1974 CVM History

1974 Membership Card

OARC Membership Card
OARC Membership Card

<div class=”maint”> Bill Wakish was the Secretary Treasurer in 1974. Bill Lyons was the President.

1974 Stats

1974 Rundown
1974 Rundown
3rd Year In The Hobby Club

 

David and I Backing Up The Driveway

Kids ride<br />
Kids ride

<div class=”maint”> Our home property on Lydon avenue was 25′ wide, that’s 25′ including the driveway. I could barely get the car up the driveway, but both the trailer and tow vehilce wouldn’t make it. Here David comes with me as I back up the car to the garage. He looks quite concerned. Nonie took this picture from our living room window. Those East Coast mirrors came in handy for backing up a narrow lane.

 

Ready To Start Rebuilding

Rebuild<br />
Rebuild

<div class=”maint”> My sponsor Hillmack Services Limited allowed me use the truck garage to rebuild my car. I also drove one of their 5 ton straight job trucks, picking up local freight. Max Hiltz was very good to me.

 

Gord Homles Still Lines Up The Bumper

Gord Holmes<br />
Gord Holmes

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Dad Welds The Bumper

It will hold<br />
It will hold

<div class=”maint”> Dad did most all of my welding in my early years. He had to because the stuff I did usually fell off. Dad was an expert welder with the Boiler Makers Union. He was on a list with other welders and only worked when there was a shut down at a refinery, like Shell Oil or Texaco. Every time the union sent him, he had to do a welding test before the refinery would keep him (all the welders had to be tested) and they would stress bend or exray his work. He never failed a test. Some of his welds were on display at the union hall. I remember one time dad welded a piece of steel and when he was done he got up and looked at his work and said to me and my crew, as we looked on in amazement…”only two people can weld like that”…and about the time we thought about what he said he answered quickly…”and I’m both of them”.

 

Dad Welds…Look Ma No Glasses!

Welding Flash<br />
Welding Flash

<div class=”maint”> I often watched dad weld, sometimes without safety goggles. I often woke up at night with what seemed like sand in my eyes. dad would say “I told you”. Eventually ‘welding watching’ came to an end unless I wore glasses or held another shield.

 

The Body Gets Repairs

Brazing<br />
Brazing

<div class=”maint”> We removed the body once the frame welding was done so we could repair the tons of cracks. It was easier for dad to braze flat. In less than 24 months this Ford Coupe had 3 body and paint jobs.

 

Body On

Door missing<br />
Door missing

 

David at 2 1/2 yrs old

David<br />
David

<div class=”maint”> David came with me most times. Shirley was 8 months old.

 

Almost Ready For Paint

So far so good<br />
So far so good

<div class=”maint”> We always wanted our cars to look good. My passion for racing was derived from watching lots of fast good looking cars. When I was little my dad and mom would take Bev and I to the CNE races. I usually picked the best looking car. Terry Dickinson was my favourite Hobby driver when I was a teen. Glen Schurr was my favourite driver of all. I put on my car “#36 for Schurr”, a play on words that worked because there was no doubt he was my favourite.

 

David’s Excited

David<br />
David

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Practicing

Flamboro<br />
Flamboro

<div class=”maint”> Practice was always like a race to me. It was another chance to get on the track. That philosophy would change in 20 years because I didn’t want to wear out my car. Perhaps in 74′ I needed all the practice I could get.

 

No More Guard Rail

Practice<br />
Practice

<div class=”maint”> No more guard rail…John and Frank Casale removed the guard rail and put up a cement wall. It was very tough on those of us who would hit it coming off the corner. I had my share of appointments with the cement, and it usually wasn’t nice, ‘damage city’. To make us feel better, we were told that when we hit the wall our cars would get sucked into the wall and stay there where it was safe. Somehow bouncing off the guard rail out into the traffic seemed safer, at least there was a chance you might not get hit, and if you did get hit, you had enough momentum to send you to the infield…after slamming the wall a bunch of times that logic seems to make sense….well to me it did.

 

New Tow Vehicle

Camper<br />
Camper

<div class=”maint”> This was Nonie’s dream. We could go to the races and stay over night, plus if the kids got tired they could go to bed early. Sometimes they would watch the races from the top of their bunk. Our little gas stove would heat the camper and keep us warm. The red on the truck would have to go.

 

Trophies and Headlights

Trophies<br />
Trophies

<div class=”maint”> These were the trophies that I won to date after 2 and 1/2 seasons. Notice the headlights in this picture and the 2 above. They were functional, but not as lights. I had a 3″ hose going to the carb and one inside to cool me off. I was told to remove them after a couple of race nights, they were not legal according to the rule that stated “no accessories”…but they were cute. I got them from Ken Jorgenson, he was going to use them for a project and through them out.

 

Now We’re Looking Good.

Hauler<br />
Hauler

<div class=”maint”> Once I got the truck painted (with a roller) and lettered, we were quite proud of how it looked. Now we were a complete race team. We had our own truck and trailer plus a place to eat and sleep.

 

Car and Truck

Street Shot<br />
Street Shot

 

Coupe in Play Pen

Ed's Trailer<br />
Ed’s Trailer

<div class=”maint”> We used Ed’s trailer once in a while, it was handy for carrying extra parts. I should have known that even before the other racers had a chance to say something, dad would make a joke…he said “here comes Ed with a play pen”.

 

First Win Of 74′ …With Headlights

1st Win<br />
1st Win

<div class=”maint”> It was June 22nd, my first win of the season. David is wearing the jacket Grandma Bow made for him and he’s holding the plaque I won spnsored by Hillmack Services. They were called Hillmack Awards. This would be one of the final races I would be allowed to run the imitation headlights…come to think of it, no one in modern history of the Hobby’s had headlights on their cars. I wonder why?

 

It’s My Hobby

Pits<br />
Pits

<div class=”maint”> At the Speed-O-Rama car show I asked Tex Swiston, the editor of C.A.R. Weekly why the Hobby’s didn’t get very much exposur, adn he said because no one sends him any stories. After some discussion, he came up with the column title and I started submitting stories.

 

The Chase Story

Single axle<br />
Single axle

<div class=”maint”> Our first trailer was a single axle. Not good if you had a flat tire. Nonie and I were coming back from Flamboro on a Sunday afternoon. Heading east along the QEW we had a flat on the right rear of the trailer just before highway 10. I decided against continuing along, something I had done previously in Mini Stox in 1971. That’s a crazy story, you’ll find in the Mini Stock section (one for Ripley’s)…on this day we got off the highway and got on the South Service road. I came to a stop, and after checking our parts supply I discovered we did not have a spare for the trailer. It was a 15″ tire so I figured I would go to the Esso station about 2 miles up the road and buy a used tire. I went back to the pick up and explained to Nonie that I was going to unload the race car and then take the trailer to the gas station to get a spare tire. She said okay. I backed the car off the trailer and got out and put the ramps back on the trailer. As I looked for a safe spot to park the Hobby car, I noticed something very shocking…Nonie was pulling away in the camper truck with the trailer. I watched for a few sceonds thinking she was moving to the side of the road but no, she was on her way to the gas station and I was standing on the side of the road beside the Coupe with it idling. I waved frantically but she was long gone. I don’t know what the neighbour’s thought, or the people driving along the QEW as they watched, but I had no choice, I had to chase Nonie, and my only means of transportation was the race car. I caught her just as she pulled into the gas station. Half nuts with unbelief I ran up to her and said “why did you leave me on the side of the road”?, Nonie replied “I thought you said we were going to the gas station, so hear I am”…”that’s pretty funny” I said. What was amazing is that I didn’t get caught, there was a Police station on highway 10 right on the corner. By the time we got it fixed and headed back home it was impossible not to laugh when we talked about it, and of course she asked me why did I not have a spare, and if I did there was no place to put it….I’m glad we weren’t in Michigan on I-95.

 

We Needed A Way To Get To The Track!

Flat bed<br />
Flat bed

It seemed so good to load up at work and use the straight job flat bed truck, a brand new 1974 International…that is until we got to Flamboro and had to find a hill to back up to so I could unload the car. Whatever it took we did it to get to the races.

 

Heat Win July 6th…No Headlights.

2nd win<br />
2nd win

<div class=”maint”> I won my 2nd race of the season at Flamboro. You can see the headlights are no longer on the car….The night before at Speedway Park some Hobby drivers led mainly by Harry Nicholson were up set by the fact that we were not guaranteed our purse. I decided to support them and when Clair Button, who was the pit steward, asked me to line up I refused because of the money situation..guess what..I got disqualified for the night and no one else supported me. I learned a lesson from that experience. Later on Claire and I would become good friends and he would become President of the OARC in 1975.

 

Practising With the Limited Sportsman

Wayne Howden<br />
Wayne Howden

<div class=”maint”> Milton driver Wayne Howden #37, is seen here leading some Limited Sportsman and Hobby cars in the warm ups. Thats #56 Brian Book behind Wayne, then me and Danny Shirtliff….Brian Book was a steady runner and on June 28th slid off the track in the feature and took out the light pole between turns 3 and 4. The lights went out immdeiately and that is a weird feeling when you’re racing…the show was done for that night.

 

Stopping For A Fall Picture

Autumn<br />
Autumn

<div class=”maint”> The leaves were so beautiful this day, Nonie and I had to stop to get a picture. Maybe we should have stood back further, somehow we missed most of the trees…This photo proves though racing was the key, we still had time to focus on other great moments in time, like God’s creation.

 

Truck and Trees

Camper<br />
Camper

 

3rd Win September 14th

Little Feature Win<br />
Little Feature Win

<div class=”maint”> In 1974 our car count was getting much higher. If you were in the first heat and didn’t finish first or second you automatically ended up in the Little Feature. I finished 6th in my heat and staretd pole in the feature and won…still no feature win….I’m holding a Hillamck Award for the win…every week I painted my rims (that’s why I was so glad chrome wheels eventually became available in a racing rim, it would be 10 more years). I also painted the tires to make them shine. Perhaps I wasn’t worried about things like stagger or wheel nuts being hard to get off with paint on them. I had Gord, he was 6′ 240 pounds. No painted wheel nut was to hard for him to handle.

 

Terry Dickinson

Play with the best<br />
Play with the best

<div class=”maint”> No one could get more out of a car with a zero budget than Terry Dickenson. He was a big help to me. Helping me to set up my car…coming off turn 4 is #71 Don MacDonald.

 

Our Last Race Ever At Pinecrest October 14th

Shirley<br />
Shirley

<div class=”maint”> This was the Octoberfest of yester year. Pinecrest had a big race week end on October 14th and we ran a 50 lapper. This would be the last time the Hobbys raced at Pinecrest. Shirley is seen here looking out the window.

 

George Gordon #6

Pinecrest Pits<br />
Pinecrest Pits

<div class=”maint”> George Gordon was always a lot of fun to be around. He bought the marron and white coach from Doc Cockburn. We are waiting to go out for our heats.

 

Heat Race

George & Harry<br />
George & Harry

<div class=”maint”> George McLeod #64 is inside pole with Harry outside pole. Paul Ortman #45 is 2nd row inside with Bob Field 2nd row outside. Behind Paul is Roger Cochrane from Peterborough. There were a few Westgate Hobbys to race against us this day. I am behind Roger…there were 2 distinct Hobby clubs. The Flamboro group and the Westgate club. It was illegal for us to run our Hobby cars with them. It didn’t matter whether or not the OARC were running that night. You were not allowed to run in a class, or a race that was not sanctioned by the OARC. (that’s one rule that has contributed to the OARC/Hobby’s/CVM longevity). They could run with us if they bought a membership but could lose it if they ran again at Westgate, they would be disqualified from the OARC. So the Westgate boys and Ruth Trotter always came to race with us once their season was done, because Flamboro ran longer than anyone else, (although Pinecrest on this day was late into the season) but they were always trying to talk some of us to go to Westgate against OARC policy. Many guys did it and got away with it. I didn’t want to take the chance.

 

Coming Off Turn 4 In The Feature

Fetaure<br />
Fetaure

<div class=”maint”> Danny Shirtliff #39 leads a pack of cars off turn 4. He won the points in 1974, so I would guess this is further back in the pack, although we may have used a different system for qualifying for this race. Can’t tell who is behind Dan, #47 Roger Cochrane is on the outside, then me, #45 Paul Ortman and #35 Harry Bow. I mentioned earlier that Ed Hennessey and his family use to go to Peterborough to spend time with his sister Ruby and brother in-law Bob. That’s Bob’s car #94, and he is standing on the rear wheel. Bob is looking towrds turn 3 so maybe the cars on the front chute were mid pack. He was #9 at Westgate but since this was an OARC sanctioned race, and Bill Lyons was #9, he had to change his number,he added the #4 and you can see it’s a different style than his #9. Check out the track grandstands, covered all the way around for rain or shine racing. You can see the main fan entrance right in front of my car.

 

Back Straightaway

Alone<br />
Alone

 

Hall of Famers

Lee and Bill<br />
Lee and Bill

<div class=”maint”> Rookie Lee Jerome #57 holds off #23 Bill Wakish. Bill was a hard worker for the OARC for many years. He always built top quality cars and was a serious points contender. Bill was inducted into the Hobby Hall of Fame in it’s inaugural year 1984 with Bill Lyons. Lee Jerome would join in 1993 with Jim English…I bought the #23 in 1981 for the 1982 season. Bill Wakish helped me quite a bit too(as I’ve mentioned,lots of members did). But one time he fooled me in a way like never before or since. It was late 78 and he was leading the heat and I was 2nd. A caution came out and on the white flag lap going into turn 3 Bill put his finger out the window indicating one more lap. I figured something must have happened for us to have to go another lap…guess what, nothing happened! As I slowed down to prepare for another white flag lap I was shocked to see him speeding away, “what’s he doing”? I thought to myself, “the white flag is out”, but it wasn’t the green was waving and by the time I came to my senses,he was gone and won the race. In the pits after we had a good laugh but I never was caught again with that one…I’ve never used it yet either.

 

Slant Six Explodes

7th blown motor<br />
7th blown motor

<div class=”maint”> What a wild ride for most of us that were close to Bill Wakish in this picture. Bill’s 225 engine blew to pieces and some drivers were hit with flying cast iron. Roger Cochrane tries going around Bill, I am completely sideways, but incredibly I kept going like that half way through turn 3, got straight and didn’t stop. Paul Ortman #45 is also sideways and Bob Kurtin #80 is trying to get out of the way by heading for the infield, which was by the way slightly up hill. All of us escaped this incident and it was crazy.

 

Hit The Dirt

No oil up here<br />
No oil up here

<div class=”maint”> Bob Kurtin was still flying when he got off the track. Terry Dickenson #92 avoided the spinning cars and oil on the slick track but then had to manouver around the cars off the track. Paul Ortman also headed for dry land. Imagine what went through our minds in this mayhem for 6 seconds…what was funny was guys were saying that once Bill got the lead in a race, he likely wouldn’t lose because none of us wanted to get near him knowing that at any time his engine would explode. This was his 7th blown motor and he would be the unwanting recipient of the Hard Luck trophy at the banquet…Hard Luck?!!..I say, look at this sequence of pictures and tell me who’s hard luck…just kidding Bill.

 

Paul Leads Us Down The Back Chute

Restart<br />
Restart

<div class=”maint”> Paul Ortman leads Dave Barry #43, me and at the back Terry Dickenson down the back chute.

 

Dave Berry #43

Side by side<br />
Side by side

<div class=”maint”> Dave Berry #43 and I battled for quite a few laps.

 

It Wasn’t To Be My Day

Crunch<br />
Crunch

<div class=”maint”> Battling with Rod Rashleigh #62 was never one of my favourite things to do in a Hobby car. I just seemed to always get in trouble with Rod. He was agressive, fast and since I was too stuborn to move over, quite often I’d get bit, also Pinecrest was a narrow track and side by side racing was touchy at the best of times. Here we both take the hit hard into the wall and I’m out of the race, but judging by his car, I’d say Rod was finished also. Paul Ortman squeaks by, he must have thought to himself, “I survived again”. Paul was a gracious driver, but I just sort of wonder if he thought what some of us did when drivers wrecked or spun out…”oh goody I move up a spot”…no, not Paul, would he?

 

Rebuild It ForNext Year

Seasons over<br />
Seasons over

<div class=”maint”> We took the car home after this wreck and would spend all winter getting it ready for 1975. We have all winter to prepare.

 

Quaker State…Our First Year!

Flamboro<br />
Flamboro

<div class=”maint”> Bill Lyons helped me get a sponsorship from Quaker Sate Motor Oil Company. I was very excited to have the big oil company sponsoring me. Hillmack Services was my primary sponsor and Sherwood Auto Body did the paint. The key fact in this photo…I was 27.

 

Harry Clark

Heat win<br />
Heat win

<div class=”maint”> Harry Clark presented me with the plaque from Hillmack Services. My sponsor supplied plaques for the Hobby’s for every heat, consi and feature winner for the 1974 season.

1975 CVM History

1975 Membership Card

1975<br />
1975

 

1975 Stats

75'   Rundown
75′ Rundown
4th Year Hobby Club…Milestone Season
    We hit a couple of milestones in 75, won our first feature at Speedway Park. We also had perfect attendance, and picked up 6 checkers for the season.

 

Preparing for Motion Car Show

Nonie and I set up<br />
Nonie and I set up

<div class=”maint”> This was the first Motion Car Show. Nonie I were happy to be in it.

 

!930 Model A

Old Mill Pontiac<br />
Old Mill Pontiac

 

4 Hobby’s in Premier Show

Nonie<br />
Nonie

<div class=”maint”> Nonie stands in our display. The white car on the left is LeeRoy Hillis. He bought Danny Shirtliff’s car for 1975. The blue #23 is Bill Wakish. Rookie Don ramage was the 4th car in the club display.

 

Rookie…Don Ramage

Don Ramage<br />
Don Ramage

<div class=”maint”> Don and LeeRoy were friends and they were a great addition to the Hobby club. They were friendly and always helped wherever they could.

 

Rookie…Don Ramage

Don Ramage<br />
Don Ramage

<div class=”maint”> Don and LeeRoy were friends and they were a great addition to the Hobby club. They were friendly and always helped wherever they could.

 

The OARC Took The Car Show Serious

Coupe<br />
Coupe

 

Best Appearing Car Was Always Something To Try For

Show<br />
Show

<div class=”maint”> Harry Nicholson doninated the Best Appearing car award for many years, but his immaculate paint jobs, chrome and incredible workmanship only inspired most of us to try harder. Since I knew very little about the mechanical aspect of racing I had no excuse but to bring the best looking race car possible to the races. I always felt that sponsors and especially fans liked race cars to be painted and lettered nice and besides, that was the tradition of the OARC…behind my car is a small tractor with a V8, check out the headers.

 

Best Appearing Car Was Always Something To Try For

Show<br />
Show

<div class=”maint”> Harry Nicholson doninated the Best Appearing car award for many years, but his immaculate paint jobs, chrome and incredible workmanship only inspired most of us to try harder. Since I knew very little about the mechanical aspect of racing I had no excuse but to bring the best looking race car possible to the races. I always felt that sponsors and especially fans liked race cars to be painted and lettered nice and besides, that was the tradition of the OARC…behind my car is a small tractor with a V8, check out the headers.

 

Practising at Flamboro

Relaxed<br />
Relaxed

<div class=”maint”> I can’t be going to fast here, my left arm is laying out the window and that’s a thing I’ve been doing for ever, always under caution. It was a way for me to relax….relax? Me?

 

Speedway Park Pits

Pits<br />
Pits

<div class=”maint”> We parked on grass at Speedway Park. That’s Jim Cowan standing by his #15 orange Coupe.

 

Speedway Park Warm Ups

Waiting for green<br />
Waiting for green

<div class=”maint”> I’m going down the front chute at Speedway Park waiting for the green to let us start practising. In this picture my right arm is laying on the window sill. This car was narrow enough that I could put both arms on the window sills on each side. We use to sit in the middle of the car with the transmission shifter between our legs. It was weird at first, by now in my 3rd year I’m use to it.

 

John Hasselfedt and Jimmy Smith at Speedway Park

Speedway Park Pits<br />
Speedway Park Pits

<div class=”maint”> John Hasselfeldt #66 parks behind us and beside one of the DeLeeuw cars. Also to the right is Jim Smith who was part of the DeLeeuw race team that year. All 3 DeLeeuw cars were painted the same.

 

Speedway Park Pits

Pits<br />
Pits

<div class=”maint”> Another shot of the pits with John and to his right #17 Mike DeLeeuw in the Frontenac.

 

Paul Otrman and Brian Atkinson at Speedway Park

Heat Race<br />
Heat Race

<div class=”maint”> Paul Otman #45 battles with his friend #10 Brian Atkinson. Brian ran webber carbs for years and was very successful with them.

 

Homewrecker

#40 Coach<br />
#40 Coach

<div class=”maint”> Competiton at Speedway Park. I don’t know who #40 is, but I do remember across the top of his roof above teh windshield was written “Homewrecker”.

 

Unknown Driver

Who is he?<br />
Who is he?

<div class=”maint”> I knew almost everyone I raced with, but I don’t know who #40 is. If you do let me know and I’ll give him his due recognition.

 

Jim Pinder and I Battle

Heat Race<br />
Heat Race

<div class=”maint”> Not a good picture, but this is Jim Pinder #29 and I at Speedway Park.

 

Back Chute at Speedway Park

#40 Ford<br />
#40 Ford

<div class=”maint”> Speedway Park was a fast track and very smooth, except for the bump between 3 and 4. You can almost see his name on the side of the car on the roof of the mystery driver car #40.

 

Practising with Late Models

Warm Ups<br />
Warm Ups

<div class=”maint”> Here our friend, the unknown driver leads a pack of Hobby’s (and I don’t know any of those cars at the back) beside a Late Model who stays low and let’s the Hobby’s past.

 

Paul Ortman Get A Touch Up

Touch Up<br />
Touch Up

<div class=”maint”> Cartoon characters have been common on race cars throughout the years. Even during the 2nd World War pilots had cartoons on their fighter planes…Snoopy is seen on Pauls hood, but also notice the size of his engine…4.1 Liters..(that’s unique..he was 6 years ahead of his time for using metric measurements in Canada, but even today we still refer to engines as 250 cu in or V8’s as 350’s.

 

Paul Jorgenson and the Ant Eater

Paul Jrogenson<br />
Paul Jrogenson

<div class=”maint”> Paul Jorgenson and I were very good friends in our early years racing. He was straight man and I was the comic. Paul was also years ahead of his time with his design engineering skills. Here is the car he built in his basement and then had to disassemble it to get it out, he was the comic that day.

 

Feature Race at Speedway Park

Racing<br />
Racing

 

Harry Nicholson at Speedway Park

Harry Nicholson<br />
Harry Nicholson

 

Sexy Six

Original<br />
Original

<div class=”maint”> Harry’s cars were the bench mark for appearance and workmanship. If he crashed he wouldn’t race again until the car was 100% with original parts. One time he waited three weeks to get a door from the U.S. but that was in 79’…his cars took on the name Sexy Six and each year would be added Phase One, Phase 2 etc….he won Best Appearing Cars 11 years in a row, an incredible feat.

 

Hobby Heat

Flamboro<br />
Flamboro

<div class=”maint”> I wish this pciture was clear. We use to buy throw away cameras and the quality was always brutal. The pictures were bad enough up close and this one is taken from far…anyway, enough of the Kodac moment…here George McLeod is leading a pack of vets into turn one at Flamboro, there is someone in front but not in this picture. Behind him is #53 Rich Farraway, a champion in the future, Keith Barton is outside of Rich in his little brown rocket named “Thud”. Behind Keith is me, I’m sure that’s #31 John Jarvis in the blue and white coupe, Paul Ortman #45 runs beside #16 Bob Ball.

 

Coming Off Turn 2

Back Chute<br />
Back Chute

<div class=”maint”> The next few pictures are a series of shots on the back chute in this heat race at Flamboro won by Keith Barton. Keith Barton is high in 2, then John Jarvis, me, Paul Ortman, Bob Ball and Dave Berry in the black and red car #43.

 

Keith Closes In

Flamboro<br />
Flamboro

<div class=”maint”> Tery Dickinson enters turn 2, Keith goes outside of the leader.

 

Keith Setting Up the Leader.

Action<br />
Action

 

Where Did You Get The Drain Pipe Jack

Spot Check<br />
Spot Check

<div class=”maint”> Jack Fisher #50 gets stopped on the front chute by starter Harry Clarke. (Harry!! he’s in the back seat). This monster Buick was the biggest sleeper in the club. It was 3 football fields long and you could put Keith Bartons little coupe in the exhaust, but could it get around the track. It was incredibly fast and Jack could drive.

 

Coasting Coach

Jack Fisher<br />
Jack Fisher

 

Flying on the Front Chute

Flamboro<br />
Flamboro

<div class=”maint”> Jack was a great guy and so was his crew man and builder Joe Nagy. They always had fun and sure kept us amazed at the power their car put out.

 

High Tension

Crusing<br />
Crusing

<div class=”maint”> High Tension across the visor was a clothing company that sponsored me. Check out the little wheel on the left front. We called it the peanut wheel. You can see the brake drum. In this picture it looks like Ding DeLeeuw behind me and Bill Wakish #23 is coming off turn 2. We use ot sit in the middle of the car, not to the left. In todays rules you have to mount your tachometer below the windshield, that’s so you can’t use it as a mirror. I had panoramic vision with the 2 East Coast mirrors and the tach right in the middle so I could see over the seat. But to be honest, some of us needed every advantage we could get. Keith Bartons coupe weighed about 2100 pounds or less, mine weighed about 2550 (ok 45 of that was mirrors). Imagine the advantage of 400 pounds. Today the cars are within 50 pounds of each other.

 

Keith Barton, Hall of Famer Won 4 Features in 75

Thud<br />
Thud

 

Ralph Farraway #51

Flamboro<br />
Flamboro

<div class=”maint”> It appears we are under caution. My hand is out the window and that’s the only time it would be. Ralph Farraway, Rich’s brother, ran a few years and this was his rookie season.

 

Bill Lyons President of the OARC & Brian Atkinson

Vet and Rookie<br />
Vet and Rookie

<div class=”maint”> Bill Lyons #9 was a true champion, a hard worker and dedicated many hours to making sure the OARC business was alway run in a professional manner. He laid the gruond work and set the example for other Presidents to follow. Brian Atkinson came on the scene with some new ideas. Brian was always into new things like side draft webber carbs (the first to run them) and trying to get rid of my mirrors. Brian would become a very good runner in his youth and later as a grand dad.

 

Bill Lyons President of the OARC & Brian Atkinson

Vet and Rookie<br />
Vet and Rookie

<div class=”maint”> Bill Lyons #9 was a true champion, a hard worker and dedicated many hours to making sure the OARC business was alway run in a professional manner. He laid the gruond work and set the example for other Presidents to follow. Brian Atkinson came on the scene with some new ideas. Brian was always into new things like side draft webber carbs (the first to run them) and trying to get rid of my mirrors. Brian would become a very good runner in his youth and later as a grand dad.

 

The Neighbours

High Rider<br />
High Rider

<div class=”maint”> My neighbours were very upset with me most times, even though my car looked better than their gardens. When I backed up the driveway I would pass 5 homes. None spoke english, but they all said the same thing….also in this picture I know now why I never used a jack. You could get under the car quite easy, plus the one we had was a stand up bumper jack, and that was usually used for moving the car sideways a foot or so every time we used it and usually the sideways movement was unintentional. When the floor jack was invented (and it probably was long before this pciture) we were amazed that technology had come so far. I realize when I say “we were amazed” that may include me and a very few others. I use to park beside the guy who had the most tools, and sometimes I remembered to give them back. Hey, as it is written, no one is perfect. I think I may have entertained them and so for most it was okay to lend me tools. I changed a few years later and got my own stuff.

 

Shirley at 2 Years Plus

Powder Puff<br />
Powder Puff

<div class=”maint”> Shirley loved to be around the car and when she was we’d get a picture of her…here is a good shot of the door handle still on the car plus all the hinges. We kept the cars as orignal as we could until time, evolution and the door opened to lighten the cars, and then the doors closed shut for good, litterally. The first place many started was on the body from the window sill down…but not yet it would be a year or so.

 

Paul Ortman Wins At Speedway Park

Heat Win<br />
Heat Win

<div class=”maint”> Paul Ortman always gave his best and was rewarded here with a heat win.

 

Heat Battle

Tight Battle<br />
Tight Battle

<div class=”maint”> Terry Dickinson #92 and Paul Otrman #45 battle side by side. Dave Berry #43 follows close behind.

 

Just A Blurr At Flamboro

Flamboro<br />
Flamboro

 

Pace lap

Flamboro<br />
Flamboro

 

Mixed Practice

Rich #53<br />
Rich #53

<div class=”maint”> Paul Ortman practicing with some of the boys. Rich Farraway #53 comes off turn 2 and in front of him you can just see Keith Barton. Notice in this picture a Limited Sportsman is on the track with his 10″ slicks. We use to practice with other classes.

 

Speedway Park

Don MacDonald<br />
Don MacDonald

Don MacDonald #71 comes off turn 2 at Speedway Park in front of Bob Kurtin #80, me and #11 Jim Atkinson. Jim didn’t race much, but he was good guy to talk to and always liked to race with us. This is the only picture I have of him. Don MacDonald would have a serious wreck at Flamboro where his front axle including both wheels wound up under the engine. He was okay. Don raced for a few years and always had a great looking car.

 

Speedway Park Wreck

Bob Kurtin's House<br />
Bob Kurtin’s House

<div class=”maint”> We raced at Speedway Park and on a few occasions I got wrecked. Carol and Bob would invited us over to there home and Bob and Johnny (his long time dedicated friend and crew chief)would help fix my car. Danny Bow is under the front of the car, he was helping me in the pits. Our wrecks usually involved bending the axle, shocks, breaking break lines, somes times the exhaust rad and other parts. We use to repair them, hardly ever did we replace any…why? We didn’t have any spare parts.

 

Putting The Axle And Spring Back In Place

Danny Reed<br />
Danny Reed

<div class=”maint”> Danny tightens up the spring u-bolts as Bob holds the axle in place. Check out the square bumper with it’s sharp corners. Eventually in a few years we would adapt a rule that would require the bumpers to be rounded.

 

Bob Shows Us Why?

Bob Kurtin<br />
Bob Kurtin

<div class=”maint”> Bob was such a great friend. He kept me racing many times by helping me get out for the next race. He knew I loved to race and would do anything to get on the track. But without a place to work, the equipment to fix the car and the know how, I would miss a race, especially if it was the next night. Maybe when I wrecked I always had such a sad face that Bob felt bad for me. We appreciated both him and Carol for their help and hospitality. Sometimes we would stay all night and Carol would find a place to put the kids while her and Nonie visited. Starting at about 2 am they would ask “how long are you going to be”?..Bob would say, “awhile, he wrecked it good this time”! In the morning it was bacon and eggs and back in the garage. The next day we were ready for Flamboro and if I wrecked then I had all week to get it fixed. I have 25 perfect attendance seasons as of 2004 and Bob was instrumental making some of them happen…thanks again to our friends.

 

A Smile Cause It’s Going To Get Fixed

Final Inspection<br />
Final Inspection

 

Front Chute Flamboro

Old Mill Pontiac<br />
Old Mill Pontiac

 

Front Chute Flamboro

Old Mill Pontiac<br />
Old Mill Pontiac

 

Turns One and Two Flamboro

Jim Smith<br />
Jim Smith

 

Jim Pinder at Flamboro

Jim Pinder #29<br />
Jim Pinder #29

<div class=”maint”> Jim Pinder was another all round great member of the OARC. He always ran well, his cars were excellent and he should have been a politician because everything he said made sense. He was a very good negotiator and reconsiler, perhaps because he was a trucking company owner. Jim was put in the hall of Fame in 2001 and he was very deserving of that honour.

 

David and Shirley

God's gift<br />
God’s gift

<div class=”maint”> The Bible says kids are a gift from God, Psalm 127 vs 3 and we loved our kids and took them to most every race.

 

Sammy Taylor #25

Flamboro<br />
Flamboro

<div class=”maint”> Sammy Taylor was a lot of fun. He always tried his best, and like most of us, got so excited if and when we won a race.

 

Back Chute at Flamboro

Flamboro Pit Gate<br />
Flamboro Pit Gate

 

Coming Off Turn Four

Hold On!<br />
Hold On!

 

My First Feature Win

Satellite Park<br />
Satellite Park

<div class=”maint”> It was June 27th at Satellite Speedway that I wrecked badly and Bob kurtin helped me get back out for the next night at Flamboro. Then on July 18th I wrecked again at Satellite when Ray Hughes and I tangled and he got black flagged for rough driving. I was beat up again and in the infield Ray never stopped yelling at me because he got the black. He wasn’t a dirty driver and likely didn’t deserve the black, but I didn’t call it, plus I had enough worries. The next week July 25th I got wrecked coming off turn 4 in the heat, again at Satellite and this time #19 Bob Hosford was penalized. I missed the consi and Bob was running for me(but he didn’t know it). If he qualified I was in trouble because my cross member, spring and axle (same as the week before, same as 20 times before) were bent and I could not get ready in time. Bob ended up finishing 4th in the consi and the track officials told him he raced for me so I ended up with 6 points for 4th in the consi and $30. The top 3 in the consi got 1 point each..we worked all night and made it out to Flamboro and won the consi on July 26th….the next week August 1st the car was running great. I led for 10 laps in the feature and a huge wreck brought out the caution. Paul Ortman moved into 2nd and hounded me every lap. I held on for the next 5 laps to win my FIRST ever FEATURE!! We were out of our minds for the next week. There is a great feeling by winning a heat but there is no comparison when the checker is the feature and that feeling is still the same today.

 

The Problem Now ? How Do We Get Any Sleep Tonight?

Satellite Park<br />
Satellite Park

<div class=”maint”> Sleep tonight?? Who cares!! I watched for 3 and 1/2 years as my top running peers hashed over their feature wins over and over, week after week as we stayed and talked after the races around a camp fire. Now it was our turn…and we did, at the track, on the way home, in our garage, and in our sleep!

 

Don Ramage Spins

Flamboro Action<br />
Flamboro Action

<div class=”maint”> Don Ramage #74 spun going into turn one. Sammy Taylor #25 and I get by as does #4…and I’m not sure who he is. Let me know.

 

Shirley’s 2 and a Bit and David’s 4

Gems<br />
Gems

 

Quaker State Product

Our garage<br />
Our garage

<div class=”maint”> Our garage has a wooden floor. It was an old horse barn, so the good thing was that it was a little winder than a normal city garage. I got 4 cases of oil from Quaker State (24 in a case then) and it was neatly piled on the bench in the corner.

 

Coupe Surrounded By Laundry

Nearing the end<br />
Nearing the end

<div class=”maint”> Leaves are gone and fall is coming. We would still have a few nights left and the car has survived.

 

The Kids Ready To Go

Family racing<br />
Family racing

 

Ding DeLeeuw Outside and Bob Kuritn Behind

Heat race<br />
Heat race

<div class=”maint”> Ding DeLeeuw runs outside of me. He ran awesome in 75 but also suffered a huge wreck when he had a wild flip right in front of the starters stand at Satellite Speedway. Bob Kurtin #80 follows close behind.

 

David and Shirley

God's gift<br />
God’s gift

<div class=”maint”> The Bible says kids are a gift from God, Psalm 127 vs 3 and we loved our kids and took them to most every race.

 

“Give’er”

Racing hard<br />
Racing hard

<div class=”maint”> 75 was the last year for Satellite Speedway. The owner wanted the property for home development. If you go there today you won’t find Satellite City, the intended name, but you will find what’s left of the ends of the track. It was a great track to race on and we would miss it very much, me especially because it was where I won my first feature. In 1975 Ed Hennessey, Danny Reed, Stewart Pitchford and of course my dad helped in the crew. They were committed. In this picture I’m driving hard, concentrating and struggling to be competitive, and will for many years to come because even with the help from all my friends I still did not find the time to learn about akerman, stagger, camber, caster, roll center, valve lash,cam timing, distributor timing and so on…but I loved to race and that kept me going inspite of the the technical short comings, and of course I always the time to go racing…thanks Nonie for allowing me to do what I love and being there with me.

 

Reclaim Enterprises

John Saucier
John Saucier
John Saucier…Big Race Fan…Great Sponsor

1976 CVM History

1976 Membership to OARC

1976<br />
1976

<div class=”maint”> Bob Kurtin was the Secretary Treasurer in 1975 and 1976

1976 Rundown

76 Stats
76 Stats
Flamboro Only
    The Hobby’s only ran Flamboro Speedway in 76′. Pinecrest and Satelite Speedway were both closed. We had engine trouble and missed 2 nights. The inline would become my biggest and most frustrating cost in racing.

 

Getting Ready for 1976

Model A<br />
Model A

 

Preparing the Chassis

Chassis<br />
Chassis

 

Preparing the Chassis

Chassis<br />
Chassis

 

Preparing the Chassis

Body Work<br />
Body Work

 

Race Ready

New Scheme<br />
New Scheme

<div class=”maint”> The only difference from 1975 to 76′ was white wheels. The gold wheels, in order to look good, had to be painted every week (spray cans every week from Canadian Tire add up) There were no racing chrome wheels then either. These wheels were spray painted in the booth and had a baked finish. Old Mill Pontiac was our sponsor again in 76′, this would be their last year with me. They helped get me with paint and some product and Nonie and I bought a 1976 Grand Prix from them.

 

Motion Car Show

Harry Nicholson<br />
Harry Nicholson

<div class=”maint”> This shot is from the Motion Car Show hosted by Dizzy Dean. Harry Nicholson has his mint coupe #14 in the show.

 

Motion Car Show

No Floor<br />
No Floor

<div class=”maint”> The OARC took car shows verys serious and so did I, but as you can see in this picture I didn’t get my firewall or floor installed in the car in time for the show. There was quite a bit of controversy and complaining about that. One thing that use to happen, especially at the car shows, was a few members would always point out what was or wasn’t legal on the race cars, making other members upset. In my case it wasn’t finished, but some guys had new chassis ideas etc. We found eventually that our inovators would avoid the car shows so they wouldn’t give away any inventions. This way they had didn’t get caught until a few nights into the schedule.

 

Motion Car Show

Keith and Bill<br />
Keith and Bill

<div class=”maint”> Keith Barton is in front of me and Bill Waksih is beside him.

 

Car Show Engine Damage???

Damaged 240 head<br />
Damaged 240 head

<div class=”maint”> We started the car up a few days before opening day and we heard an awful noise. This picture shows the damage to the cylinder head and the piston from a lock washer smashed into the piston and head. How did it get there? If you look back one picture to the car show, you can see I didn’t put a breather on my car for the show. I wanted to show the carb, it was a new 650 cfm. I have no idea who did it, anyone could have come into our display while it was unattended, but I am postive it happened at the car show. I was planning to run every night in 76 but I missed opening day after this incident. It could be said that I was dumb for not putting a breather on my carb, I never dreamed anyone would do such a thing. What words would you use for the person who dropped the lock washer into the carb?…you won’t find them here.

 

Back Together

Complete<br />
Complete

 

Toronto Star Picture

Back Chute<br />
Back Chute

<div class=”maint”> Len Coates from the Toronto Star came out to do a story on the Hobby division. This was the picture from the article.

 

Pit Crew Members

Paul and Frazer<br />
Paul and Frazer

<div class=”maint”> Paul and Frazer were the main part of my crew in 1975. Dad and Ed were there also. I remember after this brutal season with so many bad finishes and DNFs that they were both exhausted by the years end. For my birthday they chipped in and bought me my first set of headers. Great guys, but I burnt them out in a short time.

 

Shortest Season Until 2001

Pits<br />
Pits

<div class=”maint”> 1976 only had 19 nights total. It was the lowest race night in the Hobby’s until 2001 and 2003 with 17 each. There was no more Speedway Park or Satellite Speedway, no more Pinecrest, they would become history. I ran every night (no kidding) all but opening day. That was because of the engine problem with the lock washer in the engine, or I would have had my 2nd season with 100%. My points finishes were very bad even with only one night missed. We had 2 points standings and one was dedicated to Gallinger Motors (a Ford Dealership). We set aside a few nights that were considered Overall Points…I don’t know who #27 was.

 

Terry Dickinson #92

Dickinson<br />
Dickinson

 

Thumbs Up..No Gloves

Practice<br />
Practice

<div class=”maint”> I knew somene was taking this picture. I am giving a thumbs up, but more importantly you can see I was not wearing racing gloves because they weren’t mandatory at that time. They were an option that cost money. Some guys wore them and even fire underwear. I did have a firesuit.

 

Brian Atkinson #10

Flamboro Back Chute<br />
Flamboro Back Chute

 

Turn 3 & 4 Action

Whats happening<br />
Whats happening

<div class=”maint”> I realize there are a few versions of how this seqence went down. One, I just passed Brian and was going under Terry, or two, I’m about to pass Terry and Brian is following…Terry will say he just past Brian and is passing me on the outside (it was safe to do that) and Brian who was rarely wrong (just kidding Brian) will say he is lapping us. We will all wind up in the Hall of Fame, Brian will be a little while yet.

 

Dave McKee #37

McKee and the boys<br />
McKee and the boys

<div class=”maint”> Dave McKee started in 74 and didn’t take long to become one of the clubs best. The many top cars of the club knew Dave would be a threat week after week. Pictured here is also Brian Atkinson and it looks like Ding DeLeeuw beside him and I’m right behind.

 

Terry Leads the Way

Terry Dickinson<br />
Terry Dickinson

<div class=”maint”> Terry was a great guy in many ways. He was a top driver with a low budget, he did all his own work and much of mine at times. Terry was so smooth, he made it look easy. Terry along with Bill Wakish, George McLeod, Bob Field, Keith Barton, Harry Nicholson, Don Cockburn, Jim Pinder were the veterans we looked up to, the men who kept our club together. Now the transition of the vets and new comers was quite an overlap as the new warriors came on the scene McKee, Hughes, Rashleigh, Jerome, Atkinson, Book, Kurtin and others. Terry Dickinson was a man of grace and stature that always got respect from his competitors. He is another worthy member of the Hobby Hall of Fame, along with McKee, Hughes, Jerome, Pinder, Barton, Cockburn, Nicholson, Field, and McLeod.

 

Terry Dickinson Playing Alone

Terry Dickinson<br />
Terry Dickinson

 

Where’s the Mirror’s

Practice<br />
Practice

<div class=”maint”> Maybe you didn’t notice before but we went to smaller mirrors in our cars. We weren’t allowed the East Coast mirrors anymore. Also my exhaust pipes would instigate a rule that made them dump behind the drivers seat. We spent a few weeks trying to comply with that rule. During our blueprint process, and engineering strategies, we tried to figure out which was less expensive..lengthening the exhaust or moving the seat forward!

 

Did Someone Call for the Wright Brothers?

Engine Trouble<br />
Engine Trouble

<div class=”maint”> A young Jim Bunting stands beside me as I work with 2 men in white coats. (easy now). The boys in white were Paul and Frazer. Beside me is Ray Hughes. Look at how low his car is to mine. Now, unless he has 3 flat tires I don’t understand how my friend got so low to the track. I figured I had the advantage on him because I could see what was happening on the track by looking over his car. George McLeod is beside Ray and in the back ground is Dave McKee and beside Dave is Ken Jorgenson’s red and white coupe.

 

We Got It

Engine Fixed<br />
Engine Fixed

<div class=”maint”> A young Jim Bunting stands beside me as I work with 2 men in white coats. (easy now). The boys in white were Paul and Frazer. Beside me is Ray Hughes. Look at how low his car is to mine. Now, unless he has 3 flat tires I don’t understand how my friend got so low to the track. I figured I had the advantage on him because I could see what was happening on the track by looking over his car. George McLeod is beside Ray and in the back ground is Dave McKee and beside Dave is Ken Jorgenson’s red and white coupe.

 

Going Out for Practice

Flamboro<br />
Flamboro

 

Dedicated Crew

Frazer and Paul<br />
Frazer and Paul

<div class=”maint”> These guys, along with my dad and Ed were very dedicated to me in 1976 and would do anything to come home with a good nights racing. We struggled badly in 76′ and if we came home without any trouble we considered it good. I appreciated all they did and still think of them and thank them all in my heart. Frazer would come out to a race in 2004 and it was Barrie Speedway. We won that race by 3/4 of an inch over Steve Lyons. Frazer was pumped but I couldn’t get him back out again, he’s still recovering from 76’….but what a reunion at Barrie.

 

Milton Parade

Me and McKee<br />
Me and McKee

<div class=”maint”> Dave McKee and I went in a parade in Milton on a Saturday afternoon. Gord Haselfeldt had something to do with it, but I’m not sure if he organized it or just had me and Davey McKee in it..that could be a song.”me and Davey McKee”…what’s awesome about a parade, especially this one, you get to stay within a car length of one of the fastest cars in the club for almost 25 minutes. I rarey saw Dave this close.

 

A Barrell of Fun

Parade<br />
Parade

 

First Flamboro Feature Win

Feature #2<br />
Feature #2

<div class=”maint”> I finally won my first feature race at Flamboro on June 15th the night before Nonie’s birthday. The timing was excellent because she knew I’d be happy for a week. In my first 5 years I won 2 features. It was not an easy venture, however we loved the sport, being a part of racing was always the most important aspect and winning was a bonus.

 

Narrow Driveway

Home<br />
Home

<div class=”maint”> Our driveway was so narrow the trailer would only go to the edge of the house. Our property was 25′ wide including the driveway. The neighbours hated the race car and I wanted a bigger place to work. I’m sure they all yelled…”well then move”!!!…but we needed to be patient and so we raced from this locaton from 1973 until 1986. Ken Jorgenson even shared the garage with me for a while. He needed a place to keep his car and he taught me a lot of good stuff and I taught him how to understand some Italian.

 

David and Shirley

Kids<br />
Kids

<div class=”maint”> Our driveway was so narrow the trailer would only go to the edge of the house. Our property was 25′ wide including the driveway. The neighbours hated the race car and I wanted a bigger place to work. I’m sure they all yelled…”well then move”!!!…but we needed to be patient and so we raced from this locaton from 1973 until 1986. Ken Jorgenson even shared the garage with me for a while. He needed a place to keep his car and he taught me a lot of good stuff and I taught him how to understand some Italian.

 

David and Shirley

Kids<br />
Kids

 

David and Shirley Loved to be Involved

Kids<br />
Kids

 

Twin 25 Heat Win

2nd win of 76<br />
2nd win of 76

<div class=”maint”> A night to remember. This was the 2nd annual Twin 25’s. They were always a favourite of mine. To win this event was special. I got off to a good start by winning my heat. In the first feature I was spun out running 3rd coming off turn 2. This would end up being one of the biggest wrecks in Hobby history. At leat 10 cars got towed off the track. Terry Dickinson came out with a jerry can for a fuel tank but they would let him run because it was only held in by a bungy strap. I would end up 9th and 6th in the 2 features

.

 

Can You Guess How Old Shirley Is?

Shirley<br />
Shirley

<div class=”maint”> We’ll close 1976 with this picture of Shirley. This was her birthday so she stood in front of the 6 to reveal her age.

1977 CVM History

1977 Membership Card

Gary Elliott Secretary.....Me!
Gary Elliott Secretary…..Me!
Don Cockburn President OARC

 

1977 Rundown

1977 Stats
1977 Stats
Improving A Little Each Season
    Another tough year, 1977 did have some highlites showing that we were slowly improving our race program. We got our firts and only ramp truck from Ken Jorgenson. A 1948 Chev 3 ton that was more than capable of getting us to the track. We had many stories from with that excellent truck. We did miss one night in 77′ due to an engine not being ready. We had 3 wins but only 4 top 5 feature finishes. We led the Mid Season Championship for most of the race, that is until my good friend Stewart Pitchford did an incredible flip on the front chute. We only had one points standing in 77′, we ended up 18th in Flamboro points….better than 19th.

 

1933 Ford Coupe, Bought From Don Cockburn

1933 Ford<br />
1933 Ford

<div class=”maint”> After running the 30 Model A for 5 seasons I felt I needed to imporve my chances of winning. I sold my car to Stewart Pitchford and bought Don Cockburn’s immaculate Ford coupe. Ed Hennessey and dad came with me the day I picked up the car. Don would retire from racing but still help the club in many ways on the exec and with Harry Nicholsona and Don Ramage’s race teams.

 

Ed Brings Home Our New Car

Unloading<br />
Unloading

 

At the Body Shop

Soon to change<br />
Soon to change

<div class=”maint”> Don’s cars were always excellent in appearance and he was a very good driver. He was an easy going driver and did a lot for the club. We would soon paint the car our own colors.

 

Preparing for Paint

Grenadier Ford<br />
Grenadier Ford

 

Preparing for Paint

Grenadier Ford<br />
Grenadier Ford

 

Preparing for Paint

Grenadier Ford<br />
Grenadier Ford

 

Paint Complete

Grenadier Ford<br />
Grenadier Ford

 

Ready for the Car Show

Grenadier Ford<br />
Grenadier Ford

 

Ready for the Car Show

Grenadier Ford<br />
Grenadier Ford

 

Jack and Rick at Ford Grenadier Parts

Grenadier Parts<br />
Grenadier Parts

 

Heading to Speed- O – Rama

Cold cold day<br />
Cold cold day

<div class=”maint”> It always seems the weather is bad for car shows, but especially Speed-O-Rama because it was in January. This was my first in this show.

 

Speed- O – Rama

Ad for show<br />
Ad for show

 

Display for Show

Quaker State<br />
Quaker State

<div class=”maint”> We made up our display and wanted to make the car look good. A Lot of guys did some special treatment to their tries to make them shine, but we didn’t have any. Dad and I spent about 20 minutes on one tire trying to paint in between the treads. So I looked at him and said, “this is nuts”, then someone came by with a spray paint and we looked at each other and laughed. Dad said, “well it could have been worse, we could have been painting the tire treads with a small stick”. Armoural was to expensive and dealership products were not available for the public, not yet.

 

Show Girl with Show Car

Miss Speedo Rama<br />
Miss Speedo Rama

 

A Big Plaque for Being in the Show

Show Award<br />
Show Award

 

Motion Car Show Ad

Show Ad<br />
Show Ad

 

Motion Car Show Ad

Show Ad<br />
Show Ad

 

3rd Annual Motion Car Show A Huge Club Effort

Stewart and Dave<br />
Stewart and Dave

<div class=”maint”> The club decided to give it a real try to compete in the Best Club Display. We were up against some of the best car clubs in Ontario, Corvette car clubs and Hot rod clubs. We had 8 cars in a display of a pit theme and it was very we done. We worked hard as a club to put together this display. I wished I had the pcitures of the other cars in the display. There was Stewart Pitchford #47, Dave McKee #37, Dave Mogford #39 and a coach that could have been Wayne Martin and of course my car. Our efforts paid off.

 

Milton’s Dave Mogford #39 Bought Bill Wakish Coupe

Dave and me.<br />
Dave and me.

 

This Picture I Found In A Stranger’s House

Trunk space<br />
Trunk space

<div class=”maint”> In 1977 I was working at Grenadier Ford as a salesman. Early one Saturday morning the receptionist got a call from a man who wanted to buy a new T-Bird. He said if we gave him a good deal his whole family would buy from us. Everyone laughed until he came in about 10am. I sold him a T-Bird, then his brother, later his brother in law and late afternoon I closed his dad. Four T-Birds in one day..are you kidding me!! After that I was lucky to sell 4 in a month. However this picture is sigificant to the final sale. I drove the 4th T-Bird out to Etobicke to the dad’s house. We went for drive and they invited me in for a coffee. I sat at their kitchen counter and while they were talking about buying another car, the excitement was high, they were pumped up and all 6 of them were talking at once, I noticed on their fridge this picture. If this was 2000, I may have thought they were stalking me, but I said “where did you get this picture”? They said from the car show. All excited, like Kramar off Seinfeld, I said “that’s me, that’s me!! “No way”!! they yelled, “hey Papa, come look”, the salesman is on our fridge..the dad ran out and realized they were talking about the picture and said “Hey, were family”!! I call Nonie from their house to give her an update because I called her after every sale and told her about the picture and she couldn’t believe the coincidence, she was exited. We went back to work and I couldn’t wait to tell my boss, and when I did, all he said was “the sale, the sale, did you get the sale”???..anyway that’s the story of this picture. By the way, I sold a pick up truck on the Thursday before and a loaded conversion van on the Friday. My pay for 2 weeks was $900 take home. It was great while it lasted, about an hour. Reality set in the next pay.

 

Hobby’s Make History At Motion Car Show

Bob Clint<br />
Bob Clint

<div class=”maint”> We did it, we won the Best Club Display. We were so proud of our accomplishment and Bob Clint wrote this excellent article of praise for the OARC. Perhaps many of our modern members will not remember Bob Clint, other than from the annual Bob Clint Sportsman award that’s handed out each year. He loved the Hobby’s and donated a trophy that has been in the club since 1975. Thanks for that Bob, and again for this great write up.

 

Jack Greedy Forms Race Club

OSCAR card<br />
OSCAR card

<div class=”maint”> This was the membership card from Jack Greedy’s organization. At the time this super star Super Modified driver ran Delaware Speedway. Notice the name similarity to CASCAR and OSCAAR, which both came later.

 

$8 Chev 3 Ton Maple Leaf

Ramp Truck<br />
Ramp Truck

No more trailer in 1977. We bought this 1948 ramp truck in 77′. I started the season with a new car and tow vehicle. It was really a 2 seater but the 4 of us went to races every week in it. Ken Jorgenson and Brian Rashleigh each had this truck before me. I absolutely loved it and used it for many years.

 

48 Chev 3 Ton Maple Leaf

No more trailer<br />
No more trailer

 

The Kids Loved The Truck Too

All Aboard<br />
All Aboard

<div class=”maint”> Grenadier Ford was my sponsor in 77′. I ran a 240 Ford engine in the Coupe.

 

Better Equipment

No tires<br />
No tires

<div class=”maint”> We had a new car and tow vehicle but the budget did not allow for spare tires. But if we got any we had a place to put them.

 

First Class

Harry's Equipment<br />
Harry’s Equipment

<div class=”maint”> Harry set the standard in a few areas of racing. Especially in equipment, he always had the very best of everything. The only place I may have been different is that I wouldn’t miss a race for any reason and Harry wouldn’t go unless everthing was perfect, and usually it was. He ran with the best, usually up front and was very consistant.

 

Cayuga Classic Weekend May 24

Cayuga<br />
Cayuga

 

Cayuga Classic Weekend May 24

Race Article<br />
Race Article

 

Cayuga Classic Weekend May 24

Dave McKee<br />
Dave McKee

<div class=”maint”> Top runner and one of my favourite competitors of all time.

 

Cayuga Classic Weekend May 24

Lee Jerome<br />
Lee Jerome

<div class=”maint”> Lee Jerome was a very strong runner after his first few years. He would dominate along with Dave McKee, Brian Atkinson, Harry Nicholson, the Rashleighs and many others. Ray struggled at times in 77′, I struggled most of the time but the competition was extremely tough…you can see some people in their truck. Guaranteed there were 14 more in the back of the truck including future champion Ron.

 

Cayuga Classic Weekend May 24

Lee Jerome<br />
Lee Jerome

<div class=”maint”> Lee Jerome was a very strong runner after his first few years. He would dominate along with Dave McKee, Brian Atkinson, Harry Nicholson, the Rashleighs and many others. Ray struggled at times in 77′, I struggled most of the time but the competition was extremely tough…you can see some people in their truck. Guaranteed there were 14 more in the back of the truck including future champion Ron.

 

Stewart Pitchford My Friend and Team Car

Tough Day<br />
Tough Day

<div class=”maint”> Stewart and I went to school together and became good friends. He bought my first Hobby car when I bought Don Cockburns. He was a mechanic at Grenadier Ford and we both got the sponsorship in 77′. It was a tough year for him overall. Stewart and I use to play board hockey and we wore out 5 or 6 hockey games from 1963 to 65. He is very active even today playing hockey. In 1963 I started playing the guitar and Stew bought a set of drums to play with us. We did a lot of things together in our teens and later in life. He was always generous and helped me many times. Stew wrecked very bad in the feature on this inaugural Cayuga Classic week end. He slammed the back chute wall coming off turn 2 and the hit hard enough to all most roll over.

 

Gord Hasselfeldt

Hard Worker<br />
Hard Worker

<div class=”maint”> You’d have to be a terrorist for Gord to say anything bad about you. He found the good in peolpe and let them know. He would have adopted the ugly duckling, gave clothes to the town hobo and hugged the heart broken. He worked hard for the club in many ways, helped organize the club picnics in Milton, hockey games and sponsors for the club. Gord won the Bob Clint Award in 1976 and always encouraged me every chance he got. His personality covered the gammit of what nice people are all about. He actually helped me like Milton!! We miss you Gordie.

 

Dave Mogford and Larry Anthony

Coupe & Mini Me<br />
Coupe & Mini Me

<div class=”maint”> I raced with both these great guys. The Cayuga week end had 7 divisions. The Mini Stox ran on the small track right at the start finsih line. I spent 3 years chasing Larry because there’s no way he would have spent much more than a lap or so chasing me. I started racing with the Mini’s in 1969 (check out the Mini Stock History) and Larry was the Ray Hughes of that class. I ran a VW, but against a Mini Cooper I might as well have had a Loblaws cart. He was called the Mayor of Fisherville. He was hard to beat until other Mini drivers came out like Bill Daniels and Chris Bunting, even then he took more than his share of checkered flags….Dave Mogford was a Milton boy who ran very clean and hard. He was a lot of fun and always had a good looking race car.

 

If We Only Ran As Good As We Looked

Ramp Truck<br />
Ramp Truck

<div class=”maint”> We enjoyed our ramp truck for many years but especially the first year because it was a novelty. There are so many stories to tell about me, my family, friends and that truck, and over the next few years you’ll read them. But this story is a quick one. Nonie and the kids and I were coming along highway 5 from Toronto. We sometimes went on the QEW if we were late, but usually we took hwy 5 because it was so scenic. This particular day my side compartment door flew open. There wasn’t many tools in the box as my competitors will attest (cause I kept borrowing their’s) but the one thing we did have was lots of oil. When the door flew open a few quarts of 20W50 fell out on the highway. Now I know you’re thinking they probably busted when they hit the ground, but NO!, they didn’t splatter, well, not then. I looked in my mirrors and saw the cans dancing on the road and the car behind me ran over one and the car beside him got covered in oil. Like hitting a ketchup package with a hammer. “Oh oh”! I thought. I pulled over and to my surprise the people waved and kept going. We made sure the side compartment didn’t come open a again. The hood, the tire rack and the gas tank are stories for the future. But what a beauty. PS You don’t have to ask me if I was glad God watched over me, and those around me. Even though at that time I didn’t know Him, I was thankful.

 

The Line Up for Cayuga

Mug Shots<br />
Mug Shots

<div class=”maint”> Harry Nicholson, Brian Atkinson, Brian Rasshleigh, Rod Rashleigh, me, Ray Hughes and Dave McKee. We think this was Ray’s picture from his medical class in College, or at Law school. After thic picture I started calling him Woody Allen. He got revenge on the track. Nobody won more championships than Ray. He is the Richard Petty of the Hobby Club.

 

We Parked and Talked, Just Like Today

Family<br />
Family

<div class=”maint”> We always gathered together. We were like a big family. I think racing for most teams is one big family…and sometimes happy.

 

It was A Long Drive Home For Stewart

Tough Ambre<br />
Tough Ambre

<div class=”maint”> Stewart took a hard lick on this week end. His axle was bent like a hockey stick. He was so mad when he hit the wall I think he was out of the car before it stopped hammering the back chute. I know because I watched from the front grandstands. Stewart was one tough Scottsman and never gave up.

 

Disappointment For Our Team

No start<br />
No start

<div class=”maint”> May 22nd, the first ever Cayuga Victoria week end, our picture in the program, we were pumped. But what a disappointment this week end was for us. We had won the consi the night before at Flamboro and looked forward to this week end. It was 5 years since I ran Cayuga and never ran on the big track. We ran 3 laps and the engine started to miss. We found water in the piston. The crew put it back together and I went to draw my starting spot. I was sort of feeling sick to my stomach because I thougth, what’s the use. I went back the pit and the crew told me we were done, and I said I figured so, I drew #13. We parked the car outside the pits and watched the race. Frazer and Paul came with me on this week end, and after the ordeal they went throug in 76′, this must have been maddening for them…hey I didn’t take missing a race very good, I still don’t, come to think of it, not starting the feature is about the biggest disappointment in racing for me. I think I hear a few agreeing. It doesn’t last near as long now, perspectives have changed but the heart aches still for a minute, okay 2 minutes.

 

The Top of The Class

Lee Reigns<br />
Lee Reigns

<div class=”maint”> If you took this line up of drivers and put them in their cars today, running like they did then (only I want to run like I do now) what a tough bunch. They were as strong a group of runners that ever raced in the Hobby’s because there was so many that were good. There are 8 Hall of Famers in these standings and more on this list that will be eventually. Check out the amazing Terry Dickinson running 5th aganist these youngsters. He was like Mark Messier in the twi-light of his career, always there. Jim English was a Rookie this year would win Rookie of the Year. Lee would win the points.

 

We Should Have Bought A Winch

Safe on Base<br />
Safe on Base

<div class=”maint”> We hardly had enough money to get us home from the races. We could always get there, pick our $25 tow money and get back home. So naturally we had to cut out luxuries like tools, spare tires and a winch. Imagine driving the car in after a race and driving it up the ramps. It was real scarry in the rain. But that’s only part of it. Once you dirve it up the ramp, and you need a good head of speed so you can make it, you have to stop. On the rare ocassion I didn’t get the timing right and hit the back of the cab. Perhaps our little angle iron stops should have been much bigger, hey, you can’t know everything…plus remember it was enough to get to the races and bring our family. Remember my priorities. 1st step..get to the track, 2nd…make it through warm ups, 3rd…qualify 4th…try to finish the feature 5th…a top 5 would be nice. Today we’ve eliminated the first step.

 

David Gets 3rd In The Soap Box

One for One<br />
One for One

<div class=”maint”> Flamboro had an annual soap box for kids. This was the fist one and David and his friend took 3rd. It was his first time on the track and he was very excited. All the racers families had someone in the race. The first few years it was fun, soon the hockey parent mantality showed up with whinning and arguing over the cars and size of kids pushing. The events lasted for a few years and was fun for the fans and kids, big and little.

 

One Day We’ll Race Together…Can’t Wait

First  Trophy<br />
First Trophy

 

Grenadier Race Team

Stewart Pitchford<br />
Stewart Pitchford

 

Mid Season Championship July 16th

Bad Flip<br />
Bad Flip

 

Mid Season Championship July 16th

He Walked Away<br />
He Walked Away

<div class=”maint”> I won my heat on this night and started near the front in the feature. I was 29th in Flamboro points and barely made it in. The top 24 were guaranteed a starting spot. The heat win moved me to 26th in points and 2 cars failed to make it, one was Harry Nicholson. I started up front in the feature and before the half way mark I had a half track lead over 2nd place. Stewart was running 3rd and behind him was all the hot wheels. He got pushed and ended up going into the front starters stand entrance and flipped 2 or 3 times. The car was absolutely demolished. Under the red I could hear Irene, his wife, yelling and crying, it was a terrible crash but Stew was okay. The race resumed and I held off the fast cars until 3 lasp to go. Lee Jerome past me and won the race, Dave Mc Kee got me next. It was my best feature finsih in a special event in my 6 years with the Hobby’s. I won $100. Dad and Stewart worked every night to get his car back out.

 

Lee Jerome Wind Mid Season

Write Up<br />
Write Up

 

Lee Jerome Wins Mid Season

Write Up<br />
Write Up

 

Shiryley and David Rework His Car

Crew<br />
Crew

 

The Show That Never Happened

Non Event Poster<br />
Non Event Poster

<div class=”maint”> This race never got off the ground. It rained out of the 18th and the 25th, so it was cancelled unitl 1978.

 

Many Great Names on this List

Flamboro Points<br />
Flamboro Points

<div class=”maint”> One night in 1977 we had 49 cars show up. It was amazing. It would be the highest car count I ever saw or was part of. Notice some great names here including the Late Roger Downie and Stephen Barton. There were 57 cars show up in 77. We didn’t give show up points then, you had to start a race to get any points. Heats had 12 to 14 cars almost every week.

 

Feature Results from September 10th

Start adn Finish<br />
Start adn Finish

<div class=”maint”> On this night I won the fast car heat and started 21st and finished 4th. I gained 17 spots but so did the top 2 cars, Jerome and McKee. In this feature Jim Collison blew his engine and Ray did not qualify. It wasn’t easy in 77′ to make a feature. Sometimes 17 cars in the consi and only 3 woudl make it. We had a littel feature for the non qualifiers, I was in many….I won $60 for 4th. The stands were packed and it was $8 to get in the grandstands, $10 in the pits. These were the best years for promoters. Lots of cars, lots of fans and the entertainment was very good and not very expensive.

 

Delaware Speedway Meeting with Roger Downie

First Lap<br />
First Lap

<div class=”maint”> On July 29th we raced at Delaware Speedway. I finished 2nd in my heat and on the first lap of the feature Roger spun coming off turn 2. I had no place to go and hit his left front wheel. It ended up busting his front end and put him out of the race. After the race Roger asked me why I hit him right in the wheel. I said 2 reasons one, I didn’t want to hit your door, and two, if I tried going around you I would have caught my right front wheel and we’d both be out. He just laughed. Roger was a great guy, very competitive and usually read the rules different than most of us. He was a very good driver and his crew chief Max was pretty sharp. Roger liked most of his competitors but if he didn’t like you he let you know on and off the track. I had lots of good talks with him after he retired and miss his very much. He was a character.

 

Delaware Speedway July 29th

2dn Lap<br />
2dn Lap

<div class=”maint”> On the restart after I hit Roger, the very next lap Jim Collison spun out and I hit the dirt to avoid him. A split second later Stewart Pitchford #47 came in hard nailing Jim.

 

Delaware Speedway Meeting Jim and Stewart

2dn Lap<br />
2dn Lap

<div class=”maint”> The problem with Delaware was our speeds were much higher and usually when you hit someone it was over for one of or both. This was a very bad year for Stewart. He was a gamer without any good luck.

 

Heat Win July 16th…Mid Season

David & Nonie<br />
David & Nonie

I won 3 races in 1977. It was a short season for us. Only 23 race nights. I missed one because of an enigne not being ready in time. These were the days for a number of reasons. Look at the crowd. The track was packed week after week. Kids were allowed to come out and get their picture taken and we only had 3 divisions with maybe 15 races per night. That’s all you need when there is good car count. Nonie is standing by the starter stand entrance waiting for David. He was 5 years old.

1978 CVM History

1978 Membership Card

OARC Membership
OARC Membership
Bryan Rashleigh Secretary Treasurer

 

1978 Rundown

1978 Stats
1978 Stats
A Good Year
     This may have been our best year yet in Hobby’s. We did everything in 78′. Rolled over, won a feature, the most exciting, that may never be matched as far as thrilling. We ended up 10th in both Flamboro and Gold Cup points. One of the high lites of 78 was not my battles on the track, but with the Township over parking my car in the garage.

 

Heading To Motion 78′

Car Show & Snow<br />
Car Show & Snow

Unfortunately I didn’t get any advertising promo on the car show, or the preparing of my car for 1978. Some years we take more pictures at different times….The only difference in the car for 78′ was the white roof from black. Ray and I were opposites on and off the track. He won and I didn’t, his car was always yllow and black and mine was different each year.

 

Motion 78′

Ray at the Show<br />
Ray at the Show

<div class=”maint”> One strange thing about this show was the presence of Ray Hughes. He didn’t always enter the shows, possibly he was in them before, I don’t know for sure, I just know he wasn’t a big fan of getting race ready this soon and going through the freezing cold, slushy roads and 5 hours to get out of the car show after it was over. Okay, I know it’s part of it, but if you haven’t entered a car show of this magnitude, getting your car ready and giving it the extra touch is a big commitment. We were thankfull for all the memembers who went in the show. There were 8.

 

Motion Car Show 78′

Motion<br />
Motion

<div class=”maint”> After winnning the Best Club Display in 1977 we wanted to give an extra effort to win again in 78′. A theme of a race with the pace car (courtesy of Gallinger Lincoln Mercury) and 8 cars lined up behind. Ray was on the pole (he would maintain that trend many times over the years for opening day draws and when we drew of the first Gold Cup race. In our display we put racing manicans in the cars, equipped with our own fire suits. We also put our annual trophies on display.

 

Motion Car Show 78′

Davey Jones<br />
Davey Jones

<div class=”maint”> Davey Jones #60 was one of the members who went into the show. If any other viewers have pictures of this show I would be glad to enter them into this sequence…or any other pics period.

 

Motion Car Show 78′

Motion<br />
Motion

<div class=”maint”> Don Cockburn worked at a Turkey Farm, or business, (like Maple Leaf Lodge) and in order to make our spot more authentic we wanted to put down what looked like asphault. Don brought about 30 bags of turkey feed. It was light gray in color and looked like kitty litter. A few of us grabbed bags and started shaking them on the floor. It was very effective, but very dusty. It didn’t take long for the guy with the immaculate black 55 Chev to go off the deep end. He started yelling at us and called us names insinuating that we didn’t show concern for the cars that were in the show for “show” reasons. We didn’t know what he was talking about until we seen his car and it was a light gray before we stopped shaking the feed. Needless to say we apologized and put the stuff down a lot more carefull…apparently there were a few show cars with a dusting of turkey feed.

 

Motion Car Show 78′

Motion<br />
Motion

<div class=”maint”> I meant to mention in the above picture that Brian Rashleighs car was in the show. That’s his brown coach #87. Also in the above picture you can barely see Ron Butts #88 at the back on the left. So of the 8 there were Ray, Davey, Brian, Ron and me.

 

No Snow and no Leaves

Heading to Flamboro<br />
Heading to Flamboro

 

Car and Tow Vehicle Ready To Go

Grenadier Ford<br />
Grenadier Ford

<div class=”maint”> Grenadier Ford sponsored Stewart Pitchford and me again in 1978.

 

In Front of Our Home,and Our Kids School

48 Chev 3 Ton<br />
48 Chev 3 Ton

 

Racer vs Government…handicapping system, no good

Parking Fine<br />
Parking Fine
    Step 1…On September 14th 1976 a by-law enforcement officer came by my house and asked me about my race car. I thought he was a race fan. A few weeks later I got this fine. I was upset, what kind of fan is that?

 

$115 Fine for Parking #36 in My Garage

Feature Pays $150<br />
Feature Pays $150
    Step 2….A fine for parking a race car in my garage? Not even for working on it. In fairness I asked, “where was I suppose to park, in my house”?…okay, that’s sarcastic, but it gets better, the story.

 

$10 to Appeal the Fine

Protest Form<br />
Protest Form
    Step 3…I appealed it on Feb 22nd 1977, the day after our 7th anniversary. This is the governments form of “a protest sheet”.

 

Judge Rules in My Favour…..Government Appeals!

We Win...Almost<br />
We Win…Almost
    Step 4…Almost a year later on January 31st 1978, Nonie and I went to court for my appeal. I took my scrap books and was anxious to speak, but Judge Hogg motioned me to sit still, he was upset more than we were about the charge. The Judge told the Crown Prosecutor the by-law was ridiculous, “do we not have more serious matters to deal with than this”?. The Judge asked them how parking a racing motor vehicle was braking the law. “It’s a by-law your Honour”. He asked them…”how did you know it was a race car”? The by-law enforcer said “it had numbers on it”! “what if it was a Taxi cab”? The man answered “it wasn’t”! “What if he had a Formula 1 in his living room, could he not do what he wants on his own property, especially park a car! Was it on jack stands?, maybe it was in the air and not on the ground”, the Judge continued? The man just shrugged. The Judge said “this is way to restrictive, not fair, and a waste of time”. He threw it out. We were so happy and celebrated the victory of David and Goliath……but it wasn’t over. A few weeks later, in late February, the same by-law man came to my house one evening. He was all smiles. I thought at first he came to apologize for giving us a hard time, but that wasn’t the purpose of his visit(why did I keep misreading this guy?). With a silly grin and a nerdy smile he said “I’m back, and this is for you”. Then he handed me this piece of paper, a Government appeal. The Government was appealing our victory, and taking it to the top, the Supreme Court of Ontario. What!!! Are you kidding me? The by-law guy said, “hey, the Judge shouldn’t have thrown it out”!… “Ya, well I should throw you out”! He then said “the Supreme Court is the guys with the white wigs and they won’t fool around”…I was in shock and mad again, and with his arrogant nerdy attitude, I told him to get off my property, and don’t come back. When he left Nonie asked “now what”?…our friends told me it would cost a fortune to fightg the governmetn and no way would I win against the Supreme Court. We investigated and found that we would need a Lawyer, and could look at a minimum of a $1000 fine plus court costs, as well as Lawyer fees. I called the township to check on my options. The problems of every week racing hadn’t even crept upon us yet and we were knee deep in township trouble…for parking! I talked to the Mayor of York. He asked me to come and see him very soon, he wanted to get personally involved with the matter….I got calls from poeple who heard it on the news, and on Kitchen TV,and this article was in the Globe and Mail. The only reason it was news was because it was going to the highest court in the land. All my buddies at work were cheering me on, saying..go get em’ Gary, fight the Governement, put them in their place”…I looked at them and said “are you guys NUTS”!

 

Notice of Goverment Appeal…no ones laughing now.

Serious Busniess<br />
Serious Busniess

 

Government Makes A Deal……..Withdraws Appeal

Agreed to Move Car<br />
Agreed to Move Car
    Step 5…With the blessings of my boss at work, I met the Mayor on March 17th and this time I did bring my scrap books. Nonie and I showed him we were regular people with a healthy hobby. He agreed, but showed us the seriousness of going to the Supreme Court of Ontario. He warned that for every remand, or any other reasons it was delayed would be charged to me when I was found guilty, and certainly I wouldn’t win because Judge Hogg used emotion instead of knowing the by-law. The Mayor asked me if I could park my car at another location for at least a year or two. I said I thought I could. He said that if I promised not to park my car at home, and did not take it near my house he would withdraw Her Majesty’s appeal. In about a millionth of a second I made the toughest promise I ever had to keep in racing, a promise that was impossible to keep, even though the intent was real. We shook hands and he gave us this letter. Later that day my boss said I could park the car at work for the remainder of the 78′ race season…..the key to keeping the promise would unravel in a less than 4 months and I would no longer be able to hold out our end of the bargain. We would have no choice but to sneak back to our house….go to the next picture for that story…but meanwhile we avoided disaster, and for the next few months the Italian community celebrated knowing that our race car was excomunicated from the neighbourhood.

 

Staying Away Lasted Only A Short Time

Fired for Racing<br />
Fired for Racing
    Things went well at first. We did move our race car and obeyed the wishes of the Mayor. However some things happened that I had no control over, well I did sort of but what a series of events. First, Flamboro started racing on Wednesday nights beginning on June 21st. I raced on the 21st and then again on the 28th of June,both Wednesday’s, while I worked as a service Advisor for Grenadier Ford. Now here’s where things go wrong. On July 2nd we raced at Sauble Beach for the long week end, after racing the night before at Flamboro. So we raced June 21st, June 24th, June 28th, July 1st and now July 2nd with Wednesday July 5th coming, that’s 6 times in 15 days (no problem)…anyway while at Sauble our family went to a Mini Bike road course during the day on Sunday. The kids had a blast but I messed up on the Bike and smashed my leg. It was swollen badly and very painfull. We ran that night, I finished 8th in the heat, 3rd in the consi and 17th in the feature. Monday was a holiday. I went to work on Tuesday but at noon I couldn’t walk. I showed my boss my leg and he reluctantly sent me home. Here’s the bad part. I was better but not really ready to go back to work on Wednesday. I called in sick. At about 2:30 I almost had a heart attack because I knew we were racing that night and not only had I called in sick, but my car was at Grenadier Ford. What a mess. I called Stewart Pitchford who picked up my car with the ramp truck. We reasoned that if I was okay by 5 pm, techically I could go racing and then go to work the next day. Well we made it to the races and I felt great. That night I finsihed 3rd in my heat and 4th in the feature. I went to work the next day and the service manager asked me if I raced the night before, he noticed my car was missing. I said I did, and he said (here it is, what we knew could or would happen) “you were to hurt to come in to work but you could race”? I said yes, but I was ok yesterday afternoon and it was no sense to come in late in the day but I came in this morning, and you saw my leg Ted, you know how swolen it was. He said, you’re fired. Oh boy, not good. A few things went through my head immediately, I was out of a job, and no place to park the race car…but I could still race. Shock went through the Italian community as word got out that I was bringing the race car back….what should have I done? a) For sure I should have went in to work at least in the afternoon, even though I was still limping b) I could have missed the race (that wasn’t an option, I put it down for those who would possible consider it) but I know I would have been sicker if I had done that. So I did the what I had to do and paid the consequences. I appealed to the owner (lot’s of appeals in 78′), it was true Ted didn’t like me, the owner did sypathize with me but said “Gary, if I have a problem do I get rid of the horse or the saddle”? I had no idea what that meant so I left.

 

Cayuga Victoria Day Week End

Cayuga Ad<br />
Cayuga Ad
    This was the 2nd annual Victoria Week End Classic. 1978 was a wet one for the first few weeks. Flamboro rained out on May 6th, May 13th, and the feature on May 20th rained out, however we did get the heats and qualifying in for Flamboro night on the 20th..plus!!..during the day on the 20th was qualifying for Cayuga. The feature would run on Sunday.

 

Cayuga Pits

Cayuga<br />
Cayuga

 

Cayuga…. Taylor Flips In Warm Ups

Wipe Out<br />
Wipe Out
    You had to be very careful at Cayuga coming off turn 2. The wall jumped out pretty quick, and still does. Sammy let his brother drive his car in the warm ups this day (can’t remember his name) and he hit the and climbed the wall coming off turn 2 mangling the fence and his race car. A few of us were watching when he crashed and rolled over. He was okay but Sammy’s car was badly wrecked. Some on lookers standing by the fence were not so lucky…unnecesssary expanation on the next photo.

 

Ray Inspects The Damage…After He Was Bandaged

Ray Hughes<br />
Ray Hughes
    Looking like a warrior from the Civil War, Ray checks out Sammy Taylors damaged coupe. Here’s Ray’s explanation of how he got hurt….”I was standing by the fence and Sammy’s brother was driving the car in practice. He touched wheels with anohter car and hit the wall and fence. A steel ring that holds the fence together came off like a bullet and hit me in the forehead”. Ray was able to race the next day and him and I would touch slightly in the feature at about the same place.

 

Cayuga…Warm Ups

Back Chute Gate<br />
Back Chute Gate
    We ran very good this day. It was our first time on the track all season. The Flamboro shows had been rained out so far and this day was cloudy but dry. I’m just passing the pit gate on the back chute.

 

Cayuga…Heat

Ready to Qualify<br />
Ready to Qualify
    I started 2nd row inside. Tim Funk #76 was pole, Don Ramage #74 outside pole. Beside me was #71 Don MacDonald with Herb Erb #68 benid me and #51 Ralph Farraway beside him.

 

Cayuga…Tim Funk Holds The Lead

Tim leads lap one<br />
Tim leads lap one

 

Cayuga…Follow Ramage

Ramage Leads<br />
Ramage Leads
    I followed Tim at first but Don got by him so I went outside.

 

Cayuga…Catching Ramage

Ramage Leads<br />
Ramage Leads
    My car ran great and I slowly caught up to Don. We were fairly close on the straights and I would gain a little in the corners.

 

Cayuga…Caution Takes Away Win

Passing Ramage<br />
Passing Ramage
    I passed Don with 2 laps to go but the caution came out. He went on to win, making sure he didn’t let me under him again.

 

Cayuga…Feature Racing Ron Butts

Feature<br />
Feature
    I started near the front in the feature. I thought I had a good chance to win. Here I’m getting by Ron Butts #88.

 

Cayuga…Scarry Feature Crash

Feature Spin<br />
Feature Spin
    Early in the feature I was running with a pack of casr. Coming off turn 2 I just barely tapped Ray Hughes left rear wheel and spun towards the infield. When I hit the grass it was wet from heavy rain the night before. I was going fast as it was and when I spun I hit the rail way ties around the light standard. I remember watching those big 10 X 10 ties looking at me as I was flying toward them. I slammed into the embankment (you can see the mud nad ties a little uprooted) and spun 3 times ending up at the pit exit. This picture doesen’t show it, but that skid would be a few hundred feet. The cars go by under caution, Harry Nicholson #14 and Ray Hughes #24….on the back of Ray’s Coupe is a huge Valvoline sticker. Bob Slack asked us if we would run them for that day and we agreed.

 

Cayuga…Time To Go Home

Pits for Us<br />
Pits for Us
    We parked just outside the track opposite the back grandstand and the pit gate.

 

Butch The Butter Dog

But he's cute<br />
But he’s cute
    We got Butch in the late spring. As he grew up he became more and more crazy, not mad crazy, but goofy crazy. I was out of work (remember the July week end at Sauble?) and I spent time during the day convincing my neighbours I didn’t bring my car back home. Anyway Butch one day decided to eat all the food I had put out for dinner and when I went to pick up Nonie after work we came in and found a mess in the kitchen. We followed the trail out to the front hallway and there was Butch with his nose jammed under the heater radiator (remember the steel hot water rads that we used to heat our house, and some of us still do) going nuts trying to get what was left in the tupper wear container. I reached down and pulled it out and there was a few drips left from a pound of butter. Naturally the dog was sick for the next 3 days, all over the house. But he was cute.

 

Butch The Butter Dog

But he's cute<br />
But he’s cute
    We got Butch in the late spring. As he grew up he became more and more crazy, not mad crazy, but goofy crazy. I was out of work (remember the July week end at Sauble?) and I spent time during the day convincing my neighbours I didn’t bring my car back home. Anyway Butch one day decided to eat all the food I had put out for dinner and when I went to pick up Nonie after work we came in and found a mess in the kitchen. We followed the trail out to the front hallway and there was Butch with his nose jammed under the heater radiator (remember the steel hot water rads that we used to heat our house, and some of us still do) going nuts trying to get what was left in the tupper wear container. I reached down and pulled it out and there was a few drips left from a pound of butter. Naturally the dog was sick for the next 3 days, all over the house. But he was cute.

 

A Night To Remember…July 15th

Heat Win<br />
Heat Win
    This would be a very special night for many reasons. It was my first win of the season. In this heat we won my quite a margin, starting up front and taking off. It was also a relief after so many DNF’s and losing my job. The car was spotless and the grand stands were packed…no wonder we would be alarmed or disappointed when we would go to a track and there was very few fans in the stands. We were use to packed stands in the 70’s and 80’s….you can see Shirley on the left and David on the right of the starters stand entrance as they wait to get the signal to come out and get their pictures taken with me. Kids absolutely loved that. I think tracks that don’t allow kids out for a picture miss a great positive public relations opportunity.

 

Feature Win..Maybe Most Spectacular Ever

3rd Ever Feature Win<br />
3rd Ever Feature Win
    It was an amazing race. I started 6th and got the lead in a few laps. We didn’t have mirrors any more but I knew the fast cars would be coming. With 2 laps left I could hear Dave McKee behind me. He pulled outside on the white flag lap. This was my 7th season with the Hobby’s and I had only won 2 features before tonight. I had struggled this year in many ways, and I really wanted this win. We took the white flag and I was ahead going into turn one. I coud see him outside of me by the reflection off the inside of my windshield. Sometimes the light hits at just the right angle, but only for a split second, and when it does you can catch images beside you, I caught a huge image of the blue and white #37. We went down the back chute and I was still ahead. Battling in front of us were Ron Butts #88 and #19 Bob Hosford. They were side by side. Dave pulled beside me going into 3, I could see the edge of his hood. I could also see the starters stand a quarter track ahead, I knew I only had a short distance to go, and we would catch the lapped cars well before that. Dave tried boxing me in so I couldn’t get out. There wasn’t a lot of room for any of us. Coming off turn 4 I went outside of the 2 cars making it 3 abreast. I was hoping not to stuff Dave, but when you’re this close and feature wins are as rare as New York Ranger Stanley Cups, you have to tramp the gas pedal as hard as you can and I did. I kept close to the lapped cars, trying just to squeeze by. But!!! as I got beside Bob’s car I was a little too close, I left Dave more room than I should have and I went over Bob’s outside rear wheel. My car went up on 2 wheels and for a split second I though I was going to roll over, or slam into the front straight wall…so let’s do a freeze frame right now, let’s stop all the action….okay, I get out of my car while it’s on it’s side and McKee walks up from behind. Dave says “man, I was going to let you go Gary, you didn’t have to leave me so much room, there’s no way we could have made it 4 abreast”..”ya, I know but I saw you there Dave and you’ve beaten me so many times I just figured you would be going for it and I didn’t want to wreck you, so I left room and now look!”..”I appreciate it Gary, but carry on and I hope you make it to the finsih line”…”no kidding McKee, imagine how my crew, my kids, my wife, my fans and me are going to feel if I don’t make it”….”well ya better keep that hammer down”….”okay, I will”……now we get back into our cars and in an instant we’re back to ACTION!!!…bang, my car comes down off Hosford and goes into a wild slide but with enough momentum that I manage to get past the start finish line with Harry Clark waving the checker and my heart in a blurr. My car slides towards the infield just past the start finish line where I tangle with Bob who drives up the side of my car and over my hood and he spins into the infield. I was going to do another freeze frame with Bob Hosford, who would rightly ask me “can’t you win a race like normal people?”…sorry Bob…anyway, Dave backed off seeing that he might get caught up in it. When the dust settled there was a long pause, and I didn’t know how they were going to call it. Dave McKee had time to go all the way around again after the race and slowly head towards the finish line, also not sure who won, but I know he wanted it to be me. Before Dave got near the start finish line, Harry Clark pointed to me. I went nuts and Dave gave me the thumbs up as he drove by. What a night it was for us. We were so pumped we never noticed how much damage there was until Sunday. We also didn’t really care because it would be a lot easier working on it after winning the feature.

 

Damage Revealled…But We’re Too Pumped

Call for a Bodyman<br />
Call for a Bodyman
    Most people have a victory dance when they win, we had a victory crash and the daylight showed us how bad it really was, but we’re still pumped. We had hoped for a quiet few days, why? because we’re running Barrie Speedway on Wednesday night, just 3 days away, now we had to get working…Shirley checks out the extent of the work we will need to do.

 

Tire Marks to the Window

The Body Was So Nice<br />
The Body Was So Nice
    You can see how far up Bob Hosford #19 climbed on me just past the start finish line. He couldn’t help it. After all a car went over top his wheel then slid right in front of him (that would be me).

 

Tire Marks to the Window

The Body Was So Nice<br />
The Body Was So Nice
    You can see how far up Bob Hosford #19 climbed on me just past the start finish line. He couldn’t help it. After all a car went over top his wheel then slid right in front of him (that would be me).

 

Danny to the Rescue

Fixable<br />
Fixable

 

Danny Helps…Kids Look On

Precise Repairs<br />
Precise Repairs
    Here’s an oxy-moron, perhaps spelled wrong, but the point is that Danny lived right on the corner of the street and it was his parents who often (always) called the Green Hornets and the By-Law Police. When he came over to tell me he could fix my car, I said “I thought all you could do was call the cops”! He said “not me, it’s my parents. They hate you and anyone that looks like you”! So why did he fix my car? Maybe it was piece offering, maybe he liked me and or racing. He was the only one in his house who would talk to us and his parents would yell at him for coming over. Anyway, things would get worse over the summer for us race wise, and Danny would be called on again to help. He did a great job and surprised me how well he worked with barely any tools…like me! (barely any tools).

 

Body Work Almost Complete

Making it Right<br />
Making it Right

 

Work Done…Barrie Speedway Calls

Ready<br />
Ready

 

Loading Up…Watch The Clutch

Neighbours Love This<br />
Neighbours Love This
    This was the tough part, well not after 2 years of it, but getting up those ramps was hard on the clutch and the neighbours. They watched from their windows. I could hear them say “he’s going down honey, he’s going down!..no he made it”. What’s a guy suppose to do. No normal trailer, no normal neighbourhood. We survived. I hope they did too…We loved our ramp truck. Nonie and the kids would go with me. We’d play punch buggy all the way up. On the way back they were asleep in 10 minutes.

 

Loaded Up..The Main Cargo Is The Family

No lettering<br />
No lettering
    I felt bad not having my car lettered but I would have felt a lot worse if we weren’t going. We we’re allowed (and still are) 2 weeks to get it painted properly.

 

No You’re Not Driving

Too Young<br />
Too Young
    The garage to the right was my neighbour who complained. He eventually put 4 steel pipes in the ground to make sure my wheels wouldn’t go on his property. I tried not to. My property was 25′ wide. Imagine, 25′ from the far side of the house to the far side of the driveway. Some peoples bathrooms are wider than that. Anyway we made do but no way could our truck or trailer go up the driveway.

 

Barrie Pits

Wednesday?<br />
Wednesday?
    July 19th was this scheduled OARC event. I loved racing plus I was out of work which meant I had the time to get to the track, although it could have meant I couldn’t afford to go racing. Well, whatever it meant we were happy to be here.

 

Barrie Pits

Stew, Ray and Alfy<br />
Stew, Ray and Alfy
    Stewart Pitchford #47, Ray Hughes #24 and Alfy Rykman #5 can be seen. The guy to the left, I’m not sure what’s going on with him, I don’t know if he’s up for the races but his hair sure is. I know, I know maybe it’s me, but it’s not, and it’s not Ray either. Hey, today people wear pants 9 sizes to big, so maybe it’s a fad….time to move on.

 

Barrie Pits

The Competition<br />
The Competition
    Here’s another shot of the pits with #74 Don Ramage and #39 Dave Mogford.

 

Mike Middlebrook

Crew<br />
Crew
    Mike lived right across the street from me. His parents use to let him help whenever he could. He was a lot of fun.

 

Dad Always Wanted Me To Do Good

Flamboro<br />
Flamboro
    It was very tough for my dad to watch me race. He always wanted me to do good and got frustrated knowing that many cars were way ahead of us. We also didn’t know how to set up the chassis and even it we did get it close we would wreck the next race out, in fact I even wrecked winning the feature, so that should show how tough it was for us to be competitive. We always tried and dad wanted me to get the best, but I didn’t have the funds to get all the right stuff, so I settled for the best I could do with what I had. Dad was always a big help to me, he was an awesome welder and none of his welds ever broke even though I tried hard to test them. One thing for sure, we were never a top runner in the 70’s, but we could never be accused of not trying. Also though Grenadier Ford fired me, I honored the sponsorship and left their name on my car. Sure I was hurt, upset at me, embarrassed and maybe ashamed but I needed to keep my commitment to them for painting my car and truck. Plus I should have went in to work.(I just forgot we were racing that night).

 

Heat Win July 29th and 2nd In The Feature

Heat Win<br />
Heat Win
    We ran excellent this night. We won the heat with Ding DeLeeuw hounding me all the way. I got the lead in the feature but this time Dave McKee got by. It moved me to 7th in the points.

 

David’s Soap Box

Soap Box<br />
Soap Box
    The kids looked forward to this once a year opporunity to shine on their own. They had a lot of fun.

 

We Ran 17 Nights From June 17 to Aug 6

Another Wreck<br />
Another Wreck
    We ran double week ends and mid week races throughout the summer. It’s a good thing Satellite Speedway was closed. From Saturday June 17th at Flamboro until Sunday August 6th at Sauble we ran 17 race events. Ray and I were use to running over 30 times a season…..Things would change in the future when the club would run that many nights in a season more than once….The amazing thing about this run is that I had some terrible bad luck including this wreck that happened on Wednesday August 2nd, the last wednesday night race of the season. The problem with a mid week wreck is that you only have 3 days to get ready for Saturday and we were also running on the Sunday. Talk about testing the dedicated.

 

This Coupe Was Immaculate Just 3 months Ago

Where's Danny<br />
Where’s Danny
    Our drivers seat was in the middle away from the windows, so even though it looks close to me getting hurt, it really wasn’t. This was my 3rd roll over but not very serious. The damage was bad, it always is on a roll over. That’s the worst thing, especially if you want to keep your car looking good and we were fanatical about that, and still are about having good looking race cars. The problem here is we were running for points, not the Championship, but trying to beat the year before, trying to finish in the top 10 a challenge when you consider there were 40 plus cars. You know it’s a tough year when you crash at the finsih line not once but twice. The first time was winning the feature on July 15th and the next time on September 4th in a Gold Cup race at Flamboro, a battle for 5th. In that race Lee Jerome lost it and as I went under him. He tried correcting but came down hitting my back wheel. I spun and went into the starters stand back wards on an angle. The impact bent the rear end housing. We would bend suspension parts, we would also finish 5th ahead of Lee, so another motivator to make it all seem not so bad. The scariest part of all was seeing the rest of field coming off four trying to get down out of the way. We survivied.

 

We Have A Shopping List To Fix

Two Days Left<br />
Two Days Left

 

This Is No Picnic..and The Head’s Messed Up To!

Head Ache<br />
Head Ache

 

Come-Along Attached To The Neighbours Post

Crude<br />
Crude
    It was summer, the trees were full and the neighbours couldn’t see too good. Danny (being one of the neighbours sons) knew how much he could get away with in helping me. I got away with as much as I could until I ended up in a battle with the Supreme Court of Ontario..oh ya, and I’m not suppose to be here, never mind using their pole as a frame/body press…it was tough most times. Maybe a few more feature wins and coming home to some easy simple routine maintenance would be nice, but that wouldn’t be my lot…so we did what we had to do so we could get to the next race, it just seemed like we did it every week.

 

Danny Manipulates The Chains Side ways

It's Coming<br />
It’s Coming

 

Danny’s Almost Got It Back To Normal

It's Coming<br />
It’s Coming

 

Dent’s Gone, Bondo and Primer On…We’re Happy

Danny The Artist<br />
Danny The Artist

 

Final Touches By The Sculpturer

Danny The Artist<br />
Danny The Artist

 

David and Shirley Make Sure The Wheels Are Ok

Paint Ready<br />
Paint Ready
    Once all the body work was done, the kids made sure the mechanical aspect was covered, they were covered to. You can see 4 cans of white trem-clad spray paint ready to finish Danny’s master piece. The engine is ready and once it’s painted we look like it never happened…and how about the bushy trees helping hide our little work shop from the neighbours. They should have made a TV series called Survivor…referring to the neighbours of course.

 

Shirley and Butch Certify The Work Is Complete

Ready<br />
Ready
    Our driveway was very narrow, but it was always exciting pushing the car down to the trailer to load up and go racing, especially on a beautiful suuny Saturday….Danny said “are you going wrecking’, I mean racing this week-end?”….”Danny, thank you for making it look like it never rolled over, and yes we are going racing and yes we may wreck, so keep the bondo at the ready”.

 

Dave Mogford #39 and Dick Remus #44

Back At It<br />
Back At It

 

The Gallinger Family Sponsor

Pace Car<br />
Pace Car
    Both Tom and Dave Gallinger were active members and drivers in the Hobby division. They started out sponsoring the club by providing a pace car from their Ford Dealership in Milton. Mr.Gallinger also came to many races. Dave McKee was a salesman there, his brother was a mechanic, Dave Mogford was in the parts and so a whole host of drivers and members filtered through our great sponsor Gallinger Ford.

 

Points Standing Early

Gallinger Points<br />
Gallinger Points

 

Binghman’s Hall…Our Banquet Trophy Table

O.A.R.C.<br />
O.A.R.C.

 

We Finished 10th In Gallinger and Flamboro Points

O.A.R.C. Banquet<br />
O.A.R.C. Banquet

1979 CVM History

1979 OARC Membership

Hobby Card<br />
Hobby Card
    Harry Nicholson was President and Brian Rashleigh was Secretary Treasurer.

 

1979 Rundown

1979 Stats
1979 Stats
Roll Over #4
    Our season high lites unfortunately, are not winning the points or winning a lot of features. We did win 6 races tying our best season. We didn’t win a feature in 79′ however we had a spectacular crash on the fornt chute that resulted in our first ever “End Over End” flip. That wreck was perhaps our worst in racing since 1969. In spite of that, we ended up in the top 10 at Flamboro and had another perfect attendance season. I think it’s tougher to have perfect attendacne than to win a feature…at least for our team it was. After 8 seaons in the Hobby’s we had 3 Feature wins and 4 Roll Overs.

 

Quaker State……..Sponsor…….7th Season

Sponsor<br />
Sponsor
    Quaker State was an excellent sponsor for me. They were not always my primary sponsor but they were always there.

 

Gold Cup Sponsors for 1979

Sponsor<br />
Sponsor
    The Ramage and Nicholson family teamed up with Hydra Air to sponsor our Gold Cup series. Throughout the years many race teams liked the Hobby’s so much that they would get involved as a sponsor.

 

The Coupe Awaits….It’s Time

Garage<br />
Garage
    Our gargage, though small, dim and without heat was enough to keep me racing for 15 years.

 

Dad Patched the Frame

Frame<br />
Frame

 

Heading To Harry’s For Fighting and Welding

Loaded<br />
Loaded
    We took the to car Harry Bow’s after dad patched some places. Harry had good welding equipment. One thing was certain we wouldn’t last very long before we would get into family feuding, and it wasn’t a case of if we’d get into it, it was more of, how soon will it happen. No matter what, I admit that the things he suggested were for the best, he learned a lot from Don Biederman and passed it on to me. The fights were a result of his delivery method.

 

Armed and Dangerous

Welder?   Not!<br />
Welder? Not!
    We were in not water, we only had a few days to get ready and when dad was at work I had to weld. Dad would inspect everything I did and redo what wasn’t right.

 

Coupe Frame……Late Model Slicks

Slick<br />
Slick
    The Hobby’s were on a treaded tire and in the back groud you can see Harry’s stack of tires from his Late Model. They ran a soft compoud and as it appears he went through a lot.

 

Mike Elliott Holds The Sun…3 Days To Go

Hurry<br />
Hurry
    This paper was dated May 2nd, only 3 days until opening day.

 

Unload It and Get Busy

Frame Repaired<br />
Frame Repaired

 

Paint and Assembly

Cage Painted<br />
Cage Painted
    Mike Middlebrook is in the car working away. The cage is painted and parts are going on.

 

Where’s the Body

Cage Preped<br />
Cage Preped

 

Body Needs Primer

Shell<br />
Shell

 

Body On…Get The Engine Started

Almost<br />
Almost

 

Shirley and Our Puppy

Puppy<br />
Puppy

 

David and Our Puppy

Puppy<br />
Puppy

 

Single Door Coupe

Body Repair<br />
Body Repair

 

Two Door Coupe

Body Fixed<br />
Body Fixed

 

The Number is on the Door….Now It’s Ready

Ready<br />
Ready
    Well, after a lot of work for 3 days we were ready to go.

 

Gord Holmes Helps Load Up

Loading<br />
Loading
    Gord Holmes helped me in 74 and was away for a while and it was great to have him back. Shirley helps Gord push the car on.

 

Heading To Flamboro…Opening Day

Primed Up<br />
Primed Up

 

Flamboro…Harry and Mike Set the Wedge

Race Set Up<br />
Race Set Up
    Harry jacks up the diff to set the cahssis. Mike helps. I think Harry is upset that I’m taking pictures instead of getting the car ready, but he had to know the pictures were to be used on web sites, something that wasn’t invented yet…..It was cold and eventually wet this day. We got rained out this night and the 12th of May.

 

Martino Brothers, a Sponsor To Paint Car

Body Shop<br />
Body Shop

 

Martino Brothers

Body Shop<br />
Body Shop

 

Paint Complete

Painted<br />
Painted
    In the early 60’s when Martino Brothers had their grand opening they invited my uncle Carl, Gerald, Percy and dad with their band to play for their due. Landing this sponsor 15 years later was because of the reputaytion my family had with them.

 

Lettering

Script Not Good<br />
Script Not Good
    The girl that lettered my car was an expert on murals, but she tried her best. I could not leave the lettering on the side it didn’t work for me, and even she wasn’t sure. The mural was awesome.

 

Airies…Mural

Ram<br />
Ram

 

Mural Done

Ram<br />
Ram

 

Mural Done….But The Rest?….Yikes!

Lettering Got To Go<br />
Lettering Got To Go
    The lettering was very bad, other than the number (it was a little thin) but she did a good job on some graphics. It wasn’t her fault she wasn’t use to lettering.

 

Lettering Removed at Home

Lettering Gone<br />
Lettering Gone
    As soon as I got home I removed all the lettering except the name on the trunk and the numbers, I had to leave the sponsors name on somewhere. I didn’t want to offend the girl so I did it at home. I have always been fussy about my car and this was one time it did not work.

 

Flamboro Pit Entrance

Pit Entrance<br />
Pit Entrance

 

Flamboro Pits

Line Up
Line Up
Late Models

 

Pit Crew Gord and Ritchie

Gord and Ritchie<br />
Gord and Ritchie

 

Checking It Over

Gord and Ritchie<br />
Gord and Ritchie
    Gord checks something on the front end…..drums on the rear.

 

Rich Ritchie and His Girls

The Kids<br />
The Kids
    Rich worked with Nonie at the Post Offcie in Toronto and one day he stopped by to see the race car. Shortly after he became a great member of my crew. Him and his wife Bev were tremendous supporters of our racing. We became very close friends.

 

Ramp Truck Sick…Tow Truck to The Rescue

Tow Truck<br />
Tow Truck
    We were stuck this week end and my friend Roman towed us out with his tow truck…check out Ray with his trailer and pick up with a cap on the back to keep all his parts. His race program was in top form, mine was a work in prgress getting better every year or so.

 

Hug From Nonie

Tow Truck<br />
Tow Truck
    Nothing better than a hug from the one you love, especially at the races.

 

One of 6 Wins in 79′

David and the girls<br />
David and the girls
    We won 6 races this year but no features. David is seen her wearing a red OARC jacket that the club sold that year. Every once in a while the Hobby’s would celebrate with new jackets or shirts.

 

Night Shot in Flamboro Pits

Pits<br />
Pits

 

Ray Hughes Gets Headlines

Hughes<br />
Hughes

 

Ready For Saturday Morning Engine Installation

Driveway<br />
Driveway

 

George McLeod Rebuild

Driveway<br />
Driveway
    George McLeod rebuilt many of my engines over the winter and occasionally during the race season. This was a 100% year for us and he helped by getting my engine ready by Friday night. Here it sits waiting to be put in. We did not have an engine cherry picker and the tow truck could not back up the driveway so we cot him to meet us near the street….there is a model of my car from a two years earlier sitting on the engine.

 

Tow Truck Lifts Engine…Neighbours Testy

Driveway<br />
Driveway
    We tried to do it as fast as possible so we wouldn’t block the little street or upset the neighbours. Of course the only way the neighbours (some) would not be upset is if the truck was a moving van.

 

It’s In…Thanks to Gord and The Tow Truck

In<br />
In
    Getting the engine in is only the beginning, but it’s a very important start. The rest of the bolt on parts including the bell housing and trans had to be put on.

 

Setting the Valves

Fine Tuning<br />
Fine Tuning
    Terry Dickinson showed me how to set the valves and after quite a few attempts I finally learned how to do it without calling him.

 

July 13th Delaware……Hanley Biederman Match

Junior Hanley<br />
Junior Hanley
    This was a big day in racing. It would be the ever anticipated match race with Jr. Hanley and Don Biederman and the Hobby’s were there.

 

July 13th Delaware……Gord Holmes

Delaware<br />
Delaware

 

July 13th Delaware……Unloading

Delaware<br />
Delaware

 

July 13th Delaware……Nonie, Crew and Friends

Delaware<br />
Delaware

 

July 13th Delaware…..Hanley Wins Best of 3

Delaware<br />
Delaware
    This was a great day for any race fan, and the place was jammed. There was always this idea that Biederman was the best, or that Hanley was. The race was a 2 out of 3 format and Junior got inside for the first race and won it. He also won the 2nd from the outside. The track or friends made a huge cake with both cars on it. After the media interviewed each driver and we can’t print what Don said. He was clearly bitter but in his excuses he made the point that he had the skill and Junior had the equipment. The only thing with that statement was that we watched Don beat many Late Model drivers from the rear of a feature race. He would beat drivers with better eqwuipment. In this match race, Junior not only had better equipment but he was also just as good a driver as Don. However the 2 out of 3 Match Race didn’t sway loyal Biederman fans. They argued that to see who the best driver is would be to start them both at the rear of a feature and see who got through. The only problem with that theory was that many times they did do just that and would end up in a fist fight half way through the race. What a time to be a race fan when these two went at it anywhere. They were both super stars.

 

Bob Kurtin Fixes Ramp Truck

Bob and Gord<br />
Bob and Gord
    Bob had a little business at the corner of Highway 5 and 6 on the north east corner. He was a terrific mechanic and got my truck ready. Gord kept Bob laughing.

 

Twin 25 Consi Win….July 28th

Shirley and David<br />
Shirley and David

 

New Sponsor in Early August

Norm Letters Car<br />
Norm Letters Car
    We got Southern Express Lines as a sponsor just before the Barrie race on August 7th. They gave me some cash, paid Norm to letter the car and gave me a job driving one of their trucks.

 

Dressed Up For A Night Out

Barrie<br />
Barrie
    We stayed over night in Barrie, and it must have been some kind of celebration, it wasn’t a birthday or wedding celebration, unless it was Bev and Richies anniversary, but I just can’t remember. I know we weren’t headed to the races.

 

The Ritchies….Rich and Bev

Barrie<br />
Barrie

 

Barrie Pits….#89 Les Hiscock

Barrie<br />
Barrie
    Les pulls into the pits. You can see #2 Joe MacDonald, #55 Jim English and the blue and red car was #60 Davey Jones.

 

Barrie Pits….Rich Checks Fuel

Barrie<br />
Barrie

 

Barrie Pits….Behind Turn One & Two

Barrie<br />
Barrie

 

Barrie Pits….Nonie My Love

Barrie<br />
Barrie

 

Barrie Practice…Jim English

Barrie<br />
Barrie
    Jim won Rookie of the Year in 78 and was a great person. he worked hard for the club when he was in it. He always ran hard and broguht many people to the club. His son in laws and other relatives raced. Brian Book, Gerald Tong, Tim Winger just to mention a few, all got involved through Jim.

 

Barrie Heat..Jim English, Tim Funk, Pete Ireland

Barrie<br />
Barrie

 

Barrie Heat….Going Into Turn One

Barrie<br />
Barrie

 

Barrie 3rd Heat….Going Into Turn One

Barrie<br />
Barrie
    Looks like John Hasselfeldt holding off Dave McKee on the outside, with Lee Jerome and Ray Hughes right behind.

 

Barrie Feature Coming Off Turn 2

Barrie<br />
Barrie
    Joe MacDonald #2 with Tim Funk #76 and #38 is Gary Fetter (could be Wayne). This was the start of the feature as you can see the pace car just pulling off. I ended up 15th in this feature.

 

Barrie Feature McKee Leads

Barrie<br />
Barrie
    Dave McKee leads this pack going into turn one, and I’m going to guess that he won this race.He is followed by #74 Don Ramage with Ron Jerome #58 on the inside, Brian Atkinson #10 and Ray. Harry Nicholson #14 then John Hasselfeldt #66 with Peter Ireland #26 beside him. I’m on the outside and Alf Ryckman #5 is under me with Lee Jerome #57 right behind Alf. Dave Mogford #39 is behind me.

 

Barrie Feature…Hanging On

Barrie<br />
Barrie
    Alf Ryckman #5 is on the inside and I can say for sure that where I am, epecially at Barrie wasn’t a good thing. Lee is right behind and notice he isn’t following me.

 

Barrie Feature…Don Ramage

Barrie<br />
Barrie

 

Heat Win…Flamboro

Family and Fans<br />
Family and Fans

 

4th Roll Over……. End Over End August 18th

Wreck<br />
Wreck
    This was my worst wreck of many I had. It was in the feature and I was mid pack. On the restart of a caution someone hit Dick Remus #44 knocking him into the starters stand. He was hit again and then Bob Hosford hit him and Bob was right in front of me. When Bob hit Dick he flipped onto his side, and I coudn’t believe that I was right behind him when he flipped. I kept looking to the inside to get down but there was not way I could, everyone was flying by. The yellow flag was waving. Suddenly all the cars in my lane were either gone or wrecked and I was sliding towards Dick at high speed. I locked up my brakes, something I never do usually because usually I’m trying to get away from the wreck and it isn’t good to stop on a straight away with cars coming fast behind. Within a split second of seeing Dick in front of me and locking the brakes I was into his front bumper and climbing the front of his car…..it looks like Ray got caught up in it. He may have hit Hosford as Bob went from the high lane to the infield on his side, or Ray could be stopped because of the red flag.

 

Huge Damage

Wreck<br />
Wreck
    The front of the car was badly damaged, all ther suspension. Plus when I hit Dick I went end over end and landed on the trunk and back bumper doing excessive rear damage.

 

Roll Over……Shorter Wheel base

Crunch<br />
Crunch
    The damage was quite severe to both my car and Dick’s Coupe.

 

Roll Over……Dejected to Say The Least

He's Okay<br />
He’s Okay
    When I hit Remus head on, he must have been terrified, although it happened very quickly. I went up over his wheel, took out his carb hit his windshield and then catapaulted over his car wrecking the body on the way. He survived this wreck but he was most upset with whoever stuffed him in the wall in the first place…fortunately we don’t have that info, but it happened on a restart and just like Stew Pitchford in 77′, the cars on the restart did not want to get boxed behind the slower cars and some drives pushed them out of the way, not wanting them to get hurt but so they wouldn’t lose spots. I’m sure that’s what happened here, and it ending up wrecking a lot of cars. Dick was a great person and always helped everyone when he could.

 

Wishbones Broken, Rad Taken Out…Oh Boy

Lots of Work<br />
Lots of Work
    In the daylight on Sunday we got a closer look of the damage.

 

Damage Everywhere…David Finds More

It Was Nice<br />
It Was Nice
    This body had seen more damage in the past 12 months than all the years Don Cockburn had it.

 

To Date..3 Feature Wins…4 Roll Overs

Garage!!<br />
Garage!!
    Here’s a stat that begs the question..Do you think someones trying to give you a hint?. In my 8 years so far with the Hobbys I had 3 Feature wins and 4 Roll Overs, actually on one of those Feature wins, 1978′ I almost rolled over 50′ from the finish line.

 

Too Wrecked To Make It To The Garage

Axle Out<br />
Axle Out
    The axle was out and we needed it straightened to get the car to our garage, abut 75′ away. We coudln’t tow it back because the laneway was too narrow….Richie was a big help and I almost wore him out in his first year with me…you can see the Ford cross member, where the axle fits in, it was bent too as well as tons of body damage.

 

We Get It Fixed…But Not The Same

Ready?<br />
Ready?
    We didn’t miss a night of racing in 79′, but we did miss many nights of sleep to get ready in time.

 

Off To Flamboro

Ready?<br />
Ready?

 

Not Pretty But It’s Ready

Wore Out<br />
Wore Out

 

We Made It……..But We’re Beat Up

Ready To Battle<br />
Ready To Battle
    We made it out the next week and our car was not right. I didn’t start the heat and finished 6th in the consi not qualifying for the feature. It would be a miserable 9 more weeks after our roll over with 3 DNF’s in the features and 4 others I wouldn’t qualify for. In the two featrues I finished I had a 14 and 15th. In the remaining 9 heats I only started 3 and my best race finish including consi’s was 4th.

 

Yes We We’re Glad When 1979 Was Over

Rebuild for 1980<br />
Rebuild for 1980
    Nonie put up with a lot each year, but quite a bit in 79′. It was a tough season for us. Richie and Bev were great encouragers throughout the season, and Richie saved me with his extra effort….we will rebuild it for 1980 and hope we can have a good year.

1980 CVM History

1980 OARC Membership

Hobby Card<br />
Hobby Card
    Harry Nicholson was President and Bryan Rashleigh was Secretary Treasurer.

 

1980 Rundown

1980 Stats
1980 Stats
Inline Ruins Perfect Season…Slicks Scare Many Teams
    The season was good in many ways, but incredibly frustrating from our engine program point of view. We blew the engine and could not get it ready in time for the Delaware race. I was heart broken after that night, Nonie and I drove out to see if we could get a ride with a Hobby car but no dice. This was our first season for slicks and many race teams didn’t come out including Ray Hughes. Ray was right that the slicks were too costly, but I didn’t want to quit and if I did there was no place to race for less cost than what we were already paying. 1980 was fun in many ways but not so much with low car counts.

 

Quaker State…..our 9th Year Together

Sponsor<br />
Sponsor

 

Hobby Drivers for 1980…No Ray Hughes

Drivers<br />
Drivers
    The Hobby Club voted to use 8″slicks in 1980, Ray said he wouldn’t race if they went to slicks, and they did and he didn’t. Many drivers protested including me, to not run the costly tires. As it worked out I didn’t run, well not until they were wore out and if 1979 was bad, 1980 would be just as tough without running new tries fairly frequently. They were a soft Goodyear compound and when you put 4 new ones on your car it stuck like glue no matter where your chassis was relative to wedge or weight distribution…2 things I could spell but had no idea what they meant….as dad said, I mostly just aimed the car. My reason for staying was because after 8 years of torment, this season couldn’t be any worse, plus the fundamental reason…..I love racing.

 

Hobby Drivers for 1980…No Ray Hughes

Drivers<br />
Drivers
    The Hobby Club voted to use 8″slicks in 1980, Ray said he wouldn’t race if they went to slicks, and they did and he didn’t. Many drivers protested including me, to not run the costly tires. As it worked out I didn’t run, well not until they were wore out and if 1979 was bad, 1980 would be just as tough without running new tries fairly frequently. They were a soft Goodyear compound and when you put 4 new ones on your car it stuck like glue no matter where your chassis was relative to wedge or weight distribution…2 things I could spell but had no idea what they meant….as dad said, I mostly just aimed the car. My reason for staying was because after 8 years of torment, this season couldn’t be any worse, plus the fundamental reason…..I love racing.

 

Hobby Drivers for 1980…No Ray Hughes

Drivers<br />
Drivers
    The Hobby Club voted to use 8″slicks in 1980, Ray said he wouldn’t race if they went to slicks, and they did and he didn’t. Many drivers protested including me, to not run the costly tires. As it worked out I didn’t run, well not until they were wore out and if 1979 was bad, 1980 would be just as tough without running new tries fairly frequently. They were a soft Goodyear compound and when you put 4 new ones on your car it stuck like glue no matter where your chassis was relative to wedge or weight distribution…2 things I could spell but had no idea what they meant….as dad said, I mostly just aimed the car. My reason for staying was because after 8 years of torment, this season couldn’t be any worse, plus the fundamental reason…..I love racing.

 

Body Man’s Nightmare

Remodelling<br />
Remodelling
    The body man asked me “you guys don’t wreck these things do ya?”….I paused and said “no not really, maybe once in awile we might get into a wreck”….it’s a good thing he never followed my racing much, or he would have built a Brinks Truck.

 

Keep It In One Piece

Painted<br />
Painted

 

New Sponsor Picks Up Car

Painted<br />
Painted
    Buzz and Paul Dewsbury owners of Dewsbury Auto sponsored me in 1980. They ran a family gargae and serviced cars. They wanted to help and their sponsorship was letting me use their facility to get my car ready plus any major repairs they would help with labour wise and some parts.

 

New Home for A While

Garage<br />
Garage

 

New Home for A While

Garage<br />
Garage

 

New Home for A While

Garage<br />
Garage

 

Dad Puts On A Front Clip…No Jig

Fabricator Dad<br />
Fabricator Dad
    Dad knew it was no use trying to get everything perfect, like on a jig, we had no money for that kind of equipment and if we did we had no place to put it. So he did it the old way by levelling everything the best he could using his kmowledge and the tools he had. His welds were amazing and he knew more than likely I would put them to the test.

 

Dad Welds On His New Cross Member

Fabricator Dad<br />
Fabricator Dad
    Dad made the cross member and did a great job making it fit.

 

Cross Member In Frame Rails Capped

Fabricator Dad<br />
Fabricator Dad

 

Welding Motor Mounts and Supports

Fabricator Dad<br />
Fabricator Dad
    This car badly needed a front clip and Dad did it all.

 

Axle In with Drum Brakes

Getting Closer<br />
Getting Closer

 

Drop In The Motor

240 Ford<br />
240 Ford

 

Motor In….Dad With TheCool Glasses and A Smoke

240 Ford<br />
240 Ford

 

More Stick Welding Needed

240 Ford<br />
240 Ford

 

Richie Puts On The Wheels

240 Ford<br />
240 Ford

 

Richie Puts On The Wheels

240 Ford<br />
240 Ford

 

Paul Works On The Wheel Bearings

Paul<br />
Paul

 

There Was A Lot To Do After 1979

Close<br />
Close

 

Dad Thinks About How He Will Fit The Front Bumper

Mobile<br />
Mobile

 

Harry Holds The Bumper…….Not Tim Horton’s Cups

Long Process<br />
Long Process

 

Grandpa Raymond Elliott’s House………A Wise Man

Windshield In<br />
Windshield In
    The house across the street beside the building was my grandfathers home. We played there a lot when we were kids. He died in 1964, in his 64th year after just retiring. He worked hard all his life as a carpenter and raised 10 children. His sons became musicians and had an album called Square Dance Tonight. All 4 sons including my dad played on the albums….I remember one time I was playing hockey at George Bell Arena about 5 minutes walk from his home and I asked him if he could sharpen skates. I dropped them and he did them for me and as soon as I stepped on the ice I fell. He accidentally cut them the wrong way. We were ok we got them done on the machine at the arena, but the point is that grandpa would never refuse to do something for anyone and for sure none of his kids or grand children. His wisdom was so valuable. He was very proud of his son (my dad) for being oversee’s in the war and knew my dad was somewhat of a rebel. Grandpa never drank and lived a God fearing life, going to church and believing in the Bible. He told my dad that he should be the best at whatever he did. My dad, even in his rebel ways, became one of the best welders in the Boiler Makers Union. Dad’s work was put on display at the union hall in doowntown Toronto as samples of how welds should be. Dad never failed a welding test when he was called to go to a job site. Dad would be called by Texaco or BP and when he did a sample high pressure weld it was either exrayed or pressure bent and every time he passed….so grandpa’s advice to dad brought back fruit….dad told me the same thing about racing, but it would be another 8 years after 1980 that I started to run at the top on a more frequent basis. Once I got there it was easier to maintain the skill, the goal is to achieve the skill, patience and determination to get to the top. It would be a long road for us but we would make it.

 

Dad and Richie Push Car In…Hood Fits

Final Touches<br />
Final Touches

 

Transmission and Driveshaft…HeyThis Is Easy

Nice Jack<br />
Nice Jack

 

We Need Gas

93 Octane<br />
93 Octane

 

Ramp Truck Not Ready……..Butch Tows Opening Day

Butches Trailer<br />
Butches Trailer
    It was May 3rd and all the hard work paid off, we were ready for Flamboro’s opener. Dad, Rich Harry, Buzz and Paul came out and we had a rough night finishing 7th in the heat, 4th in the semi and 14th in the feature. There were lots of problems but we made it.

 

Pick Up Nonie and Kids on the Way

David and Shirley<br />
David and Shirley

 

Trailer Trouble……….Dad Checks It Out

QEW<br />
QEW

 

Buzz Works On Ramp Truck

Dewsbury's<br />
Dewsbury’s
    Buzz and Paul owned the business but they wanted to be involved and helped us tremendously to get ready. The ramp truck wasn’t ready opening day but it would be week two.

 

Lettered…….David Is Leans Against The Building

Dewsbury's<br />
Dewsbury’s
    The boy made need a haircut.

 

It’s Much Better When You Have Your Own Stuff

Team #36<br />
Team #36
    I have appreciated all the help over the years with people towing us to the races. Most of them helped because of the fact they wanted us there and they had the opportunity to help. We would pay for gas, their way in and supper, even then it was a major help or we wouldn’t be there.

 

Stewart Pitchford #47 on the QEW

QEW<br />
QEW
    Grenadier Ford went out of business, so neither Stewart or I had them for a sponsor in 80′.

 

Heading In The Right Direction….To Flamboro

QEW<br />
QEW
    The four of us went in the truck most times, and we played punch buggy on the way out. The kids usually won.

 

Flamboro’s Extra Security?

Kids<br />
Kids
    Shirley and Tracey with Ontario’s finest.

 

Early For Practice

#47 adn  #36<br />
#47 adn #36
    We arrive early to get some practice. In later years no one would be allowed in the pits until after it opened at 4:pm….here David and I check the tire pressures. These slicks would lose air very quickly. In fact when it rained there would be white foam all over the side of the tire from air bleeding out the thin sidewalls.

 

Club Picnic In Milton

Picnic<br />
Picnic
    Bryan Rashleigh cooks on the bar-b-que. Bryan was an all round player in the club. He ran very strong on the track and served on our committee for a few years. There were many families attend this annual fun time with the kids usually organized by John or Gord Hasselfeldt.

 

Club Picnic In Milton

Picnic<br />
Picnic
    Nonie and David at the club picnic, and Shirley at the table. That’s me taking the picture.

 

David and I

Ready To Go<br />
Ready To Go

 

Entering Flamboro Fprm The North Gate

Flamboro<br />
Flamboro
    Flamboro changed the pit entrance to the north east gate just up from the main grandstands.

 

Tech Area Fenced Off……….Later We’d Get A Pad

Flamboro<br />
Flamboro
    Going through Tech…”don’t worry boys we fixed it since the 79′ roll over”.

 

Delaware June 20th

Pits<br />
Pits

 

Delaware Heat

Heat<br />
Heat
    We drove hard in this heat and finally won at Delaware.

 

Heat Win

Heat Win<br />
Heat Win
    Our first win at Delaware, coming to take the checker.

 

Delaware Pits

Pits<br />
Pits

 

Delaware Fast Heat Winner…Dave McKee #37

Winner<br />
Winner
    Dave McKee was a great runner and a true champion. The era of him, Ray Hughes, Lee Jerome, Harry Nicholson, Bryan Rashleigh, Dave Carson, John Hasselfeldt and others made for exciting races for our fans.

 

Delaware Feature…We Finish 7th

Feature<br />
Feature
    This wasn’t our best Delawre feature finsih on June 20th 1980, we finsihed 3rd in 78′, but it was good for us to finish in the top 10 for a change….if this was 24 years later I would have picked up another $20 for Doc bucks.

 

Delaware Crew

7th<br />
7th
    Butch and Richie were very good friends and I was happy to have them with me. Richie survived 79′ and invited Butch to join us. 80′ wasn’t near as rough as the previous 2 seasons…some might say the tires had something to do with it, but that’s not true because I didn’t buy them very often…however it could be argued I was more stable on hard slicks then the re caps we were running.

 

Points Standings…Lee Jerome On Top

Points<br />
Points
    I always wanted to do good in the points. My goal was to finish in the top 5, but that was not an easy feat. In my first 9 seasons my best points finish was 8th at Flamboro. The rest were out of the top 10 or just barely inside the top 10….I guess by checking the past 8 years of history there is no need for any explanations as to why we didn’t finish higher.

 

Points Standings…Brian Atkinson to 2nd

Points<br />
Points
    We were probably insane with excitement when we found ourselves in the top 5. We had 3 top 4 feature finishes in the first 6 weeks and 3 finishes 14th and worse….it’s a long season Ray would say..relax!!!…he still says that to me.

 

Pete Ireland at Flamboro

Pete Ireland<br />
Pete Ireland

 

Jerome Pulls Away….McKee Back To 2nd

5th Still<br />
5th Still
    5th still?…that could give a guy a lot of confidence.

 

Flamboro Action Turn 3 & 4..Brian in Front

The Boys<br />
The Boys

I’m about to go under Lee? I don’t think so says normal people, but it does look like I’m in the right spot. Brian Atkinson #10 was very strong in 1980 and like any good runner, he ran well on slicks or treaded tires…today would have been good for him and Lee on treads.

 

Big Fat Sticky Slicks….$$$$$$$$….

back Chute<br />
back Chute

 

Flamboro Points…Lee 1st….Should Be Brian Book

Points<br />
Points
    That should be Brian Book…..we drop to 6th and top cars pull away.

 

Flamboro Turn 3

Pack<br />
Pack
    I’m in a battle here with Ron Jerome #58 high and Dave Carson #83, followed by Dave Jaccombs (roof), Brian Atkinson and then the orange Coupe of Lee Jerome #57.

 

Engine Gone…Not Good

Set Back<br />
Set Back
    August 16th…we blow up and not only does that hurt our chances to stay within the top 5, it’s a nasty expense. We didn’t sue George McLeod to build the engine we sent it out to someone the Dewsbury garage used. The problem is we are racing next Friday night at Delaware and we need to have the engine ready.

 

Engine Has To Be Removed

Engine<br />
Engine

 

Engine Out

Engine<br />
Engine

We got the engine back Friday morning. I was at work in downtown Toronto at Elgin Ford and I wasn’t going miss the day. I had asked for noon off and the boss said okay, I would have asked for that even without the engine problem just because we were racing at Delaware. When I got to the garage the Dewsbury’s had it all put together except for the rad. We finsihed it off and started it up for 4:pm, then the trouble started. There was only 25 pounds oil pressure. We did a master oil pressure test to see if the gauge was ok and the bad news was that the gauge was ok. Then I called Terry Dickinson and he said to increase the pressure in the oil pump to see if the oil pump is weak, but it didn’t work either. We called an auto parts supplier like JE Willis, only one closer to us, for an oil pump and they sent us a fuel pump. Now it was after 5:pm and we were all ready except an important aspect..the car. The parts company resent an oil pump and we put it in and there was no change. We were heart broken, drained and I cried knowing I would miss the Delaware race. I had called Harry Nicholson earlier, and told him of our plight and he said to come out to the race because Dave Jacombs had hurt his back and it looked like he may not be able to drive. Of course while we were thrashing on our car most drivers were lined up at the pit gate. The Dewsbury’s felt bad and said not to worry we would find out the problem for tomorrow at Flamboro. Nonie and I headed to Delaware knowing we were late but hoping to get a ride. When we got there everyone was signed in, including Dave and he not only drove his car that night but he won the feature. We left right away once I knew I couldn’t drive. I just couldn’t watch my peers racing if I couldn’t be in it. It was a long dirve back and one of our worst disappointments. We would end up missing one night in 1980 and that brought me to a total of 13 missed nights in 9 seasons with 3 nights of 100%.

 

Flamboro Points..Lee 1st…We Drop To 9th.

Points<br />
Points

 

Flamboro Practice

Flamboro<br />
Flamboro
    Herb Erb #68 is behind me and #73 is Ray from Hamilton, he operated a garge called Ray’s Texaco. In 1981 he brought this car out with a tube frame like a Late Model. They would not let him on the track with the car.

 

Sponsor Appreciation Display

Dewsbury's<br />
Dewsbury’s

 

Sponsor Appreciation Display

Dewsbury's<br />
Dewsbury’s

 

Flamboro Program

Flamboro<br />
Flamboro

 

Dave Carson #83

Dave Carson<br />
Dave Carson
    Dave was a very good and competitive driver. He helped the Hobby’s in a big way, even though him and the club didn’t know it at first. In 79 he came out with the wildest interpretated creation of our rules that ever had been tried. His car was so radical it forced the club committee to have an emergency general meeting to discuss his car. The results were he had to make some immediate changes to his conept car. The good news of all of his efforts was that the club took a closer look at the rules and even though it woul take another few years to get the book to make sense it was accomplished….many drivers were doing little things that were driving the committee nuts, Roger Downie being one who would stretch the odd verse in our book. But none like Dave car. His car looked like a motor cycle with a side car. Once Dave got his progarm in line with the interpretation 90% of the club knew, he became a very good runner and kept the points runners honest.

 

Sauble September 7th

Story<br />
Story
    We raced at sauble twice in 80′. Once on June 29th and this week end.

 

Sauble Turn Three

Practice<br />
Practice

]

 

Sauble Consi

Consi<br />
Consi
    I was late for the heat race and finished 4th in the consi. I was 8th in the feature. Ron jerome #58 is outside pole. Dave Carson is behind him with Ralph farraway #51 beside Dave. Then me and I think that could be Jeff Bedell beside me and maybe Brian Book #56 behind me.

 

Sauble Exit Ramp

Brian Book<br />
Brian Book
    Brian Book #56 and I exit off the back chute.

 

Sauble Pits….#47 Stewart Pitchford

Stewart<br />
Stewart

 

Sauble………….. Pete Ireland Rolls in Feature

Pete Ireland<br />
Pete Ireland
    Pete had a nasty roll in the feature when he tangled with Doug DiDero. Both drivers were okay but Pete ended down over the bank in turn one in the corn field.

 

Sauble………Doug DiDero #75

Doug DiDero<br />
Doug DiDero
    In his rookie season Doug had this terrible crash with his immaculate Coupe.

 

Sauble…….Feature Front Chute

8th In Feature<br />
8th In Feature

 

Look Suede Racing Boots…

All Smiles<br />
All Smiles
    I know what you’re thinking…I shoud have a party for my shoes and invite my pants down…right!..That would have been a better shot from the waste up. New fire suit and new paint on Stewarts car. We were practising at Flamboro on a Saturday afternoon. John would let us come out early to get practice on Saturday, we would leave about 3 and go back outside the gate.

 

Ritchie Gets A Chance To Try It

Buckle Up<br />
Buckle Up
    It was great to give the crew an opportunity to go out in the car. Today we can let them drive in the mechanics race, there was no such race in the early 80’s.

 

Nonie, Shirley and Tracey Ritchie with the Police

No Speeding<br />
No Speeding

 

Butch Beside Our Car…..Nice Tool Box

Shutter Bug<br />
Shutter Bug
    Ken Hillis drove the Shutter Bug in 1980 (car to the left), he was #3. Brian Pratt bought that car and drove it one or two nights as #3 and Brian got very sick and had a heart attack. He would recover and be on the committee in 84′ and President in 86, 87 and 88. Ken Hillis came back in 89 and ran a Coach #3…but were not there yet, this is 1980.

 

A Picture For Every Moment

David and David<br />
David and David
    David and his friend David Lewis.

 

Accidents and I Wasn’t In Them……..Linc Brown??

Flamboro<br />
Flamboro
    This article was written by linc Brown, I wonder if he is, or is related to the Linc Brown who races Late Models now (2005).

 

Heading Down Parkside Drive Near High Park

Flamboro Bound<br />
Flamboro Bound
    Sometimes we went out highway 5 or other times we went south on Parkside Drive to Lakeshore and got on the QEW just past the Humber river cut off. That’s High Park on the right and that’s me Stewart and Nonie in our Grand Prix (the beige car)….the truck coming this way has his signal on (I think), but it has nothing to do with the day or the picture….time to move on.

 

Ray!! It”s Going To Clear Up…Look! A Rainbow!!

Rain<br />
Rain
    The worse thing is to wait all week and then it rains…but wait…there’s a rain bow and somewhere close the sun maybe coming out. Ray knows I hate the rain on the week ends and probably so does he, but everytime it looks like rain he has this dumb smile and always has to find me to remind me that we may not be racing…the reverse is when John Casale waits 15 hours for it to stop raining and then asks us to go out and dry the track. I’m happy Ray isn’t…now he’s grumpy saying, why don’t they just call it off…Ray doesn’t go out on the track, but I do and usually I put in 50 laps to dry the track with the last 20 at full speed and then it rains again and John calls it…but after the 50 laps I’ve had my fix and I calm down a bit….Ray? He still has a full tank of gas.

 

1980..2 Wins..No Wrecks……Help for Roger Downie

Tough Season<br />
Tough Season
    We only won 2 races in 1980, and missed one night. After 9 seasons we had missed 13 nights of Hobby racing, but 3 seasons of 100%….From 72 to 80 we accumulated 3 feature wins and 4 rollovers..imagine after 9 seasons having more rollovers than feature wins….this was a tough year for Roger Downie. He crashed bad at Flamboro braking his arm in 3 places. On July 9th the OARC and Flamboro had a fund raiser for him and his family. We went through the stands and raised $1260 plus gave him our purse from that night..$935. That was the 2nd time the club donated the nights purse to an injured driver. The first time was for Rich Harris in 1975, a real good show of support by the Hobby club drivers for one of their own members.

1981 CVM History

1981 Membership Card

10 Year<br />
10 Year

 

1981 Run Down

1981<br />
1981

 

Racing with one of the best #37 Dave McKee

Dave McKee<br />
Dave McKee
    Dave McKee #37 was one of the toughest competitors to run a Hobby car. This picture was a 1980 shot at Flamboro Speedway, we put it here to remember 80′ as we look ahead to an exciting but record setting year for crashes in 81′.

 

Quaker State back for the 8th year

Sauble<br />
Sauble
    The front chute at Sauble Speedway. I’m sure that David in the stands working his way up the steps. He was 10 years old. Quaker State sponsored us again with excellent product. Our primary sponsor in 81′ was Elgin Ford.

 

Kids get ready to take car apart

Driveway<br />
Driveway

 

Richie and the crew lift the 33 Ford Coupe body

Coupe<br />
Coupe

 

Lots of work from here.

33 Ford<br />
33 Ford
    I’m not sure why we advertised for Toronto, maybe so they would let me park my race-car in my garage. See 1978 for more on the parking remark.

 

David with his best friend David Lewis

Friends<br />
Friends

 

There at the post!

Get working<br />
Get working

 

Honey we found the engine miss!

Caos<br />
Caos
    A day on New York city freeway. This is what your car would look like when you returned from the Sunoco station after running out of gas….our garage was so small we had to use the driveway to take it apart. If you think the neighburs were hay wire before I think this day pushed them over the edge. We were doing this in April, we only had a few weeks till opening day. My race program had to wait for good weather to start working on the car, no heat, no lighting (60 watt bulbs) and an uneven wooden floor. The good news is I didn’t have to race any of them.

 

Nice

Frame<br />
Frame
    We finally got a cement floor before the season started. That project took most of our budget. It would be a blessing for the neighbours though, there would be no more wood floor creaking at 3 in the morning. We still had to find a way to reduce the noise after knocking our tool box over at the brake of day…we were tired.

 

Home Depot

New bench<br />
New bench
    My peers would try to help me get my car set up. This may be a typical phone conversation: “Gary get your tools and I’ll tell you how to set the camber on the right front wheel”?….”No problem, I see a chipping hammer, a saw, an axe, oh ya and a level”….yikes. Good thing we had slicks.

 

A coat of black

Cage<br />
Cage
    I’m sure during the excitement of getting ready for the season, (it was fast approaching), we never really noticed how wide the space was between the uprights on both sides of the cage. You could almost drive a Mini Stock through those openings. Maybe it was becaue we sat close to the middle and never gave it any thought. Today I’m sure we would be adding some bars, but I’m sure at that time we felt it was okay. The goal was to race. Winning was a desire but I wasn’t staying home becuase I couldn’t win. If that was the case I would have raced only a tenth of what I did.

 

Start the re assemble

Frame<br />
Frame

 

Start the re assemble

Frame<br />
Frame

 

Coming together

Frame<br />
Frame

 

Engine Next

Chassis<br />
Chassis

 

Body’s On

Body on<br />
Body on

 

Harry Bow At Work

Mom's House<br />
Mom’s House
    Harry has some good equipment at Mrs. Bow’s (his and Nonie’s mom) house, and so we took the car there to finish off any welding.

 

On our way…ugly but ready

Loaded<br />
Loaded

 

Flamboro Pits

Pits<br />
Pits
    It is a little tough to put some of these pictures on our site. In some cases the pictures reveal how out of touch I was with my race program, not to mention the poor quality from our throw away cameras. However I did have some bad seasons. I wanted to race but whatever was going on in my life did not include an organized well prepared race team or program. This site is an autobiography in a sense, and hopefully it encourages others who struggle to see that I struggled for many years. Not giving up on or away from the track was the key. In this picture the car is in rough condition and the sole reason is because we took only a couple of weeks to get ready. When the car came off the race track in 80′ it didn’t get touched until April. The main thing is that we made it and our hearts pounded just as hard as those who worked on their cars all winter.

 

From white to black.

Black is bak<br />
Black is bak
    The first year of a black #36. We did get a good paint job in 81′ at Elgin Ford.

 

Lettering by Norm

Final touches<br />
Final touches
    Though late with our program, we did take time to detail everything like a model car. Perhaps it was the extra effort to make the car look good that helped cover up the fact that we did not up date our team as much mechanically as in the appearance department. It looks like the head was sent out to be redone. George McLeod from JE WIllis in Etobicoke rebuilt all our engines and always had them ready for the next week….Norm lettered my cars from 72 and this was the last year he put his artistic magic on the car.

 

Securing car on 48′ Chev Ramp Truck

Race Day
Race Day
Getting Ready To Go Racing

 

My dad Merile, and my mom Shirley

Dad and Mom
Dad and Mom
    Mom always cheered for me to do good and seemed to give me praise no matter how I ran. Dad on other hand worked hard to get the car safe and wanted me to finish up front, to win as often as possible and not to let anyone push me around on the track. In the Hobby club there were only a few rough drivers over the years, but for the most part all drivers showed respect….dad was such an incredible welder. He worked for the boiler makers union and always had to be tested no matter where he was called to do a job. If Shell Oil, or BP needed welders for a shut down, he would be called to the site, but had to pass a test first. Welders from the union would do a root pass folled by a few other welding passes and the company officials would bend the weld, if it broke or cracked the worker was sent back to the office. In 30 years welding dad never failed a bend test or exray. His perfection at what he did was what he wanted to see from me. It would be another 6 years before I started running like he wanted me to. It would also be the year he died 1987, but will save those stories for then….FYI…1987 could be a book on it’s own.

 

Richie brings car up for warm ups

Staging
Staging
    In this picture one of crew members Richie gets out of the car after getting in line for warm ups….in the back ground is Peter Murphy’s GoodYear truck that supplied the 8″ slicks for us. Every race night drivers were buying 2 or more tires. The difference in times after a night was 3/10ths, after 2 weeks it was over 1/2 a second. I ran my tires at least 4 nights and by the 4th night you could be 2 hours off the pace.

 

!981 Drivers Roster

Drivers<br />
Drivers
    There were well over 50 drivers registered in 1981 but rarely did we have more than 20 out on any given night. The cost of racing slicks was too much for even the die hard racers who wanted to race to have fun. The Hobby cars were very fast on the slicks. Our team was competitive about once a month when we put on a new set of tires. Perhaps a dangerous time in Hobby history, as far as future was concerned, but the club survived….we got off the slicks in 82′.

 

Hobby Heat at Flamboro Speedway

Heat Race<br />
Heat Race
    Ken Hillis #43 is outside Jim English #55. Doug Didero is driving #75.

 

Early Points Race Stats

Stats<br />
Stats

 

Loading Up to go Racing

Careful!<br />
Careful!
    Sometimes this was tougher than racing. It was impossible for our crew to push the car up onto the ramp truck so it had to be driven up. Notice it’s not what you’d call a friendly angle. The use of a trailer would have reduced the angle to make it easier. But!!.. a trailer means a tow vehicle and this 48 Chev “Maple Leaf” 3 Ton was all inclusive. Most nighbours had no idea what racing was, some may never even seen a race excpet on TV. When we loaded up on Saturday afternoon it was a treat for them to see. I can hear them rumbling to each other as the car makes it safely to the deck.. Son…”Wow dad, he made it again”. Dad…”Yes son, and he didn’t smash into the back of the cab this time”. Son…”Can we wait up until they come home tonight, and see how he unloads the car in the dark”? Dad…”He has no problem with unloading it in the dark son, but if it’s raining we’ll get up and watch”.

 

It’s Feedinig Time

Goodyear<br />
Goodyear
    Our cars ate tires at a serious rate. No wonder we could be seen every once in a while waiting for tires. We bought tires when we could and that was maybe once a month.

 

Hobby Racer and Sponsor

Tom Gallinger<br />
Tom Gallinger
    Tom brought a lot to our club. He was a good racer, wanted to have fun like most of us. His dad owned Gallinger Motors, a Ford car dealership in Milton and they sponsored the Hobbys a points fun as well as the pace car.

 

Harold Lawrence

Harold Lawrence<br />
Harold Lawrence
    Harold was known as the “racing farmer”. He bought this car from Dave Mogford and kept the #39.

 

Bill Spero

Bill Spero<br />
Bill Spero
    Bill in his rookie year ran very well. He bought this car from Dave Jaccombs #85. Bill did more than race, he also helped out with club events and worked on the committee.

 

Points Standings

Stats<br />
Stats
    Dave McKee was surrounded by Jeromes. John Hasselfeldt ran well with slicks.

 

New Car

36 Dodge Coupe<br />
36 Dodge Coupe
    This car was built by Bill Wakish. He sold it to a young fellow who after his debut racing decided to call it a career. He slid into turn 3 wall and that was enough for him. I borrowed it one night and liked the car, I eventually bought it from him for the 1982 season. His name was Gary, but I cant remember his full name. If you read this Gary call me and we’ll update this post, or if someone else knows who he is.

 

Stewart Pitchford

Up in Smoke<br />
Up in Smoke
    Stewart and I were very good friends. We went to grade school together. In 1960 and 61, we wore out 3 table top hockey games. Stewart worked out the hockey schedule and we each had 3 of the 6 NHL teams. He had Montreal, Boston and Detroit. We played a full NHL schedule and playoffs. Montreal won in the real world (Chicago in 61′) and Montreal won in our series. We raced Mini Stox together for 3 years. I started racing Hobbys first and he joined in 77. He had a terrible rollover in 77 during the Mid Season championship. I remember it perfect because I was leading the Mid Season at the time he rolled, there are some pictures of his wreck in CVM history…1977. Stewart sold that car to Ron Shaw. Stew was a very good mechanic and could fix anything. When he retired I wanted him to pit for me and at times he tried but found it hard to get away every week end. Stewart would help anyone anytime and I appreciate the times we had together.

 

Sunday Afternoon Wreaks Havoc

Damaged Coupe
Damaged Coupe
    1981 was one of our worst years and this particular day was mild compared to some.

 

Hard Hit Backwards

Beat Up Coupe
Beat Up Coupe
    The 33 Ford Coupe sits half way up the 48 Chev Ramp truck. We wrecked alot in 81′. Ron Shaw and I were twins in a different way. We never gave up no matter how bad it got, and it got a lot worse as this season went along.

 

Monday Night We Take It Apart

A Mobile Hoist
A Mobile Hoist
    We were by no means well equipped. In fact we were driven only by the desire to race. Here the crew and I remove the body while the car is still on the ramp truck so we can get it to Harry’s to repair. I had to do it this way because we would not have had enough help to push the car up the ramps by hand and we needed to get the car to Harry right away in order to get it ready for Saturday.

 

Ready To Start Repairing

No Body..Easy To Fix
No Body..Easy To Fix
    Harry always helped when he could and that was most times. He got us geared up this week. The next few pictures show the hours my crew and I put in to get back out on the following Saturday. We used the ramp truck as a work bench and a huge a frame to get the car up so dad could weld it.

 

A Closer Look Says…Why Fix It?

What A Mess
What A Mess
    I may not even get in that car today (05/29/2007). It sure was tough. But so was I and I would do anything to race. It looks like I cut the aluminum with a chain saw. It’s true I was never much of a fabriactor, but the car looked good from a distance.

 

Jackson Carr & Rich Ritchie More Than Crew

Putting It Back Together
Putting It Back Together
    The dedication of friends who become pit crew is really incredible, especially when they stick with you in times like these. Jackson and Richie sacrificed many hours to get me back on the track. Jackson lived in Scarborough and Rich in Etobicoke. Thanks guys, I know these were tough times but it was fun working with you.

 

Finishing Touches

Friday Night
Friday Night
    Almost ready

 

Saturday Morning… Almost As Good As New

We Did It
We Did It
    There’s nothing better than getting up Saturday morning and cleaning the race car to go racing. It would be unthinkable to wake up and not be going to the races..with our car. Thanks to my crew we were as good as new.

 

The Truck Gets Painted As Well

Now That's Better
Now That’s Better
    Once the truck was painted, we looked pretty good. However, not everyone knew what secrets were hidden under the paint and wax. This was a battle weary chariot, and we loved it.

 

Another Year And I’ll Look Like Jason Shaw

Getting Ready To Go To War
Getting Ready To Go To War
    Notice in this picture that both my truck and the truck next to me have the hoods open. In my case I possibly borrowed the battery out of the race car so we could get to the track, or I borrowed the battery out of the truck so we could get on the track. Either way it worked for me.

 

Points Race

Jerome Boys On Top
Jerome Boys On Top
    In the early going we were 7th. That was partly due to the fact that we were low in car count. However we did have some future hall of famers who liked the slicks.

 

Richie Happy We’re Here

Flamboro Pits
Flamboro Pits
    We love racing and it sure shows on Richie….PS…is my left front tire flat? Maybe we ran it that low to get heat in the tire because unlike the top runners I bought tires once a month, not every week.

 

Sammy Taylor #82

Hard Charger
Hard Charger
    Sammy ran sparingly, but when he did he gave it his best.

 

Tom Gallinger #30

Sponsor and Racer
Sponsor and Racer
    Tom Gallinger and I run side by side. Gallinger Motors sponsored the Hobby’s many years. Tom would eventually be inducted into the Hobby Hall of Fame….but at the time of this photo, there was no Hall of Fame.

 

Ron Shaw #81

No One Had More Fun
No One Had More Fun
    If there was one racer who I felt was most like me when it came to racing, it was Ron Shaw. We were low budget and big heart. He was more organized than me, but had almost as much bad luck and never, ever gave up. In that way we were twins, neither one of us would quit no matter what the condition our chariot was in. I say that not to insinuate that Ron’s cars were as rough as mine, but that he came to race and wasn’t ever happy missing the feature. I respect Ron as much today as I did when I raced with him. (May 07) In this picture John Hasselfeldt is running on the outside of Ron

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A Perfect Story On How We Lost The Race

Jim Collison in Print
Jim Collison in Print
    This article makes me want to stop reading half way, but that wouldn’t be the right thing to do.

 

Ron Jerome Take Point Lead

Hobby Points Standings
Hobby Points Standings
    Points chase is close up front

 

My Future Car..1936 Plymouth Coupe

Plymouth Coupe
Plymouth Coupe
Bill Wakish Beauty
     This Coupe was built by Bill Wakish. It was owned and raced by Alfy Rykman #5 in 79′, Dave Mogford #39 before that. Another driver, Gary ? bought it, and I bought it from. This was one of the better cars I owned because it was built very well.

 

Hot Off The Press

Didero Wins
Didero Wins
    Doug Didero, Jeff Bedell then me.

 

The Kids and Crew Chief

Check out the crowd
Check out the crowd
    It was always fun to race in the early 80’s. There were lots of cars in all divisions and tons of fans to cheer us on. The Hobby’s had about 18 to 20 on a regular basis, much lower than the previous years before we went to slicks…although the early 70’s was the worst.

 

Tim Young and His Boys

Tim Young The Fan
Tim Young The Fan
    Tim Young was an enthusiastic Hobby fan. He eventually got into the club in 1984 buying the #66 33 Chev Coupe that John Hasselfeldt raced in 81’…(the same car that I would end up with from 1990 until now..2007).

 

Hard Chargin’ Dick Remus Takes The Checker

Dick Remus #44
Dick Remus #44
    There was one night that I sat in the infield for one of our many dnf’s. While in there I watched Dick Remus slam the wall as hard as anyone I’ve ever seen hit in a Hobby car. Many drivers including me have burried our cars in the cement. Some from blowing engines, sliding in someone else’s blown engine or stuck gas pedal. Dick hit almost head on from a stuck throttle..yikes…but he was okay. He was one of the nicest men in our club. That impact was caught on film…and it’s further down this page.

 

Points Update

Hobby Points
Hobby Points
    Ron Holds Top Spot Over Dad

 

President In The Best Appearing Car

Harry Hicholson
Harry Hicholson
    Harry Nicholson was the extreme for how great a race could look. Not only were his cars immaculate, they performed just as good.

 

This Tough Piece Could Win

Another Win For Us
Another Win For Us
    We had more wrecks in 1981 than anyone else. However we always managed to get back out week after week. Sometmes we even won. When this battle weary tank crossed the finish line in first place we were shocked with delight, while most of our competitors were shocked with unbelief. We didn’t do much from the year before and it’s no wonder we were doomed to fall apart, but, as long as the car would run we could get it around the track on those slicks. It would take another 6 years before I began to understand how the car worked. In the meantime, when asked about my driving, dad said…”Gary dosen’t drive the car, he aims it”.

 

Mad Dash Into Turn One

Yes, I'm The One Smoking
Yes, I’m The One Smoking
    The Shutterbug, Ken Hillis Jr #43, Bob Kurtin #80, and outside Bob it looks like #55 Jim English. We are very close entering this turn. I think Ken went high going in, I tried to go under him, he started coming back down and I pushed up, Bob probably pushed me a little and so we jam on the brakes so we don’t wreck everyone, especially ourselves.

 

How Can This Be

We Move Into Fourth
We Move Into Fourth
    There is no way to explain how we got into 4th, other than not everyone showed up every week and consistency rules. We were always there at the end and never gave up trying to get the car on the track. This was the highest we ever got in points during our 10 years with the Hobby’s. Imagine, 10 years and never in the top 4. That’s because the cars were very competitive and most teams were miles ahead of us in technology and equipment. We may have been ahead of them when it came to getting back on the track no matter what happened in the warm ups heat or even during the feature. We would be towed into the pits and minutes later drive back out. Crazy determined, and definitely doing it the hard way.

 

A Sunday Race

Afternoon Feature Line Up
Afternoon Feature Line Up
    The track had spots for the cars to line up. Here me and Jeff Bedell #65 get ready for the feature. It’s got to be the feature. I’m sure it’s a feature because we wouldn’t go through this for a heat, plus the crowds on Sunday were no where near those on Saturdays.

 

Cruise Lap

Packed Grandstands
Packed Grandstands
    Jim Collison #12 is in front of me, you can’t see his number, but anyone who raced then will recognize the red and gold paint scheme. Jim was in front of me and no doubt he finished there. He was a tough competitor.

 

Flying Down The Front Chute

Man Size Crowd
Man Size Crowd
    Side by side with Jeff Bedell.

 

Tom Gallenger #30

Coming Off Turn Two
Coming Off Turn Two
    Dueling With Tom Gallinger…Hey Ray, nice view of the slicks. I know it would be a good view because Ray would be sitting in the back grand stands watching since his absence was due to us running slicks. I ran them for many nights to keep the costs down…it also kept my lap times down to. When we put on new slicks we added 200 horse power, it was awesome for about 15 laps.

 

Mayhem With Hall of Famers

Which Way Do I Go!
Which Way Do I Go!
    Here are some vets who one day will be in the Hobby Hall Of Fame. Harry Nicholson #14, Bob Kurtin #80 and Bob Fields #2 all made it to the Hall Of Fame. Also in the picture is #43 Ken Hillis Jr and the racing farmer #39 Harold Lawrence. The car in the wall isn’t me, the rear deck is chopped and I never ran the back of my Coupe chopped.

 

John Hasselfeldt #66

One Day This Car Will Be Mine
One Day This Car Will Be Mine
    John drove this 33 Chev coupe until 1983. Tim Young ran it as #11 in 84′. Terry Coates and Jim Bunting ran it in 1986 and 87 and then Fred Poets had it until I bought it in 1990..and as of this post (June 2007) I still own it. John comes back later to drive a Ford..that’s in a few years from now.

 

Dave McKee #37

Chev With An Attitude To Win
Chev With An Attitude To Win
    There were some dominant runners in 1981 and Dave McKee was one of them. The Jerome team, Ron and Lee, and for sure the #83 of Dave Carson battled week after week with many other fast cars. Dave was liked by everyone even when he won, and that was on a regular basis. He didn’t figure in the points championship for 81′ because he took a lot of nights off..but wait until 1982 and see what he brings to the track. It would be a masterpiece ten years ahead of its time.

 

John Hasselfeltd #66 Having His Best Year

Points Standings
Points Standings
    We were there every week and though we didn’t run consistent, we never quit and found ourselves in 4th place. Like John Hasselfeldt, this to was the highest we climbed in the points standings.

 

A Great Crew Member

Rich Ritchie
Rich Ritchie

There’s nothing like having a dedicated crew member also be a real good friend. Rich and I were very close and had so much fun doing things together away from racing. We played hockey together, played darts, watched and cheered for the Leafs, sang songs at parties but most of all we loved racing. He worked with Nonie at the Post Office in the late 70’s and I met him through Nonie. He came over with his wife, Bev and their 3 girls. We had many great times and he inspired me always. I think every race car driver that has a passion for racing, has a dedicated crew member like Rich. No matter what we do, we can never do wrong and they always keep us encouraged and make you feel like your the best week after week. Over the years I’ve had many good crew members, this father of 3 was one of the best.

 

This Is The Best Of All Moments

David Soon To Be 10 Years Old
David Soon To Be 10 Years Old
One Day We’ll Race Together

Racing is incredibly fun, and winning is the most exciting of all. What’s even better than that, is when your children come out to get their picture taken with you. You feel so glad you won, and now you can share that moment with someone you love, someone who makes you feel like your their hero. David is enjoying the win with me, he’s holding the checkered flag, and I’m proud to give it to him. One day in the not to distant future this 10 year old will grow up and capture his own checkered flags, his own championships and his own notoriety. In the meantime, dad is on top, saying, this is what it’s all about. Moments like these are hard to beat, and cannot be replace. As I enjoy this particular time in my racing career, it gets better and more exciting as I realize and hope that one day we may race together. Racing has been a tremendous blessing to me, and I thank God for the family, friends and fun.

 

Same Win Different Side

David and I Flamboro Win
David and I Flamboro Win
    Many Hobby cars, ours included, were built with the driver sitting in the middle. We could reach out either side of the car, hold the checker on either side and we usually could see more in the middle. Left side weight? Who knew about that. Apparently most everybody but me. Dave Carson looked at my car one day as we were lined up and waiting to go into the races. The car was on the ramp truck, and easy to see under the rear of the car, specifically the suspension. Dave turned to me and asked how we could ever get this car around the track. I said “we just start it, put in gear and aim”. But! “in 2 weeks we will run alot better”. How’s that Dave asked….”new tires, what else”.

 

John Thought It Was Easy

I Got In Okay
I Got In Okay
    My crew in 1981 consisted of my dad, Harry Bow, Richie, Angie and pictured here, well some of him..John. John was a trucker and loved racing. One afternoon we went out to practice and he wanted to take the car around the track. I said okay to both him and Richie. John got in okay but was in big trouble trying to get out. He eventually got out and never wanted to go in again.

 

1948 Chev Maple Leaf Ramp Truck

Old Reliable
Old Reliable
    This truck was awesome and we kept it looking good every week. Many stories surround this truck going to the races and coming home. One night we were coming back from Delaware, Nonie, Richie and I, it was raining the wipers didn’t work. We pulled to side of the road and got some mechanics wire from our tool box…that was one of the key items in our tool box. We knew we could only use one wiper so here was the plan. We tied a 2′ foot piece of wire to the drivers wiper arm and brought it in the drivers window, and another piece about 3′ long,also attached to the drivers wiper arm and brought it through the passenger side. Since it was a long way home still, about an hour and a half to Toronto, we decided to sing songs. With the beat of each song we would manually work the wipers back and forth. Richie would pull his way and I would let mine go and then I’d pull my side and he would let off on his side, and so the wiper would go back and forth keeping the drivers side windshield clear. The faster the song, the faster the wiper went, as we rapidly worked back and forth. Nonie wanted us to sing Donna, or something like that, and we said, Nonie if we sing a slow song we won’t be able to see. After about an hour, many songs, and wore out we made it…we went side to side so many times in this monotonous sawing motion that we almost cut the roof off the truck from the wire rubbing on the windshield posts. Anyway we made it home.

 

Bob Fields #4

Bobby Fields At Flamboro
Bobby Fields At Flamboro
A Very Tough Runner
    Bob was one of the cars to beat in the early 70’s. He was an inovator and had his day of domination. He continued in the club getting softer as the years went by. He was a strong competitor and loved the Hobby club.

 

The Coach Man

Wayne Martin #34
Wayne Martin #34
Dueling At Flamboro
    Wayne Martin always ran a Coach and with the help of his dad Ken, they did alright. We were similar in a lot of ways. We both wanted to race and both our Dads wanted us to win. Wayne and I usually found victories without winning, and that kept us going. There was a group of us who fought and struggled to be competitive and if at anytime any of us did we were all glad for the one who managed to take away a top spot from a regular hot shoe…a name never equated to us, even for a short spell…at least not yet.

 

Heading To The Coupe Hospital For Repairs

Elgin Ford
Elgin Ford
Right Side Tires Whacked The Wall
    When it came to serious repairs we took our car to Elgin Ford. They were very good to us and it was the use of their welders and torches that kept us racing week after week.

 

Best Friend

Nonie Using A Torch
Nonie Using A Torch
Nonie has always been my best supporter by far
    Any man that races has to credit his wife for longevity in this or any other sport. Nonie showed her support by helping, sometimes reluctantly. In this picture she is heating the cross member that was severely bent in a wreck.

 

Axle Or Hockey Stick?

Mid Week Repairs
Mid Week Repairs
Common Scene
    It was nothing new for us to bend our axle and usually like a hockey stick. It always came back and sometimes the car handled better…but we never figured out why. We wouldn’t want to tell anyone our car was good because they would take one look at it and tell us the caster, camber and you name it, were all wrong. Probably they were, but we could aim the car fairly good with how it was, so we left it, besides, it would likely get bent again sooner than later, and we were here to race.

 

Nonie Cleans The Car

Axle Ready
Axle Ready
Always Something To Do
    While I straightened the axle, Nonie took the tires marks off the body. I changed into coveralls to re install the axle.

 

Dad With His Grandchildren

Heat Win
Heat Win
Tammy, Gary, David and Grampa Merile

 

Close Call

Axle Breaks
Axle Breaks
Fetching A Runaway Wheel
    The car was perfect. We had just painted everything, wheels and chassis and a new wax job on the body. Going into turn three something snapped..the axle…and the car did a 360 degree spin parking about 10 inches from the wall. There was no damage other than I had to go get the wheel.

 

Can You Find David

Learning Maintenance
Learning Maintenance
David Was Learning

 

Close Quarters

Heat Race
Heat Race
Roger Perry #98…Jeff Bedell #65

 

Judging By The Smile

Heat Win
Heat Win
Here’s A Good Shot Of The Slicks
    We ran these sticky slicks and you can almost feel the gummy rubber just by this picture. We won this race and when we had new rubber we were fast…so was everyone else.

 

June 28th Heat Race

Battling With The Boys
Battling With The Boys
What A Crowd
    In this shot I am running outside of #43 Ken Hills Jr. Behind me is Doug DiDero #75 with Lee Jerome beside him. Also in this picture is #65 Jeff Bedell. The next picture is the finish of this race. We were running 2nd and got by #43 Ken Hills Jr, but a caution came out letting him back in front. We had new tires making our go-cart even better. We got the lead with some hot shoes coming. See the next photo.

 

1st Win Of Season

Beating Lee Jerome #57
Beating Lee Jerome #57
Our First Win Of 81′
    Not only was this our first win of 81′, we did it by beating one of the best of the year Lee Jerome and in front of 3 million fans. We finished 2nd in the semi and 6th in the feature this night.

 

Coming Off Four With #65 Jeff Bedell

Heat Race
Heat Race
Jeff Bedell #65 and Ron Butts #88 Just Ahead

 

Hobby Cars Were Always Fun To Race

Practice
Practice
Having Fun Is Hard To Quit….Quit?…Never

 

John Hasselfeldt #66

John Finished 3rd In Points
John Finished 3rd In Points
One Day The #66 Car Would Be Mine…1990

 

Mid Season Heart Break

Crash In Turn Three
Crash In Turn Three
A Story That Would Discourage The Toughest
    On June 28th we won our first race of the season beating Lee Jerome, finshed 2nd in the semi and 6th in the feature. July 4th was the Mid Season Championship and we were looking forward to this race. During the week we did our regular maintenance on the car and some friends came over. While we were changing the oil I put the filter on and we stroked it off our check list. On Saturday prior to loading the car we let it run for 10 minutes makinig sure everything was okay. Again at the track we let it run and then headed out for warm ups. About four laps into practive I felt the car lagging power. It was weird like a brake was on, as if it was seizing. I was close, there was seizing going on but it wasn’t from the brakes. I just happened to look at my gauges and saw no oil pressure and pulled off the track. While I was stopped in the center of the infield I checked the oil level and was immediately sick to my stomach, well almost. There was no oil on the dip stick and worse than that there was none in the engine. We pulled the pan off and every piston had play at the crank but the engine didn’t blow up…another 30 seconds and it would have. We took the engine to George McLeod and he finished it for us by the next Friday July 10th (he was very good in getting my engines to me in time). We put the engine in Saturday moorning and started it up about four pm, when we should have been almost to the track. To our shock it was pouring oil out the rear main. I called George and he asked me if I installed the rear main seal that was tied to the engine block. “No I didn’t, I thought that was a spare, what do I have to do now?”….you don’t want to know…and for the next two plus hours we had to pull the tranny, driveshaft bell housing and lower the pan to get the seal in. It was maddening ordeal but we got it together and finally got to the track for this exciting race. We missed warm ups that was okay, we missed the heat and the semi, but we were here. There were only 18 cars so we were guaranteed a start. In this picture, the first lap of the Mid Season of July 10th, I am standing in the upper right corner looking at my bent axle and smashed up suspension…that’s right we went one lap and wrecked. Perhaps it more understandable why we got so excited over a win, any win , because we had very few of them.

 

Dick Remus Hardest Hit

Bad Crash In Turn 3 Wall
Bad Crash In Turn 3 Wall
Gas Pedal Sticks
    You coud hear this crash from Paris to Toronto. Dick Remus hit the wall as hard as any one had every hit it in a Hobby car. The impact was so hard his head went forward dangeroulsy far. Lee Jerome got by on the inside. Dick was okay, not so for his Coupe.

 

Heat Battle

Potatoe Farmer
Potatoe Farmer
Shutterbug #43 Ken Hills Jr and Lee Jerome #57

 

Dad, Harry and Richie

Crew
Crew
Lined Up For The Heat
    In this picture we are lined up behind Wayne Fetter #38. Dad, Harry and Richie pose with me in this shot.

 

Doug DiDero #75

Racing With A Future Legend
Racing With A Future Legend
Doug DiDero Would One Day Become A Super Modified Champion

 

Super Wreck In The Next Sequence Of Pictures

Barrie   September  13th
Barrie September 13th
Front Chute Wreck
    This wreck was one of my worst in Hobby racing. Marc Robb #22 t-boned me in a multi car crash that included John Hasselfelt at the end of the front chute, almost rolling our car.

 

John and Marc Make Sure I’m Okay

The Dust Has Settled
The Dust Has Settled
Once The Dust Settled We Could See The Damage

 

King Pin Sheered….Thats Not All

Feature Race....Not Good
Feature Race….Not Good
Once Out Of The Car It Was A Discouraging Site
    This wreck happened early in the feature. We had spun out twice in the heat after Richie picked #1 for this Gold Cup race. In the feature we started near the rear because of a DNF in the heat and a 12th in the semi. A pack of cars including Bob Kurtin, Harry Nicholson and John Hasselfeldt checked up very quickly at the end of the front chute. I hit John and got turned side ways and was nailed by Rob. We were in very bad shape at this point.

 

We Need A Flat Bed

This Aint Moving
This Aint Moving
What A Mess
    The starter, Mel, looks on, hoping to get the race restarted, but knowing this car needs a flat bed to get it off the track. The rear axle was bent as well as the front king pin sheered. Fans stare at the car, Hobby cars were always immaculate and fans knew the severe body damage here was unusual, especially to the roof line. If we were racing in England I may have been in trouble….right hand drive.

 

Fans Look On

Mel Miffed
Mel Miffed
Holding Up The Show?…We Came To Entertain

 

We Didn’t Make It Back Out

Two Tow Trucks
Two Tow Trucks
First Time In 10 Seasons To Need Two Tow Trucks

 

Back In The Garage

To Get Ready For Next Week
To Get Ready For Next Week
A Lot Of Work To Do With Three Nights To Go

 

Taken It Apart

Pieces Everywhere
Pieces Everywhere
Needs To Be Disected To Discover All The Mess

 

Pledge On The Roof

Wax A Little Pre Mature
Wax A Little Pre Mature
The Only Pledge Was To Get Ready For Next Week
    Someone put a can of pledge on the roof of the car, probably me, to cheer us up, knowing we had a full weeks work ahead of us. We used pledge to wax the car, it did a good job, smooth as glass. Nonie went wild if we had company coming over and there was nothing to use for the furniture. I told her….”you can’t race a coffee table”.

 

Off With The Roof

Now We're Serious
Now We’re Serious
It Was Worse Than We Thought
    There was so much damage we had to strip the car down completely to make sure we got everything fixed properly. I had lots of help to make it easy.

 

Working In The Dark

Good Help
Good Help
My Competitors Thought We Were In The Dark
    Perhaps most of the teams we raced against thought we were quite back woods in our race program. However they knew our heart and effort was as good as the best. Here Richie facing us, Angie on the left and Jackson on the right finish taking the body off.

 

Working On The Front End

Non Stop
Non Stop
Jim Granger Gives A Hand

 

Richie and Angie

Elgin Ford
Elgin Ford
Back To Elgin Ford For Repairs
    Richie and Angie were two of our crew who helped with this Super Wreck at Barrie. Here we are at Elgin Ford in Toronto getting some welding done. The car is on the ramp truck without the body.

 

Friday Night

Chassis Fixed
Chassis Fixed
Body Goes Back On…Jackson All Smiles

 

Ready To Go

We Want To Race
We Want To Race
Sitting In The Driveway Saturday Morning
    It wasn’t pretty but it was ready and when it came to looking good or being in the race, we wanted to race.

 

Two Weeks After Super Wreck

Win #4
Win #4
September 26th Flamboro…Consi Win
    This was our 4th win of 81. We passed both Jim English and Brian Book late in the race to take the win.

 

Soap Box

Davids Toy
Davids Toy
Soap Box Racing Was A Big Deal For The Kids

 

David, Gary and Sharon

Soap Box
Soap Box
Sharon Shepherd, Congratulates David and Gary
    Sharon was always good to the kids and here she congratulates David and our nephew Gary on their race.

 

Jim Collison #12

Under Yellow
Under Yellow
Crusing Under Caution
    Jim and I are obviously under caution here, we are too far up the track to be racing. Jim was a very tough competitor and knew his stuff.

 

Racing Into Three

Flamboro
Flamboro
Brian Book #56 and Harold Lawrence #39 Lead Pack

 

Ed Sooley #72

Flamboro
Flamboro
Ed Sooley and Murray Lockhart drove the #72

 

Jim Collison #12

Hard Chargin' Jim
Hard Chargin’ Jim
Jim Collison Wins
    Jim was a steady runner and fought for every inch on the race track. He didn’t run every night in 81′ making it impossible to figure in the points standings. However when he came out, he figured in the outcome. Jim would eventually work with the club as a committee member, but not for a few years.

 

Ron Shaw #81

Laid Back Ron
Laid Back Ron
“We’re Here To Have Fun”
    To race in a division for 10 seasons was easy when competitors like Ron Shaw joined. Ron was and still is a fun person to be around and though he loved to race he didn’t take it to serious. He was like us in so many ways. Helen and Ron had kids the same age as David and Shirley, and like us they were die hard racers. He cared for the little guy, the poor teams, making sure everyone got a fair shake when it came to racing procedures and pay outs. Ron was forever helping other teams, always lending parts or showing us how to fix the bent pieces. We were pretty good at fixing the bent stuff since we never quit crashing, perhaps another reason we got along so good, we were battle warriors…crash…fix…and race again. Part of the reason we got so excited with a heat, consi or semi win was because they were so rare. Within a few years Ron would be responsible for every Shaw in Ontario racing with the Hobbys.

 

Harry Nicholson #14

Club President
Club President
Harry Nicholson…Best Appearing Car In 1981

 

Tom Gallinger #30

Club Sponsor
Club Sponsor
Tom Gallinger, Racer, Committee Member, Club Sponsor
    There was a huge contingent of Hobby drivers from Milton. Tom was one of many who not only raced in the Hobby club, but gave back wherever he could. Tom’s dad sponsored the club through their Ford Dealership, Gallinger Lincoln Mercury. Always a fun guy and very clean racer. I hardly remember Tom in an accident.

 

10th Year O.A.R.C.

Proud To Be A Hobby Driver
Proud To Be A Hobby Driver
Quaker State…It Was Our 8th Year With This Great Oil Sponsor

 

Front Chute Flamboro

Chasin  Roger Perry
Chasin Roger Perry
Just A Blurr

 

Bob Kurtin #80

Flamboro Win
Flamboro Win
He Loved To Race….He Loved To Win
    Bob Kurtin was one of those rare members of the Hobby club who did amazing things on and off the track. He worked hard on his race program, maybe not as hard as some of us because he knew what he was doing and didn’t have to. He worked hard on the committee every time he was nominated and elected. He tried to instill in most of us to do things ourselves and not get caught up on buying our way to the top. He helped me alot and at times got through the numb-skull. Bob won this race and would end up 9th in the points at the end of the year. Just a great competitor and friend.

 

Lee Jerome #57 Leads Son Ron #58

Lee and Ron
Lee and Ron
Ron Jerome #58 Beats Dad In Points Race
    This picture shows Lee just a bit ahead of his son. In the points chase Lee would finish behind Ron by only 3 points. How awesome it must have been for Lee, who already was a champion in the Hobby Club, to finsih 2nd to his son Ron. It was the first time in Hobby club history that a father and son team finished first and second. These two had a great year and fought with John Haselfeldt #66 and Dave Carson #83. Some nights Carson had the Jeromes covered. Things went wild at Barrie when the three of them crashed on the back chute. However when the final checker fell in 81′ it was history in the making with the Jeromes first and second….it would be another 18 years before a father and son team would finish first and second. This time the dad took the championship. You’ll have to wait for that history to be posted.

 

5th Win of 81…October 18th

Windy Win
Windy Win
Semi Win On Final Night
    This was our 5th win of the season. It was Octoberfest at Flamboro and a cold and windy day it was. This picture was autographed by the comdeian Billy Van.

 

Last Night Of 81 Was Our 250th in Hobbys

250th Night
250th Night
A Milestone Of Sorts…Shared With Family And Crew
    This was our 250th night in the Hobby club. Only knew that because I kept track in our diary of every night we ran. Pictured here is Richie on the ramp truck, David beside him, Jackson Carr to the right, Nonie on the far left keeping Shirley warm in her coat. Beside Shirley is Jackson’s daughter…sorry, she has a twin, played hockey and had a name but I cannot remember it. If anyone reads this and can let me know we will add her precious name to this caption. Her dad was a soft and gentle man as was Richie. The picture being held up was done by Glen Forsythe. He did these pictures for many of the racers, I was fortunate to have a few.

 

Final Standings..We Finish 4th

Best Ever
Best Ever
Hard Luck Winner…But Best Ever Points Finish
    We won the Hard Luck Award at the banquet, but we also had the best points finsih in our 11 years with the Hobby club. This was a very tough season but the first time we finished in the top 5 in points.

 

Paul Cornwall

Great Crew
Great Crew
Paul Cornwall…What A Blessing
    We called Paul K.C., for Kansas City, his home town. Paul was a gentleman and never said a bad or negative word against any of our competitors. He appreciated the competition and always wanted us to be ready to take a win or good finsih if the occasion ever arose, since they were scarce. Paul always gave good advice and was so much fun for us to be around.

 

1981 Hobby Club Banquet

Nonie and I Celebrate
Nonie and I Celebrate
Year End Celebration
    Nonie and I always went to the Hooby banquets at the end of the year. We fisihed 4th in points, got the Hard Luck Award, big trophy in front and finished 6th in Gold Cup. My beautiful wife supported me like no other and to her I am truly grateful and thankful.