1983 Hobby Membership Card
Harry Nicholson President….Ding DeLeeuw Secretary
This would be Harry’s last term as President of the Hobby club. He led the club through a fairly turmoil laden season. We would lose our major club sponor, Power Aid XPL Motor Oil for a promised $3,000 point fund. Late in the fall they closed their business taking away any hopes of a point pay out for the Hobby drivers. We received I.O.U’s at the banquet instead of cheques. The club struggled internally with rules and had many problems with on track episodes. 1983 was a pivotal year in many ways and could very well have been the last for the Hobby club. However most members stuck together to get through 83′ and when the dust settled on this season we were looking forward to the future.
1983 Run Down
Another Tough Season
Our 12th Season
What a season. The first 6 nights were plagued with rain and only one show was completed. We did get to run the features that were rained out, however, with all the rain we still ran 28 nights. 1983 was another tough season for us. We avoided wrecking alot although we were still blowing engines like they were tires. It wasn’t all bad, we won 7 races, our most in one season, however no feature wins, the drought continued into it`s 5th season absent of winning the main event. We had 9 top 5 feature finishes and 14 top 10, yet could not improve on our 4th place points finish of 1981. In fact we only cracked the top 5 in Gold Cup with a tie for 5th and a not so pleasing 7th overall finish in the Club point standings. It only proved how competitive the Hobby drivers were each night. We had fun in 83′ and became close friends with a number of racers. One driver made his debut with the Hobbys buying Doug DiDero’s coupe. He would soon be recognized for his amazing fabricating and paint skills. Joining the Hobby club as #75 was Jim Sweers. Bill Podd took many of the pictures in this history section. Bill brought out a white coupe that was driven by Bob Kurtin.
Official Pace Car
Corfe Pontiac Supplies Pace Car In 83′
Installing The Engine
Jim Granger and his friend help get engine in the car.
It was a fairly easy task for me to get the engine in and out of the Dodge coupe. We did it so many times we actually got good at it.
Shirley & David Help
Working In The Garage
Kids help work on the car.
Coupe Waiting To Go For Lettering
Shirley Gets In Photo
Ramp truck sits on the street
Heading To The Beauty Shop
Going To Be Lettered
Jim Granger Tows Coupe To Be Lettered
Stewart Pitchford #47 TQ Midget
Hamilton Car Show
Former Hobby Racer
Stewart shines his new ride after joining the TQ Midgets. This car show was in Hamilton in early 83.
Hamilton Car Show
Our First Sponsor
Doug MacFarlane, started helping us in 82. In 83 he owned a body shop in Milton and wanted to sponsor us. He painted the car and even got it pin stripped, first and only time our car was ever pin stripped by a pro. The car looked awesome, but it only looked like this a short while. Once his business closed we had to quickly remove the name.
TQ Midget #47
Hamilton Car Show Display
Stewart Supports TQ Club
Ron Butt #88 In Car Show
Hamilton Car Show
Ron Supported The Hobbys Every Chance
Check out the rear bumper lettering…also, Ron put little rear wheel well flare over his rear tires. I did the same thing a few years later, 1987′, and was told to remove them. Ron may have had to remove his, we’ll see if another picture from this year reveals whether or not he could leave them on. They looked kind of cool, that’s why I did it in the future.
Judy Barrett Paints Mountain Lion On Hood
Nice Art Work Graphics
My cousin Judy said she could air brush a Mountain Lion on our hood and she did an awesome job. She did the hood while the car was being lettered.
Proposed Pay Out
Power Aid XPL Oil
We were supposed to get the payout on the left from our sponsor, at the banquet, but it never happened because the oil company, Power Aid XPL closed. We were given I.O.U.’s in an envelope to keep in case the money became available. Some members, Ray Hughes for sure, still have their pomisary notes. I had mine but can’t find it, but if I do I will post it. We did get the Flamboro pay off from the track.
Motion Car Show
Mike DeLeeuw made this awesome eye catching sign for the Hobby club.
Big Foot set to crush some cars
Motion Car Show
36 Dodge Coupe
Nice shot poor quality
It’s too bad this picture wasn’t better. It was one of the few times the car door was opened on our car. If you look close you can see the drivers door is open. This was the final year of doors being allowed to open.
Pink Panther In The Show
#98 Roger Parry
Roger Parry #98 Suuports Club
Coming Off Two…Flamboro
Collison On The Inside
Rich Farraway #53 is sideways coming off two as he chases Jim Collison #12 and I down the back chute. I like to say that I was passing Jim on the outside, but I remember how fast the white Ford was and it never happened by me or anyone else. Jim and Rich both ran strong in 83. Don’t know the car behind Rich but the white coupe between turns one and two is Brian Pratt #3. Brian would become the President of the Hobby club in 86′. Brian ran only a short time and was lucky to survive a heart attack that ended his racing stint with the Hobby’s. Hopefully I have a better picture for later.
Ron Butt #88
Racing Into One
Racing Into One With #88 Ron Butt
Ron Butt was one of many racers who not only raced but helped the club wherever he could. He was a huge help with special events and kept the club in line with his understanding of how the OARC charter was established. Ron always ran hard and though he didn’t run at the top in 83′, he never gave up and always made his presence known. Ron quite often helped racers with setting up tires. He’d tell you something, and when you explained it back to him, and got it right, he had this great smile to give you encouragement.
Heat Win May 21st
First Win Of 83′
David and Shirley came out to get their picture taken after this heat win on May 21st. This was our second night racing because April 30th, May 7th, and May 14th all rained out. Our first race of 83′ was on May 15th a Sunday, and we did get the whole show in. John ran Sundays when Saturdays were cancelled from rain. Race #2 was this show on the 21st, and the feature rained out. It was a bad start for racing, yet we still ran 28 nights….David’s friend David Lewis is on the left and not sure who the youngster is on the right.
Pre Season Tech Sheet
Brian Atkinson Checks Me Out
We used these sheets to pre tech cars for the season. We had two issues, #43 the engine was too low and #5 the rear brake lines were loose. We got them both fixed. We were never disqualified after a race for being too low, too light or anything like that. However in 1987 we get executed for a mistake. You’ll have to wait until 87 History comes up.
Points Standings After One Night
Bad Start…It’s Early
Rich Farraway Leads The Pack
This Was Our 10th Season With Quaker State
Varney Speedway May 22nd
Feature Rains Out….Roger Parry #98 Hounds Me
Incredibly we had yet another rain out. After 6 attempts we only got in one show. This particular show on Sunday May 22nd saw rain all day. We did get our heats in and we finised 5th but grabbed our 2nd win of 83′ with a win in the semi. We ran Consi’s when we had over 24 cars, under that we ran a Semi. Semi’s were run to fill in the show and fullfill our agreement that we would run 5 races including a feature. The feature on this night rained out. We agreed to run double features our next race at Varney.
Varney May 22nd
Heat Race Mishap
Roper Parry Comes To A Stop
“Whats wrong with that boy”…could have been the words uttered by the infield spectators. I don’t think they were staff.
Jim English #55 Wins At Varney
Jim English #55 Wins Heat Race
Varney Semi Win
May 22nd Semi Win Varney Speedway
We didn’t win alot, but when we did we were very excited. This was our 2nd win of 83. We always liked running the weird tracks because we felt we had an advantage over the faster cars. I’m guessing because with the short surface we felt equal to everyone because no one really had an advantge…except Ron Shaw who knew the track inside out and usually ran very well here.
Hilarious Grumpy Old Men
Some Had Animals We Had Old Men Muppets
Someone bought these two toy figurines for me and I put them inside the car. I could picture them making fun of me, like they everyone who came in contact with them on TV, although they would have had a riot a few years earlier. These two dudes were named after big hotels in the U.S. I never can remember their names. When I do I’ll put them in. I use to know one of them but not right at this minute when I need it….okay, one was called Waldorf, that’s it for now.
The Crew Of 83
Good Working Crew
From the left to right are Paul, Steffon, Scott, #36, Bob and Curley. That’s Bruce Manson #74 in the back ground.
Hobby Talk By Ding & Judy DeLeeuw
Ding & Judy Did Weekly Reports Helping Promote The Hobby Club
Wating For The Heat
Lined Up With Mike DeLeeuw #17 In Front, Dave Bentley #29 Behind
Side By Side In One
Roger Parry #98
Hey Roger…Looks Like John Is Selling Sod
This was quite crazy as we raced with Flamboro doing some extensive changes to the track so he could host bike racing. There were some wild hills in the infield not far off the chutes that were dangerous to all classes.
Points After Two Nights
Ray On Top
Ray Didn’t Take Long Getting To The Front
Hobby’s Always Backed These Shows
I’m Guessing Junior Hanley Won
David Becomes Part Of Our Crew At Eleven
David Allowed In Pits
In order to get David in the pits we had to supply Flamboro with an affidavit releasing the track of responsibility for him. I was thankful that John allowed to do this.
Jim Collison #12
Jim Leads Through Turn One
Racing At Flamboro
Jim Collison #12 Leads Pack
Harry Nicholson #14 and Davey Jones #99 follow close behind. Even though Harry dominated Best Appearing Car, with the exact same paint scheme, his efforts inspired others to keep working on their cars. The club had many good looking cars in 83`.
Last Lap Mayhem In One
Boys Pile Up
Jeff Bedell #65 may be in the best shape of all. Ray Hughes #24 is getting out of his car, and Dave Bentley #29 is taking off his helmet. Dave’s left front suspension area looks bent from hitting Jim Sweers #75 who has fluid coming down under his engine by the left front wheel. The scoreboard shows lap 20, so maybe this race is over anyway and the guys are taking their time to inspect their cars. If the race is over, it looks like Jim Collison is leading or has won, and if he did, we finished 2nd with Dave Jones #99 third.
Running With Rick Kobel
Crusing At Flamboro
Flying On The Front Chute
We Are Way Ahead….Or Way Behind
Pete Ireland Wins June 26th Heat
Our first visit to Varney saw the feature rained out. It was a bad season for rain, especially early. We ran double features. Pete won his heat. We ended up 11th in the first feature, 5th in the heat and 12th in the second feature.
Gold Cup Feature…2nd
On June 5th we ran the rained out feature from May 21st. We finsihed 2nd and got through Tech with no problems.
Pile Up In One
Rookie Jim Sweers Into The Cement
Jim Sweers 75 is in the wall with Dave Bentley 29, parked in his rear bumper. Ray dosen`t seem to have hit hard although that would have changed in a second if Jeff Bedell 65, is moving very fast. The only one clear of the mishap is 55, Jim English.
And It Wasn’t The Inline….This Time
Smoking In My Own Spin
Nice Looking Engine….Don’t Be Deceived
You Can Hear It Purr….Or Was That A Knock Noise
You have watched the Bugs Bunny, Road Runner Show and laughed at the misfortunes of the Coyote as he tried to catch the Road Runner. His problems were usually a sequence of terrible events. The machine would malfunction and crush him, seconds later he would fall 4000 feet as the rock he was on gave way, then once he hit the ground the rock landed on him. My inlines were very similar. Just when things were going not too bad and we thought we had the race in our grasp, something inside the engine would decide to exit through the block, taking with it many other expensive engine parts. This would take place (quite often) at close to 80 mile per hour. I winced with agony knowing we were into a thousand dollar repair, but not for long because my thoughts suddenly changed from the engine to something else. The engine worries at the time of detenation lasted about 3 millionths of a second because stage 2 was taking place. Stage two was the slide of death. There was no way to steer the car. The brakes wouldn’t work because the tires were covered in oil and water. Part three in this agonizing ritual was watching as the car, still at close to top speed, headed for an appointment with cement. By now there was no thoughts of how much the engine was going to cost. If I was lucky I could see the impact coming and either let my hands off the wheel or hold on with all my might. The impact was usually very effective on most of the suspension parts. Just as Coyote slammed the ground we slammed the wall. The dust was everywhere….but the carnage wasn’t over. Close behind, maybe less than a blink, were four or five of my buddies who did not blow up but were sliding peacefully in my spilled oil and with a date with cement. Feeling sorry for them wasn’t part of the process because they were headed for me and within milli seconds four or five cars slammed me the wall and each other as they angle parked side by side. Anyway, in this picture the engine looks nice. We had a breather coming from the oil pan to help relieve stress and pressure. The problem in 83 and for many years before and after was the fact there was no substitute for the six cylinder. Some guys were lucky. We were without a doubt, not one of them.
Varney Speedway June 26th
Chaos In Turn Three
Who Spun Peter?
We ran double features this night. It was the rain out from May 22nd. According to my notes this accident happened in the first feature when I hit Peter. Charlie Beck #79 goes high and Davey Jones #99 tries to find a way through. We shoved our axle back after this small tangle. We finished 11th in the feature, in the 2nd we took 12th.
Roger Parry & Gary Scott
Roger The Card
Roger loved racing and loved having fun with fans and kids. Here he is either giving this fan a Pink Panther, or the fan wants him to have it. Since the announcer Gary Scott is involved, it would have been a moment of fame for the lady holding the Pink Panther….check out Rogers pink running shoes.
Quaker State 10th Year
Judy Barrett Art Work
“36 For Schurr”
This excellent murial was done by my cousin Judy Barrett. On the hood was our traditional salute to my hero Glen Schurr. On the side of the hood notes our 10th season with Quaker State. We went a little over board on chrome with the side bars and front and rear bumpers all done. The problem with chrome was when it was cracked or chipping. That happened when the bumper got bent. Anyone cleaning, polishing or waxing ( and we did lots of that) could have cut themselves on the pealing chrome. I guess it wasn’t a big concern because before the season ended we added chrome wheels instead of yellow and black.
Race Pro Photography
Race Pro Photo
Many photpgraphers did special affect pictures back in the 80’s. Not so much in the later years, in fact even now (2008) we rarely see these kind of pictures and yet the technology would be even easier today.
48 Chev Ramp Truck
The next few photo’s were taken by Race Pro Photography at Ontario Place. Peter loved the Hobby’s and enjoyed taking unique pictures as long as the race team didn’t mind finding the right spot and being the photo model for the day.
1936 Dodge Coupe
Race Pro Photography
Picture By Race Pro Photography
Race Pro Photography
Autographed By Late Model Driver Robin McCall
Cayuga Pit Row
Robin McCall #11 Late Model
Jim Collison #12…Me #36…We Were Close This Time
Ray And Rick
Ray Hughes #24 Battles Team Mate #42 Rick Koebel
Bill Spero #71
Bill Makes Lotsa Tire Smoke
Rick & Dave At Sauble July 1st
Look Out Rick
Rick ran very well in 83, but like many of us who found #83 of Dave Carson on our bumper, we knew the hour glass was tipped and it was a matter of time before he got through or by. Sometimes Dave would give a little nudge to get by, other times maybe not so little. Most cars were fairly equal on the straights but very few, if any handled like Mr. Carsons Ford….PS..see the next picture for the results of this one.
Dave Carson #83 Wins July 1st Heat Race
A Common Place For Dave Carson
One of the superior racers in 1983 Dave Carson, made his Ford work at every track. This race on July 1st was one of his many wins.
Sauble Semi Win…July 1st
Any Win Was Good
The Hobby’s only made one trip to Sauble on July 1st, Canada Day. We finished 8th in the feature winning $80.
Sauble Win July 1st
This Wasn’t Even The Feature
Paul Cornwall, Shirley, David and Curly come out to get in this shot after our semi win.
Jeff Bedell #65
Battle In Sauble Feature
Jim Sweers #75
Jim Sweers and I Battle In Feature
Rick Leads Ray Past Davey Jones
The Kitchener Twins
The tight surface of Varney made it hard to pass but once a hole opened up you were pretty well doomed. Davey Jones #99 gets hung outside as Ray goes under.
Murray Lockheart #72
Easy Going Murray Takes Heat Win At Flamboro
This car was driven by Danny Shirtliff, LeRoy Hillis and then Murray. The car was always well prepared.
Jeff Bedell #65
Jeff appears to get the edge on the front chute as he leads this race. Rick Koebel is right behind me.
Front Chute Confab Coming
No Helemt, No Race…Interview Coming
Kids Wait With Dad
David & Shirley Join Me At Center Ice
Crew Joins Us
Celebraton With Kids And Crew
Gary Scott Interview
Flamboro Front Chute
Special Occasion…Quaker State 10th Season
It was a big deal to have a sponsor for 10 years and so Gary interviewed me on the front chute during intermission. Good thing he’s not the Police, looks like I might blow over….just kidding.
Decked In Our Crew Shirts
To my left is Paul, Currly, Steffon, Bob with David in the front. These guys helped me in many ways by working on the car and being there to support us for occasions like this.
Working On A Wheel
Murray Lockhart, Dick Remus, Ray Hughes and Dave Jones head out for practice while me and the crew fix the right front wheel….not many fans confirming this was practice. Tim Young is #11.
Checking Carb & Plugs
Plug Check…Steffon Works On Carb
The hood on hinges made it easier for us to work on the engine, which was most of the time. Here we are trying to improve the performance with a carb adjustment and gapping the plugs. We were shown what to look for on plugs and learned a lot from veteran racers who helped us get better. David walks by the front, Tim Youngs car is next and Mike DeLeeuw’s #17 in the back ground.
After The Races
Our Storage For Tools
We had very little in the way of spare parts or tools. Perhaps the reason why our cars were so beat up by the end of the season was because of the bent up parts being fixed over and over again. We didn’t care, the car was suppose to be on the track, it didn’t need new stuff to get their. Here the boys could be teasing about our surplus of tools. Steffon, always the life of our crew, hams it up with Bob, Curly, Steffon and Nonie sitting on the roof of the truck….the dude in the yellow shirt is George, a good friend and who would become our short order cook in our restaurant in 1984..”Country Roads Corral”…me own a restaurant…that’s a web site section on it’s own, but we’ll talk more about it in 84 history.
Crew At It
Right Front Again
Curly, Bob and Steffon work on the car in the pits. These guys weer very dedicated to me and we would never had made so many seasons racing if it wasn’t for dedicated friends. They loved me…but so was the case with every other crew and their driver. If it wasn’t their crew, it was their family, I was blessed enough to have both.
Driveway At Home
Preparing The Grenade
There was no more single cost in our racing than the engines. Putting them together ourselves was never done, we sent them out. It didn’t matter much. Here Mike Middlebrook is helping me. He was finding tools to get this thing assembled in hopes it would stay together so I could RACE!!! I was much like a suicide bomber preparing my bomb. The main difference between me and them was that I didn’t want it to go off. The other difference? We were never sure when it would detenate, but one thing was certain…it definitely was going to scatter somewhere and almost always without warning.
48 Chev 3 Ton Maple Leaf
Easy To Walk In These Pits
This was nice in some ways for us. In years to come, Flamboro gets a deal from Jumbo Rock Quarry and fill the pits with baseball size stone. More on that later, meanwhile this was nice.
Ray Wins Varney…Big Crowd
1983 Hobby Champ Wins One Of Many At Varney
Cayuga Race…Motion 250
This would have been one of the races sponsored by Motion Lincoln Mercury owned by Dave Mathers. Dave did a lot to help stock car racing in Ontario.
Rich Farraway Gets Tore Apart
Huges Wreck Takes Farraway, Collison & Sweers
This picture is one of a sequence of five that show the results of a terrible wreck on the back chute at Flamboro. You can see the #3 on a car on the right side, that looks like Wayne Martins designed, and he may have been involved also.
Roger Parry Inspects Crash
Roger May Have Been In This Wreck
Not certain, but Roger could have been in this mess. Its unlikely he came over from the pits and for sure he wouldn’t have vacated his car if he was still in the race.
Remodelling To Follow….This Charger Was Okay
Lots Of Work To Do
Rookie Jim Sweers Takes A Beating
Jim Sweers #75 Took A Huge Hit In This Wreck
Jim Collison #12
Jim Collison Waits For Tow Truck
Racing Into Three
Bill Spero and Brian Atkinson
Hang On Wayne
Wayne and Ray In Trouble
Wayne Martin #34 is doing his best to hold on to his Chev Coach as it gets loose in the turn. Ray is in the middle of this chaos and his front wheel are slightly turned to the right which means he has probably just hit Wayne or was hit and knocked into him. Either way, it’s not good for either of them, or the car going low, although he should get through if Wayne spin right around.
Picture With A Thousand Words
Mike DeLeeuw #17 Gets On His Roof…Dave Bentley #29 Gets By
This is an incredible picture taken by Bill Podd. Mike and Dave came together on the back chute sending the Dutchman for a wild ride. This would be the 3rd time that Mike landed on his roof in 1983. He was okay and that was the main thing….Check out the infield. We asked about the crazy infield conditions…we were told, don’t worry, just stay out of the infield…no kidding…sand doons, mud walls, and a boat post with tires on it, (I think that was for Lake Flamboro when it was high tide). In the Late Model class, Kenny Reimer went sliding through the center and hit one of sand hills and flipped over. He was okay but lost his glasses. We found them inside the door skin of his car.
First Time On Chrome Wheels In A Hobby Car
Chrome Wheels For Racing
I always wanted to run chrome wheels on our street car. We use to buy chrome reverse wheels from Green & Ross. I used those wheels on our Mini Stock but once we started in the Hobby’s we could not run them for safety reasons, they weren’t strong enough. Ron Shaw tipped us of a place in Milton that sold wheels and we could get them quite cheap, not necessarily with the right offset, but I didn’t know much about offsets in 83′, we went more for looks. Anyway, 83 was our first year to run chrome wheels on a Hobby car, it started about half way through the season.
Pile Up In The Corner
Bentley Nails Bedell
Dave Bentley #29 gets into the drivers door of #65 Jeff Bedell. Rick Koebel #42 tries to go high but I got him covered.
Write Up For Hobby’s
Ding & Judi Help Promote The Hobbys
David On The Team
David loved being around the car and helping where and when he could. Many tracks would not let him in the pits but with the proper papers signed we could get him in the pits at Flamboro.
Varney Win August 14th
David & Dad
This was our 3rd race at Varney Speedway. We struggled somewhat every time this year, but tonight we ran very well picking up our 4th heat win of 83. The night before at Flamboro we finished 2nd in the heat, 6th in the Trophy Dash and 4th in the feature. We would end up with one of our best week ends in a long time. See the next two photos.
Chaos At Varney
Heat Race Goes Wild
Although no one appears to have serious damage, if any, this wreck between one and two had cars dodging each other. Charlie Beck #79 and Jim Sweers #75 both get turned and Roger Parry #98 and Ron Butt #88 head for cover.
Lining Up For Feature
Gold Cup Race #9
We drew for position in the heat and pulled #1. By winning the heat we started pole in the feature. After our heat win we found a water leaking from a pin hole in the rad hose. Charlie Beck loaned us a rad hose for the feature.
Bad Bruce Manson #74 Takes The Lead
Bruce Wins August 14th Feature
One of the toughest runners ever in the Hobby’s was Bruce Manson #74. His stay wasn’t long, but he sure left his mark. He hung out with Ray Hughes, probably because Ray was the guy to beat most nights…..We started inside pole beside Bruce. We led for 5 laps and Bruce got under and pulled away. We did finish 2nd. The car was sparking in the feature but was affecting the car. When the race was over the car stalled when I tried leaving the track, and wouldn’t restart. We were pushed to our spot and found the starter and bell housing loose. We were lucky tonight to even finish. After the heat win we found a bad rad hose and then the starter in the feature. Some nights you got away with it.
Jim English #55
The toughest (most lovable) driver to race against, or try passing on the outside was Jim Englsih. He ran such a hard inside lane that the only way to pass was to hug him very close, or pinch him down. I usually gave Jim room because I learned that pinching him only led to a wreck. Wheels would touch and see ya. In this picture I am very close to pinching him, and that was the dilema, if I don’t I will be exhausted running on the outside for the entire feature. Jim has his tires where they should be. My goal is to get close enough to him so I can get a run off the corner and maybe get by. The intensity on both drivers is huge at this point, both of us look like we’re drivng go carts, leaning way to the left inside the car. I’m not sure how this race ended up, but one thing for sure, I was not going to pass Mr. English without the fight of my life, and if I wasn’t careful I could be headed for the cement because Jim never backed off, he knew what was his and had full intentions of keeping it. Hear he gives me lots of room, “but Jim, I need to get just a little closer”.
Ron Butt #88
Battling With Ron Butt
Ding Deleeuw Senior
Great Club Member
This fine gentleman, had all three of his sons race in the OARC. Mike, Harold and Ding Junior. He loved the Hobby club and supported it every way he could. He was assistant handicapper this season, maybe looking for me to get lined up.
Inside Coke Bottle Cap
This promo was inside the cap of a bottle of Coke. I kept it in my scrap book, they were worth $1 each towards your track entrance. We paid $13 to get into the pits in 83. On August 20th I paid my way into the pits by handing in 13 of these….I wonder if I could use this one today, there was no time limit.
Gold Cup #8
August 6th & 7th Special
In the heat we didn’t qualify, but made it through the semi into the feature which was on the 7th. In the feature I tangled with #89 and went into the wall coming off turn 2….see next picture.
Bad Day, But Not So Much
This picture shows the tow truck getting ready to take me to the pits. The pits were heavily conjested. I wanted desperately to get back out on the track. David and Curly thought we were done because all the bolts were broken on the leaf spring and the axle was bent. I got the welder over and we pulled the bent axle ahead and the welder looked at me and asked me what he should do. I said “weld the leaf spring to the axle so I can back out”. Reluctantly he did it. Then David said “they’re restarting the race”. I was disappointed but kept trying to get out. Who knows, maybe another caution. Well it wasn’t another caution, it may have been one of the most famous in Hobby history. Charlie Beck led the pack on the restart. Coming down the back straightaway his rad hose came off, or his engine blew. Twenty plus cars were all bumper to bumper and like a flock of birds flew right into the cement in turn 3. We first heard the screaming tires and I looked up to see Farraway go flying over top of cars slamming the car into the wall and still more cars piling in one after the other. Mike DeLeeuw rolled over bringing out the red flag. Roger Parry, Ron Butt and Rich all had very serious damage to their cars and the ambulance had to help Ron who had some cracked ribs. During the red we got our car ready and got back out. The yellow came out and as we went around the checker came out ending the race short. We were scored 12th because we came back out…maybe it was just as good that we didn’t get to race the car with the leaf spring welded….hey, do what ever it takes to get back in the race.
Bob Kurtin #45
Driving For Bill Podd
Bob Drives For Bill Podd
Even though Bill Podd was taking lots of Hobby pictures throughout 83′, he also owned his own car. It was powered by an AMC inline engine. Bill and Bob researched and got the car to work, though it wasn’t without trials and tribulations. They were brave enough to try something different.
Ron Shaw #81
He Was One Of The Top Dogs In 83
1983 was a great season for Ron Shaw in many ways. He was winning more races, got his twin brother Don in the Hobby club and ran very consistent all season, staying in the top 5 in points.
Flamboro Points Standings
Ray Hughes On Top
Ray Hughes was a Champion many times. 1983 was one of those years. His good buddy and most comptitive peer was Bruce Manson #84 who did almost anything to beat Ray. Jim English was consistent in 83 putting him in the top 3 and Ron Shaw was having his best season ever sitting 4th right behind Jim.
Roger Parry #98
Parry & Gary Collide
Roger Parry In His Pink Panther Fire Suit
OARC Baseball Game
Roger Always Had Fun
Bruce Manson #74
Bruce Manson The Warrior
Bruce was a very tough runner at all tracks and he knew how to get around the ends. His past experience driving a Modified helped him get the Hobby car to the front, not to mention he was a very good driver, and had the support of crew member Dwight Patterson.
Inside Was Better Against Manson
We always tried to give racers a lane. In the case of Bruce Manson #74, it didn’t matter much, he was going around you one way or the other. We all had our place in terms of who you could or couldn’t beat if your car was good. Some nights we were strong in 83′, but not very many when it came to holding off Ray or Bruce. I hung on as long as I could, and you can be sure when the race was over, if the hot dogs didn’t get by it was maybe because the cars a little slower were taking up a little more track than what we should have. I guarantee if this is in the final 5 laps, we’re not giving an inch, maybe even taking some realestate that’s not ours.
Davey Jones #99
One Of The Best Looking Coaches Ever
Up until 1983 there had been a few nice looking Coaches, but the #99 of Dave Jones ranked up there with the best. Dave had a really good year in 83. He was fairly new to Hobby racing but ran hard picking up a few wins and getting himself in the top 10 in Flamboro points.
Shirley Holds The Flag
Trophy Dash Win…Kids Get In The Action
On August 27th we won the Trophy Dash, it was our sixth win of the year tying our most wins in one season. Now we were looking of number 7. David and Shirley came out to get their picture taken.
Flamboro Program Picture
Ray Wins Feature…We Get Trophy Dash
The Flamboro program put this picture in for the September 3rd and 4th double header. Ray was in the winners circle many times from the mid 70’s to 83′. This was another of those moments for the winningest warrior of his day, taking the feature win on August 27th. He would also go on to win the 83 point championship…I wonder if he knew our Trophy Dash win tied our most wins ever. We were excited no doubt.
Dare Devil Killed At Westgate Labour Day Week End
Ken Carter Dies In Peterborough
Canada’s answer to Evil Knevil was Ken Carter. He did many stunts, this one took his life at Westgate Speedway. It was a shock for us. Over the years many types of stunt men, motorcycle racers and Hell Drivers entertained the fans and us during intermission. Ken Carter was very popular in the 80’s.
Dave Johnston #47
Dave Johnston Battles Jeff Bedell
Dave was in his first year with Hobby’s. It was hard to get to know him, however what I do remember, he was an easy going fun person to be around. He loved racing with the Hobbys. In this picture he is battling with Jeff Bedell #65.
Ron Butt #88 Holding On To First
There are many reflections in this shot. The skys reflect what kind of day it was. We had lots of rain in 83. The infield reflect how much water fell from the sky, but also gives a reflection of both cars racing side by side. The score board reflects lap 8 or 9, and shows Ron in first and us in second. I’m guessing Ron won this one, but it must have been a dandy finish.
Harry Nicholson #14
Racing Against Beauty
Harry Nicholson, President of the Hobby Club in 83, always had one of the best looking race cars on any track in Ontario. He won an incredible 111 consecutive Best Appearing Car Awards including 1983. It would be his final win in that category because 83 was his last season with the Hobbies. Harry ran hard but always ran clean and he was the bench mark of preparation and workmanship.
Bentley & Parry Slam Wall Saturday September 3rd
Bad Boy Dave Bentley In Hot Water
This terrible crash at Flamboro on September 3rd was the final warning for Dave Bentley for rough driving. Dave was very good but very agressive in his early years with the Hobby’s. He paid the price for accumulating a number of protests and complaints. His fate was sealed when he was involved in an altercation during qualifying in the heat race on Sunday September 4th. On the first lap of the heat he ran into both me and Harry Nocholson. (perhaps why I wrote so much about it). I confronted Dave after the race but two hot heads won’t solve anything, but then Harry took matters further by calling a committee meeting after all qualifying was done. We paid a friend to film the race that day, not many people were into race videos in the early 80’s. The committee wanted to see the video and though I was upset with Dave I was reluctant to get involved even though there had been too many complaints from various drivers. Anyway after the meeting they had made up their minds that he was to be suspended for the remainder of the season. Dave had qualified but the club went back to the consi and took the 7th place car which was Bill Spero, 6 qualified out of each heat and six out of the consi, I finsihed 2nd in the consi, Bill was 7th but the club took me out of the consi moving me to sixth in my heat race where I finsihed 7th…on Monday, not to be out done by the OARC, Dave showed up at the track, even though he was called the night before and told he was out for the season. He tried to catch the committee off guard by stating that he sold the car to his wife Helen, and she was going to drive it. The committee said he couldn’t do that and was not able to race. Helen did bring the car out for a few races at the end of the season.
Brain Pratt #3
Brian Pratt Chased By Some Vets
Brian Atkinson #10 and Rick Koebel #42 run side by side as they follow #3 Brian Pratt. Brian was friends with the Hillis family and most of the racers from Guelph, and bought the Shutterbug from Ken Hillis Jr. He made his debut in the Hobby club in 83 and ran a few weeks until a mild heart attack sidelined him from racing. He sold the car to Don Shaw, Ron’s twin brother. Brian loved racing and wanted to be involved with the Hobby’s. In 1984 he joined the committee and was a tremendous worker for the Hobby club until the early 90’s. Brian was fun to be with and had smooth moves to get what he wanted, and it always benefited the Hobby’s.
Bruce Manson #74
Manson Wins Only Ever 100 Lap Race
On September 4th we qualified and on the 5th we ran a 100 lap feature split in two segmants. It was controversial in many ways. It was originally billed as a 100 lap race. Then it became a Twin 50 which we somewhat agreed on. Then it was changed to a 100 lapper made up of Twin 50’s, but after the first 50 you restarted where you were running after the first, no reverse finish. Qualifying the day before had 6 out of each heat and six out of the consi. The top 18 went to the start finish line prior to the feature and there were 18 XPL Oil bottles with numbers 1 to 18. The three winners picked first, then the seconds, thrirds and last was the sixth place finishers. I finished 6th in the 3rd heat so I didn’t pick, I had the bottle that was left when everyone else was had picked…and incredibly it was #1. The rules were foggy clear, sketchy. After the first 50 you were allowed to add fluids and play with tires, but you couldn’t fix anything or you went to the back. The 2nd 50 was a carry on of the first race, a continuation, but it had it’s own points. The race was considered a 100 lapper, but was scored like two 50 lap races. The pay out was on the overall finish of both, so it really wasn’t two 50’s. Our car was good after the first, we added gas and rested. The money was paid out based on the finishes of both races, an overall pay out, it was also full points in both races. In the first 50, or the 100 lappper, which ever it was, Dave Jones took the lead from the pole and I followed him. On lap 20 Bruce got by us both. Sixteen laps later both Ray Hughes and Jim Collison got by and I was able to get by Dave. Bruce would finish first in both, Ray finished 2nd in both, no big deal for them two. The controversy started when Harry Nicholson, who was down a lap after the first race ended up 4th in the 2nd, and counted it as a 4th. However most racers felt he never unlapped himself and should have been scored last in both or last running car in both. He explained that the 2nd race was heads up, a new start, just like what Twin 50’s would be, not a 100 lap race…but we thought it was a 100 lapper. It was confusing, we ended up 4th and 7th and tied with Jim Engish for 4th overall winning $260.
Ron Butt #88
Heat Win For Ron
Charlie Beck #79
Charlie Wins, One Of Many
After running a few years in the Compact division at Cayuga, Charlie bought Bob Fileds coupe making his debut with the Hobbies. Charlie was sponsored by Serv A Station. Charlies wife Georgia was at all of his races and both eventually became excellent hard working members of the Hobby committee…the boy could drive too.
Dick Remus #44
We Enjoyed Seeing Him Win
We all know there are racers that people don’t want to see win, NASCAR, even in the Hobby’s. But in the case of Dick Remus, we got excited when he won. Maybe it was because he fought so hard to win, or maybe because he had so much bad luck, or maybe just because he was a nice guy.
Smiling Ding DeLeeuw Sr.
Dingman DeLeeuw, Just As Lovable As His Smile
Barrie Speedway September 12th
Heat Race Qualifying
Dave Jones #99 leads the first heat down the front chute. Dick Remus #44 is outside, Rick Koebel #42 and Jim English #55 are right behind, then its Charlie Beck #19 with #19 Larry Westwood beside him and Bruce Manson at the back and maybe Don Shaw beside him. Dave won this heat and started pole in the feature. Bruce Manson finished 2nd. We ran heads up, the winners started up front then the 2nds etc. Bruce would start the feature right behind Jones in 3rd.
2nd Heat Qualifying September 12th
Ray Wins 2nd Heat
This was the battle for 2nd place. Ray was gone and Jeff and I battled for runner up. The notes show that Jeff pulled off when a plug wire came loose. We ended up 2nd putting us 4th in the feature behind Ray and beside Bruce. Ray got the lead from Dave Jones and Bruce dumped Dave early in the feature. Bruce went to the back with Dave. That put us 2nd, but our car was out to lunch from incredibly bad handling. Jim English eventually got by to take 2nd from us, but we held on and ended up 3rd, we were very lucky to steal third.
Jeff Bedell #65 Takes Consi September 12th
Plug Wire Fixed
Jeff got his car fixed for the Consi and went on to pick up the checker.
Jim Collison #12
Jim Collison Wins At Flamboro
The excellent looking car was just as fast as it was nice looking. Jim was always a threat and by now in his career he had mastered running hard and staying out of trouble. That made him consistently one of the cars to beat.
Roger Having More Fun
Roger always had fun racing with the Hobby’s but sometimes he got serious and won a race, even then it was fun, like with most guys, it had to be fun.
Rich Farraway #53
This was a taste of what Rich could do, but he makes much bigger strides and accomplishments in 84.
One Day He’ll Drive For Real
Ray Playing It Safe
One Against The Wall…One On The Apron
When we first started racing together we were somewhat close. But in 83, just like this picture Ray and I were not close at all. He was much more dominant, perhaps why he won another points title….if this picture is at full speed, going into three should be fun.
Dust Rolls As Rich Slams The Wall
Farraway Flys At Flamboro
Rich isn’t doing well here. His left rear tire is flat, maybe that’s why he spun and it looks like he’s slammed the wall as dust is evdient in the back ground. Don’t worry Rich, 1984 gets much better for you.
Leonard (left) and Jay enjoy the excitement. One day they’ll create their own excitement driving this car.
Brian Atkinson #10 Leads With One To Go
Bill Podd Picture
Bill had a knack of getting lots in a picture. Here he gets Brian and I running tight and catches the scoreboard that shows lap 9 with #10 leading. It is possible, yes possible, that I was leading and Brian got by me, but!!..guessing Brian wouldn’t remember for certain, we’ll go with this version “we’re all over Brian, trying everything we can to pass. Look how much he’s concentrating to hold on”?….yes.
DeLeeuw In A Cloud Of Smoke
Mike’s Frontenac Loops As Mark Kowalchuk’s Ford Goes By
Mike DeLeeuw had tons of trouble in 83. He rolled at least twice, and I’m certain he rolled three times in total. Here Mike gets out of the way, or maybe was helped, as he spins tires bringing clouds of smoke to entertain the fans. Mark Kowalchuk #89, driving the Bob Kurtin Coupe, he may have owned it then, only ran briefly with the Hobby club. Regardless, these two cars were nice additions to the OARC, and were good examples of the pride of the Hobbys, boasting beautiful cars every year.
Mark & Murray
Mark Kowalchuk #89 and Murray Lockheart #72 Battle At Flamboro
Heat Seeking Misile #74
Dave Jones #99 & Wayne Martin #34
Dave and Wayne battle in this heat. They don’t want to make one little mistake because Bruce Manson #74 is zeroing in and will pounce on any hole he can get his front bumper in. The boys know that and run their race anyway…if you look close, Wayne looks like he’s turning to the right, in fact his body is twisted some what to the right. His car was probably loose and he needed to do what he could to keep up. That’s one thing many Hobby drivers could do. They would get a little loose but hardly lose any ground. They got good at it.
Brian Atkinson #10
In Familiar Territory
Wayne Martin #34
Wayne Takes Coupe To The Winners Circle
Canada Steam Heat
Primary Sponsor Canada Steam Heat….Quaker State 10th Year
Lined up in the pits with Wayne Martin right behind. We were very fortunate to have so many excellent sponsors over the years. Canada Steam Heat was one. Their business was cleaning restaurant vents. They would go into a restaurant after it closed and clean the film of oil and grease built up in the vents.
Can’t Park Here
Mike DeLeeuw #17 and Dan Castonguay #54 Meet In Turn One
Mikes car is a little different in this picture. Probably with so many roll overs in 83′, Mike decided to change the paint scheme on his Frontenac. Dan ran the #54, Fred Poets number. Dan was a very likeable youngster, always smiling and no doubt always wanted to have fun racing….not so much here, but most times he did.
Jim’s Battle At Flamboro
Jim English #55 Ran Excellent In 83
Both of these men were very good runners in their day. Jim English #55 was having a great season and finsihed in the top 5 in club points. Jim Collison #12 ran very strong always but missed a few nights putting him out of points contention but never out of the hunt to win a race. Jim Collison would shine huge in 86′, meanwhile Jim English shines bright in 83′.
Charlie Beck #79 Wins Feature
Laid Back Charlie Scoops Feature Win
Charlie was laid back out of the race car, but just the opposite in the car. He was very agressive, but smooth, never running into anyone habitually and rarely involved in wrecks where he was the instigator. Here he shares victory lane with sponsors. Charlie was a very likeable racer and always helped anyone when he could.
Dicing With Rick Koebel #42
Former Street Stock Champion
Rick had little trouble adapting to the Hobbies after winning the Street Stock championship. His good friend Ray Hughes was certainly a big help.
It Wasn’t Me
Carson Hits The Dirt
Dave Carson was agressive, but rarely did he get spun out. I’m sure whomever hit him was accidental because we would have been bunched up in traffic, but regardless they would have been scared to death. If we had radio’s the conversation would go like this: Crew Chief:..”Hey did you hit Carson”?…..Driver :..”It was an accident, I couldn’t stop, he won’t be mad will he”?…..Crew Chief..”Mad!!!? What are ya nuts!!!?….Driver:…”what should I do”?…..Crew Chief..”I have no idea, but me and the rest of the crew will see you at home, bye for now”…..it may not have been that bad, but unlike most of us who didn’t retaliate, Dave Carson would soon let you know how he felt if you messed him up. Most drvers got over getting spun out and rarely got even, maybe because we didn’t know how, we didn’t want to, or we accepted it as part of racing, plus retaliating could back fire…but Dave not only did get even, but he knew how to get even. He was very intense and came to the races for one reason…WIN!!..and he did that alot. If you ran against him hard he loved a good race, but best not (for any reason) knock him off the track. Now you may think that was intimidating…you are absolutely correct. He was a lot of fun prior to the races in the parking lot while we were lined up to come into the pits. Once the car was unloaded?…let the games begin…He was also a great TQ racer.
Harry Nicholson & Bruce Manson
It’s Lap Two
The scoreboard shows Harry leading and Bruce second as they enter turn one on lap two. However, if we look a little closer at this shot, it looks like Bruce is setting up to go for the low side, and maybe Harry has given the speedy Manson too much of an opening on the bottom. Harry had tons of power, but Bruce lacked nothing. I wouldn’t be surprised if it went either way…one things certain, Harry is leading in this freeze frame moment in history.
David Lewis and Shirley
Hostess Mascotts Were Always Fun For The Kids
Shirley appears to be taller than David, but that changes in a few years. David is part of David Elliott’s 2008 Late Model pit crew.
36 For Schurr
Judy Barrett Masterpiece
Judy painted this excellent murial on the hood of our car. We always put 36 For Schurr because on Glen Schurr my childhood race hero. Just noticed one thing that may be taken the wrong way. Some might be wondering why didn’t use hood pins…well, we did on the front, this hood opened up and was on hinges.
Ray & I Racing In The Snow
Don’t Let Him Inside
Ray Hughes #24 was the man to beat every week. There were cars that were very tough in 83′, Dave Carson, Jim Collison, Bruce Manson, Jim English, Harry Nicholson and of course Ron Shaw to name a few. Ray was consistent through the 80’s and took on all comers as he raced to be the Champion. In 83 he was the Champ again and it would take our team a few more years to beat him for the club title.
7th Win Sets Personal Record
Some drivers didn’t care too much about heat wins, but we were definitely not one of them. In our first 12 years with the Hobby’s we only won 3 features, the last being Augsut of 1978, so waiting to win a feature to get excitement wasn’t the plan. We got excited over every win. If and when we did win a feature, like the one in 78′, we were almost delerious with excitement, so maybe we had the make up to fuel off a feature win for a little while, but a few years? Our droubt without a feature win was building after 83 and we were reaching 5 years and over 150 nights raced without winning the big win. Meanwhile in this picture, the glow of happiness is evident with this heat win, maybe helps people understand if I was this excited over a heat race win, no wonder me and my crew went nuts after winning a feature. This was our 7th race win of 83, a bench mark to beat in the future.
Sponsor Comes To Banquet
Larry Sabourin, owner of Canada Steam Heat, and his son (sorry that I do not have his name), came to the 83″ banquet. We won a few trophies that year. The Gold Cup trophies were for races finished in the top 5. The Hobby’s always gave away a ton of trophies.
1984 Hobby Membership
13th Year With Hobby’s
The controversial 1983 season was not quite over when Ron Shaw a few other members asked me to run for President. I’d spent a few years on the committee but didn’t know if I was ready yet to take over the helm. Maybe it was the Hobby club who wasn’t ready for me because once I got nominated and voted in I wanted to get the Hobby club back to where it was in the mid 70’s with lots of cars and fun. My enthusiasm would take the club to a four race mini series in the Maritimes and Maine. When I assumed the leadership of this incredible club, with it’s history and legacy, it was truly an honour. Our car count had dwindled and to make matters worse, Harry Nicholson started a new class called CORA, a type of modified race car, and had hopes of convincing many of the OARC members to join him. Lucky for us only a few jumped ship. 1984 was a turning year for the Hobbies in many ways. It was a year for everyone to work together for the betterment of the club. When the final flag flew in 84′, even those who complained a lot had to agree we didn’t have a horrible season, but it sure was busy. My 13th year with the Hobby club was going to be a trial of sorts, especially being President. The club lost all it’s points money from 1983. My first duty was to try to get back the lost points fund, or at least some of it from the previous year, then, with the help of my commitee, try to raise money for the 1984 season. I met with Norm West the President of XPL Motor Oil, the primary sponsor in 83′. He was a nice man, but said, regrettably, there was no money to be given to the Hobby club, but if he did get in a position to pay it to us, he would. We decided to move on and keep our focus on making our club strong. The committee of 84 were very good and caring. We brought in some new ideas, focused on family and fans and fun. We knew after reports from many race tracks that our club was dying, we had to bind together to show the racing community that we were not done, but suffered a minor set back that would do nothing but make us even better. Being President and racing for the Championship was very difficult. Many of the committee raced, and were in the same boat as me, but they helped make 84′ a great and memorable season….many pictures from 84 were taken by Dave Franks. He loved to work with Hobby club and was involved in many of the things we did throughout the season. I hope you enjoy the pictures and stories from 84′, as Nonie and our family did.
1984 Season Stats
It was a very busy year for me and the other committee members. We raced 30 nights. There were many high lights from this historic season. Perhaps the biggest for our team was finally winning a feature. We had an incredible drought, over a six year span, of entering 167 features without taking the checker.
Quaker State Agreement
Eleventh Season With Quaker State
Stripped It To The Bone
We didn’t always have time to go this far on our car and especially with being President, but we wanted to have the best car we could with the funds we had. So taking it all apart let us have a good look at what the car needed.
Ready To Reassemble
We start to put on all the parts that are everywhere.
Nonie and I Daytona Bound
We loved going to Daytona and this was one year we met a lot of our Hobby friends when we got there.
My Favourite NASCAR Driver
I had two favourite numbers…#9 and #36. Andy Bathgate was my favourite hockey player and then later in years Vic Parsons became my favourite Late Model driver at the CNE. Of there was only one 36 and that was Glen Schurr who was my hero in racing and so I went with #36 and of course came the slogan “36 for Schurr”. My cousin Bill Elliott was a great friend although not into racing (he’s a great guitar and fiddle player) but it became a natural to cheer for the freindly Bill Elliott and being #9 almost made me go to #9 on my Hobby car. The only thing was that Bill Lyons was #9. and though he didn’t race anymore and was in the Hall Of Fame, I decided not to ask for the number…not yet!
Bobby Allison had lots of fans cheering for him.
Another very popular runner Benny Parsons.
Phil Parsons raced against his dad. The Parsons were one of many racing families in NASCAR.
We made it for this race as well as the 500.
Brian Pratt Take Us On The Town
Brian Pratt said we just had to go to this awesome part of town called Church Steet Station. Ron and Helen went with us and Butch and Bonnie. Butch took this picture. Brian was a lot of fun to be with and laughed a lot…laughed alot???…Ron Shaw was another one who rarely let a moment to go by that we weren’t laughing. These people were and stll are great friends.
Coming Out Of Four
Sometime in the race.
Elliott Leads…Cars Wrecking Behind
The Only In Line In The Race
Someone explodes in the tri-oval. Where have we seen that before?…about every other night at Flamboro…I’m guessing this was a six cylinder, but many disagree.
NASCAR POOL…Girls Clean Up
Nonie Wins..Helen 2nd
We drew numbers to see who would go first. Nonie went first picking Elliott then Waltrip. Helen had Bonnet and Labonte. Nonie won this mini pool with her two picks gaining the most points..giving her $25. Ron Shaw picked the winner Cale Yarborugh, who lead most of the race, Bonnie picked Dale Earnhardt who came in 2nd and Nonie had Waltrip who finished 3rd. Elliott finished 5th giving Nonie a 3rd and 5th.
Hobby Drivers List 1984
The boys of 84′.
This classic picture from the late 50’s shows George Sheppard talking to Jim Hallahan. Both were at the Pinecrest CNE reunion in Mississauga in early 2009.
Motion Car Show
Hobby’s IN Show
Ron Goodison’s #2 is up front in this shot. Charlie Beck’s #79 can be seen on the outside row at the front.
Bill Elliott’s Show Car
Country Roads Corral
Talk about low budget, towing to Canada for one of Ontario’s biggest car shows on an open trailer. I somehow talked the driver of this rig to bring the car by our restuarant. We fed him but more than that we got a great piture of the #9…okay, it wasn’t such a great picture, but I was the only guy in our neighbourhood who had a NASCAR team pull in front of his house. I was pumped even it was the show car.
Trying To Rais Money
Ray Goodison and I came up with this idea to try and raise some money to help our two teams. A few people came by but I think we covered our costs. We didn’t make enough to rebuild any inlines, but it was a fun day.
April 22nd 1984
Country Roads Corral
We had our cars out in front of our restaurant. We were closed other than the party we were having. Ron Goodison was part of this event and Ken Jorgenson soon joined us.
Ken #96 and Ron #2
Showing Our Cars
Ken Jorgenson and Ron Goodison
John Thompson Moving & Storage Rig
Hobby Sponsor Picture
Ken and Ron joined up to get this picture with one of the sponsors we had for the Hobby club in 84′. John Thompson came on board for this rebuilding season.
David Always Around The Cars
Everyone was getting ready to head home and we took this shot. David would be one of the racers in 88′.
NASCAR Paint Scheme
Looks good so far.
48 Chev Ramp Truck
We took the car to Milton to get some shots in this beautiful area called Rattle Snake Peak.
Doug painted our car and will soon paint the black truck, but not until just before we head to the east coast.
Some Of Our Crew
Paul Cornwall who was one of longest committed crew members is beside Doug in this picture.
More Crew Shots
Pre Season Seassion
David joins in this picture with Paul and Doug as well as Terry Ferrier on the far right.
Bruce and Dwight
2nd Season for Bruce
Bruce and crew chief Dwight were perhaps the best duo in 1984 when it came to set up and prowess on the track. The blue Coupe was a car to reckon with week after week.
Dave Bentley #29 leads Ken Jorgenson and me down the back chute at Flamboro.
Stewart Pichford #47
Stewart and Crew
The late Norm Moise, a member of the Hobby Hall Of Fame, is seen here with Stewart working on the car.
Drive For Easter Seals
Hobby’s Support Kids
The Hobbies were always doing things for kids one way or another. In 84 we decided to raise some money for the Easter Seal Society by twice going through the stands to collect money in our helmets. At our banquet we would present a cheque to the Easter Seal Society, all the money we collected. Our goa was $3000.
David and Friend Sherri Hennessey
David is seen here with 2 young girls, one being our crew member Ed Hennessey’s daughter Sherri on the left…don’t know who the other girl is, if anyone knows let me know and we’ll update it.
Lining Up For The Heat
Steffon Zoskey and Terry Ferrier, two members of our 84′ crew get in this shot with a young lady whom I should, but can’t remember her name..it’s not Nonie…that’s Ron Shaw behind us and Larry Westwood #19.
May 5th Opening Day
Dave Bentley #29 outside pole, would go on to win this heat race. We spun out mid way and ended up 5th.
One Lap To Green..May 5th Opening Day
Heat Race Flamboro #29 Wins
Ron Shaw and I have our hands out the window indicating one lap to go. Not everyone did that, some put their right hand up so the driver could see through the back window. It wasn’t always easy to see through the small back windows, so putting our hand out the drivers windown was the best way. This was our opening day heat. Dave Bentley took the lead in this race followed by Rick Kobel #42 and Jim English #55, at the back of the outside row. I spun out on lap 4 bringing out the yellow. We ended up 5th. Charlie Beck is at the rear of the inside line and Ron Goodison is second from the rear on the outside lane. Ron Shaw #81 is right behind me in one of his red and white Coupe.
Dave Bentley Leads Rick Koebel
#29 Dave Bentley was often a member of the winners circle and on this night he took the heat win with Rick on his tail and Larry Westwood #21 in the middle of Ron Shaw #81 and I. Behind is #79 Charlie Beck and following Charlie is #88 Larry Gibson.
Bob and John
One of the best chassis men in the Hobbby club was Bob Kurtin #80. Here Bob and long time crew member John check the toe. Maybe that was one of our problems (we had a few hundred), we didn’t check the toe when the car was jacked up. “Hey Bob, forget the toe, replace that right front tire…and give it to us”. Next to Bob is Don Shaw working on his car and next to Don is veteran racer #12 Jim Collison.
Warm Ups……..No Racing Gloves
The Hobby’s didn’t mandate gloves until later in the 80’s….and as can clearly be seen, I didn’t have them on in 84.
Heading Into Turn Three
Check out the home made bleachers in turn three. The Late Models drivers built them, soon there would be more. We thought this might inspire the track to build proper grand stands in turn three and four……it didn’t.
We’re running inside of Jim English #55, the 1978 Rookie Of The Year. In front of us is #65 Jeff Bedell with his new Coupe.
Battling with Don Shaw #84
Don Shaw #84, in his 2nd season with the Hobby’s, races hard off turn four.
Tim Young #11
Tim Yoiung #11, there was no one bigger in the Hobby pits. He was a massive man with hands as big as a carburetor…and he was my friend.
Actress Sharon Acker
Thougth I Shoud Write A Book
One day in our restaurant we were fortunate to have Sharon Acker as one of our customers. She looked through all of our scrap books (the first 12 years of Hobby racing for us). I suggested I would like to one day write a book and she encouraged me to do so….as of 2009, it hasn’t happened…however we have put a ton of stuff on this web site. Here is a small write up about Sahron Acker found on the internet…….”Although she was presented in 1969 the first Film Star of Tomorrow by The Motion Picture Exhibitors of Canada, the status of Sharon Acker as a star never materialized. Not that she was inactive, quite the opposite, but she worked almost only for TV and appeared only in a few undistinguished movie films. She will nevertheless remain remembered for her role as Lee Marvin’s ex-wife in John Boorman’s classic film noir ‘Point Blank’. The victim of Marvin’s rough manners, Acker/Lynne left a deep impact on male brains. Born in 1935, the Canadian-born actress started her film career in England when the play she was in, ‘Lucky Jim’, Kingley Amis’ classic, was made into a movie. But, she was not seen in many a film, except during the sixties, either in Canada or in the USA. On the contrary she has been very active on TV, first in Canada from the age of 19, then in the USA in made-for-TV movies or series like ‘Star Trek’, ‘Mission: Impossible’, ‘Gunsmoke’, ‘Marcus Welby M.D.’, ‘Barnaby Jones’, etc. She was a regular in the series ‘The Senator'(1970)for one year and played Della Street in the short-lived ‘New Perry Mason’. A talented actress seen too little in movie theaters”.
Driver Of The Week
Jim Sweers 75
Phil Shaw In 15 years He’ll Be Huggin’ The Wheel
Flamboro Grand Stands
Hostess Potatoe Chips sponsorsed door prizes for kids and Phil and his freind were the lucky winners on this night. Like many young Shaw boys Phil to would one day race a Hobby car.
Ray Wins May 19th Feature
Nonie and Sharon with Ray
Nonie joined Sharon and Ray for the photo session on the front chute. This night was sponsored and Nonie was there to present Ray the trophy. May 19th we finished 2nd in the feature, a long ways behind Ray.
This drivers meeting was held at Dan Castonguay’s pit. That’s not Hank Willimas Junior in the sun glasses, it’s our very own #22 Ken Frost. Jeff Bedell is the tall guy on the left, Ray and Ron Goodison are at the top left. Ray is sitting on Dan’s nerf bar right behind me, I got the soft, spot the tire. Ron Shaw is just ahead of me on the left and Dave Bentley is at the far right. Bill Fewson appears to be conducting the meeting.
Sauble May 20th
1st Gold Cup Race of 84′
On May 20th we had our first Gold Cup race at Sauble Speedway. Ray Hughes #24 took the win that was marred with a huge wreck in the feature taking us and Wayne Martin out. Ron Shaw ended up 2nd in the feature. Our notes show that Don Shaw blew up, and Bentley grabbed another win taking this heat race with Jim Collison close behind….we were 4th in Overall Club points after this night where we ended up 14th. So far in 84 we had a 7th, 3rd and 2nd in feature finishes putting us 4th. Ray was 6th at this point and Rick Koebel was leading both Flamboro and Overall.
East Seal Night
On June 30th Dizzy Dean came out to make a presentation as the nightly sponsor. Dizzy was the man behind Motion Car Show and offered to present an award for the best apeparing car and crew. It was also a night to go through the stands and collect money for our Easter Seal drive. We collected $1097 in bills alone, and lots of coins, that were totalled giving us close to $1500. The fans were always supportive of our efforts. (but when we went to the pre season meeting with John Casale in 85′, he said, like he did every year “what do you guys do for me”?)…anyway te boy here in this picture was from the Easter Seals, he was a poster child. We gave him a Hobby T-shirt and hat…..it was a great night for our team. We finished 6th in the heat and 2nd in the feature, winning $120. That put us 4th in Flamboro points. We were also 6th in Gold Cup points on June 30th. By the way, Jim Collison and his crew won the best appearing car and crew award as selected by Dizzy and the committee. Jim always had a nice looking car.
Jim Collison #12
Jim was another member of the 1984 Hobby committee. Beside Jim is #58 Norm Stewart. Norm bought the car from Ron Jerome who started the season with us.
Ray Hughes Ugliest Car
This was about as close as Ray could get to a 1934 Volkswagon. I teased him about the look of the car, it was areo-dynamic enough, but just didn’t good at all. I know he didn’t listen to me very much back then, well anytime for that matter, but he did change it very shortly after bringing it out…it really didn’t matter much what he had for a body, he usually was the car to beat, although Bruce Manson had lots to say about who would get the checker flags once he showed up for the 84 season.
In this picture Ron Goodison #2 leads Charlie Beck and I going into turn 3. The track finally graded the infield to get rid of the mounds left over from the bike jumping…whatever they were suppose to be.
Ron was in his 4th season and Don in his 2nd year with the Hobby club.
Wheel To Wheel With Charlie Beck
Turn One and Two
Charlie and I battled alot. In this shot we are both hanging on as we head into turn two to go down the back chute. Rick Koebel #42 is sticking his nose in behind Charlie. Ron Shaw is on the inside behind us with Norm Stewart beside him. Jeff Bedell #65 is there as well and on the front chute are Larry Westwood, Rich Farraway #53 and Larry Gibson #88.
Dave Bentley #29
Hard charger Dave Bentley #29. Ran about as hard as anyone ever did anytime.
Driver of the Week
If there was an intimidator in the Hobby club Bruce was it. Sometimes he got mad even when he won. He sure knew his stuff and he could drive the wheels off a race car.
Nonie Wins Her First Ever Race
Ladies Demo Derby
June 30th….The Hobby’s Ladies Auxillary had a fund raiser “Wreckem’ Race” to raise money for the Easter Seal drive in conjuction with our special night of going through the stands with our helmets. There were 7 ladies in the race including Sharon Yost, Darlene Koebel and Carmen Manson. Nonie was the last lady standing and took her first ever win on her first try. Her $150 in winnings went to the Easter Seal drive. Nonie retired immediately after this race giving her a perfect racing career.
Nonie The “Awesome”
Ladies Wreck Em’ Race
One for one…perfect…and she was…oh, and still is.
Wayne Varley #7
Wayne Varley #7 was one of the easiest going members ever in the Hobby club. A very clean racer and lots of fun to be around.
Tim & Wayne Martin
The Martin Boys
Tim and Wayne were hard charging gentleman, about as steady as you get when it came to on track prowess. They, like many of us, had to fight hard to get any ground. The Martins always were willing to help who ever needed help.
First Win Of 84
On July 21st we finally won a race in 84′. We had some seconds and thirds in heat races, and in the features, but no checker flag. This was a Consi win to boot. In the heat we started pole beside Jim English. He got the lead but by lap 4 I was ahead of him only we tangled and I spun and was t-boned by #42 Rick Koebel. A bent tie rod and bruised leg was enough to put us out of the heat race but we got ready and won this race starting from 5th spot. David and Shirley, as well as Doug MacFarlanes kids and Annie Socier, our sponsors daughter….we would extend our feature drought to 156 feature races without a win…this night we had to pull from over heating after moving from 18th to 6th. We ended up 18th….it’s funny, but a win is good medicine when your struggling.
Bob Kurtin #80…Jeff Bedell #65
Crash At Flamboro
Bob Kurtin surveys the damage to his red #80 Ford Coupe. Jeff Bedell, driver of the #65 Hobby car, is in the back ground also involved in this mishap.
First Win Of 84…Feature Drought Continues
It may have seemed like a long time to pick up a win for 84′, almost 3 months. It was on our 15th night that we finally got the checker. What was more astonishing was our feature drought…extendign to an incredible 156 attempts without winning the a feature…Hobby Hall Of Fame Member, Bill Wakish, inducted in 1984, is standin behind me in this picture.
Randy MacDonald Late Model Racer
Flamboro Fans With Randy
Randy MacDonald signs some autographs for kids at Flamboro. David is just to the right of the Late Model veteran.
The Kids & Crew Get In The Picture
It was common for all kinds of fans to come out for the photo sessions. When Pete Shepard won, our kids would go out to get in his pictures. Here, Annie Saucier is on the roof beside Leonard Farraway with our kids behind the car. Standing beside me are two of our crew Steffon and Doug.
Hobby Points Standing
#42 Rick Koebel Leads The Points
Jim Collison Hobby Rep
Easter Seal Child
The Hobbies started a decade long drive to support the Easter Seals. In this photo Jim Collison is presented an award to the Hobby’s for their dedication to Easter Seals. Claude Cantonguay helped with the Hobby drive by giving his procedes from a his miniature golf course. It was a win win, as the drivers brought their cars to the golf course for display.
Jim Collison Wins Wednesday Night Race
Jim Collison #12, won his heat on July 18th at Barrie Speedway. It was a rare Wednesday night event. We ended up 2nd in our heat won by Ray Hughes. We would also get 3rd in the Trophy Dash and 11th in the feature.
Twin 25’s Program
Twin 25’s Flamboro
This was our 10th Twin 25 event held at Flamboro Speedwy on July 28th. Flamboro paid us one purse and we hustled the 2nd featrue pay off, sometimes bringing in enough to not only pay for the 2nd featrue but to increase it and the first feature. Because I was President it was good to see other racers digging in and helping raise the extra purse money. The front cover gave recognition for those who worked the hardest.
Twin 25 Lap Hustlers
Here’s the drivers who sold the most laps for the 10th Anniversary Twin 25’s.
List Of Lap Sponsors
Twin 25 sponsor list with those buying the most laps at the top. We put this little flyer together and gave it out to eveyone who came into the track.
Twin 25 Flyer Back Page
Twin 25 Program
The final page of our flyer gave thanks to our club sponsors and to those on the Ladies Auxillary and of course to the sponsors of the East Coast Tour…coming soon.
Ron Shaw #81
Ron Shaw was having a tough season and it sure showed it’s face on the Twin 25’s. I didn’t race against anyone who wanted to race anymore than Ron did. He was like me in many ways, racing was the most important thing to do and if you got lucky to win it was a huge bonus. On this particular night he wrecked in warm ups and was out for the night. We were having trouble with over heating. I took our car to Lee Jerome during the week and he thougth there might be a crack in the block but wasn’t sure. He suggested to add block weld. We did, but it didn’t help us. We overheated all night. During the craziness of trying to get back out even with a cracked block, Ron came over to help us stay on the track. Ron was always doing that for everyone.
Charlie Beck #79
Charlie was another racer who always wanted to help racers get on the track. On this night we were struggling with over heating because of a cracked block. We were lucky enough to draw pole for the heat but had to pull off when the heat got to 230 degrees and water was spraying on the windshield. Charlie came over and gave us a much higher rated rad cap. He said to be careful because if the block was cracked it could build up so much pressure to blow off the rad hoses or damage the rad from air getting inside the system. We had new hoses and our rad was good, plus we just wanted to get out and race and hope the over heating stopped…but more than anything else we needed to get in the features because we couldn’t afford to lose two feature race points. We finished 4th in the consi putting us in the starting field with an 18th qualifying spot, but it got us in the first feature. We ran okay until lap 15 when the car started to over heat. I slowed down a little and it was just as good because Charlie was right, the rad hose blew off sending a huge plume of steam in the air. The announcer said we blew the engine, but we didn’t really blow it, although we were never going to stop this problem…not unless we repaired the engine…trouble is there was one more 25 lap feature…we ended up not finishing that feature either, but we picked up a 12th giving us 15th overall and at least more points than sitting on the trailer.
Bob Kurtin Wins Twin 25 Qualifier
Twin 25 Heat Winner
Bob Kurtin drew outside pole in our heat and went on to win it in his awesome looking Ford. Bob spent lots of time holding the checker flag.
Stewart Pifchford #47
Wrangler Paint Scheme
Stewart and I were friends for over 20 years by 1984. I wanted some racers to paint their cars like NASCAR teams and Stewart was one that did, along with Larry Westwood and us. Stewart painted his car after his favourite driver #3 Dale Earnhardt.
Jim English #55
Bowes Sponsored Ford
Jim was one of the toughest drivers to race against. He was an extremely fierce competitor on the track and gentle as a lamb in the pits. If you did get him upset while racing, best not to talk to him on the track, wait until he got to the pits where he was huggable.
Dick Remus #33
Hobby’s To Super Stocks
Dick Remus was another racer who always helped his competitors where ever he could. He charged hard and never seemed to get many breaks in the Hobby club, although he did win races. He did okay in the Super Stocks picking up a win here in the heat.
Shirley gets in this photo, just to the right of the Hostess Mascot.
Charlie Beck and Larry Westwood
Charlie Beck #79 battles with Larry Westwood #19 on the first lap of this Hobby heat.
Feature Line Up Saturday August 4th
Kitchener boy, Murray Luckheart #72, leads the Hobbies into turn one on the white flag lap. This was one of our biggest feature fields in 84. It was also the night before we headed to the Maritmes for the East Coast Tour. On this night we failed to make our heat because we were late after having our engine rebuilt and not being ready in time. We finshed 4th in the consi and started 18th in this feature. We ended up 10th…also extending our feature streak to 158 features without a win.
Trouble In Twin’s
We struggled all night, a common occurance for us in one of the most cherished and favourite race events in the Hobby schedule. I couldn’t wait for the Twin 25’s. In this photo, Paul is measuring tire stagger. We did everything even if we thought we were done. Steffon accross from Paul stands beside David and had installed Charlie Becks rad cap. Doug is beside Paul and looks on, hoping we got it fixed. We ran every race only the consi didn’t have over heating. That was because it took more laps to build up pressure.
Amazingly I made a call to the marketing manager of Coors and told him I was going to paint my car the Coors #9 color scheme and wanted to know if they could give me anything, anything at all. The man said, “every racer in the US and Canada is asking us for stuff, and we can’t possibly supply something for everyone”. I said “My name is Elliott, does that help”? After begging and pleading he agreed to send me a Coors sports bag and 6 hats. When I got them I couldn’t believe it and was as excited as if they gave me cash. We still have a few of the hats and the Coors bag and that’s as of the writing of this post. (2009).
East Coast Tour
One of the things I wanted to do with the Hobby club was to bring them closer as a family and club, especially after what we went through at the end of 83′. So what better idea than to go away on a vacation together. The idea of going to the Maritimes for a 4 race series was no easy sell to the members at first. We had never raced there before, in fact Peterborough was the furtherest east most of us had ever raced with the OARC. The promoters knew about us and couldn’t believe we would come there and were very excited about the possibility of a show at their tracks. It meant leaving for two weeks, all members would have to make holiday arrangements. There were many other aspects of this trip that came up in the committee meetings. Do all the teams have the equipment to get there, will enough cars show up, how will we split the money, what if it rains, etc. The deal was set when 4 tracks, one in Maine, one in Nova Scotia and two in New Brunswick. All agreed to pay us $1800 per show. We would split the money evenly. We also got $500 from Flamboro for a mini points series, Quaker State gave every car and team a case of oil and a hat, Dave Franks gave us a deal on pictures and buttons to sell while we were on the road and Wheelspin News gave us some free advertising. Only two members could not make the trip. Jim English and Bob Kurtin. Both had family health issues with loved ones and needed to stay home to be with them. We decided not to count the races in our points series but to have a separate series. This moment in the Hobby history was one of it’s most memorable.
East Coast Tour Sponsors
On August 4th, after all the races were over at Flamboro the Hobby drivers and families came out on the track with their tow rigs. It was a parade of 16 teams entering the track through the pit gate and going around turn 3 and 4 to the start finish line. There we were greeted met by John and Frank Casale. They shook hands with every team and John Allison was there to give us a hat and case of oil from Quaker State. Dave Franks made us pictures and buttons of each car, items we would sell at the various tracks. As the teams left Flamboro the fans waved and the announcer wished us all a safe trip as we made our way out of the track to go on our long journey east. The send off was very good making us feel important by both the track, the sponsors and the fans.
East Coast Tour Stickers
They Came In 4 Colors
We took pictures, buttons and these stickers in hopes of raising some money while we were on the road.
Dwight Patterson Rides Shot Gun…1200 Miles!!!!
No kidding….Dwight and his wife Carol sat on the back deck of Bruce Manson’s ramp truck all the way down to the New Brunswick….yes no Cops were in sight. The trip was filled with all kinds of stories of all the teams that went. It was believed that I would be the one breaking down quite often. On the contrary, our 48 Chev was one of the few that never had any problems. Ray had 2 flat tires on his trailer, Bruce blew the rear end in his truck, I think it had Varney Speedway gears in it. They were changed before our race in Antigonish. The Shaw family, Ron, Helen, Don and Gail and all the little Shaws stayed at our home on August 4th and we headed out first thing Sunday morning. We went up Scarlett Road to get on the 401 and when we pulled on we saw Ray, Bruce and Dave Bentley heading in a train. Our group had both Shaws and the Goodison’s. There were times on the 401 when we thought we were at Talledega. We were 4 wide and carzy Ron Shaw was passing us on the curb lane at just under 70 mph. It was a fun trip down as the convey cleared Toronto heading for Maine.
Aroostook County International Speedway
Aroostook County Main
On our way east on the 401 we stopped the convoy at the Limestone cut off. I called the promoter of Aroostook County International Speeday, Mr. Tolle and he asked if we would come to the county fair in Presque Isle. Ray, Dave and I went on, the rest camped over. Our first stop was the Canadian Border. This was the most scrutinized I had ever been by anyone checking our race stuff..but it was also our first time leaving Canada to race with the Hobby’s. We did race in New York with the Volkswagon but it was not near as up tight as this deal. The customs officer said we were lucky to have everything listed and they litterally checked every single thing on our list on all of our vehicles. He warned us to make sure we did not alter our list or leave anything not claimed when we returned or he would strip us complete. He stamped our sheets and let us go. We drove about 50 yards to the U.S. customs. This fellow was by himself and he was in no hurry. He couldn’t find any papers and though he was nice enough he was totally disorganized. It took us 40 minutes to get by him. The place we were going, Presque Isle was only 20 miles away and we got to the fair about 9:30pm. The promoter met us and gave us tickets to get in, food tickets and we left our cars on the trailers but they were visible to the patrons of the fair. After 2 hours we left. We headed for Caribou but only Bentley and Hughes got a hotel room. We stayed with our truck and slept in the small Van driven by Steffon and Doug. Steffon entertained us most of the night so we were good.
Tuesday we got to see the track for the first time, It was somewhere between a big quarter and small third, but really a weird shaped track.
Ken Jorgenson Showing Off
“Hey Ken, where’s your pants buddy”? Ken brought his crew cab and young Paul came with dad. They did like the rest of us, tried to save money to survive the trip that would be a 2 week extravaganza.
I Change Gears…….Steffon Dances
On Tuesday August 7th we did some practising but had to change gears to get it right. The track was kinda weird with 5 turns and a straight away between 3 & 4. Tuesday was a humid day with rain threatening. We did get some practice in. Bruce Manson had the track covered. He got around real good just like he’d been on it before. Here we see Steffon entertaining the troops. Two youngsters, Jeff Shaw and David watch Grizzly Adams perform while dad and Doug try to improve the Coupe. Hey, maybe that’s what happened to Jeff and David, Steffon had a huge impact on these two rascals who would grow up to be entertainers themselves on and off the track.
Murray Lockhart Wins Heat
Tuesday August 7th
Tuesday night wasn’t too good. We got one and a half heats in when it started to rain. Murray won the first even Hobby race in the United States…but we ended up getting rained out.
Bruce Manson #74 Wins First Heat
Bruce and Carmen
Bruce was a blurr most of this night, and this picture shows it. Okay it was a bad shot of his heat win but it was all we had. I started on the pole and lead for a few laps. Bruce caught me and got by. He got very loose in the turn and when I tried going back under his car swung back knocking me to the infield. We came back out but way behind. Shortly after the temp gauge was hovering near 240 degrees so I went to the pits. We found the fan belt came off. We got one from the Goodison’s and were ready for the Consi.
Wayne Martin #34 Wins Consi
The Martin family came on this trip. Ken, Tim and Tim’s family. They had a lot of fun and did okay. They won the consi at Aroostook and stayed consistent throughout the mini series.
Ron Shaw #81…Mr. Consistent
A Young Kenny Aspin
There was no one who had more fun than Ron Shaw. Here one of his crew members Kenny Aspin checks out the camera. Usually he would be working on something but on the East Coast Tour the #81 didn’t have much work to do. They were by far the most consistent.
Some Of The Stars
Here are some of those came to race. Tim Young is the farthest left, then Don Shaw, Ron Shaw, us, Murray and Rick Koebel. Tim Young did not race after this show. He had rented the cube van so he could bring his car down and slept in the cube van. There was lots of room. He had a few problems and rather than drive with us any further he headed back home. He wouldn’t be the only one to consider leaving. Larry Westwood was considering leaving when Mrs. Westwood was scared silly by a flying tire that came off a Street Stocker, went over the dirt bank, high in the air landing hard on Charlies trailer, then slamming into his truck and careening off the truck onto Mrs. Westwood toes braking two. It was a very close call for their teams. Larry was upset and had good reason to be but went out on the track for kids rides and decided to proceed with us.
Steffon The Starter’s Assistant
It was probably the best thing that Steffon was in the starters stand because the man doing the starting had no idea what he was doing. On one of the races we came around to take the white for a heat race and the starter said to Steffon “watch this, I’m going to throw the green and really mess them up”!! he laughed and sure enough that’s what he did. We asked Steffon after the race what was going on and he said “I tried to tell the guy not to do that but he wanted to have some fun”. Steffon did get him straightend out for the feature.
Ken Jorgenson #96 Wins Heat Race
Ken came to race and had a good series picking up a heat win in the first show.
Hobby Drivers Give Kids Rides
This was a high lite of the night for both the kids and the Hobby drivers. Almost everyone came out to participate and take the kids around. Here Ron Goodison, Jim Collison and Ken Jorgenson are taking youngsters and some bigger kids for a ride in a Coupe.
More Kids Rides
Happy To Be Involved
We loved to get in the action even it was taking the kids around. We must have driven kids around for an hour before our feature.
Rick Koebel On The Pole
Start Of Feature
Rick Koebel #42 and Murray Lockhart #72 took us around for the start of the feature, the Hobby clubs first ever Amercian race. It was a tough race as many of us didn’t finish. Ray Hughes, Dave Bentley, Wayne Martin, Tim Young and Larry Westwood all DNF’d. We were down a bunch of laps but ended up 11th with the attrition. Our fan belt came off twice in the feature.
Bruce Manson #74 Wins First U.S. Feature
It may have been prphetic that the guy with the “Captain America” paint job on his helmet would grab the win but it was no surprise to any of us. Bruce was dominant from the start at this track and showed his stuff by winning both his heat and the feature.
First Ever American Feature Winner
Hollywood had Mad Max and we had Bad Bruce. He was bad on the track…bad in that he was the man to beat and took no prisoners when it came to racing. He sure put on a show for the fans at A.C.I.S. After the race the promoter stiffed us for $200 US becuase he didn’t have a good crowd. We were 900 miles from home and really couldn’t do anything about it. We took the money and headed to Nova Scotia…home to Charlie Beck and me.
Promoting The Hobby Club
The track made this ad to mention we were coming.
Debbie Hallahan Killed
Daughter Of Jim Hallahan
What a shock it was to hear about Debbie Hallahans death at Riverside Speedway. It happened on the Saturday night while we were at Flamboro, before heading east. We heard about it right after the Aroostook County race. A bunch of us Larry Westwood, Jim Collison, Charlie Beck and arranged to have flowers sent to the Hallahan family on behalf of the Hobby Club.
We were warned to make sure we had everything accounted for when we returned after the race in Maine. If there was any discrepencies we were told our entire units would be tore down….so we were good.
A Rest Stop In Beautiful New Brunswick
New Paint Job For The Tour
Just before we headed east Doug MacFarlane repainted our ramp truck to match our race car. This picture had an awesome back drop for the photo…the only problem? I wasn’t Dave Franks, in fact the camera I had was a throw away. Judging by the quality of the picture maybe it should have been thrown away before the picture was taken…oh well at least it gives some idea. Plus, get use to it, the next dozen photos were from the same camera.
Getting Gas For Nova Scotia
We stopped for fuel in Moncton on Thursday morning. We got the car filled as well as our gas cans. That’s Bruce Manson in the dark pants.
Racing Fuel At A Decent Price
Moncton Air Port
Bruce and Dwight get gas. Ray is sitting waiting his turn and Doug is to the right. Steffon is beside me waiting our turn….the fuel was cheaper than race fuel we’d have to buy at the track.
59 Cents A Gallon !!!!!!
Hey, it was expensive for us to go to the maritimes but we had fun…well some of us did….kinda…there were moments….anyway the price of this gas was okay.
Mall Display In New Brunswick
The boys did their best to promote our first ever East Coast Tour by supporting the tracks at this mall. Ray Hughes, Dave Bentley, Bruce Manson and Ken Jorgenson are in this photo. The #36 is just past #96.
#96 Ken Jorgenson
The Hobby Club always did their best to support track promoters and sponsors with these types of displays. Also, the Maritimes hadn’t seen these cars in years, so it was a treat for the community.
Steffon Gets In The Shot
A Cessna and a 1948 Maple Leaf
Nova Scotia Border
Ray Leaves New Brunswick
Moncton wasn’t that far from Nova Scotia. We…okay it was my idea…took the old Highway 2 route once we got into Amherst. More on that journey later.
My Home Province Nova Scotia
Bruce Manson At the Border
We all stopped at the border for a rest and game plan for the route we’d take. Ken and Dave went to another location but Bruce and Ray followed me. Shortly after this picture we’d be turning off the Trans Canada and heading towards Lynn Road, a short cut to get to Economy Nova Scoia where a welcoming committee of relatives would be waiting….Lynn Road was shorter than going through Parsboro, but was very rough and hard on some of the gear, but we eventually emerged onto the old Highway 2 knocking off 35 miles with the short cut, but also knocking off Bruce’s muffler.
Dad & Mom Wecome Us All To Their Home
Small House..Big Hearts
Once we got onto Highway 2, we made a stop at my cousins garage, Hilton Lewis, in Five Islands. We proceded from there about 6 more miles where my aunt and uncle were waiting to welcome us home. Uncle George and aunt Hazel came out with huge smiles and gave Nonie and I a hug. Ray got out of his truck and ran up and hugged Bruce in a friendly mock. As we drove further along the Gloose Cap Trail (hwy 2) we had an incredible view of Minas Basin, where the highest tides in the world are. Soon we reached my mom and dad who were on the bay side of the road and reserved a parking spot so we could pull over and have a great view of the bay and beautiful scenery. Then dad invited the three of us to his house. In this picture we can see Ray’s adn Ken’s car and Bruce’s truck on right just behind the house. We were all invited for supper and given a place to sleep.
The Martins Camp Over
We woke up in the morning to find Ken, Wayne and Tim Martin in the back yard. They stayed over night in their trucks but were just in time for breakfast.
Wayne Martin’s #34
The boys were unloading their cars to change gears and do some maintenance..meanwhile the smell of bacon, eggs and home fries was filling the immediate area, as mom, Nonie, Sharon and others helped prepare breakfast.
Mom Feeds 30
Home Made Breakfast
You’ve heard the stories from people who go to the Maritimes and can’t believe the hospitality. In dad’s 500 square foot house, over 30 were in for breakfast and it was a great feast. In this photo we see to the far right Mom handing two piles of toast to Ray, Dwight, Rick and Bruce. In the next table in Tim, Ken, Wayne and Doug.
Two Tables On The Go
Here we have Ken Jorgenson with my crew and the Martin family. Doug is beside me and Steffon is beside Wayne Martin. We had to take shifts to feed everyone.
Time To Work On The Cars
Bill Elliott Gives A Hand
The drivers and crews started working on the cars right after breakfast. Here Bill Elliott helps out. Bruce Manson needed a rear end, his was very noisy, so Billy geared him up by contacting a local wreckers.
Open Country Garage In Full Swing
All the cars needed to do something. We weren’t racing until Saturday at Riverside Speedway. We have the rear wheels off our car preparing to change the gears based on the info we had about Riverside…but it wasn’t quite accurate as we’d find out.
Neighbour Drops By
Mint Ford Truck
When this neighbour seen all the cars he decided to bring over his awesome pick up truck. All the boys stopped working to check it out. This would have been a great time to have an antique car show.
Dad’s In Heaven
Most everyone checked over this immaculate truck. Some got into it, others got under it. Dad was in his glory with all the cars and excitement at his home.
Did I Say Ford????
Just like any garage, it’s hard to get things done when people come by…but in this case it was okay.
Dad Drives In Clam Festival Parade
School In Background
The town of Economy, where the speed limit and the population are on the same sign, held it’s annual Clam Festival parade. Dad drove the 48 Chev and stopped to get a picture taken by his childhood school. Folk lore has it that when he returned from France, after the end of WW2, he was quite wired as it were and one night broke every window in the school. Being a small town, they knew who did it and he would have to pay for his rage. Dad was a hero when he left this small town to go to Europe to fight in the war, so it was easy to forgive him…..wow, that’s a lot of windows to brake.
Kids Line Up
Hobby’s Support Show
It was a beautiful day and lots turned out for this parade.
Advertisment From Riverside Speedway
Antigonish Nova Scotia
Riverside Warm Ups
Cloudy But No Rain
Dad drove the truck to the races right after the parade. It poured rain all the way from Truro to Antigonish. The wipers were broke but dad did a great job trying his best to see. The rain was so hard at one point we had to pull over until it calmed down. This was the only track that didn’t have a rain date, and it was important to me because I would have so many relatives at the race to watch me. I didn’t want this to rain out and it didn’t.
Practice…Bruce Screams On The Straights
Manson Fast & Furious
Bruce Manson was the first car on the track. He wowed everyone, including us, with his car screaming down the back chute and the engine noise bouncing off the guard rail. He sounded like a jet when he came off turn two to go down the back straight-away.
Heat Race Shows We’re Reving Too High
Martins Changing Gears
We decided after our heat race to lower the gear. We were running out of power. We went from 3.70’s to 3.50’s. In our heat we finished 4th and decided to run the consi even though we were qulaified.
Charlie Beck Wins 2nd Heat
Heat Win For Charlie
Charlie Beck was one of the winners at Riverside. He was also the only other Maritimer born in Nova Scotia.
Dave Bentley In Winners Circle
Hard charging Dave Bentley won the Semi.
Murray Lockhart #72
Murray Wins Consi
Good win for #72 Murray Lockhart taking the Consi.
Ray Cleans Up
Heat and Feature Wins
Ray Hughes won his heat and the feature. Bruce Manson was clearly the car to beat but broke a rear axle shaft in the feature sending him flying into the big white tires on the infield. Ray was close to Bruce and won the feature with Jim Collison in second and we took third.
Jim Collison Takes 2nd
#12 Jim Collison
Jim worked hard in helping prepare the trip to the Maritimes and ran very well taking 2nd in the feature.
Home Boy Gets Podium Finish
3rd At Riverside
We ran well all day and brought home a 3rd place finish. We were happy with that. Ron Shaw took 4th and checks out his car after the feature finish.
Track Shows Appreciation
The management at Riverside treated us awesome and every racer got one of these appreciation awards.
Riverside Press Newspaper Write Up
Ray Gets Headlines
Ray was headlined afer his exciting win at Riverside Speedway.
River Glade Speedway
The Track That Almost Ended The Trip
Race #3….Our next stop was River Glade Speedway close to another track called Petty Speedway. We had fun at this track. Ray won the feature in Nova Scotia, but here he went nuts on the front chute…tell you why later down the page
Nonie Sells Hobby Souvenirs
River Glade Speedway
Nonie and Shirley
We had Dave Franks make us pins, buttons, and pictures of every team that went with us. We sold most all of them. Nonie did a great job selling from this van. Shirley helped her when she could. This was one of the Hobby clubs extra efforts to promote itself.
Our Hotel Invoice
Heat Win For #29
River Glade Speedway
Dave Bentley Won The First Heat
Heat Win Larry Westwood
Larry Westwood #19 Picked Up The 2nd Heat Win
Bruce Manson Wins Heat
Bruce Manson #74
Bruce doinated most nights. Here he wins the 3rd heat.
Bruce Manson Wins Heat
Bruce Manson #74
Bruce doinated most nights. Here he wins the 3rd heat.
River Glade Fans View
Heat Win #74
Bruce Was A Fan Favourite
First Hobby Win Out Of Ontario
Neice and Nephew Get In The Picture
Why is the hood off? In our heat, we were in a wreck coming off turn four, or was it five. Earlier in our heat race Ron Shaw hit the wall coming off the final turn putting him out. Soon after I got mixed up with #19 Larry Westwood knocking me into the same spot Ron hit and seconds later Ray hit me bending his tie rod and crashed going into the turn one wall. That gave Rick Koebel the lead, but he blew his transmission and the heat win went to Larry Westwood. In this race we started 5th and got a few breaks in the consi to get the win. This was our first ever win out of Ontario. My neice Tammy and nephew Gary came out to get their picture taken with the track starter.
Heat Win Decals
Heat Win Stickers
Track Includes Us In Program Schedule
Feature Winner…Ken Jorgenson #96
Feature Goes Nuts, Ray To…Ken Gets The Win
The track design had a normal one and two, but a definite twist with almost a turn 3, 4 and 5. None of us were use to it, but it was even for all of us. In the pits we all taked about how weird the turns were on the track…To the feature…Okay, so a number of questions arise. Where was Manson, why didn’t he win, and more, why did Ray go crazy? Here’s what happened in this wild feature race that almost had the Hobby drivers head home, and forced me make the plea of my life in the pits after, to convince everyone to head to the next and final show….from my 1984 scrap book notes, word for word. …” In the feature I started 9th and ended up moving outside quick to get by Tim Young. For the most part I was 6th until a caution saw Bruce into the wall, you guessed it, turn 7. After a couple of caution laps Bentley was in front and the luck wasn’t with him. We had even restarted when his left front king pin broke. He left the track and that put #96 in the lead. There was some spitting rain now and although it wasn’t making the track bad, it was making visibility poor. On the 15th lap Ray Hughes, who got by me, was the first victim of the rain. I hit him enough to spin him, I couldn’t see. Every driver was in the same boat, we almost needed boats. 3 laps later, when coming out of the hair pin down the front chute running inches apart Jorgenson got loose because of the rain, Charlie Beck stopped and from there it was “Night Mare At River Glade”. I mounted Collison who was 3rd and slid to a stop just past the starters stand. The on coming pack went wildly past, all but Ray Hughes who couldn’t see or stop. When I came to, I was sliding down the front chute out of control. I felt the impact, but that was it. I was so drowsy that on leaving my car the only safe place for me was laying down and down I went. I remember everything because I was only stunned…and I’ve been that way for years. Actually I was very lucky. My side was paining and it felt as tho every foot ball player in the CFL hit me at once. Everyone was crying, all my relatives were scared but soon after everyone was calm around my car”…..that report was from my diary. Shortly after this huge wreck, Ray walked up to the front straight fence and began a rant of screaming and yelling at the track officials “is this what you wanted to see, are you happy now”!! No doubt they should have stopped the race and Charlie knew it was bad enough to stop but maybe should have went to the infield, but regardless it was a terrible wreck. Right after in the pits I had to do some strong begging to get the drivers to go to the final track, Hammond River. The good news is they did. More next picture.
Hammond River Ad
Pep Talk And Track Support Pays Off
Right after the River Glade wreck some of the racers wanted to go home. They were upset with the track for not throwing the yellow when it was raining. There were a lot of beat up race cars, mine one of the worst. I pleaded with our drivers to make the final race. We owed it to that owner who came to River Glade to watch us. His name was Leroy Hatfield. He heard that many racers wanted to go home and asked what he could do. He knew I was hurt and my car was a mess, but also that I wanted to race and more importantly keep our commitment. We had a huddle and after I spoke, Ernie McLean, the owner of River Glade offered the beat up cars to use his track site shops to do any repairs. It was a great gesture and we agreed to stay, fix our cars and go racing.
Rear Leaf Spring Bill
Bruce Manson, Ray Hughes, the Martin family and our car all went to Ernie McLean’s shop to fix our cars.
Hotel Across From River Glade
A Few Stayed Here
Ray talks to someone while Doug plays. We were tired but glad our cars got fixed.
Gathering Before The Race
Some of got together like we do today just to talk about the trip. Jim Collison was very sick this day, up to the race. He said it was from bad clams. Maybe rum and clams!!
Making The Rounds
Like a mother hen I had to make sure everyone was coming to the final show and both Larry and Charlie would be there.
Ready To Go Racing
We had something to eat, and relaxed knowing we were ready to race.
Pre Race Preparations
Steffon and Doug go over our car before hot laps.
Larry Westwood Wins Heat
Larry had some good fortune on this tour picking up another heat win.
Ray Hughes Wins
Ray’s Maritime bad luck was washed away with a heat win.
We Win Consi
Shirley holds the checker flag after our much appreciated consi win.
Pre Feature Line Up
Out of car introduction.
All Teams Made It
The final show
Manson and Bentley Pole
You would think with these two, it would be a walk for first and second…not so.
Wayne Martin Wins Final Feature
Hammond River Winner
Lot’s of bad luck, but always in there, Wayne pulled off the win for the final race event.
Welcome Home Ad
Dave and Judy were a big help in promoting us.
East Coast Tour Champion
Ron Shaw #81
Ron Shaw #81 Wins East Coast Tour Series
He didn’t win a race, heat, feature or consi, but was Mr. Consistent in claiming the first ever Hobby East Coast Tour Champonship. Ron had the following feature finishes: Aroostook County Maine…….2nd…… Riverside Nova Scotia……..4th…… River Glade New Brunswick….3rd…… Hamond River New Brunswick…6th ….. The rest of the top five were Charlie Beck #79 2nd…Jim Collison #12 3rd…Ken Jorgenson #96 4th and Gary Elliott #36 5th.
Engine Catches Fire
August 25th Flamboro
First Race Back From The East Coast…We Catch Fire..Dave Franks Gets The Shot
We got to the track late on this night, no hot laps. On lap 4 I noticed smoke coming through the fire wall, but decided to keep going, that soon changed to sparks and I still didn’t want to pull off the track, then the flames appeared and I headed right to the infield. As soon I got in the fire crew were there to put the fire out. Dave Franks caught the action as I pulled to the infield. The fire was out in seconds and the cause….a rag…are you kidding me!!! We finished 4th in the consi and 6th in the feature, so the night wasn’t too bad.
Flamboro Heat Win
Annie Saucier Gets In The Shot
One of my little fans, Annie Saucier got in this picture. It was our 4th win of the season, but still no feature wins for 1984, a streak extending 6 years. This night was our 164th feature entered without a win, but we did get a 4th in the main.
Heat Win #4
Kids Get Picture Taken
David on the far left and Shirley on the right. Leonard Farraway is in on this one as is Annie but not sure who the other children are.
Jim English #55
Hard Chargin’ Jim English Wins At Flamboro
Barrie Heat Win
Barrie Speedway Heat Win…6th Win Of 1984
Only my family and I made it to Barrie on September 9th for our Gold Cup race. It was a night to remember for us, but not so much in this race.
Feature Line Up
September 9th Barrie
Dave Franks Picture…Start Of The Feature
Cloudy Day To Start Feature
Driver Introduction & Soon Ready To Go For Spetmeber 9th Feature
Barrie Feature Under Way
Jeff Bedell #65 Takes Early Lead
This track was hard to set up for, if you were me. My car pushed in the pits, and on this small very tight oval it was worse. When you push you leave the inside lane open, so slowing down and staying glued to the inside is the way to go. Jeff has the lead here but couldn’t get down and we would get by.
Leading Feature At Barrie
Charlie Beck #79 Runs 2nd..Jeff Falls To 3rd
This was our 27th night in 1984. Here is what I wrote after the race in my ‘Diary Of A Season 1984’. “we picked from the hat and I drew #3. I was pole in the first heat. #65 Jeff Bedell was right beside me. I took the lead and held on to win but developed a push half way thru the race, that was understandable because I had no warm ups. I couldn’t think what to do except move the right rear spring down one hole and decrease the rear stagger (that was wrong). In the feature I started pole and Jeff was outside pole. For two laps he tried to pass and finally he drifted which let me go to the wall. Soon there was a restart. On the restart #79 was second and I pulled him on the chutes. After the 8th lap I had over 10 lengths lead. On the 9th another caution. Now #65 was second. For the next few laps he was hammering me in the corners because I was braking hard and going slow because the push was bad. Every lap I would pull #65 and every turn he would hit me. Once he hit me so hard I spun sideways but corrected it. I knew I was going slow but I also knew that as long as I didn’t chop him going in, I could run slow in the corners and he would have to pass on the outside. Only thing was he couldn’t, so Jeff wanted to go thru me instead of around me. On the next caution, involving #96, #33 and #29, the starter motioned #65 over for a conference, obviously reminding him of the point I just made and to go around me instead of thru. Jeff was reinstated (to his position) and perhaps justifiably so, because I was slowing, but I refused to give up the inside”…continued on next picture.
Barrie Feature Win…Finally
167 Feature Drought Ends On September 9th
This was a crazy night in so many ways. It was nuts that it took 6 years to win another feature, but more frustrating was how it all went down, and the accusations and negative comments that came after. I had no crew that day, David was in the pits but really wanted to watch the races. He was only 12 and I didn’t mind, there wasn’t a lot to do. Shirley and Nonie were in the grand stands. Here is more from the Diary Of A Season 1984, race #27….”you would think after six years and competing in 168 features, that the excitement (of this win) would be very high. I guess if it wasn’t for the circumstances surrounding this feature, the laughter and smiles, usually part of the ceremonies after the event, perhaps could have taken place, but they didn’t I was left down, both on and off the track. On the track because the race was shortened, I never saw the white, it didn’t come out, I was given the checker coming out of two, almost as if someone was saying this race is nothing lets end it. Off the track I was given pretty mean looks by a few members. I even had my buddy Bob as I have so frequently called him in my notes, come up to me and first congratulate me for the win, which was meaningless because he then jumped on me for driving the way I did. Nothing like taking what little excitement there was in the win, out, and leaving a guilt trip, of which was not true, in it’s place. Nonie made me feel the best and from her point the hurt was different. No one applauded that knew us and some sat a few feet away from Nonie….so it was my first win in 6 years and to be honest I wished I could have traded places with Bob Kurtin, because if I finished 3rd in any feature I’m sure I would have been happier that he was and plus finishing 3rd would have meant no hurt. I only reason I savor any pride for this win is because Nonie said they couldn’t have got by no matter what”…..I hadn’t read this for many years, but now I do remember how much pain came from that win. Anyway we did get to stop the streak. I must say Nonie and a few others were very gracious making me and my kids feel ok once we left the pits.
7th Win Of 1984
Newspaper Write Up
Kids Get In Picture For Feature Win
Russ Commons Photo Work
Before and After
Special Thanks To Russ Commons For This Thoughtfull Keep Sake
In spite of how the day went and the negative things that followed, it was still a win for us and one we were glad to get. Over the years many racers have won races with ill handling cars, this was our turn. On a big track we don’t get away with it because the good handling cars will take the high lane to pass. A short tight track like Barrie was back in the day, allows a racer to stick low forcing others to go outside. If the cars behind are not good enough to get outside, they try intimidating the car in front by hitting them in the corners, hoping to get them sideways enough to go outside, or hard enough to knock them high, then get under. If neither of those efforts work, and the car isn’t blocking (he gets warned by the starter) and we didn’t, the car in second has to figure that’s the best he will do on that day. It’s happened to us a lot over the years and we call it racing.
Another News Paper Promo For Us
Cartoon Supporting Molson 300 At Cayuga..We Get More Press
Rich Farraway #53
Keith Barton Presents Rich Farraway With Heat Win Award
Gold Cup & Flamboro Points Standings
Farraway Cleans Up
1984 Points Chases Final
1984 Champion….#53 Rich Farraway
Rich Farraway Cleans Up
It’s possible that not going on the East Coast Tour was an advantage for Rich, he had a car that was 4 races less used than the 16 that did go. I’m sure he would have been there, but work kept him from going. Even with that it was impossible to take anything away from this Hamilton racer who did everything he could to win his first and only Hobby championship. He won both series in 1984. I remember many times talking to Rich about his season, and how he and his crew were just taking it one race at a time. Rich was pace back before every feature. He couldn’t stand still, so in one way, though he took it one race at a time, he kept busy walking so he wouldn’t think about it….His dad Bill, was in the pits in the 70’s but went into the grandstands to watch Rich’s boys, he loved his grand children….Congrats to the Farraway family for an awesome season.
First Year As President…And Banquet M.C.
Demolition Derby Top 5
Pictured here are the top five from the first ever Hobby Ladies Demolition Derby. From left to right are, Carmen Manson, Nonie Elliott, Helen Bentley, Sharon Yost and Darlene Koebel. Nonie won the race in a big Ford station wagon.
President Award Winners
Mr. & Mrs. Casale
Sol and John Casale Win Hobby Award
Best Engineered Car
Bruce Manson Presents Ray Hughes With Best Engineered Car Award
Top 15 Flamboro Points
Rich Farraway And The Boys
Here the top 15 get their cheques and trophies. Top row left to right:…Jim Collison, Jeff Bedell, Jim English, Bob Kurtin, Ron Goodison, Don Shaw, Ken Jorgenson and Ron Shaw…Front row left to right…Charlie Beck, Ray Hughes, Gary Elliott, Rich Farraway, Dave Bentley, Rick Koebel and Larry Westwood. Rich Farraway won both the Flamboro and Gold Cup points Championships.
1984 Champion Rich Farraway
First Championship Title For Rich
Bob Clint Sportsman Award
Sportsman Award, donated by Bob Clint
In the mid 70’s, Bob Clint donated this award to the Hobby club. It was a kind of sportsman, hard worker award, that encompassed a persons dedication and hard work for the Hobby club. Although I won it, many of my committee members could have won it as well. To win it you had to be nominated and voted by the members. It meant a lot and showed me how important the things I was doing meant to the Hobby club.
My First Ever Enduro…Finished 6th Out Of 125 Cars
This family sponsored Maverick came in 6th. It was a great fun race with lots of cars. David was on the drivers side, Shirley on the passenger side and Nonie on both doors. I used it to promote the Hobby’s
John Thompson Gold Cup Sponsor
Cayuga Gets Tore Up By Trucks…John Thompson Moving & Storage Gold Cup Sponsor
1985 Membership Card
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
John Saucier…Great Race Fan…Great Sponsor
Rent A Wreck
Canadian Collision Supply
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.
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
Pre Season Write Up
More Write Up
Write Up Continued
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.
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
Established Business Sponsors Hobby Club
History Story Of Rawlinson
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.
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
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
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
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 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.
Family and Friends
Annie With Her Family & Friends
Well Wishes From Annie
Race Fan #1
My #1 Fan In 85 Was Annie
Family of Fans
Melissa Gives Her Encouragement
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
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
We Win Award For Promoting Our Sport
Receiving The Award
Award Write Up
Editor & Publisher Of Racing Promotion Monthly Stew Reamer
John Casale & Bruce Bennett
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
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
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
Second Year Member Ron Goodison #2
Ron’s rookie season was 1984. Ray, his dad and Ron supported the club whenever they could.
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
Valvoline NASCAR Scheme
Larry painted his car like the Ron Bouchard’s Valvoline car from 1985.
Rich Farraway #53…Jim Collison #12
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.
Let The Season Begin
Pre Season Press
Annie & The Coupe
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
We Are Not In Top 15 After Opening Night DNF
Hobby Cars Out West
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
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
Dave Bentley #29 followed by #21 Larry Westwood and our #9 Dodge.
Ron Shaw Leads Off Four
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 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
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
Getting Ready To Go Green
Flamboro Heat May 18th
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
Story On How I Got John Saucier To Sponsor Us
The Man To Beat Most Nights
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
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
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
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
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.
Highway Speed Photo..Going Home In The Rain
Farraway Wins Both Features
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
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
Consi Race Flamboro Speedway June 8th…Brad Collison #1
Dave Lewis & Annie Saucier
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
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
Bill Elliott Autographed Our Picture
Driver Of The Week
One Win Will Do It
Looks Good Now
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
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
Bruce Making His Presence Known At Varney
Ron Shaw…Bruce Manson At 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.
“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.
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
Rick Koebel’s #42, Painted The Same As Ray Hughes Black & Yellow
Stewart Pitchford #47
Stewart Loved Racing & Playing Hockey…He Was A Very Good Goalie
Early Season Points Standings
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
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
Early American Stock Cars
Jim English #55
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
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.
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
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
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!!!!
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
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
Manson On Top, We Get In Top 10
Ron Goodison #2 & Team
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
Tim Martin #33 & Lorne Stewart #27
Brad Collison #1
Dave Franks Got This Picture Autographed For Me..Thanks Dave & Thanks Bill
Mike Witter #19
Awesome Person & Just As Awesome On The Track
Ron Shaw #81
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
Feature Crash Features Lots Of Damage
Major Repairs On The Horizon
David`s New Look Idea
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
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 Incomplete
The 15th of June and the 22nd both rained out giving us another week to get the car ready with paint and lettering.
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 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
Practicing With Fred Poets
Trouble For Dan
Dan Castonguay #54 Breaks A Wheel
Jim English #55
Nice Looking Model A Coupe
Mike Witter Working In The 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
Rick Koebel & Ray Hughes
Larry Gibson #88
Corvette Club Member
This was Larry’s second season with the Hobby club driving this nice looking coupe.
Ron Easton’s Rookie Season
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
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 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
Double File Start
Kansas City Paul
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
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
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
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
Fred Poets, Murray Luckhart, Don Shaw and Larry Westwood
Ron Shaw #81
Smilin’ Ron Shaw
Twin 25′ Warm Ups
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
Fred Poets Grabs Heat Win
Trevor Boys Canadian NASCAR Star
B&B Decals Sponsored Trevor Boys In 1985 For A Few NASCAR Races
Ken Frost #22
Ken Frost On The Pole…Don Shaw #84 Indicates One To Go
Rich & Leonard
Soap Box Night
Rich Farraway #53 & Leonard Farraway…Mini #53
Mike Witter Wins Twin 25’s
Twin 25 Champion Mike Witter Gets Press
First Ever Michigan Tour
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
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
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
If Bill Elliott Was There…I Would Have Been Hospitalized…Too Much Excitement
Fastest 3/8 Paved On Earth
Fast It Was
Greetings From Kalamazoo
“And The Sign Says…”
Bruce & I On Pit Road
Kalamazoo Coupes From The Past
The Track Promoted Us With Their Own History
Hobby’s In The Pits
Full Field Makes Trip
Kalamazoo Pits Were Jammed
Ron Shaw Practicing
Huge Crowd Every Week
Fast Man On Fast Track
Bruce Manson Hot Lapping…He Loved This Track…The Fans Loved Him
Tim Martin #33
The Martins Loved To Travel
Ken Frost #22
Nice Coupe By Trashed Late Model…Our Cars Went Over Great
Jim English #55…Ron Shaw #81
Two Vets Prepare For The Heat Race
Gerald Ton #56 Wins Heat Race
Gerald Ton, Racing With Jim English, Wins First Heat Race
Me & Ray On The Front Row
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
Green Flag Next Lap
Green Green Green
Heat Race #2
Green Flag…Ray Takes The Lead…Bruce Follows…We End Up 3rd
Ray Hughes #24 Wins 2nd Heat
Heat Win #24
Ray Won The Heat…He Wasn’t So Fortunate In The Feature
Dave Bentley #29
Hard Charger Dave Bentley
Larry Westwood #21
Larry Takes NASCAR Paint Scheme
Jim English #55
Ready For Feature
Jim Was Sponsored By Bowes…He Waits For The Feature
Preparing For Feature
All The Races In All The Classes Were Very Good
Fred Poets #58….Ken Jorgenson #96
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.
On August 9th 1985, We Had Our First Feature Race At Kalamazoo
Early Wreck On Lap Four
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.
Bruce Manson #74 Wins First Ever Kalamazoo Feature
Mount Clemens 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
Hopefully Ken Maritn Didn’t See This Ad…Didn’t Mention Coaches
Mount Clemens….Rained Out!!!!!
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
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
Ken Jorgenson #96…Beside The Ramp Truck He Sold Me In 1977
Wayne Varley #7
August 10th…No Race But We Unloaded To Practice & Get Pictures
Lined Up For Mock Heat
It Rained, But!…’Circle Track’ Magazine Does Story On Our Club
Bruce Blazes The Track
Bruce Gets In Circle Track Story
Me & Bruce Manson #74
Drag Race???..No Chance, He’d Win That To
Mike Witter #19
Mike Gets In The Act
Larry Westwood #21
Larry Dodges Rain Puddles?…On Second Thought I Don’t See How He Can
Ron Shaw #81
Ron Would Be Here For Certain
Mock Heat Race
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
We Staged All Kinds Of Racing For The Photographer
Dirty Dozen..Ah, Eleven
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.
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
Pre Race Pass For Michigan Parade
Michigan International Speedway
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.
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
Gerald Ton #56 At Michigan
High Bank…Low Speed
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 Drives M.I.S.
Bill Elliott ??……Not Really
A Winter Plan That Came To Be
Parade Lap With The Injured
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
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.
End Of The Parade
The Smile Tells It All
I R O C Cars
I.R.O.C. Cars Loaded For Next Race
Daytona At Michigan
Paul & Steffon
Paul & Steffon Get Some Shade In A Dayona Wing
Crew Having A Blast
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
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
John Saucier Enjoys A Trip Around Cayuag
Rick & Kenny
Rick Payne #87….Kenny Frost #22 Win With Assistant Starter Mike Deleeuw
Jim Sweers #75….
Jim Sweers & I Battle At Flamboro
Practising At Flamboro
Trying To Get Better
Tough Season, But Pracitce Makes Better…..Sometimes
Incredilbe Sad News
The Tragic News About Richie Evans
Richie Evans #61
Gone But Never Forgotten
Richie Evans #61…God Bless You
Jim English #55
Jim English Gets Flamboro Win
1985 Champion #24 Ray Hughes
“Smilin’ Ray Hughes”
Champ Not Doing So Good
“Not Smilin” Ray Huhges”
Having Some Fun With Smilin Ray
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
A Picture Has A Thousand Words…Well A Few Anyway
Top Of The Charts
Ray Hughes #24
Always The Man To Beat….A Great Example Of A True Competitor
Gene Karley Memorial September 2nd
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
Jim Collison #12 Leads Us And Ken Jorgenson #96 In The Heat
No Feature Win Tonight
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
Karley Family Surrounds Jim Collison For Victory Lane Photo
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
Wayne Varley #7 Battles Ron Shaw #81 and #22 Ken Frost
Two Vets..Two Friends
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
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
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
Shirley Draws Her Dad’s Car…..Selp Explanatory
Best Appearing Car
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.
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
A Word From John Allison Quaker State Director Of Racing For Canada
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
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.
John Saucier and Paul Cornwall Join Nonie & I At The 1985 Banquet
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!!
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
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.
Hobby Club 1986…20th Year
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
1986 Flamboro Speedway Schedule
Flamboro Season Promotion
Sunset Speedway Schedule
Sunset Schedule 1986
1986 Sauble Speedway Schedule
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.
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.
Bead Rolls…Wow, They Always Make A Job Look Great
Steffon & I Like To Work Together
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 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
Here Is One With My Name & Number Correct…Nice
Hobby Hall Of Fame 1986
Joe McQueen & Doug Bowerman Inducted
Fabricacting Almost Done
Body Looks Good…Next Step Is Paint
Body Work On The Roof Gets Done Before Paint….That & Trunk, Only Original Parts To Coupe
Ready For Paint
Prep Done Paint Booth Awaits
Paint It Black
This Was A Great Paint Job On This Car…We Were Getting Geared Up In Every Area
Dixie Devil Lettered
Ready To Go
Lettering Complete…By Spider!!
Article Before Motion Show
Georgia Beck Writes Pre Season Hobby Article
Bill Elliott Signs Picture
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
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
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
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
Dixie Ford Sponsors Flamboro Speedway Pace Car
Hobby Pace Car
Brain Pratt Lands Wellington Chrysler Dodge To Sponsor Hobby Pace Car
Dixie Ford Ad
Dixie Ford Promo Ad For 1986 Season
Season Opener May 3rd..Witter Wins
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
New Comer Kenny Frost, Raced In 85…Still Winning in 86
Early Season DNF
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
Ron Shaw #81 Goes Low, Wayne Stevens #99 Goes High…Ron Easton #00 Undecided
Larry Westwood Wins May 10th
#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
Hobby Top 12….1985 Champ On Top After Two Nights
Hobby Tech Inspection May 17th
Hobby Inspection Sheet…1986
Rich Farraway Wins Feature
#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
Long Time Hobby Racer, Committe Member & Club Sponsor #85 Keith Barton
Dave Bentley Wins May 24th
#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.
Dave Bentley Early Points Leader
Sponsor Night At Flamboro
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
Dixie Ford Night…..Nothing Like A Win To End Bad Luck Streak
First Win Of 86
“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 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.
Mike Witter #19…Tops In The Class After May 17th…We Sit Uncomfortable In 28th Place
Rich Farraway #53
Promotion For Rich Farraway
Kyle Petty Wins
Bill Elliott Crashes..Kyle Petty Wins
Point Standings 6 Weeks In
Ray Hughes #24….Top Of The Leader Board
Triple Header Week End…June 6-7-8
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
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….
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
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
Hard Luck At Varney For Rich Farraway Our 1984 Club Champion
Trouble In Turn 3
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.
Back Chute Varney
Varney Speedway, A Fast Little Bull Ring
Jeff Bedell Wins Varney June 8th
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
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.
Ray Hughes Holds Point Lead…Mike Witter Close Behind
Dave Bentley #29 June 21st
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
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
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
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 🙂
Hobby News, Recapping The Early Racing
Press Update Page 2
The Rest Of The Story
Wayne Martin #33 Varney Speedway July 13th
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
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
Jim English #55 One Of The Toughest Ever…..He Gave Up Nothing To Win Or Keep His Spot
Mike Ball #13
Varney July 13
Mike Ball #13 Flies Down Back Chute At Varney During Practice
Brian Barton #95 Varney Speedway
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
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
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
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
Jim Collison #12…Having An Awesome Season…Takes Twin 25 Overall With A 4th & 1st In The Features
Kalamazoo Sppedway August 8th
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
Hobby Cars Prompt Old Timers Night That Includes Match Race….With John Benson Sr.
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
Hobby’s Are Coming But The Main Excitement Is Put On Track Icons Roger Gilligan & Johnny Benson
Johnny Benson To Drive #36
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.
Happy and Proud To Be Standing Next To This Kalamazoo Legend…Paul Cornwall Is At The Rear Of Our Car
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
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
Kalamazoo Collects Kostel
Paul Cornwall & Nonie Relaxing
Just Taking It Easy….It’s All Good
Kalamazoo Trophy Dash Winner
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
Paul, Steffon, David, Johnny & One of His Crew Take A Victory Picture
Ken Frost #22 Feature Winner
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
Nice Report Following Nights Races
Flat Rock Speedway August 9th
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
Ron Shaw One Of My Favourite Competitors
Spartan Speedway August 10th
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
Rained Out….Club Members Get Group Shot Near Track Sign
Ray Hughes On Top Flamboro Points
Cayuga August 24th
Cayuga Speedway Promotion For August 24th Race
Cayuga Souvenir Program
Cayuga Speedway McKERlIE- MILLEN Classic
2012 Pit Crew
Matt 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
Bob 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 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
Awesome 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
The 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.
Most 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
Some 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
Dave 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.
2011 Late Model
7th 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
6th 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
5th 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
4th 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
3rd 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
2nd 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
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”