…Ron Shaw #81

Heat's Begin
Heat’s Begin
Two Vets Prepare For The Heat Race

Gerald Ton #56 Wins Heat Race

Heat Win
Heat Win
Gerald Ton, Racing With Jim English, Wins First Heat Race

Me & Ray On The Front Row

2nd Heat
2nd Heat
Huge Crowd Made This Day Even More Exciting
    We decided not to go to the East Coast in 1985, but no one said anything about going to Michigan, plus it was only 6 hours away. Being President meant a lot of work putting this together, but our committee was very enthusiastic about this tour. It’s hard to explain, but we were treated awesome by the promoters and the fans absolutely loved the Hobby cars. Ray and I started side by side in this heat race.

Pace Car Leads Into Turn One

One Lap To Go
One Lap To Go
Green Flag Next Lap

Green Green Green

Heat Race #2
Heat Race #2
Green Flag…Ray Takes The Lead…Bruce Follows…We End Up 3rd

Ray Hughes #24 Wins 2nd Heat

Heat Win #24
Heat Win #24
Ray Won The Heat…He Wasn’t So Fortunate In The Feature

Dave Bentley #29

Kalamazoo Pits
Kalamazoo Pits
Hard Charger Dave Bentley

Larry Westwood #21

Pits
Pits
Larry Takes NASCAR Paint Scheme

Jim English #55

Ready For Feature
Ready For Feature
Jim Was Sponsored By Bowes…He Waits For The Feature

Preparing For Feature

Post Race
Post Race
All The Races In All The Classes Were Very Good

Fred Poets #58….Ken Jorgenson #96

Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo
Ken Jorgenson #96…Track Takes Driver Out.
    This track, though fast and banked very good, was exhausting from the g-force in the corners. After our feature Ken Jorgenson passed out. We took him to the hospital and he was released.

Kalamazoo Feature

Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo
On August 9th 1985, We Had Our First Feature Race At Kalamazoo

Early Wreck On Lap Four

Feature
Feature
Kalamazoo Krash
    The fans were standing and waving at the beginning of our feature. It was quite a feeling, we rarely saw that kind of response in our racing careers. In this picture, running 6th I got mixed up with #88 Larry Gibson. I spun and Rich Farraway was unable to stop, that is until he t-boned me. Here, both of us are out of our cars checking the damage. My door was beat in, the fans were shaking their heads saying “man, these guys race these cars hard”. Jim Collison spun out, Wayne Stevens blew his engine, so did Charlie Beck, most likely from the wrong gearing. This track carried a lot of speed in to the turns and we had to be careful not to be over geared. I continued on finishing 10th. Ray got wrecked in this feature. In spite of the trouble we had, the track officials and fans loved our club and booked us again for the next year.

Kalamazoo King

Feature Winner
Feature Winner
Bruce Manson #74 Wins First Ever Kalamazoo Feature

Mount Clemens Ad

May Ad
May Ad
Mount Clemens Annouces Our Arrival
    This ad appeared in the Mount Clemens area. They had it all figured out except for one thing….rain!

Pre War Coupes

Mount Clemens
Mount Clemens
Hopefully Ken Maritn Didn’t See This Ad…Didn’t Mention Coaches

Mount Clemens….Rained Out!!!!!

Mount Clemens
Mount Clemens
We Can Still Have Fun
    We drove from Kalamazoo to Mount Clemens in the rain, but it stopped, and then the sun came out. There were puddles on the ground but the asphault was dry. We were shocked and terribly disappointed to hear the track called the show early in the afternoon. They felt very bad, and offered to let us play on the track as long as we didn’t race against each other. It was better than nothing and let us at least get on the track. Little did we know this would be the last season for Mount Clemens and though poor quality, these pictures show the kind of day we had in spite of the losing to the rain. Some drivers went home, some went back to the M.I.S. area for the parade on Sunday. Here Ron and Don Shaw, as well as Jim Collison, unload to have some fun on the track.

Steffon Teases Baby

Mount CLemens
Mount CLemens
Future Racing Stars
    Here Jeff and Phil Shaw gather around this child, watching Steffon play, and no doubt tease the baby. Steffon loved to play. Soon Jeff and Phil would race as well…but that’s “Back To The Future” part 4.

Mount Clemens Pits

Mt. Clemens
Mt. Clemens
Ken Jorgenson #96…Beside The Ramp Truck He Sold Me In 1977

Wayne Varley #7

Mt. Clemens
Mt. Clemens
August 10th…No Race But We Unloaded To Practice & Get Pictures

Lined Up For Mock Heat

Mount Clemens
Mount Clemens
It Rained, But!…’Circle Track’ Magazine Does Story On Our Club

Bruce Blazes The Track

Mount CLemens
Mount CLemens
Bruce Gets In Circle Track Story

Me & Bruce Manson #74

Mount Clemens
Mount Clemens
Drag Race???..No Chance, He’d Win That To

Mike Witter #19

Mt. Clemens
Mt. Clemens
Mike Gets In The Act

Larry Westwood #21

Mount Clemens
Mount Clemens
Larry Dodges Rain Puddles?…On Second Thought I Don’t See How He Can

Ron Shaw #81

Shaw #81
Shaw #81
Ron Would Be Here For Certain

Mock Heat Race

Mount Clemens
Mount Clemens
No Ray Hughes
    Ray was one driver who headed back home after this disappointing venture. I’m sure when he heard we were doing mock races he must have shook his head. Here Ron Goodison #2 (on the right) Wayne Varley, Larry Westwood #21, Me, Ken Jorgenson #96 and Bruce Manson at the back prepare for some photo shots by the man from Circle Track.

Playing For The photographer

August 10th
August 10th
We Staged All Kinds Of Racing For The Photographer

Dirty Dozen..Ah, Eleven

Mount Clemens
Mount Clemens
Eleven Of Us Stayed For Practive And Photos.

Don Shaw, Jim Collison row 1, Mike Witter, Fred Poets row two, look out Mike, Fred is turning into you…it’s okay we’re stopped. Row 3 the Ron’s..Goodison and Shaw, Row 4 Milton reps Larry Westwood and Wayne Varley, in row 5 are me and Ken Jorgenson and Bruce Manson at the back.

Action Shot

Mount Clemens
Mount Clemens
Move Over Ken, Bruce Is Making It Three Wide…Dust Off The Wall
    Well,as sad as it was that we didn’t get to race, the boys and girls of the Hobby club had a great time. The Cirlce Track photographer very much appreciated us doing most of this for him. He did interviews with Jim Collison, Wayne Varley and Bruce Manson. The issue would be out in December of this year…when all was said and done, this group showed what the Hobby club truly is, “fun, family and friends”.

Michigan Pre Race Pass

August 11th 1985
August 11th 1985
Pre Race Pass For Michigan Parade

Michigan International Speedway

Lined Up
Lined Up

Doubled Up…First Time Ever At M.I.S.

    Larry Westwood #21 is inside pole with Wayne Varley #7 outside. Jim Collison #12 and Bruce Manson #74 can been seen on the inside lane. This was a fun day and great exposure for our club. We all got 2 passes per car to watch the NASCAR race and see Bill Elliott smoke the field.

Happy Day At M.I.S.

Parade
Parade
Don Shaw #84, Leads Pack Down Front Chute
    Don Shaw looks like he’s about to be drafted by Jim English #55. It was an awesome day with lots of sunshine, a huge crowd and a thrill for the boys.

Gerald Ton #56

Parade Lap
Parade Lap
Gerald Ton #56 At Michigan

High Bank…Low Speed

Parade
Parade
Parade Lap At 11:am
    Gerald Ton #56, Mike Witter #19, Ron Shaw #81, Ken Jorgenson #96, Me, Charlie Beck on trailer followed by Wayne Stevens. It was great to see Charlie and Wayne in the parade even if it was on their trailers. Two more inlines bit the dust at the Zoo on Friday night, but our hosts allowed them to come out.

Goodison On The Front Chute

Ron Goodison #2
Ron Goodison #2
Ron Goodison #2 Drives M.I.S.

Bill Elliott ??……Not Really

Parade Lap
Parade Lap
A Winter Plan That Came To Be

Parade Lap With The Injured

Everyone's In The Parade
Everyone’s In The Parade
Everone Who Came Was In The Parade
    Wayne Stevens #99 and Charlie Beck #79 rode the track on their trailers. There were 16 cars at M.I.S.

Mike Witter #19

Close Of Parade Lap
Close Of Parade Lap
Racing Back
    The track staff asked us not to get our cars going to quick. So once we passed the start finish line we raced al little into turn one. I almost stuffed Mike into the wall. I didn’t know he was there. That would have been good for him, the only Hobby driver to get stuffed into the wall at a Super Speedway. This was a great event for our club.

All Smiles

End Of The Parade
End Of The Parade
The Smile Tells It All

I R O C Cars

Infield
Infield
I.R.O.C. Cars Loaded For Next Race

Daytona At Michigan

Paul & Steffon
Paul & Steffon
Paul & Steffon Get Some Shade In A Dayona Wing

Crew Having A Blast

Michigan Pits
Michigan Pits
Hot Sunny & Fun
    Terry Coates is at the front on the passenger side of the Coupe. Paul Cornwall is behind him, not sure who is beside Paul, I should know. Steffon and Scott stand beside me. It was our first time at Michigan International Speedway. As President of the Hobby Club I was thankful this day went good because we lost the race at Mount Clemens. It was also great to see many Hobby drivers come with their families.

Hobbies Line Up For Parade Lap

No Race Just SHow
No Race Just SHow
Helping Promote Our Club
    Brian Prat in the Gallinger Ford pace car leads Larry Westwood, Don and Ron Shaw, our car and Jim Sweers throughout the parade lap at Cayuga. We didn’t race but had a chance to show case our club for one of the big races. Bill Elliott and some other NASCAR stars were here and we got free passes for doing the parade lap.

John Saucier At The Wheel

Sponsor Gets To Drive
Sponsor Gets To Drive
John Saucier Enjoys A Trip Around Cayuag

Rick & Kenny

Mike DeLeeuw
Mike DeLeeuw
Rick Payne #87….Kenny Frost #22 Win With Assistant Starter Mike Deleeuw

Jim Sweers #75….

Flamboro
Flamboro
Jim Sweers & I Battle At Flamboro

Practising At Flamboro

Trying To Get Better
Trying To Get Better
Tough Season, But Pracitce Makes Better…..Sometimes

Incredilbe Sad News

Fan Favorite
Fan Favorite
The Tragic News About Richie Evans

Richie Evans #61

Gone But Never Forgotten
Gone But Never Forgotten
Richie Evans #61…God Bless You

Jim English #55

Flamboro
Flamboro
Jim English Gets Flamboro Win

1985 Champion #24 Ray Hughes

Flamboro
Flamboro
“Smilin’ Ray Hughes”

Champ Not Doing So Good

Flamboro
Flamboro
“Not Smilin” Ray Huhges”

Having Some Fun With Smilin Ray

Club Picnic
Club Picnic
Ray Could Take A Joke…He Laughed When He Seen It
    This little gaff was on the spurr of the moment. I saw the picture (next one below) and had to write this.

Ray, His Fans & Nurse

Club Picnic
Club Picnic
A Picture Has A Thousand Words…Well A Few Anyway

Top Of The Charts

Ray Hughes #24
Ray Hughes #24
Always The Man To Beat….A Great Example Of A True Competitor

Gene Karley Memorial September 2nd

Karley Family
Karley Family
Mrs. Karley With Matt, Me & Future Racer John
    On Monday Spetember 2nd we ran not only the Gene Karley memorial but also the rained out feature from August 24th. I met Mrs. Karley, Matt and John, in the pits prior to the races and told her how proud we were to do this memorial race for her husband Gene, a 25 year racer who had recently passed away. She said she hoped I would win the race, and she had no idea, that our crew and I were in a 7 year drought from winning a feature and this would be the night to do it, plus our car was finally running fairly good and we were confident for a change that we could maybe get a win. The next four pictures tell the story.

Jim Collison Leads In The Heat

Packed Grand Stands
Packed Grand Stands
Jim Collison #12 Leads Us And Ken Jorgenson #96 In The Heat

No Feature Win Tonight

Bad Crash Flamboro
Bad Crash Flamboro
Hopes Dashed Running For Lead In Rain Out Feature
    We were so pumped up at the possibility of winning a feature this night. The first feature out was the rained out race from August 24th. we battled our way up to 2nd in the feature behind #99 Wayne Stevens. I tried going outside of Wayne but he came up a little and as we exited turn 2 I could see a date with the cement was soon if I didn’t back out of it. Unfortunately the right rear wheel caught the wall and sucked us into the back straight. We bounced off the wall trying hard not to get into the pack of cars coming. Worse than that, at the middle of the back chute was the pit entrance and I hit the entrance so hard it tore off the right front wheel. We were out of this race, and still had the second feature to run, the Gene Karley Memorial. Our crew worked on the car steady, because we had a little time with a 50 lap Late Model race going out. We managed to get the car back out, not missing the feature, but had no right front brake working so I pulled off on lap 12. Tough night, but the crew were the stars helping me get back out.

Jim Collison Wins Gene Karley Memorial

Flamboro
Flamboro
Karley Family Surrounds Jim Collison For Victory Lane Photo

Barrie Speedway

Trouble Before & After
Trouble Before & After
Barrie Speedway Gets Rained Out
    We did get our heat races in, but it rained before the feature and didn’t clear up so we took half our purse and called it a night. For our team it was a disaster. Before the races even started the Hobby members wanted me to make sure we got paid for a check that bounced the year before. Al Blight was running the track and promised me we would be the money. I went to him and sure enough he gave us the cash they owed us. Once that was handled the Hobby boys were good to go. I hardly needed the stress, but being President, it was my duty to get it straightened out and I knew Al was going to make it good and he did…..in this picture Fred Poets #58 leads cars off turn four. Tim Martin is a little loose in the #33 and back aways is Mike Koster #20. I’m going to guess that’s Ron Goodison #2 beside Tim and Kenny Frost #22 coming into the corner at the top.

Heat Race Sept 18th Barrie

Barrie
Barrie
Wayne Varley #7 Battles Ron Shaw #81 and #22 Ken Frost

Two Vets..Two Friends

Barrie Speedway
Barrie Speedway
Ron Shaw #81
    We had a very bad season up until this point only winning one race…a consi….and blowing three engines. When it’s not your year, there’s nothing you can do about it. Ray Hughes gave me a steering box before the race started, Bruce Manson helped with my suspension. Larry Westwood commented that my car looked pretty good in hot laps, but I said to him “I’ll probably wreck in the heat”. We both laughed, he said “no you’ll be good”. Sure enough it happened, and shortly after this picture. I went into the corner and tried to stay low, pinch Ron down a bit, I ended up going over Charlie Becks right rear wheel (that’s the car in front of us) and went flying into the wall. The impact tore off the right front wheel and busted the rotor, amoung other things. It was a mess. Lucky for me it rained and the boys voted to not wait for it to clear up and we agreed on a $1,000 pay out. We got the cash, everyone was happy, well not my only crew guy for that race, Paul Cornwall. We headed home with three races to go to end this terrible season from our point of view…from the Hobby clubs point, it was terrific, lots of races, good shows, and no headaches for most of them. We needed this year to end and start to rebuild.

Hall Of Fame Don Cockburn

Inductee
Inductee
Don Cockburn Inducted Into Hobby Hall Of Fame
    Don Cockburn and Al Bowman were the 1985 inductees into the HHOF. Don was a hard worker every year he was with the Hobby’s weather he was on the committee or driving. He lead the club as President in the early 70’s, held many positions on the committee thoughout the years and raced some great looking race cars. Don was a very easy going likeable man who did so much to promote and keep the Hobby club focused. He was truly deserving of this honor.

Al Bowman Inducted

Hall Of Fame
Hall Of Fame
Al Bowman Gets Inducted Into Hobby Hall Of Fame
    In this picture Mrs. Bowman and her husband Al Bowman are receiving their plaque for Al’s induction into the 1985 HHOF. Al was one of the orginial founders of the OARC, Ontario, Amateur Racing Club, helping structure the future of the Hobby club with his vision and care. He was a hard racer and always helped other members weekly. When he retired he joined up with Jim Collison. Al retired from racing and the club duties but was always there to help give advice on how things should have be run. He was a friend to racing and a great pillar in the early growth of the Hobby Club giving him the right to be in the Hobby Hall Of Fame.

Shirley’s Art Work

Kids Love To Draw
Kids Love To Draw
Shirley Draws Her Dad’s Car…..Selp Explanatory

Best Appearing Car

Something To Be Proud Of
Something To Be Proud Of

We Finally Win….Best Appearing Car…First Time Ever…Not With #36

    Wow, we won Best Appearing Car for the first time in our long history with the Hobby Club. It was the first and would be the only year I ran #9 in a Hobby car. We were very proud of the win and have to give credit to our young son David for coming up with the idea of the nose cone and side curtains. We also won Most Popular Driver as well, our 2nd time for that award. Thanks to all my sponsor and crew for working hard and getting us out every week.

Crew Celebrates

John Sauciers Place
John Sauciers Place
One Of Our Bright Moments
    Our crew met at John Sauciers along with sponsors and Mike DeLeeuw, who lettered our 1985 trophy winner. Thanks to all our sponsors and crew for making 1985, one of our most disasterous years, better through their support and freindship, certainly a million miles better than what we got on paper in the stats column and on the track. 1986 has to be better….dosent’ it?

Quaker State Letter

Nice
Nice
A Word From John Allison Quaker State Director Of Racing For Canada

Points Standing

Year End
Year End
Flamboro Speedway & Gold Cup Points
    Congratulations to Ray Hughes for winning both the Flamboro and Gold Cup titles. If you’re looking for our car, remember in 1985 we were #9………….You will also notice that Bruce Manson #74 is not on the points standing list. Bruce was disqualied the last night of racing at Flamboro after he got frustrated and threw a rock at Don Shaw from the pits while the cars were still on the track. What Bruce did was wrong, I wanted a penalty for him that would reflect what he did, I felt the committee were being too harsh. Bruce didn’t have many friends on the committee or in the club for that matter, at least none that would go to bat for him, I tried to get his penalty reduced to a month off, but the club wanted him gone for the entire season, and so it was. I still felt it was over-kill, and this whole ordeal made the end of my two year term as President, regardless of how successful it was, a very sad time, taking away a lot from the things we accomplished throuhgout 1985.

Gold Cup Finishes

Nine Shows
Nine Shows
Bruce Manson #74
    The top 5 in every Gold Cup race are listed here. Bruce Manson’s number is circled showing the races that were changed after his disqualitfication.

Hobby Banquet

Celebrating
Celebrating
John Saucier and Paul Cornwall Join Nonie & I At The 1985 Banquet

Awards Night

Banquet 1985
Banquet 1985
My Best Friend & Our Hardware…Best Appearing Car…Most Popular Driver…Gold Cup Top 5’s
    Our first and only season to run #9 in the Hobby club, and we get Best Appearing Car. Kind of weird considering we had already ran the previous 13 seasons as #36. It was still a blessing for us to win these awards. I think I had best appearing wife to….no disrespect to anyone!!

1985 Recap

Stats & Finishes 1985
Stats & Finishes 1985
This Was A Bad Year On Track, Stats Don’t Lie…Only One Win In 1985…A Consi…We’ll Take It

Hobby Schedule….31 Races

Ray...1985 Champ
Ray…1985 Champ
Hobby Schedule Features Ray Hughes On Cover
    The 1986 season was typical with over 30 races booked. The club members always knew we’d lose a few to rain, but that would still give us 25 to 28 nights….we hoped. I just wonder how easier these schdules would have been with a little co-operation with our engine program. In spite of blowing so many inlines in my first 14 season (3 in 85) we still managed to make 95% if not all of the shows. That was the plan, make every race, because winning a Championship was our goal and that could not be attained without 100% attendance. There were no such things as drop nights, so being at every show was paramount. We wanted to be there, so did the fans, promoters and sponsors want us at every event.

1986 CVM History

Hobby Club 1986…20th Year

Membership Card
Membership Card
Hobby Club Has Big Year….Me And The Boys Of #36?….Not So Much, But We Never Gave Up
    Nonie and I started our 15th season with the Hobby Club in 1986. After our disastrous 1985 season we wanted to make a better run for the title in 1986. That meant rebuilding our car complete. We sent it to Jim ward, where Ray Hughes worked, and got a lot of repairs done. Half our 1986 budget was spent at Jim’s place. We also got a new engine built, went over our car very carefully and landed a great sponsor in Dixie Ford, my place of employment. Brian Pratt lead the Hobby club through a very successful season. It was the 20th Year for the OARC as a club. Brian was energetic and brought new ideas and events to make the year exciting, like the match race at Kalamazoo. Brian also worked on a deal for our pace car and was very good working with all the issues the club went through including dealing with John Casale. I remember Brian right in Johns face a few times over issues with the club but he always came out smiling. He was a great President and a good friend. Merile Elliott (my dad) Paul Cornwall, Steffon Zoskey, David Elliott, John “OJ” Hyduk and John Saucier also helped us when he could. Both David and Shirley were not allowed in Flamboro pits, David was 14 and Shirley 12, she would be 13 in the summer but could not get in the pits because of insurance regulations. My Dad didn’t make every race, but made it when he could. It was a very hectic year for our family. Half way through the season we moved from Toronto, where both Nonie and I lived all our lives, to Waterdown. I could believe the size of home and property we bought. Our Toronto home went up for sale and within a few days we had bids higher than what we were asking for. The move was a great one for us, both the house and the shop suited us and would hopeful make things easier in the coming 86′ season. Things were great everywhere but on the track. By the fourth night of racing we were 28th in points, and still our next two Flamboro races would produce feature DNF’s. It was extremely frustrating for us. There were times when I lost my cool, mostly because of the things that were going wrong, but aside from the bad luck, we still had some positives. We won six races, including our first feature in 2 years. John Benson, from Kalamazoo Michigan drove our car to an exciting win against one other American and six top Hobby drivers. The club booked 31 races in 86′ but lost four to rain, giving us 27 race nights. We made every show, but missed one feature, the only night we ran at Sunset. We tried everything we could to get back out for the feature and had help from Jim Collison, Paul Fisher, Dave Bentley, Ron Shaw and others, but we would watch that feature race, a moment in racing I found very difficult to accept. Some positives included having a great crew with Paul, Steffon and John being there most every week. Nonie and kids made every show as well. Getting Dixie Ford as an involved sponsor also was a great asset for us. Winning the Sauble feature was feature was an exciting night for our team, then winning the heat the next day at Varney gave us some confidence. However 1986 was not going to be a year that we would remember in positive way. Our first thoughts once the year ended was planning for 1987. Mike Witter won the Flamboro Points on the final night, getting by Charlie Beck who was leading the Flamboro points. Charlie did win the Gold Cup series. We won Best Appearing car for the second year in a row, the first time with #36. Special thanks to everyone that participated in making this year as good as it was. The photographers for providing us with awesome pictures. All the great write ups by Georgia Beck. Also to those who helped us directly, my crew, friends and competitors. I hope I didn’t leave anyone out as we pay tribute to 1986 in the following pictures, captions and articles of the characters that made it a special year.

 

1986 Rundown

1986
1986
More Info From Now On
    The 1986 Rundown not only shows the number of races we ran at each track, and the restults, but starting in 1986 I kept track of who won the features each night. That added stat was continued until 2004, the year we switched to Late Models. However, I kept track of all the feature winners in Late Models as well…..I want to thank all those who helped us this year. My amazing wife Nonie and my children David and Shirley, our crew and sponsors, and the many photographers who sold or donated pictures. Some of our shots in 1986 were with the throw away camera……We were blessed to have the dedication of Paul and Steffon, our main crew members for 1986, with John Saucier also making many shows. My Dad, Merile, helped where he could, and David on away shows. Both David and Shirley were not allowed in the pits at Flamboro in 1986, the first year for that rule….Ainslie Hogan was incredible, not only supporting us financially but also with encouraging words. We hope you enjoy the 1986 season, and I will try to get it up as quick as possible.

 

Hobby Cars Start 20th Season

20th Year
20th Year
Hobby Club Season #20
    Brian Pratt worked with me on the 1985 committee, an excellent group, and had some great ideas. Now he would lead a new committee in 1986 to celebrate the Hobby’s milestone of twenty years.

 

Hobby Roster

A Good Field
A Good Field
1986 Hobby Line Up
    This was my 15th season with the Hpbby club, but someone didn’t know me very well, they posted me as #37. Maybe it was an omen because in 2 years that would be David’s number.

 

Hobby Race Schedule

1986
1986
Ray Hughes 1985 Champ On 1986 Schedule
    Our 1986 schdule had 31 races booked. We had enough to run both our Flamboro home track and Gold Cup series. The club usually booked 30 plus races knowing we’d lose a few to rain, and still give us 25 to 28 race nights. Our plan was to make every race. Of course that depended mostly on the reliability of our inline engines. We blew at least two every year, in 1985 we lost three. We did a lot of work on our car and so a run at the title was the goal and legit. It was our 15th season and time to get to the head of the class.

 

Proposal To Dixie Ford

Sponsorship Hopeful
Sponsorship Hopeful
Working At Dixie Prompts Proposal
    I started working at Dixie Ford as a Service Advisor in 1985. At the end of our race season I put a proposal into Dixie Ford for sponsorship in 1986. This is the proposal given to Ainsley Hogan owner of Dixie Ford in November of 1985.

 

Dixie Ford Accepts Proposal

New Sponsor
New Sponsor
Dixie Came On Board As Our Sole Sponsor For 1986
    We were very happy to get this letter, a notice that was sent around the dealership for all employee’s to read. Once we got the go ahead we started getting our car ready. Quaker State and club sponsors were the only other companies on the car.

 

Car Gets Gutted At Dixie Ford

1948 Chev Ramp Truck
1948 Chev Ramp Truck
Dixie Ford Let’s Us Use Shop To Strip Car
    We wanted to have a good car for 1986 so we decided to strip it right down. It was beat up pretty good after the 1985 season, but still needed some major work to make it look and run right. Steffon Zoskey and Paul Cornwall would help us when they could.

 

Dixie Ford Contest For Color And Name

Chris Shepherd Wins
Chris Shepherd Wins
Dixie Staff Get To Name Car
    We had a contest to see who could come up with a name for the race car for 1986. Many ideas and color schemes were put in. The one that was chosen was the “Dixie Devil”, submitted by salesman Chris Shepher. Dixie Ford had a sales program the year before exclusive to the Dealership for Ford Bronco 2’s, calling them the Dixie Devil. They had lots of decals left over and decided they would look good on the car. There was no problem this year, but there would be in 88′.

 

Jim Wards Shop

Ray Hughes To Build
Ray Hughes To Build
Jim Ward & 69 Auto Racing Would Redo Our 1986 Car, Body & Bars
    We dropped our car off to Jimmy Ward in early 1986 to let Ray do some chassis and sheet metal work on our car. David stands by the car. We stripped it down as much as possible at Dixie Ford before bringing it to 69 Auto.

 

Ray Had Help

The Shop "Watch Cat&q
The Shop “Watch Cat&q
Don’t Leave Anything Unless It’s Metal
    This cat walked all over every car that was brought into Jim’s shop. Ray warned us not to leave roll cage padding, seat covers or anything that could be clawed, because it would be.

 

Snow Day In January

Toronto
Toronto
David & I Head Out In 10″ Of Snow
    Not sure where we were going but we needed to move so we wouldn’t get this new Tempo, my Demo, stuck. we use to get Demo’s as part of our job as Service Advisor. That changed early in 86. Also not sure who took this picture but I’m guessing Nonie or Shirley.

 

Quaker State Agreement

Longest Sponsor With Us
Longest Sponsor With Us
Quaker State Back For 13th Season
    John Allison gave us another sponsorship for 1986. This was our 13th season. We would send in race card reports and pictures. If everyone did that they were in the following year, if you didn’t they would drop you.

 

1986 Crew

Basement Shop???
Basement Shop???
Scott, Paul, Steffon & David
    While our car was out getting repaired me and the boys tried to come up with some ideas to gain power. Polishing the crank, running a belt driven water pump was on the drawing board. Also, new roller rockers, headers and more. We were pumped thinking we were gaining an edge on the competition. We never gave up trying things.

 

This Is No Sunken Ship

Jim Ward's
Jim Ward’s
Grinding & Fitting Roof & Engine
    Ray put a dummy block in the car and set the headers in place so we’d know what had to be cut out and fabricated, we being mostly Ray, or Jim. The engine was an old anchor, maybe one of Ray’s rockets that blew up, but the headers were knew, man did they look out of place in that rusty piece.

 

Flamboro Schedule

Flamboro
Flamboro
1986 Flamboro Speedway Schedule

 

Flamboro Promotion

Promo
Promo
Flamboro Season Promotion

 

Sunset Speedway Schedule

Shakells Sunset
Shakells Sunset
Sunset Schedule 1986

 

Sauble Schedule

Sauble
Sauble
1986 Sauble Speedway Schedule

 

Hobby Sponsor’s

Sponsor List
Sponsor List
1986 Hobby Sponsors
    Brian and the 86′ committee worked hard getting these spopnsors on board for 1986. I was able to help with Quaker State again, and many of the sponsors from the year before came back with us.

 

Daytona Bound

Family Trip
Family Trip
Family Trip With The 4 Of Us & Nonie’s Mom
    Nonies Mom didn’t want to go to the 500, but Nonie and the kids and I did. We took her to Palm Springs to stay with her friend and picked her up a few days later. This was our second time to Daytona.

 

Coming Together

Jim Wards
Jim Wards
Bead Rolls…Wow, They Always Make A Job Look Great

 

Steffon & I Like To Work Together

Fitting Side Curtains
Fitting Side Curtains
We Fit The Side Curtains
    Steffon and I went to 69′ Auto and helped fit the cardboard template for the side curtains. Anytime we could help out was okay with Ray and Jim. We weren’t going to save any money, but then we wouldn’t be standing around asking any kind of questions. It was a fun day and we got a lot done in this shot and the one below…these photos from a throw away camera, though poor quality, helped tell the story.

 

David Helps

Jim Wards
Jim Wards
David Stands Beside Our Nose Cone Creation
    We used cardboard again to shape the front nose cone. We fit it around the brand new 1986 T-Bird grill. We got them because they were replaced under warranty for defective chrome. Once the dealership was given the command to destroy them I would head them off at the dumpster and ask if I could have it. The parts man said “no, these have to be destroyed”. I said “don’t worry, it might take us a few races but it’s liable to happen”. Anyway we got a few and it made the car look better, giving it some character.

 

Drive Roster 1986

Accurate Version
Accurate Version
Here Is One With My Name & Number Correct…Nice

 

Hobby Hall Of Fame 1986

HOF
HOF
Joe McQueen & Doug Bowerman Inducted

 

Fabricacting Almost Done

Pre Season
Pre Season
Body Looks Good…Next Step Is Paint

 

Body Work

Prep
Prep
Body Work On The Roof Gets Done Before Paint….That & Trunk, Only Original Parts To Coupe

 

Ready For Paint

Paint Crew
Paint Crew
Prep Done Paint Booth Awaits

 

Paint It Black

Painters Happy
Painters Happy
This Was A Great Paint Job On This Car…We Were Getting Geared Up In Every Area

 

Dixie Devil Lettered

Ready To Go
Ready To Go
Lettering Complete…By Spider!!

 

Article Before Motion Show

Georgia Beck
Georgia Beck
Georgia Beck Writes Pre Season Hobby Article

 

Bill Elliott Signs Picture

Motion Car Show
Motion Car Show
Bill Elliott Signs Picture Of Our 1985 Best Appearing Car…Shirley & I Are Excited

 

Bill Elliott…& The Elliotts

86' Motion Car Show
86′ Motion Car Show
Nonie, Shirley & I Get Picture With One Of The Best NASCAR Drivers Ever
    In 1985 we used the number 9, the first and only time. We loved watching and cheering for Bill Elliott. We had our car painted like his and got a thrill of a life time having him sign it for us. We didn’t do very well on the track, but we did win Best Appearing Car. It was our first time winning that award, and kind of incredible considering we’d run #36 for 16 years before that in Mini’s and Hobbys.

 

Dixie Ford Race Night

May 2nd
May 2nd
Meet The Race Team
    On this night at Dixie Ford, Ainslie Hogan introduced all of us and basically got our season going with a great send off. On the right side of the picture is Ron Corbin the shop foreman who would become the service Manager, and beside him Brian McLean, the transmission specialist. All the staff were invited to meet our race team.

 

1986 Pit Crew

Show Room
Show Room
New Uniforms, New Paint Scheme, New Sponsor….Great Crew.
    This was our first time to have nice uniforms. They were all embroidered with crests attached. We looked like a professional race team. From left to right our crew consisted of David Elliott, Paul Cornwall and beside me Steffon Zoskey. Paul and Steffon were in there 7th season as our pit crew, but importantly our friends. This was David’s first official year, although he helped at home in previous years, he was now a bona-fide member of our crew.

 

Dixie Ford Mustang

Pace Car
Pace Car
Dixie Ford Sponsors Flamboro Speedway Pace Car

 

Hobby Pace Car

Pace Car
Pace Car
Brain Pratt Lands Wellington Chrysler Dodge To Sponsor Hobby Pace Car

 

Dixie Ford Ad

Promotion
Promotion
Dixie Ford Promo Ad For 1986 Season

 

Season Opener May 3rd..Witter Wins

Flamboro
Flamboro
Mike Witter Win’s Feature……Not A Good Night For Us
    Over the winter we did many things to our car to try and give us an advantage, gimics maybe, but we thought some would work. One that didn’t was the electric water pump. The idea was to save horsepower, but the problem was it didn’t turn the water pump fast enough and we blew two head gaskets this night…..just prior to the season starting I was tightening up the the motor mount bolts at Dixie Ford, a week before our season started, and was using an impact gun to tighten up the four half inch bolts. I didn’t notice that the mounts on the engine were not even with the chassis mounts. I should have tightened the bolts up a little each, but instead jack hammered the first one. That pulled the left rear mount about 3/4 of an inch off the chassis. So not noticing, I decided to tighten it up as well using all the power this impact gun would give, and the I heard this loud terrible bang/clunk. A few seconds later oil came running out of the back of the engine. It was easy to spot, it was coming from the large crack from the rear of the 250 engine broken from the head to the flare…..anyway I learned a lesson on that, and tonight I learned another, use a regular water pump so the engine dosen’t get over heated and warp everything inside. Our screw in the distributor also came loose making the timing go south adding even more the over heating of the engine. Congrats to Mike and his team, back to the drawing board for us…PS…in fairness to the trouble I’ve had with inline sixes, both of these issues were my fault. Having said that, inlines are up ’65 to 6′ (at least) since 1972.

 

Heat Winner #22 Ken Frost

#22 Ken Frost
#22 Ken Frost
New Comer Kenny Frost, Raced In 85…Still Winning in 86

 

Early Season DNF

May 10th
May 10th
Second DNF In Two Nights…..Engine Woes Continue
    On May 10th we had to use our spare engine. The overheated engine from opening night needed 3 pistons, rings, a new block and $1,000 to cure. That was totally our fault, or at least it was the enigne to blame. The overheating was caused by a defaulty set of points in the distributor combined with the new electric water pump that did not do the job of cooling. We reverted to our spare engine, we call it the Hays engine…Gabby Hays that is. There was a lot of work needed to get it ready for the 10th and by the time we left home it was after 6:30 and we missed practice and our heat race. There were 30 cars, and 21 had made it into the feature through their heats. We had to start 9th and only 3 qualified. It wasn’t long in the consi before the engine started to overheat again. I was running 7th at the time, but had to pull to the infield. This picture says a lot for our hopes at running for a title. The only thing we were running for was a tow truck, and more money to fix our engine problems. Jim Lindsay was building our engines, he built Ray Hughes, and many others as well. The problems with our engine were nothing to do with him…….Larry Westwood won the May 10th feature.

 

Trouble In Turn Three…May 10th

Flamboro Speedway
Flamboro Speedway
Ron Shaw #81 Goes Low, Wayne Stevens #99 Goes High…Ron Easton #00 Undecided

 

Larry Westwood Wins May 10th

#21 Larry Westwood
#21 Larry Westwood
Feature Winner May 10th
    30 Hobby cars showed up on Saturday night at Flamboro. Larry Westwood #21 won the non stop feature.

 

Ray On Top

Flamboro
Flamboro
Hobby Top 12….1985 Champ On Top After Two Nights

 

Hobby Tech Inspection May 17th

Tech Sheet
Tech Sheet
Hobby Inspection Sheet…1986

 

Rich Farraway Wins Feature

#53 Rich Farraway
#53 Rich Farraway
1984 Points Champion #53 Rich Farraway Wins May 17th Feature
    The biggest field of the early season had 31 cars come out to Flamboro Speedway. We had more bad luck this week making it 3 non feature starts in three weeks. Our hopes of winning a points title were quickly going away as overheating woes (all different reasons) would not leave us alone…..there were no woes this night for veteran racer Rich Farraway who won the main event 20 lap feature. Pictured here are Rich’s boys, Leonard, his dad Bill on the far left and the others may include one of his sons, Jason or Darrell.

 

Keith Barton #85

Hobby Driver
Hobby Driver
Long Time Hobby Racer, Committe Member & Club Sponsor #85 Keith Barton

 

Dave Bentley Wins May 24th

#29 Dave Bentley
#29 Dave Bentley
Hard Runner Dave Bentley #29, Wins May 24th Feature
    What a night this was for Dave Bentley and his team winning the feature. Dave was the fourth different driver to win in 86. We had a terrible night again. We managed a 3rd in the heat race, our first finish of the season. However there were troubles once that race ended. Steffon was sick and we needed to do a ton of work, and I was lucky to get some great help from Eddy Askin, Don Shaws crew chief, Charlie Beck and Ray Hughes. Paul Cornwall noticed a clunk from our starter. On closer inspection we found the flywheel was loose. We had to remove the driveshaft, trans, bell housing etc. We were suppose to start outside pole in the feature. It was a night mare repair as we found a broken flywheel bolt and all the bolts loose. Charlie Beck had an extra bolt. We started putting it back together and Sharon Yost came over to let us know the cars would be lining up soon. We scrambled hard and were having a terrible time lining up the bell housing to the back of the engine. It was taking way too long. Jim Collison was the bubble car and was watching us like a hawk on a field mouse. We finally got three bolts in one side but could get none in the right side. I made the call to weld the bell to the engine. The transmission went in easy, and while the welder was doing his thing, John Saucier and I tried installing the drive shaft but were getting zapped by the welder. We got it in and the starter, but we couldn’t get the clutch rod in. Sharon came over again and my crew said “we’re coming”. I’m sure Jim Collison’s crew were saying “no there not”. Anyway we finally got the car on the ground but no clutch. The cars were going on the track. We were to start outside pole, but now we’d be lucky to start period. We finally got the car moving and it wouldn’t go, but I did get it to go with the starter engaged. We made it out just a split second before Sharon was sending out Jim. It was a wild race with Ray and Mike Witter having trouble. Mike had an axle shaft come out Murphy’s Law 1…Mike O. We lasted half the race with no clutch pedal, and then the car started overheating again. If it could go wrong this year it was going to Murphy 6…Gary…0 Anyway it was the best night of the year, though we fell to 28th in points, so much for a shot at the title. Steffon had a good night off, but would earn his keep during the week when we fixed this once again.

 

Hobby Standings

Club Points
Club Points
Dave Bentley Early Points Leader

 

Sponsor Night At Flamboro

Dixie Ford Staff Announcement
Dixie Ford Staff Announcement
Dixie Ford Night At The Races….Memo From Ainslie Hogan
    Dixie Ford was one of my best sponsors to this point. They were very involved and wanted the staff to come to the races and cheer on their car. I was happy but worried, because we had not qualified for the first three features, and didn’t finish the only feature we were in. Out of 8 possible races, we only had one finish, the rest were DNFs including heats. So we had to make sure we were ready for this weekend….but to be honest, if it was the Iranian Dance Festival we’d still want to be ready to go for the win. The frustrating part for us, and it could be considered by now…maddening…was the fact that the 40 changes we made to our car were suppose to help us be a championship team, but now we were 28th in points having our worst start maybe ever. It would be good to have a turn around night.

 

First Win Of Season

May 31st
May 31st
Dixie Ford Night…..Nothing Like A Win To End Bad Luck Streak

 

First Win Of 86

Ken Rodd
Ken Rodd
“Dixie Ford Night” Sponsor Comes And We Win….Nice….Our First Win Of 86…Ties All Of 85

 

Kids Join In Celebrations

Heat Win May 31st
Heat Win May 31st
Heat Win A Big Relief….Feature 5th….Lead For 17 Laps
    It was great to win the heat race this night. With all our friends, fans and colleagues from work here, and my boss Ainslie Hogan, it sure was a good feeling to win in front of them, especially for Dixie Ford Night. In the feature we started outside pole and lead the first 17 laps. Jim Collison, who told me prior to the race that we did amazing to get our car out in time last week, won the feature. He missed the feature on the 24th but made up for tonight. We were very tight in the feature race and pushed so bad that Jim, Ray Mike and Charlie all got by me. My co-workers were still excited and it was a great night overall…obviously we broke the jinx that was haunting us the first month of racing. Congrats to my crew Paul, Steffon and John for hanging in there.

 

Points Leaders

Flamboro
Flamboro
Mike Witter #19…Tops In The Class After May 17th…We Sit Uncomfortable In 28th Place

 

Rich Farraway #53

Promo
Promo
Promotion For Rich Farraway

 

Kyle Petty Wins

Richmond
Richmond
Bill Elliott Crashes..Kyle Petty Wins

 

Point Standings 6 Weeks In

Hobby Points
Hobby Points
Ray Hughes #24….Top Of The Leader Board

 

Triple Header Week End…June 6-7-8

Barrie June 6th
Barrie June 6th
First Gold Cup Feature Goes To #12 Jim Collison…Jim Makes It Two With Heat Win
    We did not have any Barrie pictures, but this will do. Jim won the feature, his second of the season, and second in a row. Ray was 2nd and Mike Witter 3rd. We finished 2nd in our heat this night and were running 5th and got tangled with Dave Bentley. We were a DNF because it was a closed pit gate race. We were naturally hoping not to start the Gold Cup Series with 4 DNF’s, but we were off to a good start if 4 DNFs was the plan….but it wasn’t. We did have a decent run this race, just some racing luck. Ray Hughes, Mike Witter, Jim Collison and Larry Westwood were all heat winners with the Consi going to Larry.

 

Sauble Heat Goes To #33 Wayne Martin

Sauble Speedway
Sauble Speedway
Gail Shaw Present Trophy For Wayne Martins Heat Victory
    Wayne Martin is usually #34 but he was driving Tims #33 this night. There were 26 cars on hand for this second race in a Triple header Gold Cup week end. We finished 2nd in the heat behind Wayne. We had a good run, but our feature would even be better….see next photo.

 

Sauble Feature Winner #36….

Sauble
Sauble
Great Night For Us With Sauble Feature Win…2nd Of Triology Weekend
    This was the second Gold Cup race of 1986. What a great night it was for us. We ran good all day in practice, in our heat and in the feature. Nonie came over to the pits before the races and pumped us up by telling us that our car looked very strong. That was encouraging. There is so much to talk about this night, we sure were on our game plan. We started up front because of our bad finish at Barrie Speedway, but got a second in the heat, and started 4th in the feature. We got the lead at the end of lap one and then it started to rain. We drove around a few laps trying to dry the track, the rain had stoppped. Then when the starter motioned me if it was good to go, I waved him off twice. They sent us to the pits and let the Challengers run their feature. After that the track was perfect. A huge dispute started in the pits when some wanted a completle restart. I argued for us because we had completed one lap and it was only a rain delay. The race restarted with us on the pole and we ran hard all race. Near the end it was getting tense with Jim Collison and Mike Witter right on my tail. Near the closing laps of the feature we were lapping cars and I knew by the sound of engines, someone was right on me. Lapped cars were battling side by side, they still were racing, but that made it possible for both Jim and Mike to catch us. On the white flag lap I was really nervous..don’t blow it…going down the back chute lapping cars on the outside was perfect because it meant no one behind could dive in low. Coming off four the car was perfect and we crossed the line with two cars right with us. Steffon and Paul were there to enjoy the feature win, our first since Barrie in 1984. We celebrated this night for sure. After the races, our crew and family, Jim and his crew, Mike and Paul Fisher as well as Dave Bentley and Mike Kostel all met at our hotel in Sauble. I bought the pizza, and it was great. I slept good knowing we could win another feature.

 

Ron Shaw #81

June 6 Varney
June 6 Varney
Ron Shaw Wins Heat Race At Varney Speedway June 8th
    After starting outside pole in the fast car heat Ron went on to take the checker in this competitive race. Ron and Don have become tremendous supporters of the Hobby club working hard, doing what they can to make the club stronger.

 

Rich Farraway #53

Varney
Varney
Hard Luck At Varney For Rich Farraway Our 1984 Club Champion

 

Trouble In Turn 3

Varney Speedway
Varney Speedway
Mike Kostel #20 Spins…..Look Out!!!!
    Charlie Beck #79, Jim Collison #12 go around the spinning #20 of Mike Kostel. Ron Shaw #81 hits a road block and I try desperately to get out of the way. We all got through this mess.

 

Varney Speedway

Back Chute Varney
Back Chute Varney
Varney Speedway, A Fast Little Bull Ring

 

Jeff Bedell Wins Varney June 8th

Jeff Bedell #65
Jeff Bedell #65
Final Race Of Triple Weekend
    This was the final race of the 3 day series, Barrie Friday, Sauble Saturday and Varney on Sunday. The weekend saw 3 different drivers take the feature, Jim Collison won Friday, we won Sauble and Bedell won this one……This was our 8th feature of the season with the 7th different winner…on this day our team had fast time in hot laps, won our heat but wrecked in the feature. There was a pile up and I couldn’t avoid Ron Shaw and bent our tie rod and axle. We were pushed off the track and immediately my crew, Steffon and Paul as well as Larry Westwood and his crew Lloyd Loveridge helped change the tie rod to get us back out and we finished 11th……hard charging Jeff Bedell started pole in the feature and ran away with it, taking his first feature win of 1986.

 

Ken Frost Wins June 14th Flamboro

Ken Frost #22
Ken Frost #22
Kenny Frost Wins Feature….8th Different Feature Winner….We Finish A Close 2nd
    This was a great night for Kenny Frost picking up his first feature win of the season. It was a great night for our team as well, we won our heat, from the back and finished a very close 2nd in the feature. The best part was Ainslie Hogan owner of Dixie Ford was there to cheer us on…..it was an awesome night for all of us. My Dad was very happy with our night and I gave him the hat from the nightly sponsor, Forbes GM Truck, Dad loved in and would wear it as he headed the next day to Nova Scotia….nothing like a good night to keep the spirits high.

 

Hobby Points

Standings
Standings
Ray Hughes Holds Point Lead…Mike Witter Close Behind

 

Dave Bentley #29 June 21st

Dave Bentley
Dave Bentley
Dave Bentley 9th Wins Flamboro Feature….9th Different Win In 1986
    Tonight was regular racing and the Hobby Clash, a race that featured all the feature winners from the year before. The regular racing was great, we had another full field of cars and the hard charging Dave Bentley #29, became the 9th different feature winner of the season, showing how competitive the class has become…..we finished 2nd in our heat and crashed in the feature, unable to put 2 good nights back to back…..Bruce Manson returned to win the Clash and did so in fine fashion.

 

Mike Kostell 20 Wins Feature June 22nd

Mike Kostell
Mike Kostell
Sunset Speedway Feature Winner #20 Mike Kostell
    Mike Kostell #20, the young hard charger became the 10th different feature winner of the 86′ season. Jim Collison is the double feature winner, and he has been running excellent this season. However on this night it was Mike Kostell who took the win and the checker……We had a bad night. A severe engine miss, that developed into a no start kept us from running in the feature. There are not many things that bother me, but one that changes my personality is not starting a feature. We wait all week to race and to have some issue with the car keep us out of the race, especially when we’re having our best season, was just over the top disappointing. We were 5th in the points, but not starting the feature was a huge hit……congrats to Mike on his awesome win.

 

Heat Race Sauble Speedway

Sauble Speedway
Sauble Speedway
Hard Battle In Heat Race At The Beach
    This was our second show at Sauble Speedway for 1986. In this heat race I am leading Wayne Martin #33 (driving Tim’s car), Ron Shaw #81, Larry Westwood #21, Wayne Stevens #99 and Jim English #55. Twenty five Hobby cars made it to this race and we would hang on to take our 4th win of the season……Wayne Martin would go on to win the feature, his first of the year.

 

Sauble Speedway Win July 12th

4th Win
4th Win
David Gets In Picture
    Racing is all about family and fun and nothing better than winning a race and your children get in the picture. David was a big help for us in 86, learning a lot as he was being prepared to one day race…….this was our 4th win of the year and sure felt good.

 

Press Recap Early 86

Gary The Writer   :)
Gary The Writer 🙂
Hobby News, Recapping The Early Racing

 

Press Update Page 2

Continued
Continued
The Rest Of The Story

 

Wayne Martin #33 Varney Speedway July 13th

Varney Speedway Pits
Varney Speedway Pits
Wayne Martin #34…..Wants To Make It 2 In A Row
    We ran a double header this weekend, racing Sauble Speedway on Saturday and Varney Speedway on Sunday. It rained most all night but cleared up and we had most of our cars show up. Dave Bentley missed the show, but we still had 25 to compete….Wayne Martin, shown here, usually drives #34 but was driving Tim’s car again, and after winning the feature last night at Sauble he was looking at making it 2 in a row.

 

Wayne Stevens #99 Varney July 13th

Varney
Varney
Wayne Stevens Hot Laps Varney Speedway July 13th
    Wayne Stevens was a great addition to the Hobby club. He was always giving more than he took and would become a great supporter by being part of the club executive as well as a full time racer.

 

Jim English #55 Varney Speedway

Varney July 13th
Varney July 13th
Jim English #55 One Of The Toughest Ever…..He Gave Up Nothing To Win Or Keep His Spot

 

Mike Ball #13

Varney July 13
Varney July 13
Mike Ball #13 Flies Down Back Chute At Varney During Practice

 

Brian Barton #95 Varney Speedway

Brian Barton
Brian Barton
Brian Barton…..One Of Many Racing Barton’s
    Brian Barton is a great addition to the Hobby club. Just like his Dad he cares about the club and puts in extra effort to make it better. It seems that most all the racers join the Hobby Club and then do whatever they car to make it better, or keep it going in the right direction…..it seems to be working, as the drivers have lots of races, awesome reviews from every track and incredible competition……Brian’s Dad Keith, raced in the early 70’s and I had the pleasure to race with him as well.

 

Bev Thring #57

Varney Winner
Varney Winner
Bev Thring #57 Wins July 13th Feature
    It didn’t take Bev Thring long to start winning in this club. He brought out this car, I called it the roof, because that’s about 90% of the body. Anyway his set up and driving skills made the Hobby club even tougher competition wise, but on this night none could touch Mr. Thring.

 

Driver Of The Week Dave Bentley #29

Clash Winner
Clash Winner
Dave Bentley #29….Winner of the Clash…Driver of the Week
    The Hobby Clash was sponsored by Dave Franks Photo’s left, Brian and Keith Barton from B&B Decals. Dave Bentley was the big winner of this race held on June 29th at Flamboro Speedway.

 

Twin 25 Flyer Flamboro Speedway

12th Annual Twin 25's
12th Annual Twin 25’s
B&B Decals Sponsor Plus Many Businesses Sponsor Twin 25’s
    The Hobby club members and drivers sold laps for this event to help pay for the 2nd feature. Flamboro wouldn’t give anymore money to run the 2nd race so we raised our own money. Some years, we raised so much, the track owners didn’t want to pay us for any races because we were so successful in our efforts…..anyway special thanks to all those who did support us with $10 lap donations.

 

Jim Collison #12 Wins Twin 25’s

Driver of the Week
Driver of the Week
Jim Collison #12…Having An Awesome Season…Takes Twin 25 Overall With A 4th & 1st In The Features

 

Kalamazoo Sppedway August 8th

Kalamazoo Speedway
Kalamazoo Speedway
Hobby Club Makes 2nd Visit To Michigan’s Kalamazoo Speedway
    We were very popular our firs visit to Kalamazoo in 1985. Brian Pratt, our President, easily booked us for 3 races this weekend. Our first stop was Kalamazoo, then Flat Rock and then Spartan Speedway near Lansing. We got rained out at Spartan but ran very well at the other two races prompting shows for 1987.

 

Track Promotes Race

Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo
Hobby Cars Prompt Old Timers Night That Includes Match Race….With John Benson Sr.

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    After the Hobby feature the Old Timers race took to the track. Two track Champions, Roger Gilligan and Johnny Benson Sr. (father of Johnny Benson Jr. who would soon race NASCAR), raced against 6 Hobby drivers.

 

More Track Promotion

Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo
Hobby’s Are Coming But The Main Excitement Is Put On Track Icons Roger Gilligan & Johnny Benson

 

Johnny Benson To Drive #36

Kalamazoo Speedway
Kalamazoo Speedway
We Proudly Give Our Car To Past Track Champion Johnny Benson…Winner of the 1965 Oswego Classic
    Johnny Benson stands by the car he will drive in the Old Timers race against the Hobby cars. Our crew were very excited and proud to have him drive our car and he did awesome.

 

Kalamazoo Pits

Johnny Benson
Johnny Benson
Happy and Proud To Be Standing Next To This Kalamazoo Legend…Paul Cornwall Is At The Rear Of Our Car

 

Practice Kalamazoo

Johnny Benson
Johnny Benson
Johnny Benson Shakes Down #36
    In the first set of hot laps Johnny drove Jim Buntings car and I could not pass him, I always pass that car, but could not get by. Later, in this set, he drove our car and almost spun out. He said there was lots wrong with the car and was prepared to help us get it right. I had been compensating for a poorly set up car and could avoid spinning out, but I was wearing myself out trying to keep the car right. Tonight was a huge help for us with Mr. Benson not only giving us tips and helping, but also driving the car to see how the improvements were doing.

 

Timing Johnny Benson

Hot Laps
Hot Laps
Brian Pratt Watches As I Check Lap Times On Johnny Benson
    Right after the first set of hot laps Brian Pratt, President of the Hobby Club, asked for a volunteer to loan their car for Mr. Benson, he was having trouble adjusting to Jim Buntings car. I offered our car for a Trophy Dash featuring him, Roger Gilligan and a few Hobby drivers. I said yes, but only if Jim’s car was given to Roger and it was agreed. So Johnny got out in our car for a few laps like this practice session……after these hot laps Johnny said the car was loose going into the corners and I agreed that it was for me as well, but didn’t know how to fix it. He said “you need more wedge” and so we went down one hole on the right front and it was better. A few more practice sessions and a few more changes and he was happy with the car. He said he didn’t want to change it too much for me, but my crew and I laughed saying “don’t worry, we have been driving it like this off and on all year and whatever it is it will be better than what we had”…….in our heat race we finished 5th, and because of a big wreck in their Thunder Car division, they cancelled the Consi and brought out the Trophy Dash Match Race.

 

Mike Kostell #20

Heat Wreck
Heat Wreck
Kalamazoo Collects Kostel

 

Paul Cornwall & Nonie Relaxing

Pits
Pits
Just Taking It Easy….It’s All Good

 

Kalamazoo Trophy Dash Winner

Johnny Benson
Johnny Benson
Johnny Benson Wins Trophy Dash To The Delight Of Everyone
    The ten lap race was awesome. There were 6 cars in total. Mike Witter, Dave Bentley, Ron Goodison and Ron Shaw. Johnny started outside pole beside Roger and took the lead. For the first few laps he pulled away but slowly Mike and Dave were closing in. When the white flag came out it was a 2 car race with Witter putting tons of pressure on Johnny, Fans were screaming and cheering as the 2 cars flew down the back chute with Bentley close but not near close enough to do anything with half a lap left. Going into three side by side Mike was slightly ahead but Benson wasn’t letting up and drove hard into three, gaining the lead by half a car length. Mike was right there but knew to try and win he would be taking a chance of wrecking both cars. The little hesitation, and the momentum off turn four was all Johnny need to grab an incredibly exciting victory. His daughter filmed the race and screamed most of the final 3 laps, especially the last lap. we were just as excited. The grand stands were packed and the fans loved it.

 

Crew Joins The Winner

Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo
Paul, Steffon, David, Johnny & One of His Crew Take A Victory Picture

 

Ken Frost #22 Feature Winner

Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo
Happy Ken Frost #22 Wins 25 Lap Feature….We Finish 3rd
    What a night for our team. Not only did our car run awesome in the Trophy Dash with Johnny Benson, but ran almost as good in our feature. we started 18th and managed to finish 3rd behind Ken Frost and Mike Witter. Dave Bentley was 4th and Charlie Beck 5th

 

News Release August 8th Kalamazoo

Kalalazoo
Kalalazoo
Nice Report Following Nights Races

 

Flat Rock Speedway August 9th

Track Ad
Track Ad
Ron Shaw Wins Inaugural Flat Rock Hobby Race
    This non stop feature was a good one for our first time to this track. Unfortunately there are no pictures from 1986 of Flat Rock, but Ron Shaw won the feature. We finished 8th, started 19th and the key to this track was the constant turning that soon wore most drivers out……we won the consi

 

Ron Shaw #81

Flat Rock Winner
Flat Rock Winner
Ron Shaw One Of My Favourite Competitors

 

Spartan Speedway August 10th

Rained Out
Rained Out
Coupes & Winged Midgets….Would Have Been An Awesome Show…Rained Out
    After Flat Rock was had our 3rd US race for the weekend but the rain spoiled our chance to have fun at this weird designed oval. This was to be our first visit at Spartan Speedway and we were all looking forward to it.

 

Spartan Speedway August 10th

Group Shot
Group Shot
Rained Out….Club Members Get Group Shot Near Track Sign

 

Point Standings

Flamboro Points
Flamboro Points
Ray Hughes On Top Flamboro Points

 

Cayuga August 24th

Promo
Promo
Cayuga Speedway Promotion For August 24th Race

 

Cayuga Souvenir Program

August 24th
August 24th
Cayuga Speedway McKERlIE- MILLEN Classic

The Pit Crew

2012 Pit Crew

Kenny%20CrewMatt Smith, Paul Johnson, Bob Pereria, Kenny Wallace, Me, Justin Elliott, Jason Green
    Here is our 2012 crew, except for NASCAR star Kenny Wallace, who was visiting Flamboro on this day, August 20th, for the Shoot Out, and graciously joined us for this picture…..Bob commits twice a week to help prepare the car between races and over the winter. Paul Johnson and Jason Green make it out whenever they can. I appreciate the help we get from all our crew. It is impossible for Ryan or Matt to come to Waterdown to our shop, because of where they live, over 2 hours away, however the car comes to the track every week race ready, and they help the rest of us keep it that way at the track. It was a tough year for us, maybe the toughest ever, but we climbed to the top 10 in points and competed our 44th season with our 36th of perfect attendance. Nonie and I appreciate the dedication from each and everyone of our crew members. God bless boys, next year our 45th and 40th with Quaker State.

 

2011 Pit Crew

2011%20CrewBob Pereria, Gerry Lancaster, Gary & Gehrig Halliday

2011 was a very tough year for us. In the beginning of the seaosn we could not get our car to handle properly at our home track. The set up was off at Flamboro, just not working. Bob was my head spotter and watched closely to learn what he could with our chassis. By early June we were out of the points race, sitting 11th. In early July things started to turn around. Bob, Gerry and I and worked as a team and we could see the improvements week after week. We finally got our car working towards the end of July. We climbed up to 6th in poins but our efforts at Sunset Speedway were very good. The first time there we qualifed on the pole and the second visit produced a 5th fastest in time trials. The season was a combinaion of bad set up in the first two months and bad luck overall. The night this picture was taken we had a very serious wreck coming off turn four. The front frame was bent badly but with our crew and excellent help from Junior Hanley we made it back out the next week. Nonie and I are very thankful for Bob and Gerry, for working together and making 2011 a fun season.

2010 Pit Crew

2010%20Pit%20Crew2010 pit crew. From left to right are Jim Hulzinga, Marty Hagen, Jason Chapman, Rob Twitchett, and on the far right our grand son Gehrig Halliday. Pictured with us is Amanda Li from Quaker State. Our crew worked very hard in 2010. It was a very tough year, perhaps too much to bare. We had a run of bad luck that eliminated our chances at a top three in the Flamboro points. That span crushed the spirit of our crew and was very hard on my wallet. August 7th with my worst crash in 42 seasons. The car was bent very bad, but fixed and returned the next week, only to crash again, not near as bad. However, the week following, August 21st, we had a great race going for us, just took over the lead in the feature when we were hit by the car in 2nd place and wrecked badly again. It was over the top discouraging for all of us. To see our car get wrecked week after week, was frustrating. Thanks to a dedicated crew, our car was very good most nights, always competitive. It wasn’t my driving style to rough up other drivers on the track intentionally. The same respect was not shown back. I’ve known and faced that fact for years, it’s part of racing, we could have used a little more balance in our favour…..On the good side, we did have a good season finishing 4th at our home track points standing. We picked up a heat win at Sauble, qualifying on the pole with my son David. We also won the pole position on May 29th at Flamboro and finsihed a very strong 5th on the new high banked oval at Sunset Speedway with some very good drivers in attendance. We had a 5th in both the Grisdale Triple Crown and the Octoberfest Twin 50’s. Nonie and I thank all of our crew in 2010 and their families for their dedication and support throughout 2010. (note Gordon Nicholson, one of our crew members took this photo, absent was Perry Van Haaren and Morgan Crewson ).


2009 Pit Crew

2009%20CrewAwesome Crew To Run Two Cars
    This picture was taken on the last race at Flamboro Speedway in October. Our crew did an amazing job this year keeping both our cars on the track every week end. The #9 car was driven by Trevor Monaghan for the final few weeks of the season. Trevor in the red fire suit had his brother Mike and friend Mike help him, they are on hsi immediate right. Our crew: * Allen MacLean on the far left of the photo * Jason Chapman our Car Chief on the far right * Troy Stere beside Jason * Crew Chief Jim Hulzinga is beside me * Mike Van Slingerland from Freedom Village on my right. My crew were exceptional in 2009 working hard on the two cars and making sure the #36 was set up perfect everytime I took it on the track. Nonie and I want to thank our crew for being dedicated in our 5th and toughest season in Late Models. Their hard work got us a 4th in Flamboro points and a 3rd in the Grisdale Triple Crown series.


40th Anniversary Pit Crew

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Boys and Girls of 2008
    We are so fortunate to have these wonderful friends helping us with our race car. There is no possible way for one person to do this on their own. Racing is a great sport and brings excitement to those helping and watching as much as it does to the driver. Nonie and I are truly grateful to those who dedicate their time and effort in supporting us with our racing venture….Beside me is Nonie, my wife of 38 years (1970) then Jason Chapman (our Car Chief), Shirley Elliott (our daughter), Troy Stere, and my great friend and Crew Chief Jim Hulzinga. Missing in this photo is Perry Van Haaren, Charlie Howell and Marty Hagen, who is a crew member of our son David’s team, but who helps us on days when the Pennzoil car is not running.


2007 Crew

2007%20CrewMost Of Our 2007 Crew
    Nonie and I were very pleased with our crew. They helped make this season a great success. Beside Nonie is Jason Chapman and Perry Van Haaren at the Octoberfest race. Jim Hulzinga, our crew chief, was working this day and missed the team shot.


2006 Pit Crew

2006%20CrewSome Of Our 2006 Crew Memebers
    Here are some of our 2006 crew members. Jason Chapman is at the rear of the car, Roger Creighton at the drivers window, Charlie Howell stands beside Rogers son, David Creighton. Missing here is Crew Chief Jim Hulzinga, Thatcher Krupp and Dave Watson.


2005 Pit Crew

2005%20CrewDave Watson, One Of Our Team Members
    This was our rookie season in Late Models and many crew members worked hard to get us the success we had. One was Dave Watson, pictured here. Our crew consisted of Crew Chief Jim Hulzinga, Jason Chapman, Dave Watosn, Roger and David Creichton, Chris Young and Steve Zivanic.

The Cars

2011 Late Model

 2011%20Car7th Season Late Models….40th Year With Hobby Club
    2011 Impala….400 HP Crate Engine…Painted by Sweers Painting….Lettered by Creative Edge This was our 7th season at Flamboro Speedway in the Late Model division. Here are some high lites from 2011: * Ran 25 nights * Ran 3 in the Hobby Club and 22 in the Late Model * 6th in Flamboro points * 3rd in Grisdale Triple Crown * Won 5 races * Qualified pole in the first Pro Late Model race at Sunset Speedway * 5th fastest in time trials in second Pro Late Model race at Sunset Speedway * Voted most hard luck team in 2011 * 10 appearances in 2011 * Finished 5th in CVM feature at Sunset Speedway * Won CVM heat at Delaware Speedway


2010 Late Model & Vintage Mod

Autograph%20Card6th Season In Late Models
    2009 Impala…400 HP GM Crate…Pianted by Carlisle Customz…set up by Mike McColl…10″ American Racer Tires…In 2010 we finished 4th in Flamboro Speedway points (5th year in a row to finish 4th). We finsihed 5th in the Grisdale Triple Crown series, 5th in the Octoberfest Classic Twin 50’s and we were the fastest qualifier on May 29th at Flamboro for the first of three races that were qualified through time-trials. We won Best Appearing Car with the Late Model, and were voted Most Sportsmanlike Driver in 2010.


2009 Late Model

2009%20LM5th Year Late Models…Race Season #41

Stats: * 2009 Chev Impala * Quick change * 3 Speed Sagnaw Transmission * Painted by Jim Sweers * Lettered by Steve Lyons * GM Crate engine 604 350/400 HP * 10″ Amercian Racer * McColl Motorsports Chassis

2008 Late Model

Dave%20Franks%2020084th Season Late Models…Change In Paint Design
    Stats: * 2008 Monte Carlo * Quick change * 3 Speed Sagnaw Transmission * Painted by Jim Sweers * Lettered by Oakville Sign-A-Rama * GM Crate engine 604 350/400 HP * 10″ Amercian Racer * McColl Motorsports Chassis


2007 Late Model

36%2020073rd Season Of Black Paint Scheme
    Stats: * 2007 Dodge Charger * Quick change * 3 Speed Sagnaw Transmission * Painted by Jim Sweers * Lettered by Steve Lyons * GM Crate engine 604 350/400 HP * 10″ Amercian Racer * McColl Motorsports Chassis


2006 Late Model

2006car2nd Year Late Models Stats: * 2006 Ford Fusion * Quick change * 3 Speed Sagnaw Transmission * Painted by Paul Howse * Lettered by Fleet Image * GM Crate engine 604 350/400 HP * 10″ Amercian Racer * McColl Motorsports Chassis

2005 Late Model

 2005%20LM

The Driver: Gary Elliott

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Racing has been a major part of Gary’s life from his childhood. His family attended stock car races at Pinecrest Speedway, Oakwood Stadium and the C.N.E, allowing Gary to cheer for his favorite driver #36 Glen Schurr. The desire and love to race was fulfilled in1969 and remains strong today. In 1970, Gary married his best friend Nonie. Last year they celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. They have two children, David and Shirley and two grandchildren from Shirley, Gehrig and Lauren.

    Gary’s life changed dramatically in 1988 with his desire and need to live a better life. His faith in God through Jesus Christ has given him a hope and joy that he never knew before. He teaches Sunday school to 11 – and 12-year-old boys at Flamborough Baptist Church and plays piano in the Praise Team. Gary also takes his race car to various church meetings and youth events talking to kids, small and big, sharing his passion for racing and his love for Jesus.
    In 2005 Gary made the move from the open wheeled Canadian Vintage Modifieds into the ultra fast high tech world of Late Models. To say he excelled is an under statment. Gary won two Feature Events, finished 5th in the Flamboro Speedway Championship, 3rd in the provincial Weekend Warrior Series and won Rookie of the Year. Gary also won the 2005 Media Award for his continuing work in promoting stock car racing.
    For 2006 Gary will focus his efforts on the Late Model Championships of Flamboro Speedway and the Weekend Warrior Series. Gary hopes to also drive some events at Kawartha, Delaware and Peterboro Speedways. Gary will also drive in several Canadian Vintage Modified events this season.
    Gary’s primary sponsor for 2006 is Quaker State, extending an incredible driver-sponsor relationship that began in 1974 and is now entering its 33rd year.
    Gary and Nonie would like to thank all the fans, competitors, promoters and sponsors for making this continuing 37-year journey a most enjoyable, exciting and memorable experience.
    1st Corinthians 15:57 … “we have the Victory in Jesus Christ”

2014 LM History

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Mod Taking Shape

OSCAAR Mod
Mike Westwood Doing Finishing Touches To Our New Ride
    When I bought the Mod off Mike he had some work to do on it before he gave it to me. A new seat, front and rear bumpers, a few body panels and raising the fuel cell were just some of the things completed. I have the panels now and will get them painted by mid January. Once that’s done and the panels assembled the car will come back to our shop get a thorough going over before heading out to get lettered…..more on the Mod progress as it happens……..meanwhile our Late Model is set to go to Ron Easton’s as soon as he has room for it. He is working on other projects right now and will get our car in before the Mod comes home……our 2014 schedule is taking shape, but some things will determine exactly where we race this year with the Late Model. Our plan is to take the car to Sunset Speedway to give the first few nights a chance to get the car set up. If we are a non competitor like we were in 2013 we will only run a few races at Sunset and go to other local track where we can be more competitive. If we can run with the pack, we’ll stay. There is nothing worse than going to a race track knowing you have zero chance to win, and in 2013 we had zero chance to finish in the top 5. It was the most discouraging year ever for me. I’ve had some bad ones where we thought we would be good and we’re not, but the reason was luck, not ineptness. No one is cheating at Sunset, not even suggesting that, but for some reason we cannot compete with these cars at this track. I think I know why, HP, and we’re making changes to that now. If we are still not able to be a top 5 car, we need to run another track and we will, but still run a few shows at Sunset because of our commitment to one of our sponsors for Family Faith Night as well as kids camp. Not one of my crew members, family, fans, sponsors or me, wants to repeat 2013, and it won’t happen. We are making changes to improve the car, and we will go up during the week a few times to practice (like Mark Dilley suggests) and we’ll see how good we are. If not our schedule will be limited at my favourite track…….On a positive note, we are looking forward to running a full schedule with the OSCAAR Mods, that is our first commitment and we will run lots of Sunset if we can keep up.

 

Show Car 2014


2013 Camaro
Denny Snider Donates Camaro Late Model……Quaker State & Project Track Champion Show Car
    In 2009 I sold our spare Late Model, David’s 2006 Championship car, to Jason Legge to run as a Limited Late Model at Sauble Speedway. After time Denny Snider bought the car from Jason and ran it up until 2013 in a limited number of races. Denny donated the car to Gary Elliott Motorsports to use as a show car and compete in some races if possible…..our primary use for this car will be as a show car for Quaker State at GM stores. The Camaro body will work perfect for on sight GM events……..Quaker State supports our connection with Project Track Champion and we hope to have it in some shows by late March, not sure if it will be ready for the Mega Speed…….there is not much to do for shows, but a lot to put it in competition, namely the engine. It is basically a stock motor that would not compete locally the way it is. We will decide what to do with the engine before shows begin…………our Mod is close to being ready. We will have paint and supplies to get the panels done soon. Then we can take the panels to Mike Westwood, have them installed and bring the car back home, hopefully by the 20th of January. Then it goes to Steve Lyons at Creative Edge for lettering……….Meanwhile our Late Model, the one to be raced at Sunset Speedway, will not be confirmed on it’s schedule until the 2nd week of May. Our team and family, and most sponsors agree it is pointless to race where we are a non-factor and last year we were at Sunset. I won’t put my crew through that again. I love the track, but as some of our crew have suggested, that even if we bought a brand new state of the art Late Model, it would be missing a lot to be competitive. That’s something we have not faced since our early years in the Hobby Club. I was over the top discouraged from our results in 2013, and won’t run there steady if we are as inept as we were last season. However, we will race against other LM drivers, at Barrie, Flamboro as well as Sauble Speedways’. I’m not saying we can catch them either, but we just might not perform as poorly as we do at Sunset……We will be going to Sunset for testing and give our car every chance to be competitive and if it is pre season we will try to stick it out, if not we will only run a few shows at my favorite track……….We will be taking our LM to get some welding and the body mounted at Ron Easton’s shop, Oakville Trailers late next week. …….more on our progress as things happen.

 

Mike Held Master Piece

Cayuga Mini Stocks
Cayuga Mini Stocks
Wow….These Little Mini Stocks Are Great…Thanks Mike Held
    When I first started racing Mini Stock in 1970 I met the greatest people. It was the start of a long career that was obviously about racing, but what made it so joyful was the many people we met week after week. Bill Held and his family were one of many. Mike Held, Bill’s son, has beautifully painted many cars from back in the very beginning of the Mini Stock introduction into Ontario at Cayuga Speedway. Here are a few cars he has done, and I am thankful to have raced with all of the men here, and many more. #17 Stan Pocupec, #16, Larry Benjamin, #47 Doug Sutton and #93 Bob O’Hara.

 

OSCAAR Modified #36

Mike Westwood Shop
Mike Westwood Shop
Our 2014 OSCAAR Modified Getting Ready For Lettering
    Our 2014 Mike Westwood prepared Modified is taking shape and will be ready for us to pick up by the weekend. Mike does awesome work and we are very excited to be running with OSCAAR and hope to be competitive in this very impressive, fast growing club…….This will be the first time, since 1986, that we will have chrome bumpers, side bars and chrome wheels on our car. The black wheels may get some ice time but I don’t think so…….Our Mod was painted by Mike Almond and has a beautiful black finish. The paint and chrome should help us competition wise. How??? Well I think the glare coming off the car should keep the competitors back….I think……The next stop will be Creative Edge in Kitchener. Steve and the boys will finish it off and make it look awesome. They are making decals now to be ready for our Mod when it arrives……Then it’s back home for final glamour touch up to be ready for the CME show in Mississauga from February 7th to 9th………Thanks to our crew, sponsors and Mike Westwood and Mike Almond for getting us this far…….Meanwhile our Late Model is out being worked on at Oakville Trailer, getting welding done and the body mounted. Ron should have the car ready for paint by mid to late February…..thanks for visiting our site and please support our sponsor and race tracks whenever possible.

 

Quaker State Press Release

Matt Smith Creation
Matt Smith Creation
Quaker State Back For 41st Season

 

In Good Hands At Oakville Trailers

Ron Easton Shop
Ron Easton Shop
Late Model Gets Chassis Face Lift…..It’s Way Out
    We are very proud to have Oakville Trailers our newest sponsor. I have known Ron Easton, owner/operator of this busy place, for many years and have come to appreciate his knowledge and understanding of race cars. Ron Easton has become a great fabricator and in recent times learned a lot about Late Model chassis and set up. Of course once any car is put on a plate, like this one at Oakville Trailers, (that he made) problems are easy to spot. Ron asked me if I had an accident near the end of the year. He knew we qualified well at Autumn Colors, but found sound “out to lunch” readings and wondered if an accident happened, that would explain it all. There was an accident, but it was on opening day, not at the end of the year, and all the chassis parts that were bent were replaced. We removed them all, took them on a nice country ride to Mike McColl’s and he examined and replaced $1800 worth of parts including body panels. Mike did not have the opportunity to look at the chassis until 3 months later, in late June. He explained to me then, that our bump steer was out, mostly due to the type of rack we had in the car. Mike suggested the next rack I get should be a Sweet, then we would get the proper bump steer. Mike knew we were trying to survive the season, and could have suggested a new rack, but an $800 plus bill was out of the question at that time…….Ron on his inspection found many problems with the car, not just bump steer, but that was one of the serious issues. He will fix what he can with what we have, in other words, fabricate or redesign what we have to get it corrected so it can be set up properly…….I have been taking my race cars to Ron since the early 2000’s and he has always done excellent and reasonable work. I’m glad he is going over this car with a fine tooth comb, so that I can enjoy racing this car. Though the plan is to run a full OSCAAR Mod schedule, we do intend on running 20 Late Model races in 2014…………our Mod is at Creative Edge getting lettered and should be done early next week. A picture of that will go up soon………our 2014 schedule is also completed and will be posted next week.

 

Lettering Completed

OSCAAR Mod
OSCAAR Mod
Creative Edge Get’s A Homerun!!!!!!
    We are very thankful for the awesome lettering job done by Creative Edge on our OSCAAR Mod. They have been lettering our cars for the past decade and have done awesome work. Since 2009 we have won Best Appearing car with Creative Edge and really appreciate not only their work, but the fact they try so hard to do exactly what we want. I give them liberties with some things like numbers and trim and they never me down, always doing fantastic work to make their customers happy………..we will take this car to the CME show this coming weekend and will be part of the Lincoln Welders display. Lincoln has been with us for 12 years and we are very excited to have this car a Lincoln Welders and Quaker State car primary sponsored car…….we still a have a few things to do and will post another picture of the car on here tomorrow featuring a different look but exciting……..thanks for visiting our site, hope you can make it down to the show.

 

Chrome Wheels

OSCAAR Modified
OSCAAR Modified
Chrome Wheels Accents This Modified Like Crazy
    I think the black rims make the car look mean, fast and tough. But when the chrome is put on, it accents the rest of the car, the lettering comes alive, the different colors look awesome and the car still looks fast and furious. There is unison with the chrome bumpers and side bars, as the chrome allows the total paint scheme design flow nice. The chrome wheels are a “Homerun” to me, and it is the way we planned on doing the car………..We have a few hours work to prepare for the CME car show and then we will load it tomorrow night……..come down to the International Center in Mississauga and see all the exhibits, stop by and see our car up close. We will be in the Lincoln Welders display.

 

Canadian Motorsport Expo

CME
CME
Canadian Motorsport Expo….This Weekend
    This weekend is the annual CME show featuring NASCAR stars, Richard Petty and Ryan Newman. There will also be a presentation dedicated to the Champions of 2013, as well as a Young Guns panel with up and coming young racers…….The Lincoln Welders, Quaker State OSCAAR Modified will be there for the weekend. We hope to see our friends and fans make it to the show……thanks for visiting our site.

 

CME Show A Success

Mark McCullough Photo
Mark McCullough Photo
Quaker State, Lincoln Welders OSCAAR Modified Looking Good In Lincoln Electric Display
    This car show has come and gone and was a great success with our new OSCAAR Modified. We had many visitors to the booth and everyone really liked our car. Even some of the Modified drivers and crew dropped by to encourage us and give us some tips. Mike Westwood got a lot of recognition as well, many knowing he put the car together. We had the easy part of making it look good…….special thanks to Creative Edge for their awesome work, and their job was made easy after we presented the car with a very shinny and smooth paint job done by Mike Almond…….Also want to thank my crew chief Bob Pereira for making the trip for the weekend, and crew member Matt Smith and his son Andrew also dropped by……..our next show is Mega Speed and we do have a lot of work to do to get our Late Model ready for that event…..thanks for dropping by, we will keep our site up to date on the progress of our Late Models

 

2014 Schedule

33 Races
33 Races
33 Races For 2014…..Our Modified To Support 100% OSCAAR Mod Schedule……Late Model 20 Shows
    As we head into our 46th year of non stop racing, this season has a few exciting things to look forward to. We are very close to a milestone of 700 consecutive nights racing. We have a total of 1136 nights prior to the start of this season, and of those, 687 have been a consistent streak since June of 1987. Our first priority this year is to hit the 700 night mark, and it will happen on the 13th race of 2014 schedule. If there are no rain outs, that special night will fall on July 5th at Capital City Speedway. This could be a double historic night for us if the 700th night happens at Capital City because it will also be our first ever race at this track near Ottawa. We plan to have Frisbees for the fans and competitors for that night, highlighting the 700 nights……….We will be giving our full commitment to the 13 race OSCAAR Modified schedule. Our plan is to race all the Modified shows to compete for the Championship and “Rookie of the Year” honors. Our Mod will be the fastest car ever brought to the races by Gary Elliott Motorsports……….We will dedicate most of the Late Model races to Sunset Speedway, however, we will not be points contenders because of the conflict in scheduling with the Modified. There are 4 nights where both the Mod and Late Model compete, and we will be supporting the Mod series first. However, it is possible to get a replacement driver for 2 of the 4 races we will miss, that is the max a replacement driver can fill in to accumulate points. At this time we hope our grand son Gehrig can run 2 of those four, possibly more……….we also plan to continue our streak of perfect attendance seasons with the Modified. We are at 37 seasons now and the goal is to reach 40 before we do our final lap in this awesome sport 5 years from now, God willing………Our grand children will race in 2014. Lauren will compete in the full Mini Stock schedule at Sunset Speedway and Gehrig will compete in all the special events at all tracks, including the OSCAAR Mini Stock shows………Our schedule for 2014 includes all tracks in Ontario that are running and we are excited to get the season going.

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins Daytona #2

Daytona Win
Daytona Win
Happy For Our Favorite Driver, Dale Jr. After Winning His 2nd Daytona 500
    It was an exciting finish to a long day of watching 38 laps of racing and then 6 hours of rain delay. When the race resumed it was crazy, faster speeds with closer hard racing. We had always wanted Junior to win, as often as possible, and we were getting discouraged for a long time with very few wins and in some cases not even being a factor in many races. His drought came to an exciting end with his victory in this years Daytona 500. We (Shirley and I) agreed he may be in trouble leading the final few laps, thinking someone would get a run on him and get by. It didn’t happen and we were screaming with joy in the final 200 yards knowing he was going to win it. We were happy for him as well, happy for us to. We got to see our favorite driver win this most exciting race……….We were also overwhelmed with pride and admiration when he got out of his car and with the TV commentator ready to interview him, ignored her temporarily and immediately began to hug every one of his crew members in appreciation for their efforts in this awesome win. We had never seen anyone do that ever. That was a very selfless and thoughtful act by our awesome favorite NASCAR driver.

 

GEM Pre Season Kick Off Event

2014
2014
Come By For A Fun Day
    We will be hosting this fund raising event at our home in Waterdown. There will be a barbecue, door prizes, games for adults, horseshoes and darts and a 50/50 draw. Kids can get their pictures in our cars. The drivers and some of our crew will be glad to answer questions as well as help kids in and out of our cars…..we hope you can come out for this exciting pre season event…..if you have any questions please call me on my cell 905-928-8086. Hope to see you there.

 

Oakville Trailers Does Paint Work

2014 Camaro
2014 Camaro
Camaro Gets New Look……Ron Easton Paints His First Late Model
    Ron Easton is a fabricator and builder of racing cars, trailers, equipment, anything at all. He was a little reluctant to paint our Late Model but we needed his help to get it ready for Mega Speed this coming week end and he did an awesome job……the car went for lettering right after this picture was taken where Steve, Bevin and the boys of Creative Edge did their magic……more pictures soon.

 

Mega Speed Car Show March 21st to March 23rd

Denny Snider Display
Denny Snider Display
Quaker State Late Model Part Of Project Track Champion Display
    We have 2 of our cars at the car show this weekend. The OSCAAR Modified is in the Lincoln Electric booth and our Quaker State Late Model is in the Project Track Champion display. We will be there all 3 days. It should be a great show with lots of race cars and race tracks represented. Hope to see you all there.

 

Mega Speed Car Show Firday

Camaro
Camaro
Warnes Family Drops By To Wish Us Well
    The Warnes family, huge race fans, dropped by, paying a visit and encouraging us as they always do. In this picture from let to right are, Ron, sister Cheryl, her husband Bill and Ron’s son Jeff. It was go day weather wise, but not as busy as it will be Saturday and Sunday…….it was good to see many of the race promoters and racers at the show. Looking forward to a great day again tomorrow.

 

PTCAM Team

Denny Snider
Denny Snider
Some Of Denny’s Race Team’s Support Project Track Champion Access Motorsports
    We are proud to be part of the many teams supporting PTCAM this coming year. In this photo 3 teams are represented. Front row beside me is Mrs. Jackson, beside her son Dustin, then Gloria Elliott, wife of Bob Elliott, then Denny Snider and beside him is Mr. Jackson, Dustin’s Dad……the back row from left to right are Denny’s friend Marcel, then Bob Elliott a member of the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame, Matt Smith and Bob Pereira……..the show was awesome, very busy Saturday and Sunday but then very cold on Sunday getting out. The good memories and fun with the many people we met made it an overall awesome weekend…..we will be reporting more often on here now that all our cars are in some kind of transmission for the race season…..special thanks to all our sponsors and crew for helping prepare 2014 to be one of our most exciting seasons…..thanks for visiting and stay tuned.

 

Progress On Late Model

Sunset Late Model
Sunset Late Model
Bob Pereira Sets Hoist For Engine Placement
    With time the issue right now, Bob and I got some work done on Saturday, namely the engine and transmission in, as well as the headers and some of the bolt on things like the rad and hoses and starter…..On Sunday I spent much of the late afternoon and early evening preparing the hubs, bearings and brakes for repacking and sanding…..on Monday I took advantage of a beautiful day to get many more parts installed on the car, plus all the fluids, hooking up linkages, lines etc. Now the engine was ready to start. It sounded so good, but Bob noticed the drivers side exhaust was leaking, it turned out being a defective gasket, we’ll replace that tomorrow. The drive line is all in, and the hubs are back on the car. We found a few things worth replacing, a brake line with a kink, and other small things……the car goes to Jim Sweers on Thursday for paint and then to Steve Lyons of Creative Edge for lettering. We are right on schedule with this car…….The show car will get an engine soon, and the Mod heads to Oakville Trailers next week for final set up, shocks and scaling. Gehrig and Lauren have done the finishing touches on the Mini Stock, so it to will be race ready with a few hours of work. New tires, some engine and chassis work should let the kids have some fun this year…….It was such a nice day, and really nice to hear the birds chirping. Perhaps it was the combination of the birds, warm sun and the melting snow that would encourage the neighbors to think spring was finally here, or maybe it was the sound of our race engine humming in the shop that validated winter was over…..We love hearing the race engine after being silent for six months. Another week on the cars, then the trailers then have a fun day on April 13th for our Pre Season Kick Off, some last minute checks on all the cars, a practice day or two and we’re ready for our 46th season……Thank you for visiting our site.

 

Late Model Ready For Paint

2014 Late Model
2014 Late Model
Jim Sweers Ready TO Paint Our Late Model
    After Ron Easton finished the welding, installing the body and front end work for our 2014 Late Model, we sent it to Jim Sweers for paint. Ron painted our show car and did an awesome job, and Jim will once again paint our racing Late Model. Jim was away or would have painted both cars, although this long severe cold winter has put things behind a little for everyone and painting can’t be done in the cold………once Jim is finished the car will come back home for our Pre Season Kick Off event. It won’t be lettered but it will be ready for show that day and then head to Creative Edge for lettering. It is unlikely it will be able to be lettered this week because of the time to paint the 3 colors and the delay because of the cold to get the car to Jim’s for paint…….the Mini Stock is almost ready, a few hours and it will be race ready……Our Mod just needs shocks and a final set up, plus thorough going over on a hoist nut and bolt wise. There is an oil leak from the quick change area that will be fixed as well…..we are also preparing our home for our Pre Season Kick Off next Sunday, race season #46 getting closer.

 

Paint Scheme Finished

Jim Sweers
Jim Sweers
Three Color Paint Scheme Done On Late Model
    Jim Sweers finished the paint on our Late Model on Friday. It was a different paint scheme this year, 3 colors, more difficult, but he did it the way I wanted and I am very happy with how it looks. Jim also painted the inside of the car as well making it look clean. More pictures to come….I have been crazy busy getting caught up and preparing for our big event this past weekend, more on that soon as well.

 

Just Like A Model Car

April 12th
April 12th
Jim, Chris Randy and Bob Slide Body Over Chassis….I Take The Picture
    While the body was off Jim and Bob got three items of welding done, easy access and then the chassis was power washed by Jim. Once that was done the boys installed the body and I got a good picture of it….I didn’t take too long so I could run back and help :)…….there are more pictures of the paint and assembly on Diary of a Season 2014…….I will start posting pictures of our event later today. It was an awesome success, thank you Lord.

 

Late Model Makes Our Pre Season Kick Off

April 13
April 13
Pre Season Kick Off, LM Not Lettered, But Joins The Rest Of Our Cars For Special Event
    What a hectic week getting ready for our Pre Season Kick Off. The hard work paid off, it was a great day, I will post pictures on that soon……..Meanwhile, our Late Model got a fantastic paint job by Jim Sweers and will head to Creative Edge next Monday, the 21st for lettering. I have posted some pictures of the painting of our LM on “Diary of a Season 2014″…….Our Modified is at Oakville Trailers and will get a suspension set up from Ron Easton. We have new shocks coming, I didn’t get the shocks that were on the Mod from 2013, I knew they were not part of the deal, but thanks to Jeff Walt and Brian MacDonald, we will be geared up by the end of the week with shocks for the Mod. It also needs the brakes bled and some other things, but Ron wants to scale it and set it up for us, and I’m good with that, he raced these cars for 4 years in the U.S. The Modified also has a different style sway bar that we will need to learn how to adjust and Ron will show us that as well……Tonight the LM was scaled, not permanent, but for total weight and left side. Rule changes for 2014 allow us to go from 55% left side to 55.5% and our totals have been reduced 25 pounds from 2850 to 2825 after a heat race and 2800 after the feature. We are close right now, the led has to be bolted in and then final scale done by the end of the week. Then we load the LM for lettering……More pictures like this one, from Sunday, will be on our Message Board by tomorrow night

 

Easter Blessings

Jesus Did It All
Jesus Did It All
God Loves Us This Much
     Easter is one of two Christian events that millions around the world celebrate. Christmas is the first, a time when we rejoice at the birth of the King, our Savior. However, He came to bring us life and that life was only possible through His death. We all sin and fall short, but through Jesus obedience, even unto death on the cross, He has paid our transgressions against God. He was referred to as the “Lamb of God”, in John 1:29 when John the baptizer said “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world”…….The Jews when to the temple at Passover to sacrifice animals to atone for their sins, but their sins were never taken away, only covered over. Jesus was the final sacrifice, who would remove the sting of sin, the spiritual death. He was perfect, unblemished and therefore the only One ever qualified to satisfy God’s desire in the cleansing of this evil world. What He did on the cross was to show His love for us, His resurrection showed His power over death, that the grave could not hold Him, and because of Him, because of what He did, and His power over death, if we follow Him, we can live forever in Heaven, that’s His promise! Happy Easter 🙂

 

Late Model In Make Up Room

2014 Late Model
2014 Late Model
Creative Edge To Letter Our Late Model For Wednesday.
    I’m a little late on this post, it’s 2 days old, but been crazy busy with so much going on. Buttons and I dropped off our Late Model at Creative Edge on Monday for Steve and the boys to do their magic. It will be very similar to our Camaro show car………. Steve will make your race car look the way you want, and if you’re not sure what you want, he and his team will make something awesome to show case your car, sponsors and sport……..this weekend is practice day at Sunset, but our car is a long ways from being ready, still a lot of things to do and not sure they will get done by the weekend. Going to do what I can and if we get the car ready 100%, we’ll go, if not we will make it for Sunday or Opening Day and practice then. I like to make practice, it’s a great opportunity to shake the car down, but there isn’t enough hours in the day to get it all done………..We will keep our site up dated with the latest if we make practice in the Late Model………..Laruen is pumped to get some practice in the Mini Stock and I’m hoping to take her to Flamboro so she can get oriented to her new surroundings. The Honda will be much different than the Go-Cart :)……..Gehrig will be driving the Mini opening night and then Lauren takes over for all the regular races, Gehrig will drive in all the Invitationals and other specials in Ontario throughout the year…………Our Mod is getting some much needed work done to it, brakes, and suspension, things I knew had to be addressed, pictures on that will be up soon. We have a little more time before things start to move with our OSCAAR hot rod……thanks for dropping by, please support our sponsors whenever possible

 

OSCAAR Mod Gets Pre Season Going Over

Oakville Trailer
Oakville Trailer
Ron Easton Getting Geometry Set For Modified
    I knew I would need to get some things done to the Modified before it was raced. I had gone over it quite thorough prior to Mega Speed and found a few things that needed to be changed for me. The bearings were repacked, hubs cleaned, pads sanded and rotors checked. There were a few things I wanted to check and Ron Easton offered to help us because he raced them for 7 years and plus may want to build them in the future. Of the things I wanted to change or look into were important to me, some little issues and some not so little. Brake calipers, a new throttle linkage, check bump steer, and the steering geometry and new shocks and springs were a few things to look into. I love the car and these are things I want to do to be ready to have a shot at running with the pack. I don’t have a lot of time, like a few years to figure it out, so the car needs to be right from day one, even if it means investing a few more dollars, and I will…..our Late Model is done, and back home, pictures of it will be tomorrow night……Lauren will hopefully get some practice this week, she needs some quick understanding of shifting and a race car much bigger than her go-cart and I feel she will catch on quick……Gehrig is ready to race the Invitationals and Lauren will run all the regular points nights at Sunset Speedway…..more on our progress soon, thanks for visiting.

 

Creative Edge Complete

2014 Late Model
2014 Late Model
Late Model Lettering Complete….Creative Edge Does Another Awesome Job
    Not only were they quick, but the boys at Creative Edge in Kitchener did another excellent job on our Late Model. This paint scheme is slightly different than last year, but the creation, designed after the full synthetic oil bottle that is black green and gold, and approved by Quaker State, turned out great. I am so thankful to deal with Steve, Bevin and the staff because as picky as I am, they not only listen to what I want, but add their own flare to make it look even better for our fans and sponsors…….we start practicing this weekend, I hope we can make it, the car is not ready, needs a lot of things to get it to the track and maybe not enough man hours to pull it off. Tonight and tomorrow will tell the tale for making Sunset this weekend, but right now it looks like a 50/50 deal……I am okay with not making it, though I really want to go, but I would sooner have the car completed and a new set of tires on it so we can justify the trip to Sunset……I will know more for sure by Friday night………the Modified is getting closer, a new rad and some chassis changes have been upgraded and we are waiting for a sway bar. It should be ready for scale next week……Lauren will get her first time in the Honda tomorrow in a parking lot. The purpose will be to teach her how to shift and get use to braking and down shifting for entering or exiting the track, and for restarts under yellow etc…….there is no doubt all our cars will be ready for opening night at Sunset Speedway and that is most important to all of us…..thanks for coming by, more on our progress tomorrow.

 

Car & Crew Chief Ready To Go

2014 Late Model
2014 Late Model
Team Ready For Season #46….Bob Proudly Poses With Our 2014 Addition
    Our car has finally got to the stage that it is ready for practice. We hope to get out Wednesday depending on the weather. There is about 3 hours work left to have everything done, car, trailer, etc……Wow, imagine starting in November and all that has gone on since then , and now we have 3 hours left to be at the gate for opening day. I wonder how many hours in total, yikes!!!!! forget it…….Special thanks to Bob Pereira, (beside the car), my crew chief who has been an incredible help for me and I appreciate him so much. I appreciate my crew, and know they can’t make every race, but when they do come, they get right into it. I appreciate all they do when they can make it to the races. love them dearly………this year the focus is on fun and nothing else. Last year we thought we did all the right things to be a good runner but something was missing and it messed up our entire season on and off the track. If I hadn’t had such high expectations it wouldn’t have been so bad, but with the crew we had and all the upgrades done to our car, we figured we would be a contender. We worked very hard on our stuff all season to show up and be a non factor almost every night we ran. Our best races were Sauble and Peterborough Speedways with Autumn Colors our best night of 2013. So, I don’t have any expectations this year but these, have fun and do the best we can every week. If we are competitive, that’s all we can ask for, if not, there will be a place that we can fit in and do our best. It has to be fun in 2014 and I will need to be the one to lead that charge, and I know it. My crew, like me, will still want to be a strong runner, but the key will be having fun doing it, even if we are out of the top 10 like in 2013………the Mini Stock has a few things to do, nothing too serious, and the Mod should be ready this week and maybe some testing early next week…..the next picture here on our site, will be on Laurens two day practice session and she was awesome……….thanks for visiting and please check out our sponsors on the right side of our site, please support them when you can.

 

Sunset Pracitce Session Good For Granddaughter

Lauren Halliday
Lauren Halliday
Lauren Has Awesome Testing At Sunset Speedway
    On Friday night we headed to Flamboro Speedway for the purpose of finding room for Lauren to learn how to drive a standard transmission. The pit gate was closed so I headed to the spectator side and found room to park the truck and trailer, and plenty for Lauren to drive around on the dirt roads leading in off the 5th concession. It was raining and freezing cold. Gehrig went around with her for the first while, then he got cold and went to the warmth of the truck. I wanted to jump in with Lauren and do a little more teaching and when it was done she came away knowing how to let the clutch out, and up and down shift. She was ready to at least get on Sunset’s fast oval and get much needed practice and ice time in her car. She took it easy the first two times out and followed instructions very well. Matt Smith came out both days, Saturday and Sunday. He felt she was doing well on Saturday but when he showed up Sunday, close to the final hot lap practice, he turned and asked “is that Gehrig driving”. We laughed because we were so impressed with her improvement. Lauren has shown a very quick ability to learn her car. She naturally needs more practice and then needs to learn how to pass high and low, and that will come. I suggested she needs to know her own car and it’s characteristics, then she can start passing other cars. I stressed comfort for her as well, and to let us know when and if she has any pain while driving, but she gave a thumbs up telling us she was good to go. She will start at the back of all her races for the first few weeks and then when she’s ready she can take her starting spot. Overall I would give her an A+ for her efforts and improvements.

 

2014 Season On The Horizon

2014 Late Model
2014 Late Model
The Goals Of Our Team In 2014
    This time last year our team was incredibly excited with the potential we felt our team had to compete in the Late Model class at Sunset Speedway. I had an awesome crew, David took the year off his own racing to be my crew chief and head spotter, plus my crew were top notch, and we spent the money on the car we needed to make us competitive……so we thought……. In 2012 our feature finishes included a 3rd, two 4th’s, 5th and two 7th’s, and we had 3 heat wins. Our goal for 2013 was to get the front end replaced on the car so we would have the same basic set up as all the top cars. We were assured the up grades would make us competitive, because our basic chassis structure was not obsolete. I made the decision to spend $14,000 for the upgrades that included the chassis clip, control arms, spindles, a-arms, new exhaust, new pulley belt system and alternator. As most of you know, those who read our weekly reports here, last year was a disaster for us. We were anything but competitive. Our best feature finish was 8th and not until the end of the year did we get a runner up in a heat race, most heats were 4th at best. Our issue was the car was pushing all the time. We worked hard on the car to get it to turn, it wouldn’t, pushed no matter what we did. We tried getting the driver to slow down in certain spots, wait longer before getting on the gas but all that showed us was how far off we were. We had nothing for the top 8 cars, maybe top 9. Our feature finishes were mostly 10th to 13th….Mike McColl offered us to come to his shop for a set up. He felt bad we were struggling and wanted to help and I appreciated that and took him up on it. We came late in the day mid week and Mike stayed with 2 of his staff and we tore the car apart. There was one error we were making, we thought ride height was with driver in, and it was driver out, that was a big deal for sure, but Mike found a few other things as well. He asked why I had such a heavy RR spring, 750. I said “to get the car to turn”. Mike laughed and agreed that would do it but also knew that wasn’t right. He did the complete set up, bringing the RR spring down to a 500 and made other changes to the front end including changing the RF shock from a 1031 pound rebound, to a 665. He said 1031 was way too high. But I reminded him that he suggested that shock in April when our car was completely rebuilt. Anyway he put that shock in because that was the shock most were going with. He did make one observation regarding “bump-steer”. He couldn’t get what he wanted. He said it was out and wished we could replace the rack but he knew I just put the existing Woodward rack in at the end of 2012, Mike wanted a Sweet rack…..anyway the car was better after this visit, we were fast at Sauble and Peterborough for Autumn Colors, but when the dust settled we had our worst year since 1979. In fact if it wasn’t for Dave Hodgkinson letting me drive his Outlaw Pro 4, I would not have won any races in 2013, and that night we won 2, including our first ever feature win at Delaware Speedway …….. Over this past winter, Ron Easton, of Oakville Trailers, made a huge discovery on our car. He asked me if I wrecked the car or replaced parts since the season ended and I said no, what he found was what Mike McColl mentioned, the “bump steer”. I told Ron to do whatever he wanted to make it right. He found a few other things as well. His workmanship is the best, and his knowledge is very good, so I am thankful he worked on our car. David came over to help with pre season scaling. The car is set up exactly like it was last year when we were running not bad at the end. But what does this all mean? It means that I don’t expect too much at this point, even Ron isn’t sure how it will be, but should be better. I was so distressed last year from running so poorly after thinking we’d be fast, high expectations, I have simply taken the attitude just to run and see how the car is. If it’s good I will be happy, if we can’t keep up with the boys at Sunset we may take out the bump stops and go to heavier springs and if we still can’t do it, we can try Barrie Speedway or even the new Full Throttle track on Friday nights…..maybe some Flamboro races as well. I don’t have to win to be happy, but we do need to have a chance and this car sitting here in this picture, is better (we think) than last year, but we won’t know until we get on the track. I love Sunset but neither me or my crew will enjoy being in the way of the Late Models. Time will tell, but I’m not worried about it, if we’re competitive good, if not we make a couple attempts to close the gap and if we can’t we need to try another track………..The Mod however is a different story, we do have high hopes for it, more on that later……thanks for dropping by, see you at Sunset Speedway this weekend if the sun comes out 🙂

 

Lauren Takes Checker At Sunset Speedway

First Win
First Win
Lauren Gets Her First Stock Car Win On Her First Night
    Wow, what a pleasant, but unexpected surprise, for all of us to see Lauren take her first career stock car victory. She had been driving her car so smooth since first getting in it. She has caught on to racing a big car (compared to a cart) very quickly and is driving aggressive and seemingly without fear. She won her heat by half a track, quite an accomplishment in only her 2nd race out. Congratulations to Lauren and her crazy wild team, well they were after this win for sure, we all were. The full story will be on our message board under Diary of a Season 2014, hopefully before the weekend………………Special thanks to Ron Easton for getting my Late Model fixed and turning in the corners, something we couldn’t figure out in 2013. It is a totally different handling car than last season. Perhaps David said it best. “Dad, your final lap on that 100 lapper was better than any last year at Sunset”….and he was right. That story will be included of course along with Laurens on our Message Board………….Been very hectic this week, my Mom passed away on Sunday morning and have not had a chance to update our site. I am doing it now late at night because it’s the only time I have right now. I want to do a story on my Mom and I will very soon, she was a great woman and I loved her very much. She is now with our Lord in Heaven.

 

Cars Ready To Go

GEM
GEM
OSCAAR Modified Ready For Testing…Late Model Ready For Pro Late Show At Sunset Saturday May 10th
    As many of you know, my Mom passed away last Sunday morning. We had a great memorial service for Mom today at my nephew’s home, lots of family and friends to reflect on this precious lady. I will be doing a story on my Mom in the next few days………..Thanks to the hard work of Ron Easton and the boys at Oakville Trailers we got our OSCAAR Modified ready for it’s first practice session. It will be sometime next week, possibly Flamboro on Tuesday night and then we’ll take a run up to Sunset later in the week to get this rocket ready for the OSCAAR Modified season opener. We made a lot of changes on the car. Some I wanted to make on my own, but after going over it quite thorough, we decided some wholesale changes needed to take place. They included brakes, suspension, cooling system, shocks and other smaller things, like the throttle and windshield. The battery was replaced and the thermostat housing. I am confident, as long as the engine is good, that we will have a chance to run with the faster Modifieds and we’ll know soon enough……….OSCAAR announced Mod practice for Mothers Day, but we will do a shake down at Flamboro on Tuesday then some hard lap testing at Sunset on Wednesday or Thursday, that’s the plan if weather works in our favor………our Late Model has had a serious make over from last weekend…a Pro Late make over. We’ve taken out some weight, gained left side, added 10″ rims, a 4 barrel and some other important changes that will hopefully get our car in the top 10 in qualifying. Our next move will be getting more horsepower, but that might be a little down the road, I hope I can do it for this year because we are lacking for certain. I am still driving in hard to compensate for slower straight-away speeds, nothing like last year, but still slow compared to some of the top runners. Our Late Model was very good in last weeks 100 lap season opener. It handled much better than most all of 2013. It felt great to drive a race car that wasn’t pushing all the time when I wanted to get on the gas. My crew were also very happy with our performance last week, and though we finished 17th, we could see much greater potential………..The story from the first nights racing will be posted soon on the message board “Diary of a Season 2014………Sunset is hosting the huge APC 100 lap race tomorrow night. They are expecting maybe 40 Late Models, should be crazy, and I am pumped that we could have a good car for this race. I would like to qualify in the top 10 and we are ready to do just that. Hope to see you there, thanks for visiting our site

 

Pro Late Qualifying

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Qualifying Not So Good….Practice Makes Perfect….Another Decent Outing, In Spite Of Poor Finish
    There is much to be said about getting to the track early and practicing. I understand that fully but it’s not always possible, and for this race, we were simply without crew. David called me and asked how the car was and I told him I had not got on the track yet, that was after 2 pm. I arrived early, 10:45, set up the pits, got fuel, tires switched and my pit tools etc ready to go, but with no spotter I was unable to get any practice. I did finally get Phil Bullen to spot for me around 2:30 for one set of hot laps on the tires from the season opener. The car was loose and David wanted to help me from his phone because he was working. To be honest, I don’t want to miss a race and would sooner be at the track alone then at home because no crew could make it, but David told me outright “Dad, you can’t race in this class with no crew”. The problem isn’t so much that I had no crew, it’s the fact that with no crew I would still want to go to the race and do all the stuff myself and find a spotter, but it was tough and I was tired for sure, but pumped just the same. A crew is very important, but being at the track is the most important to me………Matt arrived by 3:30 and then Marty, I was changing gears when they came and once I had 2 crew to help I was good to go and appreciated their help very much……Qualifying was not good (we weren’t really ready) tires still had stickers on them and even though they were set, they were not perfect size wise. We qualified 2nd last and finished last in the consi, but in the race the car was good, and no damage, making this our best start at Sunset even though the finishes were poor, the car is showing potential…..I hope to have Diary of a Season 2014 updated by tonight for both the May 4th and this show. Thanks for visiting our site……PS, anyone interested in working on our car at Sunset or anywhere else we race, send me a note on my email gelliot@cogeco.ca I know my crew would appreciate anyone to help us make it through this season.

 

Opening Night OSCAAR Mods Sunset Speedway

Dan Little Photo
Dan Little Photo
Modified An Awesome Fun Ride……..Can’t Wait For Our Next Race
    We had a busy weekend running the Late Model on Saturday and the Modified on Sunday. I knew I would like racing the Modified, and I wasn’t disappointed. I wasn’t happy with the finish, but we sure had a great car. Our crew and driver were very happy with the performance of our car. Ron Easton helped us tremendously with some things I wanted to change and others he suggested. The bottom line was an awesome debut in this fast and well handling machine. The car performed so good that I was prompted to say this was the best race car I had ever driven. I may need a few more nights to confirm that, because we had some strong runs in the Vintage Mod in the late 80’s, 90’s and 2004. However, I have never raced a car that I could put it where I wanted and it stuck so well. The handling and engine performance were A+………We had lots of trouble with the LM including a wreck in our semi. Matt and Marty worked hard to get it ready for the feature, we ran decent until a flat tire put us down a lap…..I will post stories on Dairy of a Season 2014 this week, it has been very hectic in my world the past few weeks, but I want to get the stories done……thank you for visiting our site.

 

Full Throttle Speedway Opening Night

Thompson Photography Pic
Thompson Photography Pic
OSCAAR Modified Heading To Varney For $1000 To Win Modified Twin 25’s
    Gord Bennett and his family have purchased the former Varney Speedway complex and tonight is there season opener. In our already busy schedule I have added 6 Modified and 1 Late Model shows to our own schedule to bring our total race nights to 38. I wanted to support Full Throttle, but I was afraid I could get throttled if I added any more races to our 2nd busiest season ever. We ran 39 nights in 1990, but I was only 20 then so it was no issue :)……..We hope the weather holds off and the new promoters get some sun and a big crowd and lots of race cars to kick off their debut as race track owners……Hope to see many of our fans there….also hope to take a checker in our OSCAAR Lincoln Welders, Quaker State Cavalier…..I started to do our race reports on Diary of a Season 2014. We are in the midst of putting our home up for sale and it’s been kind of nuts trying to get everything done, sorting, packing, throwing stuff out, working on the cars, getting race reports to sponsors and keeping this site updated. I will work extra hard next week to get more nights posted, so far one of four is complete, and we have 2 more races this weekend. I will type fast and maybe shorten the stories, and then again maybe not, but I will get them done soon…..thanks for visiting our site.

 

Race Car’s Get TLC

Elliott Racing
Elliott Racing
Mod & late Model Prior To Double Header Weekend
    This is what our cars looked like on Tuesday night. Both needed work before competition. The Mod needed front end work from the wreck at Sunset, plus brake issued fixed, and the Late Model needed body work done, some fabrication and maintenance. We had them both ready by Thursday night, with the Mod loaded for Full Throttle Speedway and the Late Model waiting to be loaded Saturday morning. Special thanks to Bob, Marty and Ron Easton for getting our cars ready for racing.

 

APC 100 Lap Feature….. Flamboro Speedway

Pic by....Thompson Photography
Pic by….Thompson Photography
David Wins APC 100 Lap Feature
    What a night for David and his team, as they won the first of six APC features between Flamboro and Delaware Speedway’s. This was David’s first race since he ran the full season at Delaware Speedway in 2012, and he won the feature on his last night at that track, making this win 2 in a row for him. David took the lead on lap 70 but had company with Shawn Chenoweth, the Flamboro ace all over him until lap 90. Shawn did all he could to get by. David not only held on, but pulled ahead by the end of the 100 lap event……congrats to David and his team for an amazing victory in the 20 car field of top running Pro Late Model competitors…….David’s niece, Lauren also won her second race of the season, taking the Mini Stock consi at Sunset Speedway Saturday night, at about the same time David was fighting his battle at Flamboro. I will post a picture of Lauren’s win very soon…….all the stories on Diary of a Season 2014 are done now but one, the Pro Late Model race on May 10th, and that will get done this week as well……..thanks for coming by to visit our site…..I guess it’s soon time for me to hold a checker!!!!

 

Double Header Weekend

Image Factor Design
Image Factor Design
Late Models Sunset Speedway May 31st…….OSCAAR Modified Kawartha Speedway June 1st
    Our new autograph cards are a perfect advertising creation for this coming weekend, a double header at Sunset and Kawartha Speedways. I will post more on the Summer Sizzler later in the week. Both our cars are close to ready. The Late Model had serious problems on the weekend but the fix was simple. The Modified only needed a battery repair, gears changed and maintenance. Looking forward to racing both cars………we will be on display this weekend at MacMaster Buick GMC. It’s a tailgate party from 10 until 4 and we will be there for the day, until 3. Drop by and see us.

 

Kawartha Speedway

Ashley McCubbin Photo
Ashley McCubbin Photo
Kawartha Hot Laps Awesome…….Bad Luck Hurts A Good Night
    We were pumped about racing at Kawartha Speedway in the Modified. The last time here was 6 years ago in the Late Model and the last time in an open wheel car was in 2002 with the Vintage Modified. On that night we finished 2nd in the feature right behind TJ Woolsey. Unfortunately he did not pass tech and we got the win….After hot laps we knew we had a fast car, it was very strong on the tires I got from Jesse Kennedy. Prior to the heat race we figured we’d fill it up because we were 2627 when scaled. Filling the car would be our demise for the night. On lap 4 of the heat race, while running 2nd we were black flagged for leaking fuel. Instead of finishing 2nd and getting an up front start for the feature, we would start 18th of 19 cars in the 25 lap main event. The full story will be on Diary of a Season 2014 later tonight…….As one good friend pointed out, “at least the car is in one piece”. I agree with that, but I would love to hear “awesome win Gary”….hopefully that will be soon with the OSCAAR Mods.

 

Full Throttle Bound

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Modified Heading To Full Throttle Speedway
    This will be our 2nd visit to Full Throttle Speedway. Hoping for a bigger car count and lots of fans. We sure have a great day for racing. Special thanks to Bob Pereira for helping again this week as well as Marty, and to Marty and Paul for helping in the pits tonight…….happy anniversary to Bob and Liz, have a great night away.

 

McLeans Hard At It

Ashley McCubbin Photo
Ashley McCubbin Photo
Full Throttle Speedway……..Great Crowd To Enjoy Family Feud Part 15
    I really like the McLean family, all of them. I find them very friendly, very competitive as well. We haven’t had the opportunity to race with any of them yet, because our car has had an issue somewhere or somehow during the qualifying of the first two OSCAAR shows. At Full Throttle Speedway the tires were an issue, and separated us a ton, especially in the early going of the race. I was able to match Brent in the first feature, staying with him for the first 14 laps until the caution. My tires cooled down and his Gloosiers stuck instantly and he was gone, same with Paul Milligan’s car, he’s also on Hoosier tires. We hope to correct our problem by the next race…………In this photo everything seems civil between the McLean’s, but not so much in the feature. There was body checking, banging and racing determination that nearly took out half the field, 4 cars, but the cars at the back checked up letting the cars dancing at high speed get collected……I thought the Hatfield and McLean’s were the feuding families, but at this track it looks like it’s the McLean and McLean’s. We wait with anticipation to see if this continues next time out at Full Throttle Speedway, or maybe even at Barrie this coming Saturday for the 3rd OSCAAR show of 2014……..the full story of Friday night is on our Message Board, under General Chat and on Diary of a Season 2014…….Congrats to Full Throttle, the crowd was decent and the Late Model show was okay as well………We ran our 696th night on Friday, four more to hit 700 in a row. It looks like the milestone will take place at Sunset Speedway on June 28th or 29th…..hope all my fans and friends can be there.

 

Sunset Speedway Spin

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Lauren Body Slams Front Straight Wall…Spins & Gets T-Boned In One
    Lauren had a great run Saturday night in the 25 lap, 28 field Mini Stock feature. Her qualifying races were strong with a 7th and a 4th. Her consi run was a very strong effort but trouble hit during the feature when she hit the front chute wall. Laruen was running just outside the top 10 when she hit the front chute wall coming off turn four so hard that she spun out going into turn one. The pack following her try to get by but were running side by side making it impossible for Lauren to get away unscathed. Lauren was okay but she suffered a lot of front end damage. She made a pit stop where Gehrig and Don taped up the bumper and she returned to the track. It was obvious she had severe damage to the suspension. Her to get back out was awesome but it was soon apparent she couldn’t race anymore and soon went down a lap. The car is stripped apart now and will hopefully be ready by this weekend…….the Late Model goes o display this week at John Bear in St. Catharines and our Modified will get a going over to be ready for the next OSCAAR race this Saturday…..thanks for visiting our site.

 

Modified On Display

West Highland Baptist Church
West Highland Baptist Church
Fathers Day Event For OSCAAR Modified….Then Off To Barrie Speedway
    We were invited to bring our race car to the West Highland Baptist church Fathers Day event on Saturday June 14th. Bob Pereira and I will be there until about 1 and then head north to Barrie Speedway for the 3rd event of the OSCAAR Modified Tour. I know we’ll have a great morning, looking to have a great night at Barrie as well. There will be lots of classic cars tomorrow morning for the Fathers Day event…….the Mini Stock is repaired thanks to a great team effort by Shirley, Don, Gehrig and Lauren. Gehrig worked hard once the parts were dropped off and the Mini is ready to battle tomorrow night at Sunset Speedway. This will be my first miss at Sunset Speedway since we went there in 2012. I made my commitment to the Modified for 2014 and will run 100% in that short schedule. The next few weekends are all Modified, so I hope we can move from 10th to the top 5 or better by our next Kawartha show……..we are at 696 nights raced, tomorrow night will be 697, and by our schedule and no rain, we should hit 700 at Sunset Speedway on June 29th….thanks for visiting our site.

 

Barrie Speedway Heat Win

Ashley McCubbin Photo
Ashley McCubbin Photo
First Win In Our Modified…..Awesome Feeling…..Finish 2nd In Feature, Great Night For Our Team
    What a night for our team at Barrie Speedway in the Modified. We were fast from practice, and made a few changes after the first heat race and then again for the feature. It was awesome to take our first win in the OSCAAR Modified. Bob and I work so well together, and though Matt Smith was there he didn’t get to the track in time but cheered from the grand stands. Our feature was almost the dream come true leading most all of the laps but a failing power steering unit hurt us on the last restart. However, the 2nd place finish was awesome. The full story will be on Diary of a Season 2014 on our Message Board later tonight……Congratulations to Gary McLean for the win…..also our prayers go out to Tommy Robb who was hurt in the feature with an arm injury. We hope it’s not too serious and he has full recovery……this was race night 697, we celebrate 700 on June 29th at Sunset if there is no rain outs between now and then.

 

The Podium……Gary McLean #8 Max Beyore #91

Ashley McCubbin Photo
Ashley McCubbin Photo
Barrie Speedway Feature Winner #8 Gary McLean…Max Beyore #91 Finished 3rd
    I was disappointed to lead the first 27 laps only to lose it on a restart with 3 to go. Our power steering was causing us trouble from lap 17 but as long as we were in the lead and able to take a different line into the corners we could not only hold onto the lead, but pull away……a late race restart, one of five from lap 17, allowed Gary to take advantage of my steering issue and get the lead. Max tried to get us as well but we were able to get in front of him and take the line we needed…….it was an awesome night for us finishing in the top 3 in all the races. This was our best finish in one of our own cars since 2010, and we sure loved it. The full story is on the Message Board, click on General Chat and go to Diary of a Season 2014…….our next race is this Friday at Full Throttle Speedway……we are at 697 consecutive starts now, looks like the big night will be June 29th at Sunset Speedway.

 

2014 Schedule

37 Nights
37 Nights
2014 Revised Schedule….Most Race Nights In One Season Since 1990
     This is our official 2014 race schedule, with one error, June 21st Sunset Speedway. There will be no races that night at Sunset because it was set aside as a rain date only, and since there were no rain outs prior to the 21st, the night is cancelled…….also, I had originally included all the Full Throttle shows on our schedule, but realized just a week or so ago that July 4th was not going to happen because we are off to Capital City in Ottawa on July 5th. I am already avoiding men in white suits lugging a straight-jacket around because I want to race a lot, so when my crew seen I planned on racing the Friday night before the Ottawa journey they all fainted……but no fear, I simply forgot about the July 5th show being so far away. I can run 2 in a row or 3 in a row, but we had planned to go to Ottawa early Friday so we would all be rested after the long drive. Plus, we are very much looking forward to the challenge of Capital City Speedway, so the last thing I need is to be wore out from Friday night, or worse, get beat up and have to work on the car before making the trip to Ottawa. My crew are looking forward to that show, and the track is giving us an extra $125 per car for tow money……the only changes that I see are after our 700th consecutive night. I might run a few more specials with the Late Model at Barrie or Flamboro……The most races we have run in one year was 39, in 1990. This will be the second highest in 46 seasons, if we get all 37 race nights in. I hope so and wouldn’t mind hitting 40 if possible……our consecutive streak is currently at 697 nights, without a miss, and we will be having a special event for that night, at Sunset Speedway, for the fans and a few lucky kids.

 

The Black Bull Today

Burlington
Burlington
Late Model On Display Today From 10:30 Until 3:PM
    Drop by and see us at The Black Bull today for a barbeque, live music and bring a donation to the local Food Bank. This will be our 9th show of 2014. Hope to see you there.

 

John Bear St Catharines

3 Day Show
3 Day Show
Quaker State Team At John Bear Customer Car Care Clinic….June 18 to 20
    Our Quaker State Late Model was on display for 3 full days at John Bear GMC in St. Catharine’s. The dealership held a customer car care clinic, bringing back customer who had not been at the dealership for the past 18 months. The event was successful with 32 appointments on the first day. We were racing on Friday at Full Throttle Speedway and could not pick the car up, but our good friend Glenn Reulens got our car and then took it to the Black Bull for another big event at the restaurant pub on Guelph Line just north of the QEW on the west side. More on that tomorrow……we will post the race results and story from Full Throttle Speedway by tomorrow night……..there was no racing today, wow, it was weird not to race on this incredibly beautiful Saturday. Sunset Speedway had the day set aside as a rain out fill in but there have been no rain outs to date and that was a great gesture on their part to stick with that, although I was surprised we didn’t run a regular night of racing. I already have 11 race nights this year already, and today did our 8th show, so we are okay because we have over 24 more race nights to go and many more shows……..our streak is at 698 and counting. Two more to go for 700!!!!!!

 

BLack Bull Fundraiser

June 21st
June 21st
Quaker State Late Model Supports Food Bank Drive At Our New Sponsor “The Black Bull”
    One of our new sponsors for 2014, The Black Bull invited us to attend their first annual Charity Barbeque. We arrived around 10:30 in the morning and stayed until 7pm. It was a great day of music, food, door prizes all under the umbrella of awesome weather. There were many items donated to the local Food Bank, my charity of choice. Glenn Ruelens was a huge help for me. I raced on Friday at Full Throttle and had no way to get the LM from St. Catharine’s for the show early Saturday morning. Glenn offered to pick the car up for me and take it to his house Friday night and then took it to the restaurant Saturday morning. Thank you so much Glenn, and of course Patrick his son, who helped load the car and then both stayed with Marty and I at the show until noon and they left because they were racing Saturday night at Flamboro…….There was no racing at Sunset Speedway on this night. The date was set aside as a rain out for any Super Series race that was lost to rain. No rain outs happened from May 3rd until June 14th, so the track simply closed for the night. Running at Flamboro for me was out because, a) it was not one of the races we planned at Flamboro for 2014 and b) none of our crew could be there to help.

 

Tommy Robb #88

Thompson Photography
Thompson Photography
Sunset Speedway Double Header OSCAAR Super Late Models and Modifieds This Saturday & Sunday
    This coming weekend we will be running a double header at Sunset Speedway. It’s the Don Biederman Memorial on Sunday for the Super Late’s with full shows both days for SLM and the Hanover Holiday Modifieds….If the weather co-operates we will reach our ‘700th Consecutive Night’ on Sunday. We have some things to give away that night and look forward to doing as much as possible for the fans….more later this week on the 700 streak.

 

700th Sunday Sunset Speedway

OSCAAR Double Header
OSCAAR Double Header
700 Nights In A Row……This Sunday If The Weather Is Kind
    This weekend is exciting for me for many reasons. I get to race 2 days, at the same track, no travelling plus I get to race the OSCAAR Modified both days.. I really enjoy racing this car, kind of like a my best Hobby car on massive steroids. The big event this weekend will be our streak of 700 consecutive nights. I didn’t even know we had so many weekends without a miss until I was checking our total races last year when we had the 2500th race contest. I happened to add the nights with the races and then realized we had 650 plus race nights without a miss. I didn’t know really what that meant until I realized that in todays racing, most classes only run 14 nights and a team would have to run 50 years and not miss a night to get to that milestone. We did it in 28 years because we ran an average of over 25 nights per season. It would not be possible if it were not for my family, crew, sponsors and friends. I am very thankful to my family for their encouragement and support. All our crew members since 1987 who helped during the week to get our car ready and make it to the races to help. My sponsors have been awesome, and Quaker State has been with us throughout this entire journey to 700 nights. My deepest heart felt appreciation goes out to all those making it possible………If it rains out Sunday, calling for rain as of now, the 700th will be at Capital City Speedway in Ottawa on July 5th…….Our team will be silent in terms of milestones for the next few years. We will race hard like always, trying to win races and support our sport. The next one could be 50 consecutive years, but that requires quite a few more laps to reach that level….four more years to go…..thanks for visiting our site…please support our sponsors whenever possible.

 

Bikes Make For Happy Kids

Dan Little Photo
Dan Little Photo
700th Presentation A Great A Great Night
    I need to write a story on our 700 milestone and how it came to be, and I will do that because there are so many people and businesses to thank. My family for their on going support and encouragement. Friends who became pit crews and worked on the cars during the week and at the track, and even at times staying up all night to get ready the next day. Other teams for lending me parts, or an engine to make the next race. Suppliers for opening up on days off to get me a part. Businesses who fix cars for getting mine ready on time so we wouldn’t miss a race. Others for letting me take the car or engine and pay the next week, just so I could get back out, all knowing even 15 years ago that I did not want to miss a night. Of course my sponsors for supporting me year and year and more than anyone, GOD for sending me these wonderful people. Without them I would never be celebrating this milestone……..Our 700th night was incredible off the track. My team were there to present bikes to kids, to hand out Frisbees and to join in on the fun for the fans, track and our milestone. Here are two of the four winners and I will post more pics on this soon……the reason for the delay was because our car was broken on two fronts. The steering took us out of the weekend but our engine was a close second although the jury is out on the exact failure in that part of our chaotic and disappointing on track performance. I will post more on that soon as well on Diary of a Season 2014…..more to come on this great night.

 

700th Night….Kids Get Bikes & Frisbees

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Kids & Their Families Were Very Happy Winning Bikes
    Our 700th presentation of bikes and Frisbees went over well with the fans, kids and promoters of Sunset Speedway. I want to thank the bike sponsors again. Marvin Frieburger (Late Model racer at Sauble Speedway). Gord Coates (long time race enthusiast, track owner, Chrysler Dealer Principal), Denny Snider (Project Track Champion Access Motorsports CEO) and Quaker State……also to my crew who worked so hard on our car trying to get it ready to compete. We couldn’t get the parts we needed, or fix the steering, so the night turned out disappointing for us on the track, but off the track it was a home run for the kids, fans and track owners and promoters…..our next event will be Capital City near Ottawa on Saturday July 5th, races start at 2pm.

 

Getting It Fixed For Capital City

Canada Day Work
Canada Day Work
701 On The Horizon…..We Want To Win

Our 700th consecutive night went well with the track, the fans and most of all the lucky kids who won bikes. It was even good for my team, family and fans. But once we walked off the stage of our on track ceremony things were not so good. Everyone of our team members knew what was going to happen. They wanted this night to be a success and see our car in the winners circle, and if not, right in the mix. Of course neither happened. We were in the winners circle as far as kids thought of us and fans. The track officials and promoters would have given us a thumbs up. Mark, Steve, George, Brian, Dallas, Ted and all the other awesome staff members. However, once our on track presentation was done, the next thing for us was to race, and go for the win. But all of us knew it wouldn’t happen and for my family and crew I felt very bad. We tried so hard, my crew tried several things to get our car right, but to no avail. We did make it out to race, and we did our best with what we had. A power steering failure that caused severe hydraulic lock when trying to turn the car was the symptom. I’m strong for my age, but I could not man handle that binding hydraulic resistance. It’s much heavier and forceful than standard steering and makes turning impossible. We lasted 11 laps and then it was over. It as a tough moment for us, sad but part of racing, and something our team has experienced through various failures in the past 45 years. Numerous engine issues, electrical problems, carb, fuel pump, throttle sticking or breaking, brakes, transmission etc have all been part of a bad night and this weekend it was a steering concern that would take the blame for us not being able to race………On Monday I called Ron Easton telling him I wanted to get the car fixed even if it meant ordering a new complere rack. I was desperate and did not want to have a night like this again. He said he would try to find a rack with a slave cylinder like ours. He was hoping we didn’t need the rack and was sure we did not. I unloaded the car and the tools from the weekend. He called to let me know he had a slave cylinder that looked like ours and felt quite sure the issue was with our slave because we replaced everything else. I got the car on jack stands, stripped it down and removed the sheet metal. Ron helped with getting the rack out. Once he did he took it apart and found no issues with the rack itself, it went side to side no problem. Ron showed me and let me know “it’s not the rack”. That was good because they are in the $800 range. However when he took the slave apart he found the culprit, a broken rubber seal. It was broken and damaged to the point that half of it was missing, likely from me trying to race it and putting extra stress on it…..well I was stressed to. The high pressure from the steering pump would have mangled the seal even more once it was broke in half. Ron left to have it fixed and I worked on other things. When he got back we assembled the steering components and put the car on the ground. I got in and started it up and I knew right away it was fixed. We had replaced the servo, PS pump, fixed the rack internally, replaced a bent shaft on the steering column and aligned the joints from the rack to the wheel, but none of that helped. What did help was a $5 seal inside the slave. On Tuesday night Bob and I went to Flamboro Speedway to test the car and by one turn on my first circuit we confirmed it was fixed………this weekend is Capital City Speedway. Race #6 of 12. We’ve dropped from 3rd to 8th in points and are hoping to run strong for the rest of the season to make our way back to the front. It starts on Saturday in Ottawa. Thanks to Ron Easton for spending the time with me to fix our car. I am happy now :)….I wonder if we could re run our 700th night!!!!!!

 

First Time Ever…Captial City Speedway

Race #14
Race #14
OSCAAR Modifieds Heading To Capital City Speedway
    Our crew, Bob, Matt, Marty and I will be heading to Ottawa to race at Capital City Speedway for the 6th OSCAAR Modified race this year and our 14th race of the season. We are looking forward to the challenge of this track we’ve never been on, but mostly the fun being with the other Mod teams and meeting some new people from the track and of course the fans……we will be giving away some of our 40th Anniversary Quaker State books and a few 700 Consecutive Night Frisbees. We hope to take the checker in the feature, or maybe a heat, or both…..now that the steering is fixed and our engine is good we are going to have fun. I hope for lots of cars and fans for the promoters of Capital City Speedway.

 

Capital City Racing

Thompson Photography
Thompson Photography
Our First Time To Capital City Speedway….This Was Our 38th Different Race Track In 46 Seasons
    Bob, Matt, Marty and I headed to Capital City Speedway on Friday. It was a great trip, lots of fun for my team and I. We ran decent, picking up a 4th overall. The full story is on Diary Of A Season 2014 on our Message Board. Congrats to the winners of the events. Dustin Jackson was fastest qualifier in time trials. Gary McLean and Max Beyore won the 2 features, we finished 3rd and 6th. We headed home right after the race, making it to Waterdown just after midnight…….our next race is this Saturday at Flamboro Speedway and then off to Kawartha Speedway in the Modified for the 7th of the 12 race mini series on Sunday July 13th.

 

Schedule Change

2014 Schedule
2014 Schedule
GEM Racing Flamboro Speedway On Saturday
    When I put this schedule together, it was my goal to make every race possible in 2014. Our average for the past 45 seasons has been just over 25 nights per year. This year I kind of went nuts and our schedule is 37 to 38 races, maybe more. My streak could not be intact if I missed this Saturday’s race at Sunset, but I was planning on going as shown here on our 2014 schedule. The problem hit me last week when I happened to ask Sunset promoters for some things to give away at a show we were going to be doing on Saturday in Vaughan from 9 until 1. I explained that I was supporting the Vaughan Food Bank and would be heading to Sunset Speedway once we were done. Well guess what, this weekend is the Home and Home with Sauble and there are no Late Models at Sunset on Saturday. Going to Sauble from the show in Vaughan was not a big deal, we would be there by 5 no problem maybe 4:30. But, I was planning on heading to Kawartha Speedway for the Mod show after the races Saturday night…………….The dilemma enters the picture with the long drive home from Sauble, we wouldn’t be home until 3 in the morning, and would have to unload the LM and load the Modified, then leave immediately, or grab 3 hours sleep and leave at 6 in the morning to get to Kawartha by 8:30 when the gates open, no way to that. So after some consideration the following plan came up. We are not 100% at Sunset this year because we are following the OSCAAR Modified schedule as our series to run 100%. We have already missed 2 regular nights at Sunset Speedway, June 14th and July 5th, so to keep our streak going it was decided to run Flamboro Saturday night, and be only 15 minutes from home. Head back by 10:30 or so, unload the LM, load the Mod and get on the road before midnight and stay over in Peterborough….so that is our schedule change for this weekend. No less race nights, just a change……hope to see some of our fans at Flamboro Speedway.

 

Return To Flamboro Speedway

July 12th
July 12th
Flamboro Return Did What It Was Suppose To
    We were on display on Saturday in Vaughan to support the local Food Bank and had intended to go to Sunset Speedway right after. That wasn’t going to work because Sunset Late Models, Thunder Cars and Mini Stocks were at Suable for the first in the Home and Home series. On Sunday we were scheduled to go to Kawartha with the OSCAAR Modified and it made more sense to go to Flamboro and be home early so we could leave early Sunday morning for the long trip to Peterborough. So during the week David mounted his 8″ American Racer tires, the ones he won with on May 31st, and Adam Lockwood at Grisdale’s gave me 4 discarded 8″ American Racers so we would have spares. Our intent was to not miss a night we had scheduled, although we changed the location, and being at Flamboro meant we could help support their Late Model car count that was getting very low….we found out Saturday during the Food Bank drive the races at Kawartha were cancelled due to the threat of rain, and the weather man was calling for rain all day. We could have went to Sauble after all, but I had told a few friends we would be at Flamboro, but I warned them we would be way off the mark in terms of competition. Our car was too under powered, too heavy, too high, not enough left side %, wore out tires and a smaller carb, so as tough as it was to race like that, it was kind of better than Sunset racing because up there we are almost struggle to keep up being so low HP wise. Anyway it was a good night, we finished 8th and did not get lapped and how we didn’t I don’t know. Our best lap time was a 15:8 and the leaders were 15:3. I have turned that track in 15:1’s but not with this set up. We accomplished what we wanted and many people thanked us for coming. We may return for the final Grisdale race, but with the same set up because it would cost us too much at this point to get the car competitive with the current Late Model field………my awesome crew for the night were Jim, Marty, Jason and Paul…..next race is this Friday at Full Throttle in the Modified, then Saturday at Sunset in the Late Model.

 

Full Throttle Speedway Friday Night

Ashley McCubbin Photo
Ashley McCubbin Photo
Brent McLean #7 Fast At Full Throttle
    We head back to Full Throttle Speedway Friday for Twin 20’s. Gary McLean has pretty well dominated the 3 nights we’ve been there this year, although his cousin Brent has given him a run a few times. We have struggled trying to race with American Racers, that are just not near soft enough. I think if the races were 50 laps, they would be better but in a short run they get eaten up by the sticky Hoosier tires…….we will be using Hoosier tomorrow but not sure how it will help us. Hoping to do better tomorrow night but staying out of trouble is our race program right now. We don’t want to get beat up here with the biggest race of the year next weekend for the Mods………..We will be racing our Late Model at Sunset Speedway on Saturday July 19th and Lauren will race her Mini Stock. Hope to see our friends and fans at one or both of these races.

 

Rick Woolner Memorial July 26th

Rick Woolner
Rick Woolner
Sauble Speedway To Host OSCAAR Modified Rick Woolner Memorial 50 Lapper
    This Saturday, July 26th, at Sauble Speedway, will be the biggest race of the year for the OSCAAR Mods. Rick Woolner, a long time racer at Varney and other Ontario tracks will be remembered in this annual race designated to the OSCAAR Modifieds. I am proud and privileged to be part of this memorial event and working hard on our car so we can bring the Quaker State Lincoln Welders Mod to victory lane……The Woolner family has gone over the top to make this annual event the best yet. They have spear headed the selling of laps to sponsors and teams to make this the richest purse of the season. There are many bonuses in this race to fastest qualifier, the race winner, certain lap leaders, hard luck, slowest lap time and a hard charger for the car that starts in their qualified spot and passes more cars than anyone else………The format for this special race event is time trials to determine starting spots for heats and then cars passed in the heats to determine the starting spot for the feature. The race is 50 laps so it will give lots of time for the faster cars to get through the traffic, unless they are up front….We are looking forward to this coming weekend, as we do for all races, but this one has a special meaning and therefore the race of the year for most OSCAAR Mods and myself……hope to see many of our fans there, and if you would like to sponsor a lap, you can email me at gelliot@cogeco.ca….Thanks for visiting our site

 

Rick Woolner Memorial July 27th Sauble Speedway

Dan Little Jr. Photo
Dan Little Jr. Photo
A Night To Remember For Our Team At Sauble Speedway……..Heat Win #2 In The Modified
    What a great night we had at Sauble Speedway on July 27th. After this race was rained out on Saturday night, we decide to go to Flamboro Speedway for the APC 100. It turned out bad for us with a blown engine early into the race, but by the end of the night we had one donated to us by Jason Legge…….There were no sad faces from our team at the Rick Woolner Memorial the next day. We had an awesome night with a 2nd in the 50 lap feature, to cap off our Top Qualifier award for two strong heat finishes, winning the first and finishing 2nd in the next heat. This was our 2nd win of 2014 in the Modified, and our 2nd runner up feature finish. This night will help us in the points chase for certain, although there are still 6 shows to go…….Special thanks to my fantastic crew and sponsors, and to the Rick Woolner family for all their hard work in making this race a success as well as the OSCAAR people who also worked hard making this a fun and rewarding day……next up is our show on the beach with the Late Model Tuesday night, and then we are on display again on Wednesday prior to the Dash for Cash at Sauble on Wednesday night……special thanks to Jason Legge for making it possible for us to attend this show by loaning our team an engine, and to Marty Hagen and our grand son, Gehrig Halliday for helping me get the engine back in the Late Model. We should be heading north by 1:30 tomorrow 🙂

 

Heat Win Sauble Speedway

Tw Robarts Photo
Tw Robarts Photo
First Late Model Checker In Two Years
     The last heat race we won in a Late Model was at Sunset in 2012. The next year we couldn’t keep up to any of the big HP Limited Late’s. Even at Sauble most every car is running a built engine, but we were able to sneak one. It sure felt good to win. Last year we had 2 checkers, but not in our cars. This year so far we have 3 and this is the first in the Late Model. The car handled very well, we could have used more gear, and did put more in for the feature but still not enough. We also ran one new tire but overall our HP was down for sure. Our hope was to finish in the top 8. We had a crazy battle with Shawn McGlynn for most of the race, we passed each other a few times but in the end we got knocked slightly into the wall trying to squeeze through a wreck and finished 13th. He got wrecked as well but not sure if it was in the same one that we were in. Our car needed a rack and we were fortunate to get one from Derrick Tiemersma……I am trying to get a good picture of this win, but so far no luck, when I do I will post it……this weekend we have a double header. We will be running Peterborough in the Mod on Saturday with OSCAAR and the Late Model at Sunset on Sunday.

 

Sauble Speedway Heat Win

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
First Late Model Heat Win In 2 Years

 

Peterborough Heat Win August 2nd

Dan Little Photo
Dan Little Photo
Third Checker In 8 Days……Two In The Modified, One In The Late Model…..Nice
    Wow, win #4 this year, and three of them in the Modified, and within a week. It sure felt good to hold the checker again. We won 2 races last year, and 3 the year before. It’s been 4 seasons since we won 4 races, 2011. In 2008 we won 5. This was a great win for us, in a very competitive field of cars. We finished 5th in the next heat and had a 4th in the feature, making this an awesome night for Marty and I, and our team in general, an awesome points night. The race had everything, and I will write about it on Diary of a Season 2014 on Tuesday………On Saturday July 26th we began a short but grinding schedule of 5 races nights within 9 days. The journey began at Flamboro in the Late Model on July 26th the APC 100, where we blew the engine. Then we headed for Sauble on July 27th for the Rick Woolner Memorial in the Modified. We picked up an engine for the Late Model just outside of Sauble, thanks to Jason Legge. We installed the engine on July 28th. Then headed for Sauble on July 29th to do a show at the Beach, and then another show July 30th at a Quik Lube, both to promote the Dash for Cash at Sauble Speedway in the Late Model July 30th. During the Wednesday night race we broke the rack and pinion main body and internal parts. On Thursday July 31st we put out the need for the rack and in a short time got word of a rack for sale and picked it up in New Market thanks to Derrick Tiemersma. On Friday August 1st I installed the rack and had help from Ron Easton with the bump steer later in the evening. On August 2nd we raced at Peterborough and the saga finished on August 3rd in the Late Model at Sunset Speedway. Our team had never done a string like that ever, not 5 races and 2 shows in 9 nights. I know, that was crazy, but during that run, we got 3 wins, and that was awesome……….I want to thank Marty Hagen who was incredible, being with me for every race and show, as well as helping with the engine. He was my only crew member for all of this journey. Our regular crew made the July 27th race, and then many were on holidays after that. It was tough at times, but we got through it no problem……..thanks to Dan Little for this awesome picture…….our next race is Saturday August 9th, Family Faith Night at Sunset, then on Sunday we head to Kawartha Speedway for the OSCAAR Modified rain date race from July 13th…..We have raced 21 nights so far this year, and have lots to do still…….thanks for visiting our site.

 

Podium Finish 3rd In A Row

Ashley McCubbin Photo
Ashley McCubbin Photo
Terry Baker Wins Feature…Declines Tech….Get’s DQ But Keeps The Win…We Finish 3rd….WHAT???
    We raced hard on Sunday at Kawartha Speedway and got beat by the #26 of Terry Baker and #77 Chad Strawn. During this photo shoot, the driver of the #26 told Chad and I he was illegal and wouldn’t be going through tech. We found out later, he had an illegal transmission. I thought we would move up, and was kind of taken back when I heard the #26 keeps the win. I don’t agree with that, but it’s the rule and could only be changed next year. I think it’s one thing to be deemed illegal at tech and keep the win but lose points and money, but he knew he was illegal before the race and therefore should not qualify for the win. Anyway, as of today, we finished 3rd and Chad 2nd…….it was still a great run for our team and we hold on to 3rd place in the points, maybe padding our lead over 4th just a little…….next race is Friday at Delaware Speedway.

 

Delaware Tonight….Hoping for Another Win

Delaware Photo
Delaware Photo
Modified Heads To Delaware Speedway
    On July 26th of 2013 we had our only checkers of the season, driving his Pro 4 Outlaw Modified. It was an awesome night for me and my crew pictured here, Matt, Cheryl and Don……We will try to repeat this night win with our OSCAAR Modified and my crew and I are pumped……A bonus tonight is the ISMA Super Modified and we’re looking forward to see them race and very proud to be on the same card with those rockets….hope to see my friends and fans at Delaware this evening….weather looks good.

 

Kids Camp Sunset Speedway

August 18th to 22nd
August 18th to 22nd
2014 Kids Camp A Great Success
    Last year the Racing Camp, run by Scripture Union Sports at Sunset Speedway was considered a success, even though there were only 5 children. This year, with more promotion earlier in the summer, we were excited to have 32 kids join us. They raced go carts every day, and had a 45 minute hands on seminar with me each day. I did 3 classes in the afternoon. The kids also played other sports in the morning and had spiritual time, doing devotions and of course after every session with me there was a Bible message that related to racing…..we are doing a review of how it went, and with the expected cooperation of the local church, we will do the camp again in 2015…..7 kids gave their lives to Jesus and many parents inquired about going to church and took Bible’s and were very pleased with how things went for their child…….special thanks to Timber Green Landscaping, Uptown Sports, MacMaster Buick GMC, Ideal Supply and Kyly Batty for sponsoring kids for this event. Some could not have made it without the sponsorship.

 

Racing With Brent McLean

Dan Little Jr. Photo
Dan Little Jr. Photo
Brent McLean #7, One Of The Young & Talented Drivers In OSCAAR Mods
    We had a great run in both our heats on Saturday night at Sunset Speedway. Here I am battling with #7 Brent McLean. I would beat him by one spot in this race, but he would get even by taking 3rd from me in the feature….we finished the race with a bent spindle and our front end toed in an inch after making contact with Davey Terry late in the feature. I guess as disappointed as I was with 4th, it was a great finish really……..our next race with the Modified is Friday at Full Throttle Speedway, then Saturday at Flamboro in the Late Model.

 

Lauren Wins 3rd Race of 2014

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Glen & Debbie Join Lauren For Her 3rd Win In 2014
    While David and I were racing at Flamboro Speedway, Lauren was having a blast at Sunset Speedway. She won her 3rd race of the season in the Quaker State Honda. Glen, a crew member for the Zardo racing family and Debbie, Laurens great Aunt, joined Lauren for this victorious moment…..Lauren and I now have 3 wins each and David is way ahead with 8 wins including 4 features. David also won one of his heat races at Flamboro on Saturday night, and leads the 2nd half Flamboro Speedway points.

 

Full Throttle August 29th

Donna Tolton Photo
Donna Tolton Photo
Racing With Modified Legend Gary McLean
    We made our 5th trip to Full Throttle Speedway on Friday night. There were 10 cars including Gary McLean #8. We had the lead in this feature for about 4 laps until the yellow came out. On the restart Gary took the lead from the outside lane, but we were able to stay close to him for the rest of the feature, finishing 2nd, our best feature finish there this year…….we are currently 2nd in points, just ahead of Paul Milligan……we return to Full Throttle, formerly Varney Speedway with the Modified on September 12th, but head up there this week end with our Late Model. Hope to see some of my fans and friends there on Friday.

 

Full Throttle Friday Night

Eric Uprichard Photo
Eric Uprichard Photo
Late Model Returns To Varney, To Race At Full Throttle September 5th
    We will be heading to Full Throttle Speedway this coming Friday to race in the Late Model class. It will be our first time back since July 2013. Looking forward to trying to run with the boys up north. The 602 should be okay because of it being such a small track, handling will be most important. Dave Hennessey and Paul Douglas will come with me, so far, I have called others but no word yet. Then Bob and Marty will head to Flamboro to help with the Late Model and maybe the Mod so I can race with OMRS as a test for Octoberfest…..we will hit 29 nights racing after this weekend, matching our last 2 seasons. Once we hit 33 nights raced, it will be the second most in one season, dating back to 1990 when we raced 39 nights. Hope we can be somewhat competitive at Full Throttle, looking forward to being able to race there.

 

Memorial Night At Flamboro Speedway

Clarke Mtrsprts Communications
Clarke Mtrsprts Communications
Good Night In The Mod With OMSR and The Pro Late Models…David Wins 6th Feature in 2014

We ran our Late Model at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday night to support John Casale and the OMSR club was there as well, so we got to race our Mod with them. This was a very special night, Memorial Night to remember all the former Flamboro drivers who have passed away. Every drivers name was read out, with Amazing Grace playing softly in the background…………..It was a fun night for our team. Our Late Model was just there to help with car count. We are still running 180 lap tires with 70 heat cycles on them, but I had no expenses tire wise and we made money for a change, the car cornered great and we didn’t come close to getting lapped. Newer tires would have helped us for sure…..The Mod was much more competitive. Special thanks to Rob James for loaning me tires for this race. We had trouble getting through the ends in the first 2 sets of hot laps. A bunch of adjustments made the car faster but getting caught in traffic and taking too long to get by a few cars took away a top 4 finish, but we were damage free and no extra costs for tires……the full story is on our Message Board. Go to General Chat and then click on “Diary of a Season 2014″…..congratulations to David for another win in this awesome season he is having. He also won his heat race and leads Flamboro Late Model points……..Special thanks to Clarke Motorsports Communications for this Modified photo.

 

Full Throttle Feature Win

Denny Snider Photo
Denny Snider Photo
First Feature Win In One Of Our Own Cars Since 2008
    What a night, we won our first feature in 6 years last night at Full Throttle Speedway holding off Modified legend, Gary McLean for an exciting hard fought checker. It was our 5th win of the season, our 4th in the Modified and now we have won a feature in every class that we have owned a race car. It was our career 37th feature win, and combined with our 3rd in the next race, gave us 2nd in the point standings at Full Throttle Speedway. Our team, most pictured here, Paul Dave and Marty, as well as Jason, were also over the top excited, thanks to them and the rest of crew who could not be there, for all their help throughout the season to help get us here. This win was such a confidence builder because not only was it so good to win the main event, but to beat Gary Mclean was an honor. He won the Championship at Full Throttle for 2014……our next race is tonight at Sunset Speedway, our 30th night of racing……Big thank you to all our sponsors who have been so awesome in 2014 as well………we could not compete for the full Sunset schedule because of the conflict with OSCAAR, the series we committed to in 2014, but we did make many of the shows and look forward to racing there tonight………..hope to see our friends and fans there.

 

Full Throttle Feature Win……..Career #37

Donna Tolton Photo
Donna Tolton Photo
First Feature Win In 176 Nights….First In Our Modified
    The feature win at Full Throttle on September 12th was our first in 6 years, accumulating 176 nights of racing. Pictured with me are Paul Douglas, Dave Hennessey and Marty Hagen. Crew member Matt Smith was racing his tractor on this night and won both his heat and feature, and Matt and his son Jonathan came to the track after their event. Bob Pereira was not present but was catalyst in helping keep are Mod in top running form………It sure was nice to win, and to beat Gary McLean, one of the best short track racers in Ontario, and the top Modified driver without a doubt………we also finished 2nd in the Full Throttle Open Wheel Modified points series and look forward to racing there again for the final Mod race of the season, October 3rd……our next race is with the Late Model, tonight at Sunset Speedway for the Limited Late Model 125 Lap Championship race. Hope to see all a full house of fans at the track.

 

Limited Late Model Invitational 125 Lapper

Alain Thiboutot Photo
Alain Thiboutot Photo
Thursday September 18th 125 Lap Invitational for Limited Late Models Sunset Speedway
    Tonight will be the final race of the season at Sunset Speedway before Velocity, with the running of the first Limited Late Model Championship Invitational. Our hope is to finish in the top 10 with our car and stay out of trouble. We plan on running at Barrie Speedway on Saturday for the Garry Reynolds Memorial so staying out of trouble and finishing in the top 10 would be awesome. This race will attract a lot of good cars, and should be an exciting race….hope to see all our fans there.

 

Velocity Heat Win

Eric Uprichard Photo
Eric Uprichard Photo
OSCAAR Modified Making My Year……We Reach 6th Win Of 2014…Most Since 2007
    Well 2014 has been our best year in a while. The Modified has been a true blessing to me and my team and all of us are having a blast racing with OSCAAR. We ran the Velocity 250 this weekend and had an awesome showing finishing 3rd and 1st in our heat races and 2nd in the feature. Max Beyore, who is 2nd in points got into a weird wreck on Saturday night and it took him out of the feature on Sunday. He still made 20 show up points but we gained a total of 42 points on the Rookie. Max and I will be 11 points a part for Autumn Colors, but I think he is fairly safe, as long as he doesn’t run into any more bad luck. We have a fairly safe cushion of 24 points over 4th, Davey Terry, but just like Max, I can’t afford to have any trouble for the weekend…..Our team was awesome again and we got some good help from Scott Wylie, who helped us with our Late Model at Barrie last weekend. I will be writing more about this weekend on Diary of a Season 2014, located in our Message Board under General Chat……special thanks to my dedicated hard working crew for getting us the 3 podiums this weekend……Next weekend we race both cars at Flamboro Speedway, in the final Late Model APC race and the Modified with OMRS on both Friday and Saturday. Looking forward to it.

 

Octoberfest Weekend….Flamboro Speedway

Clarke Mtrsprts Communications
Clarke Mtrsprts Communications
Schedule For Octoberfest Altered to Saturday and Sunday
    The Octoberfest Classic weekend is upon us and like too many times in the past, weather is the main story for this hard luck promoter. Friday’s show has been cancelled and will run on Saturday, with Saturday’s show moved to Sunday……I will be driving our OSCAAR Modified with Rick Warnes OMRS Modifieds both days. They have 2 full shows scheduled for the weekend…….Trevor Monaghan will drive our Quaker State Late Model on Sunday for the final APC 100 lap feature…..hope to see all our friends and fans at Flamboro Speedway this weekend.

 

Youth For Christ…..Open House

Dave Hennessey Photo
Dave Hennessey Photo
No Rain At The Waterdown YFC Grand Opening
    We were invited a few months ago to come to the open house of the brand new Youth For Christ facility in Waterdown. That event was today. We thought at first we would only be there until 11am because this was the weekend for Octoberfest at Flamboro Speedway, and we were to race both our Modified and Late Model. However, by early Saturday morning the races were cancelled for the entire weekend and we were able to stay until 2:30 before heading back home, which was only a quarter mile away. We had one small bit of rain but it soon cleared up with no more rain all day…….the ceremony was awesome with some politicians, many of the donators, and YFC head office staff on hand to welcome those who came to see this amazing facility. Local teens can drop in for fun and games and to inquire about church, Jesus, the Bible, and what it says about them, our lives and our future. Marcel Knot is the manager of this location and would gladly accept new members who would like to make any size monthly commitment to help cover the costs to run this good thing in the center of Waterdown……..our next race event is in Peterborough for the Autumn Colors Classic a 3 day deal. This will be our 10th year in a row to support this giant race extravaganza.

 

Youth For Christ…..Open House

Dave Hennessey Photo
Dave Hennessey Photo
No Rain At The Waterdown YFC Grand Opening
    We were invited a few months ago to come to the open house of the brand new Youth For Christ facility in Waterdown. That event was today. We thought at first we would only be there until 11am because this was the weekend for Octoberfest at Flamboro Speedway, and we were to race both our Modified and Late Model. However, by early Saturday morning the races were cancelled for the entire weekend and we were able to stay until 2:30 before heading back home, which was only a quarter mile away. We had one small bit of rain but it soon cleared up with no more rain all day…….the ceremony was awesome with some politicians, many of the donators, and YFC head office staff on hand to welcome those who came to see this amazing facility. Local teens can drop in for fun and games and to inquire about church, Jesus, the Bible, and what it says about them, our lives and our future. Marcel Knot is the manager of this location and would gladly accept new members who would like to make any size monthly commitment to help cover the costs to run this good thing in the center of Waterdown……..our next race event is in Peterborough for the Autumn Colors Classic a 3 day deal. This will be our 10th year in a row to support this giant race extravaganza.

 

Modified Feature Autumn Colors

Eric Uprichard Photo
Eric Uprichard Photo
Racing Hard With Brent McLean…Check Out The Tires
    Brent McLean would go on to win the last OSCAAR Modified race of 2014, his only win of the year and a big one for sure. Our car was pushing, and I could not hold him back. We would end up finishing 5th, still a strong run and take 3rd overall in the points standing, our best point finish since 1999….I will be posting more pictures of our AC race, just getting caught up on some things and not a lot of time on the computer…this awesome shot was taken by Ontario Oval’s ace photographer Eric Uprichard. he has supplied many good shots for me over the years…..I am currently working on sponsors for 2015, trying to get some back. We have lost a few, but the majority are back with us. I will know soon about Quaker State, hopefully by the end of the month and will post it on here……just a note…not sure how he did this, but there appears to be no window net on the drivers side….but there definitely was, cool shot though.

 

Modified Win Autumn Colors

Dan Little Jr. Photo
Dan Little Jr. Photo
6th Modified Win….Our 7th of 2014 Including Late Model Win….Most Wins Since 2007
    This was a great night for our team. Only Marty and I were at the track for this race, the rest of our crew made it late in the night, and were there for the races on Saturday and Sunday. This was race win #6, 5 heats and a feature for the Modified and a heat win in the Late Model at Sauble Speedway…..Our cars are resting right now until our sponsors are all on board, most are right now but we are waiting a few more thumbs up and then we’ll start working on the cars. It’s been a long season with 34 race nights and 19 shows including the one we will be doing this Friday at Markville Chev in Markham, a Halloween promo for the dealership and Quaker State. More on that later this week……special thanks to my crew Bob, Marty, Matt, Dave, and Jim for making as many races as they could. Overall it was our best season since 1999, so I am very happy with that. I will post more on 2014 soon and also update our 45 Years of Stats very soon as well. It will become 46 years of Stats.

 

“Spooky Great Deals”

Show #18
Show #18
Quaker State Event At Markville Chevrolet Buick In Markham On Friday October 31
    We will have our Quaker State 2013 Impala on display Friday October 31st for a special promotion event at Markville Chev Buick GMC in Markham Ontario. There will be ballots to fill out to win 4 snow tires as well as an opportunity to win one of 5 Quaker State Full Synthetic Oil changes. Customers must be at the Dealership for the draw at 2pm. My crew and I will be there and supplying the staff with crew shirts for this event. Hope to see some of our fans and friends at the Dealership…hey!!! maybe you will get a “Spooky Great Deal”.

2013 LM History

Loading Engine For Stefko

CME Prep
CME Prep
2013 Program Moving Along
    Bob and Gehrig secure our 602 Crate in the back of the pick up truck. On Friday Nonie and I took it to Stefko where John installed the double timing chain. This engine had the oil pan and balancer already on it and only needed the timing chain replaced. We are getting our car ready for this years CME show in February, part of our effort to promote our 40th Anniversary with Quaker State. We still have a lot to do on the car, the suspension, and engine must be installed before the body goes back on. The body is getting painted and should be done by Monday, then by the end of this coming week we send the car to Creative Edge for lettering. More pictures to follow today and during this week.

 

Stefko Engines

John Stefko
John Stefko
Crate Gets Final Adjustment To Make 70 More HP….Very Nice
    Well maybe not 70, or even one HP, but John did install a double timing chain to help the engine stay together. This 602 only has one night on it and should be good for a while. John was very busy building some drag race engines and took the time to help us get our enigne in and out quick so we could install it before the body goes on. We are on schedule for the CME show, we will be in the booth with Lincoln Electric. The show will run from February 8th to 10th at the International building in Mississauga, Derry Road and Airport Road. More on that and our progress to come.

 

Chassis Going Together

Preparing for CME
Preparing for CME
Bob Secures Fuel Lines
    We are well underway with our race program. More pictures will go up soon as we had a glitch with our site that halted posting for a few days. Our plan is to have our car in the CME show, as well, have our Quaker State 40th Anniversary souvenir program ready….more soon.

 

Chassis Almost Complete

CME Prep
CME Prep
Crew Works Hard To Get Engine, Suspension In
On the weekend our crew worked all day getting the suspension on the car and the engine installed. Bob, Matt, Gehrig and Andrew worked on a number of areas helping prepare for the body that was out getting painted….more to come.

 

Body Panels Painted

Body Ready
Body Ready
Anil Gets Panels Painted
    These panels were painted inside and out. A lot of work and prep to do this, and I understand many teams wouldn’t bother, but we have always wanted to present our cars in this way. It’s a big year for us with Quaker State, 40 seasons as our sponsor, and we want to do this year bigger than ever. Thanks to everyone who has and is helping us get ready for our first show of the season, the CME event on February 8-10th….more to come.

 

Body Going On

Preparing For Lettering
Preparing For Lettering
Bob Oversees Nathan and Paul Securing Panels
    Bob, Paul, Nathan and I installed all the body panels on our car on Wednesday night. It is destined for Steve Lyons and Creative Edge for Friday. Hopefully the car will be ready next week, then we need to get a good picture of it for the front cover of our 40th Anniversary Quaker State souvenir program….wow!!! lots of work, but very much appreciate the good help. Nathan just joined our team for 2013, Paul (hidden below) will work more on our team this year, and Bob our crew chief will start his 3rd season with us. Matt and Ryan are back for 2013 but they both live over an hour and a half away making it tough to get down. Matt is helping me with producing some Ads for the new book, and he’s doing an amazing job creating them. We have a lot to announce soon, but need to be cramming on the car and the book. Time is flying by, the car will be done first and in plenty of time, the book will be worked on right up to the final hour.

 

Ready For Lettering

Heading To Creative Edge
Heading To Creative Edge
Big Push Gets Us This Far
    The boys have worked hard, and our painter Anil. We are right on schedule to have the car lettered by the 16th and then work on a good picture for the front of our souvenir program. We need a good picture for both book, the poster and our apparel. Special thanks to Bob, Paul, Nathan, Matt and Gehrig for working together and getting our car this far. Steve Lyons and his crew will do their magic and it will be awesome as usual…more to come.

 

Race Car At Creative Edge

Steve Lyons Shop
Steve Lyons Shop
Buttons To Oversee Graphics & Lettering
    We finished our car Thursday night, got it loaded and headed to Steve Lyons at Creative Edge. Steve is a master at lettering our car and will put his masterful touch on our 2013 car. Though this is our 45th year racing, the real story for our team in 2013 is the celebration of our 40th year with Quaker State. Steve has a long list of things to go on our car and it should be ready by next Thursday……Buttons came along and when not on the roof of the car, was running around the shop excitely wagging her tail and barking at the employees who were busy working on other projects…..our book is coming along, on pace to be completed by the 31st of January, and we are also working on apparel. This is the year to do it up right because of our long time, world record sponsorship with Quaker State…more pictures soon.

 

Creative Edge

Lettering Next
Lettering Next
Cory Jones CVM….Then Us
    The awesome shop at Creative Edge is well lit, and big enough to have 4 cars, or a tractor trailer and 2 cars, as well as a few go-karts. The work done here is as good as anywhere on earth. In the back ground Bevin is finishing the lettering on Cory Jones #82 CVM Coupe. Our car will be next and should be done by this Friday. Then we send the go-kart for lettering and if all goes well, our Mini Stock in 2 weeks. Hopefully the 3 race machines will be in the CME show on the weekend of February 8th to 10th…….currently Jake Collison is rebuilding the go-kart engine for Lauren’s kart, and Dave Watson is working on the Honda. The biggest project we have right now is our Quaker State souvenir program, and that is steadily coming together. This winter has been very busy for our team, and I’m glad all systems are go, and on schedule….more updates to follow.

 

Mini Stock Getting Sheet Metal

Help Me  Honda
Help Me Honda
Dave Watson…Master Of The Mini Stock
    While the Late Model gets lettered and the go-kart an engine rebuild, our Mini Stock is at Dave Watson’s getting new front fenders, hood, and bumper installed as well as some frame and suspension work. Here Dave has the fenders on, is fitting the front bumper, then the hood and the sides are next. This car should be ready hopefully for paint in 2 weeks and then the lettering by the first week of February….our go-kart engine should be done soon, the chassis was painted black and the pods have been lettered by Creative Edge. Everything is on schedule, our souvenir progam is also looking good. It needs to be completed by January 26th, we are about 75% complete on that project….its a busy year for us, but it’s also an milestone celebrating 40 years with Quaker State. Some rest will be needed after the CME until the end of February, but good luck with that. In spite of the work load we’re getting it done.

 

Creative Edge Magic

Steve Lyons Shop
Steve Lyons Shop
Another Great Effort By Steve & The Boys At Creative Edge
    Since 2007 Steve Lyons and his team have been lettering our race car and the work they do is amazing. They take a lot of pride in their work, making sure the customers get what they want. Of course painting, preparing and knowing what you want helps, but even if you weren’t sure, just gave a few ideas, they have enough experience to make your car look awesome for your sponsors and fans……we will add the missing pieces on the car this week end, then get it ready for a photo shoot very soon. We need a picture for both the front cover and our poster for our souvenir program. We will start on it Saturday and hope to have the window of weather to get a good shot somewhere. A nice indoor warehouse would be good, but we don’t know anyoe to offer that luxury, plus time is the issue for us now with the book more so than our car, although 10 more hours work and the car will be show ready…..I also appreciate the creativity shown for our sign, sitting by the car. Steve gave credit for that to his newest employee Bevin, who designed it knowing what the theme was and with the info that was to go on the sign. Thanks from all of us to everyone at Cretive Edge, you did an awesome job, we are a happy customer.

 

CME On The Horizon…..Getting Closer

Pre CME
Pre CME
Preparing For The CME Show
    Our car will be in the Lincoln Welders display at the CME show from February 8th to 10th. In this shot we have 2 hoods, one that will be used for most of our shows and races and the other for special events, like the CME show and featuring Lincoln Welders. We still have a lot to get done before the show, but we are miles ahead of last year and that’s a good thing. Our main concern right now is getting a good picture of the car for the front of our Quaker State 40th Anniversary souvenir program…..meanwhile the go-kart frame is painted and pods getting lettered, and the Mini Stock is about ready for paint….All sytems including the book are right on schedule thanks to my crew, sponsors and those doing work for us…thank you.

 

Ready For CME

Urban Warner Photo
Urban Warner Photo
Ready To Go In Plenty Of Time
    Thanks to our crew we completed our car this past week so we could get photos for our program. It’s not race ready, but show ready. Bob Periera allowed us his shop to get this picture and one of our sponsors Urban Warner took some photo’s. We’ve sent the pictures to our graphic people and they will let me know if they will work for the front cover………..We are almost done the Quaker State souvenir book and it looks awesome. Our graphic artist is amazing and all the Ads coming in are very good. Lots of color and info in this book. It will be 52 pages with a poster pull out. As for the rest of our program, the Mini Stock is just about ready for paint and the go-kart should be done by the middle of next week….we will continue working to be well prepared for the CME show on February 8th to the 10th.

 

2013 Schedule

2013
2013
Our 2013 Schedule…31 Events
    We have settled on 31 race nights for 2013. There is a good possibility we’ll run less because of weather, or more because of opportunity, but with the pressure I’m getting from my family, I doubt it will be more. There is no letting up now, or at least not for 2013, not for me. It’s our 45th year and 40th with Quaker State, meaning we want to be in the race arenas as often as possible. Times like this for example, the winter months, are nights we don’t race…because we can’t in this country. So when the race season is upon us, be prepared to do what you love, race!!!……..our car is set for the CME show next weekend. We will be in the Lincoln Electric booth, a sponsor that’s been with us for 10 seasons. We thank all our sponsors for giving us a great program in 2013, and our crew for comitting to make a run at the Sunset Speedway points title. It won’t be easy, but neither were the two Championships we won in the CVM in 89′ and 99′, in fact those seasons included 30 nights in 1989 and 24 nights in 1999, (nights raced, there were more scheduled). The CVM roster was filled with tough competitors, not one or two but many more. In 1989, there were 16 different feature winners. At Sunset last year only 4 drivers won features in the Late Model class, not really a competitive field for wins. A big field of fast cars is awesome from every aspect, for the promoters, fans and the drivers who like full fields and lots of talent. Besides the regular hot shoes at Sunset, this year we’ll see a few more coming, Dwayne Baker, Shawn Chenoweth, Andy Kamrath and John Mitchell!! This will be the best Late Model field in Ontario…….come a see us at the CME show, we’ll have our 40th Anniversary book available then.

 

CME Show This Week End

Thursday Night
Thursday Night
Quaker State Team In Lincoln Electric Display
    We are excited to be in this years CME show with many of our racing peers. We’re just as excited to be in the booth with our sponsor Lincoln Electric, our 10th year with them. Many things had to happen for our team to make it to this years CME show. Thanks to our crew for working on the car to get it ready, to all our sponsors for partnering with us this coming season and to those who did special work for us, paint, parts and lettering…….we also have our Quaker State 40th Anniversary souvenir program available. Our book is a tribute to our 40 year sponsorship with Quaker State, the longest in sports history. Though we don’t know that for sure, one thing is true, if there is someone as long or longer we’ll here about it, and then we have a challenge. Kenny Bernstein was with Budweiser for 32 years and John Force continues his sponsorship with Castrol now in it’s 28th year. Our book has both a poster pull out of every car sponsored by Quaker State and a contest to guess where and when our 2500th race will be, what track, date and what specific race…..the CME show is at the International building on Airport Road and Derry Road. I’m thinking many will come on ski-doo’s or some kind of sled, today especially with this big snow storm, and for once I agree this is a good snow storm, worst in 5 years, or best depending which way you look at it. Those with sleds are like kids at Disney Land, school kids got a “snow day”, many companies let people go home early, some with pay and those individuals with snow plows who get paid by the hour will make a fortune the next few days, working non stop, no sleep. I’m guessing the company owner that signed a contract to have his snow removal done will get his years investment back just from this storm…….We’re heading down this afternoon and we’re fairly certain our F-250 4X4 will get us there, and just as certain the traffic will be light….hope to see our fans at the show this weekend. Drop by our display, see the awesome Lincoln equipment available.

 

One Happy Fan

CME Show
CME Show
Getting In A Race Car….Priceless
    We had quite a few kids, big and small, boy and in this case young lady, get in our car for a picture. Cathy, the Event Chair for Formula North 2013 and her friend Chriselle, both got in our car and loved the moment of experiencing the inside of a real race car. There were many fans and visitors on Saturday and Sunday as the weather turned from blizzard snow conditions on Thursday and Friday to beautiful bright sunny days, though a little chilly……we will post a few more pictures the rest of this week and prepare our Mini Stock and CVM for the next show, Mega Speed, in late March…..meanwhile we wish Cathy a very successful Formula North 2013 event on May 23 to 26th.

 

Lincoln Electric

CME Show
CME Show
Lincoln Electric Display….10 Years With Lincoln Electric As Sponsor
    We were part of the Lincoln Electric display at the CME show this past weekend. Our relationship with Lincoln Welders started in 2003. We now go into our 11th season together and we may have a special announcement very soon regarding Lincoln Electric and our team….more pictures to follow.

 

Quaker State….40th Book Featuring Poster

Quaker State Fortieth
Quaker State Fortieth
Celebrating 40 Years With Quaker State…..Collectors 40th Anniversary Souvenir Book
    A few years ago we planned on putting together a special collectors book to celebtate our 40 year milestone with Quaker State. We are so thankful to Quaker State and their support for our team for the past four decades, as well as all our sponsors. Having this 40th Anniversary celebration means everyone will join in on the ride through 2013 enjoying all the fun and excitement it will bring……Thanks to our advertisers, and the awesome work of Inscapes, we are proud to present our 40th Anniversary book to our friends and fans. This book is 52 pages, full color and fairly thick in terms of stock. There is a contest in the book to guess our 2500th race, and a 22″ X 17″ poster showing every car sponsored by Quaker State since the beginning. The book also features stories of some great racers in our sport, Junior Hanley, Glen Schurr, Ray Hughes, Jim Collison and others. The book is available now for $5 and will sell at Sunset and other tracks throughout the summer. We will donate $1 from every book sold to the local Food Banks….if you would like to order a book, let us know by emailing me at gelliot@cogeco.ca…..thank you.

 

2013 Schedule

GEM  Schedule
GEM Schedule
31 Races Booked For 2013
    We’ve set our 2013 schedule at 31 races. We ran 28 in 2012, in Late Models and the Coupe. We will race 4 CVM shows and 27 Late Model races this coming season. Most of our Late Model races will be at Sunset, however we’ll race twice at Sauble, twice at Flamboro and once at Peterborough Speedways, the remaining 22 shows will be at our home track. The four CVM shows will see two at Sunset Speedway, one at FLamboro and one at Delaware. ………Gehrig returns to Mini Stocks for one more year running Sunset most every race, but also going with us to specials when it includes Mini’s, and isn’t running Sunset……Lauren will race her Quaker State go-cart for the full season at Flamboro with her friends in the WKRC…..Our season will be full again as we promote our sponsors at various car shows, displays and apprearances……2013 is highlighted by our celebration of 40 years with Quaker State and we intend to once again promote the Quaker State brand every chance we get on and off the track, and of course all our loyal sponsors……it will be a busy season for us, but we look forward to getting back in the game after the 7 month rest in the off season

 

Racing Family Loses A Beautiful Person

Jamie Ramsay
Jamie Ramsay
Jamie Ramsay, A hard Racing Gentleman….We Will Miss You Friend
    The shocking news of the passing of Jamie Ramsay was released on Friday February 22nd. Even now it’s impossible to think we won’t see him again. I loved racing against Jamie and Luke. They were one of a few of the Delaware regulars who travelled to shows in Ontario. We raced against them at Sunset, Peterborough, Sauble and Flamboro Speedways as well as Delaware. Jamie was a gentleman on the race track, but he drove hard, not wanting to destroy his stuff or anyone elses, just a first class racer and person. His team were always willing to help anyone who needed parts, gears or whatever they brought with them. We raced many times in competition and Jamie was one driver who not only loved the sport but the drivers in it. I was so shocked when hearing about his passing. None of us knew he was sick, and maybe his family kept it that way, and I understand. But it is no secret that he was an awesome person, friend and racer and I will miss him very much……..all of us at Gary Elliott Motorsport extended our deepest sympathies and condolences to Jamies family and friends……. Jamie, I hope to see you again in a place where there is no cancer, no pain, no tears, no sorrow and most of all no death. God bless you friend.

 

Coupe Gets Upgrade

Sunset Speedway
Sunset Speedway
33 Chev To Run All CVM Races
    We recently sent out CVM to Ron Easton at Oakville Trailers for some upgrades and repairs. It will then go for paint and then lettering at Creative Edge. We will have this car in the Mega Speed show on March 22nd weekend in Mississauga at the International building…..The past two seasons Rick Schurr has graced the wheel of our car winning Rookie of the Year his first season, and almost picking up a win in 2012. Rick purchased the immaculate #95 of Steve March, removed the $12,000 inline and put in a $3500 V8 ( I just had to mention that). We wish Rick and his team all the best in the coming season……as of this writing, Tyler Brown will pilot our car for many of the races in 2013. I am confirmed to race it 4 times, Tyler will definetly do the Iron Man Triple Crown series at Flamboro Speedway (more on that soon). Although we’re sponsoring the mini series, I cannot make any of the three dates because of Late Model commitments. However Tyler will do just fine representing our team and sponsors……Chris Brading and his team will run the car at least once, maybe twice. It is possible that Tyler will run all the remianing shows, although another person, soon to be named, may want to run a few shows as well. Regardless, our plans are to compete in the entire CVM season for 2013. We will post more info on the other drivers and their schedules as soon as they are confirmed.

 

Coupe Gets Wide 5 Set Up

Oakville Trailer
Oakville Trailer
Ron Easton Finishes Off Our Coupe
    Ron Easton installed new wide 5 hubs, and rotors, 2 rebuilt calipers, and a little sheet metal work. The car will go for paint later this week and then to Creative Edge for lettering. Ron does awesome work, plus can build and safety trailers as well as service most vehicles. I will pick up the Coupe on Monday and take it for paint tomorrow afternoon…….our Mini Stock should be done within a week, then it to will go for paint and lettering…..our Coupe and Late Model will both be in the Mega Speed car show from March 22nd to March 24th. More on that and other news soon.

 

Preparing For Paint

33 Chev
33 Chev
Coupe Waits For Paint
    We are preparing the Coupe for the Mega Speed show at International Building from March 22nd to 24th. Not sure how many other CVM cars will be in the show, but we’ll have CVM schedules with the car. Our CVM will be in the Lincoln Electric display. Our Late Model will be one of a few cars in the Sunset Speedway display as well……very soon we will post our press release regarding Quaker State. There’s lots going on right now with all our cars having work done, or needing work to be done. Everything should be finished before mid April for practice day as the 2013 race season gets closer each week……the Mini Stock should be ready for paint by late next week, the Go-Cart needs a seat, our Late Model needs a retro fit to update the chassis and David’s 2012 Late Model will be painted like our Quaker State car and used for shows and a few Pro Late Model races…..It was our hope to have a new Late Model, but we are likely not going to be able to get a new car, though we have another week to see if it will happen, all indication from our team is that we’ll be doing a retro fit on our 10 year old Late Modle, and it desperately needs it because we will compete against many new cars at Sunset this summmer. If we do update our car, over gettting a new one, we are confident it will be good enough to give us a shot at the title, our goal for 2013……. the Coupe will hopefully make most of the 15 CVM schedule in 2013, half the series for sure. I am racing the car four times and Tyler Brown will make his debut in a Vintage Mod for the Triple Crown series and possibly more….we will also post a press release on the Iron Man Triple Crown series as well…yikes, we need our own TV news station…keep tuning in for updates and thanks for visiting our site.

 

40th Anniversary

Quaker State
Quaker State
Press Release Announcing Our 40th Year With Quaker State
    Thank you to Quaker State for being with us for this our 40th season together.

 

Coupe Ready For Creative Edge

33 Chev CVM
33 Chev CVM
Lincoln Electric….Quaker State Coupe
    Our CVM has been painted and somewhat prepared for the Mega Speed show this weekend coming. March 22nd to March 24th at the International Building in Mississauga. This car will be in the Lincoln Electric booth. Lincoln Welders is the primary sponsor for our Coupe, although Quaker State will be well represented on the black and red Coupe. All of our sponsors will be included, although smaller than they are on the much larger Late Model body……..Our Late Model will also be in the show as part of the Sunset Speedway display…….special thanks for the help we got today. Bob, Nathan, Lauren and Gehrig helped with cleaning and making the car show condition, although we will have a final touch up session once it’s lettered at Creative Edge, it heads there Monday morning and will get it’s beauty treatment from Steve, Bevin and the boys.

 

42nd Season With CVM

33 Chev Coupe
33 Chev Coupe
Lincoln Welders—-Quaker State Coupe Ready For Lettering
    Our CVM has been painted and somewhat prepared for the Mega Speed show this weekend coming. March 22nd to March 24th at the International Building in Mississauga. This car will be in the Lincoln Electric booth. Lincoln Welders is the primary sponsor for our Coupe, although Quaker State will be well represented on the black and red Coupe. All of our sponsors will be included, although smaller than they are on the much larger Late Model body……..Our Late Model will also be in the show as part of the Sunset Speedway display…….special thanks for the help we got today. Bob, Nathan, Lauren and Gehrig helped with cleaning and making the car show condition, although we will have a final touch up session once it’s lettered at Creative Edge, it heads there Monday morning and will get it’s beauty treatment from Steve, Bevin and the boys.

 

33 Chev At The Race Car Beauty Spa

Creative Edge
Creative Edge
Coupe Waits For The Magic Touch
    Dropped our Coupe off at Creative Edge this afternoon. I left home at 9:30, got almost to Freelton when two young women beside me started blowing their horn and waving at me. I thought they were in distress. Turns out they wanted to tell me of my pending doom….a flat tire on the left rear of the trailer. I pondered for a minute, should I try to make it to Kitchener, I remembered we did that back in 1971 once. Steve wanted the car early to get it ready by Wednesday for the Mega Speed Show. Plus, have you ever started out on a journey and just didn’t want to turn back, for any reason. I kept driving until I got to the north end of Freelton, then after the fourth person telling me about my flat tire, I decided to head to Grisdales. By the time I made it there was not much left of the carcass. I really was going to turn around…….anyway 3 hours later I was at Creative Edge, went over the list of things to go on the car and headed home. I left the trailer there, but checked my fuel gauge and it read 72k to empty. I did make it to the Millgrove cut off on highway six and filled my truck with diesel fuel at $1.25 a liter, compared to $1.30 almost everywhere else. That wasn’t really as stupid as the tire deal, because even though I didn’t try to make it to Kitchener, it was dumb even to consider it, but hey!!! I was by myself and really didn’t have a lot of people to discuss it, except the ones blowing the horn. The gas deal paid off and still had 9k to the good. It’s full now and the Coupe is in good hands. It will be ready Wednesday night for pick up.

 

Mega Speed Show This Wekend

International Building
International Building
Late Model In Sunset Speedway Display
    We will have this car in the Sunset Speedway display with some great competitors. The show runs from Friday the 22nd to Sunday the 24th. Our Coupe will also be there, in the Lincoln Electric booth. Should be a great show, but wow, a year ago it was 70 degrees this day and now it’s just above freezing. However, when I was a kid we had snow until late March, even mid April then spring came almost over night…….we will also have our Quaker State 40th Anniversary souvenir programs there as well……Hope to see lots of friends at the show……special thanks to Joe Archer for making this promo flyer, Joe does all kinds graphics, his logo is on the bottom right corner, check him out.

 

Mega Speed

Friday Night
Friday Night
Vintage Mod With Lincoln Electric
    Our Lincoln Welders Qukaer State Coupe has it’s own 20 X 20 display at the Mega Speed show. Friday night was busy, but not as busy as both Saturday and Sunday will be. There are some very incredibly beautiful hot rods, custom cars and trucks, not to mention all the awesome looking race cars….hope to see you there today.

 

Best Stock Car In Show

Mega Speed
Mega Speed
Quaker State Late Model Wins Best Stock Car In Show
    There were close to 25 cars representing many oval classes in this years Mega Speed show. We were pleasently surprised to win the top award, we never thought we’d win it, in fact kind of forgot about it. Then our grand son came by and told us we won and we were very happy. Our team worked hard to get the car looking as good as it did, and of course the lettering by the Creative Edge gave us an excellent car to show case our sponsors, tracks we run and our sport…..the Mega Speed show was very busy on Saturday and Sunday. There were many fans and friends pass by our display, with another 8 race cars. We were in Sunset’s display with a Mini Stock, Thunder Car, 3 Suoer Late Models, 2 OSCAAR Mods and a Super Modified. It was good to see so many people all week end……..We got out of there very quickly because the Late Model was mobile and the Coupe was light enough for our team to push. We also got some extra help from Pro 4 ace Brian Nanticoke who pushed our CVM to the trailer with his all wheel buggy. Thank you Brian, that was a blessing for sure, my guys loved it………Our Late Model is now at McColl’s where the engine, half the body and some other parts will be removed to access the chassis and get the right stuff installed. We have no chance if we go back with the car as it was, no chance to win a feature, and no chance to try and topple Tom Walters for the track championship. That’s our goal, to win the title. With an updated car, the addition to our existing awesome crew of David, Jim and Eddie, we hope to be a contender all season. The car should be completed by the first week of April and when it leaves McColl’s it will be ready for practice. We are looking forward to getting back on the track…….Our CVM needs some work done to it. We spent a lot pf money upgrading it but one of the new calipers we got is leaking. Once that is fixed it should be ready for practice as well….the Mini Stock will go for paint next week, and the Go-Cart gets a new seat and then scaled to finish it off. That leaves our Pro Late Model, (David’s) that needs a body, paint and lettering. Then we’ll be completely ready, time to rest, well not really, time to get to work and race…..yes!!!!

 

Next!!!!!!

Honda
Honda
Honda Heading To Body Shop
    Our Honda has been repaired by Dave Watson and now needs some small prep to get it ready for paint. It goes to John Bear GMC tomorrow and should be ready in a week or so to go to Creative Edge for lettering……all our cars need a little work, except of course the Late Model. It’s at McColl’s getting a chassis face lift. That should put us a little closer to being competitive. There are another dozen cars all doing the same thing, so when the season starts, the car will be one of half a dozen things that need to be right to run with the Late Model pack at Sunset. We’re doing everything we can to give us a good chance to do just that. Our goal is to win the points, a very challenging goal, but with our crew and everything else in place I feel with some luck we have a chance. Of course I’ll know better once we get on the track with the other rockets. It will take a few weeks to sort everyone out, we want and plan to be ready for the first green flag…….the rest of our fleet are close. The CVM needs a right front caliper repair, then brakes bled and engine fired. The Go-cart needs a seat and set up. Once these four are done, our Pro Late Model will need a re-skin and then a beauty treatment. The good news is that we are on schedule and that’s what counts….More on our team as the repairs and updates get completed.

 

It Is Finished

Easter...Best Time Of Year
Easter…Best Time Of Year
Christians Follow A Risen Savior
    Approximately 2000 years ago God showed how much He loved us by becoming a man, shedding His blood on the cross to pay our debt against Him. The Bible says that “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not parish but have eternal life”. Easter is a great time of year, a year when new life springs out of the ground. When new life comes from the animal kingdom through the many babies that are born. New life is for us to when we accept the forgiveness God gave us at Calvary, on the cross. In John 2:19 Jesus was standing outside the temple in Jerusalem and said “destroy this temple and I will raise it again in 3 days”. They argued that it took 46 years to build the temple, but Jesus wasn’t talking about the building, He was referring to His own body. After His death, Mary went to the tomb to see Jesus and as they approached the tomb the Angel asked them who they were looking for and they said Jesus. The Angel replied “He is not here, He is risen like He said”. This picture is titled Forgiven. It tells an awesome story of a man (representing all of us) holding a hammer and nails, exhausted by the sins of his own life and this world. Behind him is the risen Savior, holding the man up. An incredible reflection that even when we hate God He is there for us trying to show us His incredible love, mercy, grace and forgiveness. The gift of life has been given to all of us through the sacrifice of the Lamb of God, who not only died, but rose again. Christians follow a living God who’s mandate is love and forgiveness. Happy Easter.

 

Mega Speed To……..Mega Update

McColl's
McColl’s
Late Model Gets Sunset Speedway Technology
    With 5 race cars on the go, it was a bit of a dillusion to think our Late Model was almost ready. There were no funds to prepare the car earlier in the year, so I made the decision to get it ready for the CME show in February and concentrate on our Quaker State Souvenir book. Once the show was over, we were still lacking the sponsorship monies for the upgrade. It was decided that right after the Mega Speed show I would head to McColl’s and strip it down myself to save some labour dollars. Arriving at 8:15 am, getting the tools I needed and knowing what needed to come off, I just went at it steady until 3:45. When finished, the car was ready to go on the jig to make sure the frame and pick up points were not bent after our Autumn Colors crash. We could see the right side rail was not quite straight, so getting it on the jig was a needed expense……….McColl’s will spend a lot of time, and many parts to reproduce as close as possible a new car. The frame design, though 10 years old, is still the basic one used today. The fact the total weight and left side weight percent is very easily attainable, the car is not close to being obsolete. However, the way it was, competition wise, could only be competitive in a Pro Late Model series…….McColl’s will install new upper and lower control arms, spindles, ball joints and a new cross member for the 5″ geometry. The reason we struggled so much in 2012 was because our car was built for a 4″ ride height not 5″. We tried our best to be competitive but with the car not turning like the top 6 cars, we were fighting an uphill battle. There were at least 8 or more fast cars at Sunset in 2012, and though we worked hard to race with them, we were severely handicapped and outdated………This year there will be 4 or 5 more new cars with the proper set up. New Port City cars are heading to Sunset, more talented drivers are coming and they will add to the very tough field of competitors that are there now. It was 100% necessary for us to upgrade our car. When it’s finished we should have a good piece. Our goal is to win the Championship. That is accomplished by being a consistent runner every week, including heats. We also want to win a feature, it will be our 36th, when we get it. Beisdes the chassis and suspension up grades, we will add a new exhaust, like the rest have. We have been running the magnaflow mufflers since 2005. None of the top runners have that system within 500 miles of their garage. Mike McColl said the exhaust and muffler we had was hurting us. After getting a quote, the green light was given to install that as well. I gladly pulled the old exhaust stuff off. We will also install an altenator and the newer waterpump pulleys and belts that will increase power slightly, as will the exhaust. New shocks and springs, will be put on our car. I told Mike when I left that our team didn’t want to leave anything on the table that would help us, not horse power items, and definetly nothing that would make the car turn better. He assured me that wouldn’t be the case. We should have our Late Model back in 2 weeks, allowing us to finish our other projects. Thanks to our crew who have dedicated time and effort to help us get this far. It’s been exhausting but our chances look much better to be competitive.

 

Roll Cage Painted

Pro Late Model
Pro Late Model
Show Car Gets Interior Face Lift
    Spent most of today in the garage cleaning and repainting the interior bars. Bob went away for the weekend and no one else was able to help. By the end of the Leaf game I was done. Shocks are off as well and they will be sent out to be dyno’d. At this point, we’re waiting for the interior panels to be painted and the body to come in next week. Once the interior is in the car, we can assemble a new body, everything but the roof and trunk. Hope to have it painted by later April and lettered for the first week of May………..Our show car was created in hopes of making all the shows we had opportunity to be in, and not worry about using our regular car after a nights racing, or early in the week when we were doing maintenance on it. The show car has it’s first appearance on May 11th in Orangeville and so we need to hustle to make sure it will be ready for that event……….our Mini Stock is getting painted now, then should be heading out for lettering, and the Go-Cart and CVM just need to be scaled. Our main Late Model is at McColl’s and will be there for at least another week getting some steroid suspension parts…..things are on schedule so far though it’s been a busy hectic winter.

 

Mini Stock Heads To Creative Edge

Two-Tone for 2013
Two-Tone for 2013
Mini Stock Paint Completed….Off To Get Beautified
    After some body work and suspension repairs and an awesome paint job, our Mini Stock is heading to Creative Edge for lettering and graphic work. This car will hold the basic color scheme of all our cars in 2013, except the black Coupe that still has all of our sponors adorning the body, but takes on the Lincoln Welders colors…….All of our cars are still incomplete although the Go-Cart and CVM have minimal repairs. The Mini Stock will be done by the middle of next week, about the same time as our Late Model at McColls. That leaves our show car, David’s Pro Late Model. It has undergone a remake so we can have a second car that looks exactly the same as our Sunset Late Model. Unfortunately it cannot fill in for us if anything should happen to our Sunset car. It’s function is to attend all our shows and then race at the Gold Rush, Octoberfest and Autumn Colors. It has recently had all the interior panels painted green and a new body has arrived that we will start to fit this week. Then it goes for paint and lettering and needs to be done by the end of April, so we’re busy but on schedule……yikes!!!!

 

Interior Goes Back In Pro Late Model

Bob Periera
Bob Periera
Pro Late Model Looking Good….Bob Looking Sad…Leafs Lose In Shootout
    David took me to the hockey game on Monday night to watch my favourite team the New York Rangers take on the much improved Leafs. I admit it was a great game, and I was glad to see Kessel come out of his slump, but I would have sooner seen him do it against any other team than the Rangers, a team I have cheered for since I was 12, when only 6 teams were in the NHL, when a kid could name almost every player on every team. Anyhow, the Rangers lost Monday night, but the rematch was last night and we had it on the TV. Bob loves me, but is a Leaf fan, and by the look on his face he is not happy they lost in the shoot out. But Kessel got 2 more goals and New York got 2 very important points…………meanwhile we spent a lot of time last night cleaning up old stuff from our trailers, a lot of stuff was thrown out, still need to sort through some parts. We won’t throw anything out we can give to another team, although to be honest, we are now one of the teams needing stuff. Almost every we car we compete against is new, and our spare parts won’t be any good to the teams with brand new cars, or cars a year old. Kind of the same reason they are no good to us because we have had to upgrade our Sunset car……Bob and Nathan were a big help last night getting the interior back in the car. We will finish the seat, belts, roll cage padding, shifters and electrical before the body starts to go back on……..the Mini Stock was dropped off at Creative Edge, and is in good hands with the fine people there….Our Sunset Late Model is on the jig at McColls and needed some chassis repairs. That car should be ready by next week and will be scaled on the 20th and ready for practice by the 27th…..we’re busy, getting there. Oakville Trailers saftied our newest trailer, and will do the other one next week. We need to make sure all our stuff is good, especially when we are travelling much further now on the highways…..more updates soon….I know what you’re thinking!! it’s crazy, but I’m in my world, so it’s all good.

 

Mini Stock Waits Lettering

Creative Edge
Creative Edge
Honda Soon To Get Beautified At Creative Edge
    All of our race cars, except for the Coupe are being finalized for the coming season, which is fast approaching. Our Sunset Late Model is off the jig and ready for reassemble of all the parts removed to get it on the jig. The Pro Late Model is getting the body put on it now, should be done by Saturday. Our Go-Cart just needs led added and scaled and of course the Mini Stock is in it’s final stage of being ready waiting for the magic of Steve and the boys to finish the lettering……next weekend is practice day, but we will not be ready for then, but will make it out the next weekend, April 27th with both cars.

 

On The Jig……Getting Upgraded….So Nice!!!!

McColl Enterprises
McColl Enterprises
Bent Frame Rails Replaced…New Cross Member Installed
    On April 1st I made the trip to McColl’s to remove everything bolted onto the chassis from the windshield forward, including the body. It was originally decided just to do the upgrades on the chassis to give us the same suspension most of the cars already had at Sunset Speedway. Once the engine, body and suspension were removed it was clear the car needed to go on the jig, an extra expense, but a good idea to make sure everything was straight. As it worked out the good idea became a blessing because the frame was bent from the crash at Autumn Colors. It wasn’t that noticeable until it was put on the jig and the key pick up points checked. The frame rails are not usually replaced for the upgrade, but it was necessary for our car, and can be seen here in this picture, with a lot of new steel tubing in the front end. On Monday April 15th I will head out again (all our crew are working, plus it saves a little money) and reinstall many of the parts that were removed, only this time with help from one of Mikes employees. Our team will go out next weekend to help with final race set up. We hope to have the car back at home Saturday the 20th……..Meanwhile our crew came to our shop to work on the Pro Late Model (show car). We made some good headway and pictures of that will be up soon. We appreciate Ryan and Matt (who live 2 hours away) making the trip to help us get the car closer to completion. Bob guided our crew through the work load, Gehrig and Nathan helped out letting us get much done on this cold damp day……….Tyler, Darrell and Mike came over to work on the CVM. They got a lot done with chassis set up. It still needs breaks bled and some led added. The addition of wide 5’s on our car has made the Coupe lighter and that weight will go right on the left side of the. We are about three percentage points from the legal limit and that’s a ton of left side to be giving up. Our goal is to make our Chevy competitive in every way for Tyler, Derrick and me for the coming CVM season……The Mini Stock should be home by late next week and our Go-Cart will be completed also this week……..Practice for our Late Model is scheduled for April 27th at Sunset Speedway, it will be too much of a rush to go next weekend……thanks to all our crew for an excellent day of work on our Pro Late Model.

 

Going Back Together

McColl Enterprises
McColl Enterprises
All The Right Stuff
    Well, maybe not ALL the right stuff, but for sure a lot better than what we had in 2012. Here Mike and Denny out some early adjustments on the front end, just for mounting purpose, much more to do on this car this week………I worked on our Late Model from 10:30 until 7:30 on Monday night at McColl’s and we made some great headway. The plan is to have a few of our crew come out this Saturday and finish the chassis set up. I will go back out again Wednesday Apirl 17th to finish whatever I can to help speed up the process. There is still lots to do but the main fabrication is done……on Wednesday I will hook up all the engine components, intstall the drive shaft, a shifter, the led on the front frame rails, the rad as much more as I can do. I must admit, I am almost burnt out. This year has been incredibly busy for me and kind of stressful. Deadlines and finances are the two issues. Our team has done awesome with sponsors and tried hard to stay on budget but many many things were missed, some small, some not so small and even though they are perhaps not shocking in the dollar amount, put 15 items together and you find you under budgeted by five or six thousand. The trouble is we don’t want to leave McColl’s without having a decent competitive car. That’s a great attitude, but if not careful, a huge hit in the budget can develop and it’s not just here. Our trailers needed to be saftied. I know it’s easy to let it pass and take a chance the MTO won’t stop your team, they have never stopped us ever. So, assuming we did have another year of no fear of being checked out, the remaining issue is safety period. Our one trailer needed brake parts and four tires. The other trailer needed at least one tire but I put four on and used the other three decent tires for the Mini Stock trailer because it’s not carrying as much weight. The budget has been compromised a little, but not extreme, and the good news is that every vehicle we have, the Go-Cart, Mini Stock, CVM, Late Model and Pro Late Model have been given what they need to be competitive and all look as planned, so I am very happy, very tired, but very happy………I picked up the Mini Stock today at Creative Edge. It looks exactly like our Late Model. The boys did a great job as usual. It’s not the running around that is tiring, it’s hooking up the trailers, tying down the cars, loading and unloading, all things that wear you out. I get little rest and though that is a factor, no resting, with only 2 weeks to go…no kidding no resting!!!!! go, go, go…..The Coupe got some much needed left side weight added, and the brakes bled. It is 95% ready, will be done tomorrow. Go-Cart should be ready by the weekend, as well as the Mini Stock that needs one wheel. Our Sunset Late Model, pictured here, will be race ready Saturday morning around 11:45am. The show car is complete body wise and will go out for paint by the end of this month. As for our race cars, they will all be ready by this Saturday, then I could rest—–I think 🙂

 

Mini Stock Finished………Almost

Creative Edge
Creative Edge
Honda Needs A New Wheel & Cleaned Up
    Our Mini Stock was lettered this week at Creative Edge. Steve and the boys did a great job again. Gehrig will get to practice either this coming Saturday or on April 27th when we take our Late Model out. Our season starts May 4th. The Honda needs one wheel on the right rear, the electric fan fixed and a complete cleaning. Gehrig will start his second season of Stock Car racing and is looking forward to the challenge this class brings him…….we have three of five cars on the verge of being ready. The Mini Stock, G0-Cart and CVM are all within hours of completion. Our Sunset Late Model needs the rest of this week, and our show car is ready for paint but that won’t happen until the end of this month….I head out to McColl’s today to re-attach some engine and driveline parts….more on our progress by tonight.

 

Jim Welds Fender Support

McColl Enterprises
McColl Enterprises
Deadline Saturday…..Should Be Done
    My day at McColl’s found more things to fix rather than getting things off the list. I got the led bolted on the frame rails. I was going to simply drill through and then bolt the led, but the proper way to do is to put steel tubes, or runners for the bolts to go through, that way it keeps the frame stonger. It took longer but was done right, a natural thing for these guys. I tried installing the drive shaft, but for some reason the yoke would not go far in the housing so it had to come apart, be filed, reassemled and reinstalled, but it got done. The fuel cell was lowered, that also took time to relocate the mounts. The problem with that deal was when we lowered the cell the lid stopped it from going down, so the lid was removed, trimmed, reinstalled and completed. It was a day of doing things twice for me. The u-bolts on the drive shaft stripped, but not unitl I had one clamp in. I was working on the fourth nut and it was stripped. By the time I got through messing with that little thing I ate up at least an hour. On Monday I scraped my back on a car frame when I backed up to eye something up, and today I put a nice groove in my finger with the cordless grinder, no doubt a candidate for Canada’s Handiman. I just kept going because I would lose time, plus the way things were going I was bound to cut, break, burn or scrape another part of my body before I was done. My final whack came when Kenny and I were putting the transmission back in. Before I was quite in position he lifted it and on it’s way up clipped my forehead. However no damage to me or the tranny. I may go back on Friday to assemble the rad and shroud and a few other parts. Then whatever is left we will finish Saturday morning……the CVM was finished off tonight. The brakes work good, led is in, car starts and runs and all gears work. The final step was to put some decals below the dash for the driver when shifting R-1-2-3…The Mini Stock just needs a wheel, and the Go-Cart just needs to be scaled, so we are closing in on completion and have 2 weeks until opening day. As Borat would say…”So nice”!!!!

 

Now On The Plate

McColl Enterprises
McColl Enterprises
Slowly Coming Together
    We put the car on the plate, where all scaling and set up is done. In this case we are still reassembling parts. The new altenator is in, the trans and driveshaft, lead, fuel cell and some of the suspension. We still need to install the shifters, exhaust, rad, shroud, grill and other stuff but it’s coming. I will go out again tomorrow and see how I can injure myself again……the weather is quite nuts. 45 degrees, then 70 then 46, up an down. If we don’t get to practice at Sunset we’ll go to Flamboro on a Tuesday night to shake the car down and make sure all systems are working, however if we get a good day on April 28th we will go to Sunset….very busy, but still on schedule.

 

Final Set Up

McColl Enterprises
McColl Enterprises

David, Jim, Mike Complete Final Scaling, Steering Geometry & Bump Stop…Mike Likes What We Have Now

    When we left the Mega Speed car show we were picked Best Stock Car In Show, quite an honor. When we left McColl’s we were given the thumbs up by Mike for investing into our car all the good stuff needed to give us a chance to be competitive. All I ever want from my racing is a chance to win. I have no issue with many drivers winning, I think it’s a testament to the rules and class when lots of drivers win a feature. In 1989 there were 16 dsifferent feature winners in the CVM, and we were one of them. However, we won the biggest prize, the club Championship, our first ever……..our goal in 2013 is to win the Late Model Championship at Sunset Speedway. It will be a challenge, but we have the crew,the experience, the great sponsors, and now a great car. Hopefully those ingredients mixed in with some luck will give us a chance at our first Late Model feature win in five years, and our first ever Late Model Championship……In this picture David eyes up the string for the frame height measurements and Jim talks to Mike about the set up on our car. Mike is incredible in so many ways. He explains what he does so the simple minded (me) can grasp, and he makes suggestions to improve your car, letting you know which ones will make the biggest improvement for the dollar spent. We made lots of changes, and turned down a few. The ones we made will improve our horsepower and handling. Two things our race team desperately needs. We’re giving up a little on the driver because it would only seem common sense that 20 to 30 year old drivers should have a huge advantage on drivers 40 to 50. I don’t fit in either category, but have not slowed down because of my body. Putting any driver in a new or newer car would be a huge move upward. Given the fact the top cars had little room to improve, because tires and engine limitations would dictate how much faster we can go, the news for the guys at the top from 2012 is “get ready, you’re going to have company, and lots of it”. Anyone from 2012 that thought they won because of themselves will get a wake up call when 8 cars show up with all the right stuff. That’s not saying that Bentley, Walters or Morrow won’t be the cars to beat, because they will be up there. Only thing is, now they will have have a field or more of very fast competitive, ego driven young, old, drivers vying for the same space. The Championship in 2013 will be determined by prep, set up, abitility to diagnose the car and luck. Assuming there are 12 teams that fit in this category, the driver that makes the smartest timley moves could be the factor to give his team the glory of winning the title. Being smart in a race dosen’t go well with an ego to win at no cost, but we’re talking the goal to win the Championship, and ego should be left at home in the garage…..our teams are close and more pictures can be seen on our Diary Of A Season 2013…..more to come and soon…..13 days until the 2013 season opener!!!!

 

Three Of Five Ready

Practice This Saturday
Practice This Saturday
Honey I Shrunk The Driveway
    Well as the nice weather seems to be making it’s presenc, and may finally here to stay, certainly more noticeable lately, the cars came out of the garage for a picture taking session. Gehrig and Lauren pushed the cars in to position and Gehrig climbe a tree to get everything in the photo including our Sunset Late Model sitting in the garage on stands. Our show car, David’s Pro Late Model is waiting for painting and will hopefully be sent out in the next week, then off to get lettered……our plans are to practice this weekend at Sunset if our Late Model can be completed to satisfaction…..in this photo is Gehrigs Honda Mini Stock, Laurens Go-Cart and of course our 1933 Chev Coupe, a member of our race team since 1990, 23 years…..racing starts on May 4th for all cars except the Coupe. The first CVM race is May 11th….more on that soon.

 

We’ll Miss You Fred Poets

Kalamazoo Speedway 1985
Kalamazoo Speedway 1985
Fred Poets Crosses The Finish Line

It is with sadness that we announce the passing today of Hobby racing legend Fred Poets. Fred had retired from racing in the late 90’s but still attended many races before moving out west. There was no racer tougher back in the 70’s than the #54 of Fred Poets. He was dominant on the track, winning the Championship in 1970. He still holds the record of 17 feature wins in one season, a feat completed back in the day when running 30 nights was common……….Fred moved to Late Models in the mid 70’s where he had some success, but returned to the Hobby class in the early 80’s, continuing his winning ways. Fred influenced many young racers, convincing them to join the Hobby club, and giving them a helping hand. Fred took #58 when he returned to race with the Hobbies, because one of his fans took the #54 when he was racing Late Models……..It ‘s an honor for our team to have known Fred. He was a great encouragement to me when I first became President of the Hobby club in 83, and again in the late 80’s. Our current car body, the black 1933 Chev 3 window Coupe, was purchased from Fred in 1990……..In 1991 Fred was inducted into the Hobby Hall of Fame. His work with other racers, and his incredible ability to win were factors in him becoming a natural to be part of this historic and nostalgic fraternity of racers………In this 1985 picture Fred is waiting to head onto the track at Kalamazoo Speedway in Michigan. Behind Fred is Ken Jorgenson #96. At the end of the night, everyone was behind Fred when he held the checker for the feature win. It was our first trip of 12 to Michigan and Fred showed he still had the skill to win………Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to his family and friends who will miss him dearly. Thanks for everything Ole Fella’, we’ll miss you.

 

Gehrig Has Great Test Session

Eric Yorke #51
Eric Yorke #51
Sunset Speedway Testing Good For Our Mini Stock Team
    Gehrig made it out for three practice sesions. He felt right at home in the car. The good news is there were no problems with the car. Here he battles with Eric Yorke the Sunset Speedway 2012 Mini Stock Champion. Gherig turns 15 in July and we hope he has a fun year racing. Moving up a class in 2014 is a consideration for Gehrig, but we will make that move only if he is comfortable in doing so………Lauren starts her carting season this weekend. We will have a picture of her cart on our site soon. Her machine has been redone and hopefully with the experience she already has she can have fun competiting in the very tough field of drivers. She sure has intentions of not being pushed around like she was in 2012. Lauren intends to move up next season, so Mini Stock for her is likely going to happen in 2014……our Late Model had a tough outing on Saturday, but worth every second as we discovered a number of problems to deal with. A list of 25 items are on the board, and must be completed for our opening day on May 4th…..the CVM is in Tyler Brown’s care and he starts his season on May 11th at Flamboro Speedway. Tyler wanted to get back into stock car racing and we had the opportunity to team up with him in our car. He will race it at least 6 times including all of the Iron Man Triple Crown series. (more on that soon). We wish Tyler and his team a very successful 2013 season.

 

Lauren All Smiles…Racing Soon

Flamboro
Flamboro
Quaker State Go-Cart Team Ready For 2013 Carting Season
    The new look Go-Cart is ready to go. Lauren was out on Sunday for practice and needed some changes to be happy with her cart, and totally within the rules. Weight needed to be added, as well as seat padding. That work has been done and she is set to take on the very competitive field of Carts in her class. Lauren is determined to be a contender this season. Her biggest deterent isn’t her effort, or the effort of those who pit for her, namely her Mom Shirley, brother Gehrig and when possible Jason Green. Her problem is, that we know very little about Go-Carts. Jake Collison was tremendous with setting up the cart and rebuilding the engine. Now it’s show time and hopefully we can keep her that way throuhgout the season. Shirley is amazing and does awesome work with both her children to help them enjoy the sport. Shirley also has many other racing families she can ask for help. Go get em’ Lauren, you’re ready to flex some muscle.

 

45th Season About To Start…….Opening Day Eve

Car Finally Ready
Car Finally Ready
Car, Crew, Equipment and Driver Ready To Go
    I don’t think I’ve been this excited the night before a season started in a long time. I have always been excited, all 44 years past, but this one seems different for many reasons. We knew after last year that without a good car, chances of being competitive would be doubtful. We ran as strong as we could with an outdated car, a 4″ car jacked up by load bolts to make it legal. An inferior suspension and chassis set up, an outdated horsepower sucking exhaust system and definetly not the latest in chassis technology. Well we have it this year, the chassis, added horsepower, set up and even more than all of that, about 70 years of racing experience added to our pit crew through the addition of David, Jim and Eddie joining our awesome and dedicated 2013 crew. I am pumped but I also know the following. No matter how much our team and all others improved, the cars to beat have not changed. They remain Tom Walters and Mike Bentley. It’s one thing to move closer to the bench mark, it’s another thing to actually get there. We think we have 95% of the car the rest have. This field will be full of teams with new cars, or one year old redone cars. This may be the best field of talent assembled in a long time for a regular race series. Besides the 2 mentioned, Dwayne Baker, Andy Kamwrath, Anthony Simone, Nick Goetz, Doug Hanchard, Jeff Lapcevich, Herb Walters and John Mitchell are a few new drivers who will join the Sunset Late Model field. Chris Morrow, Jason Witty, Teylor Holdaway, Scott Beatty and Sean Grossman are drivers who’s teams have improved over 2012…..YIKES….it’s going to be a great season for the fans and promotoers, and if you like running with tough racers like we do, it will be a blast for us as well. I remember in 1989 the Hobby club had 16 different feature winners in that very talent-laidened year. In 2012 there were 5 feature winners in the Sunset Late Model class, I think this season we’ll see more than 5 teams hit the winners circle, and we’re hoping our team is one of them…….in 2013 we’re looking for our first feature win since 2008, a long drought for sure, but our goal is to win the track Championship, we feel we have all the right pieces to get it done………Our next feature win will be our 36th all time, kind of cool in this milestone year. We will also hit our 2500th race in 2013, another kind of special event that we’re looking forward to, that carries with it a contest to guess when that date, track and race will be. More on that later………no matter what lies ahead, our team is ready and we are exited……..Bob, my awesome friend and crew chief is in this picture. Bob has been an incredible help all winter and likely won’t get much sleep as we head north early in the morning…….pit gates open at noon, races start at 6pm, hope to see you there.

 

15 Seconds Into 2013

Sunset Speedway
Sunset Speedway
Say It Ain’t So……Wow, Never Seen It Coming…Neither Did Jason Witty, The Bakers Or The Fans
    This was just unbelievable. The bad news is our car was just at the point of getting better and is now back to January somewhere, maybe even back to Autumn Colors. The perfect storm was brewing, and all the ingredients were there to make us pay for a small mistake, but a bad decision on my part. Our three sets of hot laps were showing signs of progressing, and we were getting a little faster, still a long way from the top cars, but gaining ground. Last week we purchased a new helmet harness, new ear plugs and had all our radio’s updated. There was no issue with the radio’s prior to the first heat race. We drew #1, and thought maybe the gods who deal out luck were on our side, but we soon found out, at least I did, that the only God to trust or count on dosen’t hand out good starting spots, eternal life, blessing, healings and things like that, but as for luck on the race track, not so much, but He could, that’s just not His promise………Starting #1 actually was a killer for us, but even with that this mess could have been avoided. We always test our radio’s before leaving the pits “ALWAYS”, but we didn’t this time. I always test my radio before gonig on the track, but because I was behind and needed to hustle to get in the line up (starting pole) I just assumed it was working. My crew, who worked hard on the car during hot laps and getting the car ready for the heat also assumed everything was okay. I got to the line up grid, but by the time I got there, 7 cars were in front of me. I tried making my way to the front but there was little room to pass cars in the staging area so I sat still knowing I could catch up on the track. We got going and finally I got out of the staging lane and on the track. My first thought was to get to my spot. We knew the car was good enough to run with these cars, the stop watch showed that. I slowly and carefully made my way through cars that were warming up their tires and after once around was up to about 4th and then realized I had not had any contact from my spotter. I got on the radio “test one, two, test”. There was no reply. I checked my ear plug to make sure it was in, because by now I should have heard something. Maybe they weren’t there yet. “Hello, test one two”, but still no reply. I checked the radio and it was on. The starter was moving me ahead, still a few cars to pass and it was me who was out of position, no one else. “Hello”!! I called a few more times, but still no response. I was a little desperate. I was almost in my position and I spotted Bob who was pointing to his head set, so I called out again. They could here me, but I couldn’t hear them. I didn’t want to take my spot, I absolutely hate driving driving these cars without a spotter because of the fact I cannot see any other cars. I do not want to wreck my car or anyone else, and not knowing where other cars are on the track is suicide. But, I decided to take the chance, maybe the boys would get their radio’s working, I hoped, but that wouldn’t happen because the problem was the rear conncection for my helmet, was not in far enough, and I could not reach it regardless. The green flew, so did the field. The bad decision came to bite me very quickly, and by this picture, a few of my good friends (well, they use to be), got wrecked, all starting just before the start finish line. Some have said it wasn’t my fault, it started behind me and I got turned because the car beside me was hit. I don’t know if any of that is the case, no driver has said that, there is no video, so I took ownership of it regardless. I made the rounds and apologized to my crew first, the #19, #40 and #48. Two of the three other teams were kinda okay, one not so much. I waited an hour before I went to them, but the heat of the moment sometimes lingers on for some. That’s all I can say now, but the whole story, including the amazing work of our crew will be on Diary Of A Season 2013, on our Message Board by tonight. Can’t do it today, I’m busy getting parts picked up, and stuff fixed…..Overall I am so blessed to have this awesome crew and the wonderful people surrounding me who are part of our team…….Thanks to Jason Witty for being forgiving, understanding and extending some grace, and he got it the worst. His car was brand new 🙁

 

Skid Plate Sparking

2nd Heat
2nd Heat
Getting In Every Race Possible Is Important….Not Pretty But We Got Back Out
    Our crew worked very fast to get us back out for the heat race. We had no proper spare parts, and didn’t know all the damage at this point. Two bent shocks was obvious, but we also had damage to the right side lower control arm and spindle, as well as the left upper control arm. Taylor Holdaway loaned us the upper , and our team never stopped working to get the car ready for the 2nd heat…..one issue was the shock we had for the right front, it was too short and our car bottomed out going into the turn, sending an array of sparks from the skid plate bottoming out. After the second heat the crew made more changes, to make the car better for the main, in spite of the bent and wrong parts….…..I went to McColl’s on Monday to have all our front end parts checked, many needed replacing but we now have all the right parts to put the front end back together, and doors are being painted. We should be ready to go by Thursday, Friday at the latest…..once again, I can’t express the gratitude towards my crew, who worked together to get us the most competitive car possible for the feature.

 

The Rebuild

Fixing It At Home
Fixing It At Home
Reassembling Front End…..Crew Chief Bob Working On RF Shock
    On Sunday all the parts were removed from the car. Then early Monday morning, Buttons and I headed to McColl’s to get all the suspension parts diagnosed. We did not want to take any chances of putting bent parts back on the car. The trip to Mikes was worth it, well, in terms of knowing what was good and what was no good. It didn’t take them long to see the lower control arm was done, the spindle, uppers on both sides, both shocks, . Most of what I took was damaged. Mike had all the parts, and thanks to the generosity of one of my sponsors, all these parts were covered…thank you!!!!….I returned home and at night Bob and I reassembled them in our garage. Taking the car to McColl’s would have been a huge expense, so we did save a ton by taking all the damaged parts off and putting them back on again…..the left side body brace and steel pipe from the frame to the roll cage was also bent, and we will get that fixed by Thursday. As well, the doors are painted and will be lettered today and installed tomorrow. We will put on the small decals, but the door numbers are beyond our capabilities, unless air bubbles and wrinkles are what you’re looking for, and no I’m not, so we’ll let the experts at Creative Edge put the big stuff on….we’ll set the bump stop, scale and car and go over it Thursday night and should be ready by late Thursday or at the latest Friday……thanks to everyone who has helped, both at the track and at home.

 

Iron Man Triple Crown Starts Tonight

Flamboro Speedway
Flamboro Speedway
Our Coupe Will Not Be In The First Iron Man Triple Crown Race
    In late 2012 a few CVM members took the initiative to try to get more races at Flamboro Speedway. They succeeded in doing so, but committee officials did not want to fit the races into the regular schedule, and deemed them non points nights, something I find insane to have in a schedule for a few reasons, one the car count and two the perception by a promoter who is hoping and needs strong car turn outs. Though not racing full time with the CVM any longer, I was concerned about the decision to make the races non points, they only run 12 races to beging with. After some thought, our team decided to sponsor the three “non points” races and give them some meaning and life. The Iron Man Triple Crown idea was presented to the committee and accepted. Our team will put up cash and plaques to the top five in the mini series that begins tonight. I knew at the beginning I could not make any of the dates because of our commitment in the Late Model class at Sunset Speedway. We made arrangements with Tyler Brown to race our car a few times in 2013, including the Iron Man Triple Crown series. Unfortunately, Tyler did not get any seat time in our Coupe. The first time he set out to practice it rained, and last Tuesday he went to Flamboro Speedway and the rear end seized from no oil in the differential. That was totally my fault. I decided for the Mega Speed car show, not to put oil in the diff and do it before the car went out on the track. However, as most of you know, our race program with two Late Models, the Mini Stock, Go-Cart and Coupe was incredibly over the top busy and I messed up by not putting Quaker State in the rear end. The car is ready to go now, another set of gears and new driveshaft installed, but will not make the show tonight. With no hot laps, or previous CVM, or open wheel experience, Tyler and his team will not take the Coupe to Flamboro. I’m hoping it rains or freezes out at Sunset Speedway and I will race the car myself, but it looks like that won’t happen either. Kind of disappointing but humans make mistakes, at least this one does and it hurts to not be in this special race sponsored by our team. I hope there is a good turn out of cars and it’s a great show……….the Late Model was completed last night. Besides the suspension parts, wheels, tires, doors and numerous other little things, there were a dozen decals on each side of the car to be installed as well. The car is completely ready thanks to Bob, Dave, Eddie, Jim and Chris. If we do race, and it’s going to be very cold, we’re hoping for a better fate tonight…..Next weekend is a double header for us, we will run the Late Model Saturday at Sunset and the Coupe at Flamboro on Sunday….hope to see you there.

 

Bruce Rankin #55…2nd Heat

Photo by Debbie-Jo
Photo by Debbie-Jo
Woes Continue, But Team & Driver Are Not Giving Up
    This past Saturday night sure was frustrating for our team. We missed warm ups after discovering a leaking water pump fitting. We tried to fix it, but lost time trying the repair making it impossible to get any practice. The leak was from the top of the water pump and new fittings and lots of tape didn’t stop it, in fact it got worse. Fred Holdaway came to our aid not only with a new water pump but also an hour’s worth of labour to help Matt Ryan and I get ready for our heat race. We finally got the new pump on, and discovered a very slight leak still from the fitting. We were able to race with it like that and would replace the fitting for next week…….David, Jim and Ken arrived just after 6, but in time to spot for us. Ryan was going to spot in practice but unfortunately we didn’t get out. With no hot laps we decided to take scratch in our heat, meaning we’d be scratch all night. That’s okay with me. When a car is struggling the best place is away from the action to dissect the problems. If you’re in the middle of a pack you’ll more than likely get pushed off the track because you can’t keep up. That was our issue all night; we couldn’t run with the cars we ran with in 2012. We know where part of the problem is and will fix that this week. There is a vibration in the driveline, the engine is flat power wise, and until those are fixed the handling will need to wait. The good news is we got out of Sunset Speedway without any further damage to the car and can start working on the other issues this week……..oh my, big plans turn into big disappointments, and so early in the season. It’s hard to imagine we are out of the points chase already, but reality says it’s so. A 17th and 19th in the features, and 4 heats races finishing at the back have accumulated very few points. We can argue it’s a long season, I can be accused of being a defeatist, but the truth is, even if we finished in the top 5 each night, the battle would be tough, now it is it’s certainly out of reach. If it appears I’m giving up, let’s be an optimist. There is a scenario, a way where we can bounce back and close the gap. To work it needs the top 8 cars right now, to all DNF over the next 2 weeks, but not on the same night. The top runners have to have nights like we’ve had including the heat races, where 20 points is earned by winning both heats. We’ve earned 4 points in 4 heats. If the Championship is out of reach, we can still shoot for a top 5, and if we get a long run of great finishes, maybe a top three. There is still a goal, it’s just been lowered a little…..thanks to Matt, Ryan, David, Jim and Ken for doing their best all night. We are working hard in specific areas this week with hopes of having a faster car this weekend.

 

Gehrig Has Great Night

Photo by Debbie-Jo
Photo by Debbie-Jo
Quaker State Mini Getting Better Every Race
    After a top 10 feature finish in week one, Gehrig repeated that feat with an 8th on Saturday night at Sunset Speedway. Unfortunately he is out powered by the Mustangs and a few other cars, by a fair margin. However, he is learning how to race, making moves in traffic, avoiding contact with other cars and bringing his own car home in one piece. As well, Gehrig had two good heat finishes, taking a 3rd and 5th. He has improved a lot over 2012 already, and as his seat time accumulates, it will allow him to make up more ground in the corners. We encourage him to do his best and have fun. He has done awesome in the early going of 2013 recording four top five heat finishes and two strong feature runs……..His crew consisted of Mom Shirley, and sister Lauren this past week as two of his crew members were unable to make it out. Of course he has our boys to help him whenever or if ever he needs our support, we are one parking spot away…..Good show Gehrig, keep having fun.

 

Maybe This Weekend

Debbie-Jo Photo
Debbie-Jo Photo
Quaker State Team Anxious To Turn The Season Around
    Some fans of mine were watching us race last Saturday night and heard a few around them comment why the #36 was holding back, staying back out of the action. Of course no one would know what was going on with our car, and could rightly assume that after a bad expensive wreck on opening night (ok, not as bad as last year) that maybe Gary was taking it easy and wanted to stay clear of the action so his car wouldn’t get wrecked again. I understand that thought, but it is a 180 degrees away from the truth of what was going on. It’s true for our first heat race, the decision to go scratch, to take it easy, was the plan because we missed hot laps. No crew, and an incredible streak of luck with failed parts kept us off the track for testing after our opening night, first race, first lap wreck. However, this comment was made during the feature, and in that race our plan was to race, not cruise and watch. If my racing gets to cruising, I’m selling everything, buying a 33 Chev Coupe and cruise with the other hot rodders and take it easy. But that was NOT the case. We set the car up the best we could with no testing and for the feature, since we were starting scratch would come into pit row for more chassis changes if needed. After 2 pit stops the car wasn’t pushing. I ran 3rd gear to pick up another 150 RPM and hit the chip once on the back chute. I love the “bap, bap bap” noise of the engine cutting out from hitting the rev limiter at the end of the back chute. Three times is perfect, maybe 2 is, but we hit it once, and only one time. At the end of the feature, turning times in the 15:3’s, faster than week one, though most all of our suspension parts were bent up, I was very frustrated. I was driving in as hard as I could, but had could not catch the pack. When the checker fell I radio’d to my crew “man, I can’t keep up with any of these guys, and many I could beat last year”….fast forward Monday night in the shop….timing mark is dead on, spark plugs look great, all valves are adjusted properly. We now check the throttle linkage, and I’m in the car and David leans over the engine and says “push it all the way down”. I do and then he says “what, are you kidding”. So far I like what I hear because everything else we checked was good. Then David asks me to do it again and says “Wow, I can’ believe this. Hey Bob check it out, Dad only has half throttle, no wonder he couldn’t keep up or get any power”. Now I was smiling, not upset that we missed it somewhere along the line, but glad that we found the reason for us being so far off. The last thing our team needed to do was to handicap the driver. We think it happened when I pulled the engine out at McColl’s. I honestly don’t care, I’m so glad we found it, now we need to readjust the chassis because it was pushing from me driving in too far. “Hey Dad, how did you hit the chip even once”……….Anyway, all of us are happy about this find, now we really need to find the handle on that checker flag.

 

CVM Season Opener May 19th Flamboro Speedway

Season Begins
Season Begins
We Start Our 42nd Season With CVM
    From 1972 to 2004 we ran those 33 season missing only 15 nights in total. We had 25 of the 33 with 100% attendance. Thirty feature wins and quite a few checkers in heats and consi’s have made our tenure with the CVM a very memorable experience. The two Championships were awesome, very tough to get one in this club with so many talented racers. In 1989, our first Championship, there were 16 different feature winners, that was amazing. Over the years we ran 24 nights minimum and many of the seasons saw schedules with over 30 race nights. We are planning on running 4 events with the Hobby club in 2013, that will be 30% of the schedule, but it’s all we can commit to because of our Late Model schedule that is close to 25 nights………This class is nothing like Late Models, totally different in so many ways. Both classes require a different style of driving. The Late Model smooth, the CVM more agressive and kind of wild. Imagine the same engine as in our Late Model, only in a car that is 400 pounds lighter. Wow, if the Coupe had 8″ Hoosiers it would be an incredible ride, it is anyhow……….Our hope is to be competitive, but not racing with the club regularily makes running competitive very tough. I respect the boys racing now, and know even to keep pace with them will be a chore. However, I’m looking forward to racing in the season opener, our 42nd year, and hope for a clean finish and a competitive performance. Races start at 6, hope to see you there.

 

Billy “The Bump” Zardo Takes Feature Win

Sunset Speedway
Sunset Speedway
McColl Streak Comes To An End….Hanley Car Wins Feature
    What a night for the Zardo family. Billy wins the very fast and competitive Late Model feature with a determined bump and run move on Mike Bentley going into turn three. Billy came off turn four beating “Lights Out” at the line. It’s the first win for a non McColl car in some time, and the first Late Model feature win for Billy Zardo in a while. Grandpa Bill Zardo came into our trailer asking us if we had Junior Hanley’s phone number, and we did, and we have Mike McColl’s to. David gave Bill senior the number and in an excited and shaking voice the Z’ called Junior to let him know the good news they finally won a feature…..just awesome for this family, we are very proud of them. congrats Billy for an exciting victory……..also congrats to Lane Zardo who finished 2nd in the Super Stock feature. It was a night of celebration for the 46 team, making everyone, especially Grandpa very proud…….the win by the Zardo team is manifest of how much all the competitors have stepped up their programs in 2013, and this one with success………I think there will be more new faces in the winners circle this year….good job Billy!!!!!

 

Chris Morrow #11

Dean Muz Photo
Dean Muz Photo
Sunset Speedway Ace Chris Morrow Currently 3rd In The 2013 Points Chase
    Racing with Chris is fun because he has no interest in wrecking his own stuff and usually runs his competitors clean. Chris had a rough outing last week but has ran consistent in his heats and feature so far this season. Chris and his crew, like many others, are always willing to help teams who need parts or tips. The Morrow team is one of many bright spots at Sunset Speedway…….I really don’t need to give him so much room

 

Sunset Speedway May 25th

Pamela Guppy Photo
Pamela Guppy Photo
A Win Or Rain This Weekend….Either Would Be Good Right Now
    I know what those who know me would think about me even hinting that rain would be a good thing. There is a good reason that I say that of course, and it has nothing to do with our performance, but rather that we are doing a show next week in Sturgeon Falls, and don’t really need any trouble this weekend. If we raced and won, it would be awesome. Maybe I should say if I actually raced at all this season it would be awesome. The past two seasons, including this one, have been crazy trying getting out of the gate quick and trying to catch up to our competitors. For the third time in my career, I’m the worst or slowest car on the track, and it hurts huge. The first time we held that recognition was in our Mini Stock days. We were terrible. My Dad often said “the only thing behind us is the next race”. That was brutal, not what he said, that was funny, but being so slow, in the way, not being able to keep up. Back then I was so stubborn, I raced everyone usually wrecking, rolling or wrecking them. But this year is nothing like that, or at least it should not have any comparison, but in the darkest sense, there is a likeness…….We are stunned beyond belief why our car is taking so long to run with the pack. It won’t turn, sometimes maybe, but 90% of the time it’s tight, pushing, plowing, washing up, over steering….whatever!!!! I’m not frustrated, I’m in shock, literally speechless when it comes to understanding why we are running so far off where we should be. A five year old come up to me a few weeks ago and asked “where’s the guy that drove that car last year”. I said “where’s your baby sitter”….just kidding, but now I get no respect, and it’s not that we’re not trying, it’s a combination of everything going wrong that could go wrong having a field day on our team. IF a rep from Murphy’s Law came by and we asked if there was anything we could do. He would say “no, this is awesome, you guys are writing your own chapter on what could go wrong will go wrong”. He’s right, but our team isn’t listening because we know we should be better, and though we’re close, we are still a long way from running with this very fast, stout pack of Limited ($50K each) Late Models. Our team needs a boost. I think we need to go in one of those Marathon’s with street runners. I know cars aren’t allowed, but winning that would give me some confidence. It’s crazy, my fans, friends, sponsors are all looking somewhat bewildered that our awesome looking race car is so inept. I have been frustrated before, years ago with blowing up the In Line Sixes so many times, but this is the most frustrating I’ve ever been. A good friend and sponsor used the term “we’re discouraged but not defeated”. Last week I was so dejected from not being able to keep up that I was almost in tears…WHAT!!!…yes tears, how is that fun???? Well the truth is, it’s not fun, but every Sunday after Church, I unload the car and get it ready for Monday night maintenance and repairs with my crew chief Bob, and now David (the other members live too far away to make it, or are working nights) and we give our selves a pep talk, find things wrong, or things that can be better and prepare for another week, there is no quitting. There have been 4 feature winners so far in 2013. I know the very competitive field at Sunset Speedway sees at least 4 or 5 more (excluding us) that could easily take the checker. If we can get the car right, and the power issue is just because of handling, I know without a doubt that a win would allow us to forget the first four nights of 2013. So this weekend we want to hold the checker in the feature…..or let it rain so we’re ready for our show next Friday and can rest next week…..thanks to my crew for not giving up….thanks to our sponsors for believing in us….thanks to Pamela Guppy for this great shot….more on the show early next week.

 

Gehrig Wins First Stock Car Race

Ashley McCubbin Photo
Ashley McCubbin Photo
What A Night For Gehrig….For All Of Us
    Many of our friends and fans at the track, and of course us as well, could see that it wouldn’t be long before Gehrig ended up in Victory Lane. He made it twice on Saturday night picking up two heat wins, then capped off the night with a 7th in the feature. It was a great night for us to see him finally win a race. His car was equipped with 14″ tires from 15″. However the change was too much, making the car fast, but also gaining a lot of RPM. He was asked to run the middle of the track for the night until we could fix the problem by installing another transmission that would lower the RPM enough to allow him to race hard. Though still much better than all weeks prior, a transmission change is mandatory now, or the 7800 RPM will take out the engine. We’re looking for 7200 and then he can race anywhere on the track……..this was a very good points night for our Mini Stock team, securing his 5th place in the point standings…..congrats to Gehrig, Shirley, Nathan and Lauren for having a great night and making us all proud.

 

Arctic Ad For Friday June 7th

West Nipissing Tribune
West Nipissing Tribune
We Headed North To Sturgeon Falls For Show #4, To Support Our Sponsor Arctica Mechanical Services
    Last year, as part of our sponsorship agreement with Arctica Mechanical Services, we agreed to come to Sturgeon Falls to put our car on display for their special promotional event with Reliance, the home heating product supplier. It was a good day, considering the threat of rain was in the forecast, however we were blessed to get the day in with the sun coming out a few times and many people dropping by…..thanks to West Nipissing Tribune for supplying us this Ad…..we have two more events coming up this week to celebrate Fathers Day. One at West Highland Baptist church, and the other at Clearview Community Church in Wasaga Beach.

 

As Si Would Say….”Wrong Way Jack”

Pamela Guppy Photo
Pamela Guppy Photo
Troubles Continue As A Brake Caliper Pin Let Go…….Lucky No Other Damage….Good Heads Up Andrew
    I’ve been in slumps before, many over the years, but this one is so puzzling. We may have turned the corner with getting the car to handle, it seems better, but overall we are still not even where we were last year. Our car is lacking power punch. We’ve made some changes in the HP department and intend to make a few more. We are flat on the straights, and have needed to put more gear and tend to over drive to make up, but it’s not the answer, nor is it working. My crew are amazing, they know we can do better and none are giving up. I’m trying not to make my disappointment an issue, but it is very frustrating to say the least, and I think if you get punched enough, soon you just get use to it, and I’m almost there. I would hate to accept the fact that not being competitive is the norm for this year, but that’s been the story so far in 5 nights at Sunset………in this awesome Pamela Guppy shot, Andrew Kamrath #35 hits the dirt and both #19 Jason Witty and #35 Scott Beatty go around and all is well…….the crew got the car ready for the feature and though we handled perhaps the best yet, we were clearly suffering in the power department, not a lot, but enough to only allow us to keep up. Maybe next week we find the cause, we’re working on it, and we’ll get it.

 

Out Of Sinc At Sunset Speedway

Pamela Guppy Photo
Pamela Guppy Photo
What’s Wrong With This Car?????
    To look at it, maybe nothing seems amiss, it’s a great looking race car, but stats from the first five nights, and watching us on the track, has raised concerns, and prompted some to ask “what’s wrong with the car”. So far in 2013 we have not finished better than 10th in the feature, or 4th in the heats. Our car was suffering handling problems the first few weeks, but we seem to have the handle on that now….we think! What seems clear to us, to me, is the power. Our car can run with the pack, at the back, explaining why no feature better than 10th, but has no power to maneuver past other cars. We can’t beat cars we passed in 2012, and our car should be a much better piece, we invested in all the right places. Here’s what we think is wrong, or at least the cause of our ineptness. I’ve been complaining most all of this early season, that I can barely keep up with the competition. We’ve finally got the handling very close, but at times I have been over driving the turns, causing issues with getting our car to turn. I drive too hard in and the car pushes up, or I get on the gas too soon and the car washes up. So why am I overdriving? The reason is simple, to make up for not enough power. The impressions and feedback from our crew, fans and sponsors is that we are close, but lacking that jam needed to get in the hunt, to battle for an elite position, in our case anywhere in the top 10, although the magic number for me is top 5. I want so bad to be competing with the best cars, but we’re not there yet. This week we’ve made some changes to the car suggested by VDL carb expert Dan. If these don’t work, our next move is to do a leak down test of our new 602 Crate engine. If the numbers show more than 6% loss in pressure, we may be looking at either replacing or fixing our engine. If that’s the case, it would be kind of a shock to me. The motor only has 6 nights on it, one last year and the rest in 2013. I did the break in process exactly like the book said, time consuming, but exactly to the letter of the steps to properly break in that engine. Our hope for this weekend is to be competitive. It’s possible Dan may have turned us around, because we’ve done exactly everything he said to do, but we won’t know until Saturday. It’s been such an incredibly frustrating season for my awesome crew as well, and for their sake I want to see us run competitive. Talking to one of our crew members, he has suggested that I take my eyes off everything and just have fun. He sees my stress, in fact all my crew do, and all have tried to get me to take it easy because this has really got to me. My crew now are suggesting not to worry about points, finishes or what anyone thinks, just have fun and we’ll keep working at it until we get our car to where we should be. They all know very well, that having fun is not usually attained by the way we’ve ran so far this year, but their point is well taken. Once we find the main culprit, we think it’s to do with the engine now, we will be having fun because we’ll find ourselves potentially getting a chance to hold the checker flag, or certainly a podium finish. Any solid run will bring a smile, and smiles are consistent with fun. Our hope is that we get it right this weekend, and put the first five nights behind us, and to this point in the season, there hasn’t been anything we’d want to remember in those first five nights………Saturday morning we are on display in Hamilton at the West Highland Baptist church classic car show. We will be there from 9 until 12, drop by and see all the beautiful hot rods, and our awesome looking Quaker State Impala……..oh and maybe give us a hug, it should help, although a good night at Sunset Speedway will do wonders.

 

Was This Exactly What It Looked Like Or Different?

Alain Thiboutot Photo
Alain Thiboutot Photo
Chris Morrow Get’s Caught In Front Chute Wreck…That Should Never Have Happened
    This mess happened with three laps to go. Walters lapped all but 7 cars before a caution on lap 58. He was much faster than he was the night before, not even close. On about lap 62, he was spun out by Mike Bentley with 13 to go. I don’t get that either. How Mike would not be able to race hard against Tom and not spin him is puzzling. Most racers when they get a car sideways a little back out. when any of these guys hit someone it’s over, someone gets turned, mostly because they don’t really care. Both cars went to the rear (6th and 7th). Walters was clearly the fastest car on the track, by far, no one had anything for him. He moved from the 6th to 2nd in less than 10 laps passing some very fast cars like they were broke. He got into 2nd and was quickly running down Dwayne Baker with 6 to go. Baker was fast but we all could see Tom was quicker. It looked like the 47 would catch him at the end but maybe not have enough time to pass. However, with three laps to go the yellow came out, making for potentially, a very exciting finish…..On the restart they ran hard into one, side by side. Going down the back chute Walters moved slightly ahead as the cars flew into three. Tom got a good run off four and Baker was inside but just before the start finish the 48 moved up catching the rear quarter of the 47 turning him into the inside cement wall. Walters bounced off the wall and was t-boned by Chris Morrow #11 who could not stop. Baker spun out going into one…….First off, Tom didn’t cut down. He was ahead by 3/4 of a car. All he had to do was go into turn one, leave the bottom open for a hard dive by the 48 and then smoke Baker down the back chute. Dwayne had to settle for 2nd, he was the 2nd fastest at that point, Bentley was the 2nd fastest, but didn’t have enough time to get up with too many cars between him and Baker…..so why did this happen????….was it an accident, really? Who was spotting for the 48, why was he up in the high lane when there was no room? He’s a Champion, and surely would know there was no room, unless he was told it was clear and it clearly wasn’t…..Walters was furious after the wreck and tried to get at Baker, but was restrained….the worst part of this deal was the wreck of Chris Morrow #11, he got caught up in it. As much as Walters detests me, because I want fair racing, I feel he this deal was just as wrong against him. It was his race to win and he should not have been turned, mistake or not. But was it a mistake, a spotter error, or a driver not listening to the spotter? I think it had to be, because the only other conclusion was that Baker deliberately turned Walters. They’ve been buddies since the winter, or at least have shown that in public and at the track, laughing, talking. I suspect Baker will call Walters and apologize. I hope so, he should, but what’s more important is that if he doesn’t we could see retaliation and that kind of garbage hurts innocent racers who go to have fun, like Morrow. I get that it’s racing and stuff happens, but deliberate stuff should be punishable by a suspension. If it was an accident, then lets hear it, from both sides. Hopefully Tom gets his car fixed, and the apology as well, then we all can move on.

 

Dwayne Baker Makes It Right

Ashley McCubbin Photo
Ashley McCubbin Photo
There Was An Apology, An Explanation, No Intent To Wreck, Just Trying Hard To Win
    In this controversial incident, many racers, fans and those truly concerned about the sport in general wondered what happened to create this very bad wreck. There was severe damage to a few cars, and damage to others caught up in the melee’. Everyone from the Sunset Speedway area knows of the feud between Tom Walters and Dwayne Baker, from an incident 2 years ago. Maybe what some don’t know is that Dwayne and Tom had since made amends, it was over. This past winter and the since the season began they had been talking, and socializing, with no issues on the table at all. This wreck certainly caused many to think that maybe the feud wasn’t over. Even Tom got out of his car and had to be restrained by the officials to stop him from going after Dwayne Baker to at least yell at him. Adrenalin fuel does amazing things. Getting wrecked while leading a 75 lap race certainly produces even more adrenalin. Many of us were left to our own conclusions. Our assumptions from what we saw were the same opinions used by any human whether on staff, promoting or being on one of the two teams involved. There would be some who were adamant it was deliberate, there would be others who blamed Walters, some Baker, others just kind of stunned by it. The fans would have the right to call it like they seen it. After all, that’s what referees, umpires, judges and race directors do, they call it like they seen it and sometimes they get the agreement of the majority, other times they don’t, sometimes they are right, sometimes they’re not….I phoned Dwayne because I do respect him as a racer and I really believe he cares about the sport and all the aspects of it, and I wanted to know what happened. He said sincerely that it was an accident, he got into Tom. He got high, thought maybe he got loose coming off four and on correcting, his front end got into the rear bumper of the #47. He also said it was an accident, his fault perhaps, but not intentional. He said Walters door slammed him in one and two, but that was racing as they both touched a few times trying to get the win…….coming off four Dwayne had no choice but to surrender the lead, or give it all he had. He still wanted to win. Tom had the outside and preferred lane, so Dwayne jammed the gas as soon as he could to stay close. In doing so his car broke loose, and resulted in the two cars locking front and rear horns, as shown in this great shot by Ashley McCubbin…….in the picture below, I felt that if this was the case, that Dwayne should apologize if he felt it was his, and to his credit he did do that, although he felt it was a racing deal. The apology was more because it happened rather than admission of full guilt, because much of this was from hard racing. The most amazing news is that Dwayne offered his spare car to Tom for next weekend, if his does not get fixed in time. What a gesture by Baker, first class all the way, and such good news to hear……maybe a lesson to be learned by many racers, crew members and those on teams that get messed up. When someone apologizes, understand the humility expressed and accept it with grace. Maybe the person has no car to offer, no garage to fix it, but it shouldn’t be a political thing, it should be a sign that a racer made a mistake, or at least felt the need to make it right. When you don’t accept it, you leave it on the table kind of simmering, and you disrespect the one apologizing. Remember, none of us are perfect.

 

Quaker State Promotion

True North Chevrolet
True North Chevrolet
Promoting Quaker State, And All Our Sponsors At True North Chevrolet….June 21st In North Bay
    We have been invited to attend a big promotional event in North Bay at True North Chevrolet. It was only 2 weeks ago that we went to Sturgeon Falls to support one of our sponsors, Arctica Mechanical Services. It sure is beautiful up that way and I’m looking forward to the trip and spending the day at the GM Dealership….we will give away some of our Quaker State 40th Anniversary souvenir books for prizes for the True North customers, also hand out Sunset Speedway souvenir programs, and sign our autograph cards……This will be our 7th show of 2013. It is very important for us to support our sponsors every chance we get, and even though this event is aimed at selling and promoting Quaker State Full Synthetic oil, all our sponsors benefit when we hand out our autograph cards and talk about our various sponsors…..the management team of True North are excited to have us, and I can’t wait to get there and show our car, our sponsors and our sport….if you’re going through drop by, the car will be at True North from 9am until 4pm, or longer if there are people asking questions or wanting to see the car…..I return Saturday to race at Sunset Speedway on June 22nd, where I meet my crew and hopefully get a chance to hold a checker flag…..maybe see you at Sunset Speedway on Saturday, races start at 6:30.

 

North Bay Display Great Success

North Bay
North Bay
A Little Rain On Friday….Sunset Speedway Gets Cancelled Today From Rain & Threat Of More Rain
    We travelled to North Bay Ontario to be part of a community event held by True North Chevrolet. It rained a little in the morning and again around noon, but after that it was just overcast but no rain. This amazing Dealership offered a barbeque to those who attended, which was anyone who came in. True North is one of the biggest Dealers in the area, selling the most trucks, and the most Quaker State………Mat Noualy had his rock crawling vehicle on display as well. Mat competes regularly in rock climbing competition. This was the 2nd show we did together, the first at New Roads Chevrolet in New Market………I headed to Sunset Speedway on Saturday morning. My crew were going to meet there. I was the first car at the track. Soon the rain came, then it stopped. However with the threat of rain in the area suppose to be on and off all day, the Sunset staff decided to cancel the races for this week………our next display is tomorrow, a private affair, I will post on that after I get pictures, and our next race is at another one of my favorite tracks, Sauble Speedway. The first of a home and home series put on by the track owners and promoters…..an awesome idea.

 

Gary Baverstock Coldwell Banker Function

Gary Baverstock Photo
Gary Baverstock Photo
Show #8…Butterflies in 3D
    We were invited to attend Gary and Debbie Baverstock’s special event for their clients, friends, family and neighbors. There were over 150 adults and kids who came to spend a few hours of their day. They went through the conservatory, saw insects, butterflies up close, had strawberry short cake, and got a close look at our race car, many kids big and small got in our car for a picture. We handed out autograph cards, our Quaker State 40th anniversary book as well as the Sunset Speedway schedule. It was very hot and humid, I’m not complaining, it was better than rain, and much better than being cold, it was an awesome day, well planned and attended……….I got a chance to go through the “conservatory”. what an experience!!! It was so peaceful in there. The butterflies flew right up to those walking around, it was as though they were in 3D, or that I was in a 3D movie, it was weird. They flew up in slow motion, so content and friendly. It was beautiful, peaceful and so nice to see the many varieties and colors of butterflies. There was a glass display of cock roaches, that was as Borat would say “Not so nice”………I was like a kid in there, it was a great day, and now after the rain out this weekend, we have 8 race nights and 8 shows/events….next weekend will change that with a double header, Late Model at Sauble Speedway Saturday for the Home and Home series, and then race our 33 Chev Coupe at Sunset Speedway on Sunday for the CVM special…..no rain please!!!

 

Sauble Sunset Home & Home Series

Sauble Speedway
Sauble Speedway
Promoters Work Together To Have An Exciting Series….Home & Home Show #1 Suable Speedway
    This is a great idea, and I hope it’s just as great a success. These two tracks have always been my favourite over the years for many reasons. They have done excellent work in trying to make our sport alive, interesting, fan driven, sponsor supportive and providing a great venue to race…….Sauble is a very stable track, balanced overall, but offers two lanes of racing, although things can get nuts coming off four if your side by side. Respect is needed here, but this short 30 lap feature will have all the ingredients of a 100 lapper for many reasons. The line up will be stellar because all the top shoes at Sunset will be racing against the top racers at Sauble. Every car is getting 100 points to show up, whether they make the show or not. I’m not sure the format, it doesn’t say how many qualify out of each heat, but I suspect there will be 30 cars, ten in each heat, 6 qualify through the heat races, giving us 18 cars, and the final 6 spots will be earned by the top 6 in the consi, or last chance. It will be exciting for sure……I like the idea of this home and home series, it’s brilliant and I hope it continues, but maybe make it 50 laps instead of 30, and for sure, get the purse up. The payoff is weak and should have been improved to help with travelling, but even more, because it’s going to be a good draw with a lot of strong running Ontario Late Model drivers fighting for a spot in the feature……we have done well in the past, 2nd in 2008, in the Quaker State 100 and qualifying pole in 2009 with David inside and us outside, but we both had mechanical failures…..I like the track, so my attitude will be good. The built engines at Sauble are stout, so the parity may not be so close, but some of the altered, rebuilt Crates from Sunset may have a chance….hope you can make it, if nothing else it should be a barn burner for the win, we hope to be a contender, and we’ll know by the 2nd set of hot laps.

 

Sunset Speedway CVM Feature

Alain Thiboutot Photo
Alain Thiboutot Photo
Our Best Feature Finish In 2013…So Far…Comes In Our 33 Chev Vintage Modified
    After a decent run Saturday at Sauble in the Late Model, I couldn’t wait to get in the Vintage Modified and see how it would run after Ron Easton changed the front end geometry. Tyler liked it at Flamboro 2 weeks ago and finished 9th in the feature, although he was up to 6th. The car ran well, still stiff to steer, even once it’s going, but handles much better than when I drove at Flamboro on May 19th…..there were 21 cars and we finished 5th, taking the spot on the final lap coming off turn four…..our next Coupe race will be Delaware, and the final show at Sunset Speedway’s Velocity weekend….thanks to Alain Thiboutot for this great picture.

 

Back To Sunset Speedway

Eric Uprichard Photo
Eric Uprichard Photo
Regular Racing Resumes At Sunset Speedway July 6th
    All regular classes will return for racing tonight at Sunset Speedway. The Home and Home series with Sauble Speedway last weekend was a great success, that special continues next weekend when Sauble cars come to Sunset………Gehrig has been running very strong this season and currently holds on to 4th place in the points. Warren Paxton #33, the Sunset Speedway 2012 Mini Stock Champion is at the top of the class so far in 2013. Should be a good night of racing, very very hot in the race cars with the humidity high today….we are hoping to turn our Late Model campaign around. It’s been a tough season so far but things have improved lightly the last two outings…..races start at 6:30

 

Sunset Speedway Feature July 6th

Ashley McCubbin
Ashley McCubbin
First Time To Qualify In 2013…..Fall Back To 9th…..Slight Push Enough To Kill Us
    In this Ashley McCubbin photo, we are leading the feature on lap three, but it’s short lived and over the next 27 laps we lose one position every 3 laps………There was a bright spot in qualifying. Our combined heat race finishes of a 5th and 8th finally gave us enough points to get our handicap spot for the feature, pole…..On the green and for a two laps, Frank Davey #49 and I ran side by side. I got a push and went a little high in the middle of one and two and Anthony Simone #95 got under and pulled me down the back chute, he has a built engine. We raced into three, 3-wide, 95-36-49. This picture shows us coming off turn four. I lead this lap but that’s it. Simone got by, then the #88, another built engine, then the #29 and for the next 24 laps we lost a spot every 3 laps or so to 6 more cars, it was a bad feeling……we did have a handling problem, but not that severe, at least not that I could tell inside the car. Perhaps I should have slowed down a little going into the turns. I tend to go in too hard, and that can make the car push coming off the turns……As the race progressed I was losing confidence, feeling I was in the way as my spotter kept telling me cars were inside. I trust my spotter fully and if he says inside I’m not diving down, I will stay up. Even more so when I want to go high, I will hold my spot until I am clear to go high because I do not want to wreck my car or anyone else’s…….we finished 9th, and though it was our best feature finish of 2013, I was just over the top stressed about it. I feel so bad for all our team, our sponsors, fans and most of all our crew, who work so hard and cannot get a break performance wise on the track. I don’t think the car was that bad and at the end of the race we were in a pack of cars, but starting first and finishing 9th, isn’t good enough for us this time of the season, we need to get better finishes. I will admit, the car was better in warm ups and in the second heat race. We need to concentrate on getting our car to turn, period. If our car did respond better in the turns I think we may have finished a few spots better, maybe a top five. We will work on the car this week and improve it for next weekend…….thanks to all my crew for sticking with me, it’s been tough and I sense we will get a break-through, I just hope it’s soon.

 

Race Camp Sunset Speedway Correction

Scripture Union Sports Camp
Scripture Union Sports Camp
Exciting Race Camp Coming….Still Room Left For Kids!!!…Family Faith Night on Saturday July 20th
    The first ever SU Motor Racing Camp will be held at Sunset Speedway from July 16th to July 19th, followed by Family Faith Night on July 20th. There is still room left for your children or grand children to be part of this special exciting week. Go to scriptureunion.ca/innisfil and register your son or daughter for this camp that will include Go Cart rides, a seminar about racing with our Quaker State Late Model, many fun games and gifts including a ticket to the VIP area on July 20th Family Faith Night. I will also be giving our 40th Anniversary Quaker State books to every child that is registered.

 

Kings & Classics Car Show

Precious  Buttons
Precious Buttons
On Display All Day At Rockton Fair Kings and Classic’s 6th Anniversary
    Rockin” Ray Michaels, radio personality from CKOC 1150 held his 6th Kings and Classic event at Rockton Fair. There were 10 Elvis impersonators competing in the show and 50 beautiful classic cars. Here we are setting up early. It was a hot day but the music was great and we had an awesome time….I got to meet stock car Ace, Harvey Walsh who drove a Late Model back in the early 60’s. He was #49. There were other racers there, including the only used parts peddler. Bryon had some amazing pictures of Super Modified racers from back in the day, Oswego, Flamboro, Nilestown, Delaware and many other tracks. It was a good day, and Button’s wouldn’t let me out of her site. She had a good time as well…..off to Motor Racing Camp this week coming until Friday….this little dog is such a blessing. She is a family dog, but wants to go with me everywhere I go. She goes to the Go-Cart races with Shirley and then to Sunset at night, loves the cars, and people. She watches me like a hawk, every move.

 

Scripture Union Supports Sunset Speedway

Famly Faith Night
Famly Faith Night
Thanks To Our Sponsor Scripture Union For Being Part Of Our Awesome Sport
    Next Saturday night is Family Faith Night Sunset Speedway. Many of the Sunset teams support the track by introducing to their sponsors the possibility of sponsoring a night. The track puts that revenue to good use and the sponsor gets exposure at one of the best race tracks in North America. Each of us, drivers, crew, family, other sponsors, need to help our race tracks as much as possible, we help ourselves when we help track promoters and sponsors. We should also thank Nightly Sponsors for supporting our sport, so thank you Scripture Union for being involved at Sunset Speedway………and of course with our team……sorry that I did not update Diary OF A Season 2013, Race #12. It was very hectic the past 2 days with the car show Sunday and heading to the kids camp today, there was no time….next week or by the end of this week for sure….thanks for visiting our web site.

 

Scripture Union Motor Racing Camp A Blast

Motor Racing Camp
Motor Racing Camp
Kids Get Ready To Hit The Track
    We got this neat picture thanks to Sarah, the Motor Racing Camp leader. The kids loved the race camp week at Sunset Speedway, run by Scripture Union. In spite of the heat and humidity it was informative, exciting and most of all fun. I got to show them our race car up close and teach a few basics with a spiritual conclusion. I thoroughly enjoyed the week. Thanks to the staff from Scripture Union and Steve Slaughter for working so good with me and to the kids for making the week a memorable and joyful experience for me….we gave away our Quaker State 40th Anniversary book, Bibles, a CD and a football supplied by Permatex, one of our sponsors…..Here Ighor gets ready to lead Nathan, Mikey, Abby, Anthony and Cam out on the track for testing and some fast laps.

 

Delaware Speedway Tonight

Dave Hodgkinson Mod
Dave Hodgkinson Mod
5 Race Nights, 6 Features In 10 Nights
    We will be busy the next week. Starting tonight until next Sunday we will compete in 5 shows at 3 different tracks. It starts tonight with the Outlaw Pro 4 and our CVM 33 Chev Coupe at Delaware Speedway. Then on Tuesday I head to Sauble Speedway, we were invited by the track to come up Tuesday night and show our car on the beach for Cruise Night to display the various race cars at Sauble, and to compete in the 50 lap Dash for Cash on Wednesday . The next weekend, the long weekend, we have a double header at Sunset Speedway, regular racing Saturday night and a 75 lap Late Model Invitational on Sunday. Special thanks to Dave, Terry and Cliff Hodgkinson for giving me the ride in the Pro 4 and suggesting to letter it like our car…we almost had it painted but the humid weather made it impossible….we are at 2472 races in our chase for 2500. We have a contest through our new Quaker State 40th Anniversary book. Books are being sold at Sunset Speedway with a $1 from every sale going to the Food Bank in Innisfil….most of my crew are off this week, although Matt and Don are coming this weekend.

 

Historic Win…36th Career Feature Win

Delaware Speedway
Delaware Speedway
Outlaw Pro Four Brings First Ever Feature Win At Delaware Speedway July 26th
     What an amazing night for us at Delaware Speedway. A night to remember and break some long draughts. This was our first feature win in 5 years, our 36th career win, but more importantly, our first ever at Delaware Speedway. We had a few 2nds at the big half in the Coupes over the years, but never a win. I was intimidated at the start to race this Outlaw Pro Four against the club veterans, and on a big fast track. I wasn’t really comfortable with the car. I didn’t know it very well. We had one lap in practice before an oil cap came off and I had to pull back into the pits. I missed the rest of the practice sessions, but we did find the oil cap……Matt, Cheryl and Don came with me and they were a big help, trying to run two race cars, the Outlaw and the CVM…….I must admit the Pro 4 was excellent in power and handling. We won our heat from the pole and the feature from 7th. It was our first ever feature win at Delaware and came in a car I was in for the first time…..I want to thank Dave Hodgkinson, his wife Terry, their son Cliff and daughter Lisa for all their help. it was a great fun night for us, and I am truly grateful. I’ve been having a terrible season with the Late Model and this helped restore some confidence….thanks Matt, Cheryl and Don for being there to help and part of this historic night.

 

Sauble Speedway July 31st

Dash for Cash
Dash for Cash
Dash for Cash Wednesday Night July 31st Sauble Speedway
    This Wednesday night we head north to Sauble for their first Dash for Cash race. It’s a 50 lap race and we’re looking forward to race with the boys at Sauble Speedway. The mid week race will be our 17th night of the season. On Tuesday I will put my car on display at the Beach to support the show with other racers……On Monday night, Matt, Gehrig and Steve Cashmore joined me at Mike McColls to go over our car. We found a lot of things wrong with the car and hopefully we have got it to the point of being able to turn better. Sauble will be a good test because being tight or having a push is very common at the small, fast, beautiful oval……this coming weekend we are back at Sunset Speedway for a double header on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Chassis Tune Up At McColls

Mike McColl Enterprises
Mike McColl Enterprises
Hoping To Get This MIA Back On Track
    We went to McColl Enterprises on Monday night to go over the car complete. Mike changed a few things. It started with ride height. I am so dumb, I thought they checked with me in the car, and apparently it’s with me not in the car, so our 5 3/4 ride height was a little high. We also changed the front shocks, the right front spring, the right rear spring the right rear axle and made some other changes I can mention in case Mike Bentley or Tom Walters read this and find out…..kidding…..anyway when we left the car was in Mikes eyes, much better. We did get some hot laps at Sauble and the car was much more on the loose side. Mike was there and made another change but rains spoiled our hopes of racing and we ended up going back to the Sunset set up…….special thanks to Matt Smith, Steve Cashmore, Paul Geniole Jr. and our grand son Gehrig for coming and helping me. Let’s hope we can get our car back in the action because for sure so far in 2013 we have been Missing In Action…..hey where’s that Outlaw Mod’

 

Sauble Speedway Promoting At The Beach

Classic Car Show
Classic Car Show
Classic Car Show Awesome Place To Promote Sauble Speedway
    I headed up to Sauble Beach on Tuesday during the day, got my room in Owen Sound and then got to the beach around 6. There were 152 Classic cars and close to 800 people. The show was a great success for Sauble Speedway. Jason Thom, track owner, asked me to come up to the Cruise Night back at the Mega Speed show and I agreed. The plan was to be at this event on Tuesday, stay over, then race the Dash for Cash the next day. The show was a tremendous success. I started signing autographs around 6:40. Someone asked me if I was going to get around and see the cars and of course I thought for sure I would. But the race cars were such an attraction for those there that I never stopped signing autograph cars, or having kids in our car until 9 pm. It was an awesome and busy night…… the bad news was we got rained out on the Wednesday, but did get to practice with the car on the track and it felt very good, a little loose but otherwise awesome…….I am slowly catching up on the race reports, three more to do.

 

Gold Rush Coming Soon

Eric Uprichard Creation
Eric Uprichard Creation
Kenny Wallace To Drive Quaker State Car Pro Late Model
    It is with great pride that we announce officially that Kenny Wallace will be driving our Quaker State Pro Late Mode on August 19th. I have re-skinned, repainted and decaled this car and will have it equipped with new wheels for the 100 lap race coming in less than 2 weeks. David still owns this car and will help in the crew with Junior Hanley, Jim Hulzinga and Bob Periera. We are also setting up a display for the rest of our cars and selling tickets to our friends, fans and sponsors. If you would like tickets, please contact me by email, on here or by phone……..our email is gelliot@cogeco.ca….the rain date is on Tuesday the 20th…….hope to see you there.

 

Kenny Wallace Qualifies Pole

Gold Rush
Gold Rush
Bright Moment For Kenny Wallace, Our Team & The 100 Plus Guests
    What a night to remember for us. Kenny Wallace is a great person, a fine gentleman, awesome racer and filled with grace to sign so many autographs, give pictures and answer questions all night. He was amazing to work with, just a great guy………Our entire team, sponsors and guests were ecstatic. First our car was fast enough to put Kenny Wallace on the pole position. Thanks to David, Junior Hanley, Jim, Bob, Eddie, and Jason for doing their best to get the car race ready and prepared for Kenny. There was a lot to do on race day. The seat, radio’s and steering wheel were a few things that needed to be altered, but the boys got it done. David tested the car and had it set up to be very competitive. Once Kenny arrived he got some hot laps and felt comfortable. Then he did his part by getting the fastest lap time……..I was busy with our display, wearing my promoters hat. Once I saw our car on the top of the score board I was so pumped and when it stayed there it was a joyous moment, we were all very proud…….I also had lots of help with the display, and we’ll have pictures up for that as well and soon……there are so many people to thank and I will get those who helped with the display on the next picture.

 

Mayhem Lap One…Turn One

Gold Rush
Gold Rush
Wow, Spun Going Into Turn One On Lap One…….Really!!!
    Man oh man, Kenny Wallace was furious after being dumped going into turn one. He was so upset and kept asking David to let him know when he was back up to the car that spun him. He was really pissed off, but the shocking part wasn’t the dump it was the fact the dumper didn’t go to the back. That made him mad as well. How surprised do you think we were with that call, or non call. Someone asked if I was coming back to Flamboro in 2014, because the cost of towing to Sunset and back must be killing me…..it only took a lap for me to know it won’t be happening. The leader gets spun out right off the bat, and the car that spun him keeps his spot….Wild….Kenny was interviewed after the race and commented very gracefully on that deal. He never did get an apology, but then again, neither did Shawn Chenoweth and his deal cost him $6000…….David was able to talk to Kenny and he calmed down after a while, doing a great job working his way back up to 4th. He didn’t have to worry about getting revenge on the car that took him out, that driver ended up taking himself out near the end, almost wrecking one of his buddies in the process.

 

Chaos, Mayhem Strike On Lap One

Godl Rush
Godl Rush
No Way….Dumped On Lap One, Of The Gold Rush…..Really????
Man oh man, Kenny Wallace was furious after being dumped going into turn one. He was so upset and kept asking David to let him know when he was back up to the car that spun him. He was really pissed off, but the shocking part wasn’t the dump it was the fact the dumper didn’t go to the back. That made him mad as well. How surprised do you think we were with that call, or non call. Someone asked if I was coming back to Flamboro in 2014, because the cost of towing to Sunset and back must be killing me…..it only took a lap for me to know it won’t be happening. The leader gets spun out right off the bat, and the car that spun him keeps his spot….Wild….Kenny was interviewed after the race and commented very gracefully on that deal. He never did get an apology, but then again, neither did Shawn Chenoweth and his deal cost him $6000…….David was able to talk to Kenny and he calmed down after a while, doing a great job working his way back up to 4th. He didn’t have to worry about getting revenge on the car that took him out, that driver ended up taking himself out near the end, almost wrecking one of his buddies in the process.

 

Team Photo With Kenny Wallace

Rick Start Photo
Rick Start Photo
Quaker State Team Has Awesome Night
    We won the pole, finished 4th in the feature. Had all our cars on display. We featured all our sponsors, had over 100 guests join us, and the night was nearly perfect, but regardless we consider this night a great success for our team, sponsors and Kenny Wallace…..in this picture we have from left to right….our Crew Chief from 2005 to 2010, Jim Hulzinga, our current Crew Chief Bob Pereira, hard working Matt Smith from Wasaga Beach, Me, NASCAR star Kenny Wallace, Jason Green who crews for both the Mini Stock and Late Model, Eddie Askin David’s Crew Chief, Paul Johnson, sponsor and CEO of Open Doors and on the far right, owner of the Late Model pictured here, multi champion, Car Chief for our Late Model at Sunset Speedway and favourite son, David Elliott. This was a great night for all of us.

 

Buttons Likes The Torque Sequence

Jason Green
Jason Green
New Mini Stock Engine Gets Reassembled…..Jason Green & Buttons Help
     After blowing the engine in last weeks feature it looked grim for us to get back out this weekend. Through the generous sponsorship of Mike Van Slingerland, we got an engine and now it’s in the car and running. Shirley had to drive to Kingston to get the engine and with the help of Gehrig, Nathan, Jason and Grandpa we got it in and running……I hadn’t worked on a blown engine situation for a long time, at least not where the transferring of parts was needed. We blew up over 50 inline-six engines during our time with the Hobby Club but after a few under our belt it became easier and we could do it at the track in less than 2 hours, plus we had lots of help from other racers who knew what to do with the inline when it blew up…..the Honda was a challenge for me, but I got to give credit to Gehrig and Nathan for hustling to get the engine out and working late Friday night to finish attaching all the parts and get in running….good job boys. Gehrig is 4th in points and needed to get back out to keep his awesome season going. So thank you Mike for getting us this engine we truly appreciate it very much.

 

Lauren Has Good Run In Go Cart

Debbie-Jo Zardo Photo
Debbie-Jo Zardo Photo
Lauren’s Great Run Starts The Day Off Right For All Our Teams
    This has been a tough year for Lauren and our Quaker State Go-Cart team. She has been pushed around a lot, but through that she has become stronger, staying quiet yet focused when she gets in her Cart. She had a great run on Saturday finishing 7th, 4th and 6th in her two heats and feature. She is much more consistent now, and has been running very well against the tougher teams. Lauren is 10th in points, with two events to go and is only 4 points out of 9th and 11 out of 8th….In this Debbie-Jo Zardo picture she is running with points leader #02 Tyler Paquette. Our hope is to move Lauren to Mini Stocks in 2014.

 

Markvile Chevrolet Buick GMC This Friday

Show #14
Show #14
Quaker State Team On Display Friday August 30th
    Come and visit us at the Markville Chevrolet-Buick-GMC dealership on highway 7, just east on the 404. We will be there from 10 until 4. This will be our 14th show of 2013 and we’re looking forward to help sell some Quaker State Full Synthetic oil. Hope to see some of our friends and fans there.

 

On Track Celebration

Ashley McCubbin Photo
Ashley McCubbin Photo
Thank you Sunset Speedway For Recognizing Our 2500th Race & Allowing This Moment To Be A Great Memory
    The owners and promoters of Sunset Speedway extended an awesome memory to my team and I by taking the time, 30 minutes, to recognize our 2500th race. It was before the start of the feature, and all drivers got out of their cars and joined in this group shot with our team. Sunset management had this beautiful sign made up as well, a keep sake to go into our museum. I can’t thank them enough…..I’m also thankful to the fans who were awesome and made us feel this night was important to them as well, and that our team is part of the family at Sunset Speedway. Spencer Lewis was great as always, knowing how to make any event exciting, but really exciting for us. He was so classy and elegant in his pre interview hype and asking questions…..I must thank my wife, my children, my pit crews over the years, all my sponsors, promoters and race fans for making these past 2500 races such an incredible journey…….God bless everyone for this sport, the excitement, but most of all the relationships with awesome people, because the bottom line is the people and we are so blessed to have so many great friends and acquaintances……PS….I’m not retiring, we reached a milestone, and we still want to win a Championship, (40 more HP will help), we still want to race with my son and grandson or grand daughter in a series together and on the horizon is a consecutive night streak that is currently at 681 nights run without missing any. We could be a member of the 700 Club next spring.

 

David Gets Dad Ready For Milestone Race

Photo by Alain Thiboutot
Photo by Alain Thiboutot
The Moment……..Getting Ready To Run Race # 2500
    After a great memorable pre race ceremony, prepared by the promoters of Sunset Speedway, who also made an amazing beautiful 2500 sign, David buckled me in for the feature and our 2500th race. We were pumped to reach this plateau, and the fans were pumped with us. It was so nice to have all of the drivers out on the track with our crew to celebrate this moment……There could be other racers with 2500 races, they would have had to keep track like I did. I started keeping stats back in 72. My first 3 years for Mini Stocks was in our books but not to the detail from 72 and on. A driver would not only have needed to keep track but had to run a lot of races every season. It’s not easy in Canada because we don’t start until late April or early May and stop by September or early mid October. If a racer drove 2 races a night, heat and feature and ran 25 nights, he would have 50 races in one year and 2500 after 50 seasons. Some of us ran more than 2 a night, max of 3, heat, consi and feature, or double heats and a feature, or still a heat, semi and feature. There were times when we ran the heat and consi and did not qualify and only had 2 races. Other times we did not start the heat, ran the consi and got in, or didn’t get in, maybe only made one race that night, or if we wrecked bad in warm ups, maybe no races. Some classes now only run a 12 race schedule. That would be 24 races a year at 2 a night and would take 104 years to reach 2500. Our average is 2.18 races per night and 25.38 race nights per year. Back in the early 70’s and 80’s the Hobby’s, CVM ran 30 plus nights a year, and in 1990 we ran 39 nights. Our team has averaged 25 nights per season since 1969 and that helped us reach the 2500 plateau. Perhaps more than counting races, counting wins would be a feat, and we only have 236, less than 10%. I’m sure some racers have won more than 10% of the races they’ve been in. However that is relative to car count. If the field is always low, winning is easier. My 33 years with the Hobby/CVM almost always produced more than 24 cars making qualifying a chore………this race, this milestone speaks more of dedication than anything else. Not wanting to miss any shows, not wanting to sit out of a race. It meant doing everything we could during the week to get to every race and once there, be in every race. I owe a debt of thanks to my wife Nonie for allowing me to do this for 45 years. To my Dad and Mom who helped and encouraged me, my children David and Shirley for being there and David for all his help and in put, like in this picture. My pit crews over the years have been amazing. Our 45th Anniversary book has a dedicated story on our crews. Our sponsors made it possible supporting us faithfully, thee biggest being Quaker State for 40 seasons. Various track promoters worked with me and helped at times for us to get to the next race. Bob Slack helped me get out of a jam our first night at Cayuga when Nonie and I towed our VW around the outside of the track. I didn’t know to go to the infield and soon I found myself in a V trapped between the front chute fence the grandstands, and nowhere to go. I also jack knifed the car trying to back up. Bob helped us through that ordeal and others in the 3 seasons we ran Mini Stocks…..My competitors played a big part in us reaching our 2500th race. Over the years of competing, drivers, owners and their crews helped in so many ways with parts, engines, fixing, welding and lending themselves so we would make the next race. Tonight could not happen without the help of all them. So to my family, crews, sponsors, competitors, promoters, track staff and fans thank you very much, I could not have done it without you.

 

Family Race Day

Sunset Speedway
Sunset Speedway
Open Doors Presents….”Family Race Day”….This Coming Saturday At Sunset Speedway
    Here is a great opportunity for a family to bring their child to a four hour day seminar, based on a Christian perspective. The class will be from noon until 4 and will include some time with my crew chief Bob Pereira. There will be games, team building and the a chance to get a ride around Sunset Speedway in one of Mark Dilley’s race cars……please call 905-636-0944 to reserve a place for you and your child or children….hope to see some of our fans and friends there.

 

Iron Man Triple Crown Race #2

33 Chev
33 Chev
Second Round O”Iron Man Triple Crown”……Sunday Flamboro Speedway
    The second rain out for this race happened yesterday, but lucky there was a rain date set for Sunday September 8th. Tyler Brown is scheduled to race the car, but if for any reason he can’t make it or has other plans for not being able to make the race I have let him know through text, a phone call and face-book that I will drive the car to make sure it is the second of the three scheduled races. Tyler is set to run the final three races at Flamboro Speedway in our Coupe and then will race his own car, the former Champion car of Shane Stickel he purchased earlier this summer…..I hope the car is there, and it should be with either Tyler or me driving.

 

Iron Man Triple Crown…Race #2

Debbie-Jo Photo
Debbie-Jo Photo
Brian Atkinson Wins #2…Corey Jones Leads Series…..Here We Play Hop Scotch Much Better
    Well it was a day to forget for me as far as running with the CVM boys was concerned, at least until Sunset Speedway. It was a weird day, just getting to the track. No hot laps and one heat produced the inability to figure out the car in time for the feature. I kind of had fun, I think. Started 12th finished 10th, not very good, but the car was tight and worse we got held up so long trying to pass the 11th place car, by the time we got into tenth spot coming off two, the group of nine were at Clappison’s Corners and there was no way to catch up without a caution, they were just too far ahead. Not sure if I could have done anything with them anyway. The car was so tight in the middle I had to slow down a ton to get it to stay put in the turns. We gained on the pack but needed until Monday afternoon or a caution to catch them. The good news is the car is mint condition wise. No damage at all, going too slow to get in trouble. I brought the car home and did a 14 point check list including changing the oil and filter, charging the battery and nut and bolt check. I dropped the Coupe off to Tyler today and he will need to set the toe or check it, I didn’t hit anything but it’s worth a check. Then get enough laps in to see how the car is for him. It might be just me, the car might be perfect, right. Driving a Late Model with power steering and racing the Coupe with no power assist, street tires and heavy steering makes for a big change jumping from one to the other. Like going from a BMW to a John Deere. Just so hard to steer and tight, but I love racing this car, loved I mean, it or me has changed. Maybe Tyler being 70 years younger can get-er’ done………It was good to be in our race, Iron Man Triple Crown, but would have been better to finish with the school of fish up front…….our next time in the Coupe is on Saturday September 28th at Sunset and I hope to get some hot laps around that track and fair better than I did at Flamboro….there were only 14 cars wow, but all divisions were weak, Late Models 10, SLM 12, Thunder Cars 12, Pro 4 nine cars, terrible over all…..The best class car count wise was the OSCAAR Mods with 15. But in 30 laps they had 9 yellows and 2 reds. Too bad because they have a good growing club……..The CVM did put on a good show for the fans, I wasn’t really close enough to see it, but what I could see looked exciting……….In this Debbie-Jo Zardo picture, it appears I am playing “hop-scotch”….not sure how to play that, but I couldn’t have done any worse….but!!! looking forward to Sunset and end the season in the Coupe on a positive. The last time at Sunset we finished 5th.

 

Million Biker Protest In Washington

Bikers Take A Stand
Bikers Take A Stand
Remembering 9-11….We Won’t Ever Forget This Day
    Imagine coming to a country that promotes freedom, then on the anniversary of one of the most horrifying acts of terrorism, a Muslim group decides to hold a March to denounce “anti-Islamophobia”. A slap in the face to Americans, this attempted victory lap by the Muslim community is about as insensitive and tasteless as the men from the Westbro Baptist church in Kansas, that protest soldiers funerals and gay deaths. Thankfully, many Muslims won’t participate, and even better is the organized group of Bikers who are there now with full intention of crushing the Muslim March (not violently) but by their overwhelming presence. Reports state 2 million Bikers, (that seems a lot) , have descended on Washington to rebuke the Muslim Mock and and remember those lost on 9-11.

 

Kids Win Bikes For Best Drawings

Lisa Lott Photo
Lisa Lott Photo
Little Boy Wins Bike For Drawing Of Our Car, Little Girl Wins For Drawing Of Shane Maginnis Car
    Our racing industry is made up of some key elements, promoters, racers, sponsors, suppliers and fans. Without race tracks there would be no race teams or venues for sponsors. Without race teams there would be no entertainment for race tracks, or opportunities for sponsors. Without sponsors race tracks and race teams would need to be self sufficient. Without fans none of this would matter, because every aspect of our sport relies on a good fan base¡K¡KJohn Karley, a racer and sponsor, knows the importance of fans and sponsored 2 Bikes for kids to win, a boy and girls Bike. The contest winners were determined by the best poster voted on by the fans. Our team is very proud that the winning boy chose our car to draw and we thank him very much. Also to the young lady who won, and to all of those who participated but unfortunately did not win¡K..Involving kids in contests at race tracks is a win-win for our sport because it helps increase attendance. More tracks need to work harder in the off season getting nightly prizes to give away to the fans, as do race teams. If every team, or 30 teams of the 70 that race at most home tracks gave away one Bike each, there could be a boys and girls Bike given away every week. Maybe I’ll suggest that for 2014……Meanwhile thanks to John for sponsoring the Bikes and to these precious fans for taking the time to draw these pictures, we appreciate it very much.

 

Bruce Gowland #18 Crosses The Finish Line

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Sad News Of The Passing Of Long Time Racer, Both Here & In The USA
(taken from Len Townson)…”A racing icon here in Ontario Canada has just passed away. Bruce Gowland competed at many levels of racing over the years, ASA, ACT, OSCAAR, & annually at New Symrna Speedway during Speedweeks in February and also with Lake Ontario Truck & Tractor Pullers Assoc. with his Orient Express puller. He will be greatly missed here in the racing community“……….In 2011, at Octoberfest I got to tour Bruce’s hauler with my crew chief Bob, it was very impressive, lots of pictures, kind of a mini museum in his trailer. He sure loved to tour around. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and close friends.

 

Fan Appreciation Night September 14th

Debiie-Jo Photo
Debiie-Jo Photo
Last Night Of Points…Will Mike Bentley Win His First Title…Fan Appreciation Night

The season is slowly coming to an end. We still have 5 more race nights left, and our team will be doing at least 3 more shows. Next Saturday is the Garry Reynolds Memorial at Barrie Speedway, the Velocity 250 at Sunset on the weekend of the 28th, Octoberfest at Flamboro October 5th and the year finishes at Peterborough Speedway for the biggest of all, “Autumn Colors”, Thanksgiving weekend…..Tonight Sunset Speedway will be buzzing for lots of reasons. The Late Model Championship is up for grabs, although a smooth and patient Mike Bentley should have enough to win it as long as he stays within a few car lengths ahead or behind Tom Walters. I’m guessing he would prefer ahead…….we will draw for the winners of our contest, the 2500th Race Contest. Someone will win 4 tickets to the Velocity 250, plus our apparel, to be given out on the Velocity weekend……it’s Fan Appreciation Night and the kids big and small will get a final chance to see their favourite drivers up close and get an autograph card……It’s a potentially important night for our team as well. we are 12th in points, but only 8 out of 10th. Anthony Simone is 11th, one point ahead, and Ernie Fumerton is 10th, just 7 points ahead. Will be important for our team to salvage this season with a top 10 in the points. It’s been a dismal year overall, although our team has worked hard to get us better the past 5 weeks, where we gained 50 points. Finishing tenth would be a good end to a painful season……. It will be cold, but should be a fun night for fans, and a good night of hard racing. Don’t miss it.

 

Mike Bentley Sunset Speedway Champion

Late Model Champion
Late Model Champion
Sunset Late Model Champion #51 Mike Bentley
    The 2013 season ended on a high note for Mike Bentley and his team as they won the very competitive Late Model Championship for 2013. Mike had a great season, winning many heat races like this one and being very strong and consistent in every feature through the season. This team came very close in 2012 to winning the title but couldn’t get it done. There wasn’t a lot to do to the car over the winter because it was the car to beat and they proved it this year by winning the points on the final night of racing……congrats to Mike and his team they deserve the title and all that goes with being the Champion.

 

2500 Hoodie’s Available

Greg Calnan Design
Greg Calnan Design
Hoodies To celebrate Our 2500th Race
    It only took 45 years, but we have our first ever apparel available to our friends and fans. The Hoodies are $49.72 including taxes. They are excellent quality. We also have T-Shirts for $22 including taxes……You can order them by emailing us at gelliot@cogeco.ca….thank you.

 

MacMaster Buick GMC Tailgate Event

Orangeville
Orangeville
Quaker State Team Supports MacMaster Buick GMC Customer Appreciation Event
    Chris Brading my long time friend and Fixed Operations Manager from MacMaster Buick GMC invited our team to bring the Quaker State Impala to their Tailgate Saturday September 21st….today…this event with feature other wild hot rods, truck show and shine, prizes and food. My grandson Gehrig and I will head out before 8am to arrive in Orangeville for set up and ready to hand out our 40th Anniversary Quaker State books and autograph cards to the customers and staff of this excellent dealership by 10am……Try to make it up, have a burger and buy a GM or at least get an oil change done with Quaker State Full Synthetic oil……..It will be a fun day and is a go rain or shine’.

 

Wallace Chevrolet Corvette Show

Milton GM Dealer
Milton GM Dealer
Quaker State Impala Heads To Milton For 8AM….Then Races To Barrie For Garry Reynolds Memorial
    On Sunday morning and early afternoon, we will be at Wallace Chevrolet in Milton for the WALLACE MAIN STRRET CORVETTE SHOW from 8AM until 1PM. This show will be exciting with perhaps 100 Corvette owners coming to show their awesome cars. This is an annual event and a must to see. There will be a full line up of Chev Pick Up trucks and awards for the winning Corvette’s will be handed out around noon…………. The Garry Reynolds Memorial 100 lapper was rained out Saturday and rescheduled for Sunday. Pits open at 9AM with practice around 10:30. Races and qualifying will start at 2PM. This will be tough on our team as we will be in Milton until at least 1PM. We’re hoping to get away by 1:00 so we can get to the track and make one set of heats. We will be in big trouble if there are over 24 cars. If not, and we don’t make any heat races, we will be allowed to start last, and more than likely would be last if we only make one heat as well. I hope there are 23 cars, and we make #24, that would be the perfect scenario for us. Bob and I will head to Milton at 7:15 in the morning, get there by 8:00 and set up where we can escape as soon as the Dealer Principal gives us the green light.

 

Dwayne & Sherry Baker

Barrie Speedway
Barrie Speedway
Dwayne Baker Wins Garry Reynolds Memorial 100 Lap Special
    There was lots to cheer about on Sunday. There was no rain and tons of cars, making the promoters glad. We made the feature so we were ecstatic. But no one was as happy as the team in this picture. Dwayne and Sherry hold the Garry Reynolds Memorial trophy after they won the prestigious Garry Reynolds Memorial event quite handily. Dwayne took the lead from Mike Bentley, passing him on the outside and then pulling away by as much as 10 car lengths to easily claim the victory. Mike was great in the heats, winning both, one from the back, but Dwayne found extra juice to takeover the lead around lap 75 then go on to take the checker and do so convincingly. Mike Bentley was 2nd and Gord Shepherd finished 3rd …….we ran good considering but a very loose car gave us trouble in the dying laps of the first 50, however that wouldn’t be our demise as the car overheated badly sending a water geyser well into the atmosphere. The whole story is on Dairy of a Season 13 found in our Message Board in General Chat on the left side of this site……next race is this weekend the Velocity 250 for our Late Model and the final race of the season for the Vintage Modified

 

Dwayne & Sherry Baker

Barrie Speedway
Barrie Speedway
Dwayne Baker Wins Garry Reynolds Memorial 100 Lap Special
    There was lots to cheer about on Sunday. There was no rain and tons of cars, making the promoters glad. We made the feature so we were ecstatic. But no one was as happy as the team in this picture. Dwayne and Sherry hold the Garry Reynolds Memorial trophy after they won the prestigious Garry Reynolds Memorial event quite handily. Dwayne took the lead from Mike Bentley, passing him on the outside and then pulling away by as much as 10 car lengths to easily claim the victory. Mike was great in the heats, winning both, one from the back, but Dwayne found extra juice to takeover the lead around lap 75 then go on to take the checker and do so convincingly. Mike Bentley was 2nd and Gord Shepherd finished 3rd …….we ran good considering but a very loose car gave us trouble in the dying laps of the first 50, however that wouldn’t be our demise as the car overheated badly sending a water geyser well into the atmosphere. The whole story is on Dairy of a Season 13 found in our Message Board in General Chat on the left side of this site……next race is this weekend the Velocity 250 for our Late Model and the final race of the season for the Vintage Modified

 

Sunset Speedway Velocity 250

Free Book With Donation
Free Book With Donation
Gary Elliott Motorsports & Sunset Speedway Support Local Food Bank
    This Saturday and Sunday at Sunset Speedway we will give away our Quaker State 40th Anniversary souvenir books for a donation of a non perishable food gift or toonie to go towards the local Innisfil Food Bank. Please support the Food Banks, they are a tremendous help to those who are suffering financially and struggle to get the basics in life, namely food. The book is 52 pages, comes with a full color poster of everyone of our cars sponsored by Quaker State. Thank you……..and see you at the Velocity 250.

 

Coupe & Late Model This Weekend

Sunset Speedway
Sunset Speedway
Buttons Guards Coupe At Sunset Speedway….Coupe Goes Saturday, Late Model Both Days
    This will be the final race of the 2013 season for Sunset Speedway. The Velocity 250 will feature all the home track series, as well as the CVM, both OSCAAR Super Late Models and Mods and Pro Challenge. We will run our heats and feature in the CVM on Saturday with qualifying for the Late Models on Saturday and the feature on Sunday……check the Sunset Speedway logo to the right of this picture to see the times and prices to go to this event…..we’re hoping to have a good run in the CVM, the club has decent parity. As far as the LIMITED Late Model is concerned, that deal might be tough for us. We hope to be in the top 7 or 8 by lap 50, just before the fast LIMITED Lates catch and pass us. They will lap most of the field by then, certainly if there is a long run. Most of the LLM Invitational events have revealed that 70% of the field (not just me) mistakenly were in the wrong class…….Buttons came with me to Sunset and we got a few hot laps on the car. She gave her stamp of approval for this weekend, other than a small issue the car felt fast. It would be so good to hold a flag at Sunset this year, maybe in the 33 Chev…….see you there and please bring a food item for the Food Bank thank you!!!!

 

Hall Of Famer Tom Walters Wins Velocity 250

Mr. Unbelievable
Mr. Unbelievable
Tom Walters Wins Very Next Race After Being Inducted Into Canadian Stock Car Hall of Fame
    It was the Tom Walters show, even with him away on the Saturday the talk in the pits was him being inducted into the Hall of Fame. What an honor, and so deserving as a dominant racer, one of Canada’s best ever….Tom had to qualify on Sunday by starting at the back of the last chance. He won that race on the last lap coming off four….In the feature the HOF Warrior started 20th and by lap 14 was up to 8th and by lap 40 was leading. Incredible weekend for Tom and his crew, just an amazing career and it’s not done….our run in the Velocity 250 was good. There were 18 cars with more power, but we managed to qualify 10th and after starting pole and get eaten out by the eight Pack Men behind me. We held on to 9th from lap 14 until lap 28, However even on that restart we were able to maintain 9th. We were only a few car lengths behind 95, 37 and 41, and having a decent run until chaos hit our rear suspension. We were very luck as the trailing arm bracket broke coming off two sending us to the wall but we’re lucky not to get into the cement or anyone else….It ended our day and was on lap 36. Great job by our crew all weekend. More on that on Diary of a Season 2013, very soon.

 

Velocity 250 Sunset Speedway

Eric Uprichard Photo
Eric Uprichard Photo
Racing Hard With 7 Time Champion Chris Morrow
    There were 32 cars for the Sunset Speedway Late Model Velocity 250. Eighteen would qualify through the heats and 8 out of the last chance. We qualified 10th and made the feature. We started up front and though our car was handling very well, we were down in power but held on to 9th until lap 36. In this Ontario Oval picture, taken by Eric Uprichard, we are racing with hard charging clean running Chris Morrow. Actually all the drivers were clean this day, a very good show with lots of action…..Tom Walters won the race and Chris finished 5th. Our race ended on lap 36 with a broken RR trailing arm bracket, but we were lucky to stay off the back chute wall…more pictures to come.

 

Mayhem On Lap 36

Lisa Davidson Photo
Lisa Davidson Photo
Towed Off Velocity 250….Could Have Been Much Worse
    On lap 36 of the 75 lapper at Sunset Speedway our car went nuts coming off two. I thought for sure someone was into the side of me and wouldn’t back out, that’s what it felt like. It lasted all the way down the back chute with smoke coming inside the car, banging, jumping and nearly being turned low as the car was out of control for the entire back straight. As it turned out, David informed me that no one got into me, “something broke Dad, you were so lucky not to go straight into the wall”. I was a little disappointed to be out but much happier knowing my fund deleted VISA card would not need to be energized to get me to Autumn Colors. Being towed off this way was better than a flat bed and the Demon’s may have been on the side lines guessing a flat bed for this one. Good news is that my prayer before the race was to protect our car and all the drivers…..Demon’s lose, Prayers answered….thank you Lord. The full story, with or without the Demon’s is on Diary of a Season 2013, the Prayer part will be there.

 

Broken Bracket Weld Ends Velocity

We Were Fortunate
We Were Fortunate
Disaster At The Door, We Were Thankful
    Coming off turn four on lap 36 the weld holding this trailing arm-shock bracket let go moving the right rear wheel ahead 6 or 7 inches towards the front of the car making the car hard to control and out of control on the back chute. The good news is we made it to turn three and got out of the way of the 17 cars behind us, the only other damage appears to be the body of the shock………We took the car to Bob’s shop on Monday night and it was re-welded in 20 minutes. That was close for sure, but a prayer before the race, not to win but to protect our car and all the drivers, was answered……this weekend is Octoberfest at Flamboro Speedway, we will be helping David who will be driving his Late Model, the one Kenny Wallace drove…..on Saturday our car will be on display at Portico Community Church from 4:30 until 7…….then we prepare for Autumn Colors.

 

Broken Bracket Weld On The Mend

Bob Pereira
Bob Pereira
It Was The Weld That Was Not Good Enough
    The issue with our car wasn’t the bracket, as much as it was the weld holding on the bracket. In the picture below it’s easy to see the bracket is holding 75% or more weld on it, rather than it and the housing. Bob made sure there was good penetration as he reattaches the bracket with a good strong weld……..had we been at the track we would not have missed a race. The shock body has some damage but we have a spare and will replace it……Next up is David racing Octoberfest at Flamboro. We’ve heard some good news that pit prices have been lowered….on Saturday afternoon we take our Late Model to Portico Community Church in Mississauga….our next race will be Autumn Colors as we convert our Limit Late Model into a Pro Late……hmmmm, less weight, less ride height, more left side %, 10: wheels and a 4 barrel and maybe the little clutch….can’t wait…..PS….Diary OF A Season is up dated now.

 

Portico Community Church

Late Model Going To Church
Late Model Going To Church
Saturday Night Gospel & Talking About Racing
    We have been invited to bring our car to Portico Community church in Mississauga on Saturday October 5th to share about racing and my faith. Gehrig and I will be there by 5 and stay until 8PM and then head back home. I had my car there once before a few years ago and it was a fun place to be, looking forward to showing these people our race car, and for most it will be a first…..once back home we will start to do the final prep for Peterborough’s Autumn Colors to run in the Pro Late 113 lap feature. More on Autumn colors and this event over the next few days.

 

Portico Community Church

Mississauga
Mississauga
Pastor Amal & His Daughters Loved Our Race Car
    We had our car on display at the Portico Community church in Mississauga on Saturday evening. Pastor Amal, leads an Arab church group every Saturday night and through our mutual friend, Julie-Anne an arrangement was made for us to bring the car to the church. Gehrig came with me and was a big hit with the young kids as he explained many aspects of the car to the wide-eyed youngsters whom most, had never seen a race car before in real life……I spoke to the people inside the church about racing and shared my faith in Jesus Christ. It was a good night, we gave away many of our Quaker State 40th Anniversary souvenir books and signed autograph cards…..we loaded up about 8:30 and then it started to rain, so we were blessed in many ways…now our team prepares for the final race of the year at Peterborough Speedway’s Autumn Colors. This will be our 10th time there and 9th in a row, looking forward to it with my friends Jim, Ken, Linda, Steff, and of course my family and other close friends.

 

2013 Autumn Colors Classic Weekend

Peterborough Speedway
Peterborough Speedway
Quaker State Team Heading To Peterborough For 21st Annual Autumn Colors Classic

Our team is excited to be participating for the 9th straight season, in the biggest race event of the year, the Autumn Colors Classic at Peterborough Speedway. It’s perhaps the most Carnival like atmosphere of all the special events throughout the year. Lots of classes, fast moving show, the end of the season, many drivers pumped, giving it all they got because they have all winter to fix their machines. Cars get wrecked, tempers flare and the packed grandstands make remind of the days of the Roman Colosseum with Chariots racing hard and wild…… We have had good and bad luck in this show, mostly bad, but that hasn’t deflated us to the point of giving up. We know our car is outdated compared to most of the field, but we also know a well set up car, new or older can be very competitive. This track is small but extremely fast for it’s size and is perhaps the fastest of all when comparing the intensity and room to move when things go crazy, and guaranteed they will. We carry a lot of speed into turn 3, then need to brake hard and get off turn four smooth as possible because the front chute wall comes up quick, all part of the Gladiator atmosphere for this awesome show…….we have made several changes to our car to make it as competitive as possible. We’ll be running against some very tough competitors with very good equipment, but we feel this years version of our Pro Late Model will be competitive. We’re going for the win, hoping for a podium finish……hope to see you there, bring a sweater.

 

Heat Qualifying At Peterborough Autumn Colors

Eric Uprichard Photo
Eric Uprichard Photo
Two Great Heat Runs Qualified Us 5th Overall
    Our car was very fast all week end. We ran our Velocity tires for both heat races, taking 3rd in each, the car was very good. New tires for the feature would have given us a shot at a podium but a leaking gas cap forced us to pit on lap one after fuel got on the track causing a yellow. I’m glad no one got wrecked because of that…….we returned at the back of the pack and worked our way up to 12th by lap 35. Our car was fast but on lap 45 trying to make a pass going into turn one we hit Shawn Chenoweth on the rear quarter. His car spun, I checked up and slowly went under him on the grass. I thought I was okay to do that, but it was a big mistake because his car rolled back into us very hard, and resulted in severe damage to our right rear frame area. Our crew worked very hard, but by the time they got the steel body brace off the right rear tire we were 17 laps down. There were still 21 cars left in the race and we returned to finish 15th…….very disappointing for us, but our best outing yet at Peterborough……special thanks to Jim, Ken, Linda and Steff for dedicating there weekend to help me, they were there from Friday on. Also thanks to our grandson Gehrig for getting the car unloaded each morning, to the boys from the #79 Limited Late team Daryl and Corey and to Don for helping us on Sunday. We had a shot at it, just needed a break that wasn’t to be.

 

Chris Mitchell & Jamie Cox Crash In Three

Debbie-Jo Photo
Debbie-Jo Photo
Bad Crash In Pro Late Model Feature Takes Out Two Champions
    The Autumn Colors Classic came to an early and devastating end for two racers. Jamie Cox #22 and Chris Mitchell #88 got together on the back chute going into turn three. The resulting crash left Jamie’s car stuck on the wall and needed two tow trucks to get it off the wall. Both drivers were okay…..Earlier in the evening, Chris had an awesome run finishing 2nd in the Late Model feature after leading most every lap…..our results are written on the message board in General Chat under Diary of a Season 2013.

 

Show Cancelled

Flamboro Speedway
Flamboro Speedway
No Octoberfest For 2013

There were lots of cars lined up to come into the pits, but the gates never opened as the show was cancelled due to the threat of rain. Sunday was forecast to be good, but with only 3 classes scheduled to race on Sunday, Late Model, Thunder Car and Mini Stock, the revenue lost by not running the OSS, OSCAAR Mods, Hurricane Midgets, Pro 4 and Pure Stocks on Saturday night could have been the reason to cancel it all. Saturdays show may have produced 70 cars and 300 people or more, that’s a lot of money to lose. I’m guessing that was the main factor in the decision to cancel rather than weather………..I think the Sunday show was possible on it’s own, start early, complete the qualifying and run the features. The problem is the cost for those 3 shows was very high and may have been too much of a gamble to run with little pit gate revenue……….the down side is the decision to call it this late. Flamboro may have upset lots of travelling teams. A fuel saving for all those heading to the track today, certainly would have been a positive had the show been cancelled Friday. The forecast for Saturday has been bad all week with not much hope of no rain. It’s also too bad for the race teams who use high octane gas and bought new tires, especially those who made changes just for this show, and don’t normally run those tires. Maybe if the tires still have stickers on them, the teams can return them, maybe, it doesn’t hurt to call and ask……Once again the weather didn’t help Flamboro Speedway, but it’s too bad the decision to cancel both days wasn’t considered more, and maybe it was. I agree that only so much money can be thrown away or lost. Most people would understand that, it’s how it’s handled that makes it a good or bad decision, it’s not a win win for anyone……….On a side note, with all the Global Warming we are suppose to be experiencing, why is it so darn cold? Maybe Global Warning wasn’t true, or maybe it’s come and gone…..next week is Frost Fest, that should be an exciting event, hopefully the weather is good.

 

Show Cancelled

Flamboro Speedway
Flamboro Speedway
No Octoberfest For 2013

There were lots of cars lined up to come into the pits, but the gates never opened as the show was cancelled due to the threat of rain. Sunday was forecast to be good, but with only 3 classes scheduled to race on Sunday, Late Model, Thunder Car and Mini Stock, the revenue lost by not running the OSS, OSCAAR Mods, Hurricane Midgets, Pro 4 and Pure Stocks on Saturday night could have been the reason to cancel it all. Saturdays show may have produced 70 cars and 300 people or more, that’s a lot of money to lose. I’m guessing that was the main factor in the decision to cancel rather than weather………..I think the Sunday show was possible on it’s own, start early, complete the qualifying and run the features. The problem is the cost for those 3 shows was very high and may have been too much of a gamble to run with little pit gate revenue……….the down side is the decision to call it this late. Flamboro may have upset lots of travelling teams. A fuel saving for all those heading to the track today, certainly would have been a positive had the show been cancelled Friday. The forecast for Saturday has been bad all week with not much hope of no rain. It’s also too bad for the race teams who use high octane gas and bought new tires, especially those who made changes just for this show, and don’t normally run those tires. Maybe if the tires still have stickers on them, the teams can return them, maybe, it doesn’t hurt to call and ask……Once again the weather didn’t help Flamboro Speedway, but it’s too bad the decision to cancel both days wasn’t considered more, and maybe it was. I agree that only so much money can be thrown away or lost. Most people would understand that, it’s how it’s handled that makes it a good or bad decision, it’s not a win win for anyone……….On a side note, with all the Global Warming we are suppose to be experiencing, why is it so darn cold? Maybe Global Warning wasn’t true, or maybe it’s come and gone…..next week is Frost Fest, that should be an exciting event, hopefully the weather is good.

 

Frost Fest This Saturday October 26th

Flamboro Speedway
Flamboro Speedway
Frost Fest Super Show This Saturday…Flamboro Speedway….Rain Date Sunday October 27th
    The final race of the 2013 season will be this coming Saturday at Flamboro Speedway. London Recreational is sponsoring this prestigious Invitational for Mini Stocks and Thunder Cars, offering a great pay day. Dirt Modifieds will make their debut on one third paved oval………the rain date is set for October 27th, lets hope the weather co-operates for this special event…..a big salute to Mike Schmidt and the people at London Recreational for making this show a spectacular event.

 

Queenston Chev Show With Dana

Queeston Chev
Queeston Chev
Dana Poses With Our Race Car…..Final Day For The Quaker State Car At Queenston Chevrolet
    We were invited by Quaker State to take part in a special event at Queenston Chevrolet in Hamilton on the mountain. Though cold out, many people have dropped by to see the car and meet Dana, a model who is greeting customers involved in this special event. Dana wanted to driver the car, I said no, but she could get a picture with it 🙂 actually she obliged to have her picture taken to liven up our web site……our next show will be on Saturday at Old Mill Buick in Toronto, St. Clair and Jane St. 11:00 am until 3: pm. They are having a barbecue in support of breast cancer.

 

Rexdale……Owner A.J. & His Jiffy Lube Staff

October 25-26-27
October 25-26-27
Jiffy Lube & Blue Wave Car Wash….355 Rexdale Blvd….Grand Opening
    We have our Lincoln Welders Coupe on display for the Grand Opening of this awesome Jiffy Lube and Blue Wave car wash. AJ and his staff are looking for a busy three days to celebrate this franchise location on the very busy Rexdale Blvd, just east of Woodbine race track and highway 27……drop by and see the race car, get an oil change and car wash. The weather looks good for Friday and Sunday, I will be there all day Sunday, Gehrig will be there all day Saturday.

 

Old Mill Buick….’Breast Cancer Fund Raiser’

Service Department
Service Department
Quaker State Pro Late Model Helps With Old Mill Buick Event
    We were invited to bring our Quaker State car, David’s Pro Late Model, to Old Mill Buick in Toronto, for a special barbecue and silent auction. This was a donation event to help support Breast Cancer research. Gehrig came with me to the Dealership and was a big help getting the car unloaded and talking to adults and kids about our car. We were able to show some of the long time staff a picture in our new Quaker State 40th Anniversary souvenir program a picture from 1975 with Old Mill Pontiac on the car. They were our main sponsor for our Hobby car in 1975 and 1976…..Our first brand new car was purchased from Old Mill Pontiac on Bloor just west of Jane and the salesman, Doug Brown, who sold us the 1976 Grand Prix LJ, was still there. It was good to see him again…..it was cold wet and damp, but many customers and guests came in to see the car, get an autograph and our Quaker State 40th Anniversary book. In spite of the weather it was a great event. We’ve been asked to come back in the spring for another promotional display.

 

33 Chev Coupe For Sale

CVM
CVM
Selling Our Chev Coupe…….$8500 Complete
    I can’t believe I finally am willing to part with our CVM 33 Chev Coupe. Bought this car in 1990 from Fred Poets, who bought it from Jim Bunting, who raced it with Terry Coates. They got it from John Hasselfelt. John raced this car (body) back in the early 80’s…….we built a brand new chassis in 99 and won the title that year. Since then the car has been equipped with a Crate engine, very strong engine I must add, and the addition this year of “wide 5’s and hubs”. The sale comes with everything we have, 6 sets of gears and 2 spare transmissions, plus some springs, shocks and other odds and ends…The car needs some work, but not much to get it on the track…………for inquiries, email me at gelliot@cogeco.ca

 

Barrie Speedway Win 2004

Barrie Speedway
Barrie Speedway
Chev Coupe Sold……Ends 42 Seasons With CVM & A Million Memories
    The Coupe is gone, ending our 42 year run with the Ontario Amateur Racing Club, also known as the Hobby Club and now the Canadian Vintage Modifieds. It leaves on a good note, giving us many great memories in its 23 seasons with us. This car brought us the 1999 points Championship, 10 feature wins, including the last Hobby feature at Barrie Speedway on the old track in 2004. We lead the points twice in 2004 only to lose out by two blown engines. Our last feature win with this car was in 2007 at Flamboro. …………We bought the 33 Chev Coupe in 1989 from Fred Poets. Fred got it from Jim Bunting who had raced it with Terry Coates. Tim Young drove it in the early 80’s buying it from John Hasselfeldt……. In the winter of 1989 Ray Hughes built a new chassis for us and we won the Club Championship and the Twin 25 Championship in 1990….…..in 2005 we bought the Late Model and it was suggested for me to get rid of the Coupe. I went out in the garage, took one look at it and decided there was no way I could or would sell it. I just couldn’t. There were too many memories, too much nostalgia, family, history, fun and stories. I could not sell the car. At the time my grand kids were very young and finding room in the garage was not an issue. Soon however David came into the garage with his Late Model and then space did become an issue. The odd car out was the Coupe, and to be outside under a tarp, on stands because there was no room in our small shop with 2 Late Models……….Over the years we had other fine gentlemen race this car. The Pontello’s, Korenyi’s, Chris Brading, Dereck Mellenbacher and Rick Schurr, all had a time in the Coupe and Rick won Rookie of the Year, driving under his Dad, and my hero, Glen Schurr’s number 36……….. fast forward to present and there is just too much stuff going on now with racing, equipment and most of all room. There is no place for us to keep this little rocket. I wished we had a bigger shop but that’s next to impossible for us financially. We currently have 2 Late Models, a Mini Stock and a Go Cart. The Go Cart is for sale as Lauren moves to Mini Stock in 2014……..Grandpa has no intentions of sitting out just yet, in fact the goal of a Championship is still on the wish list and the drive to make that happen is strong with my very supportive crew and family. Sponsors are important and will be a determining factor for us to make that happen and so far we are looking great for 2014…….My plans are to race for 50 seasons, and God willing that will be for five more years………………I also want to race in a Mini Series with my Son and Grand Son and Grand Daughter if possible. Selling the Coupe and retiring from the CVM wasn’t an easy decision, there are a Million memories and as many miles both on and off the track if we traced this car’s history…..It’s going to a good family, may be parked for a while, not sure, but as for us we have the pictures and memories to help us never forget this car, and more importantly the fun we had racing with the Hobby…CVM club.

 

Banquet Generous For Our Teams

Sunset Speedway
Sunset Speedway
Late Model and Mini Stock Win Best Appearing Car Awards
    Sorry for taking so long to get an update. I was waiting for pictures of Laurens trophy from Carting but she has no idea when we will get them….so with that indefinite date, I had to post these for now…..these are the trophies from the Sunset Speedway banquet. Gehrig got the biggest trophy for finishing 4th in the standings. He also won Best Appearing Car. We got our 11th Best Appearing Car award, as well as Best Pit Crew and an award for promoting our sport and Sunset Speedway, the Media Award. That was nice, showed appreciation from the track……….I will be posting more stuff in the next few days with some news as well about 2014, sponsors who are back and other plans we have……stay tuned it won’t be as long.

 

Rebuild Begins For 2014

Bob Pereira
Bob Pereira
Getting An Early Start
    We started stripping down our Late Model this week. Bob spent most of one night helping me. Lauren and then Gehrig chipped in making it possible to have the body, all but the roof, removed for replacing. We will need to replace some sides bars, and the front bumper as well. There will be lots to do over the next few weeks, but we’re on our way and will keep our sight updated.

 

Stripped Down….Much To Do

2014 Project Underway
2014 Project Underway
Engine & Driveline To Come Out Next
    I was away last weekend for a big family event in Nova Scotia so no time was put on this car, but over the past few weeks lots of things have been going on behind the scenes, but nothing real concrete to mention just yet. I am in the midst of getting our sponsors back on board for 2014 as well as a few new partners. We will lose a few sponsors at the end of this season for a variety of reasons, but we are thankful they were with us for 2013 and wish them the best in the coming year……..our engine and drive line will be removed soon and as we make plans to add some HP in our car. The car worked well at Peterborough, so a new car is not going to happen, but it’s not in the budget regardless. We will make some improvements to our car that might include only racing a few shows at Sunset. We know we were down on HP for certain, but according to the top 3 drivers at Sunset, my problem isn’t HP it’s handling. They all have the best equipment and so do many of the rest who can’t keep up. I can’t afford to spend mega money and still not be on an even or even close playing field. Flamboro might be off on some things but I must admit their engine rule for Late Models is the best in Ontario, although when you visit the track some racers swear other teams are rebuilding their Crates….so rather than waste another season of being totally out of it, we will try the HP and if we still can’t keep up we will have to adjust our schedule…….we will be racing an OSCAAR Mod is 2014 and those plans will be revealed soon.

 

Go Cart Sold

Moving Up
Moving Up
Go Cart Sold, Now Lauren Will Move Into Stock Car Racing
    After 6 years racing go carts Lauren will race in the Mini Stock class at Sunset Speedway in 2014. She will share the driving with Gehrig who will race all the Opens and Specials. Lauren is looking forward to racing the Honda. She was to do good in school and her first term marks saw an average of 74, to we are happy with her school effort and look forward to her making rookie season at Sunset……..Gehrig will also get a few opportunities to race a Late Model, but the exact races for him will be determined later…….we have many of our sponsors back with us in 2014, although we’re still finalizing over the next few weeks…..we have a show car now to help with all the shows we will be doing after February. In 2012 we made 27 race nights and 19 shows, the most shows ever. We surpassed that this year with 22 shows and 29 race nights. A show car will help and we will be doing a post on that soon as well.

 

OSCAAR Bound 2014

Mike Westwood Production
Mike Westwood Production
Our New OSCAAR Mod For 2014, Built By Mike Westwood
    It was tough selling the CVM, no doubt, 42 years in Canada’s longest running stock car club brought many great memories. During the time we raced in the Hobby class, I always thought if the NASCAR Modifieds ever came to Ontario I would want to be in one, I just loved the look of those very fast sleek chariots. Soon the All Pro Modifieds appeared but they weren’t really what I was looking for, not the style I wanted to race…… There is a debt of thanks to be given to all those dedicated All Pro Mod drivers for keeping the class going. The Burrows, Bill and sons, all contributed to keeping the class alive……. Two years ago, OSCAAR formed a class called OSCAAR Mod’s, many from the existing All Pro Modified classes in Ontario. It was a brilliant move to get these cars under one umbrella, but even more important to me was the fact they resembled the NASCAR Mods, my favorite class since the late 70’s…..well now we have one, a Mike Westwood creation, built around a Troyer chassis. We are planning to have this car ready for the CME show in February. More on the progress of this car and the rest of our team very soon.

 

OSCAAR Modified Press ReLease

Concept Mod 2014
Concept Mod 2014
15 Race Schedule For Mods

 

Merry Christmas

Peace On Earth
Peace On Earth
Jesus Is The Reason For All Seasons…..We Celebrate The Birth Of Our Savior
    Merry Christmas to all our friends. May this Christmas bring peace joy and love to all of you. God sent His Son so we could have eternal life, the greatest gift ever given to all of us……………Hoping that 2014 is a healthy fun and prosperous year for you all, even if not monetary, but by the many blessings God will send you…..Merry Christmas!!!!

 

2014 A New Year

2014
2014
Happy New Year To All Our Racing Friends