Racing at Riverside International Speedway, near the town I was born, Truro Nova Scotia, is a dream for this summer. Not only is it near my home town, but also right in the middle of where many of my realtives live. My trip to Nova Scotia last week will hopefully produce a few needed sponsors to make this awesome journey a reality. Meanwhile both our Late Model and Modified are in the repair shops awaitng completion. It looks like I will be very much behind this year as I wait for sponsor support and getting the cars finished. In years passed we were in good shape getting the cars ready for the car show. This year has been a bit of a struggle but we are working hard on getting ready of our 48th consecutive season. More updates soon….thanks for visiting our site. … Continue reading →
We were fortunate to have George, the crew chief for Donald Chisholm, not only tell us some amazing stories but let me take some pictures of their shop. I never asked Andrew, my camera wasn’t with me. There were some nice cars at Rollie’s shop as well. They will no doubt be strong rivalries. Donald Chishom was the 2015 Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour Champion. Here is his banner proudly hung up in their shop.
While in Nova Scotia my cousin Bill and I had the opportunity to visit both Rollie MacDonald’s and Donald Chishom race shops. Andrew the crew chief for Rollie’s team and George the crew chief for Donald’s cars, were a great help with questions I had. These were shops that looked like mini McColl race shops with multiple awesome looking race cars….and awesome facilities. It seems that Port City is a popular builder for these cars although other builders are supplying cars for the Maritime Pro Stock Tour racers. It looks like our car will be legal, but more than likely lack some of the high dollar race parts these teams will be using like the 2 speed $13,000 transmission. We will be running a 2 speed Richmond but doesn’t compare to the machine technology in the transmission the teams I met will be running. I am looking forward to heading east for this the IWK 250, we need to raise the funds to make it happen and then give it our best shot with what we have. Not everyone has a brand new car, but many do. Being in that race, near the town I was born, Truro, with many … Continue reading →
I had a great opportunity this week to go to Nova Scotia and look deeper into making the IWK 250 a reality for our team. My cousin Bill Elliott offered to take me around to some of his friends who owned businesses in Nova Scotia. I had proposals made out to give to potential sponsors. They were all exactly the same. I was willing to run the sponsor name on our car all year, as well as put their logo on our web site. Joe Chisholm from Race Time Radio offered to interview any sponsors we got on his weekly Canada wide radio program. In total we saw six businesses. There were two that were not available to see, we left proposals for them to consider. We visited 2 race shops. Rollie MacDonald, who owns King Freight, had a nice shop in Pictou, and Donald Chisholm who owns Nova Construction and Riverside International Speedway had his shop in Antigonish. We were able to ask questions to the 2 crew chiefs Andrew from Rollies team and George from Donalds team. Both teams had 3 to 5 cars in their shops and these cars were beautiful, well prepared and fully equipped. We … Continue reading →
This week Andy Bathgate my favorite all time hockey player passed away. He was an amazing graceful gentleman player and my hero. My favorite sports number was 9 because of him. As everyone knows, I had two racers who stuck out for me as heros Glen Schurr who inspired me so much I ran #36 on my race cars from the beginning. In 2009 I had 2 Late Models and one was #9. I called Mr. Bathgate and asked him if I could put the Ranger logo and his number on the hood of my car. It was the same I had been doing for decades with “36 for Schurr”. He said yes and asked me for my address and sent me some pictures of him. I followed him very closely. New York Rangers were my favorite team because of Andy Bathgate although Leafs were a close second. I was so excited when he came to Toronto. I remember he came to Leafs for Dick Duff and Bob Nevin. Don McKenney also came, Andy was the Captain of the Rangers and Don the Captain of Boston then. Leafs won the cup that year taking the series in 7 over Detroit. … Continue reading →
Gary Elliott Motorsports is excited to annonuce that our team has committed to racing at Riverside International Speedway for the IWK 250 Parts for Trucks Maritime Pro Stock Tour on July 16th. These cars are basically Pro Late Models. The full story on how I decided to add this race in my 2016 schedule, all the plans and preparations to date are on our Message Board under Diary of a Season 2016…..get a coffee … Continue reading →
I am happy to report that both our Late Model and Modified are well on the way to being updated and rebuilt in some areas as we prepare for 2016, our 48th race season. Thanks to the help of Jason Legge my Late Model has been stripped down by Glen Schnurr, at Leggers Race Shop. Glen has repaird bad or cracked welds and our car will have wide 5’s installed, a Richmond transmission and a 604 Crate engine. Our hopes are to once again be compeptitive in the Late Model class, something we haven’t been since 2012. The Modified is currnetly at Ron Easton’s shop, Oakville Trailer. It won’t have major changes but it to will undergo safety and equipment rebuild, as well as shocks and springs with the hope of making us more consistent in the corners. Special thanks to crew member Lloyd for helping get the Mod prepared for Oakville Trailers in Oakville. More news on our team as progress continues.
Gary Elliott Motorsports is proud to announce that Quaker State will be back as our primary sponsor for 2016. This will be our 43rd season together, a partnership that started in 1974. I am so blessed and proud to be running the Quaker State brand on our car again in 2016. … Continue reading →