I had a great opportunity this week to go to Nova Scotia and look deeper into making the IWK 250 a reality for our team.
My cousin Bill Elliott offered to take me around to some of his friends who owned businesses in Nova Scotia.
I had proposals made out to give to potential sponsors. They were all exactly the same. I was willing to run the sponsor name on our car all year, as well as put their logo on our web site. Joe Chisholm from Race Time Radio offered to interview any sponsors we got on his weekly Canada wide radio program.
In total we saw six businesses. There were two that were not available to see, we left proposals for them to consider.
We visited 2 race shops. Rollie MacDonald, who owns King Freight, had a nice shop in Pictou, and Donald Chisholm who owns Nova Construction and Riverside International Speedway had his shop in Antigonish. We were able to ask questions to the 2 crew chiefs Andrew from Rollies team and George from Donalds team. Both teams had 3 to 5 cars in their shops and these cars were beautiful, well prepared and fully equipped. We had a great time meeting all these awesome people, who even gave us info we needed to get our car close to what it needs to be to race with these wild Pro Late models.
When we were done on Sunday we had accumulated 4 show presentations. We plan on being at the Walmart in Antigonish on the Friday night before the race. It is located very near the track. We will be at the Canadian Tire store in Truro, both of those for our sponsor Quaker State. We couldn’t get any sponsorship through Nova Trucks in Truro, but Rod wants us for a display on the Wednesday or Thursday, the same day we will be at the Canadian Tire. The other show we are committed to is in Bass River Nova Scotia for a fund raiser to support the local Fire Department.
I can only make this race with help from local businesses in Nova Scotia. The 8 proposals we gave out will hopefully be fruitful for us. My cousin Larry will work with Bill on another potential sponsor who they both know very well who operated his business out of Halifax, but lives close to my cousins.
I will update this big race once commitments start coming in. The IWK 250 will cost us $9000 and we need to raise that to make it happen. I’m praying about it, have been for all our racing endeavours for 2016. I hope it comes together. If so, it will be one of the biggest if not the most prestigious high light racing events of my 48 year career……..more info to come once things fall in place.