2011 LM History

1984 CVM History Completed

Flamboro Speedway
Flamboro Speedway
Rich Farraway 1984 Champion
    Rich cleaned up in 1984 winning both the Flamboro Speedway and Gold Cup titles. It was his first and only Hobby Championship. 1984 was an exciting season of rebuilding for the Hobby club. Go to the menu board on the left side and click on CVM History, 1972 to 1984 are finished. 1985 will be downloaded starting this week, and that was a very busy season as well.

 

Annie Saucier

1985
1985
1985 History Going Up
    I understand many of you have been waiting for me to get all of my history up on this site. 1985 is started with about 35 to 40 pictures and stories posted…and three times that amount still to go up. 1985 was a great season for the CVM, not so much for my team, except for the fact that we got to know John Saucier and his family. That came to be with little Annie being my biggest fan. She always cheered for me (she might not remember now) and her excitement brought us closer to their family. I’m sure there will be lots about her throughout 85’……I promise to keep at this over the winter, to get as much history as possible uploaded, I need to get to 2004…that should only take 15 years, yikes…regardless, it’s been great for me reliving the memories from 25 years ago. We hope you enjoy all the stories on our history section as well.

 

What’s Going On With The Dirt

Knoxville
Knoxville
358′ Feature Win…#2…In The Dirt
    I can’t explain why I do fairly well in the dirt. Racing 6 nights a week from December until March of this year helped me learn a lot. What’s crazy is that some of my best racing is with this 358′. There were 22 of us Sunday night, guys from coast to coast in Canada and the U.S.

 

Safe In My Garage

Shawn Chenoweth
Shawn Chenoweth
New Car For Us In 2011
    Tucked away in our garage is a new Late Model for 2011. Okay, it’s not brand new, but new to us. This Howe built, Jeff Hanley set up chassis had an incredible season in 2010, winning most everything. It would be easier to list the things Shawn didn’t win. The car is a step up from our own McColl car. It has the updated suspension and brake options and many other components better than what we’ve been running. Our goal for 2011 is to win the Championship, two features and our first ever big feature race (75 to 100 lap). This car will hopefully give us a shot at our first ever Late Model title. We know the rest of the Late Model teams will be making improvements on their programs as well, making 2011 potentially a very competitive season. Getting the car is the first step to help us reach our goals, we could only wish for a duplication of the season Shawn had in 2010. The car needs a complete going over, but we’ll be sure not to upset it too much other than replacing any loose or wore out parts. Our own #36 has had a close inspection and rebuild over the winter and should be complete by the end of January. It will be painted by Jim Sweers in early March.

 

First Best Appearing Car Award 1985

1985 Hobby
1985 Hobby
1985 History
    Our 1985 history is half posted now. This picture shows our new look after David’s re-design. He felt if we were going to have a shot at winning the Best Appearing Car we had to add side curtins and move the number back a little. David was right. We ended up winning our first ever Hobby Best Appearing Car award at the banquet and won a mid season award from Dizzy Dean the owner and promoter of Motion Car Shows. We won at total of 5 Best Appearing Car awards 85′, 86′, 92′, 95′ and 97’…….I hope to have much more history up over the next few weeks and 1986 is ready to go once 85′ is finished. John Fletcher can’t wait until I get to the early 90’s, but Jason Shaw is before that, 1987 and then David’s rookie year is 1988. John, I’m working as fast as I can. There are 208 posts for 1986 and at least another 100 for 1985. I love doing this and reliving the past seasons even though some, like 1985, were tough on us, but so was 2010, but we love to race….here’s a good one, the first time we win Best Appearing Car is not with the number 36 we ran for the previous 16 seasons in Mini’s and Hobby’s, but #9, is that weird or what?…we got a few with #36 so it’s okay.

 

Making Progress……First Of Three Car Team

Elliott's Garage
Elliott’s Garage
89′ Wonders…”How Much Longer Do I Have To Wait”?
    Special thanks to Marcello, Gregg and Brian for helping get our #36 finished. This car will most likely sport a new black and yellow look carrying the Pennzoil logo’s for 2011. We cannot announce who will drive this car yet, but hope to have that firmed up by mid to late February, let’s say by the Daytona 500 week end….meanwhile, on the left is our new car for 2011, the #89, and it sits patiently waiting for a full maintenance overahul and a new wrap around body panel kit. Also, outside the garage is our 33 Chev Coupe, sitting in the trailer waiting to come into the garage for a complete going over. We are hoping to have our new Late Model in the Performance World Car Show in March.

 

Where’s The Rest Of The Car

Working On #9
Working On #9
Gehrig Our Grandson Helping In The Garage
    Our 2010 Late Model is very close to being complete. Gehrig, Bob Pereria and Sheldon Bossam finished off most of the bolt on parts to be installed. This week end we’ll install the body, then the car will wait for Jim Sweers to paint it in early March. Next in will be our 33 Chev Coupe. It’s been committed for the Performance World Car Show. We have a lot to do and want the car looking great for the CVM display. A new paint scheme is planned, Shane at Carisle Industries has the paint picked out. This project will be rushed a little but we’re okay. We sure appreciate the help were getting.

 

Dirt Racer Gregg Rauscher

Late Model #9
Late Model #9
Gregg Helps With Body
    Gregg came from St. Catharines to help me get a little more done on our #9 car. We will finish off the body and park the car until Jim Sweers comes back from Florida. Jim is going to paint this Impala Pennzoil colors. Then we move in the CVM and start going crazy on the Coupe and our new Late Model to get one ready for the Performance World Car Show and have the Late Model as stand by if it’s needed. Gregg has helped a lot over the winter and we appreciate his efforts. He will pit for us when he’s available throughout the summer. Gregg races a Dirt Mod at Humberstone as well as pits for another Late Model team. He has time to help us now and we really appreciate him coming to our shop. Tomorrow, Marcello and Brian will come to the garage and we’ll get this car finished and maybe start on the other two, the Coupe first. It will be a crazy quick make over to be ready for the show, but then we’ll have time to go over everything after….my online racing is suffering huge….this is actually a different kind of fun….and I’ll get to race with my Amercian and Canadian on line friends when the work in the garage is done…by then it will be time to rest a little.

 

Crew Chief’s….Bob And Marcello

Two Down Two To Go
Two Down Two To Go
Ready For Paint
    We got lots done today thanks to Bob Pereria on the left and Marcello Pontello on the right. Brian Watson who worked hard, was suppose to be in the shot but ducked out. Pictured here is our Late Model from 2010. It’s now ready for paint. We did a complete make over of this car including a new body. It will be painted in early March then completed for opening day at Flamboro, there is still lots to do to get it on the track, but the hard stuff is done. We will be announcing the drivers for this car within the next few weeks, we need that long to get a confirmation. Bob Pereria is crew chief for rookie Sheldon Bossam. They may not be ready until mid season and have joined our team in the meantime. Marcello is our new crew chief for 2011 and likes what he sees in our new car (the #89 car in the garage). We have decided to leave everything as it is and just go over the car maintenance wise. We are going to be busy getting it ready as a stand by for the car show in March. Then, in mid to late March we’ll complete the rest of the work. Likewise for the 33 Chev, who gets pushed into the garage to start a huge rebuild and new look for 2011 and be ready for the Performance World Car Show. Our Coupe will be in the CVM display, and I’m very proud to be one of the cars representing the club. We’ll be busy for the next month. Nonie and I are very thankful for the help we’ve been getting, it’s been a little hectic, but a lot of fun….PS…don’t read anything into the Hoosier Tires being on the car. They’re only on the car because it will be in storage for a month or so and these tires don’t go flat making it convenient when parking the car for long periods of time.

 

These Two Headed For The Car Show

Coupe & New Car
Coupe & New Car
Hey Coupe, What Are You Doing In The Garage…Don’t You Know Who I Am?
    We finished our car from last year, for now, it will need some work to complete it once it’s painted. Meanwhile we have to hustle to get the Coupe and our new Late Model ready for the Performance World Car Show. Both cars are being worked on, the garage is going to be a mess for a few weeks. The Coupe will be stripped down to just the chassis and sent out then completely reassembled and sent out again for the body to get done. It’s going to be nuts. We left the garage late on Saturday and the two cars got into it. The new Late Model coming off a great season said “Hey Coupe, what are you doing in the garage…do you know who I am? The Coupe wasn’t fizzled and retaliated…”Ya I know, give me 10” tires and a four barrell and you won’t get close enough to know who I am”….Gregg came over Sunday to help strip the Coupe. We need to go crazy to make this committment, but we’re on schedule.

 

Bare Bones

Time Is Ticking Away
Time Is Ticking Away
Stripping Two Cars At Once
    Getting two cars ready is a rush anytime. It’s even more of a rush when the time line is not too far off. Added to that pressure is a small garage with lots of parts from the two cars, finding room soon becomes an issue. Bob Pereria came over today and stripped more of the Late Model. We got most of the Coupe done the other day, Gregg helped with that on Sunday. Now we must get all the red out of the Late Model and get those interior pieces as well as the Coupe chassis to the paint shop. Ron Easton is repairing the sheet metal for the 33 Chev, he’s also fixing the right side nerf bar. Once the parts are painted we need to reassemble the Coupe and get it back out for body paint. The Late Model interior panels will be reinstalled and then a new 5 Star body installed before it goes to Carlisle Industries for the new…but maybe not so different, paint scheme. The only welding on the Late Model is the rear bumper, that must be done by this week as well. We have about 22 days to get the cars completed and then delivered to Steve Lyons for lettering. Special thanks to Marcello, Bob and Gregg for their help. Marcello is gone to Florida for Speed Week so that leaves three of us to get these two cars finished. We’ll make it happen.

 

The Ugly Green On It`s Way Out

Shane`s Pain
Shane`s Pain
Carisle Industries
    Gregg and I dropped the Coupe off at Carisle Industries late today to have the chassis and crash bars painted. We made it just before they closed. The car will be sand blasted then painted black. We returned to the shop and removed the rest of the interior panels on the Late Model. We`ll drop them off when we pick up the Coupe. The red panels will be painted a medium grey metallic. This week end we hope to have the Late Model rear bumper repaired and the body fit. Once the CVM gets back we can start to assemble it, then work on the Late Model when the panels are painted, then send them both out for exterior paint. Just over three weeks to go and we have 8 weeks work, but thanks to the help I`m getting we`re staying on target. Thanks Gregg, Bob and Gehrig, we can rest in late March….maybe.

 

Late Model Gets Attention

Gordon Nicholson Photo
Gordon Nicholson Photo
Three’s No Crowd
    Dave and Brian Watson came over today, as did Big Jim to help with the Late Model. The Coupe is at the paint shop along with the Late Model interior. All should be back by this week end. Meanwhile, Dave, a very good body installer, helped me fit our new body panels on our new ride for 2011. Our goal right now is to get the car ready for the car show in case it has to go in. We finished today with the front and rear bumpers, quarter panels, right fender, nose cone and hood fitted. Once the left front fender is cut we’ll remove the complete body to install the interior, new seat belts and anything else we can do now, then we’ll cover it all with plastic rivet the body together and send it out for paint. Maintaining the chassis and going over the suspension will be done after the show and well before practice day………PRACTICE DAY!!!!….we got a long way to go just to make the car show, but thanks to Dave, Brian and Big Jim we had a good day.

 

Body Close To Completion

Gord Nicholson Photo
Gord Nicholson Photo
Making Progress
    We had lots of good help tonight, and made great progress getting our Late Model body fitted. Pictured with me is Gregg Rauscher and Bob Pereria, both were a huge help as was Dave and Brian Watson and Gordon Nicholson. We still have the trunk and rear window to fit, then remove the new body panels and completely clean the chassis. The interior panels will be ready by Wednesday and we will attempt to get them in Thursday night. That will be tricky, making sure the wiring and electrical parts are reconnected properly. I marked everything when it was removed and if the rules were the same as last year I could have left the dual MSD box set up in the car, but one of those units has to be removed and that means rewiring. My wiring skills are much the same as my knowledge of the universe, and what’s that? I took up space for 12 years in school, but still know very little about astronomy…or anything electrical….time to learn? no, time to get someone to help who knows what they are doing. We hope to send the car to Carlisle Industries for paint by Tuesday and then get it to Creative Edge for Steve Lyons by the first of March. We’re right on schedule…oh, and the 33 Chev?, the chassis is painted, once the Late Model is done and at the body shop we will go nuts putting it back together.

 

If This Was A Race?……The Snow Blower Wins

Chassis Painted
Chassis Painted
Less Than 22 Days To Go
    The chassis is back, painted by Shane at Carlisle Industries. Our plan is to install the interior in our new Late Model and get it out to the body shop by Tuesday next week. That will give us lots of room to assemble all the parts on the Coupe…that would be everything. Hopefully the Coupe heads to the paint shop by next Wednesday. We have some of our crew coming over on Thursday night and Saturday during the day…want to help?…we could use some eager hands.

 

Team Work

Lot's To Do
Lot’s To Do
Five Days To Get To The Body Shop
    Here’s our newest crew member Steve working on the Late Model while Brian starts reassembling the Coupe. We need to get a lot done in the next few days, extremely critical time for us. It was Steve’s first night with us and he fit in great.

 

Steve Learns Quick

Coupe
Coupe
Putting It Back Together
    We’ve been busy the past few weeks trying to get our cars ready for the Performance World car show, and of course the coming racing season. It was a big challenge to offer these cars for the car show, but thanks to Steve, shown here, Bob, David, Jim, Brian and Gordon we got a lot accomplished today. we still have lots to do before the cars head to the Carlisle Industries for paint, but after todays effort, we’re in fairly good shape.

 

David A Big Help

Wiring The Late Model
Wiring The Late Model
New Interior Look
    The interior panels are the same, even the bent ones, they’re just a different color. Red interior would have worked on our 1984 and 1985 Hobby cars, but not on any of my Late models. We had to remove much of the wiring, so it was important for me to have David rewire it for me. He did a great job with that as well as helping with the seat and belts. Tomorrow I hope to have 4 or 5 of us work on getting these two cars ready for paint and lettering. We have 18 days until move in. Sounds like a lot, but getting the cars painted will be the next big step as Shane and Scott work them into their now busy schedule. The good news is they are excited about seeing one or both of our cars in the car show.

 

Couped Up…..Bob, Gregg & Marcello

Photo By Gordon Nicholson
Photo By Gordon Nicholson
Late Model & CVM Getting Closer
    This week end had to be big for us to stay on schedule for the car show. We had a long list of things to do, and all got done that had to, it was a very successful week end, and being a long week end helped. We should be able to complete both cars by Tuesday night. The Late Model has a few more body parts to install, then the rest of the bolt on stuff will be put in the car for paint later this week. The CVM is not much further behind. Once the body goes on it will be ready as well to head for paint. Today we got a lot done thanks to Bob, Brian, Gregg and Marcello. All the bolt on stuff for the CVM is done, even the inside of all the body panels on both cars were painted black. That was done on Sunday night so it would be dry when the team arrived today. Tuesday should see us ready to take one or both cars to Carlisle Industries…we’ll post that progress tomorrow. Pictured here is Bob on the left, Gregg at the back smiling, or laughing at Marcello who is securing one of the motor mounts.

 

Finishing Touches

Late Model Complete
Late Model Complete
Late Model Ready For Paint
    Tonight we finished the Late Model. There was quite a list of small things to do. The rear spoiler, truck lid and pins. Cut out the jack spots on the rocker panels and then rivet them on the car. The vent windows, front and rear bumpers as well as finishing off all the riveting of panels on the car. Gregg came a little early, then Steve, pictured here with my grandson Gehrig, and between us we were able to get this car finished. The toughest part was loading it in the trailer. The fact it’s ice cold out didn’t help. We hooked up the trailer then manouvered the car and rear trailer door to make it easy for us, but it wasn’t. The cold makes things so much worse to work on. Once the car was finally in the trailer and strapped down we made sure everything was loaded. The hood was hiding behind the Coupe but we found it. Then it dawned on me..”did we drain the water”? Gregg reminded me that Bob Chenoweth put anti-freeze in it when we picked the car up. I remember Bob said there may not be enough in it. I decided to take out the two engine plugs, one on each side and let the coolant that was in it drain out. What a mess, but now we know it won’t freeze, but I honestly think it may have been alright. With all that coolant pouring out of my car, I can’t feel safe that my driveway won’t freeze, nor the floor of my trailer. When I unload the car tomorrow at the body shop I bet I fall down, from the slippery floor, wow, a moment to look forward to. This rush has been exhausting, but we have just one more car to complete and get to the body shop, the CVM, and it has to be accomplished tomorrow night. I think we’re okay. Carlisle Industries is ready for the cars, so to is Creative Edge. Steve Lyons has us booked in for March 4th or 5th and that’s coming fast. I still have not heard from Flamboro Speedway to confirm the Late Model is going in the show, but I was asked to have it ready in case, and we are on schedule. Thanks to Steve and Gregg for making it over tonight. I think one more night of craziness and then we get a few days off.

 

Carlisle Industries

Ready For Paint
Ready For Paint
Late Model Waits For Paint
    We made it this far and though we still have a lot to do, the good news is, we’re on schedule. Shane should have this car painted by this week end, then we’ll get it back, finish the final prep and get it to Steve Lyons for lettering. Tonight we’ll complete the CVM and get it to the paint shop hopefully tomorrow morning. Then we can clean the garage and take a short nap. The car show is 2 weeks tomorrow. I’m very thankful for those who dedicated nights and week ends to help get us to this point.

 

Coupe Complete

Toughest Work Over
Toughest Work Over
Heading To The Body Shop
    Tonight with the help of Bob and Gregg we were able to complete the body work on the Coupe. This was one of our easy nights, but still required three people for close to three hours. We started this project, getting both our Late Model and CVM ready for the car show, on February 5th, that’s the week end we finished our Pennzoil car. Now, with two weeks to go both cars will be at Carlisle Industries getting painted. I’m hoping we get them back early next week. The good news is I can get the garage cleaned up for the final prep on both cars. Windows, wheels, spoiler and other accesories to be secured on the Late Model before it goes for lettering. The Coupe will need the nose cone and radiator duct work install, as well as the windshield. Then they head to Creative Edge. I’m very thankful to those who helped get us this far. David, Gregg, Bob, Steve, Brian, Dave Watson, Gehrig and Jim all contributed to get this huge work load done quickly. There were others I had to count on as well. Ron Easton made some new panels for the Coupe, John Van Wyngaarten cut led, Dave Trendell from Grisdales got me all the parts I needed. Two months ago I had no crew, but God sent people to help and join our team, and they did a fantastic job with all the assembly and hard work. Now Shane Howard will prepare the bodies with an excellent paint job so Steve Lyons can finsih the cars off with his creative talent. This has been a very tiring but a frenzy of fun. I can’t wait to see the finished products.

 

Carlisle Industries

Waiting For Paint
Waiting For Paint
Coupe & Late Model Await New Paint

 

Junior Said It Was Okay

New Interior Paint
New Interior Paint
Making The Car Look Better
    We decided to paint the interior after a discussion with Junior Hanley, who said paint dosen’t weight much and it won’t hurt, he even agreed it looks better. So, we did just that and now I like the look of the interior on our new (2008) car. Yesterday, Marcello, Bob and Steve helped out adding some things on the before it heads out Wednesay for lettering….update!!…as of Saturday night, Flamboro still isn’t sure he’s going into the car show, but thinks, maybe not.

 

Ray’s Appreciation Party February 26th

Picture By Lisa Lott
Picture By Lisa Lott
Some Of The Boys & Girls Who Raced With Ray
    On Saturday night the Hobby club had a surprise party for Ray Hughes. Ray announced his retirement at the end of 2010 and the club members, Ray’s friends, wanted to show their apprecaition. Ray started in 1967, he ran sporatic at the beginning and but then full time throughout the 70’s, 80’s 90’s and the new century. Ray accumulated 8 Club, 8 Flamboro Speedway and 8 Gold Cup Championships, the most by any racer in the history of the Hobby club. Ray always showed compassion for drivers who struggled, who couldn’t afford the better equipment, or in some cases any. He started that way himself, and never lost sight of the importance of every single racer, not just those who excelled. Ray was presented with a beautiful painted helmet from Steve Lyons, a huge picture frame with all the drivers in his last year of racing, a banner made up by John Karley and a few other appreciations from his friends and teams he raced against. There were close to 100 people in attendance, including over 40 drivers…those in this picture are Top Row left to right: John Fletcher #61, Ron Easton #00, Al Haringa #07, Harold DeLeeuw #7, Daryl Henwood #29, Merv Colling #73, Wayne Martin #34, Jody Chubbs #28, Tim Martin #33, Murry Ducharme #18, Mike Podd #5, Jeff Bedell #65 and Ben Charbeneau #2…Middle Row left to right: Brian Atkinson #10, Bill Lyons #9, George McLeod #64, Ray Hughes #24, Rich Harris #8, Jim Hinchburger #61, Jim English #55, Doug Hood #38, Jim Collison #12, John Karley #19, Gary Elliott #36, Charlie Beck #79, John Jarvis #31, Jennifer Jarvis #12, Dave Trendell #57. Botton Row left to right: Sarah Miskiewicz #36, Paul Otrman #45, Jack Hood #65, Kevin Cantwell #2, Rick Jones #99, Al Bowman #75, Rob Clarke #27, Dave Trendell #73….some drivers who were at this event went home or were not available for the photo. Jim Sweers #75, Steve Lyons #9 and TJ Woolsey #43. Congratualtions Ray, you deserve everything you got and will get. It was my pleasure racing against you and because of it I have many great memories.

 

Coupe Gets New Paint Scheme

Creative Edge Bound
Creative Edge Bound
Heading To Creative Edge
    Today, Bob, Steve and Jim came over to finish the final assembly for the CVM. Our 33 Chev is committed to the CVM club display at the Performance World car show next week end. We are very happy with the new look of our car and hope our fans like it as well. Steve Lyons will complete the new paint scheme with his art work early next week….meanwhile our Late Model is getting lettered and we should be posting a picture of our Impala early next week. Unfortunately Flamboro Speedway has opted out of the Performance World show for 2011 but our car will be ready for any other shows that come along before the season starts or even during the season. Special thanks to Shane Howard for taking the time to not only do a two-tone paint job but to fulfill our request of detailing the car that obviously took a lot of extra work and effort and for that we are thankful.

 

Ray Hughes #24

Retirement Party
Retirement Party
Racing With One Of The Best Ever
    A few weeks ago the Hobby club held a special ceremonial appreciation night for Ray Hughes. He made it known after his 5th place finish at Flamboro Speedway on September 18th. There were well over 100 people in attendance for Ray`s night, 41 of them drivers he raced against in his 40 year career. Ray is the winninngest driver in the history of the CVM club. He has 8 overall club Championships, double that of his closest competitor. He also has 8 Flamboro and Gold Cup titles. The CVM and I will miss racing with Ray, and there is no truth to the rumour that he`s building a Late Model, aka Taxi. This plaque is just a sample of our times togther from 1972 until 2010 and though it`s sad to see him call it a day, Nonie, David, Shirley and I thank him for the wonderful memories.

 

Performance World

 33 Chev
33 Chev
Steve Lyons Does It Again
    Perry, Bob and Gehrig, take a break after getting our car, and Jim Sweers cleaned for the show. Both cars were 90% cleaned, they just needed that final show room touch. We are very pleased with the paint by Shane Howard at Carlisle Industries and the finishing touches by Steve Lyons of Creative Edge. Steve was able to take this new exciting paint scheme, apply his magic and give us another different, but great looking race car. We will be at the show most of the week end hopefully seeing some of our CVM and Late Model friends.

 

Performance World Car Show

Gibson Photo
Gibson Photo
Scott Gibson’s Beauty
    Scott Gibson put his #88 Late Model in this years car show. One of 5 cars from Flamboro in the show. Two Hobbies, A Thunder Car, Mini and this Late Model. Scott says he plans to run 10 times, and if he does it will help the weekly car count at Flamboro in 2011. I got a ride home from John Casale and asked him when he was going to widen the track and he said a wider track wouldn’t mean better racing. I know he wasn’t drinking, and I also know he will take a visit to Sunset to see a wider more banked track and the results it provides for side by side racing. Mark Dilley told John to come up, bring his pace truck and he would let him in free. Once John sees the track I’m sure he will change his mind and make us a new surface at Flamboro…okay, so now you may ask if I’ve been drinking. Anyway as for the show, Scott’s Late Model is beautiful and will brighten things up for the fans that come out to watch the races. Another car that was awesome was Brad Collison’s #13 Thunder Car. All the cars looked good, just not enough to say much about racing in Ontario. The show really has no theme this year, I hope they gear or focus on oval racing more in 2012…the CVM display is good as well, with our Coupe and Jim Sweer’s masterpiece on display.

 

Performance World

Photo By Erin
Photo By Erin
Jim Sweers #75
    This masterpiece was built in the past two years. It has yet to be on the track and will no doubt be a nominee for the Berst Workmanship. Depending on how it runs, it could qualify for Best Engineered as well. Today the show was much businer. Mike Williams and his dad Dave, as well as Gehrig and I have kept interested patrons up to date on the club and this coming season. Tomorrow is the last day, then we go through the mayhem of trying to get out in decent time.

 

George Chuvalo

Performance World
Performance World
Never Knocked Down
    One of my heros as a kid was this Canadian legend George Chuvalo. He fought some of the toughest boxers in the world and was never knocked down. Cassius Clay said George Chuvalo was the toughest fighter he ever battled. I appreciated getting this picture with him and had to share it on this site. He is such a gentle person. Thanks for the memories Mr. Chuvalo.

 

Another Completely Different Design

Creative Edge Design
Creative Edge Design
Steve Lyons Gets It Done
    After Shane Howard did his part, getting the right paint (2010 Camaro Green) and doing an awesome job with the paint scheme we decided on, the final touch was left to Steve Lyons. It’s one thing to have a great paint job, and we did, it’s a completely different deal to have the car finished off the way you want when it goes to the graphic designer. That trip is what makes the project come to life and Steve Lyons got it done…again!! Now we have both cars looking like twins and a short list of things to do on each to get them ready for practice day in just over a month. The Coupe will be done by Saturday and then we bring in our Late Model and go over it complete, replacing or repairing the leaking shock and testing all the springs, as well as setting up the chassis. Once we go over the car, we’ll get it set up, hopefully using the parts on it, or getting new ones if necessary. That’s it for me and my friends as far as going nuts trying to complete cars for paint and lettering. It’s been a lot of work but well worth it. I started the four car rebuild in November. Jason Legge was very happy with his Limited Late Model, our last years Late Model is just waiting to go to Jim Sweers for paint, then to Steve Lyons for lettering, and I’m very happy with my Coupe and Late Model. I’ll be much happier once we get on the track.

 

Quaker State Twins

Month To Practice Day
Month To Practice Day
Coupe Close….Late Model Next
    Today we got a lot more done on our CVM. Bob, Steve and Sheldon came over to finsih off most of the remaining list of things to do. We bled the brakes, lubed the rear leaf springs, squared the chassis, got the car running and replaced both front tie rods. Next will be the front springs, set the toe, replace the clutch master cylinder and scale it. We should have the Coupe done by next week and theh we’ll go over the Late Model complete, it will need some parts and maintenance before it’s raced. We should be ready by early April and that will be good a good thing for us. Jim, Daivd and I took our last years Late Model, now to be #37 to Jim Sweers and Jim will get it painted for us in the next couple of weeks. Then it goes to Steve Lyons in early April. I will do a story on David’s plans on our message board early next week. I am glad he will be back full time giving Flamboro Late Models another car and an exciting driver.

 

Jason Legge Sauble Late Model Racer

Sauble Show
Sauble Show
Jason’s Got The Bug’
    With the race season fast approaching, both Sauble Speedway and Jason Legge are getting in the spirit of promoting 2011. Sauble is one of a number of tracks in Ontario that put some of their cars in local malls to give current and new fans a look of the various divisions that compete weekly at the track. Jason got his car from us in early December and has had it lettered and now in this mall…it looks great Jason. We want to wish him, his peers and Sauble Speedway a great 2011 season. We plan on attending the Late Model Open on July 31st at Sauble Speedway.

 

David’s New Look????

Soon To Be A Reality
Soon To Be A Reality
2011 Pennzoil Concept
    David will return to Flamboro full time in 2011, driving our 2nd Late Model. One of the changes he will make is the paint scheme. A yellow and black car is tough to make exciting but David and his team came up with this idea. Dad may even give some input, though this picture looks like they’re going in the right direction. Jim Sweers will paint the car and Steve Lyons will make his magic happen. The car is ready for paint and should be decorated soon.

 

Rolling Thunder

358 Mod
358 Mod
Can’t Break The 4th Place Habit
    The past five seasons we’ve finished 4th in Flamboro points, and the streak continues with the On Line racing at Rolling Thunder. There was a difference with the 4th place finish in the 358, it was our best points finish ever, with the mostly American racers. A few Canadians run the series, no so much the Larkins, they’re into On Line shooting (War Games). Brian James and Sean Kerrigan who are two Canadians I race with, Brian lives in Oshawa and Sean near Belleville. I don’t understand why I do so much better on the dirt than the asphault, especially given the fact I’ve had maybe three dirt races out of 2200 in real life. Anyway, we race every Sunday night in the Mod and I look forward to it more than any other series we run. I could race 7 nights a week, and did that in 2010 during the winter, but with building four race cars since November, I haven’t been able to set aside the time. Looks like I’ll have to ask Terry Bauman, he did this photo, to paint my Mod with our new paint scheme. Terry paints many cars for Rolling Thunder members. This is a great pass time and though hard to believe, I think it keeps me sharp. I guess I should get in a real 358 Mod and find out how far off I’d be….or maybe stay with this and just pretend I can do it. One things for certain, On Line racing is much cheaper…but real racing is way more fun.

 

Quaker State Driver At Martinsville

Mark Martin #5
Mark Martin #5
Yes, I Wanted To Get In The Car
    David, Jim, Peter and I headed to Martinsville on Friday morning to watch the Truck and Cup race. It was crazy weather wise. Friday we drove through cold weather right through West Virginia. It was cold enough to turn the rain into snow. By the time we got to Virgina it was still cold, but not near as cold as the northern states. We had a cool day Saturday for the Truck race. Not knowing how cold it was going to get, I dressed as if I was going to Octerberfest, or Autum Colors. It was cool in the morning, then got very warm, but cold when the sun went in. I loved being warm so I was content dressed like this in the noon day sun. I was also content to get close to the Quaker State car lined up on pit row about an hour before the race. We got to talk to some of the crew members but the drivers were impossible to get near. When you’re at the beach and you throw french fries in the air, about 500 Seagulls come out of no where. The same with the NASCAR stars, if they stopped for a second, fans would come running. Robby Gordon was awesome, he actually talked to Peter and David for about a minute and a half. I got to talk to Kenny Schrader in the pits for a few minutes on Saturday. He is looking forward to coming to Flamboro for the July 1st race. I am to, I just need to find a car. I will post some more of our pictures from our trip over the next few days.

 

Martinsville Pre Race

#42 Juan Montoya
#42 Juan Montoya
Charging System
    Most of our four man team were getting autographs or asking technical questions from some of the crew members lerking around, an hour or so prior to the race. Me? I was thinking outside the box, definetly, not within the realm of sanity, but here’s what I was thinking when I saw this unit parked on pit row, all shined up. “This may be a great way to handicap some of our Late Model drivers in 2011. I’m thinking since last years Champion, who claims his new car will be 2 tenths faster than last years, should have to haul something like this around just to give the rest of us a chance, I will present the idea to Donny Cox, it may totally eliminate the need to tech our cars, just a slight weight addition”. Okay, dumb idea, but that was my first thought seeing this beautiful kart behind Montoya’s Cup car. More abnormal stuff to follow….meanwhile David’s Late Model is getting painted by Jim Sweers, then goes to Mike McColl next week and to Steve Lyons right after. Since practice day is looking more like a non-happening event, given the weather, we’re not expecting to get near the track for two weeks. John needs a good week or more of warm sunny weather to dry the mud, oh ya, and melt the snow. I’m guessing we may need to get our cars dialed in at home in the garage if no practice day comes available. I’m okay either way, though a few laps in my newer Late Model would be nice.

 

My Favourite Driver

Dale Jr.
Dale Jr.
Autograph From Dale Junior
    After the Cup race we went down on the front chute and to our surprise there were very few people walking around. We got there just in time to see the crew from Speed interviewing Kevin Harvick. With only a handful of people there we were able to get close to the set, and on TV. We then decided to take a walk into the pits again, it wasn’t a hard choice, every car in Virgina was trying to get out of the parking lot, so we had lots of time. We went to the garage area and saw three cars. #29, #00 and #88 all being checked. We also saw Dale Earnhardt Jr in the garage with his crew chief. Suddenly Dale started to walk to his trailer with one of his PR people, like a body guard, the man pictured here beside me. David, Jim and Peter all were yelling at me “go,go go”. I looked at them and said “I don’t want to chase after him”. I’d be like a poparatizzi or something. But before I could competely settle the issue in my mind about going they went at it again “go, go, go, get his autograph, it’s your only chance, no one else is in the pits, go go go, hurry you’ll miss him, go, go, go”. So with that I decided to go, they were driving me nuts anyway. I ran about 50 feet. The drivers walk very fast in the U.S. Anyway I got to him and said “excuse me Junior, could you…” but the man beside me stuck out his arm to block me and said “not now he has an interview”. I said “no problem”. Then Junior turned and looked at me and said “no, it’s okay”, and gave me his autograph. How cool was that. When I brought the signed souvenir home I gave it to my daughter Shirley and she went nuts, when I told her Junior autographed it she instantly turned 6 years old. It was great and added to an already awesome trip. On Saturday I will post a picture of Peter with one of his hero’s.

 

Jack…The Cat With The Hat

David's Collection
David’s Collection
Peter..The Rabit With The Pen
    Peter hustled around Martinsville pits and got almost every team owners autograph. Here he gets Jack Roush, known in NASCAR as “The Cat With The Hat”. Peter also got an autograph from Richard Childress and many NASCAR drivers. He had no problem chasing them down and was even faster than most of the NASCAR stars who could move very quickly when large crowds were near by. We had an awesome time. If you have Facebook both Peter and David more than likely have downloaded many pictures to see.

 

Royal Coachman Pub

2011 Sponsor
2011 Sponsor
Sponsor Back For 7th Season
    Located in Waterdown, the Royal Coachman Pub is a very well established eatery, with historic decor, a beautiful patio and an awesome menu. We have been blessed to continue our relatonship with the Royal Coachman Pub in 2011, as they support us for the 7th consecutive season. We will have our car on display twice, once in June and again in early September. Both showings will be in conjunction with the Food Bank Drive at Flamboro Speedway. Owner Ross Nelson has yet to attend a stock car race, but plans to make history this summer by going to one of our races at Flamboro. We ask that you support our sponsor whenever possible, tell them we sent you…I don’t think you’ll get anything for it, but you will get awesome service and great food, well worth a night out.

 

The Auto Spa

Awesome Car Wash
Awesome Car Wash
Longest Car Wash Tunnel in Canada
    The Auto Spa is loacted in Burlington on Appleby Line approximately 50 feet from the south east corner of Mainway. The 265 foot car wash is the longest tunnel wash in Canada. This facility also has a long belt where cars are detailed after or even without an exterior wash. There are 7 or 8 employees working on your vehicle as it slowly moves along the 15′ wide belt. A three bay Jiffy Lube is on site, as well as 7 do it yourself wash bays and two detail bays for interior shampooing and exterior buff and polish. The Auto Spa started with us in 2007 and we are happy to run their logo again in 2011. Please support our sponsors when possible…click on any sponsor logo to learn more about their business.

 

Sponsor Returns

Perry & Karen Van Haaren
Perry & Karen Van Haaren
Burlington EmbroidMe…A Family Run Business
    Perry and Karen Van Haaren operate the EmbroidMe location on Appleby Line and Fairview in Burlington. We met a few years ago and Perry has been helping us with our emboridery needs and getting uniforms and shirts for our team. This will be our 4th year together and we appreciate all Perry and Karen do for us. Click on the logo on the right side to access the EmbroidMe web site. It will take you to the main EmbroidMe site and you can search locations to find and visit the Van Haarens Burlington store on Appleby Line. Their prices are very competitive and the service is friendly and quick.

 

Getting Closer

2011 Season On The Horizon
2011 Season On The Horizon
Opening Day Count Down
    We have a dozen days until the 2011 season officially begins. Our CVM is completed and ready to go. The Late Model is in the final stages of scaling and set up. We hope to have that work completed by this week end and maybe get some hot laps on Saturday, Flamboro’s opener, to shake the car down and get me comfortable in the seat….that is if there are no snow storms, mini hurricanes or tornados. We lost a starter and the left rear shock since buying the Late Model, both parts giving up while sitting in the garage. I’m glad the starter messed up now, the teeth were pretty well wore out, better to happen here than at the track. All the shocks had to be tested regardless, Junior Hanley rebuilt two of the four and the other two were tested and were fine. The Late Model, though having an awesome season in 2010, was tired and needed some wear parts replaced, normal for any car. I’m looking forwartd to race both cars, and will be in the CVM 8 times and the Late Model over 20. I’m excited to run the Coupe, especially if we got the steering problem fixed. The youngsters I’m running against don’t need any more handicap, I was driving a car with a jammed steering system, it almost took me out of the final race at Flamboro, and though we finished 3rd, I was way over the exhaustion limit by the time the white flag came out. A better rack and fixing some steering joints hopefully prevent me from going through that insanity again. The Late Model should be fine….anyone know where I can get a bunch of luck? Perhaps the best news for me for 2011 is the fact David is returning and I’m happy about that.

 

God Bless You Dave

1977 Cayuga Pre Race
1977 Cayuga Pre Race
Dave Mogford #39
    On Satuday April 23rd at 9pm, Dave Mogford passed away. Dave and I raced for many years in the mid to late 70’s. He was a great person, easy going, laid back, loving racing and all the aspects of the sport. Dave always came by to wish us well before and after the races at Flamboro, and special events he travelled to. The last time we saw him was last years Octoberfest, I had no idea it would be the last time. He was always giving us the thumbs up, and spoke his mind, not afraid to say what he saw…usually good. Rick Schurr told me recently that Dave was sick, but that he may have half a year or more to live. It’s shocking and sad to hear this news now, it seems so sudden, and definitely a lesson for me to not delay to visit a friend when we know they’re sick. I thought I had lots of time to see Dave, but I was wrong, and feel bad that I didn’t get to encourage him the same way he encouraged us. We’ll miss Dave. He was a fine racer, part of the group of hard chargers that ran out of Milton back in the day. Dave McKee, John Hasselfeldt, the Thrings, and many more. Our prayers are with Dave’s family and friends…..We pray today, this Easter Sunday especially, that everyone will know the reason Jesus died was to pay our debt, and whosoever believes in Him will be with Him forever. Dave told me he believed in God, and becasue of that I can say he’s in a better place and will see him again….Funeral arrangements have not been announced but will be posted on our web site when they become available.

 

Delaware Speedway 1978

Dave Mogford #39
Dave Mogford #39
A Gentle Giant
    Dave, known as Fonzie to most of his friends was a tall slender and easy going man. He loved racing and had many friends, some who he still travelled with to different shows in the south on the off season. He always teased me about David beating, but then would tell David “the old man gave you a hard time”. He was just as kind to Shirley, taking his car in for service when she worked in Grimsby at the GM Dealer. Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of good pictures, this one is in 1978, one of the two times we visited Delaware Speedway. Dave will be missed by the racing community. I thank God for bringing Dave into our lives. Here are the funeral arrangements. On Wednesday April 27 a visitation for Dave Mogford between 2-4 and 7-9 at Mckersie-Kocher funeral home 114 Main street east Milton . A service will be held Thursday April 28 at 11 am.

 

Flamboro Speedway Saturated

Flamboro Swamp
Flamboro Swamp
Track Should Cancel All Races For The 30th
    John Casale sits in my truck as I took this picture. We had a long talk. Yesterday it was announced on the Flamboro web site that Late Models would be canceled this coming Saturday for a variety of reasons. They included a) some teams had no practice yet and b) the track was a mess. The first reason spirred a response by me and many other drivers and fans. The second reason is true, but should have concluded in the cancelation of all classes not just one. I visited the track today and the grassy areas are saturated with water. Trucks and trailers will sink into the ground making a mess of the track, and in some cases possibly needing a tow to get out. The fan part of the track, pictured here, is like a swamp. Though Saturday looks sunny, the track should be closed because it will take a week to dry this place. John is thinking seriously to cancel the week end, I hope he does it soon because the Go-Kart club is heading there on Sunday as is the TQ Midgets and they should be warned of the condition in the pits.

 

Freedom Village Banquet

Johnny Rocco's
Johnny Rocco’s
Banquet Goes On…Miracle After The Storm
    Freedom Village held their annual April banquet in St. Catharines tonight, but not at the planned venue. Originally, the scheduled event was to be hosted by Coppola’s Ristarante’ in St. Catharines, but the severe winds from Thursday storm destroyed hundreds of big trees in the city, taking out the hydro for many homes and businesses including Coppola’s. Scrambling to get a new location, the owner of Coppula’s called his friends at Johnny Rocco’s and pulled off a miracle by not only providing Freedom Village with a location, but enough room to hold over 150 people and food to feed the hungry. This was all organized in a 4 hour span. The workers at Freedom Village had their work cut out for them, they had to notify all the people who bought tickets weeks before, that there would be a new location. By 2pm today the location was confirmed and everyone who was suppose to be there made it. What a blessing for all who attended. Eight young people, former troubled teens who’s lives were turned around by the efforts of Freedom Village sang songs and told their stories. The group, though small, made big donations to help fund this awesome ministry. Here some folks who attended the banquet get a picture with our car. We thank Freedom Village for supporting our team, and want to do everything we can to impact young peoples lives, doing it all in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

Steve March #95

London Car Show
London Car Show
Amazing Coach
    Steve March may have set a record for chroming his car. We had cars with lots of chrome. In 1986 we had chrome bumpers and side bars, but Steve’s amazing Coach has all of that and tons more. The car looks great and will be at Flamboro on May 14th when the CVM start their 2011 schedule. Steve had one of the worst wrecks in CVM history when he slammed the back chute wall at Delaware in the early 90’s. This will be his first season back, although he says he isn’t running a full season, but with only 13 CVM races scheduled, neither is anyone else….We wish Steve and all the CVM racers a safe and fun 2011.

 

Gehrig Halliday…Final Set Up

New Paint Scheme
New Paint Scheme
Go Karts Start This Week End
    Our grand son is ready to race. We scaled the car and added one piece of led. He is pumped up. Gehrig will run a full season in the Go-Kart and 5 races in Brian Watson’s Mini Stock. Gehrig wanted his Go-Kart painted like his grandpa’s Late Model but stayed with his Uncle David’s #37. Lauren will run #20. She is staying in the same class as 2010 and Gehrig moves up to the next tougher class. He will be fine, and knows it’s going to be a challenge. Soon, like within the next two seasons I hope to have him with me in the Late Model class. It would be great to have him running with David and I in 2012, but I don’t see that happening. If he grows more, and he is growing, it could happen. He’ll be 13 in July, so the earliest he could race against David and I would be after July 16th 2012. I don’t want to rush him (liar) and was thinking of putting him in a CVM, but those cars are crazier than a Late Model. We’ll see, that’s a little down the road. I’m so thankful God continues to bless me with good health and the ability to compete in the Late Model and CVM class. I want to run a few seasons with my grandson before I get out. He’ll be twenty when I retire, it would be good to race for 50 seasons, God willing.

 

Alex McCollum Wins Main

Bandolero Racer
Bandolero Racer
Racer Just Like His Dad
    Though not in person, I’ve had the opportunity to meet many men in the United States through On Line racing. One awesome runner is Paul McCollum from New Jersey. Paul is good at every type of Mod in the I racing world, winning features and taking a few points titles. In real life, Paul and his brother race Legends and his son Alex races Bandoleros. Here Alex grabs the feature win at Bethel Motor Speedway in New York. We want to wish Paul and his family all the best in 2011. Paul and I will duke it out in the 358 Dirt series Sunday nights, incredibly, the series I do the best in. Maybe Paul and his family will visit Ontario and get to see us race…or I could go to Jersey…maybe!!!… Way to go Alex congrats on the win, good luck throughout your racng season.

 

Season Opener May 7th

David Elliott
David Elliott
Could This Be The 2011 Late Model Champion???
    The 2011 seasons gets started this Saturday, May 7th at Flamboro Speedway. It’s been a frustrating spring for the race promoter with tons of rain causing his first two nights to be cancelled. Things look fairly good for this weekend and maybe we’ll get a green flag. David is back full time, driving our 2nd Late Model, sponsored by Pennzoil. This is the car we raced since starting Late Models in 2005. It’s a very good car, has a few advantages over the rest of the field. It will carry 75 pounds less weight than the competition, because of the suspension and brakes. That huge weight advantage is one reason this team will be excited, the other is because of their driver. David is one of the best short track racers in Ontario. Four CVM titles, a Late Model Championship, winner of the WWS and hundreds of checkered flags. To make things worse for everyone else, David is pumped driving what he says is “the best Late Model I’ve ever had”. The question begs to be asked “could he be the 2011 Flamboro Late Model Champion in 2011”?….not if we can help it. We’re just as excited with the ride we have and look forward to making some history for ourselves in 2011. Our goals are to win the title, win a feature, win our first special feature 75 laps or more and compete in all 33 shows we have planned for 2011. We also want to run as hard in the CVM. A feature win with the V8 would be very nice in the Coupe. Our chances of winning the CVM Championship would have been impossible, even with their short season, because we could not have made every race. Brian Watson will race the Coupe 5 times, giving us a shot at the points chase in the Hobby Club. We won that series twice in 1989 and 99′. Our team will be racing two full series in 2011, it will mean some serious focus on both. We know it’s very difficult to win one title, trying to be totally dedicated to two series may not be possible, it could be impossible, so if we have a choice, our goal would be to lean towards the Late Model to try and add a Late Model championship to our resume’….that would be so NICE….it would be the best year ever if that happened. We have the car, the crew and sponsors. Having some luck to go along with that will be a needed ingredient for this recipe to work. Regardless, it’s our 43rd season and we want it to be fun because the most important aspect of what we do is the relationships with all the fans, competitors, promoters and sponsors, and that’s been going on for six decades. This is a great sport and I’m thankful for my team lead by my wife Nonie. They include, Marcello and Jesse Pontello, Bob Pereira, Steve Bradt, Perry Van Haaren, Sheldon Bossom, Gregg Rauscher, Gord Nicholson, Gerry Lancaster, Britt Howell, Lisa Lott, my two grand children Gehrig and Lauren and most of all my wife Nonie, because she lets me do this every year. Jim Hulzinga, our crew chief and spotter for the past six seasons will be helping David on the Pennzoil car and will keep his eye on us in case we need him. The way I look at it we’ve got the best of the best and we’re ready. The rains have stopped, the sun is peaking through, the cars are set, we’re all excited… ..let the season begin!!! God bless, have fun everyone and good luck.

 

Season 43 Gets Underway

Photo By Gord Nicholson
Photo By Gord Nicholson
Jim Sweers #75 Returns
    This was the start of our 43rd season as Stock Car racing got the green flag at Flamboro Speedway last night. The pits were usable, but the same could not be said for the fan side of the facility. Seventeen Late Models, 19 Thunder Cars, a full field of Mini Stocks and eight or so Pro 4’s. The pits were muddy in places but for the most part were fairly full. In this picture Jim Sweers and I are checking our cars out in one of the practice sessions. The track opened a little early to give the drivers a chance to shake down their cars. Most only needed one or two sets to get ready, all the leg work and pre set up is done over the winter and at home. It was good to see 17 Late Models, Delaware had 14, a small field for them. It was also good to see our friend Jim Sweers back out. Jim painted a few of the cars on the track, Chris Boschler, TJ Marshall’s and David’s. Shawn Chenoweth won the season opener with a train of six cars on his tail. It was a good race, tough on our good friend Steve Laking #44. The full details are on “Diary Of A Season 2011”. More pictures will be posted as they come in.

 

Thunder Car Action

Perry Van Haaren Photo
Perry Van Haaren Photo
Mike Van Slingerland & Linda Dean
    Opening day got underway for all the regular divisions at Flamboro on Saturday night. The Thunder Cars, like the Mini Stocks and Late Model seemed to put a greater emphasis on appearance in 2011 as many of the cars, like these two, had very nice paint schemes. Mike Van Slingerland #36 is back after a 2 year absence with a totally new Camaro. Team mate Linda Dean is shown here sporting her new look on the #5 Monte Carlo……Freedom Village is the series sponsor for Thunder Cars, thanks to the efforts of Mike Van Slingerland, Canadian Director for Freedom Village. Mike also generously gave every race team in the Thunder Car class an awesome driver’s package including sports bag, hat, golf shirt, and some other promotional items. Sponsors can be hard to get and the support from Freedom Village is much appreciated by the TC drivers……Freedom Village is an awesome place dedicated to helping troubled teens. Learn more about this Christ centered place by clicking on their logo on the right side of our site……There were 19 Thunder Cars, 17 Late Models and 23 Mini Stocks gracing the pits. Though the fan attendance was down, but should pick up once we get some good weather. The weather is one thing to bring fans out, the other is the competition. This may be one of the most competitive seasons in all three classes, and that fact alone will attract fans to Flamboro Speedway for their 50th Anniversary.

 

Feature Battle

Van Haaren Photo
Van Haaren Photo
Jeff Stewart #56, Steve Laking #44, David Elliott #37 and Chris Boschler #3
    The first 18 laps of the feature ran smooth with some tight racing in the top nine. Here a group from fourth back fight it out in the early going. A caution would bring the field tight and side by side. Unfortunately, shortly after the green, a serious wreck happened right at this spot that sent the #56 and #44 sliding toward the pit exit. Jeff was able to escape but Steve’s #44 Late Model slammed the left hand pillar area of the track exit so hard he needed a flat bed to get him off the track. We are thankful Steve is okay, but feel bad for him to have such a bad wreck on opening night. Hopefully he can get his car fixed for the next race in two weeks. There were 17 Late Models for the opener, with three or four others soon to be out. Stock Car racing continues this week end with an open wheel show of Vintage Modifieds and TQ Midgets. We’ll have our #36 CVM in this event.

 

Feature Action

Van Haaren Picture
Van Haaren Picture

Bill Lasaline #22, Pacing This Pack[/head

    A tight battle between Jim Sweers #75, Bill Lasaline #22 and our Quaker State car was only one of the two tight packs. Bill ran part of 2010 and improved steady each week. Jim took last season off, and just needs a few more runs to get back in the groove…..Only two cautions were thrown in the first 30 lap Late Model feature of 2011. Shawn Chenoweth #89 started the season where he finished 2010, picking up the feature win. Brad Corcoran #05 was 2nd and David Elliott #37 third. We should see at least 3 or 4 more cars for the next event. Hopefully Steve Laking gets his car fixed. He had a nasty encounter with the turn two exit wall. The Late Models, Thunder Cars and Mini Stocks are off on the 14th, a bonus for Mr. Laking, giving him another week to get his #44 repaired…..This week end we’ll run the CVM in Flamboro’s open wheel show with TQ Midgets, F-4’s and Hurricane Midgets. It’s the season opener for the CVM, another chance for us to get a feature win on opening night. That feat has never happened in 42 years. After Tuesday nights practice session, it’s looking like the drought could continue…BUT!!…we’ll try to make the car much better, that’s our goal with two days to before the rain…I mean green (rain?). The gears and transmission are out of the car and will be repaired before they go back in. We turned a 16:64, about 3 to 4 tenths off the pace, we ran in the 3’s last year and need to get back there to give us a chance at winning the season opener. Races start at 6:30pm.

CVM Opener May 14th

1989 Feature Win
1989 Feature Win
Season Starts For Hobby Cars
The 2011 season starts tomorrow night at Flamboro Speedway. Hopefully the rains hold off because the club is not honoring the tracks rain date on Sunday the 15th. Apparently Flamboro added rain dates when their schedule was released in March that included all the Grisdale shows, as well as the travelling shows. Because they weren’t told prior, the CVM have decided to make the Sunday race, a non points event, basically, it doesn’t matter who goes, or if anyone goes. That’s too bad, the season is short enough as it is, and Flamboro has had enough problems, like most of North America with bad weather, a little grace, co-operation and working with the track would have been an awesome gesture by the CVM….so!!!! lets hope things go as planned for May 14th….this picture was from our 1989 Championship season, the only feature we won all year. The car had everything covered, it was a 1937 Dodge, sponsored by Snowdon Ford with a 250 Chev engine. Jim Sweers painted the car and his name can be seen on the rear panel. If we race on Saturday, the weather sure doesn’t look good, our team has a chance to win the opening night feature, something that has eluded us in 42 seasons. Our team will support the full schedule with Rick Schurr, Glen Schurr’s son, driving the #36 Chev Coupe five nights.

Rained Out Today…….In 1986?……We Raced!!!!!

1986 Flamboro
1986 Flamboro
Season Opener Postponed
Rain has cancelled opening night for the Vintage Modifieds at Flamboro Speedway. The rain date is set for tomorrow. Hopefully that race gets cancelled as well because neither the TQ’s or CVM plan to be there. The CVM members could attend the race, but it will not be considered a race event, meaning no points, and for some no point in going. If a few go, but not enough to make it a race, the track could and should cancel them off the card. The problem for Flamboro is that no Hobby’s or TQ’s at the race would equal no show period. Neither club will support the rain out. Flamboro negotiated with both classes in December but there was no mention of a rain date during that time, not until Flamboro released their schedule at the car show in mid March were “rain dates” part of the show. I understand if a track wants to ask for a rain date the day, week or even month before could be an issue. However I don’t understand why the CVM members would say no to this deal, given the fact tracks need our support because they only have a short window in which to make a living with the race track. As for tomorrow, if the weather changes we’ll be there, but it dosen’t look very promising and with the knowledge of very poor car turn out as well as fans, it might be a good decision for the track to cancel the Sunday rain date now. I suggested that idea to John today while at the track for the go-kart races…..this picture is from 1986. Rains hammered Flamboro this day but we were able to dry off the track good enough to get the show in. I used up $25 in gas, wore my driveline and tires to help dry the track. I didn’t get paid for it, and didn’t get a thank you card and I didn’t care, because helping get the track ready let me do what I love….race my car.

Rolling Thunder Iron Man

Season 22
Season 22
Landon Pridemore #43 Wins Iron Man Award
    Our team has been sponsoring Rolling Thunder Racing for the past few years. It started in the series run by Rob Larkin, Mini Stock driver from Flamboro. Rob introduced me the Admin members of RTR so I could race with them on other nights. After being there a while it was agreed that our team would sponsor plaques for the various series. The series we sponsored in 2010 included the 358’s and NASCAR Trucks. For 2011, we added another award, the Iron Man, presented to the RTR member who finished the best overall in the five series that were included. Landon Pridemore from Ohio, was the overall winner of the Iron Man award in Season 22. He had to make every race event and run competitive to win the award. Each season runs about 14 weeks, so they can do three seasons in one year. We will sponsor this again in Season 23 that will run until August……..Members of this fun Canadian American series are mostly Americans covering many U.S. States, including Washington, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsyvania, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Tennessee, Hawaii and Ohio. I may have missed a State or two. The rest of us compete from Ontario, but Canadians from the Maritimes and at least one from Alberta also compete……..Special thanks to Terry Bauman for this awesome graphic design of Landon’s 5 race cars.

Body Shop Visit After One Race????

Carisle Customz
Carisle Customz
Messed Up On The Paint Scheme
    When we brought the car home from the body shop I was a little uneasy. There was something about the car that didn’t seem right, I wasn’t totally happy, in fact I wasn’t happy at all, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Shane gave us some paint and we painted the roll cage a shiny black, getting rid of the rusty steel look. That made it better. Covering up rusty steel always looks better, but I was still very reluctant to say we accomplished what I wanted overall. Once my friends and crew started looking at the car, many said it was good, very good, awesome, a home run etc, etc. I think they were lying, but maybe they did think it was that good, maybe I was the one with the problem. I felt Steve Lyons would make it right when he got through with it, then I’d be happy. The paint job was excellent, and with a great lettering job we’d then have the look I wanted……When you tell a painter the scheme, you have to make sure the design is laid out the way as planned before the car is sprayed so he has a chance to get the look you want. Same with the lettering, taking time to make sure colors and trim are explained helps get the desired out come. Both the painting and lettering were perfect quality wise, there was just this thing that didn’t seem right. When I got it home from Creative Edge, David looked at the car, he liked it but said it needed something. Shirley came out, she to liked it but said it needed longer stripes up to the green. I felt maybe, if I filled in the black between the #6 and the Quaker State with a few sponsor decals it would do the job, and that’s what we did……Prior to opening night, the appearance of the car was the furthest thing from my mind. The night we practiced I was told the car looked great on the track appearance wise, and lets face it, that’s one area of racing that has always been important to me. I was at peace now, everything was okay, that is until I got my first picture of the car on the track. I was heart broken. “This isn’t right”, and could now see exactly what was bothering me and what Shirley and David were referring to. I went to the garage to see the car up close and then it hit me, only a little different than the way it hit Shirley. The green had to come back further, to the Quaker State. The stripes in the rear were running out of no-where and needed to have the appearance they were a continuation of the green. The only way to do that was to ask Scott and Shane if they would paint the black area green. They agreed and the car is now getting fixed. It was my fault, I had thought of continuing the green to the back of the wheel well when it was being painted originally, but stuck with my stupid misled plan. Okay it wasn’t stupid, but it wasn’t quite thought out. Thanks to the grace of my sponsor, Carlisle Customz, the car should be done by Thursday. If no one notices, I’m okay with that because when I get any pictures in the future I will feel better knowing the paint job is the way it was suppose to be in the first place. You would think with this much ink written, we would have been talking about chassis dynamics……Now I can focus on more important things like catching the six cars ahead of me in points. Yes, the goal is to win the Championship, and look good doing it. We have a great pit crew and we think our chances are good. I guess we need the sun to shine on our season, and of course the race track…..it’s drenched.

Al Bowman

Al Bowman
Al Bowman
Reviewing The Numbers We Provided
    Al recently bought a Late Model with the aspirations of being the oldest rookie in Late Model history. After last weekend’s run, Al is on the verge of being parked for the season. Track officials have warned him that he has only a few weeks to get up to speed. Hearing that bothered me a little and prompted my team and I to lend Al a hand to get him where he needs to be. We offered to go over his car, provide him with a spotter and guide him for the next few weeks. During this past week we talked, Al was concerned about set up. Though important, I insisted he first concentrate on getting practice, a most urgent part of his journey to making his dream a reality. I felt he needed radios and a spotter over everything else. He eventually agreed and called Dave Trendell at Grisdales and bought a new set of radios. On the 18th of May we went over the car and provided Al with the scale numbers. Here Al and I check out the results from our set up………..One of our crewmembers, Sheldon Bossom, will spot for Al this weekend, and continue doing so as long as Al is in the driver’s seat. Bob Pereria, Sheldon and I went over the car covering the basics. We set the toe, adjusted the ride heights, put the car on stands, added led, and scaled the car to a fairly simple and common set up. I felt bad for Al, I know he means well and would love to see him fulfill his desire. I also know he needs to make sure he stays away from the faster cars and make sure there are no incidents to bring any attention to him. If he can stay trouble free for a few races, get some needed laps in during the week, I think he could survive the season, I think all of us could. Al is 75 years old. He’s in very good health and really wants to do this. He has no experience driving at the speeds the Late Models go. He has never used a radio system. His spotter is also a rookie, never spotted before. A strategy has been put in place, we discussed that as well. Al will go scratch every week, try to keep up with the pack and hopefully progress every race, making baby steps in the right direction. His spotter will get him down out of the way when the leaders come around. It seems simple enough and if he sticks to the game plan and the Flamboro management team gives him a little grace, maybe, just maybe he gets the honor of being the oldest Late Model “Rookie Of The Year” in history.

CVM Season Opener Sunday

1991
1991
Ron Easton #00 Will Be At Sunset Speedway…But Not In This Car
    The Hobby season opener was rained out last Saturday at Flamboro Speedway. The schedule will start this Sunday at Sunset Speedway with TQ Midgets and OSCAAR Super Late Models. This is the 45th year for the CVM, once known as the Jalopy cars from the CNE days. There should be over 20 cars including Ron Easton #00. Ron will be driving his Coach and no doubt be a contender to win the first race of 2011. Our Quaker State Coupe will be there as we start our 40th season racing with the Hobby club…….Weather looks good for Flamboro Speedway to resume regular stock racing this Saturday night. The track grounds will be soft after the week long rains, but two days of sun will cure that. Hope to see you at either or both tracks.

That’s Much Better

Carlisle Gets It Done
Carlisle Gets It Done
Paint Scheme That Makes Sense….Now!!
    In case you weren’t following this saga, I was quite disappointed with our paint scheme when I saw the first picture of it from the May 7th show at Flamboro. My immediate response was “this is not right”. The car was taken to Carlisle Customz to get the touch up it needed. We picked the car up today at closing and the corrections were made to make the car look the way it should have in the first place….my fault. I originally pictured the green going to the Quaker State logo, but when following the design we made the green stripes look out of place, like they were coming out of no-where. After this change we lose the stripe down the door between the black (now gone) and green towards the number, but have a paint scheme that makes sense now. Plus it looks way better. We could have left it the way it was if we removed the green stripes in the back, but they look cool, so now is all good in the appearance department. Thanks to Scott and Shane Howard for squeezing this in and to Steve Lyons for getting the replacement decals made up quickly. Tomorrow night we return to Flamboro for our 2nd show of the season. Then it’s off to Sunset Speedway for the CVM opener on Sunday night.

Sunset Speedway May 22nd

Randy Spencer Photo
Randy Spencer Photo
Getting Ready For The Heat Race
    Bob, Steve and Rick all helped get us ready for the Sunset races. We ran fairly well considering our carb and clutch troubles early. We worked on the chassis to get the car to turn better through the middle and by feature time I was very happy with the car. Sunset is one of my favourite all time race tracks, and now with the new surface it is my favourite. The track design produces side by side racing, making it fun for the drivers and very entertaining for fans. We finished 5th in the feature….On Saturday night we struggled with parts problems on our Late Model. Things went wrong and combined to make our night miserable. However, we made the best of it and know what we have to do to get the car ready for this week ends Grisdale Triple Crown race. The full story is on Diary Of A Season…..Special thanks to my crew on both nights for working hard to get us as good as possible for both races.

Feature Battle

Dale Calnan Photo
Dale Calnan Photo
Three Amigo’s
    80 years Hobby experience racing through turn three. Brian Atkinson #50 started in the Hobby club back in 1976. He took a few years off to return in the late 90’s. Ron Easton #00 started in 1985 and has been running with the club most of the past 25 years. This is our 40th season running with the CVM, though the past few years have been dedicated to Late Models. I must admit, I really love running these cars. They are so much fun, especially with the new engine. Our car was much better in the feature and we managed a top 5 for the Hobby season opener. Our next race in the Coupe will be June 4th. I’m actually as excited about that as I am the Grisdale Triple Crown this coming week end. I would like to think I’m excited about any race coming up, but racing with the boys in the CVM is a blast……..our Late Model is in the hospital with a lot of major issues. It needs a new carb, clutches, starter and ring gear. Crazy, but all are broken or totally wore out. Hopefully we have all the stuff back by Friday and if so, looks like Saturday could be a very busy day. We’re hoping to get our car in the top four or five where it should be this week end. I sure would fell good with a strong run…oh ya, and with that parts list, a strong pay day.

Grisdale Triple Crown…..Tonight

Flamboro Speedway
Flamboro Speedway
Rain Hurts Track Business….But The Race May Go On
    As if we’ve not had enough rain so far in 2011, this past weeks watering has made a mess of the race track that was slowly starting to dry out. It’s not so much the drivers that will be affected, but rather the race promoter who has very few parking spots for his paying fans. The parking areas on the grandstand side are a mess and with constant rain the past few nights, no time for it to go underground. Even if there was time, the underground has to be filling up to the point that drainage is impossible for a week….in spite of this condition, the track owners, who have already lost 3 of 5 race nights, will likely try to get the show in on one of the two days this week end. Racing is scheduled for Saturday, and rain is not. If rain does come, perhaps the show will get moved to Sunday. It’s a tough start to the season for the owners who rely on a certain number of nights to make their budget. Lets hope we get some decent weather and the fans can find places to park. Extra staff will be needed to guide unsuspecting fans who will be looking for high and solid ground…..we should see 20 plus cars for the first Gridale race and with the tough competition, picking the winner may be as tough as trying to figure out the weather. Races start at 6:30 with double heats for the Late Models. Back gates are scheduled to open at sometime between 2 and 3. See you there.

The Other Way Jason

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www.speedwayphoto.ca
Jason Lancaster #33 Gets Initiation
    The second round of qualifying saw this mishap early in heat #4. Jeff Stewart #56 was blamed for causing #33 to spin but was innocent as Lancasters car was rear ended and sent up the track in front of the Kuboto rocket. This was Jason’s first encounter with the speedy Late Models that resulted in him getting spun just as we entered the turn. Ted Horsfall #49 has to take evasive action, with very few options. My brakes have never been slammed on this hard in my seven years in the Late Model class. I’m glad they were working fine because we avoided contact with everyone in this monster jam. The first Grisdale Triple Crown did get the green flag but after eight laps got the yellow because of rain and will resume on June 11th along with the regular Flamboro Speedway scheduled program for that night. We’ll post starting times for that show next week.

David Elliott Grisdale Triple Crown Pole Winner

Photo by Eric
Photo by Eric
Nice Start For 2011
    David said after his first few laps in our spare Late Model (the one I should have kept) that “it’s the best Late Model I’ve ever driven”. He finished 3rd in the opening night feature and 7th the following week. Then in only his 3rd night in the new car qualified pole for the opening round of the Grisdale Triple Crown series. David finished runner up in his first heat and won the second qualifier. The 75 lap feature race was rained out only 8 laps in, but will continue on June 11th at Flamboro with a regular show for Thunder Cars, Mini’s and Late Models. Late Model’s will be busy with a double feature night…..this coming Saturday, June 4th, is the second appearance for the Vintage Modifieds at Flamboro Speedway. Thunder Cars, Mini’s and Pro Challenge are also on the program. Should be a great night of racing.

Flamboro Hosts CVM June 4th

Ashley McCubbin Photo
Ashley McCubbin Photo
Mike Williams #7 CVM
    Hobby’s return to Flamboro Speedway this Saturday night for their second race of the 2011 season. Twenty plus cars are expected with at least seven or eight cars that did not make it to Sunset. Our team will be there as we are commited to racing all the scheduled CVM races. Rick Schurr, son of my hero Glen Schurr, will drive the #36 Chev Coupe five times in his racing debut. Rick is very excited about getting in a race car and I can’t express properly how proud I am to have Rick a part of our team……We finished 5th on opening night and hope to improve that run this week end. My crew are just as excited about this coming race and have worked hard to make sure the car is set up and ready to compete in the tough CVM field. Races start at 6:30, and feature Thunder Car, Mini Stocks and Pro Challenge.

Rained Out!!!!……Again

June 4th Lost To Rain
June 4th Lost To Rain
Torrential Rains Cause Cancellation #4
    John Casale has to be reeling after yet another race cancellation. This was the fourth lost night of 2011. April 23, 30th May 14th and now June 4th. This was also the 2nd rain out for the CVM in their already short schedule. The next Hobby race is June 25th. Wow, two races (maybe) by the end of June for the CVM….we are going over our Late Model for this coming weekend, the conclusion of the Grisdle Triple Crown 75 lapper. The first race on the program. Our car was struggling badly last week, but hopefully new shocks and some added adjustments will bring us into the circle of competitors we should be running with….we will also have our Late Model on display this Saturday morning at the Royal Coachman restaurant to help raise itmes for the Flamborough Food Bank. This Saturday is also the first of two Food Bank drives. Hope to see everyone come out to support the track and the local Food Banks

Junior Hanley Helps Our Team

Flamboro Speedway
Flamboro Speedway
Hall Of Famer Lends A Hand And Wisdom
    Last week we noticed our car making a hissing noise in the garage when we were jacking it up after the rained out Grisdale race. It was a crazy noise I never noticed before, so I thought something was wrong. We would not have noticed it at the track with all the noise, but in the quiet of our shop, late at night, we heard this weird hiss. Junior explained it was the left front shock making the noise because of the high amount of rebound, he said it was normal. Well it was normal, but on our car it wasn’t because it was coming from the right front. Earlier in the night I thought about putting on the four brand new shocks I had in the trailer. Usually I put the new stuff on and keep the old used parts as spares. I realized it was quite dumb to have my good stuff on the shelf, that would be like the Leafs getting a super star free agent over the summer and not playing him. I asked Junior if I brought the shocks to him, would he change over the springs, he said yes. It was while he was changing the shocks when he noticed we had the wrong shock on the right front, well on both fronts. We had the high rebound low compression shock on the right side and it should have been on the left. He gave them back and suggested we go to practice Tuesday night. He said “this is a big race weekend and you want to be ready”. We put the shocks on, loaded the car Monday night and I headed over after I was done work. Junior guided us and we did whatever he said. He started with ride heights, then scaled the car, then set the toe, the camber and we were ready to practice. By the time we were done, the third set of 10 laps, the car was awesome. We were able to get into some fast times with the tires we had from opening night, they had two full nights on them as well as another four or five heat cycles from warm ups in the past few weeks. They also got 30 more laps for this session and were still able to get into the 15:3’s. Our car is ready and we’re so thankful we had this chance to learn from a legend who uses the simple basic steps to make a car work. We all know the steps, the difference is Junior makes sure every single one of them is applied, not just one or two or three, but all the basic set up adjustments and checks. Bob Pereira and Gerry Lancaster also came out to help, it was a good night for us, we couldn’t thank Junior enough…..I wonder if he has a set up for the weather? I’m guessing he just might.

Grisdale Triple Crown Resumes Tonight

Eric Uprichard Photo
Eric Uprichard Photo
Grisdale Triple Crown, Food Bank Drive & Threat Of Rain
    What the headlines will be tonight is anyone’s guess. It could be recognition of the winner of the first Grisdale Triple Crown race, a successful collection for the local Food Banks, or the races called because of rain. Lately the weather has taken the spot light, but we hope that doesn’t happen this week end…..our car will be on display during the morning and early afternoon at the Royal Coachman restaurant. Posters have been placed around town to help bring awareness for the need of items for our local Food Banks. We’ll leave Waterdown about 2:30 and head to the track. Gates open at 2:pm, races start at 5:pm with the first race being the completion of the Grisdale Triple Crown, continuing from lap 8 of 75. Drop by the Royal Coachman and bring a food item to support this worthy cause, and later take advantage of the extra races at Flamboro Speedway for the regular admission price. Hope to see you there.

David Wins June 11th Feature

Eric Uprichard Photo
Eric Uprichard Photo
What A Night
    Okay, so I had a bad night, but I did get my first win as a car owner thanks to David’s awesome run in the regular night feature. The first race of the program was the remaining 67 laps of the Grisdale Triple Crown. David finished 2nd in that event, then topped that with this win after going to the back of the pack from a black flag for spinning Paul Howse early in the big race. Finishing 2nd was a great run, but picking up his first feature win in 3 years made his night. The full story will be posted on Diary Of A Season on our message board by Monday evening. Congratulations to David, Jeannie and their team….I think they’re still on cloud nine.

Flat Bed Delay

Van Haaren Photo
Van Haaren Photo
Jeff Stewart Survey’s The Damage
    For the past few weeks, Flamboro tow trucks have been removing damaged or inoperative racecars with flat bed service vehicles instead of tow trucks with hooks. I would think this has to be the only option for Ray’s Towing because there’s no way the race track owners could possibly consider this method good for keeping the show moving. Fans will soon get tired of seeing every wrecked car removed using this flat beds because of the time it takes. If using a flat bed was reduced to once a night, it may be okay, it would give the announcer time to do recaps, up coming events, or souvenir program door prizes and give away’s. Drivers waiting don’t like it either. Racecars change while their sitting on the track for a long time, tires cool; engines over heat, driver’s loose focus and rhythm. The best way is the old way, a regular tow truck. It’s faster, keeping the show alive by moving it along quicker. It is possible tow truck companies no longer use the conventional way, because of new car manufacturer designs. I hope they get it sorted out because this method is crazy……..notice the score board, it’s good to see we’re leading at this point, however things changed very quickly on the restart. We’re working on the car to get it to turn better, wait, even a little. I’ve never had a push this long in a racecar since my first few years in the Hobby car. Just like flat bed removing of racecars, having an incredibly tight racecar must also stop this coming weekend……please!text]

First Win 2011

Gordon Nicholson Photo
Gordon Nicholson Photo
Heading In The Right Direction
    There’s nothing like a win to help turn around a dismal start to a season. Our crew and I have been very frustrated knowing we had a great car in our possession but could not compete with the top runners like we have the past four or five seasons. Winning this race was as exciting for them as it was for me. With the excitement after the race, you would have thought we won the feature. That’s because we struggled for so long, and this win was the best remedy to help us gain some needed confidence. Our team made several changes helping overcome the constant push we’ve had. As the car got better we made smaller adjustments allowing us to win our first race of the year. It was the fast car heat, and that makes it even better. Though we won it from the pole position, Jason Shaw was right behind the full 10 laps, but never made a bid to pass, staying within a car length. The feature race was best described as a test of patience, but a different kind, being in the wrong place for the start of the race. We started 5th but by lap five we were back to 12th. The full story will be on our message board by Monday night. Congrats to all my team for being patient and not giving up and finally getting in the win column. text]

Heading Into Three With The Cream Of The Crop

Nicholson Photo
Nicholson Photo
Leader Of The Pack
    It was nice to break out of our season long slump this past week end. The car worked very well in this heat, giving us our first win of the season. In the feature though starting 5th, we ran into construction, or heavy traffic, anyway our lane didn’t move and before you could spell “freight train”, we were 12th. We did end up 7th with most of the cars behind me in this photo finishing ahead of us in the 30 lap feature. The Class of 2011 in the Late Model division is very competitive. Steve Laking made it a two for two night with his win in the heat and feature, congrats to him and his team. That’s two this year for Steve……David moved into a tie with Shawn for the points lead and though we had a good night, we did not gain on the leaders, we didn’t fall back either, but we need to have some good strong finishes to have a shot at the title……There were 16 Late Models, still a good turnout and three cars that had not missed a night all year were absent. Jeff Stewart, Bill Lasaline and Jeff Cassidy. We now have 8 cars with perfect attendance, but another 14 to 16 who`ve been out at least once……this weekend its regular racing at Flamboro Speedway with the high light being a fan event Meet The Drivers……Rick Schurr makes his debut in our CVM in his first ever stock car race at Mosport Speedway. This is amazing for him and us. Ricks dad, Glen Schurr was my hero as a kid, and because of him I ran 36. We`ll post more on that as the weekend nears.

Rick Schurr

Practising At Flamboro
Practising At Flamboro
Rookie Rick Schurr Makes Race Debut June 25th Mosport Speedway
    Rick is the son of my childhood hero, Glen Schurr. I was the racer carrying his dad’s name on my car for the past four decades. Glen Schurr was my favourite driver. The impact he had on me from my early teens was strong enough to lead me to pick #36 for my race car. Rick and I only met and seen each other a few times since 1977. Last year Rick asked me if there was any way I could get him a ride in my Hobby car. I thought we could possibly do some testing during the week. But, that wasn’t going to do the job, he wanted a ride in a competition event, and I didn’t want to give up any nights I had in the CVM, so it wasn’t possible in 2010 but I said we’d see what we could do in 2011. He doesn’t know I gave up a night for Sarah, but that’s a different story, she was sad at the time, I was weak, but it was okay. When the opportunity came for him to race our Coupe in 2011, he jumped on it. He bought everything he needed to be a racer, and he never had been in a race car other than one of the NASCAR experiences in the U.S. We went to Flamboro last week and again this week, where he practiced by doing three sets of hot laps each night, giving him about 60 race laps in total. I must say, for someone who never raced before, he has caught on very quickly. His lap times were consistently in the 17:2’s. The fastest Hobby cars are in the 16:3’s with most in the 7’s and 8’s, so he’s within half a second of getting in trouble……Rick will make his debut in racing at Mosport Speedway on June 25th for the second CVM show of 2011. Then he’ll run Sunset Speedway the following week (wow, talk about going from one extreme to the other). I get the car back for Flamboro on July 9th. This is a dream come true for Rick and we are proud to have him drive our car. It’s funny, I began cheering for Glen Schurr in 1963, and now 48 years later, his son Rick is going to drive our race car. That’s a script for a movie, awesome, crazy and very neat..….no pressure Rick, but we’re 5th in points, go get em’.

Bruce Bennett & His Grand Children

Photo By Gordon Nicholson
Photo By Gordon Nicholson
Smiling Now & Later In The Evening
    Bruce and his grand children joined the on track festivities by meeting the drivers at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday night. The crowd was very small considering this event usually draws a bigger crowd. The biggest crowd of the season was June 18th, probably somewhere around 1400 people. The kids, big and small love to get a close up of the drivers. In this picture Bruce is smiling, he must have had a good feeling about the night, because the winning car in the Late Model feature was owned by his son Bruce. Jeff Stewart #56, won the close contested 30 lap event beating the hard charging with David Elliott. The full story will be on Diary Of A Season by tonight………This week end is a double header at Flamboro Speedway. Three NASCAR drivers, Kenny Schrader, Jimmy Spencer and Ernie Irvan are coming compete in the Race Of Champions on Friday July 1st. Then on Saturday, it’s the second round of the Grisdale Triple Crown. Friday’s races start early, gates open at 10:am, meet the drivers at 11:am and racing starts at 2:pm.

July 1st Race Of Champions

Millenium Creation
Millenium Creation
Excited To Be In This One
     It sure is awesome to be given a chance to compete in this very prestigious race on July 1st. Nonie and I are very thankful to Jason Legge for loaning us his car, and to Glenn Schnurr for agreeing to be the set up man and crew chief. Qualifying will be a very tough for this show, both for the Invites, and some of the Flamboro Thunder Car regulars. Drivers only get one chance through their heat race. The top 6 from each heat will advance. It will be over early for those who don’t make the top six. I expect some crazy competition in the heat races as the battle to be in the first feature will be fast and furious. The old saying of “you don’t win on the first lap”, will not be in affect because finishing in the top six will be everyone’s goal. If necessary they will be doing all they can to be in that elite group. Those who are part of the 24 car field in the first feature, will then have to finish in the top 15 to move to the main event and rub wheels with the NASCAR stars in the final 25 lap feature. Our goal is to qualify, and to keep Jason’s car in good shape. The first bit of luck will come when we draw for our heat starting position. The 20 Flamboro cars that make up the first two heats, line up according to their current points position. The “Invites”, those from around Ontario, will line up according to luck….the number they pick out of the container. Getting a good draw number is important, because I doubt there will very many slow cars in the Invite heat races. That group consists of track champions and some very successful hot shoes from the province. Regardless of the outcome, we hope to make it a great day and if we can get a few breaks, maybe we get to race with Kenny Schrader, Jimmy Spencer and Ernie Irvan. No matter what, we will have raced with some very talented Ontario racers. It should be a great day……..grandstands open at Noon…..$35 to get in, kids under 12 and under are free. Racing starts at 2:pm.

Race Of Champions Day

Gordon Nicholson Photo
Gordon Nicholson Photo
We Made It!!!…Thank You Jason Legge & Glenn Schnurr
    It was a beautiful and exciting (though hectic) day at Flamboro Speedway. I was very thankful to have a ride to have a car for the show and one that was able to compete in the wide scale of very fast and different cars. I needed a lot to happen for me to get a chance to be in the same race as the three NASCAR drivers, the only reason for going in this race, other wise I would have watched or helped in some other capacity. Getting the car was the first and most important hurdle. Getting some practice was next. We had to qualify through our heats, there was no consi or last chance. The top six made it out of the four heats, the rest were done for the day. The next hurdle was finishing in the top 15 in the first feature, perhaps the toughest part of all. We had good warm ups, I liked the car. By the second set we were turning 17:2’s not far off the pace at that point. Unfortunately we lost the handling in the heat, but still managed a 4th. We adjusted for the first feature. The car was extremely tight by lap 20 of 25 and we were in 16th spot. The final 5 laps saw us move from 16th to 18th to 11th finally finishing 13th. On the final restart with three to go we were out of brakes. Once I got to the pits the pedal was hitting the floor. The car was very tight making the use of brakes even more important and with no way to dial in rear brakes, the brake fluid boiled out until there was none left. But, in spite of that we hung on, making it in by being in 13th one of the transfer spots, and allowing us to be in the final ROC with Kenny Schrader, Jimmy Spencer and Ernie Irvan. The final feature was fun to be in but kind of ridiculous (almost like the pay out for the first feature) competition wise. Most of us had no business being in this race if it was for any reason other than to say that we raced against the three classy NASCAR drivers. That was my winning moment of the day, to battle with Kenny Schrader for the final 10 laps. Our car was mid pack, automatic against most standards, and a 325 HP engine against many 350 plus HP engines. I had what JR Fitzpatrick called “a decent car”, and yes it was decent, against normal Thunder Cars. But his car was no where near most other Thunder Cars, I think it was and is, in a class of it’s own, somewhere between a Limited Late Model and TC. I think he would run mid pack with the Limited Lates in that car. It’s a beautiful piece of work and an awesome race car. I hope they make a class for those kind of cars because a Thunder Car it wasn’t. Having said that, congratulations to JR for winning the first ROC race at Flamboro Speedway. He won it fair by the rules of the day. The mind set by the track was “it’s a fun day, rules will be somewhat ignored for this one”, Kinda like the Delaware race last year, a fun deal, but everyone had a car that was no where near the one Kyle Busch had. But to be honest, it was a blast and I will do it again. The showed moved quick, too quick at times, but thumbs up to the Flamboro staff for hosting a great organized event. The rest of this story will be on Diary Of A Season by Sunday night……….tonight is the second round of the Grisdale Triple Crown race. Qualifying starts at 5:30. Hope to see you there.

Kenny Schrader #13

Van Haaren Photo
Van Haaren Photo
Eighty Four Years Racing Experience
    I was very fortunate to not only have a car for the show but to be in the final 25 lap feature with the NASCAR stars. Perry Van Haaren got this great shot of me and Kenny Schrader #13, racing into turn one. This is Kenny’s 41st season and my 43rd. He likely has many more nights raced on his resume, because of the racing opportunites available in the U.S. This was a fun day for sure and I hope it becomes a tradition at Flamboro Speedway.

JR Fitzpatrick #14….The Win Fitz’

Van Harren
Van Harren
The Day Belonged To JR
    It sure was exciting racing with the NASCAR stars, but just as exciting to compete with many of the top Thunder Car drivers in Ontario. There were great TC drivers from many southern Ontario tracks, and they raced hard and clean in the two features, I was amazed. One of those I had the pleasure to race with was JR Fitzpatrick, a youngster who will race anything anytime anywhere….I think JR means “Just Race”. He was amazing in his beautiful blue Camaro that should be in Transformer #4. The car and driver were very tough to beat, though some were close. JR walked away with a heat win, in this photo and the main event trophy. Congrats to him and his team for a great win for his resume.

Lisa’s Most Excellent Shot

Lisa Lott Photo
Lisa Lott Photo
CVM Return To Flamboro July 9th…Shirley’s Birthday
    This Saturday night I get to play in the CVM again. I last raced the Hobby car on May 22nd at Sunset Speedway. I had lost May 14th and then June 4th to rain. Rick Schurr has driven the car twice, once at Mosport and again at Sunset this past week end. His run at Sunset was a great success so he is already itching to get back out, but will have to wait until Sauble Speedway on July 16th. I can’t believe it, so far the rookie has more nights in the Coupe than me. I’m looking forward to this race and at least I won’t have to battle with David Elliott, Jason Shaw, Shawn Chenoweth, Paul Howse, Brad Corcoran, Steve Laking, Jeff Stewart, JR Fitzpatick, or any of the other tough racers in Late Model and Thunder Car. No, I’ll have it easy racing with Steve Lyons, Ron Easton, Chris Milwain, Jason Keen, Steve Trendell, Brian Atkinson, Jeff Shaw, Mike Williams and many more, okay so it won’t be easy, but it will be fun. I think I should win this one because it is my daughters birthday…..Sunday we’re off to Sunset Speedway for their first Late Model Open. That event will be another talent packed program. I could do this 5 days a week, it should be a great week end.

John Karley #19

Lisa Lott Photo
Lisa Lott Photo
We Thought We’d Have A V8””
    John and I raced hard on Saturday night and during the practice session we were thumbs-up after getting some decent lap times. John and I are running the Crate V8. Unfortunately there would be no thumbs-up in the heat race, that ended in disaster, with a sore thumb, and no hope of winning a race on our daughter Shirley’s birthday. Two cars got together coming off turn two on the first lap and I caught Mike Williams bumper with my left front tire. The crash was hard enough to break the tie rod, bend the axle, and spring mounts and maybe my thumb. I still haven’t had it checked as of Monday. It’s really bruised and I can’t move it. I’m calling it a bad sprain, everyone else says it’s broken. We’ll see soon, or when I get to the doctors to have it checked. The last time I went to a clinic to get checked I got healed during the long wait, so I hope it’s just a bruise. I was able to race on Sunday, as long as I didn’t hit it or shake hands, I was okay………Jeff Shaw won the Hobby feature. Good for him and Ron. They worked hard on their little Deuce Coupe all week. Winning the feature was a nice reward after getting beat up two weeks in a row. Jeff comes from a family of gamers and I respect their effort. Congrats on the win Jeff.

Canadian Heroes Front & Center

Van Haaren Photo
Van Haaren Photo
Promoting Our Troops
    We put our hood on display for the fans to see. We were honored to run the Canadian Heroes hood on our car for this race. Here the crew go over the car after the 10 lap heat. It was a great night with a huge crowd, 7000 or more. The racing was a little more competitive, but only after Kyle Busch dropped out early in the feature. He won his heat by 10 car lengths over Steven Matthews, the winner of the time trials. Kurt Busch ran in the top 5 most of the night until he to got into a wreck. I would have loved to see Kyle restart at the back and go through the 28 car field. I was surprised that some people were happy he was out…when do you get that many fans to watch any race in Ontario, so they must have come to watch Kyle and Kurt. I’m sure 95% of the fans were disappointed. Over all it was a great show and we’ll be back in 2012………tonight is regular racing at Flamboro Speedway. Rick has taken our Vintage Modified to compete at Suable Speedway.

Shirley Meets Kurt Busch

Van Haaren Photo
Van Haaren Photo
Kurt Busch Smiles As Shirley Gets Autograph For Lauren
    On our way to the races on Wedneday night we picked up some decals and the nose of Laurens Go-Kart, prepared by Steve Lyons of Creative Edge. Kim Lindsay had got them from Steve the day before and met us at Delaware for the big show. The nose was destroyed the week before at the Go-Kart race at Flamboro, so it was convenient that Kim not only got the stickers we needed for the race but also the Go-Kart part. It also happens that run the Pennzoil colors on Laurens Kart and the Quaker State on our grandson Gehrig. After being in the pits a while, it dawned on Shirley to see if Kurt Busch, who is sponsored by Pennzoil would autograph the nose cone. Kurt was very accomidating and smiling when he signed the part and that made Shirely’s day……Trevor drove our car to a respectable 9th place finish in the 28 car field. It was a great opportunity to show our sponsors in front of the biggest of the season, at any oval in Ontario…..Flamboro’s resutls will be up on our Diary Of A Season soon.

A Night Of Patience

Gordon Nicholson Photo
Gordon Nicholson Photo
No Boats, Or Planes…But One Big Freight Train
    This was a night for us to demonstrate patience, and show our peers that when you get in a bad lane, you basically have to suck it up and wait for the opportunity to pass. If it doesn’t, you’ll drop to the rear and then have to work your way back up. What could have been a win, or a top three finish for us, was eliminated as soon as the slide to the back began on lap one of the feature. Pushing or bumping slower cars in front won’t solve anything, but instead create extra costs, enemies and lower car count. This was our third night in the past four at Flamboro where we got freight trained in the feature. Our car survived and we know sooner or later we’ll get a break and win a feature. Then we’ll be on cloud nine for a week, maybe the rest of the season. Right now we’re disappointed, but not discouraged or giving up……regular racing this Saturday night at Flamboro, races start at 6:30.

Kids Love Race Cars

Image Factor Photo's
Image Factor Photo’s
It Was An Incredibly Hot Day…Kids Didn’t Notice
    We had our car on display at the Berean Baptist Church for the annual DVBS, Daily Vocational Bible School. Over 40 youngsters show up every day. The theme for this week’s Bible School was ‘Rev It Up…Full Throttle For God’…I shared with them about my racing and faith inside the very comfortable air conditioned Church, then brought the kids outside to see the car. They loved it and everyone got an autographed picture. This was our 8th event with our race car so far in July that included 6 races and one other Church event with children……….We race this weekend, then cap off July with a triple header racing the CVM on July 29th at Delaware, the Late Model at Flamboro on the 30th, and the Late Model again at Sauble Beach for their 150 lap special on the 31st. This will work fine as long as Flamboro doesn’t rain, the 31st is a rain date and we’d miss (ouch) Sauble, one of my favourite tracks. Of course we have to survive Flamboro as well. If all goes as scheduled we’ll have complete 12 races and shows in July, a record for us. That would be 10 race nights in one month, compared to the CVM who have 5 so far for the season. I actually would be okay with the limited short CVM schedule if they raced on nights when I didn’t run the Late Model, that way I could make all the scheduled Hobby shows, we’d have to get Rick Schurr another car because he’s having too much fun.

Jeff Stewart #56

Lisa Lott Photo
Lisa Lott Photo
Kubota Kar Klosing Kwik
    That’s not to imply KKK, or in this case KKKK, but more to state the fact that Jeff was fast on Saturday staying right on my tail for the heat race. He enjoyed a little freight train experience getting stuck behind slower cars, but he agrees they deserve to race and has to be patient getting through traffic. Jeff suffered the same fate in the feature, getting freight trained. We avoided the freight train, but got caught in a mid race wreck trying to pass for second. This week end Late Models are at Flamboro on Saturday and Sunday at Sauble for the “Beat The Heat” 150 lap invitational. We’ll be racing the CVM on Friday night at Delaware. I won’t run against Jeff Stewart in the Hobby class, but will race against one of the CVM club veterans Jeff Shaw.

Bill Lyons…..Thank You For Everything

Bill Lyons #9
Bill Lyons #9
Racing Loses A Great Friend
    Last night we were at Flamboro Speedway working on my car, trying to get it better for the coming weekend. Four friends were there, two of them ‘Legends’. Junior Hanley and Bill Lyons, incredible competitors in their day, and still helping out after their helmets have been long put away. Brad Corcoran and Allen MacLean were helping as well. It was about 5:45 when Bill came over and asked “what ya doing”? “We’re trying to make it better Bill”, was my answer. Bill just smiled and watched seeing we had plenty of help. “Help yourself to a drink in the cooler Bill”. Bill has always been my friend and hospitality to him was a given no matter when or where. Eventually he went to the trailer and got a drink. During the last set of hot laps Bill worked the stop watch. It was no different than any other day he would come to the track, or to Grisdales or to Flamboro Machine Shop, it was to hang out, to be part of what was going on, to help if he could, to offer any advice, but mostly just to be a friend. It was no different except that it would be the last time we would see him, the last time we could say “thanks”, or “have a good day”, or “see you on the weekend”. Bill passed away early this morning, most likely on his way to see some of his racing friends. It was terrible shocking news. I’m so glad I got to see him last night, and got to offer him a drink. It’s a small thing, but he meant a lot to me, to many of us. It was a special moment for me to have had the opportunity to show him kindness, and though small, I thank God for that moment. Bill loved working on cars, and was having fun working with the Van Wyngaarten family on the Mini Stocks. Bill was very much respected in the pits, so valuable to the racing community, a true friend, always wanting to help. I will write more on the message board in a tribute to him. I want to say to everyone who reads this, every driver, crew member, track official, fan or family member of someone who does race, that it’s better to love. It’s so easy to get upset with racers, so easy to point the finger at someone, so easy to judge. What’s hard to do is love one another. Of all the things we could offer each another, love is the most important. Showing respect, compassion, understanding, help and patience are some of those traits and our friend Bill had them covered. We learned a lot from this CVM Hall Of Famer, now we can carry on his traditions by helping others every chance we get. We will miss you Bill, but never ever forget you. Thanks for everything, God bless and keep you.

Dedicated To Bill Lyons

Lisa Lott Photo
Lisa Lott Photo
Delaware Heat Win July 29th
    What a great feeling to win a race in the CVM. This race was special in so many ways. If you go on Demo Derby history and click on 1967, you’ll see my first race win ever at Flamboro Speedway driving (or wrecking) a 55 Chev in a huge demolition derby. That race was on July 29th, my first time on a race track and my first win. 44 years later we get our 3rd Delaware win (only 3 wins in that stretch…wow) but it comes on July 29th and more importantly it’s dedicated to Bill Lyons. Usually heat race winners don’t get interviewed on the front chute, but they did last night and I was able to let the fans know about Bill and dedicate the win to him and his family….tonight we will suffocate at Flamboro Speedway in the Late Model and then if all goes well, I will head to Sauble right after the race to get some sleep for the 150 lap Late Model Open. All the updates will be completed by Tuesday, maybe Monday night.

Bill Lyons With Lindsay & John Van Wyngaarden

First Go-Kart Trophy
First Go-Kart Trophy
July 22nd Lindsay Takes Home Her First Trophy
    At the funeral home, during the Celebration of Life of Bill Lyons, many words were spoken to emphasize the generosity and goodness of our friend. Lindsay Van Wyngaarden was one of those gracious speakers, paying tribute, love and thanks to Bill, giving him the credit for her finally winning a trophy in the very competitive sport of go-kart racing. In this picture, Lindsay proudly holds her trophy, as she is surrounded by two very important men in her life, her dad John on the right, and Bill, her mentor on the left. In tears Lindsay told of her appreciation towards Bill, how he helped her become a better and more knowledgeable racer. Her courage was incredible touching all of us that sunny, but sad, August 2nd morning. Surely one day we will see Bill again, and all of those who have crossed the finish line before us. Jesus said in John chapter 14 vs 1-6. “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust in me also. In my Fathers house are many rooms, if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you, and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come and take you to be with me that where I am, you may be also. You know the way to the place where I am going”. Thomas said to him “Lord we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way”. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but by me”. Knowing that God loves us and sent His Son to pay our debt against Him, and to prepare a place for us when we die is the hope that all Christians on earth live for……”Thank you Lord for giving us Bill Lyons, help us to be kind, gentle, loving, caring, peaceful and make a positive difference while we’re in this world. We ask this in Jesus name”. Amen

David Elliott…..Grisdale Triple Crown Champ

Van Haaren Photo
Van Haaren Photo
Waterdown Warrior Wins
    Going into the final round only two points separated David and Grisdale Triple Crown series leader Shawn Chenoweth. David qualified on the pole with a 2nd and 3rd in the heats, and Shawn qualified 4th with a heat win and 5th. David had an awesome car, lapping up to the 9th place car as the first 53 laps went caution free. Paul Howse would claim the victory in this final leg of the presitious GTC with David on his tail. Congratulations to David, Jeannie, Eddy and all the Pennzoil team for an awesome performance.

Late Model Feature Final Laps

Nicholson Photo
Nicholson Photo
Jason Wins Raing Out Feature…Battling Here For Third
    My computer has been down a while, I couldn’t get the programs I needed to post pictures on the front page, sorry for the delay…….last night we ran double features. Here without about 10 to go, Brennan DiDero holds on to third, driving a perfect line throughout the final laps. Jason won the first feature, David was second and this picture shows 3rd to 5th, as they would cross the finish line. There were 18 cars, a good car count again, the best in 7 years at Flamboro. Delaware had 13 on Friday, and none of their cars came out….Rob Rowse was driving the CVM at Sauble Speedway, but I have not heard how he did, and nothing is posted yet on the CVM site. Next week is a regualar night at Flamboro, we have three race nights left. The chase for the Championship is very close. Some pushing and body checking has already started, it should get worse the next two weeks. We are battling for 5th, a very long shot at a top three, but we had our best outing this year at Flamboro, as far as being comptetive is concerned, but still no top three feature finsih in 2011. It’s coming, we’re not giving up. Check out our message board and get the full story on Diary of A Season 2011. All the shows are up todate now, but will be compete by Monday night.

 

 


Mike Bentley Wins Barrie 100 Lapper

Eric Uprichard Photo
Eric Uprichard Photo
Great Win For Mike
    Mike Bentley, a former Flamboro Late Model driver, left in 2010 to race Limited Late Models at Sunset Speedway. He has been running well at Sunset against some very tough competition. Mike had never won a major race event until last week when he captured the checker flag at the Barrie Speedway 100 Lap Invitational last week. I know this is kind of old news, but it’s worth giving a plug to this hard working racing family. Mike is the son of Dave Bentley. Dave and I ran many years together in the late 70’s, through the 80’s and into the mid 90’s. Dave was a charger and looks like both of his boys Mike and Matt are doing well following their dads foot steps. Congratulations to Mike and his team for this awesome win….this picture is courtesy of Eric Uprichard. You can see his awesome photgraphy work at speedwayphoto.ca


It Could Have Been Worse

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
It Could Have Been Better
    It was a rough ending for the Quaker State team on Saturday night. After finishing 2nd in our heat we made one minor change to help improve the car for the feature. Unfortunately I got a little loose coming off four and the car behind could not get slowed up and we ended up slamming the wall very hard. It happened on lap one and put us last in the feature. We may be mathematically out of the points Championship race now, and lost some ground on 5th. We’ll have a hectic week getting our car back to where it was. Our goal is to finish in the top five in the points chase…..Junior Hanley will help us get the frame straight, replacing the front horns on the chassis. We want to get our car ready for next weeks racing and meet our commitment to have our car on display at The Royal Coachman restaurant on Saturday during the day, meaning this will be a busy week. We will be on display from 11:30 until 2:30 and no doubt the car will look much better than it does in this Dave Franks photo. The full story for this cazy night is on Dairy Of A Season 2011 on our message board.


Sunday

Rebuild Begins
Rebuild Begins
NO-SLEEP-ZZZZZZZZZZZZ
    We started taking the car apart on Sunday after Junior Hanley had a look at it. My grandson, Gehrig, helped strip the body parts off the car, and then we power washed it complete. We also removed the rear bumper cover. The next few pictures, tonight and tomorrow, will show the progress to get us back to Saturday night. How does this bother me or my family? A good indication that I have lost the love for racing, assuming I get no serious injuries, won’t be the result of a wreck like this, but rather when I have a good night at the track and there was no smile. That would mean the fun and the passion, the fuel that keeps me going had just ran out. So far we’re still enjoying this great sport and I refuse to act my age….as for the cause of this wreck it was a combination of our car being a little loose coming off the turn and the car right behind not able to check up. It would have been very hard for him to do that because we were on the first lap of the race and all glued togther.


Monday

Front Horns On
Front Horns On
Junior Hanley The Artist

The main frame damage is repaired, thanks to Junior Hanley. We still have a lot to do. Another update picture will be posted after Tuesday’s work is done.


Wednesday

Bob Pereria
Bob Pereria
Making Excellent Progress…Heading To Jim Sweers
    We have most of the work done now. David came over Wednesday night to help for awhile and then Bob and I finished what was left for us to do, including some maintenance. We’re heading to Jim Sweers Thursday night to finish off the front bumper and some touch up to the front bumper. So far, with no other surprises, my cost for this is just under $1,000, that’s better than I thought, better than most thought, and we’re happy it didn’t climb another $500 or upwards to $2,000. We will have our car on display Saturday morning,at The Royal Coachman restaurant from 11:30 until 2:30 to help support our local Food Banks….drop by and say hello, and if possible bring an item for the Food Bank with you….thanks.


Friday

Night Before The Show
Night Before The Show
Bunk Bed Late Models
    Bob and I worked on the car Thursday night to finish the front bumper and paint touch up some of the rough areas. Bob came over during the day to get it done. My grandson Gehrig and I picked the car up on Friday night, excellent job on the steel bumper, the rad, shroud, and touching up the battled nose cone. We are on display tomorrow at The Royal Coachman from 11:30 to 2:30 to help get support for our local Food Bank.


Supporting The Food Banks

Royal Coachman
Royal Coachman
Join Us Today
    Both our Quaker State team and David’s Pennzoil team will be at the Royal Coachman today from 11:30 until 2:30 to help raise food items for our local Food Bank. Please come by and see us and bring a food item for this needy and very worth while cause. Food banks are often running low this time of year and appreciate anything we can do. Later this evening fans and other race teams will bring food items to Flamboro Speedway. Flamboro Speedway races start at 6:30 tonight, hope to see you there.


Local Community Festival

Sunday Afternoon
Sunday Afternoon
Late Model On Display..2nd Time This Week End
    This was our second show of the weekend, the first being the display to help raise support for the Food Bank at The Royal Coachman with David and his team. When asked to come to this show I had to make a conditional commitment, we had to survive the races at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday night. We did that, leaving Flamboro without a mark on the car, a direct contrast to last weeks crushing blow into the cement. Coming home spotless made it possible to support this special Community Fest at Memorial Park in Waterdown. We also have another show next Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church on Guelph Line, a Church community event for kids and adults. We commit to a dozen or so displays and shows throughout the season to help promote our sport and sponsors……the full story of our racing last night will be posted on Diary Of A Season 2011 by Monday night. Special thanks to Bob and Maggie for helping me today, and to Gordon Nicholson and Late Model driver #88 Scott Gibson, for helping in the pits last night.


Pennzoil Team Ready For The Showdown

David Elliott #37
David Elliott #37
Championship On The Line
    This weekend is the last night for regular points at Flamboro Speedway. David would like nothing better than to capture his second title of year after winning the Grisdale Triple Crown earlier this season. David held the points lead for most of the season but fell back after a few rough outings the past month. Jason Shaw has dominated the final month with some very fast runs and turning times much faster than his competition. The 2011 Championship is Jason’s to lose as he sits with a huge 11 point lead. Eleven points is a mile unless something happens in the heat or feature. Heat races have hurt David for the past few months but his feature runs have been amazing, never giving up in spite of the on and off track distractions. Paul Howse sits in 3rd place only a few points behind David, all three drivers are past Champions making this chase one of the most exciting in many years at Flamboro Speedway. We wish David and the Pennzoil team the best of luck and a great night this coming Saturday as they go for their second title……our Quaker State car will be at Calvary Baptist Church on Guelph Line in Burlington Saturday morning from 11:00 until 2:30. Please come out to this communtiy event. There are bouncy castles, clowns, face painting and a barbecue. Hope to see you there or later at Flamboro Speedway where we’ll attempt to get our first top three feature finish in 2011.


Congratulations Shaw Motorsports

Lisa Lott Photo
Lisa Lott Photo
2011 Late Model Champion #82 Jason Shaw
    Congratulations to Jason Shaw and his race team for winning the 2011 Flamboro Speedway Late Model points title. Jason struggled early in the year but had his car fine tuned by mid way through the season, especially in the final month. He was able to coast to the win the final night with a comfortable lead on second and third. Late Models do not return to Flamboro Speedway until Octoberfest. You can catch some of the best Late Models drivers in Ontario racing at Sunset Speedway this Friday night to kick off the ir Velocity 250 weekend. Late Models have are running a 100 lap open invitational. Races start at 8pm.


Sunset Speedway 100 Lap Friday Night

Perry Van Haaren Photo
Perry Van Haaren Photo
Invitational Could Get The Boot Again
    We head to Sunset Speedway for the rained out August 21st show. The problem is the weather again, it doesn’t look very good and the track is talking about having the race on Saturday night. If that happens David won’t make it, neither would Jason Shaw, and I will be in big trouble because we are invited to a barbecue with Rick Schurr and his team after the CVM feature Saturday night. Why would I be in trouble? Take a look at this track and explain how a eating a hamburger wins over racing on one of the nicest tracks I’ve ever been on. Besides Bob, Scott and I could head back right after the race and still enjoy left overs. The CVM are racing at Flamboro on Saturday night and it’s possible that could be a late race and we wouldn’t be that late for the barbecue. Oh, I just remembered the barbecue is at my house, yikes!!!! I think Nonie will not go to Sunset anyway and she could keep them entertained until I get back. So, let’s hope it goes Friday night as scheduled.


Rained Out!!! Rescheduled For Saturday

Van Haaren Photo
Van Haaren Photo
Gord Shepherd #10….We’ll Have To Wait Until Saturday To Do This Again
    The weather took out the Friday night Late Model Open at Sunset Speedway. The race is rescheduled for Saturday the 24th. There will be time trials instead of heats, a consi if needed followed by the 100 lap feature. Some racers won’t make the new date, others may now be able to come out. If it rains out again we’ll post the date it’s rescheduled. No one wins with rain, the track has to do what it can to get the show in, hope Saturday turns out good, weather, crowd and car count. See you there.


Ryan Kimball #16 Wins Late Model Open

Dan Craik Photo
Dan Craik Photo
Sunset Invitational Goes To Kimball
    The Sunset Speedway Late Model Open ran Saturday night, finally after a few attempts. Of the 21 cars signed in for the August 21st show, a few didn’t make it back, but there were still 22 fast cars in the thrilling 100 lap feature event. “Flyin’ Ryan Kimball” took the lead on lap 72 and held on to win his first big feature…We had a great run qualifying 5th and almost pulling out a win when we built up a huge lead from laps 60 to 72. Restarting on the inside wasn’t working for our Quaker State car and we fought hard for the entire race, especially the final 30 giving us a 5th place finish.


Three Wide For The Lead

Eric Uprichard Photo
Eric Uprichard Photo
Excitement On Lap 60 Restart
    On lap 60 there was an inversion by throw of the dice. Brandon Watson was leading at lap 60 and threw box-cars. That meant 12 cars would be inverted, putting us outside pole for the restart. In this SPEEDWAY PHOTO picture coming off turn two things got exciting when Gord Shepherd #10 got under Bruce Rankin #55 as we were outside. By the end of the back straight we were in front of Rankin and side by side with Shepherd coming off turn four. The next 12 laps we built up a good lead. I must admit, though we didn’t win it, we were happy to show some consistency and lead a few laps. Our car struggled a little on the inside, we stayed side by side for most of the remaining laps. It was a fun show and our 2nd top five in three features at Sunset……Ryan Kimball #16 won the race with #44 Steve Laking taking 2nd followed by Chris Morrow #11 and Jesse Kennedy #10.


Nice While It Lasted

Eric Uprichard Photo
Eric Uprichard Photo
Freeze Frame Right Now
    Oh we hoped so bad there would be no more yellows. We built up a great 12 car length lead with the entire track at our disposal, drove low in the corners and up to the top groove on the straights. We will have to figure how to get on the gas quicker without getting loose when starting or restarting on the inside lane. It killed us at the end but regardless it was a great run with four different tracks represented in the top five finishers. The winner Ryan Kimball from Kawartha, Steve Laking from Flamboro, Chris Morrow third from Sunset and Jesse Kennedy 4th from Delaware…….this coming weekend is the Flamboro Speedway finale!!!!Octoberfest!!!! Races start at 3pm both days.


Flamboro Speedway Salute

2011 Crew
2011 Crew
Octoberfest This Weekend
    This weekend will, Bob, Gerry, Gehrig and I will run our final race at Flamboro for 2011, unless it rains out, then the races will be postponed until the weekend after Thanksgiving. Our team is looking forward to this race, still having two more chances to win a feature and break a four year slump of winning a feature. It won’t be easy, in fact a top three will be tough, but we’re coming to race and as long as we have a good car and can be competitive we’ll declare it a win. Of course if we actually win one of the two features, there could be no sleep for a few days. It’s kind of sad the 2011 season is winding down so fast, but our team is excited for 2012, we are focused on the two nights we have remianing this season. Hope to see you there.


Talledega….Next Octoberfest

Jason Scheck Image
Jason Scheck Image
Preparing For This Weekend
    I race a couple of nights a week with some local racers, Ron and Mikey Larkin, go-karters Brandon Hauck and Austin Penny and at least 20 Americans. It’s a fun way to pass the time and sometimes you get lucky. Now we’re ready for Octoberfest.


Octoberfest Pole…Jason Shaw #82

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Jason Shaw Up Front For First 50 Lapper…David Elliott #37 Outside Pole
    Congratulations to Jason Shaw #82 for winning both of his heat races tonight and claiming the pole for the Octoberfest Classic. David Elliott #37 finished 2nd behind Jason in the heats giving him outside pole. Brad Corcoran #05 will start 3rd with Jeff Stewart #56 fourth. We will start the first 50 lapper in 5th. Heat winners were Shaw in two, Corcoran and Stewart……we have some work to do on our car to get it where it should be. Our two third place finishes were somewhat lucky as the black flag was handed out three times for supposedly improper starts in the Late Model heat races……I want to get something straight, mainly because I have nothing but the upmost respect for Jason Shaw. I had some discussion with a few of Jason’s team members. They were upset stating they heard me say that Jason was cheating. I want to state here that I never said that, nor do I think he was or is cheating. All my writing is available to read in the Diary Of A Season 2011. I did question why his car was very fast, why he was braking into time zones no Late Model had ever gone. So what! I did ask the track tech manager to make sure everything was right on Jason’s car, but I never accused him of cheating or said he was illegal. Most every Late Model this year was struggling to get into the 15:3’s. It’s common knowledge the track gets slick from all the oil spilt during the year and makes it hard to run fast, especially in the summer. However, most of us can use a stop watch, and when I timed Jason in the 15:0’s I thought my watch was defective. When he did it the next lap I was stunned, and broke my stop watch (just kidding). Why was I surprised? Because no one ever did that before in a Late Model. I think any team paying attention would have been somewhat taken by the huge increase in lap times. I stated in one of my write ups, I think race #22, that Jason has it all together including set up, power, driving and luck. So, to set this straight, I am confirming that I don’t think Jason is cheating and never thought he was. I do think his team has figured out the shock program to the point of making him very very fast. I also think all of us can get there, eventually. He is the pioneer, thanks to the technical skills of his shock engineer Dave Meades, and his awesome ability to drive a race car. I am fairly certain Jason knew I wasn’t suggesting he was cheating, and for that I’m thankful. Watch for Jason to win at least the first feature, and maybe with a good throw of the dice, get a low invert and take the prize for this years Octoberfest Classic. You can bet there will be a few other hot shoes, David, Brad, Jeff and Paul doing their best to win as well. The winner is based on the best combined finish of both races, but my money is on Jason….my Mom, who was kind and loving enough to buy me two tires for this race, hopes I win, she said she likes to help seniors.


Rained-Out….Froze Out

Simulated Photo????
Simulated Photo????
Features For Octoberfest Postponed
    It was miserable on Sunday, very cold, damp, a little rain. David had taken his car home the night before thinking for sure we were done for Sunday. It turned out he was right. In the past two weeks he’s batting 50% on rain out predictions. His most failed prediction was Sunset, he was sure it was going to be cancelled and found himself scrambling Saturday morning trying to make it to the track. He was right about this deal. The races, 5 features and a few consi’s will be run on Saturday October 15th with the rain date for that race on the 15th. Hopefully Flamboro gets good weather, more cars and more fans. The weather will help accomplish that wish list…….this week we are preparing for Autumn Colors. It’s a 3 day event and the weather is looking like spring, same as the past two years. We are heading out Thursday for practice and to get set up in the camping crazy zone. Actually Shirley will stay at the on sight camp grounds, me to until Friday when Jim will scoop me up so we can head to a local hotel. I shouldn’t make light of the camp grounds antics, when we asked how much the hotel rooms were, they asked if we wanted it by the hour. Some red flags immediately flew for that red light deal. I think we’re heading somewhere else.


Autumn Colors Next

Vic Parsons
Vic Parsons
Vic Parsons….Another Childhood Hero
    This weekend is the running of the Autumn Colors Classic. The Late Models, or Pro Late Models as they’re called at Peterborough, will run two qualifying heats and a 111 lap feature. The weather looks like it’s going to be awesome. We are heading up Thursday around noon to get a spot in the pits and hang out for a few days. Should be fun, we’re looking forward to it………We made some adjustments to the seat in my car, we’re putting Brandon Watson in it, NO WE”RE NOT, he’s a great runner but just kidding, we actually are making the seat more comfortable for to help cope with the constant turning at the quick oval…….when I was a kid, my favourite Late Model driver was Vic Parsons. This is the only time we ran together, and I was lucky the two of us got side by side for the 2009 Autumn Colors photo. There will be tons of race cars and a packed house for this wild weekend…can’t wait, see you there.


Testing…….In Case We Won The Feature

Dan Craik Photo
Dan Craik Photo
If You Can’t Beat Them, Smoke Them Out!!!
    This wild spin occured in the first warm ups Saturday morning. We were having trouble most all weekend with our set up. We did get the car very competitive by feature time. We had a strong run going for us when our rear rotors, even with full front dialed in, began glowing red hot. There was nothing we could do, In spite of that we were fortunate to finish 9th in the 24 car field………new calipers have been installed for this weekends completion of Octoberfest at Flamboro. Races start at 3:pm with the rain date the next on Sunday same time.


Huge Crowd For Autumn Colors

Thunder Car Feature
Thunder Car Feature
Peterborough Speedway Blessed With Beautiful Weather For Autumn Colors
    It was a most incredibly beautiful weekend. A little cold on Thursday night, but otherwise the equivalent of an early June weekend. This picture shows full stands. Every year the crowds are good, but the sunny weather and great entertainment brings out every race fan from miles around………..the Pro Late Model feature, the class we were in, struggled. It took some time to get going. The tight fast oval filled with at least 75% top notch veteran Late Model drivers should have been the show of the night. However it became just the opposite with so many yellow flags. There were lots of reasons for so many cautions, I’ve written about the race and my take on “yellow fever” in the race report on Diary Of A Season…….Our team had a great weekend, though we struggled with our car. A seized rear caliper took us out of competition by mid way, but we still fought back to finish 9th, and were never the cause of a yellow flag, though we were involved in three of them………the Super Late Model’s had a serious wreck early in their 50 lap feature. Notice the line of speedy dry on the top of the track, put there to absorb oil from a blown engine. This picture is looking towards turn four from turn one. In the OSCAAR (Super Late Model) feature, four cars got tangled in turn one, just to the right of this photo. One of the big horsepower Super Lates (600 plus HP), #34 Al Thompson, came flying past the starters stand with the accident sitting in front of him. He had no where to go but up the track and got in the speedy dry. Once he hit the sand his car lost traction, unable to slow down, no braking at all, and crashed hard into one of the cars stopped in the area to the right of this photo. Al’s car careened off the parked car, hit the embankment, almost rolled over, kept going slamming hard into some cement barriers well off the track, behind this photo. Al had to be removed by emergency crews from local fire and rescue units. The roof of his car was cut open to get him out. The good news is Al is okay, shaken and roughed up a little….our team was proud to run the Canadian Heroes hood for this race event. Many fans and racers gave us a thumbs up for the recognition of our much loved and appreciated military men and women seriving now and in the past…..our next show is this coming weekend, the completion of Octoberfest Twin 50s’ We qualified and will start 5th for the first fifty lap feature. All division features will run this Saturday. If weather doesn’t permit us to race on Saturday, the rain date is Sunday. Races start at 3:pm.


Racing With Dwayne Baker

Dan Craik Photo
Dan Craik Photo
This Could Be A Common Occurance In 2012
    The field of Late Models for the Autumn Colors Classic included most of the best racers in Ontario. One of those was #48 Dwayne Baker. He races Late Models, Limited Late Models and a Super Late Models in OSCAAR. Dwayne got beat up early in the 111 lap race, as did about 10 real good cars. Dan is one of many good runners we’ll compete against at Sunset Speedway in 2012……Dan McHattie won the Autumn Colors race with Flamboro’s Brad Corcoran picking up a top 5. Jason Shaw was hard luck dropping out with mechanical problems. We finished 9th with our rear rotors glowing. The calipers were stickingg. They were immediately fired after the race and replaced with new calipers for this coming weekend. Actually they have been sent out for an attitude change (rebuild)……..Saturday October 15th Flamboro will try to get the Octoberfest show in the books. Late Models will run Twin 50’s. Races start at 3:pm….Sunday is the rain date, also 3pm.


Seized Calipers…Bottoming Out…Yikes

Eric Uprichard Photo
Eric Uprichard Photo
We Were Doomed When The Rear Brakes Took Over
    I decided to start at the back of the Autumn Colors feature because our car was very loose most of the week end. No matter what we did, we couldn’t get the car to stay consistent for more than a few laps, so taking scratch was safe for us and others. However in the feature the car was very strong for the first 25 laps moving up to 7th before getting in a chain reaction wreck that started with cars running 2nd and 3rd. No place to go the cars running 4th and 5th were forced to check up forcing me into the back of Jesse Kennedy, I couldn’t stop, it was an unavoidable chain reaction wreck because we were all so close. We also got spun from the car right on our tail. We’d go to the back and start our climb forward. Suddenly I noticed the car was loose entering the turns. I didn’t know why. My spotter Jim told me the rear left rotor was glowing and I knew we were done for the night, done in terms of being competitive. There were a few long stops after that including a Competition Yellow and a red flag. Those delays allowed the brakes to cool but it wouldn’t be long before the calipers would seize up again and prevent us from running competitively. We were able to get the lucky dog twice, and finished the race on the lead lap in 9th…..this picture taken by Eric Uprichard of Speedway Photo’s shows the reat rotors glowing and the front okay. It also shows the sparks from bottoming out going into turn three. Jim Sweers welded a 1″ piece of steel on my front cross member for the Sunset race, to protect our engine because we were bottoming out there. I didn’t realize how much it had worn down unitl after the Peterborough race. This week at home, while doing our oil change, I noticed the shoulder of drain plug was ground down almost even with the oil pan. The drain plug shoulder is about 1/4 of an inch below the pan and was completely ground even. The 1″ piece of steel Jim Sweers put on is now a fraction of what it was, so I think we’ll count ourselves lucky we didn’t grind the oil pan down and cover the track with Quaker State 5W50 Full Synthetic. That didn’t happen, we’re glad, and my competitors, though they don’t know, would appreciate the fact the oil stayed where it belonged, in the pan. When you think about it, an ant may have been crushed if it was clinging to the bottom of our oil pan. That’s too close for comfort, and no worries for this weekend, we don’t go in as hard at Flamboro as we do at Peterborough or Sunset, so bottoming out is not an issue………….if weather holds off the conclusion of Octoberfest is this weekend. Saturday at 3pm and if it rains out, Sunday at 3:pm. Hopefully the weather co-operates.


Octoberfest Gets Another Set Back

No More Rain
No More Rain
Octoberfest Rescheduled For Sunday 3:PM
    Though not raining too hard, but windy at times, the races have been cancelled for today and rescheduled for Sunday at 3:pm. Hopefully we get better weather and can finish this years Octoberfest at Flamboro Speedway.


0ktober Fest…..Flamboro Speedway

Van Haaren Photo
Van Haaren Photo
Long Range Looks Good
    We didn’t get out of the trailer on Saturday, maybe next week Flamboro will get the 5 remaining features completed. Late Models have Twin 50’s. See you there…..I hope!

 

 


David Elliott Wins Octoberfest

Photo By Will Morrison
Photo By Will Morrison
Octoberfest…A Night To Remember
    A field of 23 Late Models took the green, not near as many took the checker. The Octoberfest champ was determined by the best combined finish in both races. David finished 2nd in the first feature and won the second giving him the most points and the Octoberfest crown, his second Octoberfest win. Our team had a rough outing in the first feature, but through the hard work of many people we were able to get in the second feature and finish 5th. Will Morrison took this shot, I just had to get in the picture. I was so happy and excited David won and couldn’t resist gettig in the celebration. This was David’s biggest feature win. He has many feature victories, but never won a feature more than 30 laps prior to this race. Congrats to David and the Pennzoil team for a great season, Grisdale Triple Crown, Octoberfest Champ and 2nd in the points standings…….we are very proud of David’s effort this year, the full story is on Diary of A Season 2011….more pictures to follow.


Start Of The First Big One

Will Morrison Photo
Will Morrison Photo
Lap 10
    There were 10 fast car, and of those 10 there were four that were very fast. I would guess that #84 JR. Fitzpatrick was the fastest by a fair margin in the first fifty, although Paul Howse was very fast. In this Will Morrison picture, while running 3rd, I am hit by JR and sent spinning but not yet far enough off the track to avoid the 20 cars that are behind me. Paul Howse made it through, but after him it was open season on my car as I sit half on the apron and half in turn two. I got t-boned by a few cars and they in turn got rear ended by cars behind them. The track soon got plugged, there was no where for most of them to go. JR got the black and sent to the back. He would eventually move up again to the front and win the first 50 lap feature. JR didn’t say anything to me after the fisrt feature was over, about an hour and a half after this photo, but he did text me the following day apologizing for getting into me. I naturally accepted his text and it’s okay with me. I talk about in on the Diary Of A Season 2011 on our message board. This race was incredibly hard on cars and the second feature wasn’t much better. When the dust settled and the flying parts landed, David would claim his second Octberfest crown in four years.


Chaos & Panic…This Isn’t Good

Van Haaren Photo
Van Haaren Photo
No Place To Go
    When I got hit and spun I got on the gas but it really didn’t help much. Maybe if there was one or two cars behind, they could have got around, but there were 20 cars coming and no where to go for most of them. Brad Corcoran #05, Brennan DiDero #24, Jeff Stewart #56 (not in the picture) #97 Jeff Cassidy, all had serious damage and could not continue this race. Of course our car was taken out as well. We did manage to replace the broken parts, change the tire and duct tape the body to get us out for the second feature. Our goal was to try and win this event, determined by the best combined finishes of both races, but it wasn’t going to happen after the spin. The good news for our team was a 5th in the second feature, but even more than that was our team car David won the overall Octoberfest with a 2nd in the first feature coupled with the win in the second. Awesome year for David and the Pennzoil team.


Sunset Speedway Meeting A Success

Lisa Lott Photo
Lisa Lott Photo
Rule Amendment Saves Us Money
    There was a tech meeting at Sunset Speedway today and we came out good. Ryan Elliott, my cousin, who lives in Alliston was there with me, he will join our pit crew in 2012, along with his brother Justin. We are blessed to them help us every Saturday at Sunset…….The Limited Late Models can now run a rack. Rack’s are lighter than the steering box, about 27 pounds including the bolt on tie rods etc. Any cars running the rack will need to add 30 pounds, 15 to each frame rail ahead of the upper control arm on the outside of the frame rail…….there is also the addition of an MSD box to help prevent the ignition modules from burning up. There were no more changes, though some talk on engines was going to take place at their next meeting……Crate engines can be rebuilt but there is a max 9.1 compression rule. If it’s over the engine has to go back to the engine builder to have a thicker gasket in stalled to help reduce the compression. It was a good meeting. Sunset will have it’s scehule done by late November and are hoping to have some home and home series with surrounding tracks. I wanted that for Flamboro and Delaware, a home and home and use it to support the local food banks. We are excited as we look towards 2012 and Lord willing, we’ll have all our sponsors back and put together a great race program to give us a shot at track title….more updates as they occur.


Iron Man & RTR

RTR Logo
RTR Logo
Teaming Up With Radio Station
    Joe Chisholm and I have agreed to do a segment on his RTR radio program. We’re not sure what the title of the portion will be, but it will be along the lines of “Tips from the Iron Man”. I pitched the idea to Joe a few weeks ago and he loved it. Basically he will ask me a question and I will give him a tip I would suggest based on my experience. It’s being tested tonight. Click on the RTR link on the top of the right side of our link to listen to the program. I hope it becomes a popular part of his show.


WRKC Awards Night

2011 Awards
2011 Awards
Kids Enjoy Their Night Of Celebration
    The Waterloo Regional Kart CLub held their annual awards banquet last night in Cambridge. Gehrig was in the Jr. Lites and Lauren in Novice. They did well, Lauren out gunning in Gehrig in wins, although she was hard luck. When they called her name to pick up her 6th place trophy, they said she could use some horseshoes in 2012. Gehrig ran strong in his class having some classic battles with the top runners and finishing just out of the top three with a well earned fourth……the plan is to put Lauren back in a Kart in 2012 and of course Gehrig will make his stock car racing debut in a Mini Stock at Sunset Speedway. We should know soon all our plans and hope to make that announcement by the end of November.


RTR,,,Co_Host Tonight

Created by Sue
Created by Sue
The Iron Man Minute
    I am very honored to have this opportunity to share some of my thoughts in racing on the RTR program. Joe Chisholm and I worked on the details and he thought it would work, so we’re starting tonight with a full show and in the future there will be a minute segment every week called “The Iron Man Minute”. These tips and ideas are what got Nonie and I through 43 seasons. Also, there may not be enough time to fully explain every tip, some need more explaining, the best idea is to take every tip as an overview, in some cases they won’t be as dogmatic as others, you’ll know by my passion on the tips….the show tonight starts at 8:pm. Click on the RTR logo on the right side of our web site and once on the RTR site, click on Listen Live”…thanks, hope you enjoy it.


In Our Garage…..Pre Season 1969

Throw Away Camera
Throw Away Camera
My First Car…..Never Been Raced Yet!!!
    This picture was taken in May of 1969 in the backyard of Nonies parents. It was the start of a 43 long history, and the end of their lawn. In my first year I totalled three VW’s and each one was rebuilt in this backyard. Notice the garage (no overhead…no roof)……my dad would come over after all the interior and panels were tore out of the new car we got and weld in a new roll cage. He would put 8″ square plates on both sides of the floor, bolt them in and weld the cage to the plates inside the car. As you can see, we didn’t have many tools or equipment just a fence and a few trees (I was thankful I had that place to start)……Nonie’s dad asked me “how long are planning on racing”?……after us being in the back yard for two years my dad said “there were so many Volkswagons in that backyard that Mr. Bow was getting a german accent”…..This was how it started, tough sledding, and it’s still tough. Now we have three race cars, two go-karts and one Mini on the way and no room for four of the six. I guess it’s back to where we were 43 years ago, only it won’t be one car under the clouds, it could be two. I need to call Richard Childress and ask him if this is normal for a multi car team…..this picture was way back in the day, so far back that colored pictures were not available yet.


Phoenix Arizona Bound

NASCAR Weekend
NASCAR Weekend
Thank You Quaker State
    Shirley and I are heading to Phoenix Speedway on Friday and spending the weekend there courtesy of our 38 year sponsor Quaker State. We will be guests in their suite and meet one of their sponsored racers. Not sure yet, but we’d like to see Mark Martin, or any of the Hendricks racers….Shirley has her sites set on Junior, so we won’t rest until that connection is made. This is a great getaway for us, I wanted to take her on her birthday back in July but we couldn’t make it work, so when I told her about Phoenix she was very excited…..every year we paint our car a little different and this year the people at Quaker State are going to have a chance to come up with a paint scheme. I have an idea what I want to do in 2012, although I’ve liked the randitions we’ve used the past four seasons….this should be a great fun time, thank you Quaker State.


Phoenix Was A Blast

Earnhardt Garage
Earnhardt Garage
Shirley Looking For Junior
    Shirley and I had a great time at Phoenix last weekend. Here she gets right into Dale Jr’s garage, The boys were okay with it but we snuck in and out quick. She got some other good pictures with other cars, but no drivers were around, it was wet and most of them were either visiting fans in the suites, or in their RV’s. We got a visit from Kurt Busch prior to the race. He was very good, answered all our questions and let everyone who wanted a picture with him get them done before he left, very cool………..our LM is at Jim Sweers and we’ll keep this front page updated with pictures as we start to prepare for 2012. I guess it’s time, we’ve been off for 3 weeks now (lol). We do want to get an early start, then take some time off when it’s minus 15, yikes, that crazy weather is just around the corner. We will have much to update over the next few weeks……Flamboro banquet is this Saturday, I will be going with my grandson Gehrig and crew chief Bob, may see some of you there.


Cotton Fields

Phoenix
Phoenix
Cotton Picking Canuk
    I was absolutely blown away when I saw this field. I had no idea what it was unitl I got closer. I only heard about cotton fields in the song “Cotton Fields Back Home” and in some jokes, years ago. I did not know this is what they looked like. The cotton plant was very thick and stuck to the plant. It reminded me a little of burdock’s, you know when your dog runs through a field and has this little pricky ball stuck in his fur and it takes forever to get out. We get them to, when we walk through fields, that’s kind of what the cotton plant reminded me. I was amazed at this and just had to go and get a close up.


Coupe Engine Comes Out

2012 Rebuild Underway
2012 Rebuild Underway
Gehrig Gordon & Bob Decommision The Coupe
    We started our 2012 program a few weeks ago by stripping the Late Model. This week we pulled the engine out of the Coupe. It will go to Stefko for an upgrade and then go in our Late Model for Sunset. The Coupe will be parked for 2012 unless we get sponsorship to put in another engine, and other repairs. There is no way I will have time to keep the Coupe race ready and help my grandson, Gehrig, with his Rookie season. The Coupe could race in 2012, that’s still a possibility, but we won’t know for sure until the new year…..the Late Model is getting some fabrication and welding, we’ll bring it back home, strip it completely and get it ready for some winter shows…..Gehrig’s Mini Stock program is also in high gear. We are working on getting a car, trailer and equipment for his team. Gehrig will start his racing career at Sunset Speedway, parked right beside us. We have a lot to do, and we’re getting an early start before the weather gets to crazy. Special thanks to our crew for getting this engine out. We’ll keep our progress updated here.


Partnering With Scripture Union Canada

Photo By Amy Csoke
Photo By Amy Csoke
Dr. Lawson Murray President Of S.U. Canada
    A few weeks ago Bob Johnston, Director of Ministries for Scripture Union Canada, introduced me to Dr. Lawson Murray. We first met at the final Argo game in November, to enjoy the game and discuss the potenital of a partnership. That night coupled with another meeting this week, Gary Elliott racing is proud to announce that we are partnering with S.U. Canada to help bring the story of Jesus to as many people as we can throughout the coming seasons. We’ve been doing that now, but teaming up with this great organization, (soon to be in it’s 150th year) will give us more support in the areas we need to assit kids and adults who want to know more about our faith. There will be more opportunitites for our team to appear at various functions, provided by S.U. Canada, as well as be an ambassador for Scripture Union Canada. We invite our fans to click on the S.U. logo on the right side of our web site (will be up by the weekend) and check out the many great things they do. There is a section on their web site that not only has my testimony, but also that of Toronto Maple Leaf goalie James Reimer, and Toronto Argonaught Line Backer Willie Pile. Go to “What We Do”, and then click on SU Sports and scroll down to see James Reimer and click on the Leaf goalie to see the testimonies. We are working together for a common cause in the arena of Stock Car Racing, and are extremely proud to be associated in this way with S.U. Canada


Jesus Is The Reason For The Season

Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas Race Fans & Friends
    To all our wonderful fans and friends…..”Jesus is the reason for the season”. It’s our prayer to continue the love, kindness, care, compassion and forgiveness of Jesus all 365 days of the year. Nonie and I, and our family wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and all God’s blessing in the coming year.

2010 LM History

Dirt Racing Here We Come

Terry Bauman Creation
Terry Bauman Creation
Leading The Pack At Eldoro…El Paso?
    Okay, we know I don’t like the dirt, but actually I am having fun with the on-line Sim Racing at Rolling Thunder Gaming and 3-Unit Racing. Both organizations race as much as 7 nights a week, (perfect) and one of the series is the “358 Mods”, in this pictures. Terry Bauman, a motorcycle racer from Michigan and a very good on-line racer painted this Mod making it look like our #9 from 2009. Terry does an amazing job in the paint shop creating and preparing cars for every series. We will race at least 7 different classes between the two series, but I will be limited to one or two nights a week once real racing starts. All the people I race with are awesome and help me try to learn this craziness. Some of the best racers are the kids, 12 to 15 years old. We should have a late series so they have to be in bed….wait, Nonie would be calling me to get to bed as well so kids and old people are in the same boat….as for 2010 real racing, our two Late Models are at Mike McColls and the CVM heads to Ron Easton this week….Happy New Year to everyone.

 

What On Earth Is Going On????

First Dirt Win Ever
First Dirt Win Ever
41 Years On Paved Tracks Leads To Dirt Win
As most of you know, to pass the time this winter I have increased on line racing to a few nights a week. Recently I started racing on the SIM dirt tracks. On Sunday two weeks ago we finished 2nd and last Thursday 4th on the dirt. Meanwhile on every paved track this season the results have been devasting with DNF’s or results showing us down a few laps. Last Sunday night there were 18 of us racing at West Milton Speedway. Starting 14th we got lucky avoiding some carnage and by lap 49 was running 3rd. The two front cars got wrecked on a restart putting us first. The next 50 laps were wild with David, Paul Howse, Jason Shaw, Jeff Stewart and Scott Lyons on my tail (okay none of them were there…but it felt like it). Incredibly the last few laps I was as nervous as if it was real racing. Most of the on-line racers are from the United States. Iowa, Washington, California, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania to note a few locations. That’s neat to be doing this with people so far away. Anyway the boys are teasing me now saying I should have spent the past 4 decades racing on dirt….based on this picture they may be right.

 

Doc A True Hall Of Famer…

Flamboro Win 1995
Flamboro Win 1995
Arnold “Doc” Roper
    On Tuesday February 2nd, our good friend and racing competitor for close to 20 years, lost his courageous battle with cancer. Doc, as he was called by his racing friends, leaves us with many great memories and a racing legacy of caring for every aspect of our sport. Soon after joining the CVM in 1988 he blazed a trail seeking to win the coveted Hobby club Championship. During that journey he provided opportunities for many other racers to drive very fast and competitive cars. He owned as many as 4 cars at one time. Doc was a hard competitor always fighting for every spot on the asphalt, until the drop of the checker. After the race, like many of us, he relived the race bantering with those he had dueled in the very tough feature races. In 1995, the year this picture was taken, Arnold and I made a bet on who would win the most races, the winner getting a night out. We had our best year in 1995 winning 4 features and 11 heats. It was an awesome year for Doc as well, winning a dozen races and finishing 9th in the Overall points chase. If we were playing “pool”, he would’ve smoked me badly. Nonie and I went to dinner with Arnold and Wendy, and he picked up the tab, but he would have win or lose, he was generous and gracious to everyone, and always good to me. Arnold occupied the leadership role as President of the Hobby Club in 1991, bringing us through some very tough times. On opening day in 2004 Doc made history by being the “most senior” Hobby driver, at 60 years old, to win a feature. He won the main event at one of the fastest and hardest tracks to compete, Delaware Speedway. His history making race would last until Ray Hughes made his way into the winners circle one more time at the age of 62′. As a club sponsor, “Oakville Chiropractic Center” and the “Alliance Health Center”, he gave excellent treatment and advice to the racers and their families who suffered from back problems. We joked at times saying he ran into us to get more work, he laughed, but the irony was that he never charged his racing friends for the treatment they received. Doc was a racer, multiple team owner, sponsor, President and negotiator for many years with the CVM. His efforts didn’t go unnoticed, he was inducted into the Hobby Hall Of Fame on November 7th 2009. He was so much fun to be around, always adventurous in all he did. I know you’re without pain now, but I’ll miss you a lot my friend. I thank God that I got to know you and your lovely wife Wendy, and to enjoy you’re beautiful caring ways on and off the track.

 

Making Progress

Crew Working Hard
Crew Working Hard
Body Gets Fittted
    Though it’s only early March, we need to hustle to be ready for practice day. There’s still lots to do in preparation for the coming race season. Our goal is to win the points title at Flamboro Speedway. Our crew have worked hard since Christmas. Once the body is finished the car will go out for paint. Then we head to McColl’s for a day of setting up our suspension. Then Steve Lyons will perform his art work on the car and we’ll be ready in time to do some testing at Flamboro and possibly Delaware. For the first time in the history of Flamboro, Late Models will not be racing on opening day, or the next two weeks following. Flamboro has decided to elimiate the class from it’s early schedule as well as the final few weeks of Flamboro, but we will be there for Octoberfest….once we start on May 15th we’ll run every Saturday night until the 2nd week of September…..we’re excited about the coming season with hopes of running consistent enough to win our first Championship.

 

Coupe Gets V8

Oakville Trailers
Oakville Trailers
A Dream Come True
    After a lenghty effort to get the Crate engine accepted as an alternative engine in the CVM, the members voted to allow the engine at the rules meeting. A few years ago there was strong resistance, but over the past season the members wanting to try the engine grew to being a majority. Our 33 Chev Coupe will run the new engine this season, a 350 cu. in. 350 HP mill. We ran one night in 2009, vowing not to spend another cent in fixing the inline if it blew up. If? That threat was tested on opening night when a rod went through the side of the block about 5 laps into the feature. The threat was fulfilled when the car sat for the balance of the season. Things will change in 2010 with the installation of the much more reliable V8. The Crate engine cost $3900 with tax and the inline is more like $9500 by the time it’s assembled with the best money can burn up. The Crate has a good history showing it will last 3 years. My shrink states, “it’s time to, heal, forgive and move on”. No kidding, instead of recovering engine parts off the race track, we can recover mentally knowing we should be able to compete competitively and not worry about detonating our engine…..Ron Easton of Oakville trailers is redoing our car, he does awesome work, along with fellow racer Steve Trendell. We hope to run the full (what?), somewhat light, CVM schedule in 2010…PS…there is a cardboard cover under the carb, don’t worry.

 

A Very Loving Crew Member & Friend

Paul Cornwall 1985
Paul Cornwall 1985
Paul Cornwall Crosses The Finish Line
    In December of 2009, one of our longest sustaining and most beloved crew members, finished his race on earth. We called him KC, because he was from Kansas City Missouri. Paul Cornwall was like a father to me. He coached, prompted, encouraged and dedicated much of his spare time to help us wherever he could. In a selfish way, we were the winners because he was always so much fun to be around. Paul made us laugh constantly with his stories, especially his comments about various things, racing, work, life, whatever. The way he analyzed situations was brilliant. One night, during the feature, our brake pedal fell off the car, landing on the floor. I didn’t pull over or stop, but naturally slowed down. After the race I managed to get to our pit by coasting and finally shutting the car off about 4 car lengths from where my crew were waiting looking somewhat confused. Motioning to the boys for a push, they came over. Paul asked “what’s wrong”? I handed him the brake pedal, he looked at it in shock and immediately said “man, if this happened once every 7 years, I’d be worried sick come 1992”. We all laughed at that statement including Paul. He was always pumped and had great things to say about our competitors giving Ray Hughes, Bruce Manson, the Jerome’s, the Shaw’s, John Hasselfelt, Charlie Beck Jim Collison and many others, compliments for their great accomplishments and efforts. In 1982, during another feature race at Flamboro, I fought hard to grab the lead only to self spin a few laps later. Paul looked at me and told me not to beat myself up but to remember that for next time. Later on he would contend “the Hobby club is very competitive, it’s not easy for us to win, so when the opportunity comes…be ready”. By the late 80’s we were running very strong and many times he just shook his head after watching some tense and awesome battles in heats and features. He loved racing and praised every racer for putting on great shows. Over the past 7 or 8 years, we didn’t see Paul as much because his time was spent with OJ (“Oswego John” Hajuk), going to dirt races. Paul and John were very close making many dirt specials throughout New York. Paul taught us a lot. To fight for every inch, but do it by the book. To be ready every race because you never knew when the opportunity to win was going to grace your path, and if it did, you better strike. We won our first Championship in 1989 with Paul, Steffon Zoskey and Kevin Cantwell making up our crew. It was so good to win. The victory was achieved by listening to Paul’s wisdom. This picture was taken in 1985. Paul’s son Bill got military leave from his duty on an aircraft carrier to come out and watch us race. The night before the race, Bill, who was a fighter jet mechanic apprentice at the time working on F-15 Eagle’s, helped us make our air breather. Paul was proud of his son’s work and I was excited and called the air box the “F-15 Eagle”. The loss of Paul is sad, but we thank God for bringing him into our lives and want to express our deepest sympathies to Paul’s 3 sons, Bill, Steve and John and their families. We loved your dad and miss him very much.

 

Pennsyvannia Contest Entry

Larry Yeager
Larry Yeager
Larry Yeager Paints #36
    Fans and friends have until the end of the week to come up with an idea for our 2010 Late Model paint scheme. Pennsyvannia On-Line racer Larry Yeager created this version for us to consider. Larry is one of 40 different racers I get a chance to compete against from Monday to Sunday nights. Larry is currently leading the Sprint Car series over the Quaker State #36 by a mere 3 points. You can check out the On Line stuff at Rolling Thunder Gaming.com

 

Michigan Bike Racer Brings New Look

Terry Bauman Entry
Terry Bauman Entry
Terry Bauman Entry
    Terry Bauman,an avid dirt bike racer from Port Hope Michiagn, not far from Sarnia, has put in his entry for the paint scheme contest that ends this week. Terry is another awesome On-Line racer who paints many car bodies for those who play one, two, or like me 6 days a week. Terry painted all our cars for the six series we’re in, and we’ll use his combination of green and white, on the 358 Mod for our 33 Chev Coupe. There is at least one more entry as of now, and it will be posted on March 19th.

 

2010 Paint Scheme Contest

Steve Lyons Entry
Steve Lyons Entry
Design Our 2010 Paint Scheme And Your Name Goes On Our Car
    In the past 5 years racing with the Late Models we have won the Best Appearing Car Award three times. Our 2005, 2008 and 2009 cars were totally different but well done by our painters and sign graphic artists. We decided for 2010, in order to go for a third win in a row, we’d need to change the car paint scheme and try to outdo or match our 2009 car, perhaps the best looking car we’ve ever had….that’s where our fans come in. We are inviting paint randitions until the end of this week and will choose one of the entries as the look for 2010. Some members of Rolling Thunder Racing, where I online race during the week are putting together some of their own ideas and drawings. The winner will have their name put on the car with a credit for creating our new look for 2010. You can send any ideas to gelliot@cogeco.ca. in advance, we appreciate and thank you for your time and effort in creating an idea for our car.

 

Florida Entry

Tyler Young Entry
Tyler Young Entry
Tyler Young Randition
    Here is the 4th entry for a suggested paint scheme on our 2010 Late Model. Tyler races On-line and lives in Florida. He usually runs at or near the top every week. There are a few more entries coming in, this Sunday night the contest ends. Thanks to Tyler and everyone who has entered so far.

 

Rob Larkin Paints #36

Rob Larkin Entry
Rob Larkin Entry
Rob Larkin Entry
    Rob Larkin and I have known each other for a long time. He raced Mini Stox at Flamoro for a few years with his dad Ron Larkin Jr. brother Dave and cousin Mike. Rob is one of the best On-Line racers in Canada and the United States, usually running for the win most nights or very close to it. We may have another entry before Sunday night, that’s when our contest will close. So far we have Steve Lyons, Larry Yeager, Terry Bauman, Tyler Young and now Rob Larkin paint schemes to consider and the bad news for us is they all look great. My wife Nonie, daughter Shirely, crew members Jim, Jason, Rob and grand kids Gehrig and Lauren will help choose the winner.

 

Southern Ontario Composite

Joel Clancy Randition
Joel Clancy Randition
Joel Clancy Entry
    Joel runs Mini Trucks at Grand Bend speedway and has been following our racing for a few years both in the Coupe and Late Model. We appreciate the kind words he wrote when he sent us this drawing for the contest. There is still at least one more entry coming, then my family and crew will start the process of trying to pick a winner from all of these entries. Thanks to Joel, Steve, Larry, Tyler, Terry and Rob for the great pictures sent so far.

 

Hawaii Entry

Dwight York Composite
Dwight York Composite
Dwight York Entry
    Wow, from the Pacific ocean, home of ‘Dog The Bounty Hunter’ we get this composite from Dwight York, . Dwight is another On-Line racer who took time to put this drawing together as a potential scheme for our 2010 Late Model. Today is the last day to enter any new ideas, and there is at least one more that will go up late today or early evening. Thanks to Dwight for sending your art work.

 

Another Michiagan Entry

Terry Bauman Entry #2
Terry Bauman Entry #2
Terry Bauman Adds 2nd Design
    This may be the last entry for our paint scheme contest, this one from Terry Bauman of Michigan. Terry’s first entry was nice but he felt he could make it even better. Tonight is the last night for entries. Thanks to everyone for presenting some very creative designs.

 

Contest Results In

Carisle Customz Collision
Carisle Customz Collision
The Winner Is….We Like Them All
    Wow, Ron larkin Junior said he wouldn’t want the job of picking a winner from the 7 entries we had. He was right, there were far too many excellent choices to pick a winner….But!!!…we have decided to take a little from every randition and come up with a new paint scheme for 2010. There is one paint scheme that might be used on our 33 Chev Coupe (later on that). Because these men worked hard on their paint scheme’s we have decided to put all their names on our car under the logo of the On-Line group they’re with, RTR racing and 3-Unit racing. We appreciate the effort put in and will up date the progress and stages of the car as it gets completed. This shot taken at Carisle Customz Collision was before any paint, the next picture will be with the white and green. We hope we made the right decision going to white and green from the “home run” paint job last season. We’re confident both the paint work and lettering will make this car just as good..or here’s a stretch…better than 2009….Steve Lyons from Creative Edge is excited about the challenge. Thanks again to Steve Lyons, Larry Yeager, Terry Bauman, Rob Larkin, Tyler Young, Dwight York and Joel Clancy for your ideas, we truly appreciate them and are honored to add your names on our car.

 

Looks Like We Did The White Thing

Carlisle Customz Collision
Carlisle Customz Collision
Painting By Carlisle Customz Collision
    We decided last year we wanted to change our car for 2010. My crew reminded me that our only two Championships were with white cars, 1989 and 1999. We believe we’re ready to go for our first Late Model title, and white might be the way to go…plus from an appearance point of view, we didn’t want to paint the car the same as 2009, even though it was one of our best paint scehmes ever…41 years ever. Once our contest entries schemes have been added, Steve Lyons will produce another winner with his masterful final touch. We hope to get the car to Steve right after we take #36 for a day at the spa…the McColl Racing Spa, where Mike and his boys will help my crew and I get the most out of our Late Model. Mike and Junior Hanley both are fairly certain we will be competitive and give Paul Howse a run for the title, as well as the other top competiors that bring Late Models to our class…we won’t be competitive with a Super Late Model, but we’re not expecting any this season…we hope. The green should be on the car by Tuesday, we’ll up date the next stage of the new look then.

 

Shane Howard Magic

Carisle Customz Collision
Carisle Customz Collision
Carisle Customz Two Tone Touch
    Now that the paint is finished the car will come back to the garage for assembly of the windows, accesories and rear spoiler. We’ll scale it and then take it to Mike McColl’s for his final set up . Once the chassis weight distribution and geometry work is completed Steve Lyons will produce another excellent looking race car with his skill and creativity. We are in good shape to make practice day, and plans are to make a trip to Sunset one night to test there as well. Thanks to boys at Carisle Customz Collision for giving us a beautifully finished Late Model.

 

Final Assembly Under Way

Awesome April Day
Awesome April Day
Crew Get Lots Done
    We had a game plan today and stuck by it. Starting at 10:00 we spent a few hours get some paint off the interior and engine area. Jim, Jason, Marty, Rob and Logan were a tremendous help. The boys polished both front and rear windows and then installed them. Under the hood we painted the inside of the fenders and nose cone black, giving it more contrast. Marty also spent some time on our spare car. We’re fixing it by putting new doors, fenders and front nose cone on. It’s possible we may end up putting the 602 Crate engine in it as well, but that depends on whether or not we sell it as is or turn key. If it dosen’t sell by the end of June we could keep it and run some specials by the end of the year for the Limited Lates, but that depends a lot on how the season goes for us….It was an amazing day weather wise, as this spring continues to be the best ever. The awesome weather has helped track management get ready. In the past they’ve had very wet, cold and even snow conditions this time of year not allowing them to do any work preparing the facility. Not so in 2010, the weather has been record setting since early March, and that’s after an incredibly low snow fall for the winter, we used the snow blower once….. We still have some work to do on #36 before we send it to Mike McColl’s and Creative Edge. Rear spoiler, front hood and trunk pin plates, rad shroud, front grille, body braces, tow hook, and go over all the levels before we start the car. We’re not far from being ready and with opening day for us sometime in July, we’ll be ready in lots of time…okay, it’s not July, it’s May 15th, but that’s three weeks later than last year, and the first time ever the track has opened the season without their popular Late Models. I’m sure it’s a financial move, but the owner says it was to give the Late Models a few week ends off. Wow, how about giving us a week in July or August off, that way racers with kids can go away for a week…and racers like me can run Sauble Speeday for their 6th Annual Late Model Open on August 1st. We’re going to Sauble anyway, but not as rested as we would have been had we not ran the night before at Flamboro, and to make sure we’llbe there, it’s a double points night at Flamboro. What’s funny is the Ontario tracks started a new organization so they would work together, it appears not to be the case….our team is in the best shape ever being ready well before Flamboro’s opening day on April 24th, even though we won’t be there, we’ll be ready….special thanks to our guys for getting our car to where it is and to Carlisle Customz Collision for making it look so good.

 

History Making Day…..Final Set Up

McColl Enterprises
McColl Enterprises
    A Serious Step At The Run For The Championship
    In the past 4 decades we have always gone over our own car, set it up with the equipment and knowledge we had. In the early 70’s I used an air tank and paint brush to get my car where it needed to be. In the 80’s and 90’s we focused on understanding how the 4 spring set up worked and made notes on nights when we were fast. Usually we had no clue why we were faster than anyone else. For the past 5 seasons in Late Models we had help getting us to the place of being fairly competitive. This year we wanted to do it differnt. Never had I gone to the extent we did on Saturday to have our car completely analyzed front to back. Our crew Jim, Jason and Rob, set the car up the night before, basically using the same numbers we’ve used the past few years. But all of us knew there was more we could do, we missed a few steps a long the way to scaling the car. The goal was to bring the car to Mike McColls and have it scaled, strung and set up like never before. Jim, Rob, Marty, Ken and Linda made the trip. It was a very long but informative day. We had the front end completely out of the car, did some work on both (new) front spindles. The bump steer, akerman, cambre, caster and toe were all set. The rear was squared properly, wheel base, trailing arm angles and center link all adjusted. The shocks were dyno’d and springs rated. The final set up was tweeked by both Mike and his expert employee Robon. Robin was awesome making every adjustment with precision and care. Our crew removed and reinstalled the parts and got to see the importnace of the systems they were using to make the car right. I very much appreciated the dedication of our crew to make this day-long venture, and we all learned from it. We were impressed by Mike’s knowledge of race chassis and the patience to explain things to us in such simple detail. This was the first time ever for us to go to this extent in getting a car set up. Our goal is to win the Championship in 2010 and we already know that at least 5 other teams will be trying to dethrone Paul Howse. Things will be tough this year, but we’re ready, and we’re miles ahead of 2009, in fact we’re miles ahead of any season we prepared to compete in. We often hit the low 15:4’s but on nights we did Jason announced he was in the 3’s. We needed to make some changes to our car, no better way than a day at McColl’s. We’re satisfied all this work will give us a fighting chance….now it’s off to Creative Edge where Steve Lyons will produce another beauty.

 

Looking Cool With The V8

33 Chev Coupe
33 Chev Coupe
Heading To MacMaster Pontiac
    Chris Brading from MacMaster Pontiac picked up our 33 Chev Coupe shortly after this picture was taken. Chris, Derek and the boys will go over the car completely in hopes of getting it ready for practice day on Saturday, if not we’ll go out another night. The car is basically ready except for a good thorough check over, then paint and then to Steve Lyons for lettering. I am very excited seeing the V8 in this car and can’t wait to drive it. Thanks to Shane for getting the primer on today so Chris could get it to his shop and finalize it for practice…..the Late Model is being lettered at Creative Edge, Steve Lyons salon for making cars look awesome. We’ll pick it up on Friday and post a picture on our site that night. The Late Model will head to Flamboro on Saturday for practice as well and then be parked for 3 weeks because Late Models will not run Flamboro for their opening day, or the next two weeks after that. Things are coming together very well and we’re looking forward to a fun season.

 

Steve Lyons Comes Through

2010 Impala
2010 Impala
Next Step…Testing
    Steve Lyons had his hands full trying to make our 2010 car match or beat the 2009 paint scheme. We give him a big thumbs up. It’s always a chore to try to out-do each year, and last years car was the best looking car we’ve ever had. Most of our family and friends like the 2010 version, in fact they all do. Some wonder why we changed from the 2009 green and black, voted Best Appearing Car at Flamboro, but that’s what we do, make it different and hopefully as good or better than the year before. I really like this car and with the green interior the contrasting is very good. We’ll have a better gauge on how good it really is once we see it on the track and under the lights….we have a few things left to do before we head to Flamboro for practice day. It’s calling for rain, when have we heard that before?….every week end in 2009!!!. Anyhow, opening day for Late Models is in 4 weeks so we have lots of time to get the bugs out and be ready to go. Thanks to all our crew, to Carlisle Customz Collision, Creatve Edge and our 2010 sponsors for giving us a great car to start this excitinging year. Our goal is to win the track Championship and we’re ready for the challenge.

 

CVM Makes History

33 Chev V8
33 Chev V8
First V8 In CVM
    Chris Brading from MacMaster Pontiac and Derrick Mehlenbacher join me in this historic picture as our Coupe makes Tuesday night practice at Flamboro powered by a V8. This is not only a first for the CVM but a long awaited dream for me. Chris supplied the V8 and Derrick will drive the car on May 15th for the CVM season opener at Flamboro Speedway. The Coupe is far from finished and needs some fine tuning to get it to where it needs to be. The chassis will be balanced and some led moved to get the set up closer. We turned some laps in the high 16’s, about 3 to 4 tenths off. There is lots to do to make the car competitive but we’re looking forward to the challenge of competiting with an engine that should last longer than our 2009 engine. During warm ups we were hitting the chip, too soon on the front chute and close to perfect on the back. However, once the car is dialed in better we’ll need to bring the gear down from 588 to possibly 567 for the season opener. Derrick was very excited with the car and wants to get another night of practice in before we send the car to Carlisle Customz Collision for paint, then Creative Edge for lettering…after this test with a car that’s 12 years old, we know each session will be better and we’re convinced the V8 is here to stay.

 

Getting Dialed In

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Three Weeks To Go…We’re Ready
    We were surprised at how quick our car was last Saturday. We worked hard over the winter making changes to help us take a serious run at the Flamboro Late Model Championship. The track lifted all the penalties for the cars with struts and coil overs, but then allowed cars without those suspension parts to get a 50 pound weight break. We thought about converting our car but with some advice from a few chassis builders took the weight advantage and focused on making what we have work for us. Once the car was repaired and put on the jig at McColl’s, we returned 3 months later to have it scaled and set up. The results have been most impressive for us, showing up on the stop watch with some very quick lap times. We may not be the fastest in 2010 but we’ll be close. We know winning the title is not based on being the quickest, it’s consistancy that will get us to our goal…but being consistantly fast won’t hurt. We’re sure others will be quick as well, Jason Shaw has already creeped into some time zones not heard of in this class. Our team is confident we’ve got the right set up, and don’t worry, we’re not over-confident…too old for that. We plan on running again this week end to make sure we had the right stop watch last weekend.

 

Compass Point Church….Youth Group

Gord Nicholson Photo
Gord Nicholson Photo
Stopping By A Race Shop
    Ten boys from the Compass Point Church brigade, along with three of their leaders, paid a visit to our race shop to get a close up of the Quaker State race car, and some insight on how race cars are built and set up. The boys listened to a few stories. It was very cold out, and getting colder by the minute. It would have been better for them to listen to a racer with a few years experience, being it was so cold out. I was good and kept it short because I’m also not a big fan of the cold. The boys got in the car for pictures. At the end of the visit they left with our souvenir book and an autographed race picture….we’ll be testing again this Saturday at Flamboro, getting our car fine tuned for the season opener on May 15th.

 

David’s Team Ready For NASCAR

Pennzoil #37
Pennzoil #37
Delaware Speedway Opener May 7th…37 Team Eager To Battle
    After a week at Creative Edge, Steve Lyons sign shop, David and his team showed off their new look for 2010. This week they will finish the Pennzoil car in preparation for the season opener on May 7th at Delaware Speedway. In the past six months major steps were taken by the team to give them a shot at the Delaware NASCAR Championship. Mike McColl was given the green light to update the chassis with a coil over strut suspension and four piston calipers. Two weeks ago David went to Delaware for practice and though it was very cold he was happy with the car. We won’t race with #37 on a regular basis this year. Our focus is on the Flamboro title, however there are a few nights when we’ll battle, twice at Delaware and then again at one of our favourite stops, a place we’ve both had success, Sauble Speedway. Things look promising for the Pennzoil car this season. They have a strong team and now a very good car. Mix those ingredients with one of Ontario’s best short track racers and you have a winning combination. We wish David and his crew a very successful 2010 season.

 

Practising With Mike Bentley #99

Gord Nicholson Photo
Gord Nicholson Photo
Working Out The Bugs
    We made our 4th visit to Flamboro getting our car ready for the 2010 Championship race. Each time out we learn something new, the car gets a little faster. Our biggest issue is bottoming out. The steering rack is pounding the track in turn entry and causing a slight push, not to mention taking some life and shavings off the rack body. In spite of that, it was a successful outing. We were on older tires and hitting the track, combine that with a muggy night and overall we ran some good times. We’re not quite where we want to be, but we’re very close. We have some repairs to do to the carb this week as well as the chassis and we’ll return again next Saturday for what we hope is our final testing…it has to be, we start racing the week after. Thanks to our crew, Jim, Jason, Rob, Marty and Marcello for treating this test like it was race day…….#99 Mike Bentley was out, sporting his new paint scheme. His car looks great. Mike and his dad Dave, one of my toughest rivals in the late 70’s, through to the 90’s with the Hobby cars, have worked hard on their car this winter and hope to improve in 2010, and capture another feature win. Bruce Bennett had his new car out, driven by Junior Farley, another clean looking race car from the Bennett stables.

 

From Carlisle Customz’ to Creative Edge

33 Chev V8...That's Right
33 Chev V8…That’s Right
Now It’s Up To Steve
    Rob, one of our crew members, picked the 33 Chev up from Carlisle Customz after Shane did an awesome job on the prep and finish. The perfect paint job will give Steve Lyons a good base from which to decorate the Coupe with his magic and talent. We’ve asked him to make it look like our Late Model, which by most observers, looks even better than 2009. Steve is excellent at what he does and we can’t wait to see his masterpiece. Oh, by the way, I know I give Steve lots of props, and there’s a reason for it…and the reason isn’t to save money…well, if it was to save money, it hasn’t worked so far…the reason he gets positive comments from me all the time is because of the work he does for us. I am a tough person to do creative stuff for, whether it’s lettering or in a recording studio. I want the best I can get, for my sponsors, fans and our team. Steve listens our wants and suggestions, then goes about making it happen. He never disappoints, and when we pick up the car, it’s even better than we thought it would be, Steve exceeds our expectations, for that he gets tons of positive promotion on this site…….The 33 Chev makes it’s debut next week at Flamboro Speedway with Derrick Mehlenbacher at the wheel….history will be made when this Hobby car shows up for opening day powered by a V8…if we finish the year with the same engine we started, history making will continue. I can’t wait till it’s my turn behind the wheel.

 

Coupe Gets Final Touch

Steve Lyons Work
Steve Lyons Work
Looking Like The Late Model
    Well, now we’re two for two. We have a V8 in the Coupe and it looks just like our Late Model, thanks to Steve Lyons at Creative Edge. The car will head to Orangeville where Chris, Derrick and the boys will give it a once over, including removing some weight, in preparation for this weekends opening day for both the CVM and Late Models at Flamboro. We are truly thankful to our sponsors who invested into our team, and to those who helped produce two very nice looking race cars. Thanks to Shane Howard at Carlisle Customz Collision and Creative Edge for their excellent work, and to our crew for making the cars run awesome. Good luck to Derrrick and all the CVM boys in the 2010 season….Can’t wait till it’s my turn to drive the Coupe…I know, I said that before…but it has a V8, and that makes me want to get in it even more.

 

Season Starts May 15th At Flamboro Speedway

Perry Van Haaren Photo
Perry Van Haaren Photo
Opening Day Feature Win Has Eluded Us For 41 Years
    In 41 seasons we have never won the feature on opening night. There was one season we came close. It was 1989, Jason Shaw was leading with 5 to go, we were 2nd and the yellow came out. On the restart coming off four Jason spun around. Thinking the race was mine, I got on the gas only to find myself spinning around from water on the track. We both ended up in the grass in turn four. There has been no time before or since where we had a good chance to win the opening night feature. We’re ready for 2010, and we know anything can happen, and though winning would be nice…no,awesome….our goal is to win the title this year, so our main focus is on consistancy. The Coupe will gets it’s debut at Flamboro as well with Derrick Mehlenbacher at the wheel. It takes team work to keep this journey going for 42 seasons and I’m very thankful for everyone involved, Nonie, our family, our crew, our sponsors, friends, fans and to God for blessing us in so many ways.

 

Heat Win Opening Night

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Good Start For 2010
    May 15th was an awesome start for us, winning our first heat, taking 3rd in the next and finishing 2nd in the feature. The car ran well all night. Special thanks to my crew for all their hard work, staying on top of the car. Jim was unable to make the first race and David did a great job filling in as spotter and helping us fine tune our car with some excellent tips. The night was good enough to put us in 2nd place in the Flamboro Speedway points chase, one point behind Jason Shaw, who also had a first and third in the heats but won the feature. He leads us by one point and Kenny Forth is third only one behind. It’s early, but it’s important to get a good start and we did that. Our next race is this Saturday at Flamboro….depending on how we make out Saturday, we may take a trip to the new Sunset Speedway and run with OSCAAR. If nothing else, it will give us an idea of what we need to do to run with them in September, when our points racing is over.

 

Beautiful Weather & Track Brings Huge Crowd

Sunset Speedway
Sunset Speedway
New Sunset Speedway…Now You’re Talking
    This picture doesn’t show the amazing work and effort that went into building the new track, but it does show the response from fans as they get to sit in a new facility and watch great entertainment. Car count was good in all classes and the weather was beautiful on Sunday. The track ran Saturday, Barrie Speedway shut down early from the threat of rain, but Sunset was able to run, collecting some cars from other tracks rained out. The crowd was almost as big on Saturday…..the new Sunset is a beautifully designed race surface with fairly similar corners, a smooth race surface and pit lane, great lighting, lots of advertising, full stands and great announcing. A little more room will be needed in the pits to accomadate the larger trailers and haulers coming to the track. When touring with the CVM, I had two tracks I liked the most, sort of my favourite, Sauble and Sunset, they just seemed more my style of track (but I liked them all). After racing this week end Sunset has rocketted to #1. I can’t go back again until the fall when we’ll race with OSCAAR. Sunday’s results are in Diary of A Season.

 

OSCAAR Opening Night Sunset Speedway

Photo by Dan Craik
Photo by Dan Craik
Pre Race Introduction
    This was our first ever race with the Super Late Models from OSCAAR, and our first time on the brand new reconstructed Sunset Speedway. The Supers had us covered, naturally, we were much slower, about 1/2 a second a lap. It was a weird feeling to be so slow, I kept driving my car into the turns hard allowing us to keep up with the back runners, but really I brought a snowball to a nuclear war. We didn’t change very much on the car, the gearing was the same as Flamboro, I thought it may not be enough but I hit the chip a few times, the track is fast, giving us a lot of speed into the corners and through the turns. We had fun, the new track is awesome and the OSCAAR members very friendly. We will race against them again in the fall after our points race is over at Flamboro Speedway. Maybe we can get a few hundred more horsepower by then…..special thanks to Dan Craik for this picture. You can see more of his excellent work at Rob Pooles site www.robpooleracing.com

 

Grisdale Triple Crown This Staurday

#49   Ted Horsfall
#49 Ted Horsfall
First 75 Lapper Of 2010
    This Saturday night Flamboro Speedway will host the first race in the Grisdale Triple Crown. The 75 lap race will hopefully draw some cars from other tracks. Our team ran very well in this mini series in 2009, finishing 3rd behind Jason Shaw and winner Paul Howse. Consistency will determine the outcome, along with some luck and patience. The way things are measuring up so far in 2010, we could see some wild racing and crazy wild action. The usual suspects will play the role in the chase, Paul Howse, Jason Shaw, Kenny Forth and Jeff Stewart. Those four will make things tough for all competitors. However, in spite of the fact his car is off steroids, Shane Maginnis will be doing his own version of “King Of The Hill”. He’ll have to stay off the wall to ‘get er done’, odds are he’ll do that, but the boys are waiting. Meanwhile the much improved Bad Boy Shawn Chenoweth will go for the gold with his fast machine, and go for the throat if you mess with him. Our plan will be the same as every year, run hard, look for a break and take it when it shows up. This should be a very exciting race for the fans….don’t miss it….”car high”.

 

Quaker State Car Has Fast Time

Sue Chisholm Picture
Sue Chisholm Picture
1st Ever Late Model Pole Winner
    For the first time in our 6 year Late Model history we won the pole position in a special race. Our best prior was at Sauble Beach when we qualified 4th in 2008 and 2009. This deal was different because it was the first time ever for Late Model time trials at Flamboro in the tracks 49th season. Those in the know were picking 82, 8, 56, 89 and 03 ahead of us. That’s really not a bad thing. When you’re fast it’s good people are looking somewhere else. The time trial scenario was totally different than any other I’ve seen. There were four people in the tower with stop watches. One was designated the key timer, and the other three were used to make sure the times were accurate, well as accurate as could be using the manual form of timing cars. The most effective way is using transponders and an electric eye, but not having that, the way it was done was the same for all racers. We were very happy after winning the pole. I went to the front chute and threw the dice to determine the invert. After the toss I was starting 8th, but what a night for our team winning this prestigious award…first ever Late Model pole winner…and with that goes the track record for fastest time. We all know with American Racer tires, it takes a few laps to get them hot and turn the fastest times, somewhere in the low 15:3’s, but this whole formula was fair for all and we were ready for the challenge. Thanks to Mike McColl for getting our car set up over the winter, to my crew for keeping the car in good running order and to all our sponsors for supporting us in 2010….it’s so good to be running in our 42nd year and doing things on the track we’ve never done before.

 

Grisdale Triple Crown

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Racing Hard
    It was a tough night of competition. There was a good size crowd, and a full field of Late Models. Twenty two cars started, Shawn Chenoweth #89 won the race and held off challenges from various racers throughout the 75 lap event. Shawn raced with us in 2006 but took a few years off to try his skill at Super Late Models. He ran well with the 600 HP boys. Now he’s back and after one race he’s on top of the very prestigious Grisdale Triple Crown. Pictured here is 07 Todd Campbell. He ran very strong in the first GTC race. Todd is one of cleanest drivers in the Late Model series.

 

Milton Street Fest

Perry Van Haaren Photo
Perry Van Haaren Photo
Great Day In Milton
    Every Saturday a section of downtown Milton is closed for the Farmers Market. However on June 5th Main Street was closed from 7:am until Midnight for the annual Milton Street Fest. It was a beautiful day packed with vendors and Milton residents enjoying the displays, food and music. Our car was at the Knox Presbyterian church for display and support of former CVM racer Glen Colling. Glen and some friends took a missions trip to Burkina Faso. During his visit Glen had a vision of helping these people in Africa with some much needed equipment and tools. Most of their tractors and tools were broken, and tools were the biggest issue. Glen was on hand to speak about his effort. A container is being filled with tools of all kinds to be shipped in late June. The small tool box in front of our car was for donations. A pamphlet entitled “Toonies for Tools” was handed out and people made donations.

 

Paul Howse Win

Perry Van Haaren Photo
Perry Van Haaren Photo
Racing With The Best
    This was a tough heat for us in a number of ways, one being the hard chargers surrounding the Quaker State Impala. Paul Howse #8, the 2009 track Champion leads us and #82 Jason Shaw the 2008 track Champion. It’s a long season, and with no nights off, double file restarts, and double points nights thrown in. The chase will be a well earned accomplishment for the team that can get it done. My crew have been awesome and though we struggled a little tonight, the car not being quite itself after racing on the wall, we will be ready for next weeks battle with these two Champs and the rest of the boys including Shawn Chenoweth who won his second feature in a row this past Saturday ngiht. The racing has been very exciting in 2010, our next race June 12th with the Vintage Modifieds, green flag drops at 6:30pm

 

Battle For 4th

Perry Van Haaren Photo
Perry Van Haaren Photo
Don’t Look In The Mirror
    Chris “Pee Wee” Boschler #3 fights a hard battle with Paul and I in the middle stages of the Late Model feature on June 5th. Chris has run every race so far in 2010, bringing his car home in 4th place in the first Grisdale Triple Crown 75 lap race on May 29th. Pee Wee comes to the track in class with our friend Jim Sweers who tows the black #3 in his NASCAR hauler. Next week we hope to have a few more cars and soon our son David may come back to race with us at Flamboro. That would be good giving this class another tough competitor.

 

Fathers Day…..Crestwicke Baptist Church

Photo By Tracey
Photo By Tracey
Beautiful Day For Dad’s
    We were invited in 2009 to bring our car and speak at the Crestwicke Baptist Church in Geulph. The parking lot was full of beautiful classic cars and hot rods. Bruce, Joyce, and Marty, joined Nonie and I to help promote our sport of racing and our sponsors. I was honored to be the speaker for this event. This picture was supplied by Tracey. Her and husband Wayne had their 30 Ford 2 door coach at the show, and were accompanied by Richard and Trish who brought their 57 Chev. In February our family went to Cuba and met the four of them at our resort. We’ve kept in touch and today was our first time together since Cuba. There was a great crowd for the church service. Last year the service was inside but this year it was outside, and it was a great day. I also had the opportunity to talk to former Hobby racers John Jarvis and LeRoy Hillis, and our Late Model friends the Campbell family. Todd said he would be racing this week end at Flamboro. The race report from Saturday night will be up tomorrow.

Stock Car Racing……..This Saturday Night

Phot by Gordon Nicholson
Phot by Gordon Nicholson
Fan Appreciation Night This Saturday
    Late Model racing resumes this week at Flamboro Speedway. The new format for 2010 of double file restarts, combined with so many fast and talented drivers, has made the Late Model class come alive. Chris Boschler is seen here battling Jason Shaw, with Shawn Chenoweth, us and Kenny Forth a few inches behind. Shawn is leading the points this year and Chris is tied for 4th with Paul Howse. The points race is tight and will more than likely go down to the last night…..this week end is Fan Appreciation Night, giving kids, big and small a chance to get a close up of their favourite car and driver.

Fan Appreciation Night

Gord Nicholson Photo
Gord Nicholson Photo
Rain Almost Spoiled It
    All the Flamboro classes came on the track for the Fan Appreciation autograph session. Mini’s, TC’s, F-4’s and Late Models. Shortly into it the rains came, not hard but just enough to ruin the pictures we were signing. Ron and Marty helped keep the pictures dry, and I think most of the fans had a good time getting a close look at the cars……Behind our car is #56 Jeff Stewart. That’s Marty getting his autograph. Jeff won the feature last week, and though he was behind us for the autograph signing, he would end up ahead of us in the feature. Shane Maginnis won the 30 lapper, his second of 2010.

Fan Appreciation Night

Gord Nicholson Photo
Gord Nicholson Photo
Rain Almost Spoiled It
    All the Flamboro classes came on the track for the Fan Appreciation autograph session. Mini’s, TC’s, F-4’s and Late Models. Shortly into it the rains came, not hard but just enough to ruin the pictures we were signing. Ron and Marty helped keep the pictures dry, and I think most of the fans had a good time getting a close look at the cars……Behind our car is #56 Jeff Stewart. That’s Marty getting his autograph. Jeff won the feature last week, and though he was behind us for the autograph signing, he would end up ahead of us in the feature. Shane Maginnis won the 30 lapper, his second of 2010.

One That Will Never Be A CVM

Photo by Tracy
Photo by Tracy
Wayne’s Beautiful Ford Coach
    On July 1st we had some friends over for a barbque. Pictured here is Wayne and Richard.Wayne and Tracy own this awesome Ford Coach. Richard and Trish have a 57 Chev. We met these people in Cuba and they were in Waterdown for a Classic Car and Hot Rod show at Weeks Hardware. They will be bringing their cars to Flamboro Speedway, with a few more beauties like this pearl painted Ford on August 28th.

Final Laps Of Grisdale Triple Crown

Photo By Perry
Photo By Perry
Brad Corcoran #05 Wins 75 Lap Race
    In the final laps of the Grisdale Triple Crown these four cars battled for the lead. Shane Maginnis #03 would take the win followed by #05 Brad Corcoran, #89 Shawn Chenoweth and #3 Chris Boschler. Unforunately Shane was disqualified in tech and the win went to Brad. Shawn finished 2nd giving him a one point lead over Brad for the Grisdale Triple Crown championship.

Summer Shootout

Delaware July 7th
Delaware July 7th
Wednesday July 7th
    David and I will be running in this special event at Delaware Speedway. It will be fun to be part of one of the biggest media hype races in a long time for Late Models. Our goal is to make the feature and stay out of trouble. It will be interesting to see how well the NASCAR Cup Stars do against some tough Delaware regulars. Qualifying will be the issue for us, but fun is the mandate, and get our sponsors some exposure.

David And Kyle Side By Side

Perry Van Haaren Photo
Perry Van Haaren Photo
Kyle Busch 51 Wins Delaware Summer Shootout
    Kyle Busch came to Delaware and conquered the Canadians with an impressive win in the 50 lap feature. Driving Steve Robblee’s rocket, Mr. Busch waited patiently until just past lap 30 to take the lead and never look back or be challenged. In this photo, David gets to start outside of Kyle in the heat. David was the only person to be on the outside of the Cup star all night. DJ Kennington started inside for the feature. David had a great night turning an 18:818 in time trials and finishing 2nd in this heat, and 9th in the feature. The huge crowd loved the show that included an autograph session.

Danica Who?

Perry Van Haaren Photo
Perry Van Haaren Photo
Sarah Wins First Career Feature Race
    Dave Watson is all smiles standing beside Sarah Miskiewicz, no wonder, his new racing Ace picked up the Mini Stock feature win minutes before this picture was taken. The pits and grand stands were pulling for the rookie as she drove a superb race claiming her first feature victory. Sarah started racing go-karts a few years ago and wanted to take the step up to stock car racing. After a successful run in karts, she ran in the CVM Powder Puff pulling off a win in her first outing. Over this past winter Dave asked me if I thought Sarah might want to drive his Mini Stock. I guessed she would, and after a short call the two negotiated a driving contract for 2010. Sarah took the checker, crossing the finishing line just ahead of Dave’s son Brian. Early in the feature Brian passed Sarah but lost the lead when she fought back a few laps later. Once she regained the lead there was no catching her. Congrats to Sarah and Dave for an exciting win, and no doubt there will be many more to come.

This Is The Closest I’d Get To Kyle Busch

Summer Shoot Out
Summer Shoot Out
Fan Quiz
    One of them qualified 2nd, one of them won the race, one of them did not ask for the others autograph, one of them made more money than the other, one was paid to come and race, one did not have to watch the other race in the Summer Shootout, and finally, one finished 3rd on Saturday night…if you answered Kyle Busch to all but the last quiz you know Kyle very well….but I did appreciate the picture and it will go in my museum….one of these two will never visit the others museum….but I like Kyle he makes racing exciting, and he’s very happy being with me.

I’ve Hugged The One On The Left

Van Haaren Photo
Van Haaren Photo

Anthony and Danica

    After the Canadian Tire series practice in Toronto, Anthony Simone spent a little time talking to Sarah Miskiewicz..I mean Danica Patrick. Anthony was hard luck (not in this picture) he ended up with a DNF in his race but Danica drove her car to a 6th place finish. We ended finished 4th at Flamboro on Saturday night, that report should be up on Diary Of A Season by Tuesday. Danica, Flamboro is located on the 5th concession about 3 miles west of highway 6….ask for the Ironman, or the Iron Maiden.

Trevor Takes On Toronto Indy

Canadian Heros
Canadian Heros
Hero’s Honored At NASCAR Race
    Trevor Monaghan will drive his Canadian Hero’s sponsored #13 in his most prestigious race ever, this Saturday afternoon in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Toronto Indy. The beautiful #13 is dedicated to the memory of our fallen soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for freedom….the race will be televised live this Saturday. We wish Trevor and his team a very succesful event. God bless our troops.

Shawn Chenoweth #89 Wins Feature

Gord Nicholson Photo
Gord Nicholson Photo
Shawn Increases Points Lead
    With the 2010 season past the half way mark, Shawn Chenoweth continued adding to his already awesome first half with another feature win on Saturday night. During the post race interview he admited his car was not the fastest, and that Jason, or Paul would have won the race had they not ran into bad luck. The same was true about our run. We finished 2nd but our car was maybe a top 5 at best. We got a break with the others having bad luck, and we’ll take it. We need to get our car back to where it was a few nights ago, and that won’t be too hard. This Saturday is double points, and though winning the points is almost out of reach now, we still can try to improve our Late Model best with a top 2 or 3 in the standings.

The Blue Angels Go Oval

Dave Franks Photos
Dave Franks Photos
You Guys Are Nuts
    Imagine looking in your mirror and seeing this. Wow, I wouldn’t be able to move over, there would be no place to go. The good news is there was no yellow in this heat race, but some excitement for sure. This week we have double points, not sure why it’s not double features, but it’s an opportunity to gain some ground on two of the cars behind me in this Franks picture. This would be a good finish for this coming week end. Sunday we head to Sauble for their “Beat The Heat” 150 lap Invitational. Did I say 150 laps, in the heat? I need water.

Gene Karley Memorial Remembered

Gene Karley Memorial
Gene Karley Memorial
25 Years Ago Today
    It was 25 years ago today that racing lost a great friend, Gene Karley. The Hobby club were approached by Mrs. Karley and her children, including racing CVM veteran John Karley, to run a memorial race in honour of Gene. Jim Collison was the first winner of the 7 year memorial. In this picture is Gene’s wife Lillian, and children from left to right Wendy, Matt, Lisa, Donna and John. Gene was an awesome racer, usually #25, in his later years racing, winning many features in his 30 year career that spanned from 1946 to 1976. He passed away July 29th 1985.

Paul McIlroy A Champion On And Off The Track

Paul McIlroy
Paul McIlroy
Racing Family Looses Son
    We are saddened and shocked to report the news of Paul McIlroy’s sudden death. The racing family lost a good friend and a very colorful and talented racer. Paul was killed in a single vehicle accident on Wednesday night. Our condolences and prayers go to his parents Mr. and Mrs. McIlroy, wife Tina, their families, and friends. Ken, Paul’s father, was more than a dad to his son, they were best friends. Ken was a champion in his day at Sauble Speedway and passed on his skill and talent to his son. They were proud of each other. Paul visited our pits quite often, as recently as last week end just to say hi and ask how things were going. Paul offered help to many race teams. After taking a break from driving he began crewing for his friend #31 Kevin Gallant. All of us in the racing community will miss Paul very much. It’s almost impossible to think of him not being with us. The impact he’s made will make it as though he has never be gone. Thank you Paul for everything you did, for not being afraid to speak up and always offering to give advice to make us better. We will miss you friend. Paul’s passing must be a reminder to us all, that no matter what happens on the race track, the most important aspect of what we do is the people we race, wreck and rub fenders with every time we go to a race track. My prayer is that God will embrace Paul’s family and friends and help us all to realize how fragile our lives are, but more importantly, how precious we are in Your site Lord.

Crossing The Finish Line

Rob Larkin Photo Creation
Rob Larkin Photo Creation
Paul and Chevy
    Wednesday afternoon the McIlroy family and friends will gather together for a final farewell to Paul. I find it almost impossible to accept he is no longer with us. I’ve been reading every praise and tribute from his many friends and find the words and accolades comforting, but my true comfort comes from above. The Bible tells us to love one another, to care, forgive and encourage. I put my faith and trust in Jesus Christ, the author of our salvation. Racing is a great sport, it’s exciting, thrilling, we want to be competitive, and most of all we want to win. It’s true God would want us to be competitive, to always try our best, never give up, find the victories at the end of the day even if we didn’t get the checker flag. However, the most important aspect of our racing, the thing God wants us to care about most, is none of these things, it’s the people. We need to love people more than racing, find good in everyone. To show it by the way we race, by how we treat one another and our compassion towards them. Paul was competitive and hard charging when he was in the car. Lately he seemed more laid back, caring about us, putting the racing part of it in perspective, when he came to our pit, it was the people that counted first, then the cars. Oh Paul how I wished I could have talked to you about spiritual things, I just know you would have enjoyed and contributed to the discussions. I will miss you, and though I didn’t get to know you long enough, I’m thankful to God for the time I did. When we leave here, it’s not over, it’s another beginning, the other side is where our Saviour waits, the One who died for us. When I cross over I will run to Jesus, bow to Him and thank Him for all He’s done for me. Then I’ll ask “where are my family and friends”? I believe Jesus will say “don’t worry, they’re with me”. In the battles at the race track, only one person gets the checker flag. In the battle of life, Jesus made it so we all get the checker flag no matter when we finish the race. I’m glad that so many loved Paul, but don’t mourn as those who mourn without hope, may you all be encouraged, “Praise be to God, we have the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”. 1st Corinthians 15:57.

Ed Hennesey My First Hobby Crew Chief

Flamboro 1972
Flamboro 1972
Great Family Man And Friend Dies Too Young
    Most racers at some point in their racing career reach a braking point, and in many cases it’s the end, no more racing. We would never have made our 42nd year if it weren’t for some very special people helping us in the early going. There were many that deserve credit for getting us through the early years, perhaps the man having the most influence in the beginning was Ed Hennessey. Nonie and I were living on Jane Street in Toronto in 1971. Ed and Diane Hennessey lived in the same building. They had 3 children, David, Sherri and Johnny. We met just at the transition from Mini Stox to Hobbies. Ed was an incredible help to us, towing us to races and helping get repairs done to our car. When we weren’t racing we played Yatzee’, and he was good at it, but not as good as Diane. We had many great times together. Later on, Ed’s son David would join our David on his crew, and in 2008, our 40th year, Ed’s daughter Sherri was huge in helping Nonie and I get bikes to give away to the kids. In this shot, Ed on the far left poses with another crew member, Bob Kamorowski and I at Flamboro. Ed and his family played a big part during our start with the Hobby’s. On July 26th, the night of our 40th anniversary race at Flamboro, Ed and his family were there to celebrate the night and incredibly the win with us. This past week Ed lost his battle with a lung disease at the age of 66, way too young. Our prayer is that God will comfort Diane, David and Sherri in their time of need. The entire Hennessey family has been so good to us and we say thanks to Ed for being a great friend and having a significant impact on our 42 years of racing, we love you.

Grisdale Race Ends In Hard Crash

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Worst Crash Ever
    During my 42 years racing the crash we had on Saturday night ranks at the top. It was the worst from a few perspectives. The hardest hit, and the most damage. I’ve rolled over in the Hobby car a few times and some of them were spectaclar. B;owm engines in the Coupe resulted in long slides into the wall at fairly high speed, and on 2 occasions the gas pedal stuck sending my car into the wall head on. Though bad, none of those crashes produced the engergy of the impact on Saturday night. The car was dropped off to Mike McColl’s early Monday morning and we should have it by Wednesday night. Special thanks to all those who came over to see how I was, for those who helped my crew get the car ready to put in the trailer, and to those who offered me their car to drive this coming week end, we are truly thankful to you all. The full story is on our message board, Diary Of A Season 2010.

Iron Workers For Ironman

Ready 2 Days To Go
Ready 2 Days To Go
The Good The Bad and The Ugly
    The Good?…the car is ready. The Bad?…It was expensive! The Ugly? There was nothing ugly about the way people treated us from the wreck and the repair. These two, Marty from David’s team. also part of our team when David isn’t racing, and Rob our newest blessing, worked hard all day to get us to where we are now…race ready. Mike McColl’s staff did a fantastic job getting the car new again and doing it in 2 days. We are so thankful to everyone from every aspect of how this went down. My crew and friends are amazing. We will be running in this week ends Memorial race, we need to test first and make sure the engine is okay, it sounds good, and the chassis and all the stuff we worked on is tight and secure. I’m sure it is, but we all want a shake down before running against the very fast Late Model competitors who will be waiting for us on Saturday. Can’t wait…thanks again to everyone who brought much good out of this terrible bad wreck.

Heading To The Race Car Hospital

McColl Bound
McColl Bound
Stripped And Ready For Mike
    We got working on our car right away Sunday. Rob, Troy, Gehrig, Ron, Allen and I pulled the engine and stripped as much of the car as possible, then loaded the beat up chariot to take to Mike McColl. Nonie and I headed out Monday morning at 6:15 in hopes of getting the car back for the week end. We know it will be an expensive hit, but the racing hit was the worst I’ve ever had, putting the damage and repairs on the major end of the scale. My crew and friends have been great helping us try to get ready for this week end. So far so good….PS, the date and time are wrong on this picture (no kidding). I have no idea when that dumb date came on the camera, or what buttons I was pushing to cause it to show the wrong date or even how to change it, it’s all a mystery to me. I need help with this….I need to talk to my grand kids?

Ironman Chariot Ready To Go

Jim Marty and Rob
Jim Marty and Rob
Quaker State Team Anxious
    In 1996, our 25th season with the CVM, Nonie and I donated an annual trophy called the Ironman Award. It was given to the driver who had 100% attendance, some bad luck but never gave up. We felt that award best described our 28 years racing to that point. We were not dominant on the track, but as long as a race was alive we were going to be in it, beat up or not. If we had a bad wreck we worked hard all week so we wouldn’t miss a night. That’s probably how I got the handle Ironman, although it may have been just on our logevity in racing……It was a busy week and many hands made it possible, starting last week at the track after the crash. During the week Rob, Trou, Marty, Allem, Ron, Gehrig, Bob Pereira, Ken, Linda and Junior Hanley helped me get the car ready for today’s race, and they are responsible as well to keeping us on the track. Tonight is the Memorial Race in recognition of all the racing people who have passed on. This is a great tribute to their legacy and to their families who will attend.

Rob Twitchett #777 Dirt Bomber Ohsweken

Peter Anderson Photo
Peter Anderson Photo
Crew Member Races Fridays At Ohsweken Speedway
    This picture is from a Friday night race at Ohsweken Speedway. Rob Twitchett, our newest crew member joining with us this year, is the driver of this U-Haul sponsored Dodge Charger….no it’s a 2000 Hyundai Accent. Rob was a big help with getting out car ready for this past week end races. Rob is running in the top 15 in points and had his best feature finish this past Friday night finishing 6th. All of us wish Rob a great 2nd half to his 2010 season.

Memorial Night Flamboro Speedway

Perry Van Haaren Photo
Perry Van Haaren Photo

Larkin’s Tribute To Paul McIlroy

    This past week end Flamboro Speedway held it’s annual Memorial night. Over 150 names are on the huge trophy put up by the track, to recognize and honour all the racers who have passed on. It was a touching night in many ways, seeing the families of loved ones come to participate in the pre race ceremonies. Jay Hughes family had his two classic cars in the parade lap and a burnt out from the 55 Chev sent smoke in the air and applause from the grandstands. Ken McIlroy drove a Late Model #4 in the pace lap prior to the Thunder Car feature, and the car in this picture was provided and painted by the Larkin family in respect and remembrance of their good friend Paul McIlroy. It was an emotional night, especially with so many loved ones attending. Being part of such a big event, remembering so many people in the racing community, makes me glad I know Jesus Christ. With Him there is hope for us and we can safely say “He is not only watching over us, but gave His own life so we could be with Him in Heaven”. Racers all want to win, but the greatest victory we’ll ever have is the one over death. The Bible tells us in 1st Corinthians 15:57 “Praise be to God, we have the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”.

Two In A Row

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Time’s Running Out
    With three weeks left in the Late Model schedule at Flamboro, our hopes of winning a feature are slim. We had a good car this past week end, thought we had a shot at the win, if not a top 3, but our feature ended in disaster for the second week in a row. We were hit on the straightaway and as this picture shows, ended up in the cement. The impact was nothing compared to the Grisdale race on August 7th, but it showed the same on the stat sheet…..DNF. The broken tie rod and bent steering arm we’re not going to be replaced in the short time we had under the yellow. Our 36 Quaker State team, Jim, Jason, Rob, Marty, Perry, Gord, Gehrig, Lauren, Morgan and fans, are hoping things turn around for us very soon. We’ve had 4 seconds in the features this year, just unable to close the deal. As for points, our goal was to win the Championship. That plan was cancelled for all of us by the #89 in early June. Only Shawn Chenoweth will have an impact on who wins the 2010 Flamboro Late Model championship. It’s his to lose, and only if he lets it. He’s had a dream season. We are a long-shot at finishing in the top 3, Howse and Shaw are pulling away. We must close out the Flamboro season with a win and strong finishes in every race to have a chance at being on the podium at the banquet. That battle begins this week end and we plan to be in the thick of it.

Return To Delaware Speedway…..In The Coupe

One Of My Kids....1983
One Of My Kids….1983
CVM Visit Delaware August 20th
    Oh to be this young again. It’s true, we can have most anything we want, but we can’t have our youth back. Not to worry, there is an ancient East Coast Maritime secret…just don’t lose it and you’ll be okay. Back in the day, I looked better than my car, not so much now a days as I enter the Jurasic Park journey of my life. I say keep fighting and stay young. Think young, act young, hang around people younger than you (that would be most everybody) and be thankful you are alive and well….tomorrow night I return to Delaware in a Hobby car for the first time in many years. I’ve won two races at Delaware in my 600 years racing, a heat in 1980 and a consi in 1993. I remember the night in 2004 when Doc Roper won the feature at Delaware Speedway, he was 60 years old, and at that time was the oldest driver to ever win a CVM feature. Ray topped that amazing plateau by winning a feature in 2008 at 63 years old making him the most senior racer to capture a feature win in CVM history. I’m 63 (WHAT!!!!!) yes, and even if I win tomorrow night I only tie Ray, but trust me it would be a good thing. I think I’m the oldest guy to slam the wall at high speed and then pay lots of money to get a chance to do it again…I am looking forward to racing with my CVM friends and hope to be competitive on the big half. Saturday it’s back to Flamboro Speedway for Late Model racing. It will be a great week end, but sad for me because all my family are heading to Ohio for a week. Nonie, Shirley, Gehrig and Lauren are going to Cedar Point. If I went they would have tried to get me on that new stupid roller coaster that drops 20 stories in 2 seconds straight down (what-ever) at 120 mph. Maybe someday I will pass up a chance to run a double header week end to go to Ohio….someday….maybe. Hey we can go in the winter.

Delaware Disappointment

Jen Ward Photo
Jen Ward Photo
Love This Class, Just Need A Good Run
    It started out good, that is after unloading the car, and went south from there. The biggest problem was the clutch slipping. The gearing was right, 462 final, but with the clutch not making contact until half way down the track I was doomed. Surprislngly I was able to pass cars inside and outside and did get to 8th. I was alone in the pits until just before the heat started. Marty came in with Dave and Sherri at about 8:15 and Sherri noticed a leak coming from the left front wheel area. It was a blessing because I was just about to go out for the heat and the brake pedal was hard. Minutes later the pedal went to the floor. I missed the heat but thanks to Marty, Dave and Dave Stephens I was able to get ready in time and start last in the feature. Perhaps my car should have visited the advertiser on the sign in this picture before going to the track, although everything was good until we got to the track. Tonight we race the Late Model at Flamboro but it’s calling for rain and if that happens you will find me in my living room watching Bristol…my friends are invited.

Jarvis 19th Annual Cornfest

Sponsors On Display
Sponsors On Display
Race Cars, Hot Rods And Kids
    Long time friend and racing peer, Bob Kurtin, was a member of the Jarvis Cornfest committee helping organize and set up the Car & Motorcycle Show at this three day event. Bob asked a few months ago if I would be able to make it. Naturally that depended on how we did the night before at Flamboro. Of course, the fact it rained out at Flamboro was a guarantee we would be there. Rob Twitchett and I arrived at 9:am and spend most of the day with Dave Osborne and his family. They brought the Ohsweken Camaro’s and we parked side by side. There were over 80 cars on display. Had it been a sunny day, the car count would have been much higher. It rained sligtly for 15 minutes, but cleared up and we had a great enjoyable day. Our tent kept us and the Osborne family dry, as well as our race car. This was our 10th show this year, and we have two more this week. On Wednesday I am taking the car to the Life Church Vacation Bible School in Burlington, at a townhouse complex to show kids our car and talk about racing and my faith in Jesus Christ. The focus this week is on Hero’s and bringing a race car to an event like this would mean a lot to the youngsters. We will be on display this Saturday at the Royal Coachman to help raise food for the Flamborough Food Bank.

Food Drive Display The Royal Coachman

August 28th
August 28th
Food Banks Getting Help From The Racing Community
    We will be on display at the Royal Coachman restaurant this Saturday from 11:30 until 2:30 with David Elliott racing and the Pennzoil #37. Please drop by and bring any food items you wish to give for the Flamborough Food Bank. If you can’t make it to the Royal Coachman, you can bring food items to Flamboro Speedway that night, August 28th. Representatives from Dundas, Flamborough and the Salvation Army food banks will be at the track to collect all the items given by fans, race teams and sponsors. This is an awesokme effort by the racing community to help this service group. Food Banks are low in supplies this time of year and very much appreciate all they can get. Racing starts at 7:pm.

The Road To Recovery

Getting It Fixed
Getting It Fixed
Gehrig A Huge Help
    My crew and members from David’s team as well as Ken and Linda Stenhouse, worked over an hour just to get our car in the trailer Saturday night. On Sunday we began the repair process. Rob Twitchett came over, spending 5 hours with us getting the body and bent parts removed. Our grandson Gehrig was a huge help, both Sunday and Saturday night. He seems to prefer (at this point) to work on cars rather than race them. I asked him a few times if he wanted to race the CVM or Late Model and he quickly said “neither, I’ll stick with Go-Karts, and help fix cars”. I’ll have to work on that….We hope to be ready by Thursday and get out for some hot laps early Saturday. We very much appreciate Rob’s dedication, as well as Marty. Yesterday both Dave and Brian Watson were in the garage to weld the front bumper support….PS…the date is wrong on this picture, it’s over a week off, and I haven’t figured how to get it right, not a priority just now.

Boys Cheer During Feature

Photo By Macel Knottt
Photo By Macel Knottt
Wow!…That’s Different
    On Labour Day Monday we ran the rain out race from August 21st. These boys held up autographed pictures just as our car went by. They received the pictures during “Meet The Drivers” at intermission. That was really different because most kids wave checker flags. What also was different was our finish, we ended up 3rd, no where near the cement tonight and that was a very good deal for us. The car wasn’t handling very well, we chased it all day, but coming home in 3rd was very much a blessing to us. The boys and their families had a great time. I think the idea of holding up the autograph card was to have the competition look and throw them off, I think it worked. The full story of this night will be on our Diary Of A Season by Tuesday night.

How Many Cars Do You See?????

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Photo Finish…Almost
    It’s hard to tell, but Jason Shaw #82 is in the high lane on this excellent shot by Dave Franks. Shawn Chenoweth #89 and Jason put on an amazingly display of respect and competition as they drove inches apart for the final 7 laps of the feature on Monday afternoon. The lap prior the cars were dead locked, but this picture shows Shawn won by a few inches, collecting his 4th win of the year and second in a row. Congrats to both drivers for racing so hard and clean and giving the fans a great show.

How Many Cars Do You See?????

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Photo Finish…Almost
    It’s hard to tell, but Jason Shaw #82 is in the high lane on this excellent shot by Dave Franks. Shawn Chenoweth #89 and Jason put on an amazingly display of respect and competition as they drove inches apart for the final 7 laps of the feature on Monday afternoon. The lap prior the cars were dead locked, but this picture shows Shawn won by a few inches, collecting his 4th win of the year and second in a row. Congrats to both drivers for racing so hard and clean and giving the fans a great show.

Sunset Speedway Invitational September 12th

Photo Bt Perry Van Haaren
Photo Bt Perry Van Haaren
75 Lap Late Model Open
    The features rained out at Flamboro on Saturday night, we’ll run double features next Saturday. Today Jason and I are off to Sunset Speedway (in the rain) for their first Late Model race in quite a few years. Sunset runs a Limited Late Model class, similar to ours except for the engine and rack and pinion. The track has given their LLM drivers a weight break so they car race against the bigger engines. It’s raining now, but promoter Mark Dilley says the rain should be gone by noon and if necessary they will start the show later in the day or early evening. This track is now the best in Ontario for short track racing and I hope that we not only get it in but have a good run. This race report, if we get it in, will be posted Monday night.

John Casale….Get Your Measuring Equipment

Perry Van Haaren Photo
Perry Van Haaren Photo

Three Wide At Sunset

    The new Sunset Speedway is one of the best designed race tracks in Ontario. Flamboro owners are considering redoing their own track by widening the corners. It would be a huge benefit to head north to Stroud Ontario and see the amazing work done at Sunset Speedway, and take along some measuring devices, or those who are going to redo Flamboro and let them see what is needed. Flamboro will celebrate it’s 48th season in 2011 and a great way to bring the track back to it’s past glory would be to provide a racing surface similar (I don’t think you can get it better) than what Sunset has given their race teams. Flamboro was always the talk of Ontario when it came to Saturday night racing. This photo by Perry Van Haaren shows three wide and still lots of room if something goes wrong. The track design allows for two wide racing consistently, and it continues lap after lap. The promoters at Sunset are also enjoying large crowds and full fields in every class.

Ian McIntyre #5 CVM

Perry Van Haaren Photo
Perry Van Haaren Photo
CVM Race Night A Success For Our Team
    Perry Van Haaren got this excellent shot in the heat race with #5 Ian McIntyre and the MacMaster Pontiac Quaker State Coupe. The Hobby club ran their 9th and final race of the season at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday night. This was my last chance to get in the Coupe, and it was a good run, with a 2nd in our heat and third in the 25 lap feature. The main event was filled with excitement, as the championship came down to a battle between Jason Keen and Steve Lyons. Steve Lyons was leading the points by 21, but with the drop night included in the already shortened season, Jason emerged the winner by one point. Congratulations to his team. The race story is on our our message board. Next week end we’re off, unless I can get a ride in something. Hobby’s are done for the year and Late Models are off until October 2nd and 3rd for Octoberfest.

Going Thunder Car ………September 25th

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
A Ride From Dave Osborne
    This has been a different year for my team and I. We prepared and planned for 2010 to take a serious run at the Late Model Championship. The most consistent thing I took a run at was the back straight wall. I have to admit, it can’t be knocked down, maybe with a Bulldozer. We still had a good season in spite of some hard luck. On the bright side we got to run with OSCAAR on May 23rd. We raced the Hobby car three times, picking up a third last Saturday night, and now we get to run in our 4th dividion this season, racing the #0 Thunder Car thanks to Dave Osborne. I’m looking forward to running with the very compeptitve and hard charging TC racers…this Saturday morning we’ll be taking our Late Model to church to be part of a mens breakfast at the Simcoe Gospel Chapel. On Sunday we’ll have it in Hamilton at the train station on James Street for a banquet for Freedom Village. Once again thanks to Dave Osborne and his family for giving me the opportunity to run their Thunder Car this coming Saturday.

Octoberfest…Shhhhh.. The Car Is Resting Just Now

Pre Collision Condition
Pre Collision Condition
Octoberfest This Week End
    This week end racing will finish at Flamboro Speedway with the running of the annual Octoberfest classic. Late Models will qualify through time trials on Saturday night and run Twin 50s’ on Sunday. Saturday will be a very short day for most cars…two laps. We hope we have the fastest time, determined by the Flamboro “Human” Transponders. Any cars not making the top 12 will run a Consi on Sunday, but odds are we may line everyone up by their times for the first 50 lap race. That will depend on how many cars make it, hopefully over 20. The winner of the time trials will toss the dice to determine the invert for the first 50 lapper. It would be great to see someone throw a 12…”box-cars”, it would make the race interestin. The second 50 lap race will be an invert of the finish of the first as long as cars are on the lead lap. We won this event in 2007 and hope to do it this week end, it sure would be a great way to end a frustrating and hard hitting season. Races start at 3pm on Sunday.

Late Model Goes To Church

Gehrig Rob and I
Gehrig Rob and I
Car And Crew At Rexdale Alliance Church
    On Monday October 4th Gehrig, Rob and I went to Rexdale Alliance Church for a Men’s Ministry supper. Over 90 men and few younger boys, same age as Gehrig, were there as well. This was our 14th event off the race track in 2010. Special thanks to Pastor Wayne Kerr for inviting me to talk about racing and my faith, and to the staff for providing us with an awesome meal. The introduction started with our super wreck at the Grisdale 75 lap event on August 7th. Though the car looked good outside the church, all those who came got a great short video of what can happen very quickly in short track racing……We still have another show for Quaker State at the end of October……Meanwhile we’re getting ready for Autumn Colors this weekend, and so far the weather looks good.

The Longest Race Ever

Autumn Colors
Autumn Colors
Mike Bentley #29 Exits Turn Two
    What a beautiful day it was at the 18th running of Peterborough Speedway’s Autumn Colors Classic. The Late Models, known as the Pro Late Models in this show, were beyond belief with a record breaking day. This race will go down in the Guiness Book of Records as the longest Late Model race ever. It may also make “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” records for everything but who won. It was no surprise that Flamboro’s own Shawn Chenoweth won this race by gaining the pole through inversion, but winning the race by not fainting from “restart exhaustion”. A full house was on hand to witness the race that had as many laps run under caution as it did under green. The 110 lap event started around 2:30 and almost lasted until 5pm. It was a marathon of sorts for many teams including ours, as we battled track conditions and some bad luck in our 12th place finish. I was responsible for two cautions, although I got some help for the second. John Casale is hoping he finds favour with the weatherman next week end when we finish 2010 with the running of Flamboro’s fall spectacular, “Octoberfest”. Qaulifying is on Saturday with the features going on Sunday, racing starts at 3pm both days.

Delaware Charger #14 Rick Emery

Dan Craik Photo
Dan Craik Photo
Fast and Furious
    The competition at the Autumn Color’s Classic was stout with many good running cars. One was Delaware Speedway regular, #14 Rick Emery. Rick is a hard clean driver, and so were most who ventured to Peterborough. This excellent photo was taken by Dan Craik. The front of our cars squat very close to the track surface trying to around the ends as fast and smooth as possible. We lost two Flamboro cars to serious wrecks, #29 Mike Bentley and #44 Steve Laking. Hoepfully they can get their cars ready for Octoberfest this week end. It should be fun and right now the weather looks very promising. Qualifying is on Saturday with features running on Sunday. Races start at 3pm both days.

Beating The Best #83 Rob Larkin at Daytona

Terry Bauman Photo
Terry Bauman Photo
This Wasn’t Easy…But Lot’s Of Fun…Thearpy For Real Racing Blues

After unloading our Late Model on Monday afternoon and getting it ready to work on for Tuesday and Wednesday I really had nothing much to do Monday night so I thought I would go on line to play with my Canadian and American friends in the truck series with Rolling Thunder Gaming. I ran up to 7 nights a week from November until April at the end of last years racing, but hadn’t raced hardly at all since then. It’s true I missed all the Soaps, weekly TV shows, most of American Idol, all of 24 and most other weekly stupid stuff, tried watching the Leafs but that got depressing, (maybe not this year). At least racing on line was an excellent pass time talking to friends from the four corners of United States and southern Ontario. On line racing is amazing and getting better with graphics and set up of the different race cars and trucks. The drivers are real, the set up and on track skills were real. Drive in too hard and you spin out, hit a car at 190 mile per hour and there’s nothing left of your car. So missing all the TV shows to race on line was a great pass time, and helped the stress of waiting 6 months to race live again….getting in Monday night was lucky. It was the biggest turn out of the year, 37 guys showed up. They had realistic damage on, meaning if you hit something or got hit, your truck isn’t going to handle. I qualified 24th and managed, like at Peterborough, to avoid some big wrecks. Unlike Peterborough, I had no issues with my truck. With 25 to go a huge wreck happened right in front of me and again I got through unscathed. One problem trying to get through a wreck is over steering. Turn too hard left or right, or brake too hard and at 190 mph your truck is going to get loose and probably spin out and usually will end up in the cement…hey just like at 80 mph in real life. The yellow came out and I had moved from 16th to 7th. All the drivers in front of me went in for tires and gas. I didn’t have enough gas but decided to stay out hoping the yellows would help my fuel. The computer (push F3) showed I had enough fuel to go 21 laps, but there were 23 left. I had to gamble that another caution would come out and I’d make it. On the restart I stayed glued to the yellow line. Rob Larkin, the winningest driver in any series we run, was right on my tail. Another yellow came out with 10 to go, and that gave me the fuel break I needed. Rob sent me a message that I was doing great and to keep running the way I was, “don’t mess up”. On the green with 8 to go he got in behind and we went about two laps and another wreck happened. We now had 5 to go. On the final green Rob was still second but blew 2nd gear on the green. Only one car got by and now I was going to be in trouble. The youngster wanted bad to win and with one to go he jumped outside on the back chute. There were 16 to 18 trucks behind me, the group from 2nd to 10th wanting to move. As they went outside Rob followed but then jumped back in behind me and pushed me accross the finish line for my first ever Truck and pavement win (thank you Rob)….this is important because this weekend our team is looking for our first Late Model win in 2 year. We’re ready and looking forward to winning for “real”.

Wreck’toberfest…Twin Demolition Derby’s

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
No Parking
    When you have company your suppose to be good. We had a driver and his family come all the way from Erie Pennsylvania to race with us. After the first feature Bill must have considered calling in the National Guard. The Octoberfest Classic was very similar to Autumn Colors. The only difference was that we got two races to wreck every car. In the first feature Brad Corcoran and Shawn Chenoweth got sideways coming off turn four. They were first and second, meaning the rest of the field was right behind. We were in 4th at the time. Anticipating a serious wreck was on the horizon I tried to get out of the way and soon became the wreck. In this picture, courtesy of Dave Franks, Mark Burbridge, also trying to get out of the way, had no place to go and ended up remodeling the drivers side of our car. We were able to continue and finished the first Demolition Derby in 4th. The second feature was much worse for everyone involved, which was everyone in the race. Mayhem and carnage began up front with the leaders. Paul Howse got loose on the restart and got into race leader Mark Watson resulting in everyone behind getting collected. What a mess. The night was so bad even the hydro couldn’t take it and quit for 20 minutes. Anyway, we managed to get our wounded warrior to a 7th place finish in the second feature putting us 5th overall. Special thanks to my crew and Shane Maginnis for not giving up and getting me back on the track. The full story is on our message board “Diary Of A Season 2010”.

Mayhem On The Restart

Perry Van Haaren Photo
Perry Van Haaren Photo
The Worst Kind
    There is no worse scenario in Late Model racing than a wreck coming off turn four on a restart. Cars are hard on the throttle, bumper to bumper, can’t see too far ahead, no one is expecting this to happen and most of us have no place to go. Paul Howse and Mark Watson tangled on the restart. The resulting crash consumed every car in the top 12. We almost made it through but failed to clear Mark and ended up with a lot of suspension damage. In spite of the bad luck with the wreck, we were incredibly lucky as things would unfold in our favour. I got off the track before the red, had lots of time to fix the car because it took 15 minutes to clear the track. In the pits we were hustling to get back out. Time was slipping away, but then suddenly it was “lights out” as the entire race facility fell into darkness. That break allowed us to change the spindle. No easy task but we worked feverishly, not stopping until time slowly ran out on us. The race restarted while we were finishing the repair. Our hearts sank knowing we tried so hard… but luck went our way once again, with yet another yellow in less than a lap. The toe was way out, but I just wanted to get back on the track and the boys sent me out with a wounded car but without being a lap down. Our team worked hard to make it happen, and with the help of #03 Shane and Terry Maginnis, we not only got out, but finished 5th overall for the day.

Frost Fest…..Next Saturday

Cayuga 1969
Cayuga 1969
Back To Where I Started
    Next weekend is the final race of 2010, the annual Frost Fest at Flamboro Speedway. Thunder Cars and Mini Stocks will fill the show. John wanted Late Models, but there’s none left after Octoberfest…maybe three. I wanted to run this show and it looks like I am going to have a ride in a good car. This will be the first time in 42 years that I’ve driven 5 divisions in one year. It won’t be this VW, picture here in the pits at Cayuga Speedway beside #5 the Volkswagon driven by the late Art Bird. This was my second car in 1969. In my first year of racing I wrecked a few Bug’s and bending the entire sub frame floor. It was cheaper to buy a complete car, strip it down, remove the interior and add a roll cage rather than fixing the floor. We had no garage and worked out of Nonie’s parent’s backyard in Toronto. In three years racing Mini Stocks, I tore apart so many V.W.’s in their back yard, my father in law was developing a German accent. What am I driving next week?…It’s a surprise.

Kiwanis Boys & Girls Haunted House

Noisy Car Excites Kids
Noisy Car Excites Kids
Marty Scares Them With The Coupe
    We were invited by the Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club organization to join them for their annual Haunted House event. It runs until Saturday night and we made it out for the Thursday night show from 6 until 9pm. The line up of kids and adults to go through the factory Haunted House lasted until 8:30. Here some kids get a scare when Marty starts up the Coupe. This was our 15th and last show for 2010. We will make our 26th race night this week end in a Mini Stock at Flamboro Speedway. More on that Friday night.

Frost Fest…Closest We Could Get To #36′

Tim Tolton's Nissan
Tim Tolton’s Nissan
Special Thanks To Tim & Donna
    I posted on a forum that I wanted to run the Frost Fest in a Mini Stock. I got a private message from Tim Tolton, who wanted to be in the race but had other commitments, and was okay with me driving in this event. My grandson Gehrig and I picked this car up on Friday night. As it works out, Tim’s commitment was Friday night, so he will be at the track to help Gehrig, but still wants me to drive the Twin Mini Stock 30’s, of course we have to qualify first. This will be the 5th division our team has competed in for 2010, a record for me. We ran Late Models, OSCAAR, CVM, a Thunder Car, thanks to Dave Osborne, and now a Mini Stock. I am thankful to Tim for giving me this opportunity. Special thanks also to his wife Donna for making a big Quaker State ‘Q’ for the hood at Black Magic graphics. I am looking forward to the Twin 30’s though it could be very cold..BUT!!!..thanks to Perry Van Haaren we have a heater for the trailer, so we’re good.

Mini Stock Feature

Gordon Nicholson Photo
Gordon Nicholson Photo
Dave Haggedorn #86 and I Chasin’ #64 Brandon McFerran
    It was a wild night and the title of the race kept to it’s name…it was frosty and cold. Maybe if it wasn’t so windy it wouldn’t have been so bad, it was sunny most of the day and the 31 fans had it much worse than those in the pits. In this shot Brandon McFerran leads Dave Haggedorn and I out of turn four. Chasing a car is no big surprise for me, but this was the youngest driver I had ever raced against. Brandon is only 11 years old. He was born when I already was old. He did very well in his race racing against 34 Mini’s. Congrats to Mike Taylor #02 for winning the overall race. Special thanks from our team to Tim Tolton for letting us run his Nissan in this race, we finished 8th overall and had a great time. No more racing for 2010, and no more shows, we will start rebuilding for 2011 very soon and take the early part of the winter off. We’ll keep you posted weekly on our site.

43 Year Racing Career Ends

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Smilin’ Ray Crosses Finish Line For The Last Time
    It’s hard to believe Ray Hughes won’t be racing a Coupe in 2011, or any year after that. This “Hobby Hall Of Fame” member made that decision earlier in the year, but confirmed it shortly after his 5th place feature finish on Saturday September 18th. “You’ll know when it’s over, you just know inside that you’ve had enough, and it’s time to get out of the car” was Ray’s explanation to me. There’s no room to list his accomplishments, lets just say he has more Championships and wins than any other racer in the history of the Hobby club, Canadian Vintage Modifieds. We plan to add a spot for Ray on the left side of our home page and begin the life long process of uploading pictures and stats of this warrior. Our own history includes many pictures of Ray and I from the early 70’s, up until our farewell tour in 2004. Many are waiting for our Hobby History section to be updated and that is planned for this winter as well. This is a sad time in CVM racing history. But really, when a racer has dedicated as many seasons as Ray Hughes, and decides it’s time to hang up his helmet, all we can do is applaud, give thanks that we got to know him and for some of us, the opportunity to race with him. Ray exemplifies all the facets of a true racer, and leaves an incredible legacy of success and contributions to our sport. There will be a post on our Message Board and we invite everyone to comment, tell a story or just say thanks to this amazing racing legend. Thanks Ray, I will miss racing with you, so glad I was in your last race.

The Story Behind…”36 For Schurr”

Super Modified Feature Win
Super Modified Feature Win
Glen Schurr, A Hero And Inspiration
    My parents took my sister Bev and I to stock car races when I was 5 years old. The first time I set my eyes on those noisy cars I was hooked. During the early years I had many favorite drivers, no one in particular. Ted Hogan #7 was as popular as any NHL hockey player. Most fans cheered for him. I felt the same as the majority and quite often painted my bike with #7 on it. In my early teens, we would go to the CNE and watch the Super Modifieds and Hobby cars. My cousin Larry always cheered for #110 Jack Greedy, my friend Stewart was a Tammy 10, Harv Lennox fan and I cheered for #36 Glen Schurr. One night, neither Larry or Stewart could go to the races, so I hopped on a street car and headed to the Ex by myself. Even though I sat alone in the grandstands I was among friends of stock car racing, about 10,000 of them. This would be a night to remember for ever, one I would talk about for years. Have you ever been at an exciting event and couldn’t wait to tell everyone about it? Back then there were no cell phones so I had to wait until I got home to phone my cousin and friend. Street cars were so slow and stopped every 100 feet, plus they couldn’t get out and pass anyone if traffic was slow. Why was I in such a hurry to phone them? Because on this night my hero won the hat trick, his heat, semi and feature. There was no doubt after that experience, who my favorite driver was. In 1969 I started racing Mini Stocks. A friend asked what number I was going to be. I said “36, for sure”. We started racing Hobby cars in 1972 and on the hood of the car was “36 for Schurr”. In 1978 Mary Schurr gave me a memorial trophy thanking me for putting her husbands name on my car. In 1989 we won our first ever Hobby Championship and got a beautiful letter and trophy from Rick Schurr on behalf of their family. Glen won the Super Modified Championship in 1966 at Flamboro Speedway. A few years ago Glen’s grandson, Steve Wilkins, came to the track when I was running Hobbies and asked if I was the driver who ran his grandfathers number and name on the hood of my car, I proudly showed him. Steve came again and didn’t realize we moved to Late Models. The question was the same “do you still have “36 for Schurr” on the hood of your race car, and again I showed him the hood. Every racer needs to know how important fans are, and the impact they may have on many individuals. Because of Glen Schurr’s attitude, how he raced and the effect he had on me, was a direct result in me having so much passion for this sport. Over the years it’s taken a long time to get to Champion status, we’ve tasted that joy, but never lost site of the fun and many great memories trying to be a Champion. Perhaps the most important aspect of this journey has been the people we’ve met and the relationships we’ve developed. I thank God for allowing me to race and for the many blessings He’s given over the past six decades. We will start our 43rd season of Stock Car racing in 2011. There are many who’ve encouraged, and kept my racing going over the years, including the dedication from my wife Nonie, and children David and Shirley. Our 38 year, relationship with Quaker State, many good friends and crew members. But, is there one person I would say was inspirational in me getting into this sport? ….yes!….36 for sure….Glen Schurr!

Steve Lyons…”Dancing With The Stars”

High Speed Karting
High Speed Karting
Lyons heading south
    Steve Lyons is preparing to make his 2nd trip to Sao Paulo Brazil to compete in the Granja Viana 500 one of the most prestigious karting events in the world. Steve will go head to head against some of the top Formula 1, Indy Car, Sports Car and Kart Drivers from around the world. Steve competed back in 2007 in his first Granja 500 and hopes to use his experience to help guide my team to a podium finish. In the past 10 years the event has been dominated by Felipe Massa, Rubens Barrichello and Tony Kanaan. Lyons has been winning kart races in Ontario for 28 years. He has over 14 Championships and better than 150 race wins. In the past several years Steve has run a part time karting schedule while he concentrated on his business and raced his Canadian Vintage Modified winning 4 titles along the way. The 2010 season was no different, starting the year off in Ocala Florida dominating the GX Cup week end in the FWT winning a seat on the MG Tire FWT Team in the Granja 500. Lyons being a long time Birel test driver entered only a few karting events throughout 2010. Doing some R&D work on the new birel chassis, Collison Racing engine packages winning almost every race he entered. Lyons closed out the year in Canada with an almost perfect record guiding his birel chassis to a dominating win in Canada’s biggest 4 cycle event, the WRKC Oktoberfest Grand Prix.

Flamboro Banquet …2010

Dan Craik Photo
Dan Craik Photo
Three-Peat On “Best Appearing Car” & “Most Sportsmanlike Driver”
    The 2010 Flamboro Speedway banquet was Saturday night. Our team was blessed by winnning the Besst APpearing Car for the third straight season, all three of our cars looked completely different. I was also won the Most Sportsmanlike Driver, an award voted on by the drivers. I’ve won it three years out of six in the Late Models, and never won it in 33 straight seasons with the CVM…not sure what that means, but thanks to my peers for chosing me for this award, and to my Lord for giving me a gentle and peaceful heart. I want to thank my crew Jim, Jason, Rob, Marty, Gehrig, Gordon, Morgan, Sarah, Allen and Lauren for making this very tough season a blessing. We ran hard all year, made some improvements that kept us quick most every night. We had too many bad breaks and at least four serious crashes in 2010. Our efforts at Octoberfest proved we still have the fire to not give up, doing whatever it takes to get back in the race. My crew never lost sight of that goal. Though our 4th place finish was disappointing (5th year in a row finishing 4th) we had a great season. We want to thank all our sponsors for supporting us in 2010. They made it possible for us to have a record year running 26 race nights and an additonal 15 shows and displays. I want to thank Nonie for encouraging me and supporting me throughout a difficutl season for us personally. I did my very best to keep away from our home funds to get to the race track. There were times when that wasn’t possible and my gracious wife made sure we got what we needed and I made sure she was paid back. Finally I thank my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for watching over me, blessing me with so many great friends and aquaintances, and allowing me to race in this awesome sport. We give our racing to God as a witness and testimony of His goodness and the only thing we want in return is to be a bright shinning light show love and care for everyone we meet. Next year will be our 43rd season racing and we are already getting our race program geared up for Late Model and CVM racing. Our goal is to win the points Championship in either the Late Models or CVM. It will be a long winter, but we have a lot to do and will take our time making sure we bring our best equipped team for 2011….we will keep this web site updated constantly and hopefull get more years posted on our CVM history section. Thank you for supporting our site by dropping by and checking it out, feel free to make any comments you want on our message board.

APC 300 Star Get’s Face Lift

2006 Flamboro Champion
2006 Flamboro Champion
Soon Heading To A New Home
    This famous 1999 Hanley built machine is currently getting a complete going over by yours truly and a few helping hands. Rob, Marty and David have helped with the rebuild. I took ownership of David’s 2006 Flamboro Champion car in the spring of 2009. The car sat all last winter, and this past summer, parked for what could have been the end. The decision was to sell it, but if it didn’t attract an owner, convert it into a Limited Late and maybe run some specials on nights off. The car still has what it takes to get around a race track. Besides winning a Flamboro title with Pete Shepherd Jr. and again in 2006 with David, it ran it’s most exciting race with David driving, at the 2008 Delaware APC 300, finishing 2nd right on the rear bumper of Ron Sheridan. The car is close to being completed now, and another picture will be coming very soon. The former Pennzoil rocket will race in 2011 at Sauble Speedway in the Limited Late Model class. Equipped with a steering box and quick change it fits the Sauble, and most Ontario Limited Late rules. More to come.

Pennzoil Chevy Make Over Complete

1999 Hanley Built Chassis
1999 Hanley Built Chassis
Jason Legge’s Sauble Limited Late Model

Heading To It’s New Owner

Sauble Bound
Sauble Bound
Jason Legge Limited Late Model
    We finally got it done, at least most of the work. Jason and his team will have a short list of things to do but the car is basically ready. We wish Jason and his team the best for 2011 and hope this car brings him the same good results that it did for Pete Shepherd Jr. and David.

Safe And Sound Near Owen Sound

Project Complete
Project Complete
Jason Legge Gets Mail Order Car…We Have An Excellent Journey
    Rob and I had a safe trip north delivering the car to Jason Legge, and it was an exciting day. We were lucky the heavy snow storm was three days earlier. This picture shows Jason’s excitement with his new car, okay it wasn’t a mail order, but he trusted my team to put it together as close as we could to race ready. I explained we got it to third base and he and his crew had the rest of the winter and early spring to get it home….get it completed. With the amount of snow they had it looks like the car will be parked until spring or late winter at best, there must have been 8″ on the ground. Rob and I had two occasions on the way home where we were stopped on highway six. Once in Durham, and again in Fergus. It wasn’t for an accident, or needing gas, it was for Saint Nick. The two towns were having their annual Santa Claus parade just when we showed up. At one point we thought of joining the parade with the truck and trailer and then ducking out of town when an opening occurred, but we decided to sit it out and wave to Santa when he went by…in a fire truck in Durham and on a flat bed with reindeer in Fergus. We stopped by the Miskiewciz family home to see the wizard “Sarah the Great”, but she was away, so we had a good visit with mom (Cathy) and her sister Mary. Hey Mary and I go back a long way, and because of me, they are entrenched heavy into racing, first go-karts and now everything else, including marrying race people. It’s all good. Special thanks to Rob for not only joining me but explaining what all the floats meant in the parades….and from our team to Jason Legge, all the best in the 2011 racing season…thanks to Cathy and Mary for great hospitality.

Next!!!

Jim Sweers Palace
Jim Sweers Palace
Rebuilding #36
    In a battle with cancer, and still undergoing treatment to stop the spread of the disease, Jim let me know he wanted to paint our car for 2011. I was glad and honored that he was willing and it appears very able to get our car in shape for next season. Though a mess after Octoberfest, body wise, the work under the Impala is minimal compared to other years. Jim will replace the rear lower rail at the fuel cell and both front and rear bumpers, and then Rob and I will go at it sometime early in the new year. I want to stop working on the car once Jim is finished with it….Christmas is too important and the car won’t miss me for a few weeks. Once we`re done stripping the car we`ll send it to Carlisle Customz to have the chassis and some panels painted. In this picture Larry, good friend and crew member of Jim, helped remove much of the body. The car was moved from this bay to the steel plate where it will have the bumpers and other small repairs done. Jim plans to have it done by next Wednesday, then he and Trish are on their way south to spend Christmas and the next 3 months taking it easy. More on this as the work gets done.

Getting A Make Over

Jim Sweers
Jim Sweers
Back Home
    This picture was taken at Jim Sweers place. He finished the car this week, making new bumpers and some minor frame repairs. We have the car home now and will start rebuilding it completely by the first week of January. I’m sure we’ll get some stuff done between Christmas and New Years, but as of today Rob and I are taking the next week and a half off. Our goal is to get this car done by the end of January and then get on the Coupe and our other Late Model. More on Late Model X in the new year.

Merry Christmas

From Our Home To Yours
From Our Home To Yours
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
    Our family wants to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and all God’s blessings in the coming year.

Happy New Year

Belle, Buttons & Morgan
Belle, Buttons & Morgan
We Wish You All A Very Safe And Prosperous New Year

2009 LM History

Bikes For Kids

Eve Prentice Photo
Eve Prentice Photo
Gotta’ Do This Again in 2009
    This photo, taken by Eve Prentice, shows a few of the 40 Bikes given away in 2008. We were fortunate that many of the bikes were sponsored. Our goal is to do this again in 09′, only instead of them being given through Gary Elliott Racing, I’m hoping the Late Model class will take on this commitment for the young kids that cheer for us every week. I’m thinking we would give away 2 a night, a boy and girl bike, and if we have 20 teams, that’s less than 2 bikes a night each, about $200 per team, maybe less if we can get a deal on the bikes. I’ll ask Late Model drivers at the rules meeting in January and announce the resuts here. I know the cost for racing is expensive, and with Flamboro not giving us a raise, it may be tough for racers to commit to this, but hopefully everyone has enough in their budgets to buy at least one kids bike in 09′. The annoucner would say “tonights Late Model Kids Bikes are presented by Paul Howse racing”…etc, and Paul and his team would go out on the track at intermission and present the bikes and get a picture with the winning boy and girl.

 

Green Is Mean…Or… Mean Green Machine

2008 Monte Carlo
2008 Monte Carlo
New Look For 2009
    Okay..no Mean Green Machine..After winning Best Appearing Car in 2008 we wanted to go with a different paint scheme in 2009. This two-tone version will have gold trim between the black and green and feature gold’s, orange and grey’s in the number and maybe checker flag again, although we’re not sure how that will look. Getting this car painted was driving me nuts. I wanted it two-tone like in 08′ but wasn’t exactly sure how the two colors would go. Jim Sweers painted it and when he finished the black he said “ok, how do you want the green, lay it out for me”. I had a basic idea but actually created it while we put on the masking tape. “Okay, we’ll go over here, and around here, and over the roof” and when it was done it turned out very good. Things got worse with the #9 car. I wanted it to look different than #36. The color combo’s have been giving me huge stress. Finally this week end, after at least 4 different changes we came up with a layout that I liked. Of course the lettering will be a repeat of this deal in how we accent the car. We care so much about what we bring to the track it’s almost insane….but in a good way. The lettering will be done by Steve Lyon’s. Jim will likely paint our rebuilt CVM when he gets back.

 

Proud Moment For Steve & Brock

Brock & Steve
Brock & Steve
Winning With Dad Beside You….There’s Nothing Better
    The racing world got a lot sadder this past week with the passing of our good friend Brock Laking. All of our family and racing team want to express our deepest sympathys to the Laking and family for the loss of their precious loved one. Brock was only 67 when he lost his battle with cancer. But like in this picture he was a winner to all of us. We thank God for giving us the opportunity to know Brock and his family. There is a tribute to Brock on our Message Board.

 

Freedom Village Partners With Gary Elliott Racing

Press Relaease
Press Relaease
Lancaster Family Joins Gary Elliott Racing To Pilot #9 Late Model & CVM

 

Late Models Looking Good

Lancaster Garage
Lancaster Garage
5 Weeks To Go
    We have come along way since early November. A total team effort has helped get these two cars almost ready. The CVM is ready for assembly and the Thunder Car is being disected. Our trailers still have to be gone over as do our spare parts. We also need to complete a pit cart for the Lancasters and a trailer for the CVM.

 

What’s With The Green?

Green Coupe
Green Coupe
Ready For Paint By March 21st
    The government said “we must go green”, we thought they were talking to us!! No kidding, everything is green, but don’t count on the body being green, then again, don’t count it out either. I had 4 color combinations for both Late Models and didn’t use any, it was a last minute decision for the final paint scheme. We may use some green in the Coupe. I sort of wanted to go to the Charger green, like we did on our Mini Stock in 1971, but Jason Densmore CVM #62 has that color, similar to what David ran in his last season in the CVM. Anyway, we are getting closer to putting the body on and making new sides, and hood, then it will be sent out for paint…….we took the inline apart and found nothing wrong, so hopefully we get a season out of it…this just in “Gary’s inline lasts a full season and the Leafs make the play-offs”. We were struggling with the car last Octoberfest and think it may have been the distributor, so we’re putting a new MSD distributor and new carb. We made a new steering shaft and got a great seat from the Thunder Car that is now in the Coupe. This car badly needed a face lift and got it this winter. We should be posting a picture next week of our Coupe heading for paint….this will be our 20th season with this body, 33 Chev 3 Window, and 11th with the chassis. It will also be the 38th as a Hobby/CVM member.

 

CVM Ready For Jim Sweers Magic

Rick Book Repairs Body
Rick Book Repairs Body
    Coupe Almost Ready
    With both Late Models near completion we set our sights on getting our 33 Chev ready for another year with the Hobby boys and girls. 2009 will be my 38th season with the club. The past 4 seasons have seen other racers drive our car, Jesse Pontello in 05 and 06. Josh Korenyi in 07 and last season Leanne Ruelens ran a few nights. Over the past 4 years I was able to get a few outings. I wanted to run the Twin 25’s. In a few of those sparse opportunities the car suffered engine failure, but we did get lucky winning the feature in 07. This year Jason Lancaster will run all but 4 races. Those 4 I will pilot the Chevy at Flamboro shows that will include the End Season Championship. In 33 years of full time racing with the Hobbys’s I never won that special event. I have won the Twin 25’s and Mid Season Championship but never the End Season, so that race will be one I look forward to as well as the Clash. Jason ran F-4’s the past two seasons and can’t wait to get racing with the Hobby club. Rick Book was a tremndous help getting the body repaired. The car will head to Jim Sweers for paint then to Steve Lyons for lettering. Things are finally taking shape as the season approaches…what’s mising?…our Thunder Car. It’s not actually missing it’s being reworked by Mike, Rick and Glen. We will post a picture of their progress on our TC later this week end.

 

Thunder Car Making Progress

Lancasters Garage
Lancasters Garage

Camaro Getting New Panels

    The Late Models are gone to Steve Lyons for lettering and the CVM is waiting for paint at Jim Sweers shop. The Thunder Car is taking shape but has a ways to go before paint. Here driver Pastor Mike Van Slingerland works with crew members Rick Dyson and Glen Hils. Carl Sault has been helping out as the Camaro gets some serious rebuilding. Mike is not planning on racing until early May and might even run the Oldsmobile for the first few weeks. We want to make sure the Camaro is ready to battle with the stars of the Thunder Car class. Mike will be ready for the Camaro once he has a few nights in the Olds. Going from the Olds to the Camaro with it’s Crate and Power Glide will be a night and day progression. Our trailers are being completed, getting a safety inspection and spare parts stocked. Jeff’s pit cart is on the list of things to complete and then we’ll scale the cars before practice day. It’s been a long winter but not exhausting considering we have kept the work nights to Monday and Wednesday and half a day Saturday. Hoefully the Late Models are all dressed up by this week end and we can get their pictures up on this site.

 

Steve Lyons Magic

Creative Edge
Creative Edge
No One Does It Better
    I asked Steve to get in this shot, it’s not the best picture because of the sun, I wanted to get his business name in the photo, plus, the photo gives an idea of what this master can do. No matter who letters my car, I usually drive both of us nuts going over the details and nit picking every detail making some sign people wish I would go away and not come back. Steve is different. First, he is as fussy as I am about his work and being a racer he knows that putting the best looking car on the track is extremely important to our fans, sponsors and of course the team itself. Check out his CVM and it is by far the best looking car in the clu. I always go to the letterer with a list of things for the car and some fairly demanding expectations….but no more than anyone else who wants their already hard work (building and getting the car painted) to look the absolute best it can. So this year we went back to Steve (last years car was sponsored, that’s why he didn’t do it) and he didn’t disappoint, in fact when I walked into his shop and saw my car for the first time I was speachless. He did an incredible job. After 8 miniutes of gazing and a thorough inspection, and not saying anything, I turned to Steve and said “I can’t find anything wrong”. He laughed and said “that’s good, I wanted it to be perfect for you”. The reason I said that was because in the past there has always been a bunch of things that were wrong, the color, sponsors names too small, no grahic affects and in some cases the decals just put on the car without any feeling, almost as if trying to get it in and out quick. Steve cared about this project and covered it all and I am so thankful to have given him the task of lettering my car and making me satusfied…he did…so it can be done, I can leave the lettering shop happy. I would recommend him to anyone who wants their car to look the best it possibly can. There’s no phone number on the sign but his email is steve@vehiclelettering.com

 

Freedom Village Car Ready To Go

Impala
Impala
    Jeff Lancaster To Debut #9

With only three days till the start of the 2009 season, we present our newest Late Model. Painted by Rick Book and lettered by Steve Lyons we are thrilled with how awesome this car turned out. I chose #9 because as a kid, Vic Parsons was my favourite Late Model driver. Even more than that, the number of my hockey hero was Andy Bathgate #9 of the New York Rangers. In 1985 we ran #9 on our Hobby car for one season. The car was completed this week after a rough but beneficial practice session last week end at Flamboro Speedway. Jeff Lancaster will make his debut in Late Models this week end at Flamboro. The former Funny Car ace will have a double debut as he not only races his first Late Model, but will be the first driver to race our new car. We have been so blessed to have Freedom Village as the primary sponsor on this car and the secondary sponsor on #36. Our crew, the Lancaster family and all of our sponsors have made it possible to venture into a multi car team and be ready for this exciting season. I will get to drive this beauty at Delaware on May 1st for their opening night.

 

41st Season Begins On April 25th

Photo by Erin Dickerson
Photo by Erin Dickerson
We’re Coming For The Crown
    It’s hard to believe this is our 41st year of stock car racing. I know for sure that if I had the chance to do it all over again I would, without hesitation. A friend told me in 1972, in my 4th year, “you are too obsessed with racing”. As it turns out, he was correct…no kidding!! This is our 5th season in Late Models, and yes, there are some very tough competitors we’ll have to deal with every Saturday night, but we all feel this is our year to take a serious run at the Flamboro Points Championship. I know we can do it, it won’t be easy, and it won’t be based on just what we do. We’ve been blessed in this journey and know God will continue to bless us again in 09′. In spite of our 4 car team, knowing that I may be worried about the other cars, my crew want me to focus on the title, so do the boys from the #9, CVM and Thunder Car teams. In fact they’ve all helped get us to the starting gate in good shape…so, God willing, we’ll have a shot at our first Late Model title…and He will get the glory.

 

Delaware Opener Rained Out

Photo By Gordon Nicholson
Photo By Gordon Nicholson
Top Speed in #9?….10 MPH From Tech
    I guess depending on how you look at it we are 2 for 2 on rain outs or “O for 2” on racing. It rained very hard in the London area forcing the Delaware Speedway promoters to cancel their opening night. We didn’t even get one lap as the rains came around 5pm and lasted until 8pm. So far we have no idea how the #9 will be on the track….maybe tonight, although it’s calling for rain….more like snow by the time the sun goes down.

 

Blown Engine….No Caution Flag…. Wrecked Coupe

Inline Disaster
Inline Disaster
Jason Lancaster Survives Debut In Coupe
    What a disappointing night for all of our team. Jeff and I did okay for our season opener considering all things, but the downer came in the CVM feature when the engine in the CVM blew (wow what a surprise). The track starter for some reason did not hear or see anything out of the norm, so did not turn on the caution light. The race leaders came around at least 8 seconds later and were confronted with less than perfect track conditions. A 7 quart oil slick awaited them and Phil Shaw, who was leading the feature t-boned the Coupe at almost full speed. Brian Atkinson who was running second also ended up in the wall..both cars unable to continue. Jason was very lucky, because as he sat in his car for almost 10 seconds he did not undo his seat belt. Had he taken them off he could have been badly hurt. There is 2 issues here…the inline blowing up and the starter not getting the flag or caution light on. The whole story is on our message board under “Inline Out Of Line”. I’m glad no one was hurt, but this incident will set us back for our quest to run the CVM season. We’re not giving up, maybe we get an engine donated to us…maybe the Crate V8 gets voted in before our next show…hey that’s $5000 we’ll spend for the complete change over. As it is, if we send the engine out it will cost the best part of $3500 to $4000 to fix…at least that’s what’s been the past 700 times. As it is now we could be done in this class for 2009 and longer if the Crate isn’t accepted….my buddy said to look at it in a positive way…we saved the money to letter the car.

 

JBM Autoleasing 50 Lap Feature……Rained Out !!!

Photo By.......JWO Racing
Photo By…….JWO Racing
Time Trials Qualify Us 18th For Triple Crown
    After a rain out on May 1st both promoters and drivers were anxious to get opening day completed at Delaware Speedway. It was the first leg of the JBM Autoleasing Triple Crown. It will have to wait until next week…..This picture is courtesy of Jim and Sherry from JWO Racing, members of the Thunder Car class at Delaware Speedway. The Thunder Car class was off Friday night but Jim and his family came to the races to watch what should have been an exciting Late Model 50 lap feature. They got this shot from the top of the grand stands..…With no practice because of testing David’s Pennzoil #37, we had our first laps in the #9 Freedom Village Impala, our new car, one I barely know, other than working on it all winter with our crew and the Lancaster family. We turned a 19:91 our first lap and a 19:54 on the second. The lap times put us 18th on the grid. The Late Model feature was the first to go but was cancelled due to a heavy rain down pour by lap four. This Friday night Delaware will run the final 46 laps of the 50 lapper at the beginning of the race program. Then regular racing will resume for all classes including Late Model heats and a 35 lap feature later in the evening……The Thunder Cars will be at Delaware next week……..Check out our message board under “Diary Of A Season” for the complete story.

 

Pre Race Practice With #55 Bruce Rankin

Photo By Ott Racing
Photo By Ott Racing
One Of Our Rare Moments Of Stability In The JBM Autoleasing Triple 50
    This picture, taken by Jim Ott, shows a fairly stable Freedom Village Impala going through the turns. Truth is, our car was far from stable, we fought a dangerously loose car all night. We were fast at times, with the potential of a top 7 or 8 in the feature, but several spins, some instantaneous and dangerous, made our night very frustrating. In spite of the disappointing 16th place feature finish, we were lucky not to have brought this race car home a mangled mess. The whole story will be on our message board Monday with the Flamboro race report from Sunday as well…..Congrats to Ron Sheridan #52 and his team for winning the first JBM Autoleasing Triple Crown and to David and his team for starting the race two laps down and bringing the Pennzoil car to a strong 4th place feature finish.

 

Greensville Special Event

O.P.P.  Cruisers
O.P.P. Cruisers
E.R.A.S.E.
    Linda Dean, driver of the beautiful Flamboro #5 Thunder Car asked us if we would participate in this community effort. The display we were part of was to bring awareness to street racing. “Eliminate Racing Activity On Streets Everywhere”. Too many people have been killed or seriously hurt because of street racing. I hadn’t heard of this movement before today, but I totally agree with it. We all speed a little at times, but it’s those who are going incredibly fast speeds over the limit that are endangering others. Hopefully ERASE can help educate youngsters who have the urge to speed. Let’s get them to the race track and take their frustrations out on the oval where racing is suppose to be done. Rob, #8 Flamboro Mini Stock, is parked between Linda and I.

 

“Chasin’…Jason”

Photo By Gord Nicholson
Photo By Gord Nicholson
Like Heat …Like Feature
    Jason Shaw, the reigning Late Model Champion ran 2nd in our heat and the feature. Paul Howse was the big winner taking wins in both his heat and the feature. We ran 3rd in both races, although our experience in the feature was much different than Jakes. We were almost over come by what we thought was one of the speedy ASA boys from The Motordome Speedway in Pittsburg….But Wait!!!! “is that true”?…As the guy on the Mr. Lube commercial said…”well it maybe might not be true”…but that’s how it seemed, we were running great and in the way of at least one car who was, well, like an ASA car. The story is on our message board under Diary Of A Season. For those of you who may not remember, Jason, Steve Laking, Jamie Ramsay and I went to Pennsylvannia in mid October to run against the ASA 450 HP Late Models. We had about as much chance of beating those cars as we would taking our cars to an airport runway, where they had a huge long take off ramp, with hopes of getting enough speed to land on the moon. This week end there is no Late Models at Flamboro and we’ll be racing at Delaware Speedway with the #9 Freedom Village car. Flamboro has regular classes Thunder Car, Mini Stock and the former CASCAR Sportsman cars called O.S.S.

 

And Now To Sports…Rain Out’s 3…Race Nights…1

Photo By Gord Nicholson
Photo By Gord Nicholson
It Must Be Friday Night At Delaware
    We were driving along the 403 from Hamilton and it was absolutely beautiful. Blue skys and white puffy clouds. All along the 401 from 403 to just outside of London it was the same..sunny with blue skies. Then we got a call from Jeff Lancaster who was at the track…”hey Gary, it must be Friday night because it’s raining here”. I turned to look north and I couldn’t beleive it…”are you kidding me, look at the dark clouds”…and so it went. It rained a little then cleared up, but then some ugly weird looking clouds rolled in bringing with it this deluge of rain that naturally caused the races to be cancelled. Flamboro didn’t fair any better as they were rained out as well. We were on display twice today. This morning at Hidden Valley part for the annual Burlington/Aldershot United Way community day. It was awesome weather all day. Saturday night we took both #9 and #36 to the Freedom Village banquet in Mississauga. We got a lot of rain in the evening. Next week is the first Grisdale Triple Crown race at Flamboro.

 

Thank You Quaker State

Art Work By....... Alan Lipski
Art Work By……. Alan Lipski
We can’t Do Enough For Quaker State
    We have sponsors that have been with us for 10 years, 3 to 5 years and others new this year. We love and appreciate everyone always try to represent them equally. It sure seems incredible to fathom this sponsorship for an amazing 36 seasons…the longest on earth…maybe in the universe. Thank you Quaker State for your incredible dedication to our sport and our team.

 

Grisdale Triple Crown….June 6th

Photo By Gord Nicholson
Photo By Gord Nicholson
Talledega?
    Gord Nicholosn got this shot of practice at Flamboro. I’m sandwiched betweeen David and Jeff with Dave Baker right behind us……The first leg of the Grisdale Triple Crown series ran Saturday night at Flamboro Speedway. The race night was filled with controversy from qualifying to the feature finish. The feature is unofficial until Tuesday. Track management needs a few days to sort out the legalities of driveline parts from the winning car. The feature, a 75 lap event, only had one caution in the early going and then ran 60 laps non stop.

 

He Said He’d Do It…….They Said They Wouldn’t

Photo By Dave Franks
Photo By Dave Franks
Prophecy Comes True
    “If he touches me once, I’ll spin him out”…and he did. Those prophetic words were spoken 4 days before the Grisdale Triple Crown night, brought on by others telling David about some of his peers being hit and spun out by the new kid in the quick black Monte Carlo. It only took lap two of their second heat for the fullfilment of the predicition…..What happend after was unfortunate…The reason the 2006 Flamboro Late Model champion won’t come back to race full time is because of the constant bad calls he got in the past from the Flamboro staff. In this race he was disqualified for rough driving. The picture sure validates that, but during the pre race drivers meeting we were told by the starter, if you spun someone out you went to the back of the pack. The said they wouldn’t disqualify you for that…but…they decided to disqualify David out of the race and hence ignited the kids rant with the officials who at first didn’t know what the call was or even why. David was waved to Tech by the corner man after the race, went to the tower and was told he was not disqualified but 10 minutes later was told he was disqualified, then when he asked why, the track manager didn’t know, then he was told for running into Shane on lap one, which he claims he didn’t do (it was at the start of the race going into turn one on the first lap and the 03 tried to make it 3 wide) the starter said David drove into Shane. The rest of this story is nuts as the track tried to justify this dumb call. Anyway, here’s the best thing to do, the race is on TV, Cogeco, on Friday night at 9:pm, and hopefully the camera man got a good shot of the start of the race. Then we’ll see if the call was right or not. Shane managed to get his car straightened out for the feature and smoked the field by restarting 20th on lap 15, taking over the lead on lap 58. He leads the Grisdale Triple Crown series.

 

Grisdale Triple Crown Heat Win

Photo By Dave Franks
Photo By Dave Franks
First Win OF 2009
    We started outside pole in our second heat and were able to take our first checker of the season. The win coupled with a 3rd in the first heat qualified us 4th best. The long feature race had two cautions early, but after the second the race went 60 laps non stop. Tomorrow night we’ll be at Delaware for double features (if it stays dry). I will drive the Freedom Village #9. Thatcher Krupp spent two nights with us getting the #9 set up. If we survive okay at the big oval, the car should be much better for Jeff Lancaster when we return to Flamboro on Saturday. Hope you can make one or both of the races, if not, we’ll up date this site with the results.

 

Daytona Night Race…June 18th

3 unit racing
3 unit racing
NASCAR Mod Finale
    We just finished our 2009 winter season. The points are done but we have one race left in the Mod series with 3 unit racing. You can watch this race on your computer screen. Here is a note from the moderator of the race series…………..”Anyone with friends or family that would like to watch the race and dont know how.. Just visit the 3unit.ca website and @ the top of the page click on 3unit TV. it will provide an easy way to access the live feed from OLRTV and there is even a chat room to talk 2 other veiwers..hope to see everyone there”

 

Racing Tomorrow Night At Delaware……Maybe!

Jamie Ramsay #22
Jamie Ramsay #22
Jamie Wins June 12th 2nd Feature In His Beautiful Late Model
    Last week Scott Lindsay and Jamie Ramsay were feature winners for the Twin 30’s. In this photo, Jamie and his crew celebrate their first ever feature win on their home track…….Tomorrow night we’ll run Twin 30’s again as Delaware tries to make up for lost nights due to rain. We’re hoping for a dry Friday for the sake of the track. They only have so many nights to get the races in to make the NASCAR quota, and pay for the season. Flamboro is in the same boat and have lost nights so far in 09′ due to rain. Delaware may have to add some nights later on in the year to catch up on features. If they do…we’ll be there.

 

Bring On The 03…………….Just Kidding

Mike Larkin Chassis
Mike Larkin Chassis
Rain Takes Out Delaware Tonight…But!!…Super Late Model #36 At Flamboro?
    I know what you’re thinking!!…but this would be so neat, then I could run tomorrow night at Flamboro with OSCAAR….because tonight Delaware is cancelled due to RAIN!!!!!….. Anyway, this will be my car for the upcoming 3 Unit on line racing. It’s so good, you can wreck your car at 150 mph, the yellow comes out, you go to the pits and return without being a lap down, and best of all no damage…thanks to Mike Larkin for creating this design.

 

Father’s Day Celebration

Grandview Baptist Church
Grandview Baptist Church
Steve Lyons Takes His Coupe To Church
    It was a common theme for some churches to have a Father’s Day event. Steve Lyons took his car to his own church, Grandview Baptist, and we had our Late Model at Creswicke Baptist in Guelph. God allows His kids to race, and sometimes we get to bring our cars for show and tell. In the past few years we’ve had our race cars at many churches…Steve Lyons will be doing the same every chance he gets. It’s a great opportunity for us to share both racing and our faith.

 

Parts Source 142…ah… 3… Lapper

Photo by Gord Nicholson
Photo by Gord Nicholson
Big Race Ends In Big Wreck
    One thing you never want to do, cut down in front of someone at 120 mph, even at 110. This terrbile crash happened becasue of a miscommunication between me and my head spotter Jim. The miscue will do two things, take away Jeff Lancaster’s chance to race tonight at Flamboro, and take away any money I had saved. It was by far the hardest hit I’ve had in a race car, because of the speed, and by far the most damage. Mike McColl came by to see how bad our car was damaged, we immedialely made an appointment with him. We will strip the car down today and get it to Mike on Monday. The bad news is this will be a big ticket cost wise, the frame bent, lots of parts bent, crushed and many more intimidated…but not me. The good news?…we still have almost a full tank of gas….the full scoop on this tragedy will be on Diary of a Season by Sunday. Congrats to Steve Roblee who dominated this race, and to David for running steady, picking up a 7th place finish.

 

Feature Race June 27th

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Racing With The Best
    I am surrounded by some great talent in this picture. Shane Maginnis #03, Scott Lyons #52 and Jason Shaw #82. Both Jason and Scott showed no mercy as they kept me outside for two and a half hours…well, it seemed that long, as I tried passing early race leader Ted Horsfall. Scott would go on to win, Shane finished one behind me (he’s laying low until the money race next Saturday) and Jason was hard luck as he got mixed up with the race leader and ended up scratch. We were lucky and unlucky. We were running 4th when the red flag was brought out. During that delay our left front tire went flat as we sat on the front chute. If the race hadn’t stopped for an emergency in the pits, we may have raced hard into the turn and been in trouble with the flat tire. As is was we were able to get it changed and end up 6th after starting at the back. You will see these boys and many others duel it out for the second leg of the Grisdale Triple Crown this coming Saturday…75 laps…should be good.

 

Running Fourth……No Run Flat

Photo By Derek Smith
Photo By Derek Smith

Randy Shaw Reports “You Guys Have A Flat”!

    Sometimes you get lucky and other times you get unlucky. This deal was sort of both. In the quest to dethrone Jason Shaw as reigning Champion in the Late Model class we need every good finish we can get. It was lap 14 when the red flag came out. Someone in the CVM pits was having trouble and the ambulance responded bringing out the “no move” flag. While we were sitting on the front chute comfortably in 4th place, I got the call from my spotter Jim that he was told by Randy Shaw that our left front tire was going flat. It wasn’t good news because it meant we would have to leave the track to change the tire…but…believe it or not, we were actually very thankful that the tire didn’t go down during the race. The possibilities for that scenario would not be good, maybe not as bad as the Delaware deal with the #9 car, but the chance of wrecking was real. Thankfully disaster was avoided thanks to the red flag. The full race report will be on our message board before the end of Canada’s birthday.

 

The Howse Comes Down On Gary

Photo By Maudsley Motorsports
Photo By Maudsley Motorsports
Not Yet Paul!!!
    This great action shot was taken by Jamie Maudsley Motorsports. We’re on about lap 63 and Paul had jumped outside on the restart on lap 60. We ran side by side for 4 or 5 laps. I held my lane and let him run on the outside and though I could see his car out my passenger window what I wanted to hear was “clear high”. On about lap 65 my spotter gave the call that we were clear to get to the wall and build up some speed. For the next 5 laps we held off the white #8. Coming off turn four for lap 71, we got a little loose and that was all Paul needed to gain that half car length on us. Going into one my spotter called “inside”. Staying up was okay because I thought he might get loose coming off and I would get the lead back. However he got an incredible run off turn two and we started down the back chute side by side. Now was the time to use strategy. Both my spotter and I were on the same page with the plan and as he yelled “let him go and follow” was exactly what I wanted to do. If I raced Paul down the back chute the door would have been left open for Jeff Stewart and Scott Lyons to capitalize, especially by the time we were in turn 3. By backing off a split second it gave us an opening to get in behind Paul and hold on to second. Congratulations to Paul, Tara, Junior, Chris and Paul’s huge fan club. He worked hard for the win as this picture shows….also thanks to my crew for allowing me to make history by leading a feature at lap 50, 60 and 70…never been done in 41 years…hey maybe were just starting to peak.

 

We Want To Change Things At Delaware

Sherry Ott  Photo
Sherry Ott Photo
Maybe It’s Time For Chrome Wheels
    We love racing at Delawre even though our best night so far has been a 12th. Our best ever at this track in Late Models is 11th, so we are eager to get a top 10 finish, the sooner the better. As we work on changing our performance at the track, we’re not sure what change we’ll see. We will however see a change in the way we look. This may be the last picture of this car fitted with black wheels. For the past 20 years all our cars have had chrome wheels, but when we rebuilt our new car over the winter we didn’t have any extra chrome. On Sunday I put a set of chrome spares from the #36 on the nine to see what it would look like and now everyone is nervous and anxious. The excitement comes from David who likes the black, as do half our crew, and excitement from those who want chrome like the other half of our crew, me and of course the good people at Grisdales as they anticipate a sale, maybe chrome wheels is all we need to get to the next level….anyway the Freedom Village Impala will have the week end off, heading to Delaware on July 24th for two features. The car will not only have new brakes with the new wheels but also new rubber for at least one of the features, likely the second. This Saturday we return to Flamboro for regular racing with #36.

 

Grisdale Triple Crown Next Up For #36

Photo by Danette
Photo by Danette
Car Complete After Serious Wreck
    The severe wreck at Flamboro on July 18th, had a serious impact on the body and chassis of our car However we are happy to announce we will be ready for the third leg of the Grisdale Triple Crown on August 8th. We are running 2nd in the Mini series…………We had our best run at Delaware on Friday night, as soon as we get a picture we’ll post it here……We want to thank Junior, Sean, Dave, Marty, Jamie and Dave Watson for helping get our car ready for this past week end. Though it rained out, we were ready to go at it July 25th until the deluge took away any hope of racing. We’re off next week end, although a ride in something may come up…if not, we have 14 races in the bank and a night off won’t be too bad.

 

July 24th Hot Laps At Delaware Speedway

Photo By Gord Nicholson
Photo By Gord Nicholson
We Have Our Best Night So Far At The Big Fast Half Mile
    We didn’t win, or get a podium finish, in fact we didn’t get in the top five, but it was our best outing at Delaware in a Late Model. Some might wonder why we’d consider finishing 10th a big deal, well actually we don’t, but it’s a small step forward and now we’re looking for a ninth or eigth place finish. Delaware is so tough for us. Getting off work to drive for an hour and a half, most always scrambling just to make warm ups and then run like a school bus in time trials…but we love racing and hopefully with some patience and good luck we can get a better finish. The big crash a few weeks ago didn’t discourage us, we intend on competing for the full schedule at Delaware as well as Flamboro. We not only had our best finish in a Late Model at Delaware, but we also debuted our new chrome wheels. We’ve always been chrome for over 20 years and once you’ve had chrome, you’ll never go black…or back. Next Delaware race is in 2 weeks.

 

Next Delaware Show August 7th With I.S.M.A.

Photo By Jamie  Maudsley
Photo By Jamie Maudsley
Our Goal Will Be More Practice
    In my final few years with the CVM, we decided to take only the necessary number of warm ups. We felt by reducing the times we went on the track, would save tires and equipment over a 24 race schedule. The opposite is true in this class, especially at Delaware. I need as much ice time as I can get so we can make changes to the car to get it closer for the features. I would like to get behind someone who’s a top 10 runner and try to follow them. The very quick cars are running much faster so those guys will have to wait for me to chase them. Cars running in the 19:3’s and 4’s are those we want to run with, and the only way to accomplih that is to make all the warm ups. Next time out, we will run every set of hot laps…..it should be a great show with the Super Modifieds running that night….thanks to Jamie Maudsley for this excellent shot of our car.

 

Next Delaware Show August 7th With I.S.M.A.

Photo By Jamie  Maudsley
Photo By Jamie Maudsley
Our Goal Will Be More Practice
    In my final few years with the CVM, we decided to take only the necessary number of warm ups. We felt by reducing the times we went on the track, would save tires and equipment over a 24 race schedule. The opposite is true in this class, especially at Delaware. I need as much ice time as I can get so we can make changes to the car to get it closer for the features. I would like to get behind someone who’s a top 10 runner and try to follow them. The very quick cars are running much faster so those guys will have to wait for me to chase them. Cars running in the 19:3’s and 4’s are those we want to run with, and the only way to accomplih that is to make all the warm ups. Next time out, we will run every set of hot laps…..it should be a great show with the Super Modifieds running that night….thanks to Jamie Maudsley for this excellent shot of our car.

 

Next Delaware Race August 7th With I.S.M.A.

Photo By Jamie Maudsley
Photo By Jamie Maudsley
More Practice

In our final few years with the CVM, we decided to take only the necessary number of warm ups. We felt by reducing the times we went on the track, would save tires and equipment over a 24 race schedule. The opposite is true in this class, especially at Delaware. I need as much ice time as I can get so we can make changes to the car to get it closer for the features. I would like to get behind someone who’s a top 10 runner and try to follow them. The very quick cars are running much faster so those guys will have to wait for me to get close to them. Cars running in the 19:3’s and 4’s are those we want to run with, and the only way to accomplish that is to make all the warm ups. Next time out, we will run every set of hot laps…..it should be a great show with the Super Modifieds running that night….thanks to Jamie Maudsley for this excellent shot of our car.

 

Late Race Crash At Delaware Speedway

Photo By CJ Capling
Photo By CJ Capling
Ironman Gets Consoled By Iron Maiden
    Nonie came over after I hit the pits right after hitting two cars on the back chute of the last lap at full speed. She seen me sitting there pondering my future in racing…that lasted 3 seconds, then I was just started whinning after that…mostly in my mind, no one listens otherwise. The plan was to finish the race and present our #9 to Steve Lyons to run in the Grisdale Triple Crown on Saturday. As you can see the plan didn’t work, so naturally the grey matter was working overtime trying to figure how or why this could happen. Every racer knows the answer, however, we’re like 5 year olds when we’re tired, really wanting to get out of town unscathed, on the eve of one of the biggest nights in our 41 years, then have a wreck that we know will not allow us to rest the next day. Our plan was working fine until the last lap of the second feature. We were minding our own business runnng 3rd last when chaos struck just under 80 mph, maybe 90. I was discouraged for a few minutes, but after some counselling from Nonie, a good look at the car, then realizing it was 95% cosmetic, but would still require a full day to get it ready for Steve, I was a little less stressed. The full story is on our web site….many thanks to Troy, Dave and Allen Maclen for helping out on Friday. Allen will be running Late Models at Flamboro starting hopefully on the 15th of August.

 

Terry Dickenson Takes The Checker

1976 Photo
1976 Photo
1966 CNE Champ Will Be Missed
    It was sad for us to hear the news of the passing of our friend Terry Dickenson. We extend our prayers and deepest sympathies to his lovely family. Terry was a true friend, helping Nonie and I on and off the track. He worked as a mechanic at Gary Brioux’s Shell and as Shop Foreman at Old Mill Pontiac. Terry was one of the fairest men I ever knew showing care for everyone. He fought for justice, especially towards the little guy, serving time on the Hobby committee, even as President. We have a tribute to Terry on our message board and welcome anyone who would like to add to it, to please say whatever comes to your heart about this fine man and great racer. This picture was taken in the summer of 1976. The familiar #92 with the big red horse, the icon of his sponsor Red Stallion, was always a contender every year he competed. His faith lead him to the ultimate checker flag where he will live forever and where there’s no more pain, no more tears and most only life. God bless you Terry and thanks for so many good memories.

 

Grisdale Triple Crown Next……No More Rain!!!

Heat Race Flamboro
Heat Race Flamboro
Paul Howse #8 Leads Grisdale Triple Crown Heading To The Finale
    Going into the final race of the Grisdale Triple Crown, Paul Howse leads us by a single point. Jason Shaw is five back with Scott Lyons eight back of Paul. Heat races will play a major role in this mini series. We know the importance of making sure we finish well in both heats. It’s a double heat format, so where you start isn’t that crucial if it’s near the back, because you’ll get to start up front for the next race. However, starting in the middle of each heat can be an advantage, or in a heat with less competitve cars. Having trouble early in the feature might not put a contender out because he can still work his way back up, but losing a lot of points in the heats could have a huge impact on winning or losing this series. For us it’s awesome to be this close to first. It’s exciting and we are looking forward to the challenge…Steve Lyons was going to drive for Steve Laking in tomorrows race, but a bad crash in practice on Thursday night August 6th sidelined the #44 car indefinetly. Steve will drive our #9 car in tomorrows Triple Crown….hopefully the rain stays away…oh ya, and especially the tornados.

 

Father And Son In First Twenty Five Lap Feature

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Better Moment For Both Of Us
    In this picture things are pretty good for David and I. We also survive the 2nd feature. In the big race David was taken out in a pile up on the back chute after getting hit from behind at high speed. He was okay but his car was badly beat up. Trevor Monaghan was driving the #9 and was spun coming off turn four. The body on the #9 was almost gone on the drivers side. When he retuned to the track he looked like the Terminator. He would go on to finish 19th of 37 cars in spite of the damage. Our car was terminated on lap 180 when I spun coming off turn two on a late race restart. That crash was one of our worst ever and has severely damaged the #36. We raced to 10th earlier in the race and if things had gone good for us we could have had a top 8 or 9. We ended up 22nd. I drove the car from turn 2 to our pit pad dragging everything. I probably shouldn’t have done that but was fueled on the dream that “maybe it’s not that bad, maybe it can be fixed right away”….the full story should be up on our site by tomorrow.

 

Disaster At Delaware

Photo By Jm Ott
Photo By Jm Ott
Where Should We Start First
    This mess was a resutl of slamming the inside retaining wall at high speed. Coming off turn two the car broke loose and it was so quick there was no way to get out of the impending crash. We were running 12th at the time and looked like we could have had a top 10. Now we got to get it back in shape to finish our Flamboro points chase. Our crew will be busy, good thing we’re off next week end.

 

What Did The Other Guy Look Like?

Dueling Patients
Dueling Patients
Home Ain’t The Same These Days
    We always look forward to Delaware’s APC 300. The hype, big crowds and many great Late Model drivers make this event an awesome privilege to be part of. We were prepared, determined and in good physical shape for this marathon. What was missing was a little luck. Getting loose off turn one can be dangerous, doing it off turn two has one result, see the picture below. Sliding side ways at 70 or 80 mph with an inside cement retaining wall as your brake, is a devastating rendezvous. Our frame, ahead of the control arms was bent, as was the Quick Change tubes. The carnage was extensive with the rear section and front bumper assembly crushed, not to mention the many twisted parts like the rad, shocks, wheels, ball joints, control arms and my bank account. We have been very blessed to have received help from my own crew of Jason, Perry and Jim. However Allen, Dave and Marty have spent several hours during the day and night helping get both cars ready. Trevor Monaghan, Dave Watson and Junior Hanley have also helped, and Jim Sweers will do some painting next week. Our goal is to be out Tuesday night and test the car for next week end. We’re only a few points out of 3rd in the Flamboro standings and want to be in good shape for that challenge. Nonie and I thank everyone for their incredible support to get us back together.

 

Getting Help From The Best

Junior and Allen
Junior and Allen
Wisdom Unlimited
    There is no way to really appreaciate the wisdom Junior Hanley has, unless you are blessed to work with him. He works alone on his own cars, so the only chance I had to watch him this close was to smash up my car pretty bad…and that I did. Junior always helps anyone who asks, and gives advice even if you don’t ask. The best thing to do when Junior talks is to listen and if it’s not clear what he said, ask him to explain more and he will, he loves to help racers. His wisdom is icredible and has no end. The biggest or smallest part of a race car makes no difference to him, he knows it all. In this picture Junior is helping us straighten both tubes on our Quick Change. The process seems a little 1960’s, but Stelco heats steel to bend it every day, and I guess it’s no different in this application. The Quick Change is set up with the port-o-power jack positioned to put just enough pressure on an alredy bent rim. The toe is in about 5/8th of an inch. There’s a lot of concentrated heat applied to certain spots on the back of the tubes followed by a quick blast of cold water from the garden hose to cool the red hot steel immediately. After a few hours of this process the axles went in and out easy. We checked the toe and I said it was perfect, Junior said “no it isn’t, it’s still out a 1/16th”! Then he smiled and said “but it will be okay”. Allen also did a lot of welding on our front clip. His racing friend, Fred, helped by welding most of our front bumper. Jason, Marty, and Dave all contributed to get us ready for this week end. Jim Sweers painted the quater panel on the #9 and Steve Lyons made the decals. In total, this deal was about $1500….th same amount we would have won had we finished where we were running. However the cost would have been more than double that if we sent it out for repair, so I am very gateful to all those who helped us….especially to Junior Hanley for spending a lot of time getting us geared up. We only have to scale the car to be ready for Flamboro.

 

Matt Makes Debut In Late Model

Freedom Village #9
Freedom Village #9
It Was Short…But He Had Fun
    Matt Dean was the 4th driver to race the #9 this season at Flamboro. The Mini Stok ace enjoyed his ride, even though short lived. Matt was anxious to get some hot laps in the car prior to getting into competition, but our work load, especially on #36 was too consuming, taking all our extra time just to get it ready and back to where it was before the Disaster at Delaware. Two sets of warm ups were all he was awarded before being let loose in the small but competitive Late Model field. Matt’s first goal was not to get lapped, and he did just that. In fact he was a long way from being lapped in the heat finishing 7th. Imagine the difference both he and Jamie Watson experienced going from 19 second laps to the high 15’s. In the feature some bad luck took him out of the race when he hit Todd Campbell, knocking loose a wire for the MSD system. He made it to the pits but the car quit. We appreciated having Matt drive for us. He raced clean and hard. All of those who have driven the #9 this year, Jeff Lancaster, Jamie Watson, Trevor Monaghan and now Matt have done very well keeping the Freedom Village Impala in the hunt. Matt and his dad Steve were amoung a huge group of friends who helped get us ready. It was an incredible, exhausting 10 days repairing the bent chassis after the APC 300 wreck, but we did it at home, we didn’t send it out. More on that in Diary Of A Season. This week John Casale wants to give it a try…just kidding…Trevor Monaghan will race the next two weeks at Flamboro, the 26th being a warm up for Octoberfest.

 

Mike Bentley #99 Wins Flamboro Feature

Photo By Gord Nicholson
Photo By Gord Nicholson
Hey Mike…Don’t Look In The Mirror
    If Mike did check his mirror he would have seen the big Q, but apparently it didn’t fizz him one bit. He was able to lead the feature from lap one to lap 30, being hounded for almost the entire race. He only got high once, but it wasn’t bad enough for us to get under him. The youngster drove a very hard and strong rac. The Bently team have had some trials and tribulations this season but it was all gone after the checker waved with the kid up front, congrats to them for an excitng win……While the Bentley’s were celebrating the win, #8 Paul Howse, and his team, were also celebrating as they captured the Late Model points Championship. The full story of this race is on Diary of A Season on our message board.

 

Emmanuel Baptist Church Men’s Breakfast

Photo By Brian Bahlmann
Photo By Brian Bahlmann
My Dedicated Crew…Up At 5:30 AM
    Last summer TQ racer Neal Cox,to my left, asked me if I would speak at his church, Emmanuel Baptist in Barrie at a Men’s Ministry breakfast. Naturally I wanted to go, it’s part of what my team and I have been doing for the past 20 years. Many times my crew came with me, only this time I was afraid they may not be so enthused to be at my house before 5:30am so we’d be at the church before 7:30am. To my surprise they were all willing to go and were ready to make the hour and a half drive for this great outreach. Over 220 men and boys attended this event. We headed home at 10:30 am, and though the races were cancelled due to rain, it didn’t dampen our spirits at all. It was a very successful outreach with 15 men making a commitment to receive Jesus Christ. Now we rest and go to Flamboro for day one of the Octoberfest Classic.

 

My Late Model Hero…Vic Parsons #1

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Racing With A Legend And Hero
    When I pulled on the track I saw the yellow #1 beside me and thought it was Larry Jackson. I knew Larry was in our heat, and I thought how weird it was that Larry was running the same colors and number as the Limited Late Model legend Vic Parsons. The car even had a sponsor name Jackson on it. I would never have expected Vic Parsons to be in our race because he ran Limited Lates. It wasn’t until after the race that I found it was indeed Vic Parsons and I was upset that I missed the moment. How could I not know, my hero, the CNE Late Model driver of the 55 Chev, #9 Cobra, sponsored by 400 Auto Wreckers….was right beside me!!! I found Dave Franks and asked him if he would get a picture of Vic and I for the second heat. He said he would do that. But Quick Vic was having engine trouble and wasn’t planning on running anymore races, maybe one lap in the feature. Dave checked his photo’s from the first heat and got this shot, and I am thankful….I remember going to the races at the CNE every Friday night. I would watch my hero #36 Glen Schurr race his Super Modified. The Supers were replaced with the Late Models and my favourite was #9 Vic Parsons. He earned that right by the way he raced and by his attitude towards fans. One day my friend Stewart Pitchford and I went to the pits to take over the Mid Season Trophy for the track promoter. Once there we met two racers. One was grumpy and basically told us to beat it, the other answered our questions and made us feel welcome. The latter was Vic Parsons. I cheered for him until he retired. He came back 20 years later to dominate in the Limited Late Models, and as proof in this picture I finally got to race with him….If anyone has a picture of the #9 Cobra 55 Chev Coupe I will put it on here. I had two number 9’s that were my hero’s…Andy Bathgate and Vic Parsons. Andy Bathgate was captain of the New York Rangers and I never stopped cheering for him either. My second Late Model was going to be number 9 to honor both Mr. Bathgate and Mr. Parsons….now I just get on the ice with Andy Bathgate.

 

Flamboro’s Octoberfest This Week End

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Looking For A Win To Close The Season
    This week end Flamboro Speedway hosts the final race of the 2009 season in Ontario. The Twin 50’s should draw 20 plus cars to compete for the biggest purse of the season paying $3000 to win. David won this race in 2008 and we won it in 2007. The track has failed to recognize the Octoberfest winners the past two seasons. The format use to be a single 100 lap race, but was changed in 2007 to two 50′ lap features, with a reverse start of the first finish making up the 2nd feature. We explained to the management team in 07′ that having that format would promote sand bagging because of the way the track was paying an equal amount of money in each race. They didn’t see it and left it as it was. Last year, the driver finishing 20th in the first and 1st in the second feature made more money than the overall Octoberfest Champ, who finsihed 3rd and 4th, by $800. Finally, over the winner, the track listened to our plea to make it an overall pay off based on the best combination finish in both races. So this years winner will not only be crowned the Late Model Octoberfest champion, but also win $3000. Our cars are ready after suffering cosmetic damage last week at Peterborugh, as shown in this Dave Franks photo. Trevor has continued to improve each week and will be a contender to take home the gold. Our car was fast at Peterborough and the past two weeks at Flamboro giving us hopes of being a multi race winner as the Octoberfest champ. Races start at 3:pm on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday is qualifying with the OSCAAR feature as well as the CVM Clash running Saturday night. All other features will be run on Sunday….you won’t need an umbrella, but a snow suit might be a good idea.

 

Another Good Run For Trevor In The 1st Fifty

Gord Nicholson Photo
Gord Nicholson Photo
Simon Sandwich
    Trevor flys down the back chute in the first feature at Flamboro. Qualifying 3rd after a 2nd and 4th in his heats, he fell back early, getting stuck on the outside. He soon got rockin’ and held off a few attempts by Simon Wild #106, bringing home an 8th place finish in this feature. Trevor had a few good runs at the end of the season including a 6th place finish at Autumn Colors. I enjoyed running with Simon again. He was a regular a Flamboro but left a few years ago. Simon ran the APC 300 and Autumn Colors, and was one of a half dozen racers who made all three fall clasics. We will meet with our team soon and go over the plans for 2010 that will include bringing our CVM back. The acceptance of the Crate engine as an alternative for 2010 made me very happy and I plan to run a full schedule in 2010 in both Late Models and the CVM.

 

Another Good Run For Trevor In The 1st Fifty

Gord Nicholson Photo
Gord Nicholson Photo
Simon Sandwich
    Trevor flys down the back chute in the first feature at Flamboro. Qualifying 3rd after a 2nd and 4th in his heats, he fell back early, getting stuck on the outside. He soon got rockin’ and held off a few attempts by Simon Wild #106, bringing home an 8th place finish in this feature. Trevor had a few good runs at the end of the season including a 6th place finish at Autumn Colors. I enjoyed running with Simon again. He was a regular a Flamboro but left a few years ago. Simon ran the APC 300 and Autumn Colors, and was one of a half dozen racers who made all three fall clasics. We will meet with our team soon and go over the plans for 2010 that will include bringing our CVM back. The acceptance of the Crate engine as an alternative for 2010 made me very happy and I plan to run a full schedule in 2010 in both Late Models and the CVM.

 

United Way Event At Hamilton Airport

Photo By Perry Van Haaren
Photo By Perry Van Haaren
    Meet Our New Over-Head Spotter…We’ll Never Get Spun Out Again
    On Saturday, some of our crew and family helped support the United Way “Plane Pull” at the Hamilotn Airport. Teams signed up to see how long it would take them to pull this Lancaster Bomber 25′. Each group entering paid $500 with all proceeds going to the United Way. Quaker State supports this worthy charity and we were there to represent our sponsor for this important event. Special thanks to my crew Jim, Perry, Marty and Bruce for coming out as well as Donna, Trevors mom, Trevor, Brooke and their children. Our grand daughter Lauren and Jim’s son David also helped hand out pictures to the kids who were there with their parents.

 

Best Appearing Car 2009

Steve Lyons..Creative Edge
Steve Lyons..Creative Edge
Third Time Best Appearing Car
    Flamboro Speedway had their annual banquet last night at the Waterdown Legion. One of the awards given to each class was Best Appearing Car. We won this award in 2005 and 2008. Those two paint schemes were different from each other and our 2009 car, and it was decided to make this yearss car different again. Thanks to the efforts by Jim Sweers to take spend the extra time to lay out the paint the way we wanted and the magic by Creative Edge, perhaps our best ever lettering job by Steve Lyons, we were blessed to win this award again. We like the look of the car so much, it may be with us for a while. Winning this award was largely due to the work by Jim and Steve, but both would attest that keeping the car looking great every week is perhaps as important as getting the right paint scheme in the first place. For that I want to thank my crew Jim, Jason, Perry, Marty, Troy, Sarah and Allen for helping to that end. Each of us would agree however, that Marty made a superb effort in keeping the car looking awesome week after week putting his final touch before every race night. We also want to thank all our sponsors for being part of our team and helping us to finish 3rd in the Grisdale Tripe Crown, 4th at Flamboro and winning our 3rd Best Appearing Car award in 5 seasons with Late Models.

 

Moving To NASCAR…..Online

2010 Cot Car
2010 Cot Car
Motorcycle Racer Paints Potential 2010 Scheme
    Terry Bauman, a motorcycle dirt and ice racer from Michigan, painted this Cot car in a scheme that will very likely be close to what we use for our 2010 #36. Terry his brother Tom, along with the Larkin family and many others from Ontario and the United States race every week, sometimes 3 or 4 nights in two series. Web sites are 3 Unit. and Rolling Thunder Gaming .com. It’s not easy to race these cars competitvely against those who have been doing it for years. I almost always qualify last and the only reason I finish in the top 10 of 20 cars is becasue of attrition. It takes practice to get good. The great thing about on-line simulated racing is that when you wreck or crash badly you just have to push “eascape” and then “return to pits” and a second later your car is like new ready to go. That only works in practice and happy hour, once the game starts you have to be careful because when you wreck bad your spotter comes on and says “we got big-time engine trouble buddy”, and when you hear that you know even if you keep racing you will be 60% power at best…some of the kids who race on-line, race go-karts at Flamboro Speedway and they are very good at it. Don’t worry, I’m not leaving real racing for computer racing even though it’s cheaper, safer, less tiring with unlimited tires and repair budget. However, it is a fun way to pass time over the winter with a great bunch of guys who go out of their way to help making it a great evening of entertainment.

 

2010 Rebuild Underway

Jason At  Work
Jason At Work
Merry Christmas…Now Crew Gets Early Start For 2010
    Jim, Jason, Marty and I got our 2010 season rolling with the stripping of both #9 and #36. Here Jason manouvers the engine hoist as both cars have bodies and drive lines removed. The two cars will head to McColl Racing this week to have repairs and upgrades installed for 2010. The #9 will be converted totally to a coil over strut system. We were going to do the same to #36, but advice from a great racer and friend suggested to save the cost in going coil over/strut and take the 50 pound weight brake instead. We will however make sure the car is the best it can be with the chassis set up we used last season. Jason and Paul were faster than us most nights, but we will explore some ways to pick up lap times and be more competitive. We finished every Flamoro Late Model feature in the top 10 in 2009, the only team to do that. We were beat in the heats, with both Jason and Paul winning 8 or 9 each. This season will be different because a double heat format will be used, the only fair way to count points, otherwise it’s luck of the draw and it was obvious with only 20 points separating the top 4 in Flamboro points, heat races had a huge impact. We plan to be ready for the coming season and go after our first ever Late Model title. It won’t be easy, that’s what will make it special, not to mention winning a Flamboro title period.

2008 LM History

The Go Cart Will Win At This Point

Two Tone
Two Tone
Two Tone Chassis
    For the first time in 40 years we painted our chassis two tone. I wnated the contrast and Dave Watson got it done. All the bolt on parts are either painted cleaned or replced. We will start assembly this week.

 

A Good Week

Detailed
Detailed
Like A Model Car
    What a week we had. Our crew of Jim, Dave, Jason and Perry worked hard on Monday and Wednesday to get ready for Saturday. Two of David’s crew came over, Marty and Dave, helping our team get a majority of work done on the car Saturday. We’re excited that things have gone smoothly so far. It was a huge commitment to strip the car totally and clean, paint or replace the parts that were put back on. It was like putting a model car together. The work we did was beneficial to my crew in understanding more about the car and how it went together. The picures on the wall were taken before disassemble so we would be sure to get the car back together exactly as it was when we stopped racing in 07′. A few changes include a new bolt on front sub clip that holds the nose and front bumper. All new shocks, seat belts and drive shaft. The old shocks and drive shaft will help fill our void spare parts supply. It’s taken quite a while to get some spare parts, hopefully we don’t need to use them. This week we intend to finish all the bolt on parts, mount the body, and take the car to Jim Sweers to have the body painted. Jim will remove the Monte Carlo shell, hang it up and paint it all at once. Then it’s back home to finish. We hope to have it lettered by the first week of February.

 

Late Model Waiting For Paint

Lots Of Rivets
Lots Of Rivets
Still Lots To Do Beside Paint
    Our crew has worked hard to get us this far. Dave Watson has done much of the welding and fitting the body, we are happy with the car. Jim, Jason and Parry have spent quite a few hours getting the chassis stripped, prepped and ready for paint. This week we drilled the rivet holes for the front and rear windshield and got the trunk lid mounted. We have a few more little things to do before painting and then we start cleaning and organizing our spare parts. This year our focus was completely stripping the car and putting it back together, a move that helped the boys get to know the car better. Another focus was stocking our spare parts supply which has been very low since we first started. We now have good bench strength for 2008 as we take a run a the Flamboro Points Championship. It is a little ironic that we now have many of the spare parts most commonly needed, yet to have a good shot at winning the Championship, we should still have them all, or most of them at the end of the season.

 

1983 History

Judy Barrett Beauty
Judy Barrett Beauty
This One Has It All
    Judy Barrett air brushed the mountain lion on our hood. This picture in our 83′ history sums up alot about our racing. Chrome everywhere, Quaker State 10th year and “36 For Schurr” on the hood. There are quite a few pictures in 83, with lots more to post.

 

Remembering Harry Bow #35

Late Model, Hobby Racer
Late Model, Hobby Racer
Harry Crosses The Finish Line
    On Saturday afternoon, at his home, Harry Bow, Nonies brother, passed away. Though he had been struggling with his health the past few years, he had mellowed considerably and was enjoying life with Joan his beautiful wife. Harry began his racing career in the Hobby class in 1973. It took him less than a season to win his first feature, in fact he won all 3 races that night. Harry moved on to Late Models to battle with Ontario super stars Don Biederman and Junior Hanley. There are many pictures in our CVM history, early years, that include stories about Harry. He certainly was a character throughout his racing years. He was a great help to me, always getting my car ready when I needed him, and that was quite a bit. In 1978 he suggested that I race using two feet instead of one. I thought he was nuts and didn’t want to make the change. To my surprise and shock he took a torch and cut the brake pedal off my car so I had no choice in the matter. Screaming, yelling, cursing and fying beer bottles immediately followed. We made up before the sun went down. Our next race was Delaware and in the warm ups I almost drove my foot through the floor when I tried using my right foot as the brake. The pedal had been moved over to the left and my foot missed it completely. After a few weeks I started to get use to the change, I never went back to one foot racing. He had a great understanding of mechanical things, and the brake pedal move was only one of many he taught me. Harry will be missed. Our prayers are with his immediately family Joan, Nonie and Debbie, his daughter as well as his many friends and competitors. His funeral is Tuesday February 5th at Turner and Porter funeral home in Toronto at 2357 Bloor Street between Jane and Runnymede.

 

Remembering Harry Bow #35

Flamboro Pits
Flamboro Pits
Harry Gets Last Laugh
    Yesterdays funeral service for Harry, the husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, brother-in-law and friend, was filled with emotions both sad and happy. Those who spoke gave testimony of a caring, loving, generous man. There were four who chose to come forward and thank Harry for his kindness. His wife Joan was blessed to live with a mellow loving husband the past four years. Debbie, his daughter, was so glad the two were reconciled the past few years giving her a chance to thank him for helping her through some rough times as a kid. Debbies last words to her dad just two days before he died were, I love you. Danny, Harrys step son was thankful for the many things Harry taught him and Molly, Debbies friend saw a compassionate loving side of Harry when he reached out to her while she was a youngster and needed help. The one person Harry would not have expected to speak would have been me. We battled for years. He always tried to out do me. When he beat me he loved to laugh about it. No matter how much I tried to get one up, he always managed to get the last laugh. Though he grew closer to me the last 10 years he still found ways to get at me about racing or religion or both. He did it in fun, but found the exercise futile since I didn’t react the way I did when I was much younger. Though he wouldn’t have had any say in the matter, I’m sure Harry may have rathered someone else conduct his funeral service, but through the blessings of his wife, daughter and sister Nonie, (my dear wife) it was me who would act as clergy, an honour I glady accepted. I would end our relationship one up on him, but in a very positive way. How did Harry get the last laugh? At the grave side we concluded with the placing of roses on the casket. My daughter, Shirley, came over to me while we were still standing by the grave and asked me if I looked at the huge 5 foot marble headstone. I did look at it briefly before the final ceremony and noticed one persons life from 1878 to 1938 and thought, wow this goes back a long way. Getting back to Shirley, I answered her , “no, why”?. She said “take a closer look at the headstone”. My eyes started at the top and slowly fell as I read all those who had passed on. Then at the bottom was the shocker, something I never seen before. There, nicely scribed, on the final row of this giant monument was Nonies name with her birth date, and right beside her name was MINE. I was speechless and started to mumble so much I could hardly talk right. (good thing I had already finished the final words of the service). I felt like Scrooge when he seen his name on the headstone, definitely nothing I felt before. Nonie, very surprised at my reaction said, “I told you we already had our plot, Harry arranged it for us”. I said “yes, I know, but why is my name on it now, it didn’t need to go on it already”. Anyway we laughed as we drove away from the graveyard and I thought, “Harry, you got the last laugh”. We’ll miss him.

 

Name Those Dudes

Muppett Grumps
Muppett Grumps
The Dash Of Our 36 Dodge Hobby Car
    In our CVM History section, 1983, this picture is there. I put out a request of the name of one of these two grumpy men (my favourites) on the Muppett Show. I remembered Waldorf. The other day one of David’s crew members, David Lewis, called me letting me know that Statler was the other member of this funny duo.

 

Trevor James Photo

Flamboro 1995
Flamboro 1995
1995 CVM
    It will be a while to get to the 1995 CVM History, however this picture was sent to me from Trevor James so we put up now, plus all it’s doing outside is snowing. 95 was a good year, but you’ll have to wait. Meanwhile check out all the dumb stuff we did in the 70’s and early 80’s, we actually started getting our race program together in 83, slowly, but it was improving…thanks for the picture Trevor. text]

Go Cart Frame Ready For Paint

Go Cart
Go Cart
Gehrig Has Frame Stripped
    We want to get the go-cart painted with the Late Model and Gehrig and Lauren worked on the car a few weeks ago. The past few nights Gehrig spent more time getting the cart stripped completely. After it’s sanded it will be ready for paint. It was different taking this apart with my grandson, and hopefully easy to put back together.

Working At Jimmy Sweers

Jim Sweers Garage
Jim Sweers Garage
Go Back And Forth….Don’t Wax It
    We were working on the body Wednesday night at Jim Sweers. While we were sanding the panels he noticed my method. “Hey, you’re not waxing the car, don’t use a circular motion”! He showed us how to do it properly, and we went nuts. It was an incredibly bitter cold night, one that makes you want to start on the car a lot earlier in 2009. Anyway, Jason and Perry helped get the car ready for paint and then with the help of Randy, Pee Wee and Larry, Jim had us all carry the one piece body into his paint shop. The one small problem, okay big problem we accidentally caused Jim, (in my 40th year, I’m still accidentally causing grief somehow) was when we painted the chassis silver. We should have taken all the body panels out of our garage. “What’s this”? Jim asked. I wanted to say fog, or snow, but both of them would have went away in seconds. Now he has to figure out how to get the silver overspray off the rubber bumpers and fenders. One thing for certain, we continue to learn what not to do. Over the next 40 years perfection should be on the horizon.

2008 Paint Scheme Coming Soon

2007 Shot
2007 Shot
Last Picture Taken Of 2007 Charger
    Jimmy Sweers finished the paint on our car and he did an amazing job…again. The Monte Carlo is now at the sign shop, should be done by Tuesday, and we may just take it from their shop to the car show. Please…no more snow..no more -10. Meanwhile this is the last picture taken of our 2007 Charger. The floor makes me think of putting those glow lights under the car, wouldn’t that be awesome. Imagine, Late Models with under chassis lights…that may go over better than a CVM with a V8 Crate. Imagine that too, World Of Outlaw Coupes.

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How Dumb Is This!!

Gehrig's Picture
Gehrig’s Picture
Jack In The Snow
    Last Thursday I dropped the car off to be lettered. Once the car was inside I hurried out to move the truck and trailer because it was blocking other cars, though no one was leaving at that time. In my haste I pulled away with the trailer jacked up. Naturally the jack broke. When it broke off it bent and twisted the bottom part of the jack that has to slide up through fairly tight squared slots. So, here I am whacking the steel to get it straight enough to remove it. Naturally I need it fixed to get the car back in the trailer Wednesday to take it to the show on Thursday, and naturally my best time to remove the broken jack is on this snowy blowy Saturday March 8th storm. Snow blast number 47 for 2008, they say we’re deep in gloabal warming. I’d say more like another ice age. Anyway I was deep in snow because of a mental lapse that just proves nothing changes after 40 years.

Performance World Car Show This Week End

David's New Car Look
David’s New Car Look
Show Info
    Performance World Custom Car Show March 14 – 16, 2008 www.performanceworldcarshow.com Admission: Adults: (13+) $20.00 Youths: (6-12) $ 5.00 Children 5 & under FREE! March 14, 2008 From 10:00am to 10:00pm March 15, 2008 From 10:00am to 10:00pm March 16, 2008 From 10:00am to 6:00pm Free Parking

New Paint Scheme For 2008

Performance World
Performance World
Quaker State Crew At Performance World
    Many of our crew and friends came to help this week end. Special thanks to David’s crew for setting up the display giving our sponsors some excellent exposure. Pictured here from left to right are Perry, Leanne, Jason, me and Jim. Leanne came down to help out, she may drive our CVM a few nights in 08′. Special thanks to Perry and Karen from Embroidme in Burlington for making our excellent crew shirts.

Performance World

Quaker State Display
Quaker State Display
New Paint Design
    This paint scheme isn’t totally new, many cars have had a black and silver combo, however it was new for us, with the exact layout panned last summer. Nonie and I talked about it and wanted to go in this direction to do something special for our 40th year. It’s one thing to have an idea, but a totally different deal to bring it to completion. Many people helped accomplish this dream. Dave Watson painted the chassis and roll cage. We wanted a two tone cage. It was more work and more time but Dave got it done. I really appreciated Jim Sweers taking the time to do the paint lay out. He was the next step in the assembly. Jim, could have easliy tried to convinced me to go with all black to get it done quicker but he was willing to spend extra time to do it the way we wanted. Also, Jim, Irene, Mike and Jeremy of Oakville Sign A Rama took enough time and patience to finish it off for the car show. They were very professional and had the same desire as our entire team of getting it done the way we wanted. The numbers were created by Steve Lyons for 07′ and we couldn’t resist using them again in 08′. All of these people and our crew of Jim, Jason and Perry encouraged us throughout the entire process. We were very fortunate to win Best Stock Car, a tribute to everyone who played a part in this project.

Ed Stewart Equipment Sponsors Bikes

#56 Jeff Stewart
#56 Jeff Stewart
A Pleasent Surprise
    We have bikes sponsored by all our sponsors in 2008, as well as David’s team. A team that always helps the racing business, #82 Jason Shaw, also sponsored a bike for our “Giving Back Tour”, in fact they were the first to come forward for us. What happended today was totally unexpected. A web site has been created for churches, or anyone else, to buy on line tickets for the July 26th special event, 40 lapper. Ben Robinson, senior editor for the Evangelical Christian magazine, is going to do a story on our team and promote this special race in hopes of getting a thousand extra fans to Flamboro. His book has a 20,000 mostly Christian audience. When I checked out the site www.40yearsofracing.com a picture of Jeff Stewarts car was used to promote the race. I didn’t mind, but I was worried that Jeff might. I called to ask if he was okay with a picture of his car being used this way on the site page, and he was more than agreeable. After explaining to Jeff about our 40th Anniversary and that we were giving a bike away a night, he asked if he could sponsor a bike, then within a few minutes made it three bikes for the kids. So to Ed Stewart Equipment, and all those who have helped us we are truly thankful.

Stanley Avenue Baptist Church

Hamilton
Hamilton
Late Model Goes To Church
    We were invited to speak at the Stanley Avenue Baptist church men’s breakfast this past week end. It was a beautiful day. This was our 5th non race appearance with our car since the 2007 season finished. Four of the five events involved a church speaking engagement, and of course the other was Performance World. Located in downtown Hamilton, this well established church has been blessing the community for many many years. Our next outing is on April 27th for the grand opening of our new sponsor location, ABIS Dental Group in Milton Ontario and then we will be involved with Barton Auto Parts special show at Mohawk College on April 30th. After that I think we go racing if there’s no more snow and not too much rain.

Let Me In The Garage!!!

33 Chev Coupe
33 Chev Coupe
Coupe Won’t Go Away
    We thought our little friend was sold to Jim and Josh Korenyi, but they decided not to venture into a full time season with the CVM. In such a short time of racing they spent $3500 on Buzz N Blow (we also spent $3500) and found that expense to be far too much to race in any class. Josh was good with the car but spent more time parked with inline worries and the experience wasn’t so much fun. We bought the new tires they purchased in 07′ as well as some other spares to add to the many we already have. I was thinking if there was anyway I could get a Volkswagon and paint it like our 1971 scheme, we would have a racer from every era we raced. Our grand children want to give go-cart racing a try and maybe if the CVM is still here in 2012, they will get to race it as well. Gehrig will be 10 and Lauren 9 by mid July, meaning that Gehrig could race in 4 more years. Wow. Meanwhile the Coupe, who once dominaetd our garage,(and Buzz N Blow..the engine…who dominated our wallet) parked next to the #37 Coupe of Davids, has been demoted to outside parking. David’s Monte Carlo can be seen in the back ground and has no intentions of moving over. We removed all the decals on the car but the Quaker State and Star. Sort of ironic because, for now, the little Coupe sits under the stars with a tarp on it at night. Leanne Ruelens will pilot the black Knight a few times in 08′ and of course I can’t wait to run with the CVM boys whenever I get the opportunity. It’s just a hard thing to part with this historical part of our family.

Grand Opening ABIS Dental Group Milton

This Monte Carlo Needs Fangs
This Monte Carlo Needs Fangs
ABIS Dental Group Staff
    On our season opener at Flamboro Speedway Saturday night, the results showed we didn’t have much in the way of teeth to get a good bite on the comptition. However, we did survive and were able to take our car to our newest sponsor, ABIS Dental Group, grand opening in Milton, where fixing teeth is their specialty. Mark and Agatha have another location in Oakville and are planning to have a new store next year in Waterdown. Please support our sponsor for your dental needs.

Hey Coupe Get Out Of The Garage!!!

Honey We Need To Move
Honey We Need To Move
This Can’t Be
    The Kid, the Kart and the Coupe were all in the garage leaving no room for our Late Model. We actually needed to fix the CVM clutch and wanted to do that in the garage. Meanwhile the rear bumper and frame were bent and had to be fixed on the Late Model. We got all of the rear damage repaired thanks to both our team and Eddie, David’s crew chief. We’ll do our maintenance for this week end on Wednesday night.

Leanne Ruelens To Share The Driving In 08′

33 Chev Coupe
33 Chev Coupe
Leanne Debuts At Flamboro
    Since 2005, Jesse Pontello and Josh Korenyi have driven our 33 Chev Coupe to support the CVM. Jesse is now racing a Late Model at Delaware Speedway and Josh will be racking up more wins in his “Shifter Kart”. In 2008, Leanne will race a few nights and if arrangements can be made, I will race the car in the Twin 25′ and our special night July 26th. Leanne impressed me a few years ago when she drove in the Ladies Powder Puff race. She was agressive and stood out in that run. It’s a huge leap to compete with so many strong running veteran CVM racers but we’ve mandated that Leanne do this for fun and improve the best she can each week. She turned 5600 RPM this past week end. The tach will be our guide to see her progress. I must admit she is quite brave. Her street car is a Mazda, maybe 100 hp. When she mats the throttle on the Chev Coupe, she will increase the speed as the 300 horses kick in, as well as her heart rate. She was incredibly excited to run the car this past week end. We’ll send it out to Steve Lyons for lettering next week. The Hobby’s are off next week end giving Leanne an extra week to prepare for her second night of racing.

Oh!! …We Got Trouble In Turn Three

Stripping #36
Stripping #36
Honey We Found The Rattle
    After wrecking so hard Saturday in the heat race we needed to make sure everything was okay. We bent the motor mounts, ball joints, all the mounts on the frame and some suspension parts. It made for easy access by taking the body off and the engine out. Our wreck on Saturday was the worst ever in Late Model, mostly because of the side impact. It was good to get back out in the feature after the wreck to see if whatever happened would show up again, not that I wanted to slam the fence again, but to determine what caused us to hit so fast and hard. Running the feature proved there was nothing wrong with the car, other than the bent stuff. After talking to David on Sunday and comparing our car weights with 2007 ntoes, we concluded the cause of our wreck was from a very severe loose condition compounded by driving in hard and hitting the brakes, making the car come around even faster. Loose anywhere is not good, but on entry it’s dangerous, a remedy for disaster, and our team learned a lesson, the hard way. The boys worked hard again today and we should have the car finished by Thursday, but for sure for the week end. We have a show to do this Wednesday at the Rock River Congrgation in Mississauga, Bruce Smith’s church. The children are looking forward to us coming and we didn’t want to let them down. There is a classic car show in the parking lot and we were scheduled to be on display in front of the church….and we will….with the Pennzoil car. It’s on the North Service Road between Cawthra and Dixie Road. If you’re in the area drop by.

May 17th Bike Winner

Rebecca Easton
Rebecca Easton
First Bike To Racers Niece
    Rebecca Easton came to Flamboro Speedway, with her dad and mom, to watch her uncle Ron Easton race his new Vintage Modified Coach. Ron wasn’t so lucky in his race, but Rebecca came home with a brand new bike. Congratulations to Rebecca, we wish you a very safe summer riding your new bike.

Elliott’s Have Awesome Night

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
First Win Of Season…2nd In Feature
    The struggles we had all season came to a head last week with our heat crash. Hard work by our dedicated crew this past week not only got us back, but to the winners circle. Our turn around started on the holiday Monday when we stripped the car down to make repairs and go over the car thoroughly. Perry, Jason, Troy, and Dave Watson helped get the car ready. On Friday night Thatcher came over to help us scale the Monte Carlo and give us the simple steps if we had to make any chassis adjustments at the track. We did make a few adjustments and after some hot laps we were set. Our team efforts resulted in our first win and a 2nd place finish in the feature….and not a mark on the car. The night was special because David won his heat and won the feature giving the Pennzoil Quaker State team a clean sweep. May 31st we head to Sauble Speedway for their first ever 150 lap race. David will not make this trip, he will be at Flamboro Saturday night. We will give a bike away at both Flamboro and Sauble this week end.

Two Bikes Given Away June 7th

Flamboro Speedway
Flamboro Speedway
Perry VanHaaren Sponsors Bikes On June 7th
    On June 7th at Flamboro Speedway, a pair of bikes were given away to two young race fans. These bikes were sponsored by Perry and Karen VanHaaren of Embroidme Burlington. Perry is pictured here with the kids and we’re sorry we don’t know their names. Congratulations to the young ones and thanks to Perry and Karen for supporting this effort in celebration of our 40th year racing.

Family Jury Finds David………”Not Guilty”

Side By Side
Side By Side
Spotter Reconsiders No Call
    Last night (June 13th)we watched the Cogeco Cable TV footage of the Grisdale Triple Crown race on June 7th. What we expected to see was David’s car leaping into turn three and making hard contact with our car. That was what I felt sitting in the car, that he drove into the back of our car. After watching the taped race, Nonie, our daughter Shirley, Leanne Ruelens, our spotter Jim and me, it was clear to all of us, that David got a good run on us coming off turn two and for the first half of the back chute he was at our quarter panel but near the end of the straight he was up to our rear wheel. Jim said right after watching the incident “I should have made the call”. The call he was referring to was “car low”. There is more on this than just the no call, a bizzar twist that made things much worse. The whole story and exoneration of David is on our site message board. To David and his crew….”we apologize for putting you through so much grief after the race”. This mess was not your fault.

Warm Ups Okay

Another Bad Night
Another Bad Night
Practice Usually Safe…Features Another Story
    For the past two weeks we’ve had problems in the feature. In both races we were running in the top three and were involved in a wreck. Now we are worried that bad things come in three’s. If they do, we’re in trouble this week. So my advice to all our competitors is to stay clear of us. Maybe the best thing to do is to let me get way ahead, that way you’ll be safe. We are considering putting a Fire Truck sign on the back of our car, ‘STAY BEHIND THIS VEHICLE 150 Feet’. If we finish in a good spot, like first, the curse will be lifted, then we all can go back to normal for June 28th. I know this is a rare request, but let’s try it for one week.

Delaware Bound….Bring An Umbrella? NO!

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Part Source 141 This Friday
    We survived last Saturday night, and no, we didn’t get way in front like we hoped. We did however, get way behind, which can be just as safe and managed to avoid one huge wreck on lap 9. Anyway, we are in good shape to head to Delaware Speedway for the Part Source 141 special. It will be our 2nd big race of 08, the first being the Sauble Speedway Margarita 150. The weather man is calling for some wild weather…intermittent tornado’s with occasional forest fires…okay, not that weird, but it seems as we approach every week end we are warned of the pending wash out for Saturday and Sunday. It must drive baseball players, golphers, bar-b-que people…oh ya, and racers..nuts. The cottage people don’t care about the weather anymore, they have the constant increase of gas that has them in a frenzy. Racers don’t care about the gas, not when new tires, and the chance of severly wrecking your car are your biggest costs to avoid. We are ready to go for Friday, if it rains we’ll be ready for Saturday, if it rains the rest of the year, we’ll be ready for the Sanat Clause parade.

Parts Source 141

No Rain But Lots Of Laps
No Rain But Lots Of Laps
Quaker State Car At Delaware
    Over the years we have been frustrated by the inconsistancy of weather forescasts. This past week the reports were up and down like the stock market. As you can see by this picture the weather turned out great and no rain showed up until the race was over, our maintenance was done (that’s right, our crew changed the oil/filter, gears and a nut & bolt check) and the car loaded. We didn’t burn up the track but we ran better than the last time we were here with an 11th place finish. We were happy with the fact we ran okay and came home in one piece. Read the full report on our Message board under the topic “Diary of A Season”.

Exchanging Of Cards……Not Changing of The Guard

After The Parts Source 141
After The Parts Source 141
Sharing Hero Cards With A Future Star
    After the Delaware 141 Jesse Pontello and I gave each other Hero Cards. Maybe one day I could be working for Jesse, you know, sort of like, “the changing of the guard”…but words of wisdom to Jesse…”be patient”. In 2005 Jesse drove our CVM, picking up some good finsihes and his first ever checker flag in a stock car. This past winter he made the move to race a Delaware Late Model. On Friday June 27th Jesse and I got to race against each other for the first time. This coming Saturday we’ll get to do it again as he brings his blue Monte Carlo #88 to my part of the woods, Flamboro Speedway. There are many young kids in racing today, none are more polite or friendlier than this youngster. All of us at Elliott Racing, wish him and his family a most exciting and fun filled journey in this awesome sport.

Happy Young Girl Wins Bike

Flamboro Speedway
Flamboro Speedway
Winning A Bike Is A Good Deal
    Over the years with the CVM, Elliott Racing Team donated one bike to be given away through various Kids Clubs at the tracks we visited. This year however, to celebrate our 40th Anniversary, we made it our goal to give a bike away every night. The only thing we didn’t expect was how happy the kids were going to be. We had a good idea they would be excited, but not like this. Last week we were asked to come on the track to present the bike to winner. This young lady was very excited, though a little shy, at winning this beautiful bike, donated by Timber Green Landscaping. Almost half of the bikes have been sponsored and we are grateful to all those who helped with this special endevour. On July 26th we will be giving away 5 bikes, as well as our 40th Anniversary souvenir program.

July 19th………Rained Out

July 26th On The Horizon
July 26th On The Horizon
Rain Out A Blessing?
    I can’t believe I agree that losing tonight to rain is a good thing…but it is. We have a lot to do this week to prepare for our Giving Back Tour night, and the last thing we needed was extra nights working on the car. Even if we won, there would be at least one full night going over the car. Right after it was announced the race was cancelled, we took the car to Jim Sweers for a face lift for next week. He is going to paint the silver and do some other touch ups so the car looks awesome for our fans and sponsors. All the maintenance is done. Now we can concentrate on decorating the building in turn one, setting up tables, tents and making sure Gerry and Josh know what’s going on so they can help make the night even better. So, as hard as it is to admit…a rain out could not have come at a better time.

Huntley Street….Norm MacLaren & Reynold Maines

Photo By Michael Moon
Photo By Michael Moon
July 26th Race Gets Divine Coverage
    What a great honour it was today to be with these two Christian men on Huntley Street. Norm, in the middle, is an enthusiastic fan and Reynold, son of David Mainse, was tremendous with his questions and interest in our sport. They showed some video footage of both the Late Models and CVM while asking me questions, as well as still shots of both classes. We promoted the July 26th race at Flamboro Speedway and hopefully many new fans come out to this event. The most important aspect of me being on this show was to talk about racing but, more importantly my faith in Jesus Christ. You can see this TV show tonight at 9:pm or later at 1:am in the morning.

Celebrating With Our Friends

Photo By Gordon Nicholson
Photo By Gordon Nicholson
Oh, What A Night
    We were so focused on making sure all the Giving Back Tour plans got done, we never thought we would be celebrating a victory. The season has been up and down at best, though we’d been running strong lately. To hope it didn’t rain out, that people would come, that enough Late Model drivers would be out, that all the food and books and bikes got presented in the right way at the right time was our main concern. To hope for a win was not even on the agenda, and when we got it we went nuts. Nonie, our crew, our sponsors and fans must have thought like I did, “pinch me, this can’t be real”. Taking the checker with David second was unbelievable. This was by far our most meaningful win, and we thank God for sending us so many great people to help us, and be part of this memorable night.

Glen Schurr’s Grandchildren

3rd Generation for Schurr
3rd Generation for Schurr
Grand Children Of Hero Make 40th Race
    My race hero as most of you know was #36 Glen Schurr. Last week we celebrated our 40th Anniversary night and we’re proud to have in our pits,3 of Glen and Mary’s grand children, Sydney, Julia and Fayth. Here they pose with the 33 Chev Coupe prior to the races………….we are racing Flamboro tonight and hopefully it does not rain, because the rain date is tomorrow but we are heading to Sauble first thing in the morning for the Quaker State 100.

Sauble Brings Out The Best

Picture By Andrew
Picture By Andrew
Best Ever Feature Finish In A 100 Lap Race

After our win on July 26th and Saturday nights exciting 2nd place feature finish, we were on a run of many blessings. It’s true I love running at Sauble and we usually do well there, but what happened in the feature left us giddy and dumb founded again. We qualified outside pole with a 3rd and 1st in our heat races. It was our first Late Model win at Sauble. Johnathan Urlin started pole and would go on to win the Quaker State 100. We would have our best finsih ever in a big race crossing the line in 2nd place. Nonie was spotting for me, Jim had to work as did Jason. She was amazing with her info and kept saying from lap 25 that we had a strong car and just had to maintain our pace to get 2nd. With 8 laps to go, the final caution came out and she started crying tears of joy. She said “you’ve got it, your going to finish 2nd”. Her play by play was awesome, coaching and talking to me every lap. My spotters never tell me how to drive only where cars are on the track and if cars are inside or outside. Nonie and Jim give such great detail, I can almost picture the what the race looks like from the grandstands even tough I’m in the car. What a night for us to shine with Quaker State sponsoring the race. Thanks to all our crew and sponsors for giving us this opportunity to run competitively….also congratulations to Jonahtan Urlin for his win, and to Ron Sheridan for racing us hard and clean.

The Tide Is Coming In

Photo By Gehrig Halliday
Photo By Gehrig Halliday
Rained Out!!!!….No Kidding
    There should be a new word for the rain we’ve been having. It wasn’t rained out today, it was “flooded or deluged out”. Can’t remember ever seeing the fields and parking lot at Flamboro this wet. Even when we headed to the track to check it out, we saw ditches and fields flooded like never before…and it dosen’t look like it’s going to stop any time soon. John and Frank only have so many days to make money in this business, we feel bad for them. Sunday is suppose to be the Rain Date, but the forecast shows a rainy day. Even if it’s hot and sunny, no one will be able to put there car in fan parking area because of the huge massive rain created ponds. Rain is good..too much rain is no good…this is no good. Hopefully next week is dry. When we left there must have been twenty thousand Sea Gulls sitting and flying around. I’m guessing they were waiting for the fishing boat to return.

“Beware Of The Guard Dog”

Photo By Andrew Fletcher
Photo By Andrew Fletcher
Sadie Keeps Watch
    It was a fun day on Saturday before the races, that included a photo session with Sadie. However, what happened 9 hours after this picture was most disappointing. We will survive, and be ready for the double header this week end. Meanwhile Sadie is making sure no more damage comes to the car….you do not want to mess with this pet.

The Battle Got Tense Near The End

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Scott and David Chase Me Into Three
    This past week end we ran the final race of the Grisdale Triple Crown. Paul Howse won the series followed by Scott Lyons and Mark Burbridge. We missed the podium by ONE point. David was 5th in the three race event with his awesome 4th place finish on Sunday. It was one of the wildest and most exciting Late Model features in a few seasons. Scott Lyons #52 finished 6th in the feature but took runner up honors in the mini series. This week end, we’ll be at Flamboro for regular racing and fan appreciation. Then on Sunday it’s off to Delaware for the biggest race of the year. There should be 30 to 40 cars, it will be our first ever 200 lap race….200 laps, when I think about it, it seems like a lot, and why am I doing these big races now? We ran 150 laps at Sauble May 31st, 141 at Delaware on June 27th, then another 100 at Sauble August 3rd. I know, soon I’ll be able to do the 500 lappers and surely someone from NASCAR will draft me…before it’s too late.

Late Model Goes To Church

Kids From The Church
Kids From The Church
Oakville Church Of The Nazarene
    A few months ago Pastor Betty and Michael Zita (far right) asked Nonie and I to bring our car to their church to support a community event called Rally Day. I had an opportunity to share both our passion for racing and my faith. After the service was over, there was an autograph session and then some gathered for this picture. A few men of the church, acting, John, Dave and Art, acting as our pit crew away from the track, helped us set up the tent. Art, second from the right, brought his 71 Chev truck. It started raining shortly after we arrived, so putting the tent up was a necessity, keeping our car and Art’s truck dry…..last night at Flamboro, during our pre race prayer time, we asked for protection for all the race teams and our race car, knowing that we were taking it to church on this Sunday morning. After the race, we prayed again, giving thanks to God for a great night but mostly for keeping us in one piece. We need to do the same next week end, we are going to Central Gospel Church in St. Catharines to be part of their big day with hot rods and race cars. Yes we will be praying for protection for all those at the track, but a special request to protect our car again.

Winner Of Last Weeks Bike Draw

Photo By Dave Franks
Photo By Dave Franks
Kids Having Fun
    It was an honour to have my picture taken with this young lady, winner of the bike this past Saturday at Flamboro Speedway. Her younger sister didn’t win the bike, but she got to stand in the car and hold the checker flag. We will continue giving bikes away for the remainder of 2008. On the Octoberfest weekend there will be four bikes given. Two by the Burbridge family, the owners of Late Model #27 and the other two by the pit crews of both Elliott Racing Team #37 and #36…this Saturday we will be on display for Quaker State in support of the United Way. The event takes place on Brant Street, starting at 10:30 am. There is lots to see and do so come on down.

Battle For Lead On Last Lap Of APC 300

Photo By Dave Franks
Photo By Dave Franks
“I Just Hoped Your Boy Drove Like You”!
    That quote by Ron Sheridan was from the heart, establishing David’s character by respecting him as a hard charging but clean racer. The final laps of the APC 300 were much like the Dave Franks picture shown here. David was on the back bumper of the Delaware legend for the final 35 laps, but did not hit him to get by. “I needed him to make one mistake, but he didn’t”. After the race I went up to Ron to congratulate him and said “aren’t you glad we taught our son to race fair”? Ron replied “I was looking up and praying that David raced like you and wouldn’t hit me, I hoped he remembered Sauble when I ran behind you and didn’t hit you”. Ron’s team was very happy and no wonder, they just picked up $10,000. David won $2500 getting a much deserved awesome finish in this very prestigious race in front of a great crowd. Congratulations to those teams and Steve Roblee who finished third. Thanks to Delaware Speedway for giving us a well organized race and to all the people at APC for sponsoring this event. You can read about the race on our message board under “Diary Of A Season”.text]

United Way Show

Burlington
Burlington
On Display To Support The United Way
    This was a fun day for us, with many folks dropping by to say hello, get a picture and in some cases have their children sit in our car. Our crew, Jim, Troy, Jessica, Jason and Stephaney came to this Burlington United Way event on Brant Street. The weather wasn’t the best, although it didn’t start to rain until 2:30 pm. We will be doing more shows for the United Way through our sponsor Quaker State….by the way, the giant juggler couldn’t get in the car….and the worst news?…the races were rained out.

Central Gospel Church In St. Catharines

Late Model Goes To Church
Late Model Goes To Church
Aaron’s “Lucky Dog” Wants To Drive
    Nonie, Jason and I left Waterdown early in the morning to be at the Central Gospel church in St. Catharines for 8:15am. The weather was cloudy and humid when we left, but no rain. By the time the first of two church services were over, the skies were sunny and it was very hot…as if it was July. In this picture some members of the congregation and guests are leaving one of the services. We were honoured to take part in this event that focused on being “ready for the race” of life. Pastor Bill Markham used all the race flags to illustrate his message of life and living God’s way. There were some beautiful classic cars parked beside our car. It may have been a blessing that Saturday nights races were rained out…I can’t beleive I said that…I can’t beleive I wrote it…but it was nice to have the car in fairly good shape for this special occasion.

You Can’t Take The Boy Out Of The Man

United Way Event
United Way Event
Where’s The Track???
    Bob McKenna, publisher of the Christian Canadian Sports Magazine, got a birds eye view of what sitting in a race car might feel like. He was pumped after his qualifying run..okay he never moved! He did say he had a new found respect for all race car drivers, and that’s just from sitting in the pilots seat. You can check out his awesome magazine web site at www.christiansportsmag.com

Flamboro Set For Octoberfest

Delaware Show
Delaware Show
Flamboro Set To Explode
    This week end should be awesome with the line up of entertainment at Flamboro. David will be there, as will many southern Ontario Late Model racers. Last year we had a great day with a pair of 2nds in both 50 lap features. It was discouraging that we were not named the Octoberfest Champ, no one was crowned the Champ in the Late Model class for the first time in many years. Our crew and family are ready to go, and perhaps my biggest fan, my Mom, is so looking forward to this weekend. She will be there for both days, she said tonight she can’t wait. She’s also planning to go to Peterborough for the Autumn Colors show. In this picture at the APC 300, David and I battle with Ohio racer #32 Glenn Gault and Ontario star #44 Steve Laking. He is one of the top runners at Lake Erie Speedway. Our team is also planning to go to the MotorDrome Speedway, just outside of Pittsburg, and race against their ASA cars. Glenn may be at that show. Others making the trip with us will be the race teams of Jason Shaw, Tyler Brown…oh yes and Mom.

Jason Shaw Flamboro’s 2008 Late Model Champion

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Shaw Motorsports Will Make It Two In A Row At Flamboro
    Even though there’s one night left in the Flamboro points chase, there is no way Shaw Racing will miss out on the 2008 Flamboro points chase. It was incorrectly announced at Flamboro, that the 27th was the last night of points. All the cars in the hunt for the title will collect 100 points next week end, no one will gain by points earned…however they could add points when they lose another drop night. The best 18 nights count for the Championship and next week will be #20. Jason has a 17 point lead over Paul Howse already. Paul has a 98 point night to drop, and Jason 92 points, so Jake will gain six more. Our team will gain on 3rd place slightly, but we’re too far behind to take the spot. Scott will finish 3rd and Richard Holmes 5th. Paul and his team deserve a lot of credit for keeping the battle close. I really think the track should have given Paul and his team more time to get out for the feature on September 20th. Surely someone in the pit tower or another staff member, could have kept watch on the #8’s progress in the pits, and let the starter or race director know Paul was on his way to the track entrance. He missed getting out by half a lap or less, resulting in his team suffering their worst night of 08′, and ultimately taking them out of the Chase. Congraulations to Richard Holmes and his team. They had their best season ever in Late Models with a 5th in the points a year that saw them pick up their first ever Late Model feature win. Our team also had a very good season, once we got into July. We will finish 4th in the points for the 3rd season in a row. The past 10 race nights were very good for our team and I owe a lot of thanks to our sponsors and our dedicated and well prepared crew….once again…Congratulations Jason Shaw for your awesome season and 2nd Flamboro Late Model Championship in a row.

Jason Shaw Flamboro’s 2008 Late Model Champion

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Shaw Motorsports Will Make It Two In A Row At Flamboro
    Even though there’s one night left in the Flamboro points chase, there is no way Shaw Racing will miss out on the 2008 Flamboro points chase. It was incorrectly announced at Flamboro, that the 27th was the last night of points. All the cars in the hunt for the title will collect 100 points next week end, no one will gain by points earned…however they could add points when they lose another drop night. The best 18 nights count for the Championship and next week will be #20. Jason has a 17 point lead over Paul Howse already. Paul has a 98 point night to drop, and Jason 92 points, so Jake will gain six more. Our team will gain on 3rd place slightly, but we’re too far behind to take the spot. Scott will finish 3rd and Richard Holmes 5th. Paul and his team deserve a lot of credit for keeping the battle close. I really think the track should have given Paul and his team more time to get out for the feature on September 20th. Surely someone in the pit tower or another staff member, could have kept watch on the #8’s progress in the pits, and let the starter or race director know Paul was on his way to the track entrance. He missed getting out by half a lap or less, resulting in his team suffering their worst night of 08′, and ultimately taking them out of the Chase. Congraulations to Richard Holmes and his team. They had their best season ever in Late Models with a 5th in the points a year that saw them pick up their first ever Late Model feature win. Our team also had a very good season, once we got into July. We will finish 4th in the points for the 3rd season in a row. The past 10 race nights were very good for our team and I owe a lot of thanks to our sponsors and our dedicated and well prepared crew….once again…Congratulations Jason Shaw for your awesome season and 2nd Flamboro Late Model Championship in a row.

Jason Shaw Flamboro’s 2008 Late Model Champion

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Shaw Motorsports Will Make It Two In A Row At Flamboro
    Even though there’s one night left in the Flamboro points chase, there is no way Shaw Racing will miss out on the 2008 Flamboro points chase. It was incorrectly announced at Flamboro, that the 27th was the last night of points. All the cars in the hunt for the title will collect 100 points next week end, no one will gain by points earned…however they could add points when they lose another drop night. The best 18 nights count for the Championship and next week will be #20. Jason has a 17 point lead over Paul Howse already. Paul has a 98 point night to drop, and Jason 92 points, so Jake will gain six more. Our team will gain on 3rd place slightly, but we’re too far behind to take the spot. Scott will finish 3rd and Richard Holmes 5th. Paul and his team deserve a lot of credit for keeping the battle close. I really think the track should have given Paul and his team more time to get out for the feature on September 20th. Surely someone in the pit tower or another staff member, could have kept watch on the #8’s progress in the pits, and let the starter or race director know Paul was on his way to the track entrance. He missed getting out by half a lap or less, resulting in his team suffering their worst night of 08′, and ultimately taking them out of the Chase. Congraulations to Richard Holmes and his team. They had their best season ever in Late Models with a 5th in the points a year that saw them pick up their first ever Late Model feature win. Our team also had a very good season, once we got into July. We will finish 4th in the points for the 3rd season in a row. The past 10 race nights were very good for our team and I owe a lot of thanks to our sponsors and our dedicated and well prepared crew….once again…Congratulations Jason Shaw for your awesome season and 2nd Flamboro Late Model Championship in a row.

And He Walked……..Ah… Drove Away

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
This Can’t Be Good!!!
    What a night for these two hard chargers! Battling on the front chute something apparently broke on the #56 driven by Jeff Stewart. Jonathan was the innocent bystander in this wreck as the cars locked together resulting in hard turn one crash into the cement wall. The impact was so hard it flipped the #4 of Jonathan Urlin on his roof. Lucky both drivers escaped injury, actually, Jonathan escaped in the truck in the back ground.

Peterborough Speedway…Autumn Colors

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Bryan Mercer Supports Us With Bike Donation
    It was a beautiful week end for Autumn Colors. There were many happy fans at the races on Sunday, none more so than these two kids who each took home a new bike. Bryan Mercer, driver of Late Model #81, emailed me during the week asking if he could support our Giving Back Tour with a bike and we gladly said yes. Bryan didn’t make it out for the picture but his dad did as well as both the parents of the lucky kids. I think the little boy will be a few years before he gets to ride his 2 wheeler. We appreciate Bryan and his team for their support as well as all those who sponsored bikes throughout 2008. We have one more race left in the U.S. at the MotorDrome Speedway in Pennsylvannia this coming week end. We hope to give away a bike there also. Jason Shaw and Steve Laking are making the trip for the ASA 100 lapper on Saturday night. Should be an awesome way to cap off this great season.

Canadians Invade MotorDrome Speedway

Bikes   For   American  Kids
Bikes For American Kids
Laking & Shaw Teams Help With Bike Give Away
    It was neat to go to Smithton Pennsylvannia to race at the MotorDrome Speedway. We went down with the Lancaster family who towed our Late Model. The track staff and every racer I had the chance to talk to or ask questions, was very friendly. They were nice on the track to, never hit me once and that was surprising because I should have had my 4-way flashers on, I was way out of my league with these ASA cars, but we tried our best, all of us. Jason and Steve ran fairly respectable. Steve getting a 3rd in his heat and Jason a 5th. Their luck ran out in the feature when Jake wrecked on lap one and Steve later in the race with a terrible crash on the front chute. Jamie Ramsay, a strong runner from Delaware Speedway also came down and would end up with the best finish, 14th, although several laps down. We finished 18th, leaving the track with an oil leak at lap 68 of 100. We were 4 laps down when our differntial started to leak. The highlite for us Canuks was giving away these two bikes to an Amercian boy and girl. Steve and Jason’s team provided one of the bikes for the giveaway. Read the full report on our Message board on the topic entitled “Diary OF A Season”. We did have a great trip down and back even though we brought a slingshot to a nuclear war…as Ron Shaw always use to say “Are we having fun yet”? Well, as out classed as we were it was a fun trip and a great time with some awesome people.

MotorDrome Speedway

Photo By Denise Reed
Photo By Denise Reed
Burning Up The Track?
    Right!…but we did burn up a set of new tires. This track is so fast the rubber melting off the tires was wrapped around our fender support bars like spaghetti. The full race report of this fiasco is on our message board, under Diary Of A Season. This picture was taken by one of Jason Shaw’s crew members, Denise Reed. I wanted a picture with the tracks name in the back ground. Sadly for our stats, it will be in remembrance of the track we got beat up the worst. The good news, and when your not in the hunt…in the hunt? are you kidding…anyway, the best thing is to try not to get wrecked. We got beat up by the super strong ASA cars, other than that the car is like new except for the black streaks all over the body from the melting liquid lava from the Hoosier 10″ tires. Hey at least we were fast enough to melt the tires. The people at MotorDrome weer very friendly, staff and drivers. No matter how much I go on our poor showing, we still had fun……nice picture, thanks Denise.

Quaker Steak & Lube

Erie PA
Erie PA
Wonderful Place
    Coming up I-79 Nonie saw the sign “Quaker Steak & Lube”, she suggested “we can go there for lunch”. No kidding!!! We heard of this place before but didn’t know exactly where it was. So, wanting to make the best of our race week end, Nonie, Art, Jeff, Jason and I just had to stop at this famous restaurant near Erie. Inside were all kinds of racing things to see. Sprint cars and dragsters hanging from the ceiling. A classic Corvette and a 55 T-Bird sitting on 4 post hoists, both in the eating area. There was a NASCAR cup car sitting outside. It wasn’t race ready. We could identify with that guy, especially after our showing against the ASA rockets. Anyway, if you’re in the area, take your camera and get some shots inside this neat place to eat….PS..no they don’t cook with Quaker State oil, I checked it out.

Frost Fest Bound

Oldsmobile
Oldsmobile
One More Drive For 08′
    It’s the first ever Frost Fest at Flamboro Speedway on Sunday November 2nd. We’ll be running this Olds Cutlass against TC champ Randy Rusnell and the rest of the stars of the Thunder Car class. After a nasty outing in Pittsburgh we’re hoping to be a little more competitive with the TC boys and girls, but they know their stuff and have the fast lane figured out, so we enter their arena knowing we may be out gunned. This is kind of a shake down for my partner Mike Van Slingerland, who will drive this car next season. I am very thankful to Mike, Art, Jeff, and Jason Lancaster, my own crew, Jim, Jason, Perry and Troy, and the #5 team of Linda Dean and Ken Stenhouse for helping get me pointed in the right direction. Our crew are so looking forward to this last race of 08 and the weatherman is forecasting a great day. This will be race night #27 for our team, the most race nights in over a decade, but a long ways from 1990, when we ran 39 nights in our Hobby Coupe. Once this race event is over, we will be announcing our plans for 2009 that will include this Oldsmobile. I have never raced a Thunder Car before, can’t wait.

St. Annes Community Church November 1st

Ad   Poster
Ad Poster
Last Show With Late Model
    Jim, Jason, Perry, Marty and I headed to Beamsville on Saturday to the St. Annes community church for the Faith Mission’s annual Father & Son sports breakfast. We had our Late Model on display, even got to start it up for the kids, big and small. This was our last commitment before taking the Monte Carlo apart and preparing it for the 2009 race season. It was a great day with over 75 fathers and sons in attendance. After unloading the LM we loaded the Thunder Car to head to Flamboro for practice. The race is Sunday, triple 50 lappers. Oh, there’s a dance Saturday night at the track…bring your long underwear, tooke and heavy coats!!!….forget that….bring your fireplace.

Father & Son Breakfast

Photo by Judy Phelps
Photo by Judy Phelps
Everyone Loved The Car
    We took our Late Model to St. Annes church on Saturday November 1st for their annual father and son breakfast. I had the privilege and honour of being the guest speaker for this special event. Many young boys got a chance to sit in the car. For added effect we started the 400 HP Crate engine that immediately brought smiles from all the kids big and small. Jim, Jason, Perry and Marty, from David’s team, were there to lend support. This was our final show for 2008. We plan to have our 40th Anniversary car completely stripped by the end of this week and on Monday November 10th Mike McColl will give it a once over as we begin preparation for 2009.

Was I Suppose To Retire?

Four Car Team
Four Car Team
The Start Of Another Forty Years
    On August 17th we bought the #91 Late Model from Darrell Brown. Within a week of that deal our team expanded to four cars after the puchase of the Thunder Car. Soon after our team forged a solid friendship with Art, Jeff and Jason Lancaster. The plans for 2009 are to run our new Late Model on Friday nights at Delaware Speedway. David and I will team up to take a run at the Delaware Championship. Our new car will be #9. Jeff will drive the #9 Late Model at Flamboro on Saturdays. Jason will pilot the Vintage Modified and Mike Van Slingerland will make his rookie debut in the Thunder Car. This opportunity was made possible by many fortunate events coming togeter including a new sponsor whom we will announce soon. The full story on this merger is on our message board under the topic “Four Car Team”. We are currently working on the two Late Models and will show the progress of them as they unfold. I’ve worked with many enthusiastic people over the years, but none more excited about racing than the Lancaster family. As well Mike is very pumped at the thought of competing in the Thunder Car class. Lucky for me my crew have accepted this additional racing in a very positive way. We ran 26 Late Model shows in 08, our busiest Late Model season so far. Next year promises to have more shows for our team but the extra support we’ll get from the Lancaster family will help us make 2009 an exciting adventure.

Remembering Our Awesome Uncle

Percy Elliott
Percy Elliott
A Checker Flag Of A Different Kind For Our Friend
     Our family has been saddened by the loss of my uncle Percy Elliott, far right standing behind his good friend Roger Peach, who passed away in 2004. Uncle Percy never missed a Hobby race when we ran at Sunset. He always had good things to say no matter how I ran, always encouraging me. He got the most excited when we won, making this picture even more special because he came down to get in the victory lane shot. David and I always ran well at Sunset, a track he could make every time we raced because it was so close to his house. He usually came with his son Don, daughter Kim and their children. Many times, like on this night, his grandchildren would come with him to the races, and on this special night, they got in the photo with their Papa. He was incredibly gracious to me all my life, starting in my early childhood. We use to call each other before the Leaf games back in the early 60’s when Hockey Night In Canada came on half way through the second period. I always took the Leafs unless the Rangers were playing them, and then of course I cheered for my hero #9 Andy Bathgate. Uncle Percy asked me one time “Who’s purple and plays hockey”? I had no idea…he said “Andy Bathgrape”! Then he hugged me knowing I didn’t like him making fun of my favourite player. Usually we would try to guess the score of the game and call each other again if something special happened or we were right on our predictions. On a few occasions he supported me when I needed someone to take me to an outing. Once he acted as my dad for the Boy Scouts Father and Son banquet. The day this picture was taken, we stopped at his home just south of Cookstown to play horseshoes with our daughter Shirley and Roger Peach. He was unbeatable. Stopping at his home was a ritual we had to do in the afternoon prior to our race at Sunset. Our family has been so blessed with music and uncle Percy was an awesome piano player, making two LP’s with his brothers playing down home fiddle music. A few weeks ago he went to Nova Scotia to spend some time with two of his brothers and two of his sisters. On November 7th they were playing music, fiddles, guitars and uncle Percy on the piano, just like they did a thousand times. Uncle Carl, his brother, said he played incredible that night. Then suddenly uncle Percy collapsed. He was rushed to the hospital. On November 17th, with his son and daughter in his room and all of his grand children giving him their love on the phone, he left this life to receive the checker flag of eternal life, the one he received through faith in Jesus Christ. I am so thankful to have known this humble loving gracious man, and am proud to have called him my uncle. Thank you dear Uncle for leaving so many good memories, we’ll miss you, but we won’t ever forget you and for sure we’ll see you again.

Frame Goes Black…And Powdered

McColl Chassis
McColl Chassis
There’s Always A First
    It seems impossible to think there would be something our team has never done or tried in forty years of racing. Well, it happened. It’s not the black chassis, we use to paint our Hobby frames and roll cages black in the 70’s and early 80’s with Tremclad paint. This year our frame is again black, the first time in over 25 years…but it’s “powder coated”. The process is quite amazing and the results are excellent. We thought about doing this before after seeing the amazing finish on Mike Podds powder coated #5 CVM. Our chassis was sent to Mike McColl for repairs. Then taken to Teff Line in Burlington, where it was sand blasted and powder coated, a process that took the chassis to 400 degrees. I waited outside. It was a little expensive, but we’re glad we got it done.

Ready For Paint

Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo
Jim Sweers To Paint #36 This Week
    We started working on our car right after our appearance at St. Annes church on November 1st. A month a half later and here we are, ready for paint. The car had some serious maintenance done to make sure it was in good shape to take a run at dethroning Jason Shaw, no easy task for anyone. We had the quick change tore down and rebuilt by Junior Hanley. He also rebuilt all our shocks. Mike McColl repaired the bent chassis parts, although the frame was perfect when put on the jig. We built our own new style front and rear bumpers and mounted a new body, less roof. The chassis was sent out for powder coating, a first for our team. Every part of our car was cleaned and inspected before they were put back on. Many people helped get our car to the place you see it in this picture and they deserve special thanks. Our own crew, Jim, Jason, Perry and Troy. The Lancaster family Art, Jeff and Jason. Finally Pastor Mike, Andrew and our newest crew member Tracey. The car will be ready for lettering before Christmas, but not sent out until January. At that time I’ll figure a way to drive Steve Lyons nuts with the lettering scheme. Steve will put his masterful touch to accent Jim’s excellent paint job. We won Best Appearing Car in 08′, thanks to Jim and Steve, and our own efforts to keep the car looking great every week. We have a new look planned for 2009 and we need to try to make the car look a little different, maybe better than it did in 08’….at least as good as it did last year. It may seem we are ahead of schedule…trust me, we’re a long way from being ready for racing. Our racing team will be making an announcement very shortly, stayed tuned.

Twas’ The Night Before Christmas

Great Grandma
Great Grandma
Merry Christmas
    Grandma Elliott gets a picture with two of her four great grand children. We’re about to watch “Polar Express” in 3D, then we’ll head to bed and wake up hopefully long after day light. Knowing these little ones, the anticipation of us making it past 6 am will be a bonus. The excitement will be too much, for them and for us. Perhaps the most excited people were those who experienced the first Christmas eve, those shepherds who were just doing their duty on a hillside near Bethlehem when the sky suddenly lit up by the presence of the Angel of the Lord, who came to proclaim the birth of Christ the Lord. That story’s in the Bible, in the 3rd book of the New Testament, Luke chapter 2. If you get a chance, read verses 8 to 19 and feel the excitement those shepherds did on that awesome night….Merry Christmas.

2007 LM History

LINCOLN ELECTRIC SIGNS ON FOR 2007

Lincoln Electric<br />
Lincoln Electric
    January 2, 2007

 

    Elliott Racing is proud to anounce that LINCOLN ELECTRIC has signed on as an associate sponsor for the 2007 season.

 

    Please visit their website at www.lincolnelectric.ca for the finest welding equipment and supplies.

 

RAINX ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SOON!

RAINX<br />
RAINX
    January 3, 2007
    Hot off the rumour mill!
    Elliott Racing will be announcing a new and exciting sponsorship program for the 2007 season involving RAINX, Elliott Racing and Flamboro Speedway in the near future.

Stay tuned for this and other exciting news coming soon.

 

QUAKERSTATE ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SOON!

UNLEASH<br />
UNLEASH
    January 3, 2007
    Hot off the press!
    Gary would like to invite all his fans to check back soon for a very exciting announcement regarding QUAKERSTATE and ELLIOTT RACING plans for the 2007 season.
    Also visit the Quakerstate website at www.quakerstate.com for a full tour of their products.

 

AUTOSPA SIGNS ON FOR 2007

AutoSpa<br />
AutoSpa
    January 3, 2007
    Elliott Racing is proud to welcome AUTOSPA – JIFFY LUBE to their family of sponsors for the 2007 season.
    AUTOSPA is the worlds largest tunnel car wash with many other automotive products/services at their location.
    Please visit their website at www.auto-spa.ca

 

A RACERS CREDO

1974 Poem
1974 Poem
    January 1, 2007
    This poem was written by Gary and published in Tex Swiston’s “CAR WEEKLY” racing publication in 1974. Gary wrote a weekly column called “IT’S MY HOBBY” for the paper.
    I didn’t know Gary then but I can tell you that this CREDO is still very valid for him today. Gary is already pumped for the 2007 season and has made a commitment to try very hard to win the 2007 Flamboro Speedway Championship for his fans and sponsors.

 

Reconditioning Work Begins

Work Begins
Work Begins

March 1, 2007

    After a two month delay reconditioning work final began on the Quaker State Dodge.
    Note the new rims and tires that Gary put on the car just in time to be covered with dust, grease, oil an every other form of dirt in the shop!!!

 

Completely Stripped Down

Stripped Down
Stripped Down

March, 2007

    The engine, suspension, fuel system and body are all removed so that repairs can be made to the chassis and all items can be cleaned and repaired/replaced as needed. Thatcher and Jr. Hanley expertly repaired the rear end. Jason Big Jim and Dave worked on repairing the chassis and body mounts.

 

The New Body Takes Shape

New Body Begins
New Body Begins

March, 2007

    Once the body mounts were welded in place the process of fitting the new body began. This is a time consuming process with much care being taken to achieve aerodynamic advantage. If you ever wondered if aerodynamics really mean much on a short track race car just drive your street car down the road at 100 km/h and stick you hand out the window. When you feel the force on your hand it will help you to realize how important a slick smooth body line is.

 

Body Mounting Is Complete

Body Mounting Complete
Body Mounting Complete

March, 2007

    The body work is completed. Note that the body is being held in place by a series of small pins called clecos. These allow for temporary holding of the body in place and are easily removed with a special tool.
    Once the team was satisfied with the body it was completely removed from the car and sent out for painting. Dave and Jason then went back to working on welding the body mount braces in their proper positions.

 

Midtown CARSTAR Joins Sponsorship Family

CARSTAR
CARSTAR

March, 2007

    Gary is proud to announce that Midtown CARSTAR Collision Centre is joining the Elliott Racing Team family of sponsors for the 2007 season. Midtown CARSTAR Centre boasts the best state of the art collision facility in Hamilton. Please visit the CARSTAR website site at www.carstar.ca

 

A CARSTAR Beauty!

CARSTAR BEAUTY
CARSTAR BEAUTY

March, 2007

    Midtown CARSTAR has added a new level to the excellence that usually is applied to the appearance of Gary’s cars. The body parts came back from CARSTAR with a deep lusty paint job and once mounted on the chassis it looked even better. Thanks CARSTAR for a truly spectacular job.

 

Creative Edge Graphics Letters Car

Creative Edge
Creative Edge

April 1, 2007

    Once the new shinny body was mounted to the chassis Gary and Dave took the car to Creative Edge Graphics in Kitchener, Ontario for lettering and graphics.

 

Unleashed!

Unleashed
Unleashed

April 9, 2007

    Gary is currently at Shell Headquarters in Texas for three weeks. Unfortunately Nonie was unable to accompany Gary. This is the first time they have been apart for this length of time. I would bet that by now Gary is referring to Texas as the Lonesome State.
    David Elliott and Dave Watson picked the up the Quaker State Dodge from Creative Graphics and they were blown away by the job that Steve Lyons had done. The new Quaker State Logo “Unleash Your Horses” looked spectacular on the hood.

 

United Way Display for Quaker State

Mall Fund Raiser A Success
Mall Fund Raiser A Success
April 21st
    On April 20th I returned from Texas to have my car ready for our commitment with Quaker State at Eastgate Mall. It was a great day weather wise, and we had fun letting young fans get in the car and get their picture taken. All revenues from photo’s taken that day were donated to the United Way.

 

Now That’s A Nice Sign

Eastgate Mall April 21st
Eastgate Mall April 21st
Eastgate Mall Sign April 21st

 

Opening Day 2007

Heading For Tech
Heading For Tech
A Good Start
    Opening Day May 5th Tonight was a much better start than opening day 2006. We managed to finish every race, turn some decent lap times and finish without incident. Our crew worked very efficient throughout the night. The chase for the Championship will need nights like this all year long. There will be many contenders for the title in 2007, but the same faces will be there in the end, it’s our goal to be one of them.
    To view how the night went, go to our message board and click on “Diary Of A Season”.

 

Waiting For Hot Laps

Road To Flamboro Oval
Road To Flamboro Oval
Waiting For Warm Ups
    It’s always good to get some hot laps, but too many wear the engine, tires and parts. My idea has been to get the car very close and do minor changes as needed between hot laps and after the heat. The main goal is to be ready for the feature because if you’re not, theres’ no pit stops to get it right. Thanks to Thatcher we usually have the set up right on, and thanks to my crew, Jim Hulzinga, Dave Watson, Jason Chapman, Charlie Howell and Geoff Watson the car is prepared properly.

 

Houston Texas Late Model Driver Tim Spahr

Tim Spahr
Tim Spahr
Texas Friend
    While I was in Texas, training for Jiffy Lube, I went to a local Baptist church in Tomball. While I was there I met Tim and we talked about stock car racing. The description of his Late Model class sounded very close to that of southern Ontario. I wanted to visit his track, but they race every other week end and the week end I left they were racing. Tim is a great guy, teaches Sunday School and works with the youth program at their church.
    He invited me to come down to their track, bring my car and compete one night when our season is over. I think they race until the end of November. It’s just out side of Houston, and very likely out side of the reality of me going. Can you imagine after Octoberfest…”okay boys, let’s get ready to go to Texas”!! Somehow if this could happen, I may be going alone, no, I would be going alone. However! What if there were more training for me in Texas and I said I was afraid to fly, but I would take my truck (and trailer, and car). Tim, this may work! I will find the name of the track and put a link to it on our message board. Meanwhile to Tim and his family and crew, good luck this summer in all you do. God bless.

 

Heat Action May 27th Flamboro

David Wins Heat
David Wins Heat
2nd Win For David
     David started at the front and went on to win his 2nd heat in 2 weeks. He had some good company with Anthony Simone, last weeks feature winner, and Paul Howse close behind.

 

Scott Wins Heat

Scott Lyons
Scott Lyons
Lyons, Shaw and Me
    Scott Lyons battled Jason Shaw for the entire race. He would hold on to win but not without Jason putting on a show.

 

RAIN X Comes On Board

Brian McCullough Photo
Brian McCullough Photo
Racing With Rain X
    This year we made an agreement with our awesome long time sponsor Quaker State, to provide more coverage for RAIN X, a division of Quaker State. RAIN X has a great line up of products for your car. Click on the RAIN X logo at the top of the page to link directly to their site.
    RAIN X is the official sponsor of the Hard Charger Award in the Late Model division for 2007.

 

Where’s The Gas Station?

This Can't Be Right
This Can’t Be Right
Running On Empty
    That may be a song from the 80’s, but it was the incredible truth last night. We ran out of gas on about lap 14. The night was a tough one, the report is on the message board under Diary of A Season.

 

Jason Dinsmore #62 Heading For Victory

Ernie Pothier Photo
Ernie Pothier Photo
    Jason went on to win this heat. We would run close together again in the 2nd feature, but with a sad ending.

 

Waiting For Warm Ups..#62 Jason Dinsmore

Ernie Pothier Photo
Ernie Pothier Photo
    This how we ended our heat…only not quite this close.

 

We Came Here To Race And Have Fun

Crew Supports CVM Show
Crew Supports CVM Show
Dedicated Crew
     I was happy that my crew came out for this show. They could have had the night off but supported me with this very important race. Pictured here beside me are, Jason Chapman, Charlie Howell, Geoff Watson, Jim Hulzinga and my wife Nonie.

 

Grisdale Triple Crown This Saturday…50 Laps

Steve Laking #44
Steve Laking #44
Expect The Best
    This Saturday night Flamboro will host the first leg of the Grisdale Triple Crown. The show should attract some of Ontarios best Late Model drivers, including long time runner Steve Laking who has become a regular with us this year. Steve is one driver who just needs some good luck in this division, He was a strong runner in his final years with the CVM and has had some good runs in the Late Model class. What he’s looking for is a strong night to make up for too many tough nights the past few seasons.
    This premier show is sponsored by Bill Grisdale of Grisdale Enterprises. Bill has been a tremendous supporter of Flamboro Speedway and there will be a dozen drivers looking to claim the title in this three race series.
    The qualifying format hasn’t been announced yet, but hopefully they use one that makes it fair for all the drivers. Draw for position (luck), double heats with the second being an inversion of the first(fair) and top qualifier to the front…no inversion. That should produce some excellent heat races, like we’ve seen already this year, and not to worry, if the boys come from Delaware, they’ll make it exciting because most of them don’t like follow the leader either. Should be a good show…do not miss it.

 

First Heat Win Of 2007

Heading For The Checker
Heading For The Checker
Heat Win Puts Us On The Pole
    We were lucky to draw a low number in the heat putting us 3rd at the start. Here, with five laps to go we lead Tyler Brown #91 and Jay Doer #43 enroute to our first win of 2007. The win put us on the pole for the Grisdale Triple Crown 50 lap feature. It was a thrill for me and our crew, as we celebrated gaining the pole for the first time in Late Models. It’s good we celebrated before the race, the feature joys lasted less than a minute for us and many others. That story is on the message board under Diary Of A Season.

 

David Slams The Wall…But He’s Okay

Hard Hit For 2006 Champ
Hard Hit For 2006 Champ
Never Give Up
    David, his crew and many other Late Model teams helped get the #37 ready for the feature. The boys worked hard and missed the consi by minutes, but were able to start 25th in the 26 car field. It was good to see so many teams pitch in, maybe old time racing is back. Their efforts brought them an amazing 5th place finish in the feature. The hard work they performed, coupled with their top five finish proves you must never give up.

 

Damage Mostly Body And Pride

On The Mend
On The Mend
Good Time To Start Hoildays
    It wasn’t planned this way, but it did come in handy to start our holidays after the remodelling job on our Dodge Charger during the Grisdale Triple 50. The damage was almost entirely body and body braces. We ordered new panels. They are currently being painted by Midtown Car Star in Hamilton. Steve Lyons will make up the left side decals. We’ll also try to salvage some of the broken parts for later on in the season…BUT!!…hopefully we got this one out of the way for 2007.

 

Jason Shaw In The Winners Circle…Go Figure!!

The Man To Beat
The Man To Beat
Jason Misses The Carnage And Takes The Gold
    The first year I ran against this classy racer was in 1987. He was a rookie and ran well, but his prowess wouldn’t show up for a few more years. He rolled his #82 Ford coupe in 1987 coming off turn 2. The car landed between the cement wall and the catch fence. By 1990 Jason was so dominate in his Hobby coupe, I gave him the nick name pack-man because that’s what he looked like starting at the back of the feature and passing almost all of the cars and winning an amazing 13 features that season. Jason went to Late Model and eventually to ALSTAR where he again became a champion. He is one of a handfull of Late Model drivers who have won both a Late Model and CVM championship. Others include, Danny Shirtliff, John Fletcher, Rob Maas and David Elliott. Jason is always the guy to beat. His team is the bench mark in excellent looking and well prepared race cars. He can be beaten, but most times, like in this picture, when the final lap is run, he’ll be holding the checker flag.

 

On Display For Fathers Day Car Show

Church Car Show
Church Car Show
Church Show A Success
    There were 65 hot rods and antique cars and trucks on hand for the June 16th Fathers Day breakfast and car show. Nina DeLeeuw catered the event. Also on display was Jay Hughes a former Flamboro Speedway racer who brought his Corvette drag car.

 

Heat Win #2

Front Chute Flamboro
Front Chute Flamboro
Heat Wins Are Good

We won’t be able to show anymore checker flag shots at Flamboro Speedway in 2007, there are none taken. The plan suggests the time saved in taking pictures will help move the show along. I agree the show is too long and maybe the place to start is finding a quicker way of getting the wrecked cars off the race track. We suggested the winning cars go to the center of the track and have their picture taken while the next race is on the track, or just take a quick shot with the driver in the car on the front chute while the cars are going around for the white. That idea was turned down. It’s too bad for some new drivers who don’t get a picture of their first win. Maybe this is a trend at all tracks, I hope not. Getting a picture in front of the grandstands gets more exposure for the racers sponsors, the fans get to see the car stopped up close, race teams have pictures to use for their race proposals the following year and if for no other reason…it’s part of racing. For more on Saturdays races go to the message board under the topic “Diary Of A Season”.

 

Richard Holmes #42 Late Model

Best Diesel Tech In The World
Best Diesel Tech In The World
Holmes Racing
    I had the pleasure for two years to work with Richard Holmes at Concept Ford. I have worked with many great mechanics in the past 25 years and he may be the overall best I’ve had the pleasure know in that tough industry. Richard is blessed to have his dad, mom and brother all help him each week. They are due for a win, hopefully it’s very soon.

 

Grand Son & Great Grand Daughter of Glen Schurr

Steve & Fayth Wilkins
Steve & Fayth Wilkins
36 For Schurr
    In 2002 a young man came up to me in the pits and asked if I was the driver who ran “36 For Schurr” on the hood of his car. I confirmed that I was and then showed him the hood of our Chev Coupe. He introduced himself, “I’m Glen’s grandson Steve”. I was honored to meet Steve, the grandson of my childhood hero Glen Schurr, the Flamboro Speedway 1966 Super Modified Champion. A few years later, in 2005, Steve came to the pits wondering if I put the slogan on our Late Model and I gladly showed him. This wasn’t a fad, but if it was it was entering it’s 39th year. Last week end Steve and his daughter Fayth, the great grand daughter of Glen Schurr came to see us. Nonie took this picture, it meant so much to us we wanted to share it with all our fans. Every driver has fans. I cheered for Glen Schurr when I was 14 years old. I use to watch him at the CNE in Toronto on Friday nights, and then at Flamboro on Saturday nights. When Dad and Mom couldn’t go to the races I took the street car to the Ex and watched with my friends. One night I went alone, as if sitting with 10,000 fans is alone. My friends always cheered for Harv Lennox #10 and Jack Greedy #110. That night in 1963 Glen won his heat, semi and then the feature. I went nuts, he won the hat trick. I was so excited I couldn’t wait to tell my friends when I got home. Now, 43 years later his memories are alive thanks to Steve and Fayth. When I was a kid someone asked what number I’d be if I raced a stock car. I answered “36 for sure”, and so was born “36 For Schurr”. I thank God for everything, the good and the bad, but especially for moments like this.

 

This Is Like Going Home

Art Work By Sue Chisholm
Art Work By Sue Chisholm
Favourite Track…But In A Late Model?
    First, a special thanks to Joe and Sue Chisholm for designing this picture. We used it as a press release for our sponsors and for this sight to promote the Sauble Speedway 75 lapper July 1st…. Over the years I have had some good runs a Sauble beginning in the mid 90’s. I absolutely love this track from every aspect. The packed grand stands, the green infield, the exciting announcing, the paved pits, the friendly owners and staff who always make you feel welcome. Other tracks fit most of these positive points but none quite like Sauble. Besides the above, Nonie and I stay with our friends Tom and Cathy Miskiewicz on the main drag near the beach. They’ve been friends since 1999 when I met their daughter Mary during an autograph session. That encounter led to a great relationship and an incredible chain of events that included all four children, the three girls and John Ross, racing Go-Carts. The latest and most important event to date was the marriage of their oldest daughter Amy to CVM racer #29 Daryl Henwood. Middle daughter Sarah helps me at times with my race car when she can and will be in the pits this Sunday. I’ve had good luck a Sauble in our CVM and usually had a good race car most every night. We won our first ever Mid Season Championship at the Beach in 2001 after 28 attempts. I relalize Tim Ellis, Jason Shaw, Kirk Hooker and the other 10 very fast cars attending,won’t be bringing Hobby cars, and most all of them have many more laps than I do in a Late Model on this sweet little oval. However this is one race that I have been looking forward to, and don’t feel the slightest ounce of intimidation because I like it so much. We’ll see how much that plays in how we do, but as of now, I can’t wait to get there.

 

This Was Not Part Of The Plan

We Are Going To The Beach
We Are Going To The Beach
Flamboro Wreck Almost Ruins Plans

It’s true we didn’t have to go to Sauble Beach, we could have loaded up and went home and then had all week to fix the car. The desire to head to the Beach was too strong and with all this help we were able to pull it off. David’s crew, led by Eddie, Marty and Dave, as well as my own crew, Jim, Jason and Charlie all helped get us on our way by 1:30 am. The whole story is on our message board under the topic Diary Of A Season.

 

Sixth At Sauble Beach….And We Will Take It

Scales Of Justice
Scales Of Justice
75 Lapper A Successful Venture
    We worked hard to get to Sauble and did very well. The top 5 in time trials were teched and we were stunned to find out our left side weight percent was not even close. We’ve never been over at Flamboro in 3 years and all season we scaled at 55.8% or less. When the judge told us we were 56.4% we couldn’t believe it. The penalty for this infraction was starting scratch in both heats. At the end of the night we finished 6th our best in Late Models for a special feature race. We will be back for the next race in August with less left side weight percent and more sleep.

 

July 7th Grisdale Triple Crown #2…50 Lapper

Steve Adams #41
Steve Adams #41
Steve Adams A Sleeper
    If last weeks feature is an indication of which under dog could pull off the surprise of the night, it would be #41 Steve Adams. He ran flawless and quick in every race last Saturday including a decisive heat win over Paul Howse and Jeff Stewart. During the past two seasons, he had not performed with quite the power and strenght he showed last week in his heat and feature where he placed 6th. Steve said he made some key changes to their chassis. Obviously for Steve and his crew they paid off. Look for the #41 to be a factor tonight, a possibility that might just fool most of his competitors who may not have been paying attention….we were Steve…good luck.

 

Scott Lyons Wins Grisdale 50 Lapper

Scott Lyons
Scott Lyons
First Feature Win of 2007 For Lyons
    Scott Lyons #52 won the 50 lap Grisdale Triple Crown feature, the 2nd in a 3 race mini series from the pole on Saturday night. Scott said it was one of his toughest wins. #8 Paul Howse hounded Scott for the final 20 laps. This was one of the most competitive fields of Late Models to run at Flamboro in the past few years. The fans were thrilled with some very tight side by side racing throughout the field. Read our race report on the message board under “Diary of A Season”, and make sure to click on the Flamboro web site in our links section and read the race report by Josh Paxton, an exciting editorial on this tough but very good race.

 

Close Quarters In The Grisdale 50 Lapper

Photo By Ernie Pothier
Photo By Ernie Pothier
Please Don’t Stop Quick
    While many fans would have been watching the hard fought battle up front between Scott Lyons and Paul Howse, we had our hands full trying to stay with this bunch and not get hit or run into anyone. Yes in this picture we are very close, it appears #95 Anthony Simones tail may be resting on our hood. To our left is #43 Jay Doer from Delaware. These two hit each other quite often. Soon after this shot he and Anthony will resolve their feud when Simone gets spun around with 6 laps to go. He recovers to finish the race and Jay takes 9th. Close behind is #86 Kenny Forth also from Delaware. He intends on running the rest of the season with us at Flamboro. At some point this year we will have 30 cars.

 

Busy Schedule On The Horizon

Photo By Terry Osborne
Photo By Terry Osborne
Four Races In 8 Nights
    David and I are racing this Saturday at Flamboro and then again next Wednesday July 18th in the 100 lap race. If all goes well on Wednesday we will head to Delaware Friday night to battle, in my case to follow, some of the toughest Late Model drivers in the country. These cars run very fast on the big half mile. When they come to Flamboro they can be tamed a little, but we’ll extend them the utmost respect at their home turf expecially since they are in a points battle of their own. The next day, July 21st, I get to drive my Coupe again with the CVM boys, only this time I will have the newer tires and I am looking forward to that show. It’s the Old Timers Night. The good thing about that is that I’m not invited to run with the old timers, and that dosen’t bother me at all. I love the boys I use to run with, but for now, for as long as I can, I will run and play with all those kids younger than me….that would be everyone in the Late Models and all but one in the Hobby’s….#24 Smilin Ray.

 

Auto Spa Night A Success

Fred, Reada & The Staff
Fred, Reada & The Staff
Auto Spa Crew
    The 100 lap race, Wednesday night was a success for us on and off the track. Pictured here are some of the staff who came to Flamboro for the race. For some it was there first time ever to a Stock Car event. They enjoyed an exciting heat win, our 3rd of 2007.

 

Mike Bentley #99 Comes Close To First Win

Photo by Ernie Pothier
Photo by Ernie Pothier
Wednesday Night 100 Lap Heat Qualifier

We had a tough run in the first heat finishing 6th. In our second heat Mike Bentley #99 drove his heart out for the first seven laps trying to win his first Late Model race at Flamboro. He fought a good battle driving perfect until this lap. You can see his front wheels turned toward the wall as he corrects for a loose condition coming off the corner. That slight misque was barely enough for us to get under Mike and beat him into turn one with two laps to go. I would be the only one to get by. Mike dove in behlind me right in front of David who was moving in to take second. It was a good race for the youngster and for this veteran also. It was our 3rd win of the season. The night was good for us in many ways. We finished the feature in 8th, not overly exhausted and in good shape to run Delaware Friday night.

 

CVM Feature Win July 21st

Photo by Terry Osborne
Photo by Terry Osborne
1933 Chev….1947 Driver
    This was one of our most memorable victories with the Hobby club. Starting on the pole made it a little easier but it wasn’t that long ago that we were on the pole for the Grisdale Triple Crown race. I think we led for 34 seconds before all hopes of winning were crushed, along with most of the right side of our Late Model. This race was trouble free and the car was strong. I almost forgot how quick these little rockets get off the corner and how much fun they are to drive. Special thanks to my wife Nonie for allowing me to do this for 39 years. For being there for both kids when they started racing and all that we have been through the past 3 decades (we just ran 3 races in 4 nights)..and all that we went through in the past week. To our crew Jim, Jason, Charlie and Geoff who came out to be part of this great night. Also to Gerry Timm of Star Engines for building a very fast engine. It was good to see so many fans come to watch the Jalopy, Hobby, CVM veterans from the sixties to nineties put on a thrilling 12 lap dash. I am honored to be part of the CVM club, and to enjoy the history it continues to make every year. It feels great to win any night but this one was especially rewarding.

 

World Of Outlaws #11 Steve Kinser

Quaker State Boys
Quaker State Boys
Together We have 22 Championships
    Okay so he has 20….Nonie and I went to Ohsweken Speedway last night for the very entertaining and exciting World Of Outlaws show. We were not disappointed. We had great seats in turn 4. After the heats I wanted so bad to meet Steve Kinser. I asked Nonie if she wanted to go to the pits with me but she suggested that I go and try to get back before the feature. On my way over I met Pat and Glen Reulens and went over with them. They were two of hundreds of people we knew who were there. In the pits I found my good friend John “OJ” Hajduk and one of my former, memorable and loving pit crew members Paul Cornwall. Paul was on our crew from 1981 until 1994. He later teamed up with OJ (Oswego John) to travel the dirt circuit. Once in the pits I headed for the big “Q” trailer. I saw Ernie Pothier and Derek Smith. Derek was going to get a picture for me but Ernie has been taking pictures the past few seasons and he was able to get this one. It truly was an honor to meet this racing legend. Mr. Kinser finished 4th in the 30 lap feature. The show was an excellent spectacle. Congratutions to the track for doing a spectacular job. I hope the race promoters made a fortune.

 

Eddie Welds I Hamper…I Mean Hammer

Eddie Askin In His Element
Eddie Askin In His Element
All This And We Didn’t Wreck
    Eddie Askin has been an incredible friend and faithful supporter for David and all of us. Pitting with David since 1996, Eddie has enjoyed many CVM and Late Model championships. Here he poses for a shot seconds before asking me to get lost and find something else to do. We love him and appreciate his easy going demeaner and contagious smile. The hammer is redundant…no kidding. You may wonder why my car looks like this after our 3rd place finish in last weeks Late Model feature. The front bumper and right front fender were removed for painting. The support bars needed rewelding. The rad was removed and banged on the floor to get rid of a dust pan full of speedy dry and rubber. The power steering servo was removed to repair a leak. Junior Hanley is fixing the servo and Jim Sweers is painting the body parts. We also replaced every bleeder and bled the brakes. We are looking forward to the races this Saturday at Flamboro and hope to finish in one piece so we can head to Sauble for their 75 lap special. On June 30th we wrecked at Flamboro and worked until 1:30 am so we could head north, so we already know what its like to have plans messed up, and would like to pull off the 1/3 oval and head to the Beach. We are staying with our awesome friends Tom and Cathy and their wonderful girls Sarah and Mary. Looking forward to that special treat, not to mention the races on my favourite track….hey I really love Flamboro alot, the fans the friends but there is something about Sauble that gets me excited….for sure it’s not the 3 hour drive.

 

Sauble Autograph Session Before The 75 Lapper

Tim Ellis Wins Pole & Race
Tim Ellis Wins Pole & Race
Sauble Was Good To Us
    We were exited after the first Sauble race on July 1st and this one was even better. Tim and I started first and second for the Sauble Speedway 75 lap special. We would finish first and third. Tim is a great Late Model runner, wins lots of races, rarely makes mistakes and has the race pretty well figured out before it starts. Me on the other hand find being on the pole amazing and rare. I have no idea how the race will end up and wait for the surprise at the end. In this case it was awesome as we finished third, our best Late Model finish away from Flamboro. I hope Joe has more races in 2008, it looks like the Crate engine may have found a home at Sauble Speedway. I know Quaker State will be just as happy as we are. Hopefully next year Joe gets teamed up with the WWS and we can have specials at Delaware, Flamboro and Sauble. I’m half nuts just thinking about it. Meanwhile congrats to Tim and his crew for winning both races.

 

Grisdale Triple 50 Finale

Scott Lyons #52 Leads Series
Scott Lyons #52 Leads Series
Who Will Be Crowned
     It’s hard to beleive the final Grisdale race is here already. The first two events, won by Jason Shaw and Scott Lyons with strong finishes in both by Paul Howse and Todd Campbell, make this race exciting in that anyone of the four can win the crown. The race offers show up points towards the Flamboro championship standings and a nice purse pay off. For those out of the top four in the Grisdale mini series, it’s doubtful any will taste the gold that goes to the top three in the Triple Crown standings. Scott, Paul, Jason and Todd will be fighting for more than the purse booty, but who will win the Crown is a mystery. Lyons has the history of not choking, Howse has been hot all year, Shaw knows what it’s like to race with everything on the line. Maybe the sleeper will be Todd Campbell who’s been running very consistent this season. One thing is certain, these four will be in a battle when the green flag drops, but so to will the rest of the fast cars who are too far back to finish in the top 3 in the series, but very capable of finishing first in the race.

 

Todd Campbell Wins Triple Crown Series

#07 Todd Campbell
#07 Todd Campbell
Longshot Comes Through
    When evaluating the Grisdale Triple Crown series, and who might win, we picked Todd Campbell as the long shot based on how well he’d run so far in 07′ and the fact he was within striking distance of Jason Shaw, Paul Howse and leader Scott Lyons. Todd made sure of the series victory by finishing a strong second behind Rob MacDonnell #72. He must have breathed a sigh of relief seeing those three contenders end up in mishaps during the race. Scott had things going his way until he hit the back of Todd on lap 22. That alteracation sent Lyons out of control on the front chute and to the back of the feature once the dust settled. It was a wild crazy race. Penalties and disqualifications hurt some top runners including David, Paul Howse and Jeff Stewart. Full details on the race is reported in “Diary of A Season” on our message board. Congratulations to Todd and his crew for winning the Grisdale Triple Crown and to Rob MacDonell and his team for winning the race. A special thanks to Bill Grisdale for sponsoring this event and supporting the Late Model class at Flamboro Speedway.

 

Heat Win #4 August 11th

Photo by Terry Osborne
Photo by Terry Osborne
Now It’s Show Time
    This week we are making appearances at two shows before the Flamboro race on Saturday. Thursday we are in Oakville at the Post Inn Village Vintage & Classic Car Show. The show starts later in the day, 4:pm until 6:30 pm. Quaker State supports this worthy facility event and we are proud to be there on Quaker States behalf. On Saturday we will be on display from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm at the Royal Coachman restaurant in Waterdown. Watch for the details on the Royal Coachman through the Flamborough Review.

 

Resident Of The Post Inn Village Home

Earnhardt Fan
Earnhardt Fan
Quaker State Support Appreciated
    Last week we made two appearances to promote our sponsors and racing. On Thursday we were part of the Post Inn Village Classic & Custom car show. It was a fund raising event with all proceeds going to the residents of the Post Inn Village. This was a great event with lots of antique cars and an Elvis impersonator who sang some of Elvis great hits. The gentleman in the picture lives at the Inn and was all over lte parking lot checking out the cars. His shirt has a picture of Dale Earnhardt Sr. on it, his favourite NASCAR driver. The day was a great success. We handed out Quaker State items and kids got to sit in the car and get their picture taken.

 

A Season Measured On The Richter Scale

Jeff Stewart #56
Jeff Stewart #56
Win, Lose It, Win
    Looking at the 2007 season so far, it’s intersting to note that the top four cars in the Flamboro points standings have two feature wins between them. Meanwhile Jeff Stewart #56 has three, and could have had more. Jeff has as many black flags as checker flags, enough to discourage most racers, and yet still comes out week after week inspite of the season that on paper looks like the graph on a richter scale of a 6.6 earthquake. What’s amazing about their year is how dominate they’ve been most nights. They’re usually one of the fastest cars and hard to beat. Jeff is a very likeable driver and treats kids and all fans with warm enthusiasm.

 

Tyler Finishes 8th At Lake Erie Speedway

Tyler Brown
Tyler Brown
Good Run For The Lad
    Starting 17th in the feature, Tyler Brown made his presence known with an impressive 8th place finish in the 40 lap feture against some very good Late Models that had us both outclassed equipment wise but not necessarily on the race track. Our car was good in the final warm ups getting within 15 hundreds of their top cars. A full competitve field, all offset, coil over strut cars started the feature with no serious accidents. The only thing serious was how fast and smooth the race surface was and what a pleasure it was to race on. We are likely going back on the 8th for their Twin 35’s, I know we can do better but it was a ton of fun and that’s the main reason we’ll consider returning, plus there are no races for us in this part of the country.

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Lake Erie Top Points #9 Will Thomas

Will Thomas Race Team
Will Thomas Race Team
Our Car Is Worth More Than Our Trailer
    To put things in perspective our car is worth more than double what our trailer is. The Will Thomas unit seen here may cost almost as much as our home. Will is leading the points at Lake Erie and finished 3rd in the feature last week. Junior Hanley has helped him with his car, as he has other racers in both the US and Canada. Considering it was our first time at Lake Erie, started 15th in the feature with all their top cars up front, we did okay. After the final set of warm ups we were less than 2/10ths off Wills times, better than we expected. The track was fantastic and the drivers were clean to race with and very friendly. They have a handfull of quick cars, like any race track, and the rest are close. On the ticker tape we ended up with 56.4% left side, we were allowed 58%. We weighed in at 2830 pounds compared to 2750, we were likely 2790 after the feature. If we use less fuel, maybe 3 or 4 gallons, we can lighten up the car even more, I’m sure we put more fuel in than we needed. At 8 pounds a gallon that’s an easy way to lose weight. As well, we can get the car set up better, it was loose in the feature. Improving these areas may shave a little more off our time. However, the reality is that these cars are fast and we would be do well to finish in the top 7 or 8 in a feature race, and that’s if we had a good starting spot. We are considering going back on September 8th for their Twin 35’s and use up the tires we bought. I can’t stop thinking about the track, it is a beauty.

 

Delaware Speedway APC 300 September 2nd

Feature Line Up 2006
Feature Line Up 2006
The Best Of The Best
    Of all the Late Model specials in 2007, the APC 300 in many ways is the biggest and should be the best in the class of 07′. Hopefully there is a good turn out from outsiders especially the drivers from Flamboro who need to support this event and it’s sponsors. Racing the night before makes it tough for most of the Flamboro cars. Meanwhile the boys from Delaware get to rest tonight for the 225 laps Sunday afternoon. This will be the biggest race in my 39 years racing, a 75 lap feature followed by a 150 lap race. It pays $10,000 to win. Second pays $2500 so I imagine there will be no friends in the final laps if a few cars are running close. Special thanks to APC for sponsoring this race.

 

BEFORE THE APC 300

CAN'T BELIEVE WE MADE IT
CAN’T BELIEVE WE MADE IT
We Were In Better Shape When We Left
    What an up and down day for our team, emotionally and physically. Making this race was one of the most exhausting and incredible efforts I’ve experienced in maybe all of our 39 years racing. The trials never stopped from Saturday night until 10 minutes before the first 75 lap race. After wrecking at Flamboro on Saturday night, exactly what we didn’t want to do,(the same deal happened the night before the first Sauble 75 lap race) we made several attempts to get a Woodward rack for our car. Thatcher did what he could including going to Grisdales to check stock. There were none available, but he tried. Big Jim felt our crew chief was feeling as bad as I was and still did his best to keep things positive. There was a lot of body damage, but it was fixable with time, something we were quickly running out of. The key was the rack, and it had to be a Woodward. Many racers were called, Saturday night and Sunday morning but everyone had other makes that would not work on our car. An early morning effort to get Junior Hanley’s help was made through a hand written letter left on his truck door handle, explaining our need and whether he could fix or replace our rack. Things looked bad for us but Shirley insisted we load the car just in case we got lucky. The car was unloaded the night before so we could remove the rack, inspect the chassis closer and charge the battery. Then late Sunday morning good news came when Mike McColl made an extra effort to get us the proper rack for our car. David called and said there was lots of help for us once we got to Delaware. This was a historic day for us, I had never ran a 150 lap in my life. We did race and we finished 13th from the 38th starting spot. The full story is on our message board under “Diary Of A Season”. Many people were responsible for us making this race. Nonie never gave up, Shirley and David were encouraging, Kelly Hallet took over as crew chief as soon as we arrived and was a fantastic help, Perry a friend from our church and our newest crew member, Peter (Scott Lyons crew), Brett, Marty, Dave and of course Mike McColl all made it possible for us staring this race. There’s more, Delaware didn’t need to worry about one more car, they had 42 before we got there, but the head of Tech helped us get through and let us run the first 75 lap without our hood and front end. Mike McColl had no reason to help us that would benefit him. He sold tons of tires to the cars there and knew I would be running the Flamboro Tires and would not be buying his Hoosier’s. He was very busy gearing the many teams with tires and advice yet he took the time to get us the part we needed. That’s Mike, he is a caring professional person who extended to us incredible grace and help. What a day, thanks so much to all who made it one of our most exciting with a very good run. There’s much more in the Diary Of A Season.

 

APC 300 Qualifier Almost Blows Out Windshield

Terry Osborne Photo
Terry Osborne Photo
There’s A Reason For Having All The Body On The Car
    We were so glad just to get to the track, starting like this was no big deal. It became a big deal with a dozen laps to go when the windshield started to lift right out of the car. Massive amounts of air through the sides and under the dash. We were okay in traffic, once we got to open track there was no way to stop the air from coming in. It was necessary to make a pit stop or have body panels all over the track. We installed the rest of the missing panels and the car was okay for the 150 lapper, imagine.

 

Two Points Nights To Go

Terry Osborne Photo
Terry Osborne Photo
Top Three Would Be Nice
    It’s always a goal to do better each year, and for the most part we have improved over our first two seasons. Both Sauble shows were a success as well as the Delaware races. Our home stand hasn’t been terrible sitting fourth in points behind Jason, Scott and David. The goal would be a top three finish, but that’s a long shot. Naturally we started out the season hoping to take a run for the title but a few problems got in the way, some poor finishes combined by some good runs by those in front of our team. It would make sense that a track champion would have a very good year, and Jake has done well in 07′. We can’t assume we’ll stay in fourth, although with the points distribution the way it is, none of the top four will lose a spot unless something serious happens. This week and September 22nd are the final two points shows. Scott is pursuing Jason, David is chasing them both, they will be agressive, David especially as he looks to win a feature after losing last week with a blown clutch. One things for sure, the racing’s not done.

 

Quaker State Crew At The United Way Kick Off

Picture by Norm Cheng
Picture by Norm Cheng
Quaker State Supports The United way
    On behalf of our sponsor we had the Quaker State Dodge on display right in the middle of Brant Street to support the United Way Kick Off in Burlington. The street was blocked off allowing neighbours to and those in the community to enjoy live bands and various other events throughout the day. Many dropped by our display to get a closer look at the car and meet two of my crew members Jim and Perry. This picture was taken by Norm Cheng the area director for the Bible League. Thanks Norm for the great shot.

 

Stewart Takes Pole

Photo By Terry Osborne
Photo By Terry Osborne
Jeff Stewart To Lead First Twin 50
    Qualifying went well for most drivers on Saturday. Jeff Stewart found himself in a four way tie for pole position after the double heats were run but would get the nod to start pole by virtue of winning the first race he was in. Mark Burbridge 27 will start outside pole with Jason Shaw and 36, me, in the second row. The four of us were tied. Mark had a second and third, Jason a 4th and a win and we had a 4th and a win. Paul Howse would have been on the pole but got black flagged for rough driving after spinning heat race leader Jamie Ramsay. Jamie will start 11th on the grid and Paul will have to qualify through the consi on Sunday. The heat win was our 8th of the season, tying our most wins in a Late Model for a season. We are still looking for a feature win and will have a good starting spot in the first race. Hopefully Mark can keep pace with Jeff on the start of the race. The second 50 lapper will be most interesting with a $1000 bonus being put up for the driver who can win both features, something most of us think is impossible. It was suggested by Scott Lyons to put the $1000 up for the overall winner but that idea, along with having one pay off was turned down by John. I just hope no one sand bags for pole in the second race, but it`s there for the taking because it will pay $1500 to win the second race. The only stipulation to start pole in the second race is to complete 48 laps in the first race. I`m sure that won`t be a problem for the few drivers who will consider finishing poor in the first to start up front in the second race. It pays $400 to finish 5th in the each 50 lap race, finishing 10th is $200, dropping back to 20th to start up front with a shot at $1500 is way to tempting for some racers and for sure a few will consider it, perhaps already have it in their strategy. As for our team we had a great qulifying run and plan to race hard in both features.

 

Jason Shaw 2007 Flamboro Champion

Photo by Terry Osborne
Photo by Terry Osborne
Jason Wins Everything
    In 2007 Jason Shaw and his race team claimed the Flamboro Speedway Championship, the WWS Championship and won one of the Twin 50’s in the Octoberfest week end. They had a great season, congratulations from our team to the #82 team for an incredible season.

 

Autumn Colors Last Chance For Feature Win

Peterborough Bound
Peterborough Bound
One More Chance
    Last week end was amazing for us and we can’t wait to get working on the car for the 2008 season, but there is one more goal to accomplish….a feature win. Trying to pull it off at Peterborough won’t be easy when looking at our Late Model history at the quick oval. The previous two Autumn Color feature runs have been dismal, however we did win a heat last year, our first and only checker away from Flamboro, so it’s not all bad. Things are different now, we have improved, we have confidence in our race program something that’s taken time to develop and we’re hoping to spring board off last week end. The hour glass is almost empty and instead of sand it’s time running out, but we do have one more shot. The fast oval in the east is a tough circuit physically because young drivers spend a lot of time turning. Old drivers know it wears you down and try to find ways to conserve energy, stay strong and go for the feature win when the opportunity arises….that’s the goal, desire, hope, to win the feature The car is ready, camper and trailer hooked up, we’re leaving tomorrow at 2:pm. It’s Thursday night…11:30 pm, all I have to do now is go to sleep, that may be the hardest part of all.

 

Peterborough Pits Prior To Feature

Photo by Derek Smith
Photo by Derek Smith
Jason, Don and Perry
    There were no heats last week end at Peterborough due to tons of rain. We did get the feature in and ran strong all race, that is until we ran into bad weather in the final 10 laps. We weathered the storm having our best ever finish at Peterborough in a Late Model. The feature took over an hour to run, but we stood in line for the payoff from 12:am until 2:am, maybe the first time ever that getting our money took longer than earning it. The full race report is on the message board.

 

Late Model Goes To Church

Photo by Gary Baverstock
Photo by Gary Baverstock
Father, Son & Daughter Breakfast October 20th 2007
    A few months ago we were invited to come to Fordward Baptist church in Cambridge. My crew chief Jim, and our newest crew member Perry, accompanied me for this special occasion. Like many churches, Forward Baptist has a monthly men’s breakfast meeting and bring in a guest speaker. The attraction of a real race car being on hand for all to see and a driver who could share his passion about racing and Jesus Christ was the key to bringing over 150 for this event. After it was over I was fortunate to be introduced to my all time favourite hockey players line mate. Most of you know I’m a Ranger fan. My favourite hockey player was Andy Bathgate #9 of the New York Rangers. It was a thrill to meet his left winger, #17 Dean Prentice. Steve Lyons painted my new helmet this past summer. On the back of it, just below #36 Glen Schurr, is the Ranger logo and #9 Andy Bathgate. Part of the success of being a kid for so long is to love what you’re doing and never forget those who made your sport exciting. In this case we’re talking hockey, my favourite sport next to racing. In the early 60’s, Andy Bathgate was in the process of breaking a record of most consecutive games with a least one goal. One night during that streak our family was in Cookstown at my uncles farm house. Lucky for me they could get Hockey Night In Canada. Foster Hewitt was the announcer and with only 6 teams in the NHL, often updated the out of town scores. Rangers were playing Montreal and all I could think of was how my hero was doing. During a break in the Leaf game, he mentioned that Montreal was leading New York 4-2 in the third period. My heart sunk, but within a second I leaped and began cheering with excitement. Mom and dad were in the kitchen playing euchre with my aunt and uncle. When I yelled, uncle Percy, a Leaf fan, came out quick wondering if the Leafs scored because he didn’t here the famous Foster Hewitt words “Keon shoots”..”He scores”!!! I said “no the Leafs didn’t score”. “Well what was all the comotion”? he asked, I enthusiastically reported “Montreal is beating New York 4-2 and Andy Bathgate got both New York goals”. He went back to the kitchen. Dad, not a hockey fan at all, asked what the big deal was, uncle Percy replied “something happened in Montreal…what’s trump?” For certain, no one in the house that night understood the significance of those goals as much as I did. Andy Bathgate would extend that streak to 11 games, a new NHL record that lasted until a young hockey player(#99)from Brantford made a new one, I think he made many new ones. Remember kids, always have a hero…and racers always be a good hero. You never know the impact you’ll have on big eyed boys and girls.

 

In 2008 Quaker State and #36 Celebrate 35th Season

Steam Whistle
Steam Whistle
Quaker State Back For 35th Year
    It all started in 1974. Bill Lyons helped us get this sponsorship. When we received the letter from Quaker State welcoming us to their race program I was very happy. Every week we sent race reports and pictures. Over the years we kept Quaker State informed, and made sure to thank them every year with a speical plaque or picture. We never dreamed this partnership would last 35 seasons. Nonie has been awesome, making it possible for me to continue doing what I love, racing. 35 years is a long time but for Nonie it’s not 35, it’s 40, as we enter our 40th year racing in Ontario and the U.S. I am thankful to Bill for getting us started, to Quaker State for believing in our team, for being gracious and generous. To our children, friends and all our associate sponsors for their support and encouragement but mostly to Nonie for letting me play so long, and for being there with me. Isn’t it crazy to think that one day this could end?….yes it is, so let’s not think about that, but instead the fun we’ll have as we journey with all these amazing people in this great sport, after all it’s really about the people.

 

Racers and Kids

Ronnie & Jorden Gallant
Ronnie & Jorden Gallant
Parts Source Monster Truck Display Brings Fans
    Copps will host Monster Jam tonight and tomorrow featuring 5 of their top performers. Parts Source is one of the sponsors for the event and four locations in the Hamilton, Burlington area had one of the exciting 1200 HP car crushers. Grave Digger was in Hamilton, Avenger and Brutus in Burlington and Blue Thunder at the Stoney Creek store with our Late Model. It was bitterly cold last night, Frank Krmel (driver of Blue Thunder) and I stayed inside to sign autographs. Many families came in to meet Frank and I, mostly the Monster Truck driver. The Gallant family were there and Rhonda,(mother of Ronnie and Jorden) took this picture. Frank drives Blue Thunder about 30 week ends each year. There are only two Blue Thunder trucks, entertaining either in the U.S. or Canada. This week end Frank is determined to beat his rival “Grave Digger” in Hamilton. Should be noisy and fun. If there are any noise levels above 99 decibells, that won’t be Blue Thunder, it will be my grand daughter Lauren.

 

1982 CVM History

Ron Shaw and Dave Bentley
Ron Shaw and Dave Bentley
Battling With Two Hard Chargers
    This picture, and many more are on, or will soon be on our CVM History section of our web site. In this picture veteran Ron Shaw #81, in his second season with the Hobby’s battles with me and rookie Dave Bentley #29. All three of us would eventually have our sons join us in this racing game. I am trying my best to get our older Hobby history on the site as soon as possible. Hopefully 1983 will be started before Christmas.

 

Sheridan Hills Missionay Church

Breakfast Meeting
Breakfast Meeting
Late Model At Church
    On Saturday morning Jim and I took our Late Model to the Sherdian Hills Missionary church on Tralfalgar Road in Oakville. This was the second such event in two days with the race car. The first was Thursady at the Mississauga Chaplaincy on North Service Road, an outreach event headed by former Argo Bruce Smith. Brian Warren, another former Argo and Pastor of The Hope Center in Mississauga, was the guest speaker. A full bus load of kids were on hand to meet the football stars and see the race car. On Staurday, close to thiry men and one young boy came for the breakfast to see the race car. I had an opportunity to share stories about our racing and how I came to meet the most important person in my life, Jesus Christ. This was our fourth and final opportunity to have our car on display for a special event since the race season ended. We put the car in the garage and will start our race rebuilding program for 2008 next week.

 

Family Life Center

Rock & River Church
Rock & River Church
The Help From These Men Was Much Appreciated
    What a night this was from many aspects. Bruce Smith, former Toronto Argo, runs this outreach church ministry in Mississauga. It’s just a few doors down from the California restaurant, a place many Hobby drivers use to visit after the CNE races in 1990. Pictured here are Richard, David, Michael and Jason in the car. The boys helped me get the car unloaded and loaded back up again later in the evening. You can see the snow falling as Julie-Anne took this picture. This was a great night with over 100 kids on hand to hear Argo greats, Brian Warren and Bruce Smith talk about Jesus and how much they cared for each and every boy and girl present. The kids were from the Jane/Keele Finch area, a part of North York that’s been plagued wtih violence and death. The plight of many young children have caught the hearts of many professonal athletes, and this was one event that showed the kids that these men do more than just talk about how much they care. I was proud to be a part of this special event and plan to take our car back again in the summer.

 

Sauble Speedway Has New Owners

Joe Chisholm To Stay On
Joe Chisholm To Stay On
Sauble Speedway Photo
    Jason and Amy Thom are the new owners of Sauble Speedway. We wish them all the best for the coming season. Things will be okay for them, they have a gem of a track and the mastermind behind making it one of the best race tracks in Ontario will stay on helping things run smoothly. This isn’t a hint or anything, but we sure hope we get two more Late Model shows in 2008.

 

1982 “CVM History” Complete

Paul and Steffon
Paul and Steffon
These Two Made It Fun
    Paul Cornwall and Steffon Zoskey were two crew members who stayed with us the longest, Steffon for 18 years. Both excellent friends, they made a very tough 1982 a lot of fun and became very close to Nonie and I. 82′ is completed in our CVM History section.

 

1981 CVM History Almost Complete……82 Done

 Win For Jim
Win For Jim
The Red Knight #12 Jim Collison
    Jim Collison was a very agressive racer in his day, in fact, for quite a few years. If you didn’t want to race, it would be better to stay in the pits because he was going to race hard for every spot he didn’t already have. His charge to the front usually meant those ahead would eventually have their hands full. Racers like Jim made us better. He became very popular with his peers later on in his career, working hard for the Hobby club and having an excellent year in 86′, coming very close to winning the championship. 86′ will be posted after 83, 84 and 85, in fact 81′ needed more pictures to get it finished, and so I’m stuck in 81′ for now. This picture of Jim is from 81′ it will be posted soon. Jim has done alot for the sport of racing. He was inducted into the Hobby Hall of Fame in 1998 with Brian Barton and spends much of his time organizing go cart racing through the Waterloo Kart Club. He operates his own business, Collison Electric in Cambridge.

 

Jim Atkinson #400

Still Racing
Still Racing
Dirt Racing
    Jim Atkinson drove #11 in the mid 70’s in the Hobby club. He only ran a few seasons but was a fun guy. On the visor of his Model A Hobby car was Catharine, after his daughter Cathy. We were on display November 15th to support Monster Jam for Copps and Jim dropped by. He had this picture sent to us and we wanted to share it with you. Jim is 67 and still plays on the oval, only now adays it’s covered with dirt. We wish Jim the best for the coming season.

 

Start Of A 3rd Generation In Racing

Grand Kids To Race
Grand Kids To Race
Gehrig and Lauren
    It was only matter of time before we introduced our grand children to the racing game. Thanks to Flamboro Speedway building a go-cart track on their premesis made the decision easier. Gehrig and Lauren will share driving this cart for 2008. If they have fun and enjoy it enough to want to continue racing in 09′, we’ll make sure they have a go cart each, unless they are happy to share driving. The cart pictured here was driven by John-Ross Miskiewcz the past few seasons. It was the only go cart we could find with #36 already on it…just kidding, but JR did race #36. This season will be tough, we have no spares, no equipment and pretty well no clue. I understand the Waterloo Kart Club are very good at helping new comers. The kids are 9 and 8, and one or both could be racing a Mini Stock or Thunder Car in the next five years. Racing against either of my grand children could be my final plateau in this great sport, it sure would be a goal for me. I wonder which of us will change more in the next 5 years…yikes!!…Meanwhile we have lots of laps to do before that happens, and I must continue on, not stopping, or looking at my birth certificate.

 

Merry Christmas

God With Us
God With Us
God’s Gift
    In the book of Matthew, the Angel tells Joseph that his wife to be, Mary, is with Child, from the Holy Spirit, and that he should give the name of his son, “Jesus, for “He will save His people from their sins”. His name shall be called “Immanuel, which means, God with us”. How great is it to know that God sent His Son Jesus, as a gift to us. God came to earth. Jesus came to bring us the gift of freedom. It’s like we’re in the pawn shop of life and He redeemed us with His life. The birth of Jesus was a gift from God for us. Merry Christmas and may God bless you all in the coming year.

 

Lauren One Of Two Drivers For Grandpa’s Cart

Race Suits Too Small
Race Suits Too Small
Minor Set Back
     We had our first set back with the expansion of our race team to go-carts. Uncle David bought them go-cart racing suits for Christmas, but, they’re too small. We will return them in the new year and get bigger suits. The kids are growing, unlike us, they grow taller we grow wider. This could be a costly venture over the next few seasons. I wonder if they would mind real baggy suits this year, that way, by the time they’re 12 the suits will fit perfect.

 

Getting Ready For 2008

A Good Start
A Good Start
Monte Carlo In 2008
    This will be our first time running a Monte Carlo in the Late Model class. We ran an Intrepid in 05, a Tuarus to start 06, then we went to the Charger. We ran the Charger in 07 and I decided to go with the Chev for 08′. For the past few weeks many of my crew have spent a few hours on different occasions to get our car to where it is now. Dave Watson has been the catalyst with his extra effort on the body panels. Today Dave, Jim, Jason Perry and I got a lot done. We naturally have a long ways to go. Our goal is to have the car ready for the car show by early February. We should be okay.

2006 LM History

Some of the Boys From 86′

Champions<br />
Champions
January 3, 2006
    While welcoming in a new year it seemed to be appropriate to reflect back on some of the past Champions of the Canadian Vintage Modifieds.

 

    This picture was taken at Flamboro Speedway in 1986. Four of the drivers were Club Champions and three won either a Gold Cup or Flamboro Championship or both. Some were Champions years after this picture was taken.

 

    Only one driver did not have the privilege or honour to win a Championship, however his racing prowess was that of a Champion. #12 Jim Collison finished 2nd more than once and missed out on a title before he retired. His best year was 1986.

 

    The following is a list of some of these drivers’ accomplishments.

 

    #12 Jim Collison….1986 Mid season, End season and Twin 25 Championship races.

 

    #55 Jim English…..1983 Gold Cup Point Champion.

 

    #84 Rich Farraway…1984 Flamboro, 1984 Gold Cup, 1984 Club Champion.

 

    #65 Jeff Bedell…..1989 Flamboro Points Champion.

 

    #19 Mike Witter…..1988 Flamboro, 1986 Gold Cup Champion.

 

    #79 Charlie Beck….1986 Gold Cup, 1986 Club Champion.

 

    #36 Gary Elliott….1989 and 1999 Club Champion.

 

    #24 Ray Hughes……1998, 95, 93, 88, 87, 85, 83, 82, Club Champion. 1998, 95, 93, 90, 87, 85, 83, 82, Flamboro Champion. 1998, 95, 93, 92, 87, 85 Gold Cup Champion.

 

    Rich Farraway returned to the CVM in 2005 to race with the club after a six year absence. Ray will start his 36th season. He started in 1969, but sat out in 1980 and 1981. Gary joined in 1972 and 2006 will be his 35th consecutive season.

 

1981 Hobby History Coming Soon!

1933 Ford Coupe<br />
1933 Ford Coupe
    During warm ups one beautiful afternoon in 1981 the right rear axle broke going into turn three. The car did a 360 degree spin stopping about 10″ from the wall. The wheel bounced over landing down by the fence. I know this is hard for most to believe, but I was 34 years old. Did I say 34? Wow. Thirty four is nice…but I learn a lot over next 25 years……..This is one picture of 178 from 1981 soon to be posted in the CVM History section.

 

Jesse Pontello to run ASA Late Models in 2006

Jessie Pontello<br />
Jessie Pontello
Oh Canada! Canadian star, Jesse Pontello to run for the Rookie of the Year title in the ASA Late Model Series Southern Division.
    Story By: ASA Late Model Series Staff
    Lexington, Michigan (01/24/2006): Aspiring talents from all over the country are gearing up for the 2006 season with the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts. Drivers from all corners of the United States are keeping a keen eye on the happenings in and around the ASALMS.
    Not only does the ASALMS reach all over the country, but our neighbors to the North in the Great White North to be exact, are also keeping up to date everything concerning the ASALMS as well. One young, talented driver from the great country of Canada has announced his intentions on running the ASALMS in 2006.
    St. Catherines, Ontario driver, 16-year-old, Jesse Pontello has signed on as a development driver for Fridella-Daniels Racing and has announced his intentions on competing for the Rookie of the Year title in the ASALMS Southern Division as well as making select appearances in the televised ASALMS Challenge Division.

 

Gary s Team Prepares For 38th Season!

Guess The Make<br />
Guess The Make
Waterdown February 6, 2006
    This picture was taken on Saturday February 4th. The picture shows the body panels being held together with temporary fasteners to make sure all parts fit together properly. The car was totally disassembled the following day and sent to Paul House’s shop to have both the frame and body painted. Special thanks to my son David and his crew, Eddie and Marty, as well as Dave Watson, Thatcher Krupp and Big Jim for all their help. The car will be in the Performance World Car Show at the Toronto International Centre in March 10, 11 and 12. Gary will be in attendance to sign autographs and answer your questions. This is a must attend event for all Hot Rod and Race fans.
    Can you identify the new body make for 2006? Post your answer on our message board.

 

Performance World Car Show

Quaker State Ford<br />
Quaker State Ford
International Centre, Toronto, Ontario March 10, 2006
    This weekend marks one of the biggest and most prestigious car shows in Canada. Performance World is hosting it’s annual performance custom show with 4 buildings of beautiful Hot Rods, Antiques, Custom cars and high performance race machines.
    Gary Elliott’s 2006 Quaker State Ford makes its second visit in two years. Gary and his crew will be on hand to talk to fans about this years racing schedule, as well as represent all Elliott Racing Teams valued sponsors.
    The show starts tonight at 4:pm until 10:pm, Saturday 10: am until 10:pm and Sunday 10:am until 5:pm.
    Hope to see you there.

 

Pre Season Work At The Shop

Engine Work<br />
Engine Work
    Many hours of meticulous work are put into the car prior to the season.

 

Looking For The Gremlins

Looking For Gremlins<br />
Looking For Gremlins
    Gary, Thatcher And David attempting to solve the engine miss at the track.

 

1st Heat Action

1st Heat Action<br />
1st Heat Action
    Gary in 2nd place catching the leader #42 Richard Holmes.

 

Gremlins Strike 2006 Season Opener

2nd Heat Action<br />
2nd Heat Action
Flamboro Speedway April 29, 2006
    Despite many months and hundreds of man hours of methodical preparation, checking and rechecking every nut, bolt and system on the 2006 Quaker State Ford, Gremlins struck the Elliott Racing Team on Opening Day at Flamboro Speedway.
    The first practice laps brought smiles of joy to the team as the car turned fast laps and appeared very close on set up. One minor symptom however gave warning of things to come. Just as the practice was ending the engine developed a small miss. The crew immediately went to work making some suspension adjustments and a minor adjustment was made to the carburetion.
    In the second practice session the car turned even faster lap times and gave indications of being the car to beat. However once again the engine miss appeared. More adjustments were made to the carburetor and the problem appeared to be corrected.
    Gary started 4th in the 1st Heat. As the green was waved for the first race of the 2006 season Gary quickly showed that the competitive spirit was as strong as every. He quickly moved passed two cars and settled into second place behind Richard Holmes in the #42 car. Gary and Richard rapidly pulled away from the rest of the field. On lap seven Gary started to make a move to the outside to challenge for the lead. All of a sudden the engine cut out and then sputtered on. Gary settled low on the track and nursed the car to a 9th place finish.
    The crew again went to work trying to diagnose the problem. Fuel lines were checked the engine timing was reset and once again the carburetor was worked on. Again the engine responded in the pits and the problem appeared fixed.
    Gary started 7th in his second Heat race. Gary drove aggressively on the edge and quickly moved the Quaker State Ford into the top three. Once again the Gremlins struck and the engine started to sputter. Gary dropped to the rear of the field and all of a sudden the engine picked up. Gary again started to move through the traffic and finished in 7th.
    Although the frustration was beginning to show on the crew Gary pulled the team together and again every possible or suspect area was examined. A new fuel pump was installed and more adjustments were made to the fuel system.
    The Quaker State Ford started 14th in the Feature Race. As the field drove down the back straight on the opening lap, Gary dove to the inside lane. This was a most fortunate move. As the field entered turn three a collision occurred right at the front. Most of the top ten runners were involved but Gary quickly turned off the track into the infield thus avoiding any damage.
    The field was reset and Gary started in 6th place. On the restart Gary quickly moved into third place. The car was very quick and Gary began to look below the second place runner as they exited the turns. On lap ten just as Gary exited turn four the engine again sputtered and died. Mark Burbridge in the #27 car was unable to check up in time and bumped the Quaker State Ford in the rear and sent it spinning to the infield. Gary managed to restart the engine and returned to the race a lap down. Gary nursed the Quaker State Ford to a 13th place finish.
    Although frustrated with being unable to find the Gremlin in the engine the team was able to take heart with the knowledge that the Elliott Racing Team will once again be among the top of the field for the 2006 season.

 

From The Back Heat 1

Heat 1<br />
Heat 1
    Gary started eleventh and finished third in the 1st Heat.

 

Gary Dominates In 1st Victory Of 2006

1st Win<br />
1st Win
Flamboro May 6, 2006:
    There was a large field of 23 Late Models on hand to do battle at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday night. It was obvious to every one at the track that this was going to be a very competitive night. Having solved the fuel issues from opening day Team Quaker State was looking forward to a better outing the second time around. From the first laps of practice the car was very quick. Gary advised that the handling was a little loose but the engine was running great. The crew made some chassis adjustments and the engine was checked out just to make sure everything was ok.
    Gary started very deep in eleventh place for the 1st Heat. At the drop of the green flag the Quaker State Ford leapt forward picking up one position through turns one and two. By lap four Gary was running in seventh place. On lap five Gary moved to the high side of Steve Adams in the 41 car and completed the pass in turns three and four. By lap eight Gary was embroiled in a terrific battle with Shawn Arnott in the #3 and Dave Baker in the 50 car. Baker managed to dive below Arnott in turns one and two and Gary followed through the hole. The Quaker State Ford got great bite exiting turn four coming to take the white flag. Gary moved to the outside of Baker entering turn one and completed the pass down the back straight. Gary took the checkered in third place but was gaining on the leader.
    Gary lined up on the outside pole for his second heat race. Anticipation was high amongst the Quaker State Team. At the drop of the Green flag Gary drove deep into turn one and took the lead. The Quaker State Ford was handling like a dream and Gary hit all his marks in driving a flawless race. At the end of ten laps the checkered flew for Gary’s 1st win of 2006. He was near half a lap ahead of second place and he had lapped two cars.
The Gremlins strike again!
    The car was checked over and all was in order for the Feature Race. Gary started the Feature in eight place. On lap two Gary moved outside of Dave Baker to take sixth place. Gary then settled into a terrific duel with son David, Greg Cox and Scott Lyons. On lap ten Gary moved under Cox for fifth place and was headed to the front. The next lap as the Quaker State Ford exited turn two the right rear tire cut down and Gary spun to the infield. Just as Gary moved back onto the track a caution flew. The Quaker State Team changed tires under the caution and Gary returned at the rear of the field but confident that he still was capable of getting back to the front. On lap sixteen with Gary running in eleventh place the Gremlins again worked their mischief as the driveshaft exploded in the Quaker State Ford. The damage was not repairable and Gary was credited with seventeenth place.

 

Fast In Warmups

Warmups<br />
Warmups
    The Quaker State Ford was very fast in warmups.

 

Preparing For Warm-Ups

In The Pits<br />
In The Pits
    Flamboro Speedway May 13,2006
    Gary and the Team prepares for warm-ups.

 

Warm-Ups

Warm-Ups<br />
Warm-Ups
    Flamboro Speedway May 13,2006
    Gary and David running together during warm-ups. Both teams were very equal. Try as they might, neither David nor Gary could pass each other.

 

Setting The Car Up

Discussing Set-up<br />
Discussing Set-up
    Flamboro Speedway May 13,2006
    Gary and Thatcher checking notes and discussing set-up.

 

Team Quaker State Up To Speed.

Fast thru the corner<br />
Fast thru the corner
    Flamboro Speedway May 13,2006
    Everything fell into place on Saturday night as the Quaker State Team had their strongest run of this young season. The car worked flawlessly from the opening laps of practice to the final checkered flag.
    In the first Heat race Gary started sixth. He beat the #5 car of Thane Woodside into turn one to take fifth place. Gary then set his sights on #27 Mark Burbridge. Gary dogged Burbridge’s rear bumper and made several feints to the outside over several laps. The 27 car gradually moved up the track to block the Quaker State Ford. On lap seven Gary again looked outside entering the corner. Burbridge moved up the track and Gary pounced. He muscled the #36 low and stood on the throttle exiting turn four, slipping under the #27 and grabbing thirds place. Gary closed in on the leaders over the final two laps and took the checkered in third place.
    Some minor adjustments were made to the chassis and Gary was sent out in fifth place for his second Heat. Gary quickly moved the Quaker State Ford past two cars in the first couple of laps. On lap six he moved outside of #3 Shawn Arnott and took 2nd place. Gary then settled into a steady rhythm and caught up to the rear bumper of the leader as the checkered flew.
    Buoyed by a 3rd and 2nd place finish in the Heats the Quaker State Team made a methodical check of the car in preparation for the Feature. Gary started sixth in the Feature with all the top dogs lined up in front of him. At the start of the Feature Gary quickly settled in behind, 2005 Champion, #52 Scott Lyons. The front pack of seven cars ran nose to tail with barely room to slip a hair between their bumpers. At the midway point #89 Shawn Chenoweth slipped up the track in the turn and Lyons drove below. Gary followed Lyons through the hole and took 5th place. Jeff Stewart in the #56 car then became embroiled in a side by side battle with #37 David Elliott for first place. As they entered turn one they came upon a lapped car causing a three wide incident resulting in Stewart hitting the wall. As a result Gary moved his Ford into fourth place. Try as he might Gary was unable to make a move on the #52. Son David Elliott took the checkered first to win his first Feature of 2006. Gary crossed the line in fourth place.
    The Quaker State Team was very satisfied with the results and is now prepared to be a driven force in the run for the Flamboro and W.W.S. Championships.

 

Cold Night and Fast Field = CHOO CHOO!

Tight Field<br />
Tight Field
Flamboro Speedway May 20, 2006
    Perhaps we are paying now for the mild winter we had. It sure seemed that way on Saturday night as temperatures dropped. The cold night, though tough on the crew and spectators had the opposite effect on the car and driver. Racers enjoyed the warmth in their race cars and the engines produced some very good horse power from the cool night.
    After a good run last week, the focus was on the points chase. In the first heat, starting 6th Gary battled for half the heat race with Chris Bochsler #75 until a caution flag came out. On the restart Paul Howse #8 was able to get by both Gary and Chris. At the checker the Quaker State team crossed the line in 5th place.
    In the 2nd heat Gary started 4th. Once again he would battle with Paul Howse, only this time the results would be different. The top three cars ran side by side for the first part of the heat with Gary taking 2nd and Paul finishing 3rd. Mark Burbridge #27 won that heat.
    The feature inversion was 3. Gary started 6th of twenty one cars. Though a fairly good starting spot, the quality of competition both in front and behind were the very best. On the green flag most drivers on the outside lane were looking to get to the inside. The reason was simple. On a cold night, the outside lane has less traction. Running low is where you need to be. If you’re on the outside you have to go further just to keep up, let alone pass. Poor traction means a driver needs more time to get on the gas, by then the inside cars are gone. The term used to describe this event is being “freight-trained”, when all the cars line up bumper to bumper and make it impossible for the outside car to get in. That’s what happened to the Quaker State Ford. By the time Gary got in line on the bottom groove he found himself in 11th spot, not quite the caboose, but a long ways from 6th. The cars ran tight but in single file.
    Coming off turn two on lap thirteen, three cars directly in front of Gary made contact. The melee sent cars flying. Gary was able to get around the spinning cars. On the restart a quick pass put the #36 in 7th spot. Mark Burbridge was in 5th on the outside lane. Like wolves the pack lined up on the inside to pass Mark. He knew what was about to happen. Some drivers know they’re going back and run their hardest, others try forcing their way down and sometimes it works because the car in the low lane backs off. But most times it causes a wreck and when Mark came down he hit the 6th place car causing both to spin out. Once again Gary was able to get around the spinning cars.
    The rest of the race ran clean and after the dust settled Gary had claimed 6th place. This night helped in the points race ….on May 27th Gary and his team will have their car in Georgetown at the Alliance Church for a family day. Saturday night will be regular Flamboro racing at 6:30 pm.

 

Promoting Our Sponsors Off The Track

Early action Saturday<br />
Early action Saturday
    On Wednesday May 24 Gary was a guest speaker at the Yorkland Christian High School graduation banquet. Approximately one hundred students, teachers and parents were on hand to hear Gary share his faith and passion for racing. Gary congratulated those who would win awards and encouraged those who did not win this year to remember to enjoy their sport, never give up and always try to do their very best every time.
    On Saturday morning it was off to Georgetown Alliance Church for support in a fund raiser for children in Mexico. Part of the event was that people could swing a sledge hammer and smash it into cars. Gary explained to the participants that the Quaker State Ford was not part of that event. Little did Gary know that by the time Saturday night was over the Black #36 would look like it had been smashed repeatedly with sledge hammers.

 

Lots Of Work To Do!

Damaged Left Rear<br />
Damaged Left Rear
Flamboro Speedway May 27,2006
    The Quaker State crew will be extremly busy repairing damage and again attempting to find the “miss” problem.

 

The Big Crush!

Gary & Jason Inspect Damag
Gary & Jason Inspect Damag

Flamboro Speedway May 27, 2006

    Trying to get rid of the engine miss that has plagued the team since the second day of racing finally resulted in one of the worst wrecks in Gary’s short Late Model career. The engine miss caused by (at this time) an unknown source would occur during a caution after thirteen or more laps of hard racing. It would clear up before the race restarted but this past Saturday that wasn’t the case.
    After strong runs in both the heats, a second and third, Gary was ready to battle the top guns in the feature. In both of those races there were no signs of any engine or electrical problems. The inversion draw wasn’t kind and resulted in Gary starting from 8th place. It would be a struggle to move forward with seven fast cars ahead. Gary slipped back in the early going but moved back up to 7th by lap six. A battle for 5th was heating up with David and Shane Gowan #10. Exiting turn two the car following the Quaker State Ford rammed Gary in the rear bumper sending the black Ford flying through the infield. A caution came out as many of the cars behind were spinning to avoid each other. Gary restarted at the tail end of the field. It would be a long way back to the front. That’s when the engine started missing again, only this time on the straightaway and with very serious consequences. When the engine quit on the Quaker State Ford a competitor struck the car in the left rear corner, turning Gary sideways. The car then continued into the left rear fender ripping it off and launched up and over the back wheel of the immaculate #36. The cars right front wheel struck the window net area. Fortunately the safety net did its job and it kept Gary safe. When the dust settled three cars were in the wall and Gary was sitting in the infield with a badly damaged race car. He proceeded to the pits and the crew quickly replaced a mangled wheel and broken shock. Gary returned to the race surface to finish 16th.
    The Quaker State team not only has to find the miss, but fix the extensive damage to the body and chassis…no problem, they’re not new to this. There is no racing, at Flamboro, for Late Models on the June 3rd weekend. The crew can take their time repairing the car. They plan to have the car ready this Saturday for practice to get set up for the first Grisdale Triple Crown race Saturday June 10th. Races that night start at 6:00 pm. Indications are that Late Model Teams from the ALLSTAR Series and Delaware and Kawartha speedways will be coming to compete in this event. This is one event you should not miss. The action will be fast and furious.

 

Testing At Homestead

Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure<br />
Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure
Homestead Florida June 7, 2006
    Dale Jarrett called Gary and asked him to come down to Homestead Speedway in Florida and test his race car. Gary accepted and is currently at the track testing.
    Well ok that’s not exactly the truth.
    Gary won a trip to Dale Jarrett’s RACING ADVENTURE through Ford. He is presently in Homestead Florida enjoying the experience which includes driving a Nextel Cup car at Homestead Speedway. Gary will return in time for this weekends Grisdale Triple Crown event at Flamboro Speedway.
    For information on the Dale Jarrett driving adventure check out http://www.racingadventure.com

 

A Test of Strength.

Gary passing David 1st Heat<br />
Gary passing David 1st Heat
Flamboro Speedway June 10, 2006
    To say that the 2006 season has been a disappointment to the Gary Elliott racing team would be an understatement. The team entered the season hoping to challenge for the Flamboro Championship. Some equipment failure and mistakes early appear to have moved the team out of contention for the championship. For the past two weeks the team had rededicated it self and spent many hours of hard work in an attempt to turn things around. The team repaired the extensive body damage to the Quaker State Ford. The entire electrical system was then rewired with the very kind assistance from Bill Lyons and Bill Podd. The car was then taken to Flamboro Speedway for a test season and numerous laps were run. Everything checked out ok and to the relief of everyone the electrical problems, that have plagued the team all year, appeared to be fixed. The car was then taken back to the shop, the chassis was scaled, set and a final nut and bolt check was completed. The car was ready for the first Grisdale Triple Crown Event at Flamboro Speedway. Gary was home from his experience with the Dale Jarrett Driving Adventure at Homestead Speedway and seemed well rested and reinvigorated.
    In the first set of warm-ups the car appeared close on setup and turned some very fast times. After consulting with Thatcher it was felt that only a minor chassis change was needed. In the second warm-ups the car was rock solid and very fast. Gary returned to the pits and declared that the car was ready to race.
    Thirty Late Models arrived at Flamboro on Saturday ready to do battle for the Grisdale Triple Crown. The qualifying format was set as three Heat races with the top six finishers from each qualifying and then a last chance Consi with the top six finishers qualifying. Starting positions for the Heats were set by drawing. Lady luck did Team Quaker State no good when Gary drew to start ninth in the first Heat. Neither Gary nor the team was in the least concerned as they knew they had a car and driver capable of marking it to the top six. When the green flag waved at the start of the Heat Gary stayed in the low groove as this is usually the fast way around Flamboro. The problem was everybody else held the same opinion and also stayed low. Gary quickly made the decision that he had to try the high side as the Heat was just too short to sit back and wait for something to happen. Once in the outside lane Gary slowly started to pick off one competitor at a time. A short caution occurred but luckily Gary restarted in the outside lane. When the green flew he continued to move forward and eventually wound up finishing fourth. Gary returned to the pits happy with having qualified and thrilled with the way the car was handling. At the end of the Heat races Gary held tenth place in the qualifying order. A complete nut and bolt check was done and no adjustments were made to the car.
    The inversion number drawn by a fan inverted the top eleven competitors. Gary would start the fifty lap Feature on the outside of the front row. The cars all lined up on the front straight and driver introductions were made. Anticipation mounted as the drivers buckled in. This was surely the strongest field of Late Models seen at Flamboro Speedway in many years. Besides all the Flamboro Regulars there were top teams from both Delaware and Kawartha Speedways and several drivers from the ALSTAR series.
    At the drop of the green flag Gary drove hard into turn one and held his position outside of pole sitter #70 Jeff Hanley. As the field exited turn two Gary moved to the inside lane and settled in behind Hanley. #6 Cole Pearn from Delaware Speedway followed through in third. Hanley set a blistering pace with Gary and Pearn in close pursuit. Several times Pearn attempted to drive below Gary through the middle of the corners but could not make a pass as Gary was able to accelerate much better off the corners. For twenty laps the cars ran nose to tail with no space between their bumpers. Hanley’s brake began to glow as he was working them hard in the corners. Hanley then began to push up ever so slightly in the corners and the Quaker State Team began to believe that if the race stayed caution free Gary might be able to slip under the #70 and take the lead. This was not to happen though as a spin resulted in a caution around lap twenty four. Hanley had time to cool his tires and brakes down.
    When the green flag waived the front trio again moved off to their own battle. By lap twenty eight Hanley again started to show a push. On lap twenty nine it was a little worse. On lap thirty Gary decided to stay as low as he could on the track and if Hanley pushed up he would try a pass. As the cars entered turn one Hanley started to push up. In the center of the turn the Hanley wiggled as he tried to get on the throttle and had to lift. Gary also had to lift to avoid hitting Hanley. Pearn following behind Gary did not check up and struck the rear of the Quaker State Ford sending it spinning to the infield. A caution resulted and Pearn was penalized for rough driving.
    Gary and Pearn restarted the race at the rear of the field. When the race was restarted Gary quickly began to pick off competitors and it was hoped that he might crack the top ten before the race ended. On lap thirty four the Quaker State Ford lost all power and electronics exiting turn four and their race was over. The collision with the #6 car had been so severe that it had broken the battery box. The battery subsequently fell out of the car killing all power.
    Upon being towed to the pits Gary consoled his crew and informed them that we were the car to beat tonight and that everyone had done a superb job. Gary has advised team members that these are test of our strength and how we come out the other end is how we become better people. The team knows that although we had an unlucky night we are now doing the things that are needed to put us in victory lane and with Gary’s leadership it is not a question of if but only when.

 

VICTORY!

Celebrating the win<br />
Celebrating the win
Flamboro Speedway June 17, 2006
    To say that the 2006 season has been a struggle for Gary Elliott and his team would be an understatement of gigantic proportions. They have run the gambit of mechanical problems, electrical problems, carburetion problems, flat tires, radio problems and wrecks.
    Through all of this Gary has never allowed the Team to lose focus or become dispirited. Gary has made sure that going to the track has been a fun experience no matter what the outcome.
    Saturday night at Flamboro Speedway started on a high note with a dominating Heat win. The Team was then knocked to the low point of the season when the Gremlins struck again. Gary pulled onto the track for his second Heat race. All of a sudden the engine began to cough and would not run. Gary missed his second Heat! Once again the Gremlins had done their work. A piece of dirt had fouled the carburetor. Even this was too much for Gary and for a few moments despair settled over the Team.
    Gary and Thatcher began to take the carburetor apart and Jason pulled the fuel filter out. Then the Flamboro racing fraternity displayed its best side. People from other teams began to arrive and offer their help. Jr. Hanley from the #8 team jumped in and helped with repairing the carburetor. Bill Lyons from the #52 team showed up and assisted and offered parts for the carburetor. Many other team representatives arrived and offered assistance and moral support.
    The Team Quaker State pit became a beehive of activity and it was impossible not to catch the spirit off the moment. Then the big turn around happened. Due to his not running the second heat race Gary was tenth in the qualifying order for the Feature. A fan then drew the #10 for the inversion order flipping the top ten cars and putting the Quaker State Ford on the pole. A quick final check of the car was made and a final chassis adjustment completed. As Gary climbed into the car Thatcher told him not to worry about the other cars, to drive his line where the car worked best and in the end he would win.
    As Gary lead the field to the green flag he drove deeper into turn one than outside pole starter #50 Dave Baker and the Quaker State Ford took the lead. Exiting turn two and down the back straight #42 Richard Holmes and #82 Jason Shaw followed Gary under Dave Baker and the trio set off in a three car chain at a blistering pace. On lap four Holmes’ right front tire developed a leak and he pushed up in turns three and four. Shaw jumped on the opportunity and drove below Holmes taking 2nd place. Meanwhile Gary continued his blistering pace and began to inch away ever so slightly.
    By the mid race point #8 Paul Howse had moved through the field and settled on Shaw’s bumper into 3rd place. At this point the Quaker State Ford developed a push. Shaw and Howse hooked up and slowly began to reel Gary in. By lap nineteen they had closed to the bumper of the Quaker State Ford and the fans sensed a thrilling finish in the making. Gary began to dial more rear brake into his car in an attempt to loosen it up.
    On lap twenty the Quaker State Ford pushed up ever so slightly entering turn three. That was all the invitation Shaw required and he pounced. The 82 car drove low and pulled along side the left rear fender of the Quaker State Ford in the middle of the corner. Sensing that this was the defining moment Gary held his breath and mashed the throttle exiting turn four. The Quaker State Ford leapt forward and rocketed off the corner. Shaw could not get on the throttle as fast and had to settle back into 2nd place. For the next four laps Shaw would look low in every corner but he was not able to make the move.
    As Gary took the white flag on lap twenty four it became apparent that one more obstacle was to be over come before the end. The leaders were catching slower traffic. As Gary entered turn three he came upon a lapped car. Gary swung the Quaker State Ford to the outside of the lapped car. Shaw stayed low and started to pull along side Gary. Shaw was hoping that the lapped car would move up the track and leave him an opening. The lapped car held his line and Gary accelerated by on the outside and took the checkered flag for a long awaited Feature win.
    Following the win Gary said …”beating Jason Shaw was as great an achievement as winning the Feature. I think Jason is one of the best Late Model drivers in Ontario and he has always had my utmost respect as an aggressive but clean driver”.
    The celebration in the Quaker State pits was not the wild scene that some would have expected. The mood was joyous but subdued as the Team members reflected on the trial and tribulations leading to this point of the season.
    Gary’s mother is visiting from Nova Scotia and was at the track to witness the win. She stated …”Gary has loved racing since he was 5 years old, he always wanted to race.”…”I was watching my son who’s almost 60 years old racing like he’s 30″…..
    What a thrill for both mother and son!

 

Autograph Day

Heat Win<br />
Heat Win
    Flamboro Speedway June 24, 2006
    Autograph Day at Flamboro Speedway is always a special day for Gary as he loves to interact with race fans especialy the youngest one. Gary autographed many Hero cards on Saturday but still had enough strenght left to muscle the Quaker State Ford to another day of strong finishes.
    In Heat action Gary jumped out to a good lead in the second Heat and then cruised to the checkered flag for another win. In the fourth Heat Gary was in much tougher company and had to start deep in the field. Gary drove a determined and smooth race to finish in fifth place.
    In the Feature Gary started seventh inside of son David. Father and son battled side by side and gave the fans a thrill, with Gary finally getting the edge and passing David. Gary then turned his attention to the cars in front of him and made a couple of slick moves to bring the Quaker State Ford home in fourth place.

 

Jessie Wins!

Victory Circle<br />
Victory Circle
    Flamboro Speedway July 1, 2006
    Jessie Pontello celebrated Canada Day by winning a Heat race in Gary’s CVM car.

 

Tough To Steer

Catching Scott Lyons<br />
Catching Scott Lyons
    Flamboro Speedway July 1, 2006
    Canada Day reminded Gary what it had been like to drive the Quaker State car in 2005 with no power steering. In first Heat action the Quaker State car went off roading into the infield and colided with some curbing. Gary nursed the car home to an eight place finish. The suspension was checked over, a wheel and tire replaced and the toe was set. Gary returned to the track for his second Heat race and he imediately knew something was wrong as the car was very difficult to steer. Gary carefuly drove the car home to a seventh place finish.
    Once again the crew gave the steering components a check and this time found that a part on the power steering had broke. The piece was repaired as good as was possible at the track. Gary started fourteenth in the Feature and began to move quickly towards the front until the repaired part again broke under the stress. With the power steering out of service Gary had to call on every ounce of his strenght to muscle the car around the track. He did a remarkable job under the circumstances and drove the car across the finish line in seventh place.

 

Grisdale Triple Crown Race #2

Gary passing David<br />
Gary passing David
    Flamboro Speedway July 8, 2006
    During the week Gary’s team gave the car a good going over and again repaired the broken power steering part as a replacement could not be obtained in time. The team arrived at the track hopeful that the part would stand up to the fifty laps.
    Twenty eight cars showed up to attempt qualification for the race. Gary started fifth in his Heat race and drove to a very strong second place finish. The inversion left Gary starting tenth in the Feature. Although confident in the car and driver the Quaker State Team was worried about the repaired part. Time would show that it was with good reason. Once again the part failed under the extreme stress that it needed to endure. Gary did the best job he could in bringing the car home in 12th place.

 

Mid Season Championship

Celebrating Heat Win.<br />
Celebrating Heat Win.
    Flamboro Speedway July 15, 2006
    Team Quaker State arrived at the track with a new part in the power steering and full of anticipation for the evening’s events. Gary started seventh in his first Heat and was immediately boxed in behind slower traffic so he had to settle for sixth place. Some adjustments were made to the chassis and Gary lined up outside David on the front row for their second Heat. At the drop of the green Gary kept his foot in on the power and drove deeper into turn one than David. The chassis adjustments worked and the car stuck. Gary got a good run out of turn two but David beat him out of the corner and took the lead. Gary settled in behind David and waited for the right moment to pounce. With two laps to go David pushed up entering turn three and Gary drove under him to take the lead. Gary pulled away on the final lap and cross the finish line for the win.
    There was no inversion for the Feature so Gary lined up in the fifth starting position with all the top guns in front of him. By Feature time the track was very slick and the prospects did not seem good for side by side racing. When the green flag waived the top five fell into single file and ran the entire distance nose to tail. Gary crossed the finish in fifth place.
    David won the Mid Season Championship, his first in a Late Model.

 

Ron Williams Memorial 100

Gary & 92 Anthony Simone<br />
Gary & 92 Anthony Simone
    Flamboro Speedway July 19, 2006
    When Gary won the Feature race on June 17 it automatically locked him into the fifth starting position for the Ron Williams Memorial 100. A with the previous week the track was very hot and slick and the prospects of moving up in the field were few as all the top guns were starting up front. When the green flag flew the field immediately settled into single file and began the long run to the end. Every driver attempted to look high or low but few opportunities to advance presented themselves. A caution was waived for a spin and Gary had to restart beside Jason Shaw. They ran side by side for a lap but Gary just could not get the necessary traction and Shaw took the position. Gary settled in behind and completed the race in sixth place.

 

Delaware Twin 75’s

Gary running up front<br />
Gary running up front
    Delaware Speedway July 21, 2006
    Team Quaker State made the trek down to London on Friday to compete in the Twin 75 lap events. All the Delaware teams were present as well as a lot of the other top teams in Ontario so the competition promised to be extremely tough.
    Having run at Delaware in 2005 without much success, the Team made notable changes to the setup. Those changes made the difference. The car was faster and far more stable for Gary to drive. For the first time ever Gary had to time trial a Late Model for his starting position. Prior to climbing in the car Gary was like a child in a candy store. He did not know what to think about his chances but was just thrilled to have the opportunity to make the run. The Quaker State Ford was about the tenth car to attempt qualifying. Gary pulled onto the track gunned his motor and set about the task at hand. Into turn one perfectly on his marks ….rocketing off turn two out towards the wall ….down the back straight and hold the throttle open as long as he dared ….on the brakes and turn down into turn three ….on the gas again and accelerate full out of turn four hoping the tires will stick ….drift out towards the wall and will his car across the finish line ….19.211 seconds ….third fastest at the time and good enough for tenth fastest at the conclusion of all time trials. Not bad for his first time. To say that Gary and the team were thrilled is an understatement.
    When the green flag waived to start the first 75 lap Feature Gary quickly moved the Quaker State Ford through traffic and into sixth place. On lap four as he was in the middle of turns one and two another car struck the Quaker State Ford from behind and sent Gary spinning to the infield. A caution waived, Gary returned to the race track and restarted at the rear of the field.
    When racing resumed Gary took the high lane that few other drivers were willing to try. Gary once again moved quickly through the field and in short order found himself running up front again. As Gary entered turn one another car again hit him from behind but with much more dire consequences. Gary was unable to hold the car down in the spin and as it shot back up the track several cars made contact the worst of which was from David spinning backwards into the right front of the Quaker State Ford. The damage to both vehicles was extensive. David managed to return to the race to finish in the top ten. Gary however was out of the race and finished 27th.
    The damage was once again to the power steering unit and rack. The team worked hard and got the car ready to roll just in time for the second race. Once on the track Gary radioed that the steering was still not right. Gary held onto and finished 16th.

 

Spun In Turn Two

Turn Two Spin<br />
Turn Two Spin
    Delaware Speedway July 21, 2006
    Gary returns to the track after being spun in turn two.

 

Jr. & Thatcher Setting The Car Up

Jr & Thatcher<br />
Jr & Thatcher
    Delaware Speedway July 21, 2006
    Jr. Hanley and Thatcher work on setting up the Quaker State Ford.

 

A Shake Up In The Championship Hunt!

Gary passes Richard Holmes<br />
Gary passes Richard Holmes
    Flamboro Speedway July 29, 2006
    Sometimes bad luck truly does have a silver lining. Gary pulled into the Flamboro pits on Saturday sitting in 5th place in the Flamboro Championship hunt. The focus was on chipping away at Simon Wild’s 4th place lead. The top three positions (Scott Lyons, David Elliott and Paul Howse) were out of reach. Or were they?
    In Heat race action Gary finished 3rd and 2nd, putting him 5th on the starting grid for the Feature. At the start of the Feature Gary settled in behind Scott Lyons and was waiting for an opening when Scott made contact with Simon Wild causing Simon to spin in turn three. With great skill Gary locked up the brakes on the Quaker State Ford and threw it into a sideways slide to avoid hitting Simon or the wall. Other cars following also spun and the caution was waived. The black flag was waived at Lyons for rough driving and he was subsequently penalized all Feature points for the night. All of a sudden 3rd place in the Championship hunt was now within reach.
    Gary restarted the race in 17th. Gary tightened his seat belts and got up on the wheel. In the remaining laps Gary picked his way back through the field to eventually finish 7th.

 

Another Bizarre Points Night!

Gary leading the pack.<br />
Gary leading the pack.
    Flamboro Speedway August 5, 2006
    Gary’s Quaker State team pulled into the track on Saturday night fully prepared and confident of a good run in the making. In Heat action Gary had very solid runs and finished in 2nd place in both races, putting him on the outside pole for the Feature.
    The cars were lined up, circled the track to warm up the tires and then took the white flag for one lap to go to start the race. The field entered turn three and the pole sitter (# 52 Scott Lyons) began to accelerate. Gary kept pace and was looking forward to a good jump so that he could race Scott for the lead into turn one. As the field exited turn four and prior to the green being waived # 8 Paul Howse hit the Quaker State Ford from behind, turning the car sideways across the track right into the path of all the oncoming cars. # 56 Jeff Stewart hit the Quaker State Ford hard in the left front corner causing considerable damage to both vehicles. The rest of the field piled up behind and few escaped without damage.
    Gary brought his car to the pits and the crew quickly changed the left front wheel and assessed the damage. The car was safe to return to the track but it obviously would be a handful for Gary to drive. Howse who was 2nd in the Championship hunt was shown the black flag and disqualified for rough driving.
    When racing resumed Gary restarted at the rear of the field. It was obvious that the damaged Quaker state Ford could not compete with the leaders but Gary gave it his all and in the end he finished in 4th place. A remarkable achievement indeed.

 

Someone Always Has It Tougher

15 Car SLM<br />
15 Car SLM
    Kawartha Speedway August 11, 2006
    No matter how bad things were Team Quaker State did not have as rough of an evening as the #15 Team Super Late Model.

 

Not As Bad As It Looks

Front End Damage<br />
Front End Damage
    Kawartha Speedway August 11, 2006
    The heavy damage seen in the picture was mostly cosmetic and was repaired prior to the Feature.

 

Collision In Turn One

Just after contact.<br />
Just after contact.
    Kawartha Speedway August 11, 2006
    This picture was taken moments after the collision between Gary and # 75 Jim Sweers.

 

The Kawartha Experience.

Driving thru the pits.<br />
Driving thru the pits.
    Kawartha Speedway August 11, 2006
    Gary and his team made the trek to Kawartha Speedway on Friday night. The plan was to get some track time in and get a base line set up for the big event at Kawartha in September. The weather was perfect, the pits were packed with cars from all divisions and the fans were out in record numbers. All seemed well.
    In warm-ups Gary felt that the car was a little loose so only a minor adjustment was made. In the Heat race Gary discovered that the car was a lot looser than expected so he dropped to the rear of the field to feel the chassis out……well almost to the rear. Fellow Flamboro driver Jim Sweers was also at Kawartha and in the same Heat. Jim was experiencing problems himself and also dropped to the rear of the field and was running about ten car lengths behind Gary. As Gary entered turn one the rear end came around and the Quaker State Ford turned sideways across the track. Sweers attempted to steer around but at that moment his steering box broke and he slid into the front of the Quaker State Ford. The damage to both cars was enough to knock them out of the race. Once in the pits it was determined that the damage was mostly cosmetic so the crew set about repairing the damage. Some more chassis adjustments were also made and the work was completed in time for the Feature.
    Gary started 22nd in the Feature and took the opening laps to feel out the car. The adjustments helped but the car was still loose. Once he was sure of the handling Gary began to move through the field. One by one Gary picked off the opposition and by race end he had moved into 11th place. All things considered a pretty satisfying effort.

 

Grisdale Triple Crown Race # 3

Gary following Dave Heat #2<br />
Gary following Dave Heat #2
    Flamboro Speedway August 12, 2006
    The Quaker State Team arrived back in Waterdown at 2:30 am. after racing at Kawartha. It was agreed that the Team would meet at Flamboro Speedway at 2:00 pm. and everyone went home to get some much needed sleep.
    Once at the track the Quaker State Ford was taken through pre race tech. and then the team went to work changing gears and making further repairs to the damaged nose. Several top teams from other tracks showed up to compete against the Flamboro Speedway regulars. The Heat races were very competitive and Gary did a superb job of qualifying finishing 3rd and 4th. This was good enough to nail down the 3rd place starting position for the Feature.
    At the start of the Feature Gary settled into 5th place and was getting ready for the long run. Around lap eleven Gary could feel that the motor in the Quaker state Ford was a little flat.
    On lap fourteen Dave Baker in the # 50 car hit the wall very hard in turn two and was injured. The race was red flagged while the safety crews extracted Baker from his car and he was taken to the hospital by ambulance. Dave was examined at the hospital and some tests were run. He had suffered a concussion and was very sore but otherwise he was ok.
    The temperature dropped about seven degrees while the race was red flagged and when the race was resumed Gary radioed that the engine had picked back up. The reprieve was only temporary as the engine again began to loose power when it heated up. Gary held on as best he could but then the car began to push in the corners. There was nothing left to do but hold on and ride it out to the end. By the time the checkered flag waved Gary had slipped to 9th place. Not too bad all things considered. The Team will definitely have a lot of work to do this week.

 

Don Biederman Memorial Race

Don Biederman<br />
Don Biederman
    Waterdown August 15, 2006
    This Saturday night is the Don Biederman Memorial Race at Flamboro Speedway. It is also Soap Box Derby Night. The race card consists of Late Models, Thunder Cars, Mini Stocks and Can-Am Midgets.
    Pits open at 2:00pm Grandstand opens at 4:00 pm. Soap Box Derby at 5:00 pm. Racing Starts at 6:30 pm.
    Gary and the Quaker State Team are primed and ready to race in this prestigious event.

 

Kawartha Speedway Summer Sizzler

Summer Sizzler Promo<br />
Summer Sizzler Promo
    Waterdown August 15, 2006
    On Sunday August 27, 2006 Kawartha Speedway will be holding their Late Model Summer Sizzler 200. A large field of Late Models from across Ontario and the northern U.S. is expected. This promises to be one of the best Late Model shows in years. Plan to attend.
    Gary and the Quaker State Team will be there to compete. Gary is hoping for a really good run this time around at Kawartha.

 

At Speed During Practice.

The new front end look<br />
The new front end look
    Flamboro Speedway August 26, 2006
    The Quaker State car is seen here at speed during practice. Note the new front end.

 

Near Disaster!

Eddie welding the rear end.<br />
Eddie welding the rear end.
    Flamboro Speedway August 26, 2006
    Team Quaker State arrived at the track on Saturday night with a new front end on the car, new springs, new shocks, a completely new set up and a new engine. Yup I said engine!
    During the two week layoff it was discovered that the old engine had one broken and two cracked pistons. Repairing the old engine did not seem to be the sensible way to go so a brand new power plant was purchased. With extensive help from David Elliott and Eddie Askins the engine was replaced just in time for racing last Saturday but unfortunately the night was rained out.
    The car was very fast in warm-ups and only some minor tinkering was done prior to the Heat races. Gary was slated to start third in the second Heat and was warming up the tires on the track when suddenly the left rear control arm bracket broke. The car was brought to the pits and repairs began. Although Gary missed his Heat race it was lucky that the part broke under less than race speed minimizing the damage.
    Gary started sixth in the fourth Heat and drove a superb race weaving his way to the front. He caught race leader Dave Baker with two laps to go and they waged a battle that brought the fans to their feet. Gary got under Baker exiting turn four and they ran side by side to the finish with Baker taking the win by less than six inches.
    Due to his failure to start his first Heat race Gary was regulated to a twelfth place starting position for the Feature. When the green flag waived Gary began his climb towards the front. Lap after lap he passed competitors high or low. It didn’t matter where as the Quaker State car was really hooked up and Gary was hungry for success. By lap seventeen Gary had moved into fifth position. The top four cars had hooked up in a group at the start of the race and steadily pulled way from the rest of the field. Once Gary broke free of the slower cars he began to run down the lead group. He was narrowing the gap on every lap but unfortunately ran out of time when the race ended.
    Gary and the crew were very pleased with the fifth place finish given how deep he had started in the Feature. A quick gear change was made and the car was loaded into the trailer ready to head to Kawartha Speedway early the next morning for the Summer Sizzler 200.

 

Wild Action In Turn Four

Turn four wreck<br />
Turn four wreck
    Kawartha Speedway August 27, 2006
    Flamboro driver #41 Steve Adams was involved in this wild turn four wreck. Steve was able to continue but his front end was beat up.

 

Too Tight. Out of Gas. Too Loose! Too Hot!

Start of the second 75 lapper<br />
Start of the second 75 lapper
    Kawartha Speedway August 27, 2006
    Following Saturday night’s racing at Flamboro the Quaker State team headed home for a few hours sleep. The alarms awoke the crew at six am. and the trip to Kawartha Speedway was made. Upon arrival it was obvious that it had rained quite hard at Kawartha during the night as the pit area was soaked. Later in the day when the temperature rose the pit area became a sauna.
    The car was unloaded passed through pre tech. inspection and regular maintenance was preformed. During warm ups the car was loose so adjustments were made to the chassis.
    In Heat action Gary started sixth. When the green was waived Gary made some good moves on the high groove and passed a couple of cars. The car was still too loose and as a result Gary could not make the car run in the low groove. One car got under the Quaker State car prior to the finish and Gary settled for fifth place.
    More adjustments were made to the set up and Gary started the first 75 lap race in 15th place. Right from the start it was obvious that the adjustments were too much as Gary reported that the car was tight. He fell to the back of the field waited for a caution and then entered the pits for adjustments. Unfortunately the adjustments took longer than was hoped and Gary went a lap down. When racing resumed Gary reported that the car was much better and he began to pass other competitors. When the checkered flag fell Gary was running in the top twenty.
    Gary started third in the second 75 lap race and stayed in the top five for the first few laps. Suddenly the car lost power. The car was pushed to the pits and the problem was diagnosed as a fuel starvation issue. By the time the problem was fixed it was too late to return to the track.
    Gary still advised that the car had a small push so another adjustment was made and the Quaker State car started on the pole for the final 50 lap race. Gary immediately reported that the car was again too loose and he could not hold it down in the corners. By the time he was able to move into the top groove, he had dropped to eleventh place. The car was still loose and there was nothing to be done except to ride it out to the end.
    Both driver and crew were exhausted by the end of the day. Post race reflection revealed that it was perhaps too much to expect a top performance when the team had raced the night before, only gotten three hours sleep then, driven three hours to Kawartha and then have to work, or for Gary drive, in extremely hot and humid conditions.
    More valuable lessons learned for the future.

 

Calamity Corner

Passing #86 Kenny Forth<br />
Passing #86 Kenny Forth
    Delaware Speedway September 3, 2006
    With Saturday nights races rained out at Flamboro Speedway Gary and the team were looking forward to a good day at Delaware Speedway. Richard Holmes driver of the #42 Late Model at Flamboro was not taking his car to Delaware but joined the Quaker State team to help for the day. This would be a most fortunate event as his help in early pit work and car set up was instrumental in Gary pulling off another great time trial effort. Gary beat his July time by more than 1/10th of a second good enough to start 3rd in the Invader 100 lap qualifier race. After qualifying some minor chassis adjustments were made and used tires from the July race were put on for the first 100 lap race.
    When the green flag waved Gary held his line early and appeared to be competitive. After twenty laps of racing however all that changed. It became obvious that the team had missed the set up necessary for the long run. The car became looser and looser with every new lap. Finally Gary could not hang on any longer. Rather than take a chance on wrecking Gary headed to pit row and the tires were checked and some wedge was put in the car. Upon returning to the track Gary reported that the change helped but that it was not enough, the car was still too loose. The team huddled and examined the air pressures that were taken from the tires on the last pit stop. It was discovered that the right rear tire had increased by eight lbs. since the start of the race. Fortune smiled on the team as the caution was waived for an on track incident. Gary returned to the pits the pressure was reduced in the right rear and more wedge was put in the car.
    Gary restarted at the rear of the field. He immediately reported that the changes had helped and he began to move forward through the field. With about twenty laps remaining Gary reported that the car was loose again and he began to back slide. Gary did a remarkable job of holding on and brought the Quaker State car home in 12th place. Post race examination revealed that the tires were completely worn out. Lesson learned – don’t use old tires no matter how few laps are on them!
    The team again huddled and it was decided to make some significant changes to tighten up the car for the main event. The changes were made and the car was pushed to the starting grid in twenty fourth place. The field was set, the pre race festivities took place and then Gary strapped himself into the car. As the field exited turn four to take the green several of the lead cars crashed and the start was waived off. Again the race was started. There were two more wrecks in front of Gary in the first nine laps and by the time the carnage was sorted out Gary found himself in 16th place on the restart. When the green again waved Gary settled in and reported that the car was much better than the first race. Gary got into a rhythm and began to pass other cars. More cautions were waved for more crashes in front of Gary and he skillfully missed them all. By the mid race point Gary had moved into the top ten and all appeared set for a great finish when disaster again struck the Quaker State team. Exiting turn four in a line of traffic a part of the exhaust system broke off of a car and Jay Doerr in the 43 car ran over it causing him to spin into the outside wall. Doerr’s car then rebounded off the wall and across the track right into the Quaker State car. Gary reported that the electronics were dead and the rear end was broken. It was believed that the team’s day was over.
    The car was towed to the pits and upon inspection it was discovered that the damage was not as bad as it appeared. The team scrambled replacing the battery and the right rear trailing arm. A quick rear end alignment was made and the car was dropped to the ground. The situation was help by more on track incidents including a red flag period. As a result Gary returned to the track with out losing too many laps.
    Once back on the track Gary did a superb job of driving the car and he crossed the finish line at speed. If the team had ended the day at the crash it would have resulted in a 22nd place finish. By repairing the car and returning Gary to the track it allowed the team to finish sixteenth. Not the top ten that was hoped for but it at least ended the day on a happier note.
    Next Saturday night the team returns to action at Flamboro Speedway. With only three races left at Flamboro Gary is within five points of fourth place and still has a mathematical shot at third. If nothing else the team has learned to never give up this season. Who would have thought after the first month of the season when the team was mired in 15th place that they would be at this point now.

 

Your Chance To Be In Film!

Legacy Films Logo<br />
Legacy Films Logo
    September 4, 2006
    Legacy Films Canada Inc. and Producer/Director Andrew E. Stewart and the cast and crew of his original television series “Cotter Pins” will be on location at Lucas Oil Flamboro Speedway over the next few weekends. They will be shooting racing sequences, action in the pits as well as some scenes in the control tower and the viewing stands. The production will then move to Oshawa Ontario for additional shooting of street racing and nightclub scenes.
    The stars of this dynamic new TV series, signed to date, are Benjamin Rouse (Stephen King’s “Rainy Season”, “Relic Hunter”, “The Guiding Light”), John “Stony” Stoneham Sr. (the Lonestar Cowboy, the Lonestar Network, USA), Tina Shaw (Toronto Sun Bikini model of the year 2006 Second City Alumni), Julia Hazelton (Relic Hunter), Kelly Hoare (Oshawa Little Theatre, Second City Alumni) with additional cast to be confirmed shortly.
    They are actively seeking interested sponsors for this production to assist with associated costs as they are not financing this film through any traditional Canadian funding agencies.
    Lets get the largest crowd in years to fill the stands for the racing sequences. Come on out and bring all of your friends. This promises to be a lot of fun and who knows it might be your big chance to be on film. You will also be present to see some great racing at the same time.
    The production is looking for race cars, teams, locations for additional filming and many extras to fill the grandstands and pits.
    Interested persons are requested to contact Elliot Prentice at prentice@mycybernet.net for further details and registration for race cars, sponsors, locations, actors and background.

 

Win Number Six

Victory Lane<br />
Victory Lane
    Flamboro Speedway September 9, 2006
    The team had a lot of work to do during the week. The rear body parts were removed, repaired and painted. The track bar mount was repaired. Weight ballast was added, the car was scaled and the chassis was adjusted for the up coming race at Flamboro.
    On Saturday night the car was fast in warm-ups and some minor adjustments were made to make it even better. Gary advised the team that he felt a vibration. The car was checked over and all appeared ok. Gary started 7th in his first Heat race and made some good moves to pick off three positions to finish 4th. Some more small adjustments were made and Gary started on the outside pole for his second Heat race. Gary pulled on the track and immediately reported that the vibration was really bad and that he was sure it was the transmission. There was nothing to be done except start the race and hope for the best. The green flew and Gary rocketed into turn one and took the lead. He began to pull away from the field. After three laps the car began to slow ever so slightly. By this point Jeff Stewart in the 56 car had cleared traffic and moved into 2nd place. Lap after lap he closed the distance and by lap seven he was on the rear bumper of the Quaker State car. Gary reported that the vibration was now a very bad grinding noise and he was sure the transmission was about to fail. With three laps to go the team crossed their fingers and hoped for the best. On each of the closing laps Gary would out pull Stewart exiting the corners but Jeff would close up down the straits. As Gary exited turn four on the last lap he held his breath hoping the transmission would hold together. It did just barely and Gary crossed the finish line to take his sixth win of the season.
    The team worked feverishly in the pits to change the transmission, make some more chassis changes and gas the car for the Feature. Gary started 5th in the Feature and maintained that position as the field sorted out to single file racing. At mid race David was running in front of Gary and the top six cars were all nose to tail. Gary reported that the car was very good. It now became a game of cat and mouse to see if anyone in front would make a slip. As the laps counted down David’s car became loose and he was having more and more trouble holding it to the bottom groove. As David entered turns three and four on the final lap his car slipped high and Gary pounced. He drove deeper into the corner with his left wheels on the apron. The tires stuck and Gary accelerated off the corner and passed David to take 4th place at the checkered.
    With the 4th place finish Gary moved one point ahead of Simon Wild for 4th place in the standings with one race left. The crew will work extra hard this week to prepare the car for next Saturdays final points race at Flamboro. It promises to be a thriller that no one should miss.

 

Display A Blast

Gary talking to a fan.<br />
Gary talking to a fan.
    September 16, 2006
    Gary and Big Jim had a great time at the car display. Gary autographed more Hero Cards than every before. He felt that it helped strenghten his grip for the race later that night (lol).

 

Too Close For Comfort!

Flat Tire!<br />
Flat Tire!
    Flamboro Speedway September 16, 2006
    Just moments after Gary pulled into the pits at the conclusion of the Feature race Jason discovered the right front tire had gone flat. Inspection revealed a rivet had punctured the tire and it had stayed lodged in the tire keeping the air in just long enough to complete the race.
    Note the tire rub mark on the front valance and the blue paint on the flat tire. Both are a result of the contact with David on the opening lap.
    PS. The rivet was blue too! I wonder where it came from?

 

David Celebrates Championship.

Jason, Gary, Thatcher, David.<br />
Jason, Gary, Thatcher, David.
    Flamboro Speedway September 16, 2006
    David explains to Gary how close they had come to wrecking on the opening lap. Both father and son had a good laugh about the incident and celebrated David’s Championship and Gary’s 4th place points finish.

 

Congratulations David!

David & Crew.<br />
David & Crew.
    Flamboro Speedway September 16, 2006
    When the checkered flag fell at Lucas Oil Flamboro Speedway on September 16th, David Elliott added another Championship to his resume – his first Track Championship in a Late Model.
    David captured 11 Heat wins and one Feature victory during the year, but it was consistency that was the key to winning this title. His average finishing position at Flamboro Speedway was an impressive 4th. In fact, during the 18-race season, the Lucas Oil Chevrolet finished in the top-5 an amazing 16 times.
    “The car worked really well all year,” said David. “Every week, when we rolled off the trailer, we were pretty quick.”
    How did David and his crew handle the race day pressures of Championship day? “Well we went go kart racing in the morning.” said David.
    David rewarded Crew Chief Eddie Askins and crew member Marty Hagen for their dedication and hard work by giving them each a trip to the Dominican Republic.
    David becomes only the fourth driver to win titles in both the Canadian Vintage Modified and Late Model divisions.
    But there is more to be done.
    David began the 2006 season with two goals – win the Late Model Championship at Flamboro Speedway and capture the overall Weekend Warrior Series title. He’s achieved half of his goal and is leading the Weekend Warrior Series point’s standings with three weeks of racing left in the season.
    “Winning one title is fantastic,” said David. “Winning both in the same year would be amazing!”
    The entire Quaker State Team wishes to congratulate David and his crew on their Championship.
    We would also like to let them know that they only get to celebrate for one year because we intend to beat them next year!

 

A Night of Celebrations!

Gary's Heat Win.<br />
Gary’s Heat Win.
    Flamboro Speedway September 16, 2006
    Saturday promised to be a long and possibly stressful day. David was set to win his first Flamboro Championship in a Late Model and the Quaker State team was one point ahead of # 06 Simon Wild for 4th place in the Flamboro points. Considering the many things that had gone wrong during the 2006 season no one would have been surprised if Gary and his team had arrived at the track all nervous and up tight. Just the opposite was what occurred. During the week the team had worked hard on the car checking every nut, bolt and system and then rechecking them to make sure all was in order. Early Saturday morning Big Jim and Gary took the Quaker State #36 for showing and autograph session. All went smoothly and Gary was in his element talking with fans and signing autographs. When the team arrived at the track the car breezed thru pre tech and was made ready for warm-ups. The car was very fast in warm-ups and only minor adjustments were made prior to his first Heat race.
    Gary started on the outside pole in the 2nd Heat. He was informed by radio that David had just won the 1st Heat so he took to the track with a strong desire to put both Elliott cars in victory circle early. To say that Gary dominated would be an understatement. When the green flag fell Gary drove deeper into turn one than ever before and took the lead from pole sitter Jeff Lotspeich. Gary rocketed out of turn two, down the back straight and pulled out to a two car length lead. For the entire ten lap distance of the race Gary hit all his marks with precision and turned the fastest times of the day by any car at the track. Gary took the checkered flag for his seventh win of the season before the 2nd place finisher was even exiting turn four. Some more minor chassis adjustments were made prior to Gary’s second Heat race. This one would not be as easy with the Quaker State car starting in seventh place. As the green flag waived Gary became embroiled in a great side by side battle with # 50 Dave Baker. The two had raced each other hard all year and each driver held great respect for the other. For two laps the pair were side by side when Gary finally got the advantage exiting turn two. Gary managed to pick off two more positions in the final laps and finished in 4th place.
    David had finished in 6th place in his 2nd Heat race and only needed to finish the Feature and pass technical inspection to win the Championship. For Gary’s part the 1st and 4th place Heat finishes gave the Quaker State team a five point lead over Simon Wild to start the Feature. Gary proclaimed that the car was perfect. For probably the 1st time in two years no adjustments were made to the car prior to the Feature.
    Gary was slated to start 5th with David starting 4th. Simon Wild was slated to start 10th. When the green flag waived the field entered turn one very tightly bunched. As they exited turn two David’s car became loose and when he corrected his slide he came down across the nose of the Quaker State car. The two made contact. Gary checked up and turned to his left. His lightning fast reflexes saved the day and both drivers were able to straiten out and pick up the throttle without losing a spot. David settled in front of Gary and the two set off after the leader. By lap seven the pole sitter Richard Holmes was pushing up in the corners and Steve Laking driving the #56 Kubota Car drove below him to take the lead. David then pressured Holmes and took 2nd place. After a brief caution period Gary settled behind Holmes and waited for him to again start to push. A few laps later the opportunity arose and Gary drove below Holmes and took 3rd place exiting turn four. Gary rapidly caught the leaders and settled onto David’s rear bumper. As the laps counted down David’s car appeared to become loose and Gary contemplated attempting to make a pass. Gary looked low over the closing laps but David was able to keep his car down low enough on the track so that no clear opportunity to pass presented it self. Steve Laking took the win. David took 2nd and his 1st Late Model Championship. Gary finished 3rd and captured 4th place in the point’s one position better than his rookie year. Gary’s seven wins for 2006 was also one more than his rookie year. The team was very pleased with those accomplishments considering the horrendous start to the season and the trials they had overcome to finish 4th.
    Gary was also pleased with his teams finish, but nothing could compare with a father’s immense pride and joy at David’s Championship win.
    This coming Saturday the Late Models are off and Gary plans to drive his Vintage Modified at Flamboro in the Open Wheel Extravaganza.

 

Oktoberfest Qualifying

God Bless Our Troops<br />
God Bless Our Troops
    Flamboro Speedway October 1, 2006
    Twenty five Late Models took to the track on Sunday to attempt to qualify for the Oktoberfest 100 to be run on October 14. The Quaker State car was a little loose in warm-ups so some adjustments were made to tighten it up for the Heat races. Drivers drew for their starting positions for the Heat races and Gary’s draw set him to start 4th in the third Heat. The #4 car of Craig Zurbrigg was slated to start 2nd but his car was damaged during warm-ups and was not up to speed so he started at the rear of the field. This moved Gary into the 3rd place starting position. At the drop of the green flag Gary followed pole sitter Roy Wilkie into turn one. Jim Molenhuis started 2nd and dropped back beside Gary in the first turn. The two raced side by side out of turn two and down the back straight. Gary drove deeper into turn three and exited turn four ahead of Molenhuis and right on Wilkie’s rear bumper. For eight laps Gary tried every move he knew to attempt to pass Wilkie who was mirror driving and blocking every inch of the track. On several occasions Gary was below Wilkie entering the turns and he would cut down on the Quaker State Car. Gary wisely backed out in time to avoid collision, figuring it was better to finish 2nd than wreck and not finish at all.
    Only one minor adjustment was made to the car prior to Gary’s second Heat race. The Quaker State car lined up in 5th for the start and Gary knew he would have a tougher race this time. As the field entered the 1st turn Gary followed the #41 car of Steve Adams through the low groove and past one car in the corner. As he exited turn two Gary got a great run and attempted to move below Adams. As they raced down the back straight it became obvious that Gary was running out of room so he backed out and again settled in behind Adams. A few more turns around the track and one more position gained. Suddenly Adams pushed up exiting turn two and Gary wasted no time in diving low to take third place. Gary then set his sights on the 2nd place car of Anthony Simone. Gary ran him down in short order and attempted to pass him on the outside. For three laps Gary appeared to gain a little momentum on the outside only to loose it exiting the turns. On the last lap Gary made one last valiant effort to make a pass by entering turn three high and then diving low and attempted to drive under Simone exiting turn four. The move almost worked and Gary crossed the finish line only a couple of feet behind Simone.
    Gary and the Quaker State team were pleased with the results of the qualifying and are looking forward to starting 5th for the Oktoberfest 100 on October 14.
    With Late Model qualifying complete Gary then moved across the pit area for his ride in the #95 CVM car of Rick Warnes for the Clash of 2006.

 

Autumn Colors

Leading 1st lap<br />
Leading 1st lap
    Peterborough Speedway October 8, 2006
Rewind – 2005
    Last year Peterborough was the site of the worst Late Model crash in which Gary has been involved. Gary’s car became airborne, as it left the track after he attempted to avoid another competitor, and then struck a pile of tractor tires causing considerable damage. Gary was not seriously injured but he was plenty sore for a few weeks. The team worked hard to repair the car but it was not competitive for the next days Feature. If the thought of returning to Peterborough Speedway was not unsettling to Gary it definitely was to some of his team mates and friends.
Fast forward – 2006
Saturday – Qualifying.
    During Saturday mornings practice the car appeared close on set up. Jason was filling in as Crew Chief and after consultation with Gary some minor changes were made to the set up. Gary started 8th in his first Heat. During the race Gary discovered that the car was still a little tight. Despite this condition Gary drove aggressively and passed three cars to finish 5th. The Quaker State car had the pole for the second Heat. Jason and Gary made some additional changes to the chassis to attempt to loosen the car up. At the drop of the green flag Gary drove deep into turn one and took the lead. Much to Gary’s frustration the car was still too tight. It mattered not as Gary drove the wheels off the car and held the lead for the entire race and took the win. Congratulations were due all around for Gary’s first win away from Flamboro, Jason’s first win as a Crew Chief and the car was still in one piece. A definite improvement over last year.
Sunday – 106 lap Feature
    Gary was the 7th fastest qualifier on Saturday and thought that would be where he would start the Feature. When the starting line up was posted the team learned that an inversion system similar to Flamboro was in effect and that Gary would start on the pole.
    Prior to the Feature race some more adjustments were made to the car in an attempt to loosen it up. After making these adjustments the team’s main concern was that perhaps they maybe had gone too far. No one was worried that the car would be too tight.
    At the drop of the green flag Gary again got a terrific run and beat the outside pole sitter into turn one. Gary drove deep into the turn and to the team’s utter disbelief the car pushed up horribly in the turn. Gary compensated for the push and he retained the lead down the back straight, through turns three and four and along the front straight. As the Quaker State car entered turn one on the second lap it again pushed up. This time David, who was running 2nd, drove below his Dad and took the lead. Gary continued to correct for the push and dialled in more rear brake in an attempt to compensate. The crew began to discuss what to do. It was decided to have Gary come to the pits during a caution so that some changes could be made to the cars setup.
    Gary was making some headway on the track and had settled into 8th place when a caution came out for a spin. Gary dove into the pits and the changes were made. Gary radioed asking for someone to look at the right front tire as he had begun to suspect that perhaps it was losing air. This transmission was not received by the crew and Gary returned to the track. When the race was restarted Gary could hardly get the car to turn and almost wrecked in turn three. The next lap Gary entered the pits under green. The right front tire was indeed very soft and a tire change was made.
    Gary returned to the track four laps down from the leaders. To make matters worst the changes that had been made to the chassis under the first pit stop had now made the car too loose. Gary drove his heart out and managed to pick up a couple of positions to finish 14th. This was not the desired result but Gary and the team were very happy to be taking the car home in one piece. Post race inspection revealed a cut in the tire that had been on the right front. The general belief was that the Quaker State car had run over a sharp object either in the pits or during pre race warm-up on the track and that it had a very slow leak and this was the reason for the push. The team took solace in the idea that the pre race set up was probably good and maybe they could have won if not for the flat tire.
    David finished 3rd in the Feature and clinched the Weekend Warrior Championship. Congratulations to David and his Crew on a remarkable year.

 

A Return To Old Glory

Victory Lane<br />
Victory Lane
    Flamboro Speedway October 1, 2006
    The age old saying “You can never go back” got a real mortal wound on Sunday night.
    Thanks to the gracious offer by Owner/Driver Rick Warnes of the 95 car Gary was able to compete in the Canadian Vintage Modified Clash of 2006. The clash is the CVM’s All Star race for Feature winners from the preceding year plus any past CVM Champions. The Clash of 2006 was divided into two 15 lap races with a complete field inversion from the finishing order from the first race.
    Gary started at the rear of the field for the first race as he was unfamiliar with the car. During the race Gary felt out the handling and dealt with a bad pushing condition. Gary finished third from the last in the first segment.
    Rick Warnes’ team made major chassis adjustments prior to the second race. Ray Hughes and David Elliott both finished behind Gary in the first segment and were also driving borrowed cars. Ray dropped out and David was still not confident of his cars set up so he opted to start at the rear of the field. This left Gary on the pole for the second race.
    At the drop of the green Gary raced side by side with Brian Atkinson into turn one. Gary took the lead exiting turn two and then did a masterful job of holding it for the entire race despite many hard attempts by Atkinson to take the lead. Lap after lap Atkinson would close on Gary’s bumper at the end of the straights and look to dive low under Gary. He was never able to complete the pass as Gary using all of his experience held his foot off the throttle until just the right moment so that he could get the best run out of the corner.
    Gary crossed the line to take the checkered much to the delight of his fans. I am not sure if Gary is the only driver to win both a Late Model and CVM race in the same season but if not then the list is very short and he should be proud of this accomplishment.
    Phil Shaw won the over all Clash with 1st and 4th place finishes in the two events.

 

Quaker State Dodge On Display

Gary's car and Blue Thun
Gary’s car and Blue Thun
    Hamilton November 15, 2006
    Hamilton is about to be invaded with MONSTER TRUCKS at the first Monster Jam presented by PartSource!!! Friday November 17th at 8pm and Saturday November 18th at 8pm at Copps Colliseum will be the home of legendary Monster Trucks: GRAVE DIGGER ®, AFTER SHOCK ®, BLUE THUNDER ®, AMERICAN GUARDIAN ® and ANGER MANAGEMENT ®. Good seats still available. Come into any PartSource Store in the Greater Hamilton Area for your “MONSTER CASH” coupon for $5 off any Extreme adult seat. Available exclusively at PartSource.
    Gary’s Quaker State Dodge, David Elliott’s Championship car and Monster Truck BLUE THUNDER ® will be on display at the PartSource store at 106 Centennial Pkwy N. Hamilton on Thursday November 16, 2006 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Gary will be in attendance to sign autographs and talk to the fans.

 

Elliott Racing Team vs Blue Thunder!

Fans viewing the cars<br />
Fans viewing the cars

Stoney Creek November 16, 2006

Monster Truck vs. Late Models. Which is more popular?
    It was billed as the greatest competition ever! The mighty Monster Truck “Blue Thunder” vs. Gary and David’s Late Models. 1,600 methanol burning, supercharged horsepower of Blue Thunder vs. the two 400 horsepower Elliott racing team engines. The scene of the showdown – PartSource parking lot Stoney Creek.
    Gary and the team arrived at the lot early so that they would have plenty of time to set up and prepare for the evenings events. Upon their arrival and much to their surprise the “Blue Thunder” team was already on site and had their truck unloaded. The few people on site were milling around the truck. The driver then climbed into Blue Thunder and started the engine. The roar was ear splitting! The ground shook and you could feel the air vibrate. The truck lurched forward and popped a wheelie much to the delight of the onlookers. Gary looked at me and stated “How do I compete with that? My engine is going to sound like a lawnmower in comparison.” Blue Thunder then drove to its display area and the engine was shut down. My ears were still ringing 15 minutes later!
    The team then set about removing the Quaker State Dodge from the trailer. This process was not as simple as it sounds due to the fact that the winch was in the shop being repaired. After several aborted attempts at removing the car the driver and crew chief from Blue Thunder came over and lent a hand in getting the car out of the trailer. Gary then slid behind the wheel and primed the oil pump. He then pushed the starter and the engine fired to life, sputtered, back fired and then died. You could see the look of disappointment on everyone’s face. After several more attempts the engine finally roared to life and settled into its normal deep rumble. A fan standing beside me asked “When is he going to start the engine?” It was obvious that this fan’s ears were still ringing from the Blue Thunder run. Round One: to “Blue Thunder”!
    Gary moved the Quaker State car into its show place and shut the engine down. A short while later David’s team arrived and set up their car. Now it was two against one and we began to feel a little bit better about our chances.
    Before any of the teams could complete the set up of their display the fans started to arrive in surprising numbers. At first they all started to congregate around the Monster Truck. Slowly but surely they began to trickle towards the Late Models. One family with several small children walked up to the Quaker State Dodge. Gary looked at the parents and asked if they would like to sit in the car. The children’s faces lit up with joy. The parents consented and one at a time Gary helped them climb into his driver’s seat. The children let out cheers of joy and the parents took their pictures. Gary then signed his autograph cards and gave one to each of the children. As they were leaving the parents thanked Gary for his kindness. Suddenly a torrent of fans appeared around the Quaker State car each wanting a chance to sit in the car. Gary was kept very busy for the remainder of the evening signing autographs and helping fans into his car. David’s team also let fans sit in their car and were kept equally busy. Round Two: Elliott Racing Team.
    The evening was very mild with above average temperature. Although it threatened rain none fell. A larger than expected crowd of fans continued to arrive all evening. The drivers and Team members were keep busy answering questions, posing for pictures and signing autographs. At several points during the evening the Teams took turns firing up their engines. Each time this occurred the fans were staggered with shock and delight at the awesome sound from Blue Thunder. Once the engines were shut down however the crowds would again line up for their chance to sit in a Late Model. The Elliott Racing Team had a great night meeting and making new fans of Stock Car racing. The Blue Thunder Team had an equally good time as did the PartSource management and employees. It was a highly successful night for everyone involved.
    By the end of the show both the Elliott Racing Team and the Blue Thunder Team agreed to call the competition for “The Most Popular” a tie.
    As we were packing up to go home I was sure I could hear Gary thinking “I wonder if Nonie would let me have a Monster Truck and where would I keep it?”

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Peace on Earth<br />
Peace on Earth
    Decmber 23, 2006
    The Elliott family and racing team would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We hope that everyone has a safe and happy holiday season.
    God Bless
    From Gary, Nonie and the Elliott family

2005 LM History

Welcome to the Gary Elliott Racing site

Speedorama2005
Speedorama2005
Welcome to the Gary Elliott Race site
    We hope you enjoy reading of Gary’s past exploits. There are some thrilling stories and many great laughs to be had by reading the history sections of Gary’s long and illustrious racing career.

 

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Crate Motor A Pleasant Surprise

Opening Day Flamboro
Opening Day Flamboro
A new season, a new divison, a new car, a new crew, a new experimental motor and alot of new things to learn.
    So this is how the new season started for the Gary Elliott Racing Team on May 7 2005, opening day at Flamboro Speedway. By the end of the evening many of the answers had come. The competition in the Late Model Division was great, the Quaker State 2005 Dodge was good and full of promise, the crew was full of enthusiasm and the new motor was a pleasant surprise.
    Gary finished 5th in his first heat, 6th in his second heat and drove from 19th place starting position into the top ten before mechanical failure in the rear end forced him to drop out of the feature.

 

Cold Night Brings Warm Results

Race #2 Flamboro
Race #2 Flamboro

Flamboro Speedway, 21 May 2005

    A strong field of 18 Late Models showed up Saturday to entertain the Flamboro faithful. It was a race day that would see sunny warm skies turn to a cold but clear night.
    Gary finished 7th in both of his heat races. By Feature time both the weather and track had cooled significantly leaving a very fast racing surface with lots of grip. The #36 Quaker State Dodge started 13th and passed five cars to finish 8th.

 

Gary Moves To 9th In Points

Race 3 Flamboro
Race 3 Flamboro
    Flamboro Speedway 28 May 2005
    Gary and his crew found themselves at the top of the qualifying order after his two heats at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday night. Gary finished 2nd in both heat races to earn the top spot. To say this was a huge confidence builder for the team is an understatement. In just three nights of racing the#36 Quaker State team earned their first pole position for the twenty five lap Feature. At the conclusion of qualifying a fan drew a number from the track official’s hat which inverted the entire field for the Feature.
    Gary started 16th in the Feature and had worked his way to 10th place when he was involved in a multy car incident. The Quaker State crew went feverishly to work and got Gary back on the track for the restart. Despite significant suspension damage Gary managed to pass several cars and finished in 14th place.

 

1st Win of Season Helps Gain 2nd Straight Pole

celebrating Win
celebrating Win
    First Grisdale Triple Crown Race
    Flamboro Speedway June 4th 2005
    Twenty two Late Models showed up to battle for the first Grisdale Triple Crown fifty lap event. The four qualifying heats were stacked with eleven cars in each race. When the final checker was thrown the #36 Quaker State Dodge was top qualifier with a win in the first race and a 3rd in the second. The crew and fans were excited with Gary’s first win in a Late Model.
    Gary may have had a shot at winning the Feature, except for the second week in a row the draw was not in his favor. Last week a fan drew #16 out of the hat inverting the entire field, this week the draw was a little better, 15, but still putting Gary back deep in the field for the start. Gary finished 11th in the feature and moved to 8th in the Flamboro points.

 

Kawartha Very Hot and Very Fast

Pre race Tech
Pre race Tech
Gary in Top 20 in WWS Points
Kawartha Speedway June 9th 2005
    With no Late Model race scheduled for Flamboro Speedway Saturday, Team Quaker State decided to try their first road trip of the year with a venture to Kawartha Speedway. It was a record hot day which produced sauna like conditions inside the race car. Lot’s of water and the desire to race helped to over come the heat. Gary had driven on Kawartha in his Vintage Modified but not in the faster Late Models. It took a few laps in practice and a couple of changes to find the proper gearing for the differential Once the gearing was set the team was ready to tackle this much bigger and faster race surface.

 

David Wins CVM Consi.

Victory Flag
Victory Flag
    Flamboro Speedway June 11th, 2005
    Despite Gary’s engine problems the Elliott’s were represented in the C.V.M. Twin 25’s as son David drove the #3, 1933 Plymouth Coupe in the Twin 25’s. Once again David showed his prowess in a Vintage Modified when he won the Consi. David lined up deep in the field for the first Feature and methodically passed one car at a time to finish 8th. With an improved starting position for the second Feature there were high hopes for a top five overall finish. Unfortunately David had to retire from the second Feature when the steering rack broke on the first lap.
    All the Elliott fans hope that both Gary and David will have rides for the 2006 C.V.M. 40th Anniversary Special Events.

 

Engine Failure

Broken Engine
Broken Engine
Flamboro Speedway June 11th, 2005
    Despite several hours of hard work the Quaker State Team was unable to repair the engine.

 

Thirty Year Streak Comes To End

Q S Chev Coupe
Q S Chev Coupe
Flamboro Speedway June 11th, 2005
    The Canadian Vintage Modifieds ran their Thirty First Twin 25’s on June 11th at Flamboro. Gary had competed in every event since the inaugural race in 1975 and was really looking forward to his return to the #36, 1933 Quaker State Chevy Coupe for this year’s event. It was not meant to be however as engine problems developed on the car during the first lap of practice. The engine problem would prove to be terminal and for the first time ever Gary failed to qualify for the event.

 

Delay In Action

Accident turn one
Accident turn one
Flamboro Speedway June 18th,2005
    Delay in action due to a crash in turn one.

 

First Heat Action

David leads field
David leads field
Flamboro Speedway June 18th, 2005
    David leads the #4 Terry King and #56 Jeff Stewart.

 

Lining Up For Heats

Lining up
Lining up
Flamboro Speedway June 18th, 2005
    Quaker State Dodge in line waiting for heat action. Also in line #10 Shane Gowan #55 Greg Cox #95 Kevin Benish and #23 Dave Baker

 

Dodge Shudders to 11th Place Finish

Race Action
Race Action
June 18th 2005 Flamboro Speedway
    Most North American manufacturers have undergone concerns with brake pulsation in some of their vehicle lines. Customers complain of a brake shudder when slowing down or exiting a high way at 60 mph. Now magnify that 10 times when a 3,000 pound, 400 horse race car is entering a turn at 90 plus mph. The vibration can be severe enough to shake the driver’s hands off the wheel and make steering the car next to impossible. That is the problem that has been dogging the Quaker State Dodge Team for the past few weeks.

 

Early Heat Action

Heat #1
Heat #1
Flamboro Speedway June 25th, 2005
    David leads Gary in early heat race action.

 

Victory Story

Flamboro Story
Flamboro Story
Flamboro Speedway June 25th, 2005
    Feature win story as it appeared on Flamboro Speedway Website.

 

Enroute To Victory

Gary leading
Gary leading
Flamboro Speedway June 25th, 2005
    Gary leading David down back straight enroute to his first Late Model Feature win.

 

Gary’s Grabs First Feature Win in Late Models

Victory Flag
Victory Flag
Elliott Racing Team Shines with One – Two Finish
Flamboro Speedway June 25th, 2005
    What a night for the Elliott Racing Team! In their sixteen year run with the Vintage Modifieds, Gary and David had six nights when they finished first and second in the feature. Of those six nights David won five times. In only seven nights of Late Model racing together, they have already notched their first one/two finish; only this time it was Dad in front.

 

Piston Damage

Piston Damage
Piston Damage
Varney Speedway July 1st, 2005
    This is what happens to a piston when a valve breaks!

 

Valve And Head Damage

Head Damage
Head Damage
Varney Speedway July 1st, 2005
    This is what happens when a valve breaks, falls into the combustion chamber and is struck by the piston when it comes up. Note the broken valve wedged into the shattered head.

 

Just Not Meant To Be

1933 Plym Coupe
1933 Plym Coupe
Varney Speedway July 1st, 2005
    For the second time this year Gary attempted to race with the Canadian Vintage Modifieds, at Varney Speedway on Friday Night. For the Second time Gary had his hopes dashed as the car suffered terminal engine failure while he was leading the Consi.
    Gary had obtained a ride in the #3 1933 Plymouth Coupe and it was decked out in the Quaker State colors for this event. When the Team arrived at Varney it was sunny and warm. Within a very short time span the wind picked up blowing in cold air and storm clouds. Gary was only able to get in one practice session but this was during a rain drizzle. Due to the wet track conditions making it difficult to figure out the cars handling no adjustments were made.
    Gary started pole in the first heat and quickly discovered that the car was so loose that it was on the verge of spinning out. Gary dropped to the rear of the field and settled for finishing the race with the car in one piece so that chassis adjustments could be made.
    The Team work feverishly changing tires, stagger and the chassis. Gary started pole in the Consi and at the drop of the green flag he quickly pulled away from the field. By the third lap Gary had about a ten car length lead and appeared to have the car set for a great Feature run. It was not meant to be however as Gary exited turn two a large billow of smoke erupted from under the hood. A valve had broken destroying the head and a piston. The engine failure was terminal.
    Gary hopes to make another run with the Vintage Modifieds later in the season.

 

Consistency Moves Gary to 6th in Flamboro Points

Under Caution
Under Caution
Flamboro Speedway July 2nd, 2005
    Despite having to restart at the back of the field twice Gary managed an eights place finish on Saturday night.

 

Third Heat Win

Leading the Heat
Leading the Heat
Flamboro Speedway July 9th, 2005
    Leading the pack enroute to third Heat win of the season.

 

Gary takes 2nd at Flamboro

Running Second
Running Second
Flamboro Speedway July 9th, 2005
    On Saturday night Gary duplicated his heat performance form the previous week with a win and a fourth. The heat win was the fourth checker flag of the season for Team Quaker State. In the Feature Gary drove from his ninth place starting position smoothly to the front and caught up to the race leader, reigning Track Champion #07 Todd Campbell. Gary & Todd staged a great duel for the lead with Todd getting the checker and Gary the runner up.
    On lap one of the Feature a five car pile up took place near the front of the field. Gary safely navigated his way through the carnage.
    Restarting fifth Gary quickly disposed of fourth and third place competitors and soon after passed for second place to settle in for a duel with the 2004 Track Champ.
    Todd was steady and drove a perfect race. Sitting less than a car length off Todd’s rear bumper for the final 15 laps Gary would test Todd both high and low on numerous attempts but with no success and the Quaker State Dodge cross the finish line in second place.

 

Delaware Visit Helps in WWS Points Standing

Practice
Practice
Delaware Speedway July 22nd, 2005
    Team Quaker State paid a visit to Delaware Speedway Friday night. It was Gary’s first ever 75 lap race. Gary has lots of race time at Delaware’s big ½ mile oval but none in the Late Model.
    Due to work commitments the Team was late for warm ups. That coupled with changing from Flamboro’s 10” tires to Delaware’s 8” tires hindered the team’s effort to get a good chassis set up. As a result the car was not up to its full potential resulting in a fifth place finish in the Heat race.
    The crew made some adjustments to the chassis and hoped for the best. At the drop of the Green for the 75 lapper Gary discovered that the car was very loose and dropped back to the tail end of the pack of nineteen cars. Gary then slowly developed a racing line that was most comfortable for the car and he began to slowly move forward in the pack. By the mid way point Gary had moved the Quaker State Dodge into sixteenth place. A couple of competitors dropped out of competition due to mechanical problems. In the closing laps Gary stepped up his pace and passed a couple of cars and eventually drove across the finish line in twelfth place.
    It was not the result the Team had hoped for but when all things were considered it was felt that some valuable knowledge and much needed W.W.S. points had been gained. Gary is now thirteenth in the W.W.S. that consists of drivers from Kawartha, Delaware and Flamboro.

 

Feature Win #2 Story

Flamboro Website
Flamboro Website
Flamboro Speedway July 23, 2005
    Feature Win #2 Story as it appeared on the Flamboro Speedway website.


 

 

Dream Season Continues Win #2!

Victory Circle
Victory Circle
Flamboro Speedway July 23, 2005
Gary Wins 2nd Feature at Flamboro
    The Dream Season Rookie Campaign continued Saturday night at Flamboro Speedway when Gary drove the Quaker State Dodge to his second Feature win of the Season. He then celebrated his win with a “grass burnt out”, much to the delight of the fans.
    With the win Gary moved to 5th place in the Flamboro points.

 

Leading the Second Heat.

Leading 2nd Heat
Leading 2nd Heat
Flamboro Speedway July 30,2005
    Gary leading # 10 Shane Gowan enroute to victory in the second heat.

 

Gary Finishes 5th In Late Model Feature

Tight Action
Tight Action
Flamboro Speedway July 30, 2005
    Despite having to add an extra 150 pounds of weight, a 12th place starting position and a late race incident that put him to the back of the field, Gary drove the wheels off the Quaker State Dodge and raced to a fifth place finish in the Grisdale Late Model Series on Saturday night.

 

Delaware! Still Learning The Ropes

Pete Vanderwyst
Pete Vanderwyst
Delaware Speedway August 12, 2005
    Another trip west, again on the small tires, a much bigger faster track and an ultra competitive field of local Delaware drivers.
    Once again Team Quaker State had a night of hard lessons at one of Ontario’s big tracks. Some things were learned and despite some initial frustrations Gary managed to bring the Quaker State Dodge home to an eleventh place finish.

 

Flamboro Brings Another 11th Place Finish!

Gary & David Battle
Gary & David Battle
Flamboro Speedway August 13, 2005
    After a frustrating run the night before at Delaware Speedway Team Quaker State was looking to rebound at Flamboro. Some stiff competition, a slight miss on the chassis set up and a late race spin into the infield to avoid an accident resulted in a disappointing eleventh place finish for the Quaker State Dodge.

 

Racing Against Tony Stewart!

3 wide with Tony
3 wide with Tony
Flamboro Speedway August 20,2005
    Gary and David excited the fans running three wide down the back straight with Tony Stewart!
    Ok so not really. The Home Depot car is a promotional car that tours the country.
    We can still dream though!

 

Quaker State Dodge Takes 4th in Final Round!

Qualifying
Qualifying
Flamboro Speedway August 20, 2005
    Fans of Gary Elliott and the #36 Quaker State Dodge sure got all of their emotions working on Saturday night. Flamboro Speedway was home to the final leg of the Grisdale Triple Crown Series for Late Models. There were several guest Teams from other tracks present making for a very full and competitive field. Pre race anticipation turned to happiness with an excellent second place qualifying session. Frustration followed with being involved in two accidents during the 50 lap Feature race. And finally shock and elation with events that lead to a come from behind fourth place finish with a damaged race car.


 

 

Old Friends Reminisce

Gary Bill & Vic
Gary Bill & Vic
Kawartha Speedway September 2, 2005
    Post race celebrations included a photo session and reminiscing about the good old days with Gary, Vic Parsons (Limited Late Model) and Bill Burrows (Open Wheel Modifieds) three of the sports longest enduring drivers.
    The above photo is of Gary, Bill and Vic. The trophy is Vic’s for winning the Limited Late Model Feature.

 

Great Night at Kawartha.

Qualifying action
Qualifying action
Kawartha Speedway September 2, 2005
    Looking to build on their June experience Team Quaker State ventured to Kawartha Speedway on Friday night. The Team was not to be disappointed in the efforts to improve the car since the June run. Gary finished fifth in his Heat race and followed that up with a smooth and consistent run to a seventh place finish in the Feature race.

 

Consistency at Flamboro Pays Off.

Leading the pack
Leading the pack
Flamboro Speedway September 3, 2005
    On Saturday Gary won his seventh Heat race of 2005. He followed that up with an eighth place finish in the Feature. The consistency of this weekend’s finishes helped to propel Gary and Team Quaker State into sixth place in the Weekend Warrior Series.

 

Top Five WWS!

Taking the high side
Taking the high side
Kawartha Speedway September 9, 2005
    The Weekend Warrior Series was created to support grass roots racing in Ontario. The series will determine who truly is the best of those Late Model racers who are dedicated and desire to race as much as possible.
    Every WWS race facility in Conference A, Kawartha, Flamboro and Delaware Speedways, are eligible to host WWS races throughout the season. These tracks are very close in rules, allowing cars from other tracks to visit on nights off or when their own track is not running. The more a driver races, the more points he will accumulate. Many drivers want to run a limited schedule; however the die-hard racers will now be recognized through the WWS.
    On Friday night Team Quaker State again visited Kawartha Speedway. Gary showed strong power in the heat. A chassis change was attempted for the Feature. It turned out to be the wrong way to go and Gary had to fight an ill handling race car for the thirty lap race. A twelfth place finish however did provided Gary and his team with enough points to move them to fifth overall in the WWS.
    Kawartha Speedway is one of the nicest race tracks on the circuit. It is wide, high banked and very fast. On September 16th, Kawartha will host their Second Annual Summer Sizzler, a grueling Triple 50 lap format that will attract up to forty of Ontario and the U.S. best Late Model teams. Gary and his crew learned more about track set up on this visit and will use that knowledge to get ready for next Friday. David finished sixth and moved closer to his goal of the WWS Championship.

 

Point Battle Heats Up With 2nd In Feature!

At speed in turn 4
At speed in turn 4
Flamboro Speedway September 10, 2005
    A strong second place finish by Gary in the Quaker State Dodge on Saturday night served to really tighten the race for the top five in Flamboro Late Model Points. Eight Teams are in a tight battle for the prestigious top five positions. Gary is currently tied for fifth with #56 Jeff Stewart and is only eight points back of fourth place Terry King. A top five finish in the points would be considered an outstanding accomplishment for the rookie Quaker State Team.

 

Scenic Deer Bay on Buckhorn Lake

Deer Bay
Deer Bay
Kawartha Speedway September 17, 2005
    Looking out on Deer Bay from the front of Beachwood Resort. Deer Bay is located on Buckhorn Lake in the Kawartha Lakes region and is home to some of the greatest Bass, Muskie, and Walleye fishing anywhere.

Beachwood Resort, Deer Bay

Treetop Cottage
Treetop Cottage
Kawartha Speedway September 17, 2005
    Dave Morgan is the driver/owner of the #10 car Kawartha Late Model division. His family operates Beachwood Resort on Deer Bay in the Kawartha Lakes. When it rained Friday night Dave found room for the Quaker State team at one of his cottages. Once they were settled in the team dried off and then made their way to the main lodge for a feast fit for a King.
    Thanks Dave.
    Information about Beachwood Resort can be viewed at www.beachwoodresort.com

A Valuable Crew Member!

Gehrig hard at work
Gehrig hard at work
Kawartha Speedway September 17, 2005
    Gary’s grandson Gehrig is seen here hard at work on the tires. Both grandchildren Gehrig and Lauren are valued members of the Quaker State pit crew.

Historic Run in First Ever Triple 50’s

High Banked Corners
High Banked Corners
Kawartha Speedway September 17, 2005
    In his thirty plus years of racing Gary has never competed in an event of the magnitude at Kawartha Speedway on Saturday. The lack of power steering was a major factor in limiting the Quaker State Dodge to 24th, 23rd and 15th place finishes in the triple race format.

 

Final Points Standings

Final Standings
Final Standings
Flamboro Speedway September 24, 2005

Expert Help

Gary, Jr. & Thatcher
Gary, Jr. & Thatcher
Flamboro Speedway September 24, 2005
    The Quaker State team was blessed throughout the season with some very skillful, legendary help. In the attached photo Gary, Thatcher Krupp and Junior Hanley discuss suspension changes.

Spectacular Run Earns Top Five Finish in Points!

Passing on outside
Passing on outside
Flamboro Speedway September 24, 2005
    Heading into the final point’s race at Flamboro Speedway, Gary and his crew were tied for fifth with #56 Jeff Stewart. It had been their goal at the beginning of the season to try for a top five point’s finish. The dream was now on the line. Jeff was one of four drivers in the top seven who, in the past five years, had won a Late Model Flamboro Championship. Gary and David were the only two in the top five to have won a Vintage Modified championship.
    With every point crucial, heat races were very important throughout the season. However, something terrible went wrong in the first heat after moving to fourth early in the race. Suddenly the car swayed back and forth on the front chute with huge plumes of white smoke coming from inside the driver’s compartment. The left rear support bracket that held the trailing arm and shock absorber broke off. This caused the rear end housing to twist sending the car sideways. Jeff would gain points in that heat with Gary towed to the pits.
    Though bewildered by what they found the crew assisted by the legendary Junior Hanley and Jim Ward worked hard to get the car ready for the feature. The broken bracket was welded in place; the left rear shock replaced and the suspension reset. Because of the speedy work by the crew, the car was ready for the second heat. A sixth place finish helped cut the lead, but Jeff would start the Feature with an eight point cushion. There is a one point difference for each position, plus a point for every positioned gained from the original starting spot. Jeff would start sixth and Gary sixteenth.

C.V.M. Clash 2005

Gary in the #95
Gary in the #95
Flamboro Speedway October 1, 2005
    Gary drove Rick Warnes’ #95 car in the Canadian Vintage Modified 2005 Clash on Saturady. Gary finished third and sixith in the two segment race.
    Thanks Rick for the loan of your car.

The Quaker State Team

Quaker State Team
Quaker State Team
Flamboro Speedway October 2, 2005
    Time in the pits prior to the race. A great time for a team photo.

Real Fast in Practice!

Practice
Practice
Flamboro Speedway October 2, 2005
    After a good run in the heat race on Saturday the team made more adjustments to the car. In Sunday morning practice the Quaker State Dodge was a rocketship. The team was full of anticipation for the 100 lap Feature.

The Wreck!

Dave on tow truck
Dave on tow truck
Flamboro Speedway October 2, 2005
    Dave and Gary both experienced their worst wreck of the season when Gary was forced into the wall on the back straight. Dave was following close behind his dad, had no time to stop and ran into Gary wrecking both cars.

Flamboro’s Octoberfest First Ever 100 Lapper

Scott Lyons
Scott Lyons
Flamboro Speedway October 2, 2005
    The Oktoberfest Show was filled with excitement. It would be Gary’s first ever 100 lap race bringing with it some of Ontario’s best Late Model drivers. Qualifying was done on Saturday October 1st. A record thirty two cars battled for twenty four spots. For this event there would be only one heat each for qualifying. The Team had prepared the car well for the qualifying heat. Gary was in top form and drove the Quaker State Dodge on the edge throughout the short race. Gary brought the #36 Dodge home in second place behind son David. The second place finish qualified Gary in sixth place. David picked up his eight victory of the season in winning the heat. A fan then drew the number sixteen for the invert putting Gary in eleventh place on the starting grid for Sundays 100 lap Feature.

Hard at Work

Repairing Damage
Repairing Damage
Perterborough Speedway October 8,2005
    Following the accident many people from numerous teams chipped in to help the Quaker State Team repair the car. Although we were unable to make the car as competitive as it had been prior to the accident, it was a testiment to Gary’s will that the car was put back together so it would be safe to race.
    Gary would like to thank his son David and Ed Askin from the #37 Late Model Team Vic Parsons and his crew from the #1 Limited Late Model Team, car builder Mike McColl, and all the other people who pitched in to help repair the Quaker State Dodge.

Towed Off Following The Wreck

On the Tow Truck
On the Tow Truck
Perterborough Speedway October 8, 2005
    Imediately follwing removal off the big tires the car was towed to the pits for the repair work to begin.

Moments After The Collission

On top of tires
On top of tires
Perterborough Speedway October 8, 2005
    The safety crews responded quickly to the scene. Gary was ok but the car was severely damage. It took awhile to get the Quaker State Dodge off of the tires.

Quaker State Dodge Fastest In Practice!

Lap before accident
Lap before accident
Peterborough Speedway October 8, 2005
    The Quaker State Dodge was turning the fastest times in the field during practice. This photo was taken on the lap prior to the accident.

Waiting In Line For Practice

In pits
In pits
Peterborough Speedway October 8, 2005
    The pits were a sight to behold as they were jam packed with all the best race cars in Ontario. Despite the congestion the track did a supurb job all weekend of keeping things on schedule.

Pre Race Tech Lineup.

Waiting in line.
Waiting in line.
Peterborough Speedway October 8, 2005
    First thing Saturday morning the cars all had to clear pre tech prior to practice and races. The line up was long but it was a good time for commiserating with other drivers, fans and friends.

Final Weekend Warrior Series Standings

Final WWS standings
Final WWS standings
Peterborough Speedway October 9, 2005
    The Final Weekend Warrior Series Standings. To the thrill of the Elliott’s and their fans, David won the Late Model Championship and Gary finished third! What a year for a Rookie Team. Although tired now I am sure that in short order the Quaker State Team will be pumped up and on pins and needles in anticipation for next season.

Horrific Crash at Peterborough! Team Doesn’t Quit.

The Wreck
The Wreck
Peterborough Speedway October 9, 2005
    With WWS points on the line and the desire to hold on to third place, Gary and the Quaker State Team hoped their debut at Peterborough Speedway would be a success. The car was methodically prepared during the week with the damage received at Flamboro repaired. What the team wanted was to finish the season with a good performance. What happened was incredibly bizarre.

Quaker State Team With The Awards

The Team
The Team
Flamboro Speedway Banquet December 3, 2005
    Gary and his crew with the awards for their 2005 season.

Gary And Nonie Celebrate A Great 2005 Season!

Gary & Nonie
Gary & Nonie
Flamboro Speedway Banquet December 3, 2005
    Gary and Nonie had a memorable evening celebrating a spectaular Rookie Season.

Teams 36 & 37 A Winning Force

Elliott Table
Elliott Table
Flamboro Speedway Banquet December 3, 2005
    The two Elliott Teams #36 of Gary and #37 of David, had lots to celebrate gathering many of the awards on Saturday night.

Best Appearing Car!

Best Appearing Car
Best Appearing Car
Flamboro Speedway Banquet December 3, 2005
    Gary and his crew worked very hard during the season to keep the Quaker State Dodge in top appearance. Sometimes this included extensive fabrication work, repainting and new lettering. The hard work was worth the effort when Gary won the Best Appearing Car in the Late Model Division.

Fourth Place Grisdale Triple Crown!

Grisdale Series
Grisdale Series
Flamboro Speedway Banquet December 3,2005
    The Grisdale Triple Crown was three fifty lap races run on three different weekends. Gary drove some of his best races in this triple event to finish fourth in the series.

2005 Media Award!

Media Award
Media Award
Flamboro Speedway Banquet December 3, 2005
    Gary has always worked very hard in his relations with fans and the media. On Saturday night Gary was very honored to receive the 2005 Media Award for his work in promoting the sport.

Top Five Flamboro Points

Top Five
Top Five
Flamboro Speedway Banquet December 3, 2005
    Top five in the Flamboro points from left to right.
    #36 Gary Elliott 5th place
    #8 Paul House 2nd Place
    #52 Scott Lyons Champion
    #37 Dave Elliott 3rd place
    #4 Terry King 4th place
    Flamboro Speedway Owners Frank and John Casale standing behind.

Achieving A Goal. Fifth Place Flamboro Points.

5th Place
5th Place
Flamboro Speedway Banquet December 3, 2005
    Prior to the season Gary set several goals. One was to finish in the top five in points at Flamboro Speedway. At several points in the season it appeared as though this goal might be not be attanable. Gary and his team held meetings and decided not to give up. With some spectacular on the edge of his seat driving Gary managed do race his way into fifth place in the final race of the season!

Third Place Weekend Warrior Series!

3rd Place
3rd Place
Flamboro Speedway Banquet December 3, 2005
    The Weekend Warrior Series was designed to promote teams to travel to other tracks on dates when their local track was not racing. With this Series having all the best Late Model Teams in Ontario competing it was sure to be an exciting year. Prior to the season Gary hoped that he might be able to compete for one of the top nine positions but realistically the Team goal was set to try and finish in the top twenty.
    The team made visits to Delaware, Mosport and Kawartha Speedways during the season and posted some respectable finishes against some very strong competition. When added to his strong season at Flamboro, the road finishes moved Gary into the the top three in the W.W.S.
    How was that for exceeding expectations?

W.W.S. Champion!

WWS Champ
WWS Champ
Flamboro Speedway Banquet December 3,2005
    David Elliott started the 2005 season on a strong note. At the mid point engine problems appeared to move him out of contention in both the WWS and Flamboro Series. David and his team re-committed themselves and made a spectacular comeback only to have their hopes dashed in a crash in the Oktoberfest Race at Flamboro. The crash not only caused major damage to the car but also cost them another engine. They appeared to be down and out.
    Digging deep and using the Elliott “NEVER GIVE UP” moto the 37 team worked very hard during the week and a new crate engine was put in the car for the Autumn Colors race at Peterboro. David started deep in the field for the 105 lap event. He doggedly worked his way through traffic in an attempt to pass enough cars to win the W.W.S. As the laps counted down it appeared that he might fall short. With seven laps to go David needed to pass one more car to win the W.W.S. but he was a straitaway behind. David bore down and closed on the car and passed it on the closing laps to win the W.W.S!
    Congratulations to David Elliott and the 37 Team.

W.W.S. Championship Banner!

WWS Banner
WWS Banner
Flamboro Speedway Banquet December 3, 2005
    David Elliott and track owners Frank and John Casale hold up the 1st W.W.S. Championship Banner to be displayed at Flamboro Spoeedway.

2005 Rookie Of The Year!

R.O.Y.
R.O.Y.
Flamboro Speedway Banquet December 3, 2005
    Gary felt honored and reinvigorated to win Rookie of the Year.

Reflections on a Great Year.

Gary & Awards
Gary & Awards
December 5, 2005
    What a night for my family, crew and I. We were blessed beyond description. The start of the season was tough. I wasn’t even sure I could drive a Late Model. God blessed us so much and I want to thank Him for the new people we met, for the very exciting races and a great season.
    Thirty three years with the Vintage Modifieds brought many good memories and friendships. I teamed up with Jesse Pontello and his wonderful family to compete in the CVM points. Jesse was smooth and improved week after week, taking a few checker flags. Throughout the summer I was able to make three shows. I drove my own car at Flamboro, Dave Watson’s at Varney and Rick Warnes in the Clash. Special thanks to Dave and Rick for giving me those opportunities. I also want to wish Jesse and the Pontello’s the very best as they explore new horizons for Jesse’s future.
    Our Late Model season was incredible. It was only possible by the generosity and direction of Bill Grisdale. Bill has given tremendous support to racers and tracks for the past three decades. He went beyond the extra mile for us in 2005 and for that we are truly thankful.
    We ran 100% at Flamboro Speedway, accumulating a total of 24 shows including 4 trips to Kawartha, 2 at Delaware and the Autumn Colors invitational at Peterborough Speedway. Two 100 lappers, six 50 lappers and a 75 lap race were all thrilling races to be in as well my first ever 75 and 100 lap races.
    We finished 5th in Flamboro points and 3rd in the WWS series. The Grisdale Triple Crown, each a 50 lap event, brought drivers from Delaware to compete. We ended up 4th in that mini series.
    At the banquet on Saturday night we were surprised and proud to win the Best Appearing Car award as well as the Late Model Media driver of the year. By virtue of our points finish we were sure we had Rookie of the Year. This was the 3rd chance for me to take a run for this award. I was a rookie in Mini Stocks in 1969 at Cayuga Speedway, and again with the Hobby’s in 1972. In those inaugural seasons I struggled with the learning curve and did not perform to the level needed to win the Rookie of the Year. Perhaps it was the long run with the CVM that prepared me for Late Models and gave us a legitimate shot. We were teased all year for being the oldest rookie in Ontario. Getting out of a little coupe into the much bigger and faster Late Model was a challenge. I wasn’t sure I could adapt to the change even though my family and crew were very optimistic. After a few weeks, with the help of Thatcher Krupp, the car got easier to drive. He brought stability to our team and we found ourselves very competitive and consistent. That’s what gave us the Rookie of the Year and it is an award I am very proud to have won.
    I could not have won these awards without the help of my team. I want to thank my crew, Jim Hulzinga, Dave Watson, and Jason Chapman for their excellent efforts throughout the season and to Thatcher who is a genius. Thanks to Steve Zivanic and Amy Miskiewicz who helped when they could. Shirley always let me know that I was the best (no one cheers like a daughter) .
    I also want to thank all my sponsors for their faithful support. This season was a success because our sponsors gave us the opportunity to be competitive. To all of them we are truly grateful, especially Mark Reed and Quaker State Oil Company for believing in us and being such a great sponsor for the past 32 years.
    Finally, Nonie, I loved you when I first met you and you’ve shown me again that you are my best friend. Did I tell you yet today? I love you.
    Gary