1984 CVM History

1984 Hobby Membership

OARC
OARC
13th Year With Hobby’s
    The controversial 1983 season was not quite over when Ron Shaw a few other members asked me to run for President. I’d spent a few years on the committee but didn’t know if I was ready yet to take over the helm. Maybe it was the Hobby club who wasn’t ready for me because once I got nominated and voted in I wanted to get the Hobby club back to where it was in the mid 70’s with lots of cars and fun. My enthusiasm would take the club to a four race mini series in the Maritimes and Maine. When I assumed the leadership of this incredible club, with it’s history and legacy, it was truly an honour. Our car count had dwindled and to make matters worse, Harry Nicholson started a new class called CORA, a type of modified race car, and had hopes of convincing many of the OARC members to join him. Lucky for us only a few jumped ship. 1984 was a turning year for the Hobbies in many ways. It was a year for everyone to work together for the betterment of the club. When the final flag flew in 84′, even those who complained a lot had to agree we didn’t have a horrible season, but it sure was busy. My 13th year with the Hobby club was going to be a trial of sorts, especially being President. The club lost all it’s points money from 1983. My first duty was to try to get back the lost points fund, or at least some of it from the previous year, then, with the help of my commitee, try to raise money for the 1984 season. I met with Norm West the President of XPL Motor Oil, the primary sponsor in 83′. He was a nice man, but said, regrettably, there was no money to be given to the Hobby club, but if he did get in a position to pay it to us, he would. We decided to move on and keep our focus on making our club strong. The committee of 84 were very good and caring. We brought in some new ideas, focused on family and fans and fun. We knew after reports from many race tracks that our club was dying, we had to bind together to show the racing community that we were not done, but suffered a minor set back that would do nothing but make us even better. Being President and racing for the Championship was very difficult. Many of the committee raced, and were in the same boat as me, but they helped make 84′ a great and memorable season….many pictures from 84 were taken by Dave Franks. He loved to work with Hobby club and was involved in many of the things we did throughout the season. I hope you enjoy the pictures and stories from 84′, as Nonie and our family did.

 

1984 Season Stats

1984
1984
Rundown 1984
    It was a very busy year for me and the other committee members. We raced 30 nights. There were many high lights from this historic season. Perhaps the biggest for our team was finally winning a feature. We had an incredible drought, over a six year span, of entering 167 features without taking the checker.

 

Quaker State Agreement

11th Season
11th Season
Eleventh Season With Quaker State

 

Stripped It To The Bone

84 Frame
84 Frame
    We didn’t always have time to go this far on our car and especially with being President, but we wanted to have the best car we could with the funds we had. So taking it all apart let us have a good look at what the car needed.

 

Black Chassis

Ready To Reassemble
Ready To Reassemble
    We start to put on all the parts that are everywhere.

 

Nonie and I Daytona Bound

Tennessee Border
Tennessee Border
    We loved going to Daytona and this was one year we met a lot of our Hobby friends when we got there.

 

My Favourite NASCAR Driver

Bill Elliott
Bill Elliott
    I had two favourite numbers…#9 and #36. Andy Bathgate was my favourite hockey player and then later in years Vic Parsons became my favourite Late Model driver at the CNE. Of there was only one 36 and that was Glen Schurr who was my hero in racing and so I went with #36 and of course came the slogan “36 for Schurr”. My cousin Bill Elliott was a great friend although not into racing (he’s a great guitar and fiddle player) but it became a natural to cheer for the freindly Bill Elliott and being #9 almost made me go to #9 on my Hobby car. The only thing was that Bill Lyons was #9. and though he didn’t race anymore and was in the Hall Of Fame, I decided not to ask for the number…not yet!

 

Bobby Allison

#22
#22
    Bobby Allison had lots of fans cheering for him.

 

Benny Parsons

#55
#55
    Another very popular runner Benny Parsons.

 

Phil Parsons

#28
#28
    Phil Parsons raced against his dad. The Parsons were one of many racing families in NASCAR.

 

Goody 300

Tickets
Tickets
    We made it for this race as well as the 500.

 

Brian Pratt Take Us On The Town

Night Out
Night Out
    Brian Pratt said we just had to go to this awesome part of town called Church Steet Station. Ron and Helen went with us and Butch and Bonnie. Butch took this picture. Brian was a lot of fun to be with and laughed a lot…laughed alot???…Ron Shaw was another one who rarely let a moment to go by that we weren’t laughing. These people were and stll are great friends.

 

Daytona Action

Coming Out Of Four
Coming Out Of Four
    Sometime in the race.

 

Elliott Leads…Cars Wrecking Behind

Caution
Caution
    500 action.

 

The Only In Line In The Race

Smoke Show
Smoke Show
    Someone explodes in the tri-oval. Where have we seen that before?…about every other night at Flamboro…I’m guessing this was a six cylinder, but many disagree.

 

NASCAR POOL…Girls Clean Up

Nonie Wins..Helen 2nd
Nonie Wins..Helen 2nd
    We drew numbers to see who would go first. Nonie went first picking Elliott then Waltrip. Helen had Bonnet and Labonte. Nonie won this mini pool with her two picks gaining the most points..giving her $25. Ron Shaw picked the winner Cale Yarborugh, who lead most of the race, Bonnie picked Dale Earnhardt who came in 2nd and Nonie had Waltrip who finished 3rd. Elliott finished 5th giving Nonie a 3rd and 5th.

 

Hobby Drivers List 1984

Roster
Roster
    The boys of 84′.

 

George Sheppard

Jim Hallahan
Jim Hallahan
    This classic picture from the late 50’s shows George Sheppard talking to Jim Hallahan. Both were at the Pinecrest CNE reunion in Mississauga in early 2009.

 

Motion Car Show

Hobby's IN Show
Hobby’s IN Show
    Ron Goodison’s #2 is up front in this shot. Charlie Beck’s #79 can be seen on the outside row at the front.

 

Bill Elliott’s Show Car

Country Roads Corral
Country Roads Corral
    Talk about low budget, towing to Canada for one of Ontario’s biggest car shows on an open trailer. I somehow talked the driver of this rig to bring the car by our restuarant. We fed him but more than that we got a great piture of the #9…okay, it wasn’t such a great picture, but I was the only guy in our neighbourhood who had a NASCAR team pull in front of his house. I was pumped even it was the show car.

 

Trying To Rais Money

Promotion
Promotion
    Ray Goodison and I came up with this idea to try and raise some money to help our two teams. A few people came by but I think we covered our costs. We didn’t make enough to rebuild any inlines, but it was a fun day.

 

April 22nd 1984

Country Roads Corral
Country Roads Corral
    We had our cars out in front of our restaurant. We were closed other than the party we were having. Ron Goodison was part of this event and Ken Jorgenson soon joined us.

 

Ken #96 and Ron #2

Showing Our Cars
Showing Our Cars
    Ken Jorgenson and Ron Goodison

 

John Thompson Moving & Storage Rig

Hobby Sponsor Picture
Hobby Sponsor Picture
    Ken and Ron joined up to get this picture with one of the sponsors we had for the Hobby club in 84′. John Thompson came on board for this rebuilding season.

 

David Always Around The Cars

April 22nd
April 22nd
    Everyone was getting ready to head home and we took this shot. David would be one of the racers in 88′.

 

NASCAR Paint Scheme

#36
#36
    Looks good so far.

 

48 Chev Ramp Truck

Milton
Milton
    We took the car to Milton to get some shots in this beautiful area called Rattle Snake Peak.

 

Doug MacFarlane

Crew
Crew
    Doug painted our car and will soon paint the black truck, but not until just before we head to the east coast.

 

Some Of Our Crew

Photo Shoot
Photo Shoot
    Paul Cornwall who was one of longest committed crew members is beside Doug in this picture.

 

More Crew Shots

Pre Season Seassion
Pre Season Seassion
    David joins in this picture with Paul and Doug as well as Terry Ferrier on the far right.

 

Bruce and Dwight

2nd Season for Bruce
2nd Season for Bruce
    Bruce and crew chief Dwight were perhaps the best duo in 1984 when it came to set up and prowess on the track. The blue Coupe was a car to reckon with week after week.

 

Practice

Flamboro
Flamboro
    Dave Bentley #29 leads Ken Jorgenson and me down the back chute at Flamboro.

 

Stewart Pichford #47

Stewart and Crew
Stewart and Crew
    The late Norm Moise, a member of the Hobby Hall Of Fame, is seen here with Stewart working on the car.

 

Drive For Easter Seals

Hobby's Support Kids
Hobby’s Support Kids
    The Hobbies were always doing things for kids one way or another. In 84 we decided to raise some money for the Easter Seal Society by twice going through the stands to collect money in our helmets. At our banquet we would present a cheque to the Easter Seal Society, all the money we collected. Our goa was $3000.

 

David and Friend Sherri Hennessey

Flamboro Speedway
Flamboro Speedway
    David is seen here with 2 young girls, one being our crew member Ed Hennessey’s daughter Sherri on the left…don’t know who the other girl is, if anyone knows let me know and we’ll update it.

 

Lining Up For The Heat

Flamboro
Flamboro
    Steffon Zoskey and Terry Ferrier, two members of our 84′ crew get in this shot with a young lady whom I should, but can’t remember her name..it’s not Nonie…that’s Ron Shaw behind us and Larry Westwood #19.

 

May 5th Opening Day

Flamboro
Flamboro
    Dave Bentley #29 outside pole, would go on to win this heat race. We spun out mid way and ended up 5th.

 

One Lap To Green..May 5th Opening Day

Heat Race Flamboro #29 Wins
Heat Race Flamboro #29 Wins
    Ron Shaw and I have our hands out the window indicating one lap to go. Not everyone did that, some put their right hand up so the driver could see through the back window. It wasn’t always easy to see through the small back windows, so putting our hand out the drivers windown was the best way. This was our opening day heat. Dave Bentley took the lead in this race followed by Rick Kobel #42 and Jim English #55, at the back of the outside row. I spun out on lap 4 bringing out the yellow. We ended up 5th. Charlie Beck is at the rear of the inside line and Ron Goodison is second from the rear on the outside lane. Ron Shaw #81 is right behind me in one of his red and white Coupe.

 

Dave Bentley Leads Rick Koebel

Flamboro
Flamboro
    #29 Dave Bentley was often a member of the winners circle and on this night he took the heat win with Rick on his tail and Larry Westwood #21 in the middle of Ron Shaw #81 and I. Behind is #79 Charlie Beck and following Charlie is #88 Larry Gibson.

 

Bob and John

Flamboro Pits
Flamboro Pits
    One of the best chassis men in the Hobbby club was Bob Kurtin #80. Here Bob and long time crew member John check the toe. Maybe that was one of our problems (we had a few hundred), we didn’t check the toe when the car was jacked up. “Hey Bob, forget the toe, replace that right front tire…and give it to us”. Next to Bob is Don Shaw working on his car and next to Don is veteran racer #12 Jim Collison.

 

Warm Ups……..No Racing Gloves

Flamboro..
Flamboro..
    The Hobby’s didn’t mandate gloves until later in the 80’s….and as can clearly be seen, I didn’t have them on in 84.

 

Heading Into Turn Three

Flamboro Speedway
Flamboro Speedway
    Check out the home made bleachers in turn three. The Late Models drivers built them, soon there would be more. We thought this might inspire the track to build proper grand stands in turn three and four……it didn’t.

 

Doubled Up

Flamboro Speedway
Flamboro Speedway
    We’re running inside of Jim English #55, the 1978 Rookie Of The Year. In front of us is #65 Jeff Bedell with his new Coupe.

 

Battling with Don Shaw #84

Flamboro Speedway
Flamboro Speedway
    Don Shaw #84, in his 2nd season with the Hobby’s, races hard off turn four.

 

Tim Young #11

Flamboro Speedway
Flamboro Speedway
    Tim Yoiung #11, there was no one bigger in the Hobby pits. He was a massive man with hands as big as a carburetor…and he was my friend.

 

Actress Sharon Acker

Thougth I Shoud Write A Book
Thougth I Shoud Write A Book
    One day in our restaurant we were fortunate to have Sharon Acker as one of our customers. She looked through all of our scrap books (the first 12 years of Hobby racing for us). I suggested I would like to one day write a book and she encouraged me to do so….as of 2009, it hasn’t happened…however we have put a ton of stuff on this web site. Here is a small write up about Sahron Acker found on the internet…….”Although she was presented in 1969 the first Film Star of Tomorrow by The Motion Picture Exhibitors of Canada, the status of Sharon Acker as a star never materialized. Not that she was inactive, quite the opposite, but she worked almost only for TV and appeared only in a few undistinguished movie films. She will nevertheless remain remembered for her role as Lee Marvin’s ex-wife in John Boorman’s classic film noir ‘Point Blank’. The victim of Marvin’s rough manners, Acker/Lynne left a deep impact on male brains. Born in 1935, the Canadian-born actress started her film career in England when the play she was in, ‘Lucky Jim’, Kingley Amis’ classic, was made into a movie. But, she was not seen in many a film, except during the sixties, either in Canada or in the USA. On the contrary she has been very active on TV, first in Canada from the age of 19, then in the USA in made-for-TV movies or series like ‘Star Trek’, ‘Mission: Impossible’, ‘Gunsmoke’, ‘Marcus Welby M.D.’, ‘Barnaby Jones’, etc. She was a regular in the series ‘The Senator'(1970)for one year and played Della Street in the short-lived ‘New Perry Mason’. A talented actress seen too little in movie theaters”.

 

Driver Of The Week

Jim Sweers
Jim Sweers
Jim Sweers 75

 

Phil Shaw In 15 years He’ll Be Huggin’ The Wheel

Flamboro Grand Stands
Flamboro Grand Stands
    Hostess Potatoe Chips sponsorsed door prizes for kids and Phil and his freind were the lucky winners on this night. Like many young Shaw boys Phil to would one day race a Hobby car.

 

Ray Wins May 19th Feature

Nonie and Sharon with Ray
Nonie and Sharon with Ray
    Nonie joined Sharon and Ray for the photo session on the front chute. This night was sponsored and Nonie was there to present Ray the trophy. May 19th we finished 2nd in the feature, a long ways behind Ray.

 

Hobby Meeting

Flamboro
Flamboro
    This drivers meeting was held at Dan Castonguay’s pit. That’s not Hank Willimas Junior in the sun glasses, it’s our very own #22 Ken Frost. Jeff Bedell is the tall guy on the left, Ray and Ron Goodison are at the top left. Ray is sitting on Dan’s nerf bar right behind me, I got the soft, spot the tire. Ron Shaw is just ahead of me on the left and Dave Bentley is at the far right. Bill Fewson appears to be conducting the meeting.

 

Sauble May 20th

1st Gold Cup Race of 84'
1st Gold Cup Race of 84′
    On May 20th we had our first Gold Cup race at Sauble Speedway. Ray Hughes #24 took the win that was marred with a huge wreck in the feature taking us and Wayne Martin out. Ron Shaw ended up 2nd in the feature. Our notes show that Don Shaw blew up, and Bentley grabbed another win taking this heat race with Jim Collison close behind….we were 4th in Overall Club points after this night where we ended up 14th. So far in 84 we had a 7th, 3rd and 2nd in feature finishes putting us 4th. Ray was 6th at this point and Rick Koebel was leading both Flamboro and Overall.

 

East Seal Night

Flamboro
Flamboro
    On June 30th Dizzy Dean came out to make a presentation as the nightly sponsor. Dizzy was the man behind Motion Car Show and offered to present an award for the best apeparing car and crew. It was also a night to go through the stands and collect money for our Easter Seal drive. We collected $1097 in bills alone, and lots of coins, that were totalled giving us close to $1500. The fans were always supportive of our efforts. (but when we went to the pre season meeting with John Casale in 85′, he said, like he did every year “what do you guys do for me”?)…anyway te boy here in this picture was from the Easter Seals, he was a poster child. We gave him a Hobby T-shirt and hat…..it was a great night for our team. We finished 6th in the heat and 2nd in the feature, winning $120. That put us 4th in Flamboro points. We were also 6th in Gold Cup points on June 30th. By the way, Jim Collison and his crew won the best appearing car and crew award as selected by Dizzy and the committee. Jim always had a nice looking car.

 

Jim Collison #12

Flamboro Pits
Flamboro Pits
    Jim was another member of the 1984 Hobby committee. Beside Jim is #58 Norm Stewart. Norm bought the car from Ron Jerome who started the season with us.

 

Ray Hughes Ugliest Car

Flamboro
Flamboro
    This was about as close as Ray could get to a 1934 Volkswagon. I teased him about the look of the car, it was areo-dynamic enough, but just didn’t good at all. I know he didn’t listen to me very much back then, well anytime for that matter, but he did change it very shortly after bringing it out…it really didn’t matter much what he had for a body, he usually was the car to beat, although Bruce Manson had lots to say about who would get the checker flags once he showed up for the 84 season.

 

Flamboro Graded

Flamboro
Flamboro
    In this picture Ron Goodison #2 leads Charlie Beck and I going into turn 3. The track finally graded the infield to get rid of the mounds left over from the bike jumping…whatever they were suppose to be.

 

Racing Family

Shaw Boys
Shaw Boys
    Ron was in his 4th season and Don in his 2nd year with the Hobby club.

 

Wheel To Wheel With Charlie Beck

Turn One and Two
Turn One and Two
    Charlie and I battled alot. In this shot we are both hanging on as we head into turn two to go down the back chute. Rick Koebel #42 is sticking his nose in behind Charlie. Ron Shaw is on the inside behind us with Norm Stewart beside him. Jeff Bedell #65 is there as well and on the front chute are Larry Westwood, Rich Farraway #53 and Larry Gibson #88.

 

Dave Bentley #29

Flamboro Pits
Flamboro Pits

Hard charger Dave Bentley #29. Ran about as hard as anyone ever did anytime.

 

Bruce Manson

Driver of the Week
Driver of the Week
    If there was an intimidator in the Hobby club Bruce was it. Sometimes he got mad even when he won. He sure knew his stuff and he could drive the wheels off a race car.

 

Nonie Wins Her First Ever Race

Ladies Demo Derby
Ladies Demo Derby
    June 30th….The Hobby’s Ladies Auxillary had a fund raiser “Wreckem’ Race” to raise money for the Easter Seal drive in conjuction with our special night of going through the stands with our helmets. There were 7 ladies in the race including Sharon Yost, Darlene Koebel and Carmen Manson. Nonie was the last lady standing and took her first ever win on her first try. Her $150 in winnings went to the Easter Seal drive. Nonie retired immediately after this race giving her a perfect racing career.

 

Nonie The “Awesome”

Ladies Wreck Em' Race
Ladies Wreck Em’ Race

One for one…perfect…and she was…oh, and still is.

 

Wayne Varley #7

Flamboro
Flamboro
    Wayne Varley #7 was one of the easiest going members ever in the Hobby club. A very clean racer and lots of fun to be around.

 

Tim & Wayne Martin

The Martin Boys
The Martin Boys
    Tim and Wayne were hard charging gentleman, about as steady as you get when it came to on track prowess. They, like many of us, had to fight hard to get any ground. The Martins always were willing to help who ever needed help.

 

First Win Of 84

Happy Bunch
Happy Bunch
    On July 21st we finally won a race in 84′. We had some seconds and thirds in heat races, and in the features, but no checker flag. This was a Consi win to boot. In the heat we started pole beside Jim English. He got the lead but by lap 4 I was ahead of him only we tangled and I spun and was t-boned by #42 Rick Koebel. A bent tie rod and bruised leg was enough to put us out of the heat race but we got ready and won this race starting from 5th spot. David and Shirley, as well as Doug MacFarlanes kids and Annie Socier, our sponsors daughter….we would extend our feature drought to 156 feature races without a win…this night we had to pull from over heating after moving from 18th to 6th. We ended up 18th….it’s funny, but a win is good medicine when your struggling.

 

Bob Kurtin #80…Jeff Bedell #65

Crash At Flamboro
Crash At Flamboro
    Bob Kurtin surveys the damage to his red #80 Ford Coupe. Jeff Bedell, driver of the #65 Hobby car, is in the back ground also involved in this mishap.

 

First Win Of 84…Feature Drought Continues

July 21st
July 21st
    It may have seemed like a long time to pick up a win for 84′, almost 3 months. It was on our 15th night that we finally got the checker. What was more astonishing was our feature drought…extendign to an incredible 156 attempts without winning the a feature…Hobby Hall Of Fame Member, Bill Wakish, inducted in 1984, is standin behind me in this picture.

 

Randy MacDonald Late Model Racer

Flamboro Fans With Randy
Flamboro Fans With Randy

Randy MacDonald signs some autographs for kids at Flamboro. David is just to the right of the Late Model veteran.

 

The Kids & Crew Get In The Picture

Ist Win
Ist Win
    It was common for all kinds of fans to come out for the photo sessions. When Pete Shepard won, our kids would go out to get in his pictures. Here, Annie Saucier is on the roof beside Leonard Farraway with our kids behind the car. Standing beside me are two of our crew Steffon and Doug.

 

Hobby Points Standing

Hobby Points
Hobby Points
    #42 Rick Koebel Leads The Points

 

Jim Collison Hobby Rep

Easter Seal Child
Easter Seal Child
    The Hobbies started a decade long drive to support the Easter Seals. In this photo Jim Collison is presented an award to the Hobby’s for their dedication to Easter Seals. Claude Cantonguay helped with the Hobby drive by giving his procedes from a his miniature golf course. It was a win win, as the drivers brought their cars to the golf course for display.

 

Jim Collison Wins Wednesday Night Race

July 18th
July 18th
    Jim Collison #12, won his heat on July 18th at Barrie Speedway. It was a rare Wednesday night event. We ended up 2nd in our heat won by Ray Hughes. We would also get 3rd in the Trophy Dash and 11th in the feature.

 

Twin 25’s Program

Twin 25's Flamboro
Twin 25’s Flamboro
    This was our 10th Twin 25 event held at Flamboro Speedwy on July 28th. Flamboro paid us one purse and we hustled the 2nd featrue pay off, sometimes bringing in enough to not only pay for the 2nd featrue but to increase it and the first feature. Because I was President it was good to see other racers digging in and helping raise the extra purse money. The front cover gave recognition for those who worked the hardest.

 

Twin 25 Lap Hustlers

July 28th
July 28th
    Here’s the drivers who sold the most laps for the 10th Anniversary Twin 25’s.

 

List Of Lap Sponsors

Twin 25's
Twin 25’s
    Twin 25 sponsor list with those buying the most laps at the top. We put this little flyer together and gave it out to eveyone who came into the track.

 

Twin 25 Flyer Back Page

Twin 25 Program
Twin 25 Program

The final page of our flyer gave thanks to our club sponsors and to those on the Ladies Auxillary and of course to the sponsors of the East Coast Tour…coming soon.

 

Ron Shaw #81

Twin 25's
Twin 25’s
    Ron Shaw was having a tough season and it sure showed it’s face on the Twin 25’s. I didn’t race against anyone who wanted to race anymore than Ron did. He was like me in many ways, racing was the most important thing to do and if you got lucky to win it was a huge bonus. On this particular night he wrecked in warm ups and was out for the night. We were having trouble with over heating. I took our car to Lee Jerome during the week and he thougth there might be a crack in the block but wasn’t sure. He suggested to add block weld. We did, but it didn’t help us. We overheated all night. During the craziness of trying to get back out even with a cracked block, Ron came over to help us stay on the track. Ron was always doing that for everyone.

 

Charlie Beck #79

Twin 25's
Twin 25’s
    Charlie was another racer who always wanted to help racers get on the track. On this night we were struggling with over heating because of a cracked block. We were lucky enough to draw pole for the heat but had to pull off when the heat got to 230 degrees and water was spraying on the windshield. Charlie came over and gave us a much higher rated rad cap. He said to be careful because if the block was cracked it could build up so much pressure to blow off the rad hoses or damage the rad from air getting inside the system. We had new hoses and our rad was good, plus we just wanted to get out and race and hope the over heating stopped…but more than anything else we needed to get in the features because we couldn’t afford to lose two feature race points. We finished 4th in the consi putting us in the starting field with an 18th qualifying spot, but it got us in the first feature. We ran okay until lap 15 when the car started to over heat. I slowed down a little and it was just as good because Charlie was right, the rad hose blew off sending a huge plume of steam in the air. The announcer said we blew the engine, but we didn’t really blow it, although we were never going to stop this problem…not unless we repaired the engine…trouble is there was one more 25 lap feature…we ended up not finishing that feature either, but we picked up a 12th giving us 15th overall and at least more points than sitting on the trailer.

 

Bob Kurtin Wins Twin 25 Qualifier

Twin 25 Heat Winner
Twin 25 Heat Winner
    Bob Kurtin drew outside pole in our heat and went on to win it in his awesome looking Ford. Bob spent lots of time holding the checker flag.

 

Stewart Pifchford #47

Wrangler Paint Scheme
Wrangler Paint Scheme
    Stewart and I were friends for over 20 years by 1984. I wanted some racers to paint their cars like NASCAR teams and Stewart was one that did, along with Larry Westwood and us. Stewart painted his car after his favourite driver #3 Dale Earnhardt.

 

Jim English #55

Bowes Sponsored Ford
Bowes Sponsored Ford
    Jim was one of the toughest drivers to race against. He was an extremely fierce competitor on the track and gentle as a lamb in the pits. If you did get him upset while racing, best not to talk to him on the track, wait until he got to the pits where he was huggable.

 

Dick Remus #33

Hobby's To Super  Stocks
Hobby’s To Super Stocks
    Dick Remus was another racer who always helped his competitors where ever he could. He charged hard and never seemed to get many breaks in the Hobby club, although he did win races. He did okay in the Super Stocks picking up a win here in the heat.

 

Hostess Mascot

Flamboro
Flamboro
    Shirley gets in this photo, just to the right of the Hostess Mascot.

 

Charlie Beck and Larry Westwood

Flamboro
Flamboro
    Charlie Beck #79 battles with Larry Westwood #19 on the first lap of this Hobby heat.

 

Feature Line Up Saturday August 4th

Flamboro
Flamboro
    Kitchener boy, Murray Luckheart #72, leads the Hobbies into turn one on the white flag lap. This was one of our biggest feature fields in 84. It was also the night before we headed to the Maritmes for the East Coast Tour. On this night we failed to make our heat because we were late after having our engine rebuilt and not being ready in time. We finshed 4th in the consi and started 18th in this feature. We ended up 10th…also extending our feature streak to 158 features without a win.

 

Trouble In Twin’s

Twin 25's
Twin 25’s
    We struggled all night, a common occurance for us in one of the most cherished and favourite race events in the Hobby schedule. I couldn’t wait for the Twin 25’s. In this photo, Paul is measuring tire stagger. We did everything even if we thought we were done. Steffon accross from Paul stands beside David and had installed Charlie Becks rad cap. Doug is beside Paul and looks on, hoping we got it fixed. We ran every race only the consi didn’t have over heating. That was because it took more laps to build up pressure.

 

Coors Sponsorship

Coors
Coors
    Amazingly I made a call to the marketing manager of Coors and told him I was going to paint my car the Coors #9 color scheme and wanted to know if they could give me anything, anything at all. The man said, “every racer in the US and Canada is asking us for stuff, and we can’t possibly supply something for everyone”. I said “My name is Elliott, does that help”? After begging and pleading he agreed to send me a Coors sports bag and 6 hats. When I got them I couldn’t believe it and was as excited as if they gave me cash. We still have a few of the hats and the Coors bag and that’s as of the writing of this post. (2009).

 

East Coast Tour

Wheelspin News
Wheelspin News
    One of the things I wanted to do with the Hobby club was to bring them closer as a family and club, especially after what we went through at the end of 83′. So what better idea than to go away on a vacation together. The idea of going to the Maritimes for a 4 race series was no easy sell to the members at first. We had never raced there before, in fact Peterborough was the furtherest east most of us had ever raced with the OARC. The promoters knew about us and couldn’t believe we would come there and were very excited about the possibility of a show at their tracks. It meant leaving for two weeks, all members would have to make holiday arrangements. There were many other aspects of this trip that came up in the committee meetings. Do all the teams have the equipment to get there, will enough cars show up, how will we split the money, what if it rains, etc. The deal was set when 4 tracks, one in Maine, one in Nova Scotia and two in New Brunswick. All agreed to pay us $1800 per show. We would split the money evenly. We also got $500 from Flamboro for a mini points series, Quaker State gave every car and team a case of oil and a hat, Dave Franks gave us a deal on pictures and buttons to sell while we were on the road and Wheelspin News gave us some free advertising. Only two members could not make the trip. Jim English and Bob Kurtin. Both had family health issues with loved ones and needed to stay home to be with them. We decided not to count the races in our points series but to have a separate series. This moment in the Hobby history was one of it’s most memorable.

 

East Coast Tour Sponsors

Two Maritimers
Two Maritimers
    On August 4th, after all the races were over at Flamboro the Hobby drivers and families came out on the track with their tow rigs. It was a parade of 16 teams entering the track through the pit gate and going around turn 3 and 4 to the start finish line. There we were greeted met by John and Frank Casale. They shook hands with every team and John Allison was there to give us a hat and case of oil from Quaker State. Dave Franks made us pictures and buttons of each car, items we would sell at the various tracks. As the teams left Flamboro the fans waved and the announcer wished us all a safe trip as we made our way out of the track to go on our long journey east. The send off was very good making us feel important by both the track, the sponsors and the fans.

 

East Coast Tour Stickers

They Came In 4 Colors
They Came In 4 Colors
    We took pictures, buttons and these stickers in hopes of raising some money while we were on the road.

 

Dwight Patterson Rides Shot Gun…1200 Miles!!!!

Maine
Maine
    No kidding….Dwight and his wife Carol sat on the back deck of Bruce Manson’s ramp truck all the way down to the New Brunswick….yes no Cops were in sight. The trip was filled with all kinds of stories of all the teams that went. It was believed that I would be the one breaking down quite often. On the contrary, our 48 Chev was one of the few that never had any problems. Ray had 2 flat tires on his trailer, Bruce blew the rear end in his truck, I think it had Varney Speedway gears in it. They were changed before our race in Antigonish. The Shaw family, Ron, Helen, Don and Gail and all the little Shaws stayed at our home on August 4th and we headed out first thing Sunday morning. We went up Scarlett Road to get on the 401 and when we pulled on we saw Ray, Bruce and Dave Bentley heading in a train. Our group had both Shaws and the Goodison’s. There were times on the 401 when we thought we were at Talledega. We were 4 wide and carzy Ron Shaw was passing us on the curb lane at just under 70 mph. It was a fun trip down as the convey cleared Toronto heading for Maine.

 

Aroostook County International Speedway

Aroostook County Main
Aroostook County Main
    On our way east on the 401 we stopped the convoy at the Limestone cut off. I called the promoter of Aroostook County International Speeday, Mr. Tolle and he asked if we would come to the county fair in Presque Isle. Ray, Dave and I went on, the rest camped over. Our first stop was the Canadian Border. This was the most scrutinized I had ever been by anyone checking our race stuff..but it was also our first time leaving Canada to race with the Hobby’s. We did race in New York with the Volkswagon but it was not near as up tight as this deal. The customs officer said we were lucky to have everything listed and they litterally checked every single thing on our list on all of our vehicles. He warned us to make sure we did not alter our list or leave anything not claimed when we returned or he would strip us complete. He stamped our sheets and let us go. We drove about 50 yards to the U.S. customs. This fellow was by himself and he was in no hurry. He couldn’t find any papers and though he was nice enough he was totally disorganized. It took us 40 minutes to get by him. The place we were going, Presque Isle was only 20 miles away and we got to the fair about 9:30pm. The promoter met us and gave us tickets to get in, food tickets and we left our cars on the trailers but they were visible to the patrons of the fair. After 2 hours we left. We headed for Caribou but only Bentley and Hughes got a hotel room. We stayed with our truck and slept in the small Van driven by Steffon and Doug. Steffon entertained us most of the night so we were good.

 

Speedway Entrance

A.C.I.S
A.C.I.S
    Tuesday we got to see the track for the first time, It was somewhere between a big quarter and small third, but really a weird shaped track.

 

Ken Jorgenson Showing Off

Pits
Pits
    “Hey Ken, where’s your pants buddy”? Ken brought his crew cab and young Paul came with dad. They did like the rest of us, tried to save money to survive the trip that would be a 2 week extravaganza.

 

I Change Gears…….Steffon Dances

Pits
Pits
    On Tuesday August 7th we did some practising but had to change gears to get it right. The track was kinda weird with 5 turns and a straight away between 3 & 4. Tuesday was a humid day with rain threatening. We did get some practice in. Bruce Manson had the track covered. He got around real good just like he’d been on it before. Here we see Steffon entertaining the troops. Two youngsters, Jeff Shaw and David watch Grizzly Adams perform while dad and Doug try to improve the Coupe. Hey, maybe that’s what happened to Jeff and David, Steffon had a huge impact on these two rascals who would grow up to be entertainers themselves on and off the track.

 

Murray Lockhart Wins Heat

Tuesday August 7th
Tuesday August 7th
    Tuesday night wasn’t too good. We got one and a half heats in when it started to rain. Murray won the first even Hobby race in the United States…but we ended up getting rained out.

 

Bruce Manson #74 Wins First Heat

Bruce and Carmen
Bruce and Carmen
    Bruce was a blurr most of this night, and this picture shows it. Okay it was a bad shot of his heat win but it was all we had. I started on the pole and lead for a few laps. Bruce caught me and got by. He got very loose in the turn and when I tried going back under his car swung back knocking me to the infield. We came back out but way behind. Shortly after the temp gauge was hovering near 240 degrees so I went to the pits. We found the fan belt came off. We got one from the Goodison’s and were ready for the Consi.

 

Wayne Martin #34 Wins Consi

Consi Win
Consi Win
    The Martin family came on this trip. Ken, Tim and Tim’s family. They had a lot of fun and did okay. They won the consi at Aroostook and stayed consistent throughout the mini series.

 

Ron Shaw #81…Mr. Consistent

A Young Kenny Aspin
A Young Kenny Aspin
    There was no one who had more fun than Ron Shaw. Here one of his crew members Kenny Aspin checks out the camera. Usually he would be working on something but on the East Coast Tour the #81 didn’t have much work to do. They were by far the most consistent.

 

Some Of The Stars

Pits
Pits
    Here are some of those came to race. Tim Young is the farthest left, then Don Shaw, Ron Shaw, us, Murray and Rick Koebel. Tim Young did not race after this show. He had rented the cube van so he could bring his car down and slept in the cube van. There was lots of room. He had a few problems and rather than drive with us any further he headed back home. He wouldn’t be the only one to consider leaving. Larry Westwood was considering leaving when Mrs. Westwood was scared silly by a flying tire that came off a Street Stocker, went over the dirt bank, high in the air landing hard on Charlies trailer, then slamming into his truck and careening off the truck onto Mrs. Westwood toes braking two. It was a very close call for their teams. Larry was upset and had good reason to be but went out on the track for kids rides and decided to proceed with us.

 

Steffon The Starter’s Assistant

Starters Stand
Starters Stand
    It was probably the best thing that Steffon was in the starters stand because the man doing the starting had no idea what he was doing. On one of the races we came around to take the white for a heat race and the starter said to Steffon “watch this, I’m going to throw the green and really mess them up”!! he laughed and sure enough that’s what he did. We asked Steffon after the race what was going on and he said “I tried to tell the guy not to do that but he wanted to have some fun”. Steffon did get him straightend out for the feature.

 

Ken Jorgenson #96 Wins Heat Race

Heat Win
Heat Win
    Ken came to race and had a good series picking up a heat win in the first show.

 

Hobby Drivers Give Kids Rides

Before Feature
Before Feature
    This was a high lite of the night for both the kids and the Hobby drivers. Almost everyone came out to participate and take the kids around. Here Ron Goodison, Jim Collison and Ken Jorgenson are taking youngsters and some bigger kids for a ride in a Coupe.

 

More Kids Rides

Happy To Be Involved
Happy To Be Involved
    We loved to get in the action even it was taking the kids around. We must have driven kids around for an hour before our feature.

 

Rick Koebel On The Pole

Start Of Feature
Start Of Feature
    Rick Koebel #42 and Murray Lockhart #72 took us around for the start of the feature, the Hobby clubs first ever Amercian race. It was a tough race as many of us didn’t finish. Ray Hughes, Dave Bentley, Wayne Martin, Tim Young and Larry Westwood all DNF’d. We were down a bunch of laps but ended up 11th with the attrition. Our fan belt came off twice in the feature.

 

Bruce Manson #74 Wins First U.S. Feature

Feature Winner
Feature Winner
    It may have been prphetic that the guy with the “Captain America” paint job on his helmet would grab the win but it was no surprise to any of us. Bruce was dominant from the start at this track and showed his stuff by winning both his heat and the feature.

 

First Ever American Feature Winner

Bruce Manson
Bruce Manson
    Hollywood had Mad Max and we had Bad Bruce. He was bad on the track…bad in that he was the man to beat and took no prisoners when it came to racing. He sure put on a show for the fans at A.C.I.S. After the race the promoter stiffed us for $200 US becuase he didn’t have a good crowd. We were 900 miles from home and really couldn’t do anything about it. We took the money and headed to Nova Scotia…home to Charlie Beck and me.

 

Promoting The Hobby Club

Aroostook Ad
Aroostook Ad
    The track made this ad to mention we were coming.

 

Debbie Hallahan Killed

Daughter Of Jim Hallahan
Daughter Of Jim Hallahan
    What a shock it was to hear about Debbie Hallahans death at Riverside Speedway. It happened on the Saturday night while we were at Flamboro, before heading east. We heard about it right after the Aroostook County race. A bunch of us Larry Westwood, Jim Collison, Charlie Beck and arranged to have flowers sent to the Hallahan family on behalf of the Hobby Club.

 

Customs Forms

Border Crossing
Border Crossing
    We were warned to make sure we had everything accounted for when we returned after the race in Maine. If there was any discrepencies we were told our entire units would be tore down….so we were good.

 

A Rest Stop In Beautiful New Brunswick

New Paint Job For The Tour
New Paint Job For The Tour
    Just before we headed east Doug MacFarlane repainted our ramp truck to match our race car. This picture had an awesome back drop for the photo…the only problem? I wasn’t Dave Franks, in fact the camera I had was a throw away. Judging by the quality of the picture maybe it should have been thrown away before the picture was taken…oh well at least it gives some idea. Plus, get use to it, the next dozen photos were from the same camera.

 

Getting Gas For Nova Scotia

Moncton
Moncton
    We stopped for fuel in Moncton on Thursday morning. We got the car filled as well as our gas cans. That’s Bruce Manson in the dark pants.

 

Racing Fuel At A Decent Price

Moncton Air Port
Moncton Air Port
    Bruce and Dwight get gas. Ray is sitting waiting his turn and Doug is to the right. Steffon is beside me waiting our turn….the fuel was cheaper than race fuel we’d have to buy at the track.

 

59 Cents A Gallon !!!!!!

Nice
Nice
    Hey, it was expensive for us to go to the maritimes but we had fun…well some of us did….kinda…there were moments….anyway the price of this gas was okay.

 

Mall Display In New Brunswick

Moncton
Moncton
    The boys did their best to promote our first ever East Coast Tour by supporting the tracks at this mall. Ray Hughes, Dave Bentley, Bruce Manson and Ken Jorgenson are in this photo. The #36 is just past #96.

 

Moncton Mall

#96 Ken Jorgenson
#96 Ken Jorgenson
    The Hobby Club always did their best to support track promoters and sponsors with these types of displays. Also, the Maritimes hadn’t seen these cars in years, so it was a treat for the community.

 

Match Race

Steffon Gets In The Shot
Steffon Gets In The Shot
    A Cessna and a 1948 Maple Leaf

 

Nova Scotia Border

Ray Leaves New Brunswick
Ray Leaves New Brunswick
    Moncton wasn’t that far from Nova Scotia. We…okay it was my idea…took the old Highway 2 route once we got into Amherst. More on that journey later.

 

My Home Province Nova Scotia

Bruce Manson At the Border
Bruce Manson At the Border
    We all stopped at the border for a rest and game plan for the route we’d take. Ken and Dave went to another location but Bruce and Ray followed me. Shortly after this picture we’d be turning off the Trans Canada and heading towards Lynn Road, a short cut to get to Economy Nova Scoia where a welcoming committee of relatives would be waiting….Lynn Road was shorter than going through Parsboro, but was very rough and hard on some of the gear, but we eventually emerged onto the old Highway 2 knocking off 35 miles with the short cut, but also knocking off Bruce’s muffler.

 

Dad & Mom Wecome Us All To Their Home

Small House..Big Hearts
Small House..Big Hearts
    Once we got onto Highway 2, we made a stop at my cousins garage, Hilton Lewis, in Five Islands. We proceded from there about 6 more miles where my aunt and uncle were waiting to welcome us home. Uncle George and aunt Hazel came out with huge smiles and gave Nonie and I a hug. Ray got out of his truck and ran up and hugged Bruce in a friendly mock. As we drove further along the Gloose Cap Trail (hwy 2) we had an incredible view of Minas Basin, where the highest tides in the world are. Soon we reached my mom and dad who were on the bay side of the road and reserved a parking spot so we could pull over and have a great view of the bay and beautiful scenery. Then dad invited the three of us to his house. In this picture we can see Ray’s adn Ken’s car and Bruce’s truck on right just behind the house. We were all invited for supper and given a place to sleep.

 

The Martins Camp Over

Temporary Pits
Temporary Pits
    We woke up in the morning to find Ken, Wayne and Tim Martin in the back yard. They stayed over night in their trucks but were just in time for breakfast.

 

Wayne Martin’s #34

Packed Grounds
Packed Grounds
    The boys were unloading their cars to change gears and do some maintenance..meanwhile the smell of bacon, eggs and home fries was filling the immediate area, as mom, Nonie, Sharon and others helped prepare breakfast.

 

Mom Feeds 30

Home Made Breakfast
Home Made Breakfast
    You’ve heard the stories from people who go to the Maritimes and can’t believe the hospitality. In dad’s 500 square foot house, over 30 were in for breakfast and it was a great feast. In this photo we see to the far right Mom handing two piles of toast to Ray, Dwight, Rick and Bruce. In the next table in Tim, Ken, Wayne and Doug.

 

Two Tables On The Go

Bob Evans??
Bob Evans??
    Here we have Ken Jorgenson with my crew and the Martin family. Doug is beside me and Steffon is beside Wayne Martin. We had to take shifts to feed everyone.

 

Time To Work On The Cars

Bill Elliott Gives A Hand
Bill Elliott Gives A Hand
    The drivers and crews started working on the cars right after breakfast. Here Bill Elliott helps out. Bruce Manson needed a rear end, his was very noisy, so Billy geared him up by contacting a local wreckers.

 

Open Country Garage In Full Swing

Bruce Manson
Bruce Manson
    All the cars needed to do something. We weren’t racing until Saturday at Riverside Speedway. We have the rear wheels off our car preparing to change the gears based on the info we had about Riverside…but it wasn’t quite accurate as we’d find out.

 

Neighbour Drops By

Mint Ford Truck
Mint Ford Truck
    When this neighbour seen all the cars he decided to bring over his awesome pick up truck. All the boys stopped working to check it out. This would have been a great time to have an antique car show.

 

Inspection Time

Dad's In Heaven
Dad’s In Heaven
    Most everyone checked over this immaculate truck. Some got into it, others got under it. Dad was in his glory with all the cars and excitement at his home.

 

Did I Say Ford????

32 GMC
32 GMC
    Just like any garage, it’s hard to get things done when people come by…but in this case it was okay.

 

Dad Drives In Clam Festival Parade

School In Background
School In Background
    The town of Economy, where the speed limit and the population are on the same sign, held it’s annual Clam Festival parade. Dad drove the 48 Chev and stopped to get a picture taken by his childhood school. Folk lore has it that when he returned from France, after the end of WW2, he was quite wired as it were and one night broke every window in the school. Being a small town, they knew who did it and he would have to pay for his rage. Dad was a hero when he left this small town to go to Europe to fight in the war, so it was easy to forgive him…..wow, that’s a lot of windows to brake.

 

Kids Line Up

Hobby's Support Show
Hobby’s Support Show
    It was a beautiful day and lots turned out for this parade.

 

Advertisment From Riverside Speedway

Antigonish Nova Scotia
Antigonish Nova Scotia
    Track schedule.

 

Riverside Warm Ups

Cloudy But No Rain
Cloudy But No Rain
    Dad drove the truck to the races right after the parade. It poured rain all the way from Truro to Antigonish. The wipers were broke but dad did a great job trying his best to see. The rain was so hard at one point we had to pull over until it calmed down. This was the only track that didn’t have a rain date, and it was important to me because I would have so many relatives at the race to watch me. I didn’t want this to rain out and it didn’t.

 

Practice…Bruce Screams On The Straights

Manson Fast & Furious
Manson Fast & Furious
    Bruce Manson was the first car on the track. He wowed everyone, including us, with his car screaming down the back chute and the engine noise bouncing off the guard rail. He sounded like a jet when he came off turn two to go down the back straight-away.

 

Heat Race Shows We’re Reving Too High

Martins Changing Gears
Martins Changing Gears
    We decided after our heat race to lower the gear. We were running out of power. We went from 3.70’s to 3.50’s. In our heat we finished 4th and decided to run the consi even though we were qulaified.

 

Charlie Beck Wins 2nd Heat

Heat Win For Charlie
Heat Win For Charlie
    Charlie Beck was one of the winners at Riverside. He was also the only other Maritimer born in Nova Scotia.

 

Dave Bentley In Winners Circle

Semi Win
Semi Win
    Hard charging Dave Bentley won the Semi.

 

Murray Lockhart #72

Murray Wins Consi
Murray Wins Consi
    Good win for #72 Murray Lockhart taking the Consi.

 

Ray Cleans Up

Heat and Feature Wins
Heat and Feature Wins
    Ray Hughes won his heat and the feature. Bruce Manson was clearly the car to beat but broke a rear axle shaft in the feature sending him flying into the big white tires on the infield. Ray was close to Bruce and won the feature with Jim Collison in second and we took third.

 

Jim Collison Takes 2nd

#12 Jim Collison
#12 Jim Collison
    Jim worked hard in helping prepare the trip to the Maritimes and ran very well taking 2nd in the feature.

 

Home Boy Gets Podium Finish

3rd At Riverside
3rd At Riverside
    We ran well all day and brought home a 3rd place finish. We were happy with that. Ron Shaw took 4th and checks out his car after the feature finish.

 

Track Shows Appreciation

Nice Touch
Nice Touch
    The management at Riverside treated us awesome and every racer got one of these appreciation awards.

 

Riverside Press Newspaper Write Up

Ray Gets Headlines
Ray Gets Headlines
    Ray was headlined afer his exciting win at Riverside Speedway.

 

River Glade Speedway

Track Crest
Track Crest
The Track That Almost Ended The Trip
    Race #3….Our next stop was River Glade Speedway close to another track called Petty Speedway. We had fun at this track. Ray won the feature in Nova Scotia, but here he went nuts on the front chute…tell you why later down the page

 

Nonie Sells Hobby Souvenirs

River Glade Speedway
River Glade Speedway
Nonie and Shirley
    We had Dave Franks make us pins, buttons, and pictures of every team that went with us. We sold most all of them. Nonie did a great job selling from this van. Shirley helped her when she could. This was one of the Hobby clubs extra efforts to promote itself.

 

Hotel Bill

RiverGlade
RiverGlade
Our Hotel Invoice

 

Heat Win For #29

River Glade Speedway
River Glade Speedway
Dave Bentley Won The First Heat

 

Heat Win Larry Westwood

River Glade
River Glade
Larry Westwood #19 Picked Up The 2nd Heat Win

 

Bruce Manson Wins Heat

River Glade
River Glade
Bruce Manson #74
    Bruce doinated most nights. Here he wins the 3rd heat.

 

Bruce Manson Wins Heat

River Glade
River Glade
Bruce Manson #74
    Bruce doinated most nights. Here he wins the 3rd heat.

 

River Glade Fans View

Heat Win #74
Heat Win #74
Bruce Was A Fan Favourite

 

First Hobby Win Out Of Ontario

River Glade
River Glade
Neice and Nephew Get In The Picture
    Why is the hood off? In our heat, we were in a wreck coming off turn four, or was it five. Earlier in our heat race Ron Shaw hit the wall coming off the final turn putting him out. Soon after I got mixed up with #19 Larry Westwood knocking me into the same spot Ron hit and seconds later Ray hit me bending his tie rod and crashed going into the turn one wall. That gave Rick Koebel the lead, but he blew his transmission and the heat win went to Larry Westwood. In this race we started 5th and got a few breaks in the consi to get the win. This was our first ever win out of Ontario. My neice Tammy and nephew Gary came out to get their picture taken with the track starter.

 

Heat Win Decals

River Glade
River Glade
Heat Win Stickers

 

Track Schedule

River Glade
River Glade
Track Includes Us In Program Schedule

 

Feature Winner…Ken Jorgenson #96

River Glade
River Glade
Feature Goes Nuts, Ray To…Ken Gets The Win
     The track design had a normal one and two, but a definite twist with almost a turn 3, 4 and 5. None of us were use to it, but it was even for all of us. In the pits we all taked about how weird the turns were on the track…To the feature…Okay, so a number of questions arise. Where was Manson, why didn’t he win, and more, why did Ray go crazy? Here’s what happened in this wild feature race that almost had the Hobby drivers head home, and forced me make the plea of my life in the pits after, to convince everyone to head to the next and final show….from my 1984 scrap book notes, word for word. …” In the feature I started 9th and ended up moving outside quick to get by Tim Young. For the most part I was 6th until a caution saw Bruce into the wall, you guessed it, turn 7. After a couple of caution laps Bentley was in front and the luck wasn’t with him. We had even restarted when his left front king pin broke. He left the track and that put #96 in the lead. There was some spitting rain now and although it wasn’t making the track bad, it was making visibility poor. On the 15th lap Ray Hughes, who got by me, was the first victim of the rain. I hit him enough to spin him, I couldn’t see. Every driver was in the same boat, we almost needed boats. 3 laps later, when coming out of the hair pin down the front chute running inches apart Jorgenson got loose because of the rain, Charlie Beck stopped and from there it was “Night Mare At River Glade”. I mounted Collison who was 3rd and slid to a stop just past the starters stand. The on coming pack went wildly past, all but Ray Hughes who couldn’t see or stop. When I came to, I was sliding down the front chute out of control. I felt the impact, but that was it. I was so drowsy that on leaving my car the only safe place for me was laying down and down I went. I remember everything because I was only stunned…and I’ve been that way for years. Actually I was very lucky. My side was paining and it felt as tho every foot ball player in the CFL hit me at once. Everyone was crying, all my relatives were scared but soon after everyone was calm around my car”…..that report was from my diary. Shortly after this huge wreck, Ray walked up to the front straight fence and began a rant of screaming and yelling at the track officials “is this what you wanted to see, are you happy now”!! No doubt they should have stopped the race and Charlie knew it was bad enough to stop but maybe should have went to the infield, but regardless it was a terrible wreck. Right after in the pits I had to do some strong begging to get the drivers to go to the final track, Hammond River. The good news is they did. More next picture.

 

Hammond River Ad

Final Race
Final Race
Pep Talk And Track Support Pays Off
    Right after the River Glade wreck some of the racers wanted to go home. They were upset with the track for not throwing the yellow when it was raining. There were a lot of beat up race cars, mine one of the worst. I pleaded with our drivers to make the final race. We owed it to that owner who came to River Glade to watch us. His name was Leroy Hatfield. He heard that many racers wanted to go home and asked what he could do. He knew I was hurt and my car was a mess, but also that I wanted to race and more importantly keep our commitment. We had a huddle and after I spoke, Ernie McLean, the owner of River Glade offered the beat up cars to use his track site shops to do any repairs. It was a great gesture and we agreed to stay, fix our cars and go racing.

 

Rear Leaf Spring Bill

Fixing 36
Fixing 36
Bruce Manson, Ray Hughes, the Martin family and our car all went to Ernie McLean’s shop to fix our cars.

 

Hotel Across From River Glade

A Few Stayed Here
A Few Stayed Here
Ray talks to someone while Doug plays. We were tired but glad our cars got fixed.

 

Gathering Before The Race

Hammond River
Hammond River
Some of got together like we do today just to talk about the trip. Jim Collison was very sick this day, up to the race. He said it was from bad clams. Maybe rum and clams!!

 

Making The Rounds

Hammond River
Hammond River
Like a mother hen I had to make sure everyone was coming to the final show and both Larry and Charlie would be there.

 

Ready To Go Racing

Hammond River
Hammond River
We had something to eat, and relaxed knowing we were ready to race.

 

Pre Race Preparations

Hamond River
Hamond River
Steffon and Doug go over our car before hot laps.

 

Larry Westwood Wins Heat

Hammond River
Hammond River
Larry had some good fortune on this tour picking up another heat win.

 

Ray Hughes Wins

Hammond River
Hammond River
Ray’s Maritime bad luck was washed away with a heat win.

 

We Win Consi

Hammond River
Hammond River
Shirley holds the checker flag after our much appreciated consi win.

 

Pre Feature Line Up

Hammond River
Hammond River
Out of car introduction.

 

All Teams Made It

Hammond River
Hammond River
The final show

 

Manson and Bentley Pole

Hammond River
Hammond River
You would think with these two, it would be a walk for first and second…not so.

 

Wayne Martin Wins Final Feature

Hammond River Winner
Hammond River Winner
Lot’s of bad luck, but always in there, Wayne pulled off the win for the final race event.

 

Welcome Home Ad

Dave Franks
Dave Franks
Dave and Judy were a big help in promoting us.

 

East Coast Tour Champion

Ron Shaw #81
Ron Shaw #81
Ron Shaw #81 Wins East Coast Tour Series
    He didn’t win a race, heat, feature or consi, but was Mr. Consistent in claiming the first ever Hobby East Coast Tour Champonship. Ron had the following feature finishes: Aroostook County Maine…….2nd…… Riverside Nova Scotia……..4th…… River Glade New Brunswick….3rd…… Hamond River New Brunswick…6th ….. The rest of the top five were Charlie Beck #79 2nd…Jim Collison #12 3rd…Ken Jorgenson #96 4th and Gary Elliott #36 5th.

 

Engine Catches Fire

August 25th Flamboro
August 25th Flamboro
First Race Back From The East Coast…We Catch Fire..Dave Franks Gets The Shot
    We got to the track late on this night, no hot laps. On lap 4 I noticed smoke coming through the fire wall, but decided to keep going, that soon changed to sparks and I still didn’t want to pull off the track, then the flames appeared and I headed right to the infield. As soon I got in the fire crew were there to put the fire out. Dave Franks caught the action as I pulled to the infield. The fire was out in seconds and the cause….a rag…are you kidding me!!! We finished 4th in the consi and 6th in the feature, so the night wasn’t too bad.

 

Flamboro Heat Win

Annie Saucier
Annie Saucier
Annie Saucier Gets In The Shot

One of my little fans, Annie Saucier got in this picture. It was our 4th win of the season, but still no feature wins for 1984, a streak extending 6 years. This night was our 164th feature entered without a win, but we did get a 4th in the main.

 

Heat Win #4

Kids Get Picture Taken
Kids Get Picture Taken
David on the far left and Shirley on the right. Leonard Farraway is in on this one as is Annie but not sure who the other children are.

 

Jim English #55

Flamboro Speedway
Flamboro Speedway
Hard Chargin’ Jim English Wins At Flamboro

 

Barrie Heat Win

September 9th
September 9th
Barrie Speedway Heat Win…6th Win Of 1984
    Only my family and I made it to Barrie on September 9th for our Gold Cup race. It was a night to remember for us, but not so much in this race.

 

Feature Line Up

September 9th Barrie
September 9th Barrie
Dave Franks Picture…Start Of The Feature

 

Cloudy Day To Start Feature

Single File
Single File
Driver Introduction & Soon Ready To Go For Spetmeber 9th Feature

 

Barrie Feature Under Way

September 9th
September 9th
Jeff Bedell #65 Takes Early Lead
    This track was hard to set up for, if you were me. My car pushed in the pits, and on this small very tight oval it was worse. When you push you leave the inside lane open, so slowing down and staying glued to the inside is the way to go. Jeff has the lead here but couldn’t get down and we would get by.

 

Leading Feature At Barrie

September 9th
September 9th
Charlie Beck #79 Runs 2nd..Jeff Falls To 3rd
    This was our 27th night in 1984. Here is what I wrote after the race in my ‘Diary Of A Season 1984’. “we picked from the hat and I drew #3. I was pole in the first heat. #65 Jeff Bedell was right beside me. I took the lead and held on to win but developed a push half way thru the race, that was understandable because I had no warm ups. I couldn’t think what to do except move the right rear spring down one hole and decrease the rear stagger (that was wrong). In the feature I started pole and Jeff was outside pole. For two laps he tried to pass and finally he drifted which let me go to the wall. Soon there was a restart. On the restart #79 was second and I pulled him on the chutes. After the 8th lap I had over 10 lengths lead. On the 9th another caution. Now #65 was second. For the next few laps he was hammering me in the corners because I was braking hard and going slow because the push was bad. Every lap I would pull #65 and every turn he would hit me. Once he hit me so hard I spun sideways but corrected it. I knew I was going slow but I also knew that as long as I didn’t chop him going in, I could run slow in the corners and he would have to pass on the outside. Only thing was he couldn’t, so Jeff wanted to go thru me instead of around me. On the next caution, involving #96, #33 and #29, the starter motioned #65 over for a conference, obviously reminding him of the point I just made and to go around me instead of thru. Jeff was reinstated (to his position) and perhaps justifiably so, because I was slowing, but I refused to give up the inside”…continued on next picture.

 

Barrie Feature Win…Finally

September 9th
September 9th
167 Feature Drought Ends On September 9th
    This was a crazy night in so many ways. It was nuts that it took 6 years to win another feature, but more frustrating was how it all went down, and the accusations and negative comments that came after. I had no crew that day, David was in the pits but really wanted to watch the races. He was only 12 and I didn’t mind, there wasn’t a lot to do. Shirley and Nonie were in the grand stands. Here is more from the Diary Of A Season 1984, race #27….”you would think after six years and competing in 168 features, that the excitement (of this win) would be very high. I guess if it wasn’t for the circumstances surrounding this feature, the laughter and smiles, usually part of the ceremonies after the event, perhaps could have taken place, but they didn’t I was left down, both on and off the track. On the track because the race was shortened, I never saw the white, it didn’t come out, I was given the checker coming out of two, almost as if someone was saying this race is nothing lets end it. Off the track I was given pretty mean looks by a few members. I even had my buddy Bob as I have so frequently called him in my notes, come up to me and first congratulate me for the win, which was meaningless because he then jumped on me for driving the way I did. Nothing like taking what little excitement there was in the win, out, and leaving a guilt trip, of which was not true, in it’s place. Nonie made me feel the best and from her point the hurt was different. No one applauded that knew us and some sat a few feet away from Nonie….so it was my first win in 6 years and to be honest I wished I could have traded places with Bob Kurtin, because if I finished 3rd in any feature I’m sure I would have been happier that he was and plus finishing 3rd would have meant no hurt. I only reason I savor any pride for this win is because Nonie said they couldn’t have got by no matter what”…..I hadn’t read this for many years, but now I do remember how much pain came from that win. Anyway we did get to stop the streak. I must say Nonie and a few others were very gracious making me and my kids feel ok once we left the pits.

 

Wheelspin News

Barrie Win
Barrie Win
7th Win Of 1984

 

Newspaper Write Up

September 9th
September 9th
Kids Get In Picture For Feature Win

 

Russ Commons Photo Work

Before and After
Before and After
Special Thanks To Russ Commons For This Thoughtfull Keep Sake
    In spite of how the day went and the negative things that followed, it was still a win for us and one we were glad to get. Over the years many racers have won races with ill handling cars, this was our turn. On a big track we don’t get away with it because the good handling cars will take the high lane to pass. A short tight track like Barrie was back in the day, allows a racer to stick low forcing others to go outside. If the cars behind are not good enough to get outside, they try intimidating the car in front by hitting them in the corners, hoping to get them sideways enough to go outside, or hard enough to knock them high, then get under. If neither of those efforts work, and the car isn’t blocking (he gets warned by the starter) and we didn’t, the car in second has to figure that’s the best he will do on that day. It’s happened to us a lot over the years and we call it racing.

 

Another News Paper Promo For Us

Feature Win
Feature Win
Cartoon Supporting Molson 300 At Cayuga..We Get More Press

 

Rich Farraway #53

Flamboro Speedway
Flamboro Speedway
Keith Barton Presents Rich Farraway With Heat Win Award

 

Gold Cup & Flamboro Points Standings

Farraway Cleans Up
Farraway Cleans Up
1984 Points Chases Final

 

1984 Champion….#53 Rich Farraway

Double Winner
Double Winner
Rich Farraway Cleans Up
    It’s possible that not going on the East Coast Tour was an advantage for Rich, he had a car that was 4 races less used than the 16 that did go. I’m sure he would have been there, but work kept him from going. Even with that it was impossible to take anything away from this Hamilton racer who did everything he could to win his first and only Hobby championship. He won both series in 1984. I remember many times talking to Rich about his season, and how he and his crew were just taking it one race at a time. Rich was pace back before every feature. He couldn’t stand still, so in one way, though he took it one race at a time, he kept busy walking so he wouldn’t think about it….His dad Bill, was in the pits in the 70’s but went into the grandstands to watch Rich’s boys, he loved his grand children….Congrats to the Farraway family for an awesome season.

 

Hobby Banquet

M. C.
M. C.
First Year As President…And Banquet M.C.

 

Demolition Girls

Hobby Girls
Hobby Girls
Demolition Derby Top 5
Pictured here are the top five from the first ever Hobby Ladies Demolition Derby. From left to right are, Carmen Manson, Nonie Elliott, Helen Bentley, Sharon Yost and Darlene Koebel. Nonie won the race in a big Ford station wagon.

 

President Award Winners

Mr. & Mrs. Casale
Mr. & Mrs. Casale
Sol and John Casale Win Hobby Award

 

Best Engineered Car

Banquet
Banquet
Bruce Manson Presents Ray Hughes With Best Engineered Car Award

 

Top 15 Flamboro Points

Hobby Banquet
Hobby Banquet
Rich Farraway And The Boys
Here the top 15 get their cheques and trophies. Top row left to right:…Jim Collison, Jeff Bedell, Jim English, Bob Kurtin, Ron Goodison, Don Shaw, Ken Jorgenson and Ron Shaw…Front row left to right…Charlie Beck, Ray Hughes, Gary Elliott, Rich Farraway, Dave Bentley, Rick Koebel and Larry Westwood. Rich Farraway won both the Flamboro and Gold Cup points Championships.

 

1984 Champion Rich Farraway

Hobby Banquet
Hobby Banquet
First Championship Title For Rich

 

Bob Clint Sportsman Award

Banquet
Banquet
Sportsman Award, donated by Bob Clint
    In the mid 70’s, Bob Clint donated this award to the Hobby club. It was a kind of sportsman, hard worker award, that encompassed a persons dedication and hard work for the Hobby club. Although I won it, many of my committee members could have won it as well. To win it you had to be nominated and voted by the members. It meant a lot and showed me how important the things I was doing meant to the Hobby club.

 

Enduro Race

Flamboro Speedway
Flamboro Speedway
My First Ever Enduro…Finished 6th Out Of 125 Cars
    This family sponsored Maverick came in 6th. It was a great fun race with lots of cars. David was on the drivers side, Shirley on the passenger side and Nonie on both doors. I used it to promote the Hobby’s

.

 

John Thompson Gold Cup Sponsor

News
News
Cayuga Gets Tore Up By Trucks…John Thompson Moving & Storage Gold Cup Sponsor

1985 CVM History

1985 Membership Card

Hobby Membership
Hobby Membership
2nd Year As Hobby Club President
    This was my 14th season with the Hobby club and my 2nd as club President. 1984 was a good year for the Hobby’s, turning things around by staying close together, and bringing more awareness to our club. We started the Hobby Hall Of Fame in 1984 and would continue it again in 85 with Don Cockburn and Al Bowman the inductees. Off season events were busy with Larry Westwood and I going to the Canadian Promoters Work Shop where three institutions received achievement awards. The Hobby Club, OARC were one of the recipients getting recognition for promoting our sport. This was another historic season, as was 84 with our first ever East Coast Tour. The Maritime tracks wanted us back in 85’ but most members didn’t want to go east again. The first trip was quite hectic, and though I wanted to go, I knew it was a stretch to get the members to say yes, then consider booking holidays, making sure vehicles were fit and all that goes with a two thousand mile two week tour . So, looking for a getaway, I was able to negotiate races in Michigan, Kalamazoo Speedway and Mount Clemens. We also made our first visit the MIS NASCAR race as guests for the pre race parade. The Michigan International Speedway deal was good as teams with blown engines were able to go on the track towing their cars on their trailers. The club grew in 1985, becoming stronger and closer. Our committee worked hard together. The schedule also include first time shows at Perry New York and Check Flag Speedway. Our club sponsors were Dave Franks, B&B Decals, Westward Tools and Quaker State. We presented money to the Easter Seal club, a $2000 cheque, monies we collected from going through the stands at Flamboro. 1985 was a great year for the Hobby club, not so much for our team. My devotion was 100% on being President and a lot less on my race program. My crew and I spent just enough time making sure our car was ready for opening day and every night after. Steffon, John, Paul, Doug and David worked hard, but found it frustrating with me not focused on our race team. We blew a few engines in 85, had some bad crashes. Financially it was a tough season. Nonie and I closed our restaurant, the government chased me again, trying to make sure we didn’t park our car in the garage. It had been almost 7 years since the last episode with the township. The by law enforcement police were relentless so I worked on my car outside on our restaurant property, it was zoned commercial, so we were okay, and survived that hassle. As tough as it was for my family and I personally, the Hobby Club did very well, showing us their appreciation and giving me a sense of accomplishment. Once the dust settled I was able to take a deep sigh and consider 1985 a decent year….We want to extend a special thanks to our own sponsors, Quaker State, 12th year, Reclaim Enterprises (John Saucier), Canadian Collision Supply, Rent A Wreck and M&T Truck Center, Lil’ Al’s Custom and Coors (yes Coors sent me hats and a sports bag)….we hope you enjoy the pictures and stories from 1985.

 

1985 Stats

Hobby Season #14
Hobby Season #14
Raced 24 Nights..Had 5 Rain Outs
    This was a crazy season with 5 rain outs. Two of those came at U.S. tracks on different week ends. Perry Speedway on May 26th, Mount Clemens August 10th during our Michigan Tour in August. There were three lost race nights at Flamboro Speedway due to weather. We never did return to Perry or Mount Clemens. Perry cancelled our 2nd show because the track was covered with clay, they became a dirt track, and Mount Clemens closed the doors the following season. We did get to play at both tracks. Ray Hughes took my car out once the rain stopped at Perry and the engine blew. At Mount Clemens, with the race cancelled and the sun out, we ran mock races at low speed. It was depressingly fun. We also lost the Barrie Speedway feature on September 8th, got the heats in but the feature rained out. That night was crazy. Prior to the race the Hobby members were waiting until I got some money that was owed us from 1984. I had faith we’d get the money, but the members wanted the cash before we raced. We got it and were good to go. I would crash hard in that race, removing the right front wheel after slamming the turn one wall. The club agreed to take tow money instead of waiting to see if the weather cleared up. We got $1100 and headed home. We had good car on most nights as the club was growing. Our team struggled with only one win, a consi. We had 13 top 10 feature finishes, but 9 DNF’s, including three engines. Overall, 1985 was a tremendous success for the Hobby club, and another challenge for our team.text]

1985 Hobby Line Up

Roster
Roster
Hobby Roster
    I got myself concerned when I first looked at the line up. I didn’t understand why there was nothing under #36. Did I forget to buy my membership? No, but I did forget that I changed my number for the first time in 16 years from #36 to #9. The story behind the change, the reason and the headache it created for me and a few others will be explained later, at the car show pictures.

1985 Schedule

Schedule
Schedule
We Booked 30 Shows
    What’s missing here is the Kalamazoo race Friday August 9th. That gave us potentially 30 race nights. We lost 5 to rain and had the 2nd Perry Speedway race cancelled because they changed their track to dirt. We were invited to run if we wanted to race on the dirt but the membership declined….me to on that one.

Club President 1985

Souivenir Program
Souivenir Program
Welcome Letter
    We put together our first souvenir program to celebrate 20 years as an organized club. Many members helped make this happen. It was a great effort by all and helped promote our club throughout 1985.

Quaker State Agreement

Quaker State
Quaker State
12th Year With Quaker State
    This year we put the name on the side of the car and on the roof above the windshield to give maximum exposure.

Reclaim Enterprises

Sponsor
Sponsor
John Saucier…Great Race Fan…Great Sponsor

Rent A Wreck

Sponsor
Sponsor
Associate Sponsor

Canadian Collision Supply

Sponsor
Sponsor
Dan & Cyril Sponsor
    I had a clean up shop business in 85′ and bought supplies from CCS. They sponsored me and asked me to try to sell paint for them at various car dealers. Great people.

Coors

Bill Elliott Sponsor
Bill Elliott Sponsor
Me & Bill…Same Number Same Sponsor
    During the off season a few of us in the Hobby club thought it would be neat to paint our cars like NASCAR teams. I had Bill Elliott`s paint n 1984 but this year made it more official by getting the number 9 and then Coors as a sponsor. It took me a while to get to the marketting person but when I did we got another sports bag and some hats, not a lot, but enough to make the car look as close to the Ford T-Bird as possible.

Hobby Write Up

1985
1985
Pre Season Write Up

More Write Up

1985
1985
Write Up Continued

Dave Franks

Photo`s By Franks
Photo`s By Franks
Dave Franks Returned As An Associate Sponsor
    Dave and Judy helped the Hobby club with pictures, buttons etc for the Hobby Fan Club. He also provided the pictures for our first ever souvenir program, our 20th Anniversary Program. Dave did alot to promote the Hobby`s, and many Ontario race tracks with his photos. He was an official photo supplier for many news papers in Canada and the U.S.

B&B Decals

Sponsor
Sponsor
Dedicated Hobby Family Sponsors Club In 1985
    The Barton Family had an important impact on the Hobby club by not only racing and working on the committee but also sponsoring. Their efforts were much appreciated.

Rawlinson Moving & Storage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Established Business Sponsors Hobby Club

History Story Of Rawlinson

Sponsor
Sponsor
Hobby Club Sponsor
    Don Crosley liked what we did and sponsored the Hobby club for just this season. Here is a story of the 100 years of their business…Don took over 6 years prior to this story.

Westward Tools

Hobby Sponsor
Hobby Sponsor
Hobby Club Sponsor
    Westward sponsored the Hobby club with tools for their weekly draws,as well as door prizes for various events we had. They also donated a set of gold wrenches to the winner of the Best Appearing Car.

85 Rebuild Begins

Our Sponsor Helps
Our Sponsor Helps
John Sauciers Shop
    John`s sponsorship included helping us with a new engine and the use of his shop to rebuild our car. There was little heat and lighting, but it was better than working outside in the winter, in fact we did nothing much over the winter. We were able to do all the welding and hard work here.[/

Hey This Car Isn’t Scrap…Well

Scrap Storage
Scrap Storage
Salvage Business
    John’s business included tearing down big abandoned wharehouses, storing, sorting and selling the scrap. Lucky no one loaded our car into the bin when it came time to get rid of some metal.

Welding The Frame

Welding Frame
Welding Frame
John Saucier Prepares The Frame
    John was welding the rear cross member and adding some support bars. Paul Cornwall was there as well to lend a hand.

Happy Birthday Annie

Annie Saucier
Annie Saucier
Annie Celebrates Her Birthday
    I was fortunate to be close to the Saucier family in 85. Here I join her Sisters April and Melissa wishing her a great birthday.

Birthday Girl

Family and Friends
Family and Friends
Annie With Her Family & Friends

Well Wishes From Annie

Race Fan #1
Race Fan #1
My #1 Fan In 85 Was Annie

Mellisa’s Blessings

Family of Fans
Family of Fans
Melissa Gives Her Encouragement

Apirl Saucier

April
April
No 1 Dirver? Nice, Thank You April
    Well, we may not have finished #1, but for April, Annie and Melissa, giving me a good pre season send off with these cards was very warming and a blessing to me and Nonie.

Promoters Work Shop

Larry Westwood
Larry Westwood
Hooby Reps For The Promoters Work Shop
    There was a decision by the club to send Larry and I to this work shop to see what was new in the racing industry and learn something we could bring back to the Hobby club. We were presented with an acheivement award for the Hobby club, quite an honor considering only three were given out in Ontario.

Work Shop Clipping

OARC Get Award
OARC Get Award
We Win Award For Promoting Our Sport

Award Presentation

Stew Reamer
Stew Reamer
Receiving The Award

Stew Reamer

Award Write Up
Award Write Up
Editor & Publisher Of Racing Promotion Monthly Stew Reamer

John Casale & Bruce Bennett

Track Owners
Track Owners
Sauble & Flamboro Speedway Promoters
    Nonie provided supper for a few of us after the Work Shop. Larry and I more than likely had fun with these two track promoters. Bruce on the right ran Sauble Speedway, and John was the promoter of Flamboro Speedway. These owners had to run at least 25 nights a year to make their budget. They appreciated that not only were we willing to race 25 to 30 times a season, but bring with us a full field of cars every night.

Motion Car Show

1985
1985
Motion Car Show March 1985
    There were six of us in this car show. Mike DeLeeuw’s awesome sign hangs from the ceiling. Mike won an award for best sign in the show. Some of us decided to paint our cars like NASCAR stars. My car was this color in 1984 but to make it look more like Bill Elliott’s car I wanted to run the #9, that hadn’t been run for a few seasons. That deal caused some grief. Bill Lyons thought the number was retired, but we never retired any number, I explained I only wanted to use it for one season. Some other OARC members thought I shouldn’t take #9, but what they didn’t know was that #9 was my other favourite number. Andy Bathgate, the New York Ranger captain when I was a kid was #9, so was Bobby Hull, so was Vic Parson’s my favourite Late Model driver. I took the heat and ran #9 but only for 1985…that’s all I wanted.

Stewart Pitchford #47

Motion
Motion
Stewart Earnhardt
    Stewart was one who decided to paint his car using a NASCAR theme. He copied the Wrangler #3 of Dale Earnhardt. Stewart loved to paint model cars and took a lot of pride in the look of his cars. He was also a big fan of Dale Earnhardt. The other five cars in the show were #2 Ron Goodison, 12 Jim Collison, #21 Larry Westwood, defending club champion #53 Rich Farraway and me.

Ron Goodison #2

Motion
Motion
Second Year Member Ron Goodison #2
    Ron’s rookie season was 1984. Ray, his dad and Ron supported the club whenever they could.

Kids Contest

Motion
Motion
Hobby Kids Car Contest
    The kids from the Hobby club got involved with our display by having a model car contest of their own. That was one thing the Hobby club did well was keep it a family club.

Larry Westwood #21

Motion
Motion
Valvoline NASCAR Scheme
    Larry painted his car like the Ron Bouchard’s Valvoline car from 1985.

Rich Farraway #53…Jim Collison #12

Motion
Motion
Farraway Collison Enter Show
    The 1984 Hobby club Champion Rich Farraway and one of the clubs hardest working members Jim Collison #12 completed the Hobby club entries in the 1985 Motion Car Show. Every entrant got one these plaques for participating.

Season Begins

President
President
Let The Season Begin

Hobby Story

Pre Season
Pre Season
Pre Season Press

Annie & The Coupe

Annie
Annie
Season Starts Soon
    Annie is all smiles knowing we’ll be racing soon. Unfortunately we rained out on May 4th, we didn’t rain out the next week..it was worse.

Pre Race Parade Lap

Dave Franks Go Karts
Dave Franks Go Karts
Parade Lap May 11th
    After the Hobby meeting, Dave Franks asked Bruce Manson and I if we wanted to drive his two Petty go-karts in the parade lap…we said yes…I don’t think we hesitated.

Enjoying The Parade

Flamboro Speedway
Flamboro Speedway
Dave Franks Karts
    While we were playing on the track the Hobby club were lining up the heats. It was no problem, Steffon, Paul and John had it covered…so I thought. When I came in after the parade lap my car was not lined up and the reason was because the car would not start. We switched carbs with Ray Hughes but still no go. We missed the heat, but finally got the car ready for the consi.

Engine Lets Go On Opening Night

What's New
What’s New
Engine Woe’s Already
    We had our problems with engines, blowing up tons. We never expected this to happen, we did all the right stuff, sent it to Jim Lindsay, one of the best builders of inlines. On lap three of the consi the engine grenaded, putting us out for the night. No way to start a championship chase.

Engine Lift…On Steroids

Removing The Engine
Removing The Engine
Monday Morning
    There’s no way we figured on this deal, it was a heart breaker right off the bat. we had no extra money to spend because we spent everything we had just to get ready for opening day, that was depressing for our team. John was upset and said he would deal with it. He called Jim Lindsay because paying for the engine was his main sponsorship for us. Jim made it right and that made things a lot better.

Getting It Out

Blown Engine
Blown Engine
Inline No Problem For This Crane
    John and I worked on Monday to get this engine out and then get it immediately to Jim Lindsay. John and his family were very supportive towards us, not so much financially, but in every way. He cared about me and that mattered a lot, whether he was doing it because he knew I was Annie’s favourite driver, I don’t know, I thought maybe he was my best adult fan. Being with the Saucier family taught me a lot, they were more laid back but yet still never wanting to give up. They did want to slow me down a bit, to take a breath, but never to get me to park the car..no one ever could get me to do that.

Thank You Rich

1985
1985
Rich Farraway Lends Us An Engine
    Our engine didn’t get repaired in time. Rich Farraway was good enough to loan one of his engines until ours was finished. On the Saturday prior to the race we were at John’s having a bar-b-que and someone mentioned Murphy’s Law and how it may continue to affect our racing with the comment “Imagine if we blow Rich Farraway’s engine”. David said almost immeditately, “what if Rich blows up his own and wants this one back”? It was a fun time considering the possibilities of things that could go wrong, knowing something would, but as it turned out we would return to Flamboro on May 18th and take 3rd in both our heat and feature.

Hobby Cars From 1985

1985
1985
Page From The Flamboro Program
    There is a mistake on this program page. The #72 is not Bruce Manson, it’s Murry Luckhart. Bruce was #74.

Points Standings

1985
1985
We Are Not In Top 15 After Opening Night DNF

Hobby Cars Out West

1985
1985
Could We Race Together?
    When I saw this article in the racing magazine I went nuts wanting to do some kind of special with them. It would happen, but not for 5 more years…oh ya that’s in the future, no one should know. Check out 1990 when it’s finished.

We’re Not Alone

1985
1985
The Old Timers Race Association…Just Like Us…Almost
    This club though very similar were about 10 years behind us. The difference between their fast and slow cars was night and day, but they looked awesome and my goal was to somehow have a match race with them.

Flamboro Heat Race

1985
1985
Bentley Leads
    Dave Bentley #29 followed by #21 Larry Westwood and our #9 Dodge.

Ron Shaw Leads Off Four

1985
1985
Sideways And Flying
    Ron Shaw #81 Leads Bruce Manson #74 and I off turn four. Both these cars were on it hard getting their cars side ways.

John Saucier

1985
1985
John Rests On The Car
    John was our friend, crew member and sponsor. Here he is pictured with Mr. Ding DeLeeuw Sr. in the Flamboro pits. Mr. DeLeeuw worked with the Hobby club as line up person.

Racing Off Four

1985
1985
    The Boys Get It Going In The Feature
    Ken Jorgenson #96 and Don Shaw #84 race with this pack off turn four in the Flamboro feature.

Back Chute One To Go

1985
1985
Getting Ready To Go Green

Flamboro Heat May 18th

Flamboro
Flamboro
Heat 3rd..Feature 3rd…Farraways Engine
    Opening night we blew our engine. Then we joked “what if we blew up Rich’s engine, and David said, what if he blew up and wanted his engine back”. When we got to the track on the 18th we unloaded but did not make the first set of warm ups. That was no surprise to us, but what turned out to be an omen, or esp, the thing that made us think we were fortune tellers was when Rich blew his engine in those first warm ups. I offered him his engine back but he said no, went home and borrowed one from Dan Gastonguay. That was an amazing night, we also got 3rd in the feature…thanks Rich.

My Number One Fan

1985
1985
Story On How I Got John Saucier To Sponsor Us

The Man To Beat Most Nights

Bruce Manson
Bruce Manson
Bruce Manson #74
    Bruce helped me a lot in 1985. We were being chased again by the township for parking our car in our garage so Bruce and Carmen let me keep my car at their place until the dust settled down. Dwight and Bruce helped me with setting up my car and we became very close, doing things together. Bruce appreciated my work with the Hobby club and in return helped me because he knew I didn’t know a lot about making the car go faster, and he sure did.

Racing With Bruce

1985
1985
Racing Off Turn Four
    Bruce and I race close with Lorne Stewart #27, Don Shaw #84 and Larry Gibson #88 not far behind.

Check Flag Speedway

1985
1985
Charlie Becks Wins At Windsor
    On May 19th we headed to Checker Flag Speedway in Windsor. This was the worse race for us in 1985. We had 4 complete restarts. The track was terrible. There were pot holes everywhere, water seeping out of turn four onto the track, that never dried up, similar in turn one. Here’s the best, on the back straight, they didn’t have a guard rail or cememt wall, they had parked cars…no kidding. Charlie Beck won the feature that had 12 cautions in 25 laps. We were running 2nd tangled and went scratch. Bruce Manson got into me, spinning me out early in the race and later he hit Rick Koebel #42 who was leading, spinning him out and doing some damage. That got Bruce the black flag. That changed things for Bruce, me and the Hobby club. He was very upset with the various calls and how things were going. Bruce was the fastest car in the club and wanted badly to win the points, getting black flagged hurt him, but the season was still early. This was a double race week end and our only visit to Checker Flag.

On Our Way To Perry Speedway

Ramp Truck Race
Ramp Truck Race
Heading To New York
    On May 26th we headed to New York state for our first of two scheduled races at Perry Speedway. Unfortunately both were cancelled. One to rain, this one on, and one to dirt, the track covered the track making it a dirt track before our next race. We were invited to come but voted not to go.

May 26th Perry Speedway

Packing Up
Packing Up
Rain, Ray & Rod Bolt
    The owner called off the races early, and rightly so, it was a miserable damp wet day. The rain did stop long enough for a few of the guys to take their cars out. Ray Hughes took our car out and not long into the only set of hot laps allowed, the engine let go, very bad mess. This would be the 2nd Lindsay engine lost in 1985. It was also the last time Ray would take anyones car out for practice. Steffon makes sure the car is on right and John heads to the back to tie it down. That was our first blown inline in the U.S., but it wouldn’t be my last…later for the next one…two years later.

Homeward Bound

1985
1985
Highway Speed Photo..Going Home In The Rain

Farraway Wins Both Features

1985
1985
Double Feature Night June 1st
    Our feature rained out on May 25th, but we did get our heats and consi in. John booked the rain out feature the next Saturday, June 1st. We finished 8th in the heat and 2nd in the consi on the 25th, then 6th in the rain out feature a week later. June 1st races were good for us picking up a 4th in the heat and 6th again in the feature. This article says we finished 3rd, but Bruce Manson, Ray Hughes and Jeff Bedell all got by. we won $160 for both features. We put Rich Farraway’s engine back in after blowing our 2nd Lindsay engine. Rick said we could buy it for $400. We had to use the Farraway engine because Lindsay hadn’t finsihed ours yet, although it was promnised for June 8th.

Steffon Fixing …What Else

1985
1985
Engine Woes…Really?
    There was no slowing down our bad luck with engines. This time wasn’t a serious deal, but it seemed we were constantly fighting with our engines. We did a lot of work during the week preparing for June 8th. We removed the trans, bell housing, clutch assembly and oil pan. I was worried because my engine luck was no good when someone who knew what they were doing built or worked on it. Now we were into some heavy surgery, for me. We replaced the rear main seal and oil pan gasket and reassembled everything and incredibly…our oil leak was gone, and the engine didn’t blow up.

Consi Race June 8th

1985
1985
Consi Race Flamboro Speedway June 8th…Brad Collison #1

Dave Lewis & Annie Saucier

Flamboro
Flamboro
Win Gets Kids In The Action
    David Lewis would come with us most every week end. He lived across the street from us in Toronto and was David’s best friend. Here he gets in the picture with Annie Saucier. Most drivers would let kids come down and get their picture taken with them. I remember as a young fan getting to talk to one of the stock car drivers at the CNE. He soon became my hero and favourite driver. As a racer I never want to take that opportunity away from a fan, of any age.

First Win 1985

Consi Win
Consi Win
A Win Always Brings A Smile
    Winning wasn’t plentiful in 85′, so getting to hold the checker flag was a great feeling. This consi win on June 8th was sandwiched between a wreck in the heat and later in the feature.

Consi Win June 8th

1985
1985
Bill Elliott Autographed Our Picture

Driver Of The Week

1985
1985
One Win Will Do It

Looks Good Now

1985
1985
June 8th Feature Insane
    This picture dosen’t tell the story. We started 15th in the main because we qualified through the consi on June 8th. Early in the race I got mixed up when Castonguay got turned by Bruce and cars went everywhere. I got hit by avoided the wall, but the contact flattened the left rear tire. Ron Shaw loaned us a tire and we got back out. The notes from this night say we’d been better off to stay in the pits. About 8 laps later, Jim English and Larry Gibson got together, I checked up and got slammed hard by Dan Gastonguay #54. Dan’s car was mounted on the side of mine, burried into the door, huge damage. The car wasn’t hurt bad enough to continue but wouldn’t restart because of a broken wire on the kill switch. Believe it or not, I had time to twist the ends together and get the car started. Believe it or not I didn’t go a lap and heard something banging in the front end, I drove to the infield and found the rad came back and was hitting the fan. I ran to the pit wall and asked my crew to get something to tie it in place. The heart was pounding to get back out in the race, and it was still under yellow. I got a bungy chord from Mike DeLeeuw and managed to secure the rad, keeping it away from the fan. Man that was crazy, but at least I was going to get back in the race. However, as soon as I got on the track and drove one lap I was black flagged…”infield rule”. There was lots of rain the past few weeks and no one was allowed to go to the infield, well, you could, but you had to stay there. It wasn’t a good night, but we did win the consi.

Week End Of Grand Valley Tornado

1985
1985
Varney June 9th

It was another double header week end. Nonie and I stopped at Grand Valley, to see Ron and Helen Shaw on our way to Varney Speedway. Their little city was hit by a very severe tornado. We coudn’t believe the incredible damage done to homes from the tornadoes that hit that town. Some homes were demolished completely. I had never seen great big three foot thick trees with all the bark stripped off the outside of the tree. That same spawn of tornados also hit Barrie and many people were killed from this terrible storm. Helen gave us a tour of the Grand Valley. After we headed to Varney with Don Shaw and Ron Goodison….Nonie and I went with the kids. None of our crew could make it, but with all the help from other Hobby teams, we were in good shape and we needed help. Our rad was damaged from the night before at Flamboro. We got that fixed but missed warm ups. We ended up 4th in this heat and 7th in the feature. The feature had some issues, this time Bruce Manson and Tim Martin. That wreck, though not serious involved both Charlie Beck and Ray Hughes. At the end of the race we had a 9 car train going and the fans loved it. Mr. Martin and Bruce got into in the pits, but things settled down and no one carried it on. Being President and racing is very tough because after the race is over you have to settle any problems with the rest of the committee and sometimes it can take away from a fun night.

Bruce Manson #74

Varney
Varney
Bruce Making His Presence Known At Varney

Ron Shaw…Bruce Manson At Varney

Varney
Varney
Tornado’s Couldn’t Keep Ron Away
    Ron and Bruce run side by side down the back chute at Varney. Bruce with out a hood is side ways on the outside. Ron was side ways plently of times but not this one as he battles Bruce. Drivers got in free on this day and that was a good deal for us.

Varney Speedway

1985
1985
“Trivia”…What Is Ray Hughes Favourite Track?
    Not Varney!! I can’t remember ever disliking a track. That wasn’t the case for Ray Hughes. Over the winter, while considering the schedule at a general meeting, I asked the drivers what tracks they wanted to race. Ray yelled out “anywhere but Varney”. Even though he would sooner go somewhere else, Ray still showed up to the smallest track in Ontario. I guess you can’t keep a real racer away.

Parade Lap

Flamboro
Flamboro
Getting Some Exposure In The Parade Lap
    Going out in the parade lap is good for our sponsors and the fans. It also gives the announcer an opportunity to promote the division your in as well. Any promo like this is a good thing.

Rick Koebel #42

Flamboro
Flamboro
Rick Koebel’s #42, Painted The Same As Ray Hughes Black & Yellow

Stewart Pitchford #47

Hobby Racer
Hobby Racer
Stewart Loved Racing & Playing Hockey…He Was A Very Good Goalie

Early Season Points Standings

Flamboro
Flamboro
Bruce Manson #74 On Top
    It was no surprise to see Bruce Manson leading the points. Ron Shaw #81 keeping pace with Bruce was a great indicator the fun loving Shaw was having a great season, his best in the Hobby club.

Bruce Manson Leading Points

Flamboro
Flamboro
Manson Wants Points Title…Bad
    There was no one in 1985 more determined to win the points than Bruce Manson. No doubt Ron Shaw, Ray Hughes and Charlie Beck and a few others wanted top honors, as did our team. But Bruce was almost obsessed with not only the desire but need to grab the title. We wanted to take a run at it, but 2 blown engines in our first six nights eliminated our chances. We were 11th at this point in the season.

Back In The Day

Oswego Coupes
Oswego Coupes
Early American Stock Cars

Jim English #55

Flamboro
Flamboro
Souvenir Program Page
    Jim wore many hats. He helped the club by running on the committee, gave advice when any issues arrised that needed a mature voice, was friendly and helpful to all the Hobby members, and one of the toughest dudes to race against when he was on his game. A great loving and humble man.

Charlie Beck #79

Flamboro
Flamboro
Smiling Charlie
    It was “Smilin’ Ray Hughes”, but the title could have went to Charlie Beck who was smiling even when he didn’t win a race…here he’s all smiles.

Brad Collison

Flamboro Pits
Flamboro Pits
2nd Generaion Collison
    Brad was the son of racing great Jim Collison. Brad wasn’t the luckiest racer but enjoyed racing with and against his dad.

Wayne Stevens #99

Flamboro
Flamboro
Coach Runner
    Wayne brought out a beautiful lookijng coach to compete with the Hobby dirvers. He was another racer that would soon start helping mold the clubs success. Wayne raced hard and was clean and fair, showing and giving respect all the time.

Jim Collison #12

Flamboro
Flamboro
Jim Collison The Organizer
    Jim was awesome on the committee. In my 2nd year as president, all the committee members worked hard. Jim worked hard as well, but sometimes worried with all the things I wanted to do. He was disappointed when I stepped down from the committee in 1986, but he knew I had to concentrate on my race program, because it suffered because of the time I spent in the off season trying to get things done for the Hobby club. It was my job as President, and all the other members of the 85′ committee were very good at the things they were doing and I never regretted spending the extra time to make things work. It’s easy when I had people like Jim and a club membership body that cared about their future.

It Won’t Work Larry!!!!

Flamboro
Flamboro
Chaos At Flamboro
    Ken Frost #22 gets low followed by Jim Collison #12. Ron Shaw #81 checks up as #21 Larry Westwood is making things exciting in the turn. Maybe it wasn’t Larry’s fault, he could have been hit causing him to spin, regardless for those heading into the turn fast and two wide it becomes a code red situation.

One To Go

Flamboro
Flamboro
Brian Pratt Drives Gallinger Ford Mustang In Pace Lap
    Jeff Bedell #65 and I lead this pack on the white flag lap of a 10 car heat.

Bruce Manson Remains On Top

Flamboro Points
Flamboro Points
Manson On Top, We Get In Top 10

Ron Goodison #2 & Team

Flamboro Pits
Flamboro Pits
Concerned Crew Looks On
    Driver Ron Goodison inspects his fan while Ed Hennesey in the back ground looks on as does his dad Ray Goodison. The car next to Ron is our car, Steffon can be seen working under the hood of our car. We had a hood that tipped forward.

Crash In Turn One

Flamboro
Flamboro
Tim Martin #33 & Lorne Stewart #27

Wild Sequence

Lost Wheel
Lost Wheel
Brad Collison #1

Autographed Picture

Bill Elliott
Bill Elliott
Dave Franks Got This Picture Autographed For Me..Thanks Dave & Thanks Bill

Mike Witter #19

Flamboro
Flamboro
Awesome Person & Just As Awesome On The Track

Ron Shaw #81

Flamboro Win
Flamboro Win
Keeping Pace With Bruce Manson
    In his 5th season with the Hobby club Ron was showing his stuff by keeping pace with the hard charging Bruce Manson. Ron’s having a great season and winning this race was one of many in 85′.

Feature Wreck June 8

Flamboro Feature
Flamboro Feature
Feature Crash Features Lots Of Damage

Another View

Flamboro Feature
Flamboro Feature
Major Repairs On The Horizon

David`s New Look Idea

To The Drawing Board
To The Drawing Board
David`s Amazing Design
    Our goal was to win a Championship of course, we always tried for it and wanted so bad to be the top runner in the Hobby Club. A feature win was another desire, and that was almost as tough for me, as winning a title, but a title was way above winning a feature. We went 167 nights without a win spanning 6 season from 1978’s dramatic feature win to finally taking another feature at Barrie in 1984. Third on the list, but always having it just as important as the other two was how our car looked. We tried every season to have our car looking excellent, but got beat most times by Harry Nicholson who won Best Appearing Car 11 years in a row with the exact same (but gorgeous)looking car. David told me in mid May if we wanted a shot at best appearing car in 1985 we needed to have side curtins. The number on the car was too far forward and needed side curtins to make the car look more proportionate. Now was the time so we did it after our serious wreck when Dan Castonguay t-boned us the night we won our heat on June 8th. With two rain outs after Varney, June 15th and 22nd we had time to take this drawing and give our car a new look. The next 3 pictures show progress and the final result of our work, all taken from this picture, from a 13 year olds drawing.

June 15th Warm Ups

New Look
New Look
Under Construction
    We didn`t quite have enough time to fix all the damage, redesign the body and have it painted and lettered. As it turned out, this night rained out.

Runs Okay…Now To Paint

Make Over
Make Over
Make Over Incomplete
    The 15th of June and the 22nd both rained out giving us another week to get the car ready with paint and lettering.

Home Run

Flamboro
Flamboro
From The Drawing To The Real Thing
    We were very happy with how the car turned out. David`s idea was a just what this car needed.

New Look A Winner

Dizzy Dean
Dizzy Dean
Dizzy Dean Presents Award June 29th
    On June 29th, Dizzy Dean, the founder and owner of Motion Car Show, came to our race and picked his choice of the Best Appearing car award. This was the first time we ever won an award for appearance. It would be a good year for that because we also won the award at the banquet for the Best Appearing Car award for 1985. David made a good call on this paint scheme revision, and we were awarded the very next race out.

Fred Poets #58

Flamboro
Flamboro
Practicing With Fred Poets

Trouble For Dan

Flamboro
Flamboro
Dan Castonguay #54 Breaks A Wheel

Jim English #55

Flamboro Pits
Flamboro Pits
Nice Looking Model A Coupe

Mike Witter Working In The Pits

Flamboro Pits
Flamboro Pits
Mike Witter #19
    This was Mikes first year in the Hobby Club. He wanted to run the #19 like his dad Gary Witter. Larry Westwood gave Mike the number and took #21 for 1985. Mike was a very graceful person, he and Paul Fisher, the owner of the car were a great duo.

Black & Yellow On The Pole

Flamboro
Flamboro
Rick Koebel & Ray Hughes

Larry Gibson #88

Flamboro
Flamboro
Corvette Club Member
    This was Larry’s second season with the Hobby club driving this nice looking coupe.

Ron Easton’s Rookie Season

Flamboro
Flamboro
Hobby Rookie #00 Ron Easton

Nonie and I were close to George and Sandy McLeod. Ron married George’s daughter Cathy (I think), we usually

    get it wrong, it could be Susan. Nonie and I knew both girls, Ron got to know one better than we did, but do you think I can remember which one. I’m hoping they don’t read this, well at least Cathy or Susan, not assuming both would be upset, not assuming the other one wouldn’t like Ron…wow, this gets worse as it goes on. Anyway, it wouldn’t take Ron long to get his racing career heading in the right direction. He would learn fast and even stir up the tech committee a little, (lot’s of guys did that) but I think his controversial seasson start was next year.

Smilin’ Ray & Not So Happy Bruce

Flamboro Action
Flamboro Action
Ray Holds Off Bruce
    These two usually ran up front. Bruce was the man to beat and most times if anyone was going to beat him it was Ray. Smilin’ Ray was his nick name, no one had one for Bruce, but he usually was anyting but smiling. Bruce was so determined to win the title that he was obsessed and no one was going to get in his way. Here, Ray is in his way, but Ray was good enough on some nights to beat the rocket man.

Hot Laps At Flamboro

Practice
Practice
Practice Makes Perfect
    It made perfect sense to try everything we could to keep up with the top runners. We struggled with the stupid inline blowing up frequently, and those DNFs killed our points hopes. We never gave up trying to win every week.

Starter Gives Sign…2 To GO

Heat Race
Heat Race
Double File Start

Kansas City Paul

Paul Cornwall
Paul Cornwall
Everyone Would Have Loved This Man On Their Team
    Paul Cornwall, from Kansas City Missouri, was a great friend and dedicated pit member. He and Steffon had been with me since 1981, and Paul since 1980. Paul always had something funny to say, but he never said anything against another race team no matter how bad or crazy they acted on the track. He usually found the best from everyone, a great way to be and an attitude that kept peace and calmness in our pits. Paul would be in our Pit Crew Hall Of Fame, if we had one, we remember and love him for all he brought to our team.

Stewart Pitchford Helping Out

Replacing Used Engine
Replacing Used Engine
Stewart & OJ
    On July 6th we finally got our engine back from Jim Lindsay, that’s the one that blew up at Perry Speedway with Ray behind the wheel. Jim didn’t charge us for this one, but it took over a month to get done. Meanwhile we bought a used engine from Rich Farraway and that is the one that’s coming out. It was ok and did the job, but was no match for the top running cars. Here Stewart Pitchford, my long time school friend and racing buddy helps me get the engine out of the car. Jim Granger used his truck to pull the engine out. OJ, I gave him that name because he always raved about the races at Oswego Speedway. He was a close neighbour, OJ stood for Oswego John. John was a great friend and good friends with the Witter family.

Pulling Out The Used Engine

Stewart Pitchford
Stewart Pitchford
The Church Got A Baptism
    We put in our new Jim Lindsay engine, after pulling this one out. We had a few different ways tok set the valves. They were set from Jim so the engine was ready to go. A few weeks after this picture I was in the driveway of our restaurant, we had no garage, and I decided to start up the engine and check the valve setting. David started the car and with the rocker cover off I was shocked to have the oil shoot right up over my head, almost hitting me. We shut the car off. I turned to David and said “that was close”. He pointed to the beige siding on behind me and said “the church didn’t make out so good”. It’s okay, the church won the battle, I would eventually, a few years down the road, be attending church on a regualar basis, just not this one.

Fast Car Heat

Flamboro Heat Race
Flamboro Heat Race
New Engine Give Us A Great Night On July 6th…Ray Wins Feature
    We had one of our best nights of the year on July 6th. We finshed third in this heat but 2nd in the feature. When Jim Lindsay finished our engine we installed a button clutch. On lap 13 we were running 6th. Going into turn one I got made a move on the inside and went from 6th to second. The car was awesome (so said the diary). Larry Westwood was leading but spun out a lap later in turns 3 & 4 giving me the lead. I was incredibly excited at the thought we could possilby win this race. On lap 17 the unimagineable happened, our new clutch started slipping and smoking. The car was losing power and I was falling back. Coming off four with three to go Ray edged by me and the yellow came out. I thought it was for me, but it was from water on the track when Larry spun. John Casale called the race even though it was only the second caution of the feature. The checker came out and Ray motioned me by him, but he was ahead of me before the yellow came out giving us second. The win would have been synonomous with the big move on lap 13, but racing with Murphy’s Law as your reason for finishing any race, second (though excellent) was synonomous with the baffled clutch.

Fred Poets Leads Under Caution

Heat Race
Heat Race
Fred Poets, Murray Luckhart, Don Shaw and Larry Westwood

Ron Shaw #81

Heat Win
Heat Win
Smilin’ Ron Shaw

Twin 25′ Warm Ups

July 27th
July 27th
Testing At Flamboro
    Actually what we were testing was the spark plug readings. In the first set of warm ups I spun and hit the wall bending the spring purchase and busting a tire. We got it back out and did shut the car off to test the plugs, the verdict was they were okay. Losing power that night, already losing 3 engines so far in 85′ was becoming discouraging. In the first 25 lap race we ended up 17th. While getting the car ready for the 2nd feature the water pump broke and went through the rad, and that we could not fix in time. The Twin 25’s were one of my favourite races but this one, like many ended in disappointment. In spite of some bad finishes we were 7th overall after this night only 6 points out of 5th. Bruce was leading with Ray 40 points behind and Ron Shaw only one behind Ray.

Fred Poets #58

Heat Win Flamboro
Heat Win Flamboro
Fred Poets Grabs Heat Win

Trevor Boys Canadian NASCAR Star

Trevor Boys
Trevor Boys
B&B Decals Sponsored Trevor Boys In 1985 For A Few NASCAR Races

Ken Frost #22

Heat Race
Heat Race
Ken Frost On The Pole…Don Shaw #84 Indicates One To Go

Rich & Leonard

Soap Box Night
Soap Box Night
Rich Farraway #53 & Leonard Farraway…Mini #53

Mike Witter Wins Twin 25’s

Marc Times
Marc Times
Twin 25 Champion Mike Witter Gets Press

First Ever Michigan Tour

Kalamazoo Speedway
Kalamazoo Speedway
Kalamazoo Speedway Advertises…”OARC Sportsman Modifieds”
    Our first ever trip to Michigan would go down in history for the CVM as one of it’s best efforts in promoting the club. Not only were we loved by the fans, the race promoters began to fight for us in the years to come. Race giants, Randy Sweet and the Benson familly raved about the Hobby cars, not so much about the appearance, but more on how hard they raced with the beautiful bodies. They were amazed we actually wrecked, making our class a legitamate race division to them. Of course we already knew that, we wrecked every week at our home track. We were called everything in Michigan. One track referred to us as the “Canadian Coupes & Coaches”. Mount Clemens Speedway called us “Pre War Coupes”. It was an exciting time for us, heading south to meet new friends, some that would last for a long time.

This Was Worth The Trip

Michigan
Michigan
Like A Kid Meeting Santa Claus
    We left home on Thursday, heading for Kalamazoo Michigan. It was a three event deal. Kalamazoo on Friday, Mount Clemens on Saturday and then M.I.S. on Sunday to be part of the NASCAR pre race day events by going on the track to be in the parade. The whole week end was very exciting for all of us. Early evening Thursday night we were still having trouble finding a room, more than likely because of the NASCAR race. Most of the other Hobby members booked rooms ahead of time. We ended up getting two rooms in Jackson. On our way to check in we drove around the building to park and saw the Coors #9 show trailer. I almost fainted. We found the driver and spent some time with him. He gave us hats and other stuff. No hero cards back then, so I had nothing to give him back. He went out to see our car and loved it. The next day he was on display at Melling Pumps so we went to see the car and Bill Elliott’s main sponsor.

Like Heaven For This Race Fan & Family

Coors #9
Coors #9
New Race Team
    What a day for us. We got to meet the staff from Mellings, got some good pictures. It was like Heaven for me, it would be at least two and half years before I knew what the real Heaven was.

Looking Good…New Wheels…Shined Up

Melling Tools
Melling Tools
If Bill Elliott Was There…I Would Have Been Hospitalized…Too Much Excitement

Fastest 3/8 Paved On Earth

Program
Program
Fast It Was

Kalamazoo Speedway

The Zoo
The Zoo
Greetings From Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo Sign

Lined Up
Lined Up
“And The Sign Says…”

Pit Road

Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo
Bruce & I On Pit Road

Kalamazoo Coupes From The Past

Program
Program
The Track Promoted Us With Their Own History

Hobby’s In The Pits

kalamazoo
kalamazoo
Full Field Makes Trip

Crammed Pits

Pre Race
Pre Race
Kalamazoo Pits Were Jammed

Ron Shaw Practicing

Hot Laps
Hot Laps
Huge Crowd Every Week

Fast Man On Fast Track

Practice
Practice
Bruce Manson Hot Lapping…He Loved This Track…The Fans Loved Him

Tim Martin #33

Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo
The Martins Loved To Travel

Ken Frost #22

Pits
Pits
Nice Coupe By Trashed Late Model…Our Cars Went Over Great

Jim English #55…Ron Shaw #81

Heat's Begin
Heat’s Begin
Two Vets Prepare For The Heat Race

Gerald Ton #56 Wins Heat Race

Heat Win
Heat Win
Gerald Ton, Racing With Jim English, Wins First Heat Race

Me & Ray On The Front Row

2nd Heat
2nd Heat
Huge Crowd Made This Day Even More Exciting
    We decided not to go to the East Coast in 1985, but no one said anything about going to Michigan, plus it was only 6 hours away. Being President meant a lot of work putting this together, but our committee was very enthusiastic about this tour. It’s hard to explain, but we were treated awesome by the promoters and the fans absolutely loved the Hobby cars. Ray and I started side by side in this heat race.

Pace Car Leads Into Turn One

One Lap To Go
One Lap To Go
Green Flag Next Lap

Green Green Green

Heat Race #2
Heat Race #2
Green Flag…Ray Takes The Lead…Bruce Follows…We End Up 3rd

Ray Hughes #24 Wins 2nd Heat

Heat Win #24
Heat Win #24
Ray Won The Heat…He Wasn’t So Fortunate In The Feature

Dave Bentley #29

Kalamazoo Pits
Kalamazoo Pits
Hard Charger Dave Bentley

Larry Westwood #21

Pits
Pits
Larry Takes NASCAR Paint Scheme

Jim English #55

Ready For Feature
Ready For Feature
Jim Was Sponsored By Bowes…He Waits For The Feature

Preparing For Feature

Post Race
Post Race
All The Races In All The Classes Were Very Good

Fred Poets #58….Ken Jorgenson #96

Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo
Ken Jorgenson #96…Track Takes Driver Out.
    This track, though fast and banked very good, was exhausting from the g-force in the corners. After our feature Ken Jorgenson passed out. We took him to the hospital and he was released.

Kalamazoo Feature

Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo
On August 9th 1985, We Had Our First Feature Race At Kalamazoo

Early Wreck On Lap Four

Feature
Feature
Kalamazoo Krash
    The fans were standing and waving at the beginning of our feature. It was quite a feeling, we rarely saw that kind of response in our racing careers. In this picture, running 6th I got mixed up with #88 Larry Gibson. I spun and Rich Farraway was unable to stop, that is until he t-boned me. Here, both of us are out of our cars checking the damage. My door was beat in, the fans were shaking their heads saying “man, these guys race these cars hard”. Jim Collison spun out, Wayne Stevens blew his engine, so did Charlie Beck, most likely from the wrong gearing. This track carried a lot of speed in to the turns and we had to be careful not to be over geared. I continued on finishing 10th. Ray got wrecked in this feature. In spite of the trouble we had, the track officials and fans loved our club and booked us again for the next year.

Kalamazoo King

Feature Winner
Feature Winner
Bruce Manson #74 Wins First Ever Kalamazoo Feature

Mount Clemens Ad

May Ad
May Ad
Mount Clemens Annouces Our Arrival
    This ad appeared in the Mount Clemens area. They had it all figured out except for one thing….rain!

Pre War Coupes

Mount Clemens
Mount Clemens
Hopefully Ken Maritn Didn’t See This Ad…Didn’t Mention Coaches

Mount Clemens….Rained Out!!!!!

Mount Clemens
Mount Clemens
We Can Still Have Fun
    We drove from Kalamazoo to Mount Clemens in the rain, but it stopped, and then the sun came out. There were puddles on the ground but the asphault was dry. We were shocked and terribly disappointed to hear the track called the show early in the afternoon. They felt very bad, and offered to let us play on the track as long as we didn’t race against each other. It was better than nothing and let us at least get on the track. Little did we know this would be the last season for Mount Clemens and though poor quality, these pictures show the kind of day we had in spite of the losing to the rain. Some drivers went home, some went back to the M.I.S. area for the parade on Sunday. Here Ron and Don Shaw, as well as Jim Collison, unload to have some fun on the track.

Steffon Teases Baby

Mount CLemens
Mount CLemens
Future Racing Stars
    Here Jeff and Phil Shaw gather around this child, watching Steffon play, and no doubt tease the baby. Steffon loved to play. Soon Jeff and Phil would race as well…but that’s “Back To The Future” part 4.

Mount Clemens Pits

Mt. Clemens
Mt. Clemens
Ken Jorgenson #96…Beside The Ramp Truck He Sold Me In 1977

Wayne Varley #7

Mt. Clemens
Mt. Clemens
August 10th…No Race But We Unloaded To Practice & Get Pictures

Lined Up For Mock Heat

Mount Clemens
Mount Clemens
It Rained, But!…’Circle Track’ Magazine Does Story On Our Club

Bruce Blazes The Track

Mount CLemens
Mount CLemens
Bruce Gets In Circle Track Story

Me & Bruce Manson #74

Mount Clemens
Mount Clemens
Drag Race???..No Chance, He’d Win That To

Mike Witter #19

Mt. Clemens
Mt. Clemens
Mike Gets In The Act

Larry Westwood #21

Mount Clemens
Mount Clemens
Larry Dodges Rain Puddles?…On Second Thought I Don’t See How He Can

Ron Shaw #81

Shaw #81
Shaw #81
Ron Would Be Here For Certain

Mock Heat Race

Mount Clemens
Mount Clemens
No Ray Hughes
    Ray was one driver who headed back home after this disappointing venture. I’m sure when he heard we were doing mock races he must have shook his head. Here Ron Goodison #2 (on the right) Wayne Varley, Larry Westwood #21, Me, Ken Jorgenson #96 and Bruce Manson at the back prepare for some photo shots by the man from Circle Track.

Playing For The photographer

August 10th
August 10th
We Staged All Kinds Of Racing For The Photographer

Dirty Dozen..Ah, Eleven

Mount Clemens
Mount Clemens
Eleven Of Us Stayed For Practive And Photos.

Don Shaw, Jim Collison row 1, Mike Witter, Fred Poets row two, look out Mike, Fred is turning into you…it’s okay we’re stopped. Row 3 the Ron’s..Goodison and Shaw, Row 4 Milton reps Larry Westwood and Wayne Varley, in row 5 are me and Ken Jorgenson and Bruce Manson at the back.

Action Shot

Mount Clemens
Mount Clemens
Move Over Ken, Bruce Is Making It Three Wide…Dust Off The Wall
    Well,as sad as it was that we didn’t get to race, the boys and girls of the Hobby club had a great time. The Cirlce Track photographer very much appreciated us doing most of this for him. He did interviews with Jim Collison, Wayne Varley and Bruce Manson. The issue would be out in December of this year…when all was said and done, this group showed what the Hobby club truly is, “fun, family and friends”.

Michigan Pre Race Pass

August 11th 1985
August 11th 1985
Pre Race Pass For Michigan Parade

Michigan International Speedway

Lined Up
Lined Up

Doubled Up…First Time Ever At M.I.S.

    Larry Westwood #21 is inside pole with Wayne Varley #7 outside. Jim Collison #12 and Bruce Manson #74 can been seen on the inside lane. This was a fun day and great exposure for our club. We all got 2 passes per car to watch the NASCAR race and see Bill Elliott smoke the field.

Happy Day At M.I.S.

Parade
Parade
Don Shaw #84, Leads Pack Down Front Chute
    Don Shaw looks like he’s about to be drafted by Jim English #55. It was an awesome day with lots of sunshine, a huge crowd and a thrill for the boys.

Gerald Ton #56

Parade Lap
Parade Lap
Gerald Ton #56 At Michigan

High Bank…Low Speed

Parade
Parade
Parade Lap At 11:am
    Gerald Ton #56, Mike Witter #19, Ron Shaw #81, Ken Jorgenson #96, Me, Charlie Beck on trailer followed by Wayne Stevens. It was great to see Charlie and Wayne in the parade even if it was on their trailers. Two more inlines bit the dust at the Zoo on Friday night, but our hosts allowed them to come out.

Goodison On The Front Chute

Ron Goodison #2
Ron Goodison #2
Ron Goodison #2 Drives M.I.S.

Bill Elliott ??……Not Really

Parade Lap
Parade Lap
A Winter Plan That Came To Be

Parade Lap With The Injured

Everyone's In The Parade
Everyone’s In The Parade
Everone Who Came Was In The Parade
    Wayne Stevens #99 and Charlie Beck #79 rode the track on their trailers. There were 16 cars at M.I.S.

Mike Witter #19

Close Of Parade Lap
Close Of Parade Lap
Racing Back
    The track staff asked us not to get our cars going to quick. So once we passed the start finish line we raced al little into turn one. I almost stuffed Mike into the wall. I didn’t know he was there. That would have been good for him, the only Hobby driver to get stuffed into the wall at a Super Speedway. This was a great event for our club.

All Smiles

End Of The Parade
End Of The Parade
The Smile Tells It All

I R O C Cars

Infield
Infield
I.R.O.C. Cars Loaded For Next Race

Daytona At Michigan

Paul & Steffon
Paul & Steffon
Paul & Steffon Get Some Shade In A Dayona Wing

Crew Having A Blast

Michigan Pits
Michigan Pits
Hot Sunny & Fun
    Terry Coates is at the front on the passenger side of the Coupe. Paul Cornwall is behind him, not sure who is beside Paul, I should know. Steffon and Scott stand beside me. It was our first time at Michigan International Speedway. As President of the Hobby Club I was thankful this day went good because we lost the race at Mount Clemens. It was also great to see many Hobby drivers come with their families.

Hobbies Line Up For Parade Lap

No Race Just SHow
No Race Just SHow
Helping Promote Our Club
    Brian Prat in the Gallinger Ford pace car leads Larry Westwood, Don and Ron Shaw, our car and Jim Sweers throughout the parade lap at Cayuga. We didn’t race but had a chance to show case our club for one of the big races. Bill Elliott and some other NASCAR stars were here and we got free passes for doing the parade lap.

John Saucier At The Wheel

Sponsor Gets To Drive
Sponsor Gets To Drive
John Saucier Enjoys A Trip Around Cayuag

Rick & Kenny

Mike DeLeeuw
Mike DeLeeuw
Rick Payne #87….Kenny Frost #22 Win With Assistant Starter Mike Deleeuw

Jim Sweers #75….

Flamboro
Flamboro
Jim Sweers & I Battle At Flamboro

Practising At Flamboro

Trying To Get Better
Trying To Get Better
Tough Season, But Pracitce Makes Better…..Sometimes

Incredilbe Sad News

Fan Favorite
Fan Favorite
The Tragic News About Richie Evans

Richie Evans #61

Gone But Never Forgotten
Gone But Never Forgotten
Richie Evans #61…God Bless You

Jim English #55

Flamboro
Flamboro
Jim English Gets Flamboro Win

1985 Champion #24 Ray Hughes

Flamboro
Flamboro
“Smilin’ Ray Hughes”

Champ Not Doing So Good

Flamboro
Flamboro
“Not Smilin” Ray Huhges”

Having Some Fun With Smilin Ray

Club Picnic
Club Picnic
Ray Could Take A Joke…He Laughed When He Seen It
    This little gaff was on the spurr of the moment. I saw the picture (next one below) and had to write this.

Ray, His Fans & Nurse

Club Picnic
Club Picnic
A Picture Has A Thousand Words…Well A Few Anyway

Top Of The Charts

Ray Hughes #24
Ray Hughes #24
Always The Man To Beat….A Great Example Of A True Competitor

Gene Karley Memorial September 2nd

Karley Family
Karley Family
Mrs. Karley With Matt, Me & Future Racer John
    On Monday Spetember 2nd we ran not only the Gene Karley memorial but also the rained out feature from August 24th. I met Mrs. Karley, Matt and John, in the pits prior to the races and told her how proud we were to do this memorial race for her husband Gene, a 25 year racer who had recently passed away. She said she hoped I would win the race, and she had no idea, that our crew and I were in a 7 year drought from winning a feature and this would be the night to do it, plus our car was finally running fairly good and we were confident for a change that we could maybe get a win. The next four pictures tell the story.

Jim Collison Leads In The Heat

Packed Grand Stands
Packed Grand Stands
Jim Collison #12 Leads Us And Ken Jorgenson #96 In The Heat

No Feature Win Tonight

Bad Crash Flamboro
Bad Crash Flamboro
Hopes Dashed Running For Lead In Rain Out Feature
    We were so pumped up at the possibility of winning a feature this night. The first feature out was the rained out race from August 24th. we battled our way up to 2nd in the feature behind #99 Wayne Stevens. I tried going outside of Wayne but he came up a little and as we exited turn 2 I could see a date with the cement was soon if I didn’t back out of it. Unfortunately the right rear wheel caught the wall and sucked us into the back straight. We bounced off the wall trying hard not to get into the pack of cars coming. Worse than that, at the middle of the back chute was the pit entrance and I hit the entrance so hard it tore off the right front wheel. We were out of this race, and still had the second feature to run, the Gene Karley Memorial. Our crew worked on the car steady, because we had a little time with a 50 lap Late Model race going out. We managed to get the car back out, not missing the feature, but had no right front brake working so I pulled off on lap 12. Tough night, but the crew were the stars helping me get back out.

Jim Collison Wins Gene Karley Memorial

Flamboro
Flamboro
Karley Family Surrounds Jim Collison For Victory Lane Photo

Barrie Speedway

Trouble Before & After
Trouble Before & After
Barrie Speedway Gets Rained Out
    We did get our heat races in, but it rained before the feature and didn’t clear up so we took half our purse and called it a night. For our team it was a disaster. Before the races even started the Hobby members wanted me to make sure we got paid for a check that bounced the year before. Al Blight was running the track and promised me we would be the money. I went to him and sure enough he gave us the cash they owed us. Once that was handled the Hobby boys were good to go. I hardly needed the stress, but being President, it was my duty to get it straightened out and I knew Al was going to make it good and he did…..in this picture Fred Poets #58 leads cars off turn four. Tim Martin is a little loose in the #33 and back aways is Mike Koster #20. I’m going to guess that’s Ron Goodison #2 beside Tim and Kenny Frost #22 coming into the corner at the top.

Heat Race Sept 18th Barrie

Barrie
Barrie
Wayne Varley #7 Battles Ron Shaw #81 and #22 Ken Frost

Two Vets..Two Friends

Barrie Speedway
Barrie Speedway
Ron Shaw #81
    We had a very bad season up until this point only winning one race…a consi….and blowing three engines. When it’s not your year, there’s nothing you can do about it. Ray Hughes gave me a steering box before the race started, Bruce Manson helped with my suspension. Larry Westwood commented that my car looked pretty good in hot laps, but I said to him “I’ll probably wreck in the heat”. We both laughed, he said “no you’ll be good”. Sure enough it happened, and shortly after this picture. I went into the corner and tried to stay low, pinch Ron down a bit, I ended up going over Charlie Becks right rear wheel (that’s the car in front of us) and went flying into the wall. The impact tore off the right front wheel and busted the rotor, amoung other things. It was a mess. Lucky for me it rained and the boys voted to not wait for it to clear up and we agreed on a $1,000 pay out. We got the cash, everyone was happy, well not my only crew guy for that race, Paul Cornwall. We headed home with three races to go to end this terrible season from our point of view…from the Hobby clubs point, it was terrific, lots of races, good shows, and no headaches for most of them. We needed this year to end and start to rebuild.

Hall Of Fame Don Cockburn

Inductee
Inductee
Don Cockburn Inducted Into Hobby Hall Of Fame
    Don Cockburn and Al Bowman were the 1985 inductees into the HHOF. Don was a hard worker every year he was with the Hobby’s weather he was on the committee or driving. He lead the club as President in the early 70’s, held many positions on the committee thoughout the years and raced some great looking race cars. Don was a very easy going likeable man who did so much to promote and keep the Hobby club focused. He was truly deserving of this honor.

Al Bowman Inducted

Hall Of Fame
Hall Of Fame
Al Bowman Gets Inducted Into Hobby Hall Of Fame
    In this picture Mrs. Bowman and her husband Al Bowman are receiving their plaque for Al’s induction into the 1985 HHOF. Al was one of the orginial founders of the OARC, Ontario, Amateur Racing Club, helping structure the future of the Hobby club with his vision and care. He was a hard racer and always helped other members weekly. When he retired he joined up with Jim Collison. Al retired from racing and the club duties but was always there to help give advice on how things should have be run. He was a friend to racing and a great pillar in the early growth of the Hobby Club giving him the right to be in the Hobby Hall Of Fame.

Shirley’s Art Work

Kids Love To Draw
Kids Love To Draw
Shirley Draws Her Dad’s Car…..Selp Explanatory

Best Appearing Car

Something To Be Proud Of
Something To Be Proud Of

We Finally Win….Best Appearing Car…First Time Ever…Not With #36

    Wow, we won Best Appearing Car for the first time in our long history with the Hobby Club. It was the first and would be the only year I ran #9 in a Hobby car. We were very proud of the win and have to give credit to our young son David for coming up with the idea of the nose cone and side curtains. We also won Most Popular Driver as well, our 2nd time for that award. Thanks to all my sponsor and crew for working hard and getting us out every week.

Crew Celebrates

John Sauciers Place
John Sauciers Place
One Of Our Bright Moments
    Our crew met at John Sauciers along with sponsors and Mike DeLeeuw, who lettered our 1985 trophy winner. Thanks to all our sponsors and crew for making 1985, one of our most disasterous years, better through their support and freindship, certainly a million miles better than what we got on paper in the stats column and on the track. 1986 has to be better….dosent’ it?

Quaker State Letter

Nice
Nice
A Word From John Allison Quaker State Director Of Racing For Canada

Points Standing

Year End
Year End
Flamboro Speedway & Gold Cup Points
    Congratulations to Ray Hughes for winning both the Flamboro and Gold Cup titles. If you’re looking for our car, remember in 1985 we were #9………….You will also notice that Bruce Manson #74 is not on the points standing list. Bruce was disqualied the last night of racing at Flamboro after he got frustrated and threw a rock at Don Shaw from the pits while the cars were still on the track. What Bruce did was wrong, I wanted a penalty for him that would reflect what he did, I felt the committee were being too harsh. Bruce didn’t have many friends on the committee or in the club for that matter, at least none that would go to bat for him, I tried to get his penalty reduced to a month off, but the club wanted him gone for the entire season, and so it was. I still felt it was over-kill, and this whole ordeal made the end of my two year term as President, regardless of how successful it was, a very sad time, taking away a lot from the things we accomplished throuhgout 1985.

Gold Cup Finishes

Nine Shows
Nine Shows
Bruce Manson #74
    The top 5 in every Gold Cup race are listed here. Bruce Manson’s number is circled showing the races that were changed after his disqualitfication.

Hobby Banquet

Celebrating
Celebrating
John Saucier and Paul Cornwall Join Nonie & I At The 1985 Banquet

Awards Night

Banquet 1985
Banquet 1985
My Best Friend & Our Hardware…Best Appearing Car…Most Popular Driver…Gold Cup Top 5’s
    Our first and only season to run #9 in the Hobby club, and we get Best Appearing Car. Kind of weird considering we had already ran the previous 13 seasons as #36. It was still a blessing for us to win these awards. I think I had best appearing wife to….no disrespect to anyone!!

1985 Recap

Stats & Finishes 1985
Stats & Finishes 1985
This Was A Bad Year On Track, Stats Don’t Lie…Only One Win In 1985…A Consi…We’ll Take It

Hobby Schedule….31 Races

Ray...1985 Champ
Ray…1985 Champ
Hobby Schedule Features Ray Hughes On Cover
    The 1986 season was typical with over 30 races booked. The club members always knew we’d lose a few to rain, but that would still give us 25 to 28 nights….we hoped. I just wonder how easier these schdules would have been with a little co-operation with our engine program. In spite of blowing so many inlines in my first 14 season (3 in 85) we still managed to make 95% if not all of the shows. That was the plan, make every race, because winning a Championship was our goal and that could not be attained without 100% attendance. There were no such things as drop nights, so being at every show was paramount. We wanted to be there, so did the fans, promoters and sponsors want us at every event.

1986 CVM History

Hobby Club 1986…20th Year

Membership Card
Membership Card
Hobby Club Has Big Year….Me And The Boys Of #36?….Not So Much, But We Never Gave Up
    Nonie and I started our 15th season with the Hobby Club in 1986. After our disastrous 1985 season we wanted to make a better run for the title in 1986. That meant rebuilding our car complete. We sent it to Jim ward, where Ray Hughes worked, and got a lot of repairs done. Half our 1986 budget was spent at Jim’s place. We also got a new engine built, went over our car very carefully and landed a great sponsor in Dixie Ford, my place of employment. Brian Pratt lead the Hobby club through a very successful season. It was the 20th Year for the OARC as a club. Brian was energetic and brought new ideas and events to make the year exciting, like the match race at Kalamazoo. Brian also worked on a deal for our pace car and was very good working with all the issues the club went through including dealing with John Casale. I remember Brian right in Johns face a few times over issues with the club but he always came out smiling. He was a great President and a good friend. Merile Elliott (my dad) Paul Cornwall, Steffon Zoskey, David Elliott, John “OJ” Hyduk and John Saucier also helped us when he could. Both David and Shirley were not allowed in Flamboro pits, David was 14 and Shirley 12, she would be 13 in the summer but could not get in the pits because of insurance regulations. My Dad didn’t make every race, but made it when he could. It was a very hectic year for our family. Half way through the season we moved from Toronto, where both Nonie and I lived all our lives, to Waterdown. I could believe the size of home and property we bought. Our Toronto home went up for sale and within a few days we had bids higher than what we were asking for. The move was a great one for us, both the house and the shop suited us and would hopeful make things easier in the coming 86′ season. Things were great everywhere but on the track. By the fourth night of racing we were 28th in points, and still our next two Flamboro races would produce feature DNF’s. It was extremely frustrating for us. There were times when I lost my cool, mostly because of the things that were going wrong, but aside from the bad luck, we still had some positives. We won six races, including our first feature in 2 years. John Benson, from Kalamazoo Michigan drove our car to an exciting win against one other American and six top Hobby drivers. The club booked 31 races in 86′ but lost four to rain, giving us 27 race nights. We made every show, but missed one feature, the only night we ran at Sunset. We tried everything we could to get back out for the feature and had help from Jim Collison, Paul Fisher, Dave Bentley, Ron Shaw and others, but we would watch that feature race, a moment in racing I found very difficult to accept. Some positives included having a great crew with Paul, Steffon and John being there most every week. Nonie and kids made every show as well. Getting Dixie Ford as an involved sponsor also was a great asset for us. Winning the Sauble feature was feature was an exciting night for our team, then winning the heat the next day at Varney gave us some confidence. However 1986 was not going to be a year that we would remember in positive way. Our first thoughts once the year ended was planning for 1987. Mike Witter won the Flamboro Points on the final night, getting by Charlie Beck who was leading the Flamboro points. Charlie did win the Gold Cup series. We won Best Appearing car for the second year in a row, the first time with #36. Special thanks to everyone that participated in making this year as good as it was. The photographers for providing us with awesome pictures. All the great write ups by Georgia Beck. Also to those who helped us directly, my crew, friends and competitors. I hope I didn’t leave anyone out as we pay tribute to 1986 in the following pictures, captions and articles of the characters that made it a special year.

 

1986 Rundown

1986
1986
More Info From Now On
    The 1986 Rundown not only shows the number of races we ran at each track, and the restults, but starting in 1986 I kept track of who won the features each night. That added stat was continued until 2004, the year we switched to Late Models. However, I kept track of all the feature winners in Late Models as well…..I want to thank all those who helped us this year. My amazing wife Nonie and my children David and Shirley, our crew and sponsors, and the many photographers who sold or donated pictures. Some of our shots in 1986 were with the throw away camera……We were blessed to have the dedication of Paul and Steffon, our main crew members for 1986, with John Saucier also making many shows. My Dad, Merile, helped where he could, and David on away shows. Both David and Shirley were not allowed in the pits at Flamboro in 1986, the first year for that rule….Ainslie Hogan was incredible, not only supporting us financially but also with encouraging words. We hope you enjoy the 1986 season, and I will try to get it up as quick as possible.

 

Hobby Cars Start 20th Season

20th Year
20th Year
Hobby Club Season #20
    Brian Pratt worked with me on the 1985 committee, an excellent group, and had some great ideas. Now he would lead a new committee in 1986 to celebrate the Hobby’s milestone of twenty years.

 

Hobby Roster

A Good Field
A Good Field
1986 Hobby Line Up
    This was my 15th season with the Hpbby club, but someone didn’t know me very well, they posted me as #37. Maybe it was an omen because in 2 years that would be David’s number.

 

Hobby Race Schedule

1986
1986
Ray Hughes 1985 Champ On 1986 Schedule
    Our 1986 schdule had 31 races booked. We had enough to run both our Flamboro home track and Gold Cup series. The club usually booked 30 plus races knowing we’d lose a few to rain, and still give us 25 to 28 race nights. Our plan was to make every race. Of course that depended mostly on the reliability of our inline engines. We blew at least two every year, in 1985 we lost three. We did a lot of work on our car and so a run at the title was the goal and legit. It was our 15th season and time to get to the head of the class.

 

Proposal To Dixie Ford

Sponsorship Hopeful
Sponsorship Hopeful
Working At Dixie Prompts Proposal
    I started working at Dixie Ford as a Service Advisor in 1985. At the end of our race season I put a proposal into Dixie Ford for sponsorship in 1986. This is the proposal given to Ainsley Hogan owner of Dixie Ford in November of 1985.

 

Dixie Ford Accepts Proposal

New Sponsor
New Sponsor
Dixie Came On Board As Our Sole Sponsor For 1986
    We were very happy to get this letter, a notice that was sent around the dealership for all employee’s to read. Once we got the go ahead we started getting our car ready. Quaker State and club sponsors were the only other companies on the car.

 

Car Gets Gutted At Dixie Ford

1948 Chev Ramp Truck
1948 Chev Ramp Truck
Dixie Ford Let’s Us Use Shop To Strip Car
    We wanted to have a good car for 1986 so we decided to strip it right down. It was beat up pretty good after the 1985 season, but still needed some major work to make it look and run right. Steffon Zoskey and Paul Cornwall would help us when they could.

 

Dixie Ford Contest For Color And Name

Chris Shepherd Wins
Chris Shepherd Wins
Dixie Staff Get To Name Car
    We had a contest to see who could come up with a name for the race car for 1986. Many ideas and color schemes were put in. The one that was chosen was the “Dixie Devil”, submitted by salesman Chris Shepher. Dixie Ford had a sales program the year before exclusive to the Dealership for Ford Bronco 2’s, calling them the Dixie Devil. They had lots of decals left over and decided they would look good on the car. There was no problem this year, but there would be in 88′.

 

Jim Wards Shop

Ray Hughes To Build
Ray Hughes To Build
Jim Ward & 69 Auto Racing Would Redo Our 1986 Car, Body & Bars
    We dropped our car off to Jimmy Ward in early 1986 to let Ray do some chassis and sheet metal work on our car. David stands by the car. We stripped it down as much as possible at Dixie Ford before bringing it to 69 Auto.

 

Ray Had Help

The Shop "Watch Cat&q
The Shop “Watch Cat&q
Don’t Leave Anything Unless It’s Metal
    This cat walked all over every car that was brought into Jim’s shop. Ray warned us not to leave roll cage padding, seat covers or anything that could be clawed, because it would be.

 

Snow Day In January

Toronto
Toronto
David & I Head Out In 10″ Of Snow
    Not sure where we were going but we needed to move so we wouldn’t get this new Tempo, my Demo, stuck. we use to get Demo’s as part of our job as Service Advisor. That changed early in 86. Also not sure who took this picture but I’m guessing Nonie or Shirley.

 

Quaker State Agreement

Longest Sponsor With Us
Longest Sponsor With Us
Quaker State Back For 13th Season
    John Allison gave us another sponsorship for 1986. This was our 13th season. We would send in race card reports and pictures. If everyone did that they were in the following year, if you didn’t they would drop you.

 

1986 Crew

Basement Shop???
Basement Shop???
Scott, Paul, Steffon & David
    While our car was out getting repaired me and the boys tried to come up with some ideas to gain power. Polishing the crank, running a belt driven water pump was on the drawing board. Also, new roller rockers, headers and more. We were pumped thinking we were gaining an edge on the competition. We never gave up trying things.

 

This Is No Sunken Ship

Jim Ward's
Jim Ward’s
Grinding & Fitting Roof & Engine
    Ray put a dummy block in the car and set the headers in place so we’d know what had to be cut out and fabricated, we being mostly Ray, or Jim. The engine was an old anchor, maybe one of Ray’s rockets that blew up, but the headers were knew, man did they look out of place in that rusty piece.

 

Flamboro Schedule

Flamboro
Flamboro
1986 Flamboro Speedway Schedule

 

Flamboro Promotion

Promo
Promo
Flamboro Season Promotion

 

Sunset Speedway Schedule

Shakells Sunset
Shakells Sunset
Sunset Schedule 1986

 

Sauble Schedule

Sauble
Sauble
1986 Sauble Speedway Schedule

 

Hobby Sponsor’s

Sponsor List
Sponsor List
1986 Hobby Sponsors
    Brian and the 86′ committee worked hard getting these spopnsors on board for 1986. I was able to help with Quaker State again, and many of the sponsors from the year before came back with us.

 

Daytona Bound

Family Trip
Family Trip
Family Trip With The 4 Of Us & Nonie’s Mom
    Nonies Mom didn’t want to go to the 500, but Nonie and the kids and I did. We took her to Palm Springs to stay with her friend and picked her up a few days later. This was our second time to Daytona.

 

Coming Together

Jim Wards
Jim Wards
Bead Rolls…Wow, They Always Make A Job Look Great

 

Steffon & I Like To Work Together

Fitting Side Curtains
Fitting Side Curtains
We Fit The Side Curtains
    Steffon and I went to 69′ Auto and helped fit the cardboard template for the side curtains. Anytime we could help out was okay with Ray and Jim. We weren’t going to save any money, but then we wouldn’t be standing around asking any kind of questions. It was a fun day and we got a lot done in this shot and the one below…these photos from a throw away camera, though poor quality, helped tell the story.

 

David Helps

Jim Wards
Jim Wards
David Stands Beside Our Nose Cone Creation
    We used cardboard again to shape the front nose cone. We fit it around the brand new 1986 T-Bird grill. We got them because they were replaced under warranty for defective chrome. Once the dealership was given the command to destroy them I would head them off at the dumpster and ask if I could have it. The parts man said “no, these have to be destroyed”. I said “don’t worry, it might take us a few races but it’s liable to happen”. Anyway we got a few and it made the car look better, giving it some character.

 

Drive Roster 1986

Accurate Version
Accurate Version
Here Is One With My Name & Number Correct…Nice

 

Hobby Hall Of Fame 1986

HOF
HOF
Joe McQueen & Doug Bowerman Inducted

 

Fabricacting Almost Done

Pre Season
Pre Season
Body Looks Good…Next Step Is Paint

 

Body Work

Prep
Prep
Body Work On The Roof Gets Done Before Paint….That & Trunk, Only Original Parts To Coupe

 

Ready For Paint

Paint Crew
Paint Crew
Prep Done Paint Booth Awaits

 

Paint It Black

Painters Happy
Painters Happy
This Was A Great Paint Job On This Car…We Were Getting Geared Up In Every Area

 

Dixie Devil Lettered

Ready To Go
Ready To Go
Lettering Complete…By Spider!!

 

Article Before Motion Show

Georgia Beck
Georgia Beck
Georgia Beck Writes Pre Season Hobby Article

 

Bill Elliott Signs Picture

Motion Car Show
Motion Car Show
Bill Elliott Signs Picture Of Our 1985 Best Appearing Car…Shirley & I Are Excited

 

Bill Elliott…& The Elliotts

86' Motion Car Show
86′ Motion Car Show
Nonie, Shirley & I Get Picture With One Of The Best NASCAR Drivers Ever
    In 1985 we used the number 9, the first and only time. We loved watching and cheering for Bill Elliott. We had our car painted like his and got a thrill of a life time having him sign it for us. We didn’t do very well on the track, but we did win Best Appearing Car. It was our first time winning that award, and kind of incredible considering we’d run #36 for 16 years before that in Mini’s and Hobbys.

 

Dixie Ford Race Night

May 2nd
May 2nd
Meet The Race Team
    On this night at Dixie Ford, Ainslie Hogan introduced all of us and basically got our season going with a great send off. On the right side of the picture is Ron Corbin the shop foreman who would become the service Manager, and beside him Brian McLean, the transmission specialist. All the staff were invited to meet our race team.

 

1986 Pit Crew

Show Room
Show Room
New Uniforms, New Paint Scheme, New Sponsor….Great Crew.
    This was our first time to have nice uniforms. They were all embroidered with crests attached. We looked like a professional race team. From left to right our crew consisted of David Elliott, Paul Cornwall and beside me Steffon Zoskey. Paul and Steffon were in there 7th season as our pit crew, but importantly our friends. This was David’s first official year, although he helped at home in previous years, he was now a bona-fide member of our crew.

 

Dixie Ford Mustang

Pace Car
Pace Car
Dixie Ford Sponsors Flamboro Speedway Pace Car

 

Hobby Pace Car

Pace Car
Pace Car
Brain Pratt Lands Wellington Chrysler Dodge To Sponsor Hobby Pace Car

 

Dixie Ford Ad

Promotion
Promotion
Dixie Ford Promo Ad For 1986 Season

 

Season Opener May 3rd..Witter Wins

Flamboro
Flamboro
Mike Witter Win’s Feature……Not A Good Night For Us
    Over the winter we did many things to our car to try and give us an advantage, gimics maybe, but we thought some would work. One that didn’t was the electric water pump. The idea was to save horsepower, but the problem was it didn’t turn the water pump fast enough and we blew two head gaskets this night…..just prior to the season starting I was tightening up the the motor mount bolts at Dixie Ford, a week before our season started, and was using an impact gun to tighten up the four half inch bolts. I didn’t notice that the mounts on the engine were not even with the chassis mounts. I should have tightened the bolts up a little each, but instead jack hammered the first one. That pulled the left rear mount about 3/4 of an inch off the chassis. So not noticing, I decided to tighten it up as well using all the power this impact gun would give, and the I heard this loud terrible bang/clunk. A few seconds later oil came running out of the back of the engine. It was easy to spot, it was coming from the large crack from the rear of the 250 engine broken from the head to the flare…..anyway I learned a lesson on that, and tonight I learned another, use a regular water pump so the engine dosen’t get over heated and warp everything inside. Our screw in the distributor also came loose making the timing go south adding even more the over heating of the engine. Congrats to Mike and his team, back to the drawing board for us…PS…in fairness to the trouble I’ve had with inline sixes, both of these issues were my fault. Having said that, inlines are up ’65 to 6′ (at least) since 1972.

 

Heat Winner #22 Ken Frost

#22 Ken Frost
#22 Ken Frost
New Comer Kenny Frost, Raced In 85…Still Winning in 86

 

Early Season DNF

May 10th
May 10th
Second DNF In Two Nights…..Engine Woes Continue
    On May 10th we had to use our spare engine. The overheated engine from opening night needed 3 pistons, rings, a new block and $1,000 to cure. That was totally our fault, or at least it was the enigne to blame. The overheating was caused by a defaulty set of points in the distributor combined with the new electric water pump that did not do the job of cooling. We reverted to our spare engine, we call it the Hays engine…Gabby Hays that is. There was a lot of work needed to get it ready for the 10th and by the time we left home it was after 6:30 and we missed practice and our heat race. There were 30 cars, and 21 had made it into the feature through their heats. We had to start 9th and only 3 qualified. It wasn’t long in the consi before the engine started to overheat again. I was running 7th at the time, but had to pull to the infield. This picture says a lot for our hopes at running for a title. The only thing we were running for was a tow truck, and more money to fix our engine problems. Jim Lindsay was building our engines, he built Ray Hughes, and many others as well. The problems with our engine were nothing to do with him…….Larry Westwood won the May 10th feature.

 

Trouble In Turn Three…May 10th

Flamboro Speedway
Flamboro Speedway
Ron Shaw #81 Goes Low, Wayne Stevens #99 Goes High…Ron Easton #00 Undecided

 

Larry Westwood Wins May 10th

#21 Larry Westwood
#21 Larry Westwood
Feature Winner May 10th
    30 Hobby cars showed up on Saturday night at Flamboro. Larry Westwood #21 won the non stop feature.

 

Ray On Top

Flamboro
Flamboro
Hobby Top 12….1985 Champ On Top After Two Nights

 

Hobby Tech Inspection May 17th

Tech Sheet
Tech Sheet
Hobby Inspection Sheet…1986

 

Rich Farraway Wins Feature

#53 Rich Farraway
#53 Rich Farraway
1984 Points Champion #53 Rich Farraway Wins May 17th Feature
    The biggest field of the early season had 31 cars come out to Flamboro Speedway. We had more bad luck this week making it 3 non feature starts in three weeks. Our hopes of winning a points title were quickly going away as overheating woes (all different reasons) would not leave us alone…..there were no woes this night for veteran racer Rich Farraway who won the main event 20 lap feature. Pictured here are Rich’s boys, Leonard, his dad Bill on the far left and the others may include one of his sons, Jason or Darrell.

 

Keith Barton #85

Hobby Driver
Hobby Driver
Long Time Hobby Racer, Committe Member & Club Sponsor #85 Keith Barton

 

Dave Bentley Wins May 24th

#29 Dave Bentley
#29 Dave Bentley
Hard Runner Dave Bentley #29, Wins May 24th Feature
    What a night this was for Dave Bentley and his team winning the feature. Dave was the fourth different driver to win in 86. We had a terrible night again. We managed a 3rd in the heat race, our first finish of the season. However there were troubles once that race ended. Steffon was sick and we needed to do a ton of work, and I was lucky to get some great help from Eddy Askin, Don Shaws crew chief, Charlie Beck and Ray Hughes. Paul Cornwall noticed a clunk from our starter. On closer inspection we found the flywheel was loose. We had to remove the driveshaft, trans, bell housing etc. We were suppose to start outside pole in the feature. It was a night mare repair as we found a broken flywheel bolt and all the bolts loose. Charlie Beck had an extra bolt. We started putting it back together and Sharon Yost came over to let us know the cars would be lining up soon. We scrambled hard and were having a terrible time lining up the bell housing to the back of the engine. It was taking way too long. Jim Collison was the bubble car and was watching us like a hawk on a field mouse. We finally got three bolts in one side but could get none in the right side. I made the call to weld the bell to the engine. The transmission went in easy, and while the welder was doing his thing, John Saucier and I tried installing the drive shaft but were getting zapped by the welder. We got it in and the starter, but we couldn’t get the clutch rod in. Sharon came over again and my crew said “we’re coming”. I’m sure Jim Collison’s crew were saying “no there not”. Anyway we finally got the car on the ground but no clutch. The cars were going on the track. We were to start outside pole, but now we’d be lucky to start period. We finally got the car moving and it wouldn’t go, but I did get it to go with the starter engaged. We made it out just a split second before Sharon was sending out Jim. It was a wild race with Ray and Mike Witter having trouble. Mike had an axle shaft come out Murphy’s Law 1…Mike O. We lasted half the race with no clutch pedal, and then the car started overheating again. If it could go wrong this year it was going to Murphy 6…Gary…0 Anyway it was the best night of the year, though we fell to 28th in points, so much for a shot at the title. Steffon had a good night off, but would earn his keep during the week when we fixed this once again.

 

Hobby Standings

Club Points
Club Points
Dave Bentley Early Points Leader

 

Sponsor Night At Flamboro

Dixie Ford Staff Announcement
Dixie Ford Staff Announcement
Dixie Ford Night At The Races….Memo From Ainslie Hogan
    Dixie Ford was one of my best sponsors to this point. They were very involved and wanted the staff to come to the races and cheer on their car. I was happy but worried, because we had not qualified for the first three features, and didn’t finish the only feature we were in. Out of 8 possible races, we only had one finish, the rest were DNFs including heats. So we had to make sure we were ready for this weekend….but to be honest, if it was the Iranian Dance Festival we’d still want to be ready to go for the win. The frustrating part for us, and it could be considered by now…maddening…was the fact that the 40 changes we made to our car were suppose to help us be a championship team, but now we were 28th in points having our worst start maybe ever. It would be good to have a turn around night.

 

First Win Of Season

May 31st
May 31st
Dixie Ford Night…..Nothing Like A Win To End Bad Luck Streak

 

First Win Of 86

Ken Rodd
Ken Rodd
“Dixie Ford Night” Sponsor Comes And We Win….Nice….Our First Win Of 86…Ties All Of 85

 

Kids Join In Celebrations

Heat Win May 31st
Heat Win May 31st
Heat Win A Big Relief….Feature 5th….Lead For 17 Laps
    It was great to win the heat race this night. With all our friends, fans and colleagues from work here, and my boss Ainslie Hogan, it sure was a good feeling to win in front of them, especially for Dixie Ford Night. In the feature we started outside pole and lead the first 17 laps. Jim Collison, who told me prior to the race that we did amazing to get our car out in time last week, won the feature. He missed the feature on the 24th but made up for tonight. We were very tight in the feature race and pushed so bad that Jim, Ray Mike and Charlie all got by me. My co-workers were still excited and it was a great night overall…obviously we broke the jinx that was haunting us the first month of racing. Congrats to my crew Paul, Steffon and John for hanging in there.

 

Points Leaders

Flamboro
Flamboro
Mike Witter #19…Tops In The Class After May 17th…We Sit Uncomfortable In 28th Place

 

Rich Farraway #53

Promo
Promo
Promotion For Rich Farraway

 

Kyle Petty Wins

Richmond
Richmond
Bill Elliott Crashes..Kyle Petty Wins

 

Point Standings 6 Weeks In

Hobby Points
Hobby Points
Ray Hughes #24….Top Of The Leader Board

 

Triple Header Week End…June 6-7-8

Barrie June 6th
Barrie June 6th
First Gold Cup Feature Goes To #12 Jim Collison…Jim Makes It Two With Heat Win
    We did not have any Barrie pictures, but this will do. Jim won the feature, his second of the season, and second in a row. Ray was 2nd and Mike Witter 3rd. We finished 2nd in our heat this night and were running 5th and got tangled with Dave Bentley. We were a DNF because it was a closed pit gate race. We were naturally hoping not to start the Gold Cup Series with 4 DNF’s, but we were off to a good start if 4 DNFs was the plan….but it wasn’t. We did have a decent run this race, just some racing luck. Ray Hughes, Mike Witter, Jim Collison and Larry Westwood were all heat winners with the Consi going to Larry.

 

Sauble Heat Goes To #33 Wayne Martin

Sauble Speedway
Sauble Speedway
Gail Shaw Present Trophy For Wayne Martins Heat Victory
    Wayne Martin is usually #34 but he was driving Tims #33 this night. There were 26 cars on hand for this second race in a Triple header Gold Cup week end. We finished 2nd in the heat behind Wayne. We had a good run, but our feature would even be better….see next photo.

 

Sauble Feature Winner #36….

Sauble
Sauble
Great Night For Us With Sauble Feature Win…2nd Of Triology Weekend
    This was the second Gold Cup race of 1986. What a great night it was for us. We ran good all day in practice, in our heat and in the feature. Nonie came over to the pits before the races and pumped us up by telling us that our car looked very strong. That was encouraging. There is so much to talk about this night, we sure were on our game plan. We started up front because of our bad finish at Barrie Speedway, but got a second in the heat, and started 4th in the feature. We got the lead at the end of lap one and then it started to rain. We drove around a few laps trying to dry the track, the rain had stoppped. Then when the starter motioned me if it was good to go, I waved him off twice. They sent us to the pits and let the Challengers run their feature. After that the track was perfect. A huge dispute started in the pits when some wanted a completle restart. I argued for us because we had completed one lap and it was only a rain delay. The race restarted with us on the pole and we ran hard all race. Near the end it was getting tense with Jim Collison and Mike Witter right on my tail. Near the closing laps of the feature we were lapping cars and I knew by the sound of engines, someone was right on me. Lapped cars were battling side by side, they still were racing, but that made it possible for both Jim and Mike to catch us. On the white flag lap I was really nervous..don’t blow it…going down the back chute lapping cars on the outside was perfect because it meant no one behind could dive in low. Coming off four the car was perfect and we crossed the line with two cars right with us. Steffon and Paul were there to enjoy the feature win, our first since Barrie in 1984. We celebrated this night for sure. After the races, our crew and family, Jim and his crew, Mike and Paul Fisher as well as Dave Bentley and Mike Kostel all met at our hotel in Sauble. I bought the pizza, and it was great. I slept good knowing we could win another feature.

 

Ron Shaw #81

June 6 Varney
June 6 Varney
Ron Shaw Wins Heat Race At Varney Speedway June 8th
    After starting outside pole in the fast car heat Ron went on to take the checker in this competitive race. Ron and Don have become tremendous supporters of the Hobby club working hard, doing what they can to make the club stronger.

 

Rich Farraway #53

Varney
Varney
Hard Luck At Varney For Rich Farraway Our 1984 Club Champion

 

Trouble In Turn 3

Varney Speedway
Varney Speedway
Mike Kostel #20 Spins…..Look Out!!!!
    Charlie Beck #79, Jim Collison #12 go around the spinning #20 of Mike Kostel. Ron Shaw #81 hits a road block and I try desperately to get out of the way. We all got through this mess.

 

Varney Speedway

Back Chute Varney
Back Chute Varney
Varney Speedway, A Fast Little Bull Ring

 

Jeff Bedell Wins Varney June 8th

Jeff Bedell #65
Jeff Bedell #65
Final Race Of Triple Weekend
    This was the final race of the 3 day series, Barrie Friday, Sauble Saturday and Varney on Sunday. The weekend saw 3 different drivers take the feature, Jim Collison won Friday, we won Sauble and Bedell won this one……This was our 8th feature of the season with the 7th different winner…on this day our team had fast time in hot laps, won our heat but wrecked in the feature. There was a pile up and I couldn’t avoid Ron Shaw and bent our tie rod and axle. We were pushed off the track and immediately my crew, Steffon and Paul as well as Larry Westwood and his crew Lloyd Loveridge helped change the tie rod to get us back out and we finished 11th……hard charging Jeff Bedell started pole in the feature and ran away with it, taking his first feature win of 1986.

 

Ken Frost Wins June 14th Flamboro

Ken Frost #22
Ken Frost #22
Kenny Frost Wins Feature….8th Different Feature Winner….We Finish A Close 2nd
    This was a great night for Kenny Frost picking up his first feature win of the season. It was a great night for our team as well, we won our heat, from the back and finished a very close 2nd in the feature. The best part was Ainslie Hogan owner of Dixie Ford was there to cheer us on…..it was an awesome night for all of us. My Dad was very happy with our night and I gave him the hat from the nightly sponsor, Forbes GM Truck, Dad loved in and would wear it as he headed the next day to Nova Scotia….nothing like a good night to keep the spirits high.

 

Hobby Points

Standings
Standings
Ray Hughes Holds Point Lead…Mike Witter Close Behind

 

Dave Bentley #29 June 21st

Dave Bentley
Dave Bentley
Dave Bentley 9th Wins Flamboro Feature….9th Different Win In 1986
    Tonight was regular racing and the Hobby Clash, a race that featured all the feature winners from the year before. The regular racing was great, we had another full field of cars and the hard charging Dave Bentley #29, became the 9th different feature winner of the season, showing how competitive the class has become…..we finished 2nd in our heat and crashed in the feature, unable to put 2 good nights back to back…..Bruce Manson returned to win the Clash and did so in fine fashion.

 

Mike Kostell 20 Wins Feature June 22nd

Mike Kostell
Mike Kostell
Sunset Speedway Feature Winner #20 Mike Kostell
    Mike Kostell #20, the young hard charger became the 10th different feature winner of the 86′ season. Jim Collison is the double feature winner, and he has been running excellent this season. However on this night it was Mike Kostell who took the win and the checker……We had a bad night. A severe engine miss, that developed into a no start kept us from running in the feature. There are not many things that bother me, but one that changes my personality is not starting a feature. We wait all week to race and to have some issue with the car keep us out of the race, especially when we’re having our best season, was just over the top disappointing. We were 5th in the points, but not starting the feature was a huge hit……congrats to Mike on his awesome win.

 

Heat Race Sauble Speedway

Sauble Speedway
Sauble Speedway
Hard Battle In Heat Race At The Beach
    This was our second show at Sauble Speedway for 1986. In this heat race I am leading Wayne Martin #33 (driving Tim’s car), Ron Shaw #81, Larry Westwood #21, Wayne Stevens #99 and Jim English #55. Twenty five Hobby cars made it to this race and we would hang on to take our 4th win of the season……Wayne Martin would go on to win the feature, his first of the year.

 

Sauble Speedway Win July 12th

4th Win
4th Win
David Gets In Picture
    Racing is all about family and fun and nothing better than winning a race and your children get in the picture. David was a big help for us in 86, learning a lot as he was being prepared to one day race…….this was our 4th win of the year and sure felt good.

 

Press Recap Early 86

Gary The Writer   :)
Gary The Writer 🙂
Hobby News, Recapping The Early Racing

 

Press Update Page 2

Continued
Continued
The Rest Of The Story

 

Wayne Martin #33 Varney Speedway July 13th

Varney Speedway Pits
Varney Speedway Pits
Wayne Martin #34…..Wants To Make It 2 In A Row
    We ran a double header this weekend, racing Sauble Speedway on Saturday and Varney Speedway on Sunday. It rained most all night but cleared up and we had most of our cars show up. Dave Bentley missed the show, but we still had 25 to compete….Wayne Martin, shown here, usually drives #34 but was driving Tim’s car again, and after winning the feature last night at Sauble he was looking at making it 2 in a row.

 

Wayne Stevens #99 Varney July 13th

Varney
Varney
Wayne Stevens Hot Laps Varney Speedway July 13th
    Wayne Stevens was a great addition to the Hobby club. He was always giving more than he took and would become a great supporter by being part of the club executive as well as a full time racer.

 

Jim English #55 Varney Speedway

Varney July 13th
Varney July 13th
Jim English #55 One Of The Toughest Ever…..He Gave Up Nothing To Win Or Keep His Spot

 

Mike Ball #13

Varney July 13
Varney July 13
Mike Ball #13 Flies Down Back Chute At Varney During Practice

 

Brian Barton #95 Varney Speedway

Brian Barton
Brian Barton
Brian Barton…..One Of Many Racing Barton’s
    Brian Barton is a great addition to the Hobby club. Just like his Dad he cares about the club and puts in extra effort to make it better. It seems that most all the racers join the Hobby Club and then do whatever they car to make it better, or keep it going in the right direction…..it seems to be working, as the drivers have lots of races, awesome reviews from every track and incredible competition……Brian’s Dad Keith, raced in the early 70’s and I had the pleasure to race with him as well.

 

Bev Thring #57

Varney Winner
Varney Winner
Bev Thring #57 Wins July 13th Feature
    It didn’t take Bev Thring long to start winning in this club. He brought out this car, I called it the roof, because that’s about 90% of the body. Anyway his set up and driving skills made the Hobby club even tougher competition wise, but on this night none could touch Mr. Thring.

 

Driver Of The Week Dave Bentley #29

Clash Winner
Clash Winner
Dave Bentley #29….Winner of the Clash…Driver of the Week
    The Hobby Clash was sponsored by Dave Franks Photo’s left, Brian and Keith Barton from B&B Decals. Dave Bentley was the big winner of this race held on June 29th at Flamboro Speedway.

 

Twin 25 Flyer Flamboro Speedway

12th Annual Twin 25's
12th Annual Twin 25’s
B&B Decals Sponsor Plus Many Businesses Sponsor Twin 25’s
    The Hobby club members and drivers sold laps for this event to help pay for the 2nd feature. Flamboro wouldn’t give anymore money to run the 2nd race so we raised our own money. Some years, we raised so much, the track owners didn’t want to pay us for any races because we were so successful in our efforts…..anyway special thanks to all those who did support us with $10 lap donations.

 

Jim Collison #12 Wins Twin 25’s

Driver of the Week
Driver of the Week
Jim Collison #12…Having An Awesome Season…Takes Twin 25 Overall With A 4th & 1st In The Features

 

Kalamazoo Sppedway August 8th

Kalamazoo Speedway
Kalamazoo Speedway
Hobby Club Makes 2nd Visit To Michigan’s Kalamazoo Speedway
    We were very popular our firs visit to Kalamazoo in 1985. Brian Pratt, our President, easily booked us for 3 races this weekend. Our first stop was Kalamazoo, then Flat Rock and then Spartan Speedway near Lansing. We got rained out at Spartan but ran very well at the other two races prompting shows for 1987.

 

Track Promotes Race

Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo
Hobby Cars Prompt Old Timers Night That Includes Match Race….With John Benson Sr.

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    After the Hobby feature the Old Timers race took to the track. Two track Champions, Roger Gilligan and Johnny Benson Sr. (father of Johnny Benson Jr. who would soon race NASCAR), raced against 6 Hobby drivers.

 

More Track Promotion

Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo
Hobby’s Are Coming But The Main Excitement Is Put On Track Icons Roger Gilligan & Johnny Benson

 

Johnny Benson To Drive #36

Kalamazoo Speedway
Kalamazoo Speedway
We Proudly Give Our Car To Past Track Champion Johnny Benson…Winner of the 1965 Oswego Classic
    Johnny Benson stands by the car he will drive in the Old Timers race against the Hobby cars. Our crew were very excited and proud to have him drive our car and he did awesome.

 

Kalamazoo Pits

Johnny Benson
Johnny Benson
Happy and Proud To Be Standing Next To This Kalamazoo Legend…Paul Cornwall Is At The Rear Of Our Car

 

Practice Kalamazoo

Johnny Benson
Johnny Benson
Johnny Benson Shakes Down #36
    In the first set of hot laps Johnny drove Jim Buntings car and I could not pass him, I always pass that car, but could not get by. Later, in this set, he drove our car and almost spun out. He said there was lots wrong with the car and was prepared to help us get it right. I had been compensating for a poorly set up car and could avoid spinning out, but I was wearing myself out trying to keep the car right. Tonight was a huge help for us with Mr. Benson not only giving us tips and helping, but also driving the car to see how the improvements were doing.

 

Timing Johnny Benson

Hot Laps
Hot Laps
Brian Pratt Watches As I Check Lap Times On Johnny Benson
    Right after the first set of hot laps Brian Pratt, President of the Hobby Club, asked for a volunteer to loan their car for Mr. Benson, he was having trouble adjusting to Jim Buntings car. I offered our car for a Trophy Dash featuring him, Roger Gilligan and a few Hobby drivers. I said yes, but only if Jim’s car was given to Roger and it was agreed. So Johnny got out in our car for a few laps like this practice session……after these hot laps Johnny said the car was loose going into the corners and I agreed that it was for me as well, but didn’t know how to fix it. He said “you need more wedge” and so we went down one hole on the right front and it was better. A few more practice sessions and a few more changes and he was happy with the car. He said he didn’t want to change it too much for me, but my crew and I laughed saying “don’t worry, we have been driving it like this off and on all year and whatever it is it will be better than what we had”…….in our heat race we finished 5th, and because of a big wreck in their Thunder Car division, they cancelled the Consi and brought out the Trophy Dash Match Race.

 

Mike Kostell #20

Heat Wreck
Heat Wreck
Kalamazoo Collects Kostel

 

Paul Cornwall & Nonie Relaxing

Pits
Pits
Just Taking It Easy….It’s All Good

 

Kalamazoo Trophy Dash Winner

Johnny Benson
Johnny Benson
Johnny Benson Wins Trophy Dash To The Delight Of Everyone
    The ten lap race was awesome. There were 6 cars in total. Mike Witter, Dave Bentley, Ron Goodison and Ron Shaw. Johnny started outside pole beside Roger and took the lead. For the first few laps he pulled away but slowly Mike and Dave were closing in. When the white flag came out it was a 2 car race with Witter putting tons of pressure on Johnny, Fans were screaming and cheering as the 2 cars flew down the back chute with Bentley close but not near close enough to do anything with half a lap left. Going into three side by side Mike was slightly ahead but Benson wasn’t letting up and drove hard into three, gaining the lead by half a car length. Mike was right there but knew to try and win he would be taking a chance of wrecking both cars. The little hesitation, and the momentum off turn four was all Johnny need to grab an incredibly exciting victory. His daughter filmed the race and screamed most of the final 3 laps, especially the last lap. we were just as excited. The grand stands were packed and the fans loved it.

 

Crew Joins The Winner

Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo
Paul, Steffon, David, Johnny & One of His Crew Take A Victory Picture

 

Ken Frost #22 Feature Winner

Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo
Happy Ken Frost #22 Wins 25 Lap Feature….We Finish 3rd
    What a night for our team. Not only did our car run awesome in the Trophy Dash with Johnny Benson, but ran almost as good in our feature. we started 18th and managed to finish 3rd behind Ken Frost and Mike Witter. Dave Bentley was 4th and Charlie Beck 5th

 

News Release August 8th Kalamazoo

Kalalazoo
Kalalazoo
Nice Report Following Nights Races

 

Flat Rock Speedway August 9th

Track Ad
Track Ad
Ron Shaw Wins Inaugural Flat Rock Hobby Race
    This non stop feature was a good one for our first time to this track. Unfortunately there are no pictures from 1986 of Flat Rock, but Ron Shaw won the feature. We finished 8th, started 19th and the key to this track was the constant turning that soon wore most drivers out……we won the consi

 

Ron Shaw #81

Flat Rock Winner
Flat Rock Winner
Ron Shaw One Of My Favourite Competitors

 

Spartan Speedway August 10th

Rained Out
Rained Out
Coupes & Winged Midgets….Would Have Been An Awesome Show…Rained Out
    After Flat Rock was had our 3rd US race for the weekend but the rain spoiled our chance to have fun at this weird designed oval. This was to be our first visit at Spartan Speedway and we were all looking forward to it.

 

Spartan Speedway August 10th

Group Shot
Group Shot
Rained Out….Club Members Get Group Shot Near Track Sign

 

Point Standings

Flamboro Points
Flamboro Points
Ray Hughes On Top Flamboro Points

 

Cayuga August 24th

Promo
Promo
Cayuga Speedway Promotion For August 24th Race

 

Cayuga Souvenir Program

August 24th
August 24th
Cayuga Speedway McKERlIE- MILLEN Classic

The Pit Crew

2012 Pit Crew

Kenny%20CrewMatt Smith, Paul Johnson, Bob Pereria, Kenny Wallace, Me, Justin Elliott, Jason Green
    Here is our 2012 crew, except for NASCAR star Kenny Wallace, who was visiting Flamboro on this day, August 20th, for the Shoot Out, and graciously joined us for this picture…..Bob commits twice a week to help prepare the car between races and over the winter. Paul Johnson and Jason Green make it out whenever they can. I appreciate the help we get from all our crew. It is impossible for Ryan or Matt to come to Waterdown to our shop, because of where they live, over 2 hours away, however the car comes to the track every week race ready, and they help the rest of us keep it that way at the track. It was a tough year for us, maybe the toughest ever, but we climbed to the top 10 in points and competed our 44th season with our 36th of perfect attendance. Nonie and I appreciate the dedication from each and everyone of our crew members. God bless boys, next year our 45th and 40th with Quaker State.

 

2011 Pit Crew

2011%20CrewBob Pereria, Gerry Lancaster, Gary & Gehrig Halliday

2011 was a very tough year for us. In the beginning of the seaosn we could not get our car to handle properly at our home track. The set up was off at Flamboro, just not working. Bob was my head spotter and watched closely to learn what he could with our chassis. By early June we were out of the points race, sitting 11th. In early July things started to turn around. Bob, Gerry and I and worked as a team and we could see the improvements week after week. We finally got our car working towards the end of July. We climbed up to 6th in poins but our efforts at Sunset Speedway were very good. The first time there we qualifed on the pole and the second visit produced a 5th fastest in time trials. The season was a combinaion of bad set up in the first two months and bad luck overall. The night this picture was taken we had a very serious wreck coming off turn four. The front frame was bent badly but with our crew and excellent help from Junior Hanley we made it back out the next week. Nonie and I are very thankful for Bob and Gerry, for working together and making 2011 a fun season.

2010 Pit Crew

2010%20Pit%20Crew2010 pit crew. From left to right are Jim Hulzinga, Marty Hagen, Jason Chapman, Rob Twitchett, and on the far right our grand son Gehrig Halliday. Pictured with us is Amanda Li from Quaker State. Our crew worked very hard in 2010. It was a very tough year, perhaps too much to bare. We had a run of bad luck that eliminated our chances at a top three in the Flamboro points. That span crushed the spirit of our crew and was very hard on my wallet. August 7th with my worst crash in 42 seasons. The car was bent very bad, but fixed and returned the next week, only to crash again, not near as bad. However, the week following, August 21st, we had a great race going for us, just took over the lead in the feature when we were hit by the car in 2nd place and wrecked badly again. It was over the top discouraging for all of us. To see our car get wrecked week after week, was frustrating. Thanks to a dedicated crew, our car was very good most nights, always competitive. It wasn’t my driving style to rough up other drivers on the track intentionally. The same respect was not shown back. I’ve known and faced that fact for years, it’s part of racing, we could have used a little more balance in our favour…..On the good side, we did have a good season finishing 4th at our home track points standing. We picked up a heat win at Sauble, qualifying on the pole with my son David. We also won the pole position on May 29th at Flamboro and finsihed a very strong 5th on the new high banked oval at Sunset Speedway with some very good drivers in attendance. We had a 5th in both the Grisdale Triple Crown and the Octoberfest Twin 50’s. Nonie and I thank all of our crew in 2010 and their families for their dedication and support throughout 2010. (note Gordon Nicholson, one of our crew members took this photo, absent was Perry Van Haaren and Morgan Crewson ).


2009 Pit Crew

2009%20CrewAwesome Crew To Run Two Cars
    This picture was taken on the last race at Flamboro Speedway in October. Our crew did an amazing job this year keeping both our cars on the track every week end. The #9 car was driven by Trevor Monaghan for the final few weeks of the season. Trevor in the red fire suit had his brother Mike and friend Mike help him, they are on hsi immediate right. Our crew: * Allen MacLean on the far left of the photo * Jason Chapman our Car Chief on the far right * Troy Stere beside Jason * Crew Chief Jim Hulzinga is beside me * Mike Van Slingerland from Freedom Village on my right. My crew were exceptional in 2009 working hard on the two cars and making sure the #36 was set up perfect everytime I took it on the track. Nonie and I want to thank our crew for being dedicated in our 5th and toughest season in Late Models. Their hard work got us a 4th in Flamboro points and a 3rd in the Grisdale Triple Crown series.


40th Anniversary Pit Crew

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Boys and Girls of 2008
    We are so fortunate to have these wonderful friends helping us with our race car. There is no possible way for one person to do this on their own. Racing is a great sport and brings excitement to those helping and watching as much as it does to the driver. Nonie and I are truly grateful to those who dedicate their time and effort in supporting us with our racing venture….Beside me is Nonie, my wife of 38 years (1970) then Jason Chapman (our Car Chief), Shirley Elliott (our daughter), Troy Stere, and my great friend and Crew Chief Jim Hulzinga. Missing in this photo is Perry Van Haaren, Charlie Howell and Marty Hagen, who is a crew member of our son David’s team, but who helps us on days when the Pennzoil car is not running.


2007 Crew

2007%20CrewMost Of Our 2007 Crew
    Nonie and I were very pleased with our crew. They helped make this season a great success. Beside Nonie is Jason Chapman and Perry Van Haaren at the Octoberfest race. Jim Hulzinga, our crew chief, was working this day and missed the team shot.


2006 Pit Crew

2006%20CrewSome Of Our 2006 Crew Memebers
    Here are some of our 2006 crew members. Jason Chapman is at the rear of the car, Roger Creighton at the drivers window, Charlie Howell stands beside Rogers son, David Creighton. Missing here is Crew Chief Jim Hulzinga, Thatcher Krupp and Dave Watson.


2005 Pit Crew

2005%20CrewDave Watson, One Of Our Team Members
    This was our rookie season in Late Models and many crew members worked hard to get us the success we had. One was Dave Watson, pictured here. Our crew consisted of Crew Chief Jim Hulzinga, Jason Chapman, Dave Watosn, Roger and David Creichton, Chris Young and Steve Zivanic.

The Cars

2011 Late Model

 2011%20Car7th Season Late Models….40th Year With Hobby Club
    2011 Impala….400 HP Crate Engine…Painted by Sweers Painting….Lettered by Creative Edge This was our 7th season at Flamboro Speedway in the Late Model division. Here are some high lites from 2011: * Ran 25 nights * Ran 3 in the Hobby Club and 22 in the Late Model * 6th in Flamboro points * 3rd in Grisdale Triple Crown * Won 5 races * Qualified pole in the first Pro Late Model race at Sunset Speedway * 5th fastest in time trials in second Pro Late Model race at Sunset Speedway * Voted most hard luck team in 2011 * 10 appearances in 2011 * Finished 5th in CVM feature at Sunset Speedway * Won CVM heat at Delaware Speedway


2010 Late Model & Vintage Mod

Autograph%20Card6th Season In Late Models
    2009 Impala…400 HP GM Crate…Pianted by Carlisle Customz…set up by Mike McColl…10″ American Racer Tires…In 2010 we finished 4th in Flamboro Speedway points (5th year in a row to finish 4th). We finsihed 5th in the Grisdale Triple Crown series, 5th in the Octoberfest Classic Twin 50’s and we were the fastest qualifier on May 29th at Flamboro for the first of three races that were qualified through time-trials. We won Best Appearing Car with the Late Model, and were voted Most Sportsmanlike Driver in 2010.


2009 Late Model

2009%20LM5th Year Late Models…Race Season #41

Stats: * 2009 Chev Impala * Quick change * 3 Speed Sagnaw Transmission * Painted by Jim Sweers * Lettered by Steve Lyons * GM Crate engine 604 350/400 HP * 10″ Amercian Racer * McColl Motorsports Chassis

2008 Late Model

Dave%20Franks%2020084th Season Late Models…Change In Paint Design
    Stats: * 2008 Monte Carlo * Quick change * 3 Speed Sagnaw Transmission * Painted by Jim Sweers * Lettered by Oakville Sign-A-Rama * GM Crate engine 604 350/400 HP * 10″ Amercian Racer * McColl Motorsports Chassis


2007 Late Model

36%2020073rd Season Of Black Paint Scheme
    Stats: * 2007 Dodge Charger * Quick change * 3 Speed Sagnaw Transmission * Painted by Jim Sweers * Lettered by Steve Lyons * GM Crate engine 604 350/400 HP * 10″ Amercian Racer * McColl Motorsports Chassis


2006 Late Model

2006car2nd Year Late Models Stats: * 2006 Ford Fusion * Quick change * 3 Speed Sagnaw Transmission * Painted by Paul Howse * Lettered by Fleet Image * GM Crate engine 604 350/400 HP * 10″ Amercian Racer * McColl Motorsports Chassis

2005 Late Model

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The Driver: Gary Elliott

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Racing has been a major part of Gary’s life from his childhood. His family attended stock car races at Pinecrest Speedway, Oakwood Stadium and the C.N.E, allowing Gary to cheer for his favorite driver #36 Glen Schurr. The desire and love to race was fulfilled in1969 and remains strong today. In 1970, Gary married his best friend Nonie. Last year they celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. They have two children, David and Shirley and two grandchildren from Shirley, Gehrig and Lauren.

    Gary’s life changed dramatically in 1988 with his desire and need to live a better life. His faith in God through Jesus Christ has given him a hope and joy that he never knew before. He teaches Sunday school to 11 – and 12-year-old boys at Flamborough Baptist Church and plays piano in the Praise Team. Gary also takes his race car to various church meetings and youth events talking to kids, small and big, sharing his passion for racing and his love for Jesus.
    In 2005 Gary made the move from the open wheeled Canadian Vintage Modifieds into the ultra fast high tech world of Late Models. To say he excelled is an under statment. Gary won two Feature Events, finished 5th in the Flamboro Speedway Championship, 3rd in the provincial Weekend Warrior Series and won Rookie of the Year. Gary also won the 2005 Media Award for his continuing work in promoting stock car racing.
    For 2006 Gary will focus his efforts on the Late Model Championships of Flamboro Speedway and the Weekend Warrior Series. Gary hopes to also drive some events at Kawartha, Delaware and Peterboro Speedways. Gary will also drive in several Canadian Vintage Modified events this season.
    Gary’s primary sponsor for 2006 is Quaker State, extending an incredible driver-sponsor relationship that began in 1974 and is now entering its 33rd year.
    Gary and Nonie would like to thank all the fans, competitors, promoters and sponsors for making this continuing 37-year journey a most enjoyable, exciting and memorable experience.
    1st Corinthians 15:57 … “we have the Victory in Jesus Christ”

2014 LM History

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Mod Taking Shape

OSCAAR Mod
Mike Westwood Doing Finishing Touches To Our New Ride
    When I bought the Mod off Mike he had some work to do on it before he gave it to me. A new seat, front and rear bumpers, a few body panels and raising the fuel cell were just some of the things completed. I have the panels now and will get them painted by mid January. Once that’s done and the panels assembled the car will come back to our shop get a thorough going over before heading out to get lettered…..more on the Mod progress as it happens……..meanwhile our Late Model is set to go to Ron Easton’s as soon as he has room for it. He is working on other projects right now and will get our car in before the Mod comes home……our 2014 schedule is taking shape, but some things will determine exactly where we race this year with the Late Model. Our plan is to take the car to Sunset Speedway to give the first few nights a chance to get the car set up. If we are a non competitor like we were in 2013 we will only run a few races at Sunset and go to other local track where we can be more competitive. If we can run with the pack, we’ll stay. There is nothing worse than going to a race track knowing you have zero chance to win, and in 2013 we had zero chance to finish in the top 5. It was the most discouraging year ever for me. I’ve had some bad ones where we thought we would be good and we’re not, but the reason was luck, not ineptness. No one is cheating at Sunset, not even suggesting that, but for some reason we cannot compete with these cars at this track. I think I know why, HP, and we’re making changes to that now. If we are still not able to be a top 5 car, we need to run another track and we will, but still run a few shows at Sunset because of our commitment to one of our sponsors for Family Faith Night as well as kids camp. Not one of my crew members, family, fans, sponsors or me, wants to repeat 2013, and it won’t happen. We are making changes to improve the car, and we will go up during the week a few times to practice (like Mark Dilley suggests) and we’ll see how good we are. If not our schedule will be limited at my favourite track…….On a positive note, we are looking forward to running a full schedule with the OSCAAR Mods, that is our first commitment and we will run lots of Sunset if we can keep up.

 

Show Car 2014


2013 Camaro
Denny Snider Donates Camaro Late Model……Quaker State & Project Track Champion Show Car
    In 2009 I sold our spare Late Model, David’s 2006 Championship car, to Jason Legge to run as a Limited Late Model at Sauble Speedway. After time Denny Snider bought the car from Jason and ran it up until 2013 in a limited number of races. Denny donated the car to Gary Elliott Motorsports to use as a show car and compete in some races if possible…..our primary use for this car will be as a show car for Quaker State at GM stores. The Camaro body will work perfect for on sight GM events……..Quaker State supports our connection with Project Track Champion and we hope to have it in some shows by late March, not sure if it will be ready for the Mega Speed…….there is not much to do for shows, but a lot to put it in competition, namely the engine. It is basically a stock motor that would not compete locally the way it is. We will decide what to do with the engine before shows begin…………our Mod is close to being ready. We will have paint and supplies to get the panels done soon. Then we can take the panels to Mike Westwood, have them installed and bring the car back home, hopefully by the 20th of January. Then it goes to Steve Lyons at Creative Edge for lettering……….Meanwhile our Late Model, the one to be raced at Sunset Speedway, will not be confirmed on it’s schedule until the 2nd week of May. Our team and family, and most sponsors agree it is pointless to race where we are a non-factor and last year we were at Sunset. I won’t put my crew through that again. I love the track, but as some of our crew have suggested, that even if we bought a brand new state of the art Late Model, it would be missing a lot to be competitive. That’s something we have not faced since our early years in the Hobby Club. I was over the top discouraged from our results in 2013, and won’t run there steady if we are as inept as we were last season. However, we will race against other LM drivers, at Barrie, Flamboro as well as Sauble Speedways’. I’m not saying we can catch them either, but we just might not perform as poorly as we do at Sunset……We will be going to Sunset for testing and give our car every chance to be competitive and if it is pre season we will try to stick it out, if not we will only run a few shows at my favorite track……….We will be taking our LM to get some welding and the body mounted at Ron Easton’s shop, Oakville Trailers late next week. …….more on our progress as things happen.

 

Mike Held Master Piece

Cayuga Mini Stocks
Cayuga Mini Stocks
Wow….These Little Mini Stocks Are Great…Thanks Mike Held
    When I first started racing Mini Stock in 1970 I met the greatest people. It was the start of a long career that was obviously about racing, but what made it so joyful was the many people we met week after week. Bill Held and his family were one of many. Mike Held, Bill’s son, has beautifully painted many cars from back in the very beginning of the Mini Stock introduction into Ontario at Cayuga Speedway. Here are a few cars he has done, and I am thankful to have raced with all of the men here, and many more. #17 Stan Pocupec, #16, Larry Benjamin, #47 Doug Sutton and #93 Bob O’Hara.

 

OSCAAR Modified #36

Mike Westwood Shop
Mike Westwood Shop
Our 2014 OSCAAR Modified Getting Ready For Lettering
    Our 2014 Mike Westwood prepared Modified is taking shape and will be ready for us to pick up by the weekend. Mike does awesome work and we are very excited to be running with OSCAAR and hope to be competitive in this very impressive, fast growing club…….This will be the first time, since 1986, that we will have chrome bumpers, side bars and chrome wheels on our car. The black wheels may get some ice time but I don’t think so…….Our Mod was painted by Mike Almond and has a beautiful black finish. The paint and chrome should help us competition wise. How??? Well I think the glare coming off the car should keep the competitors back….I think……The next stop will be Creative Edge in Kitchener. Steve and the boys will finish it off and make it look awesome. They are making decals now to be ready for our Mod when it arrives……Then it’s back home for final glamour touch up to be ready for the CME show in Mississauga from February 7th to 9th………Thanks to our crew, sponsors and Mike Westwood and Mike Almond for getting us this far…….Meanwhile our Late Model is out being worked on at Oakville Trailer, getting welding done and the body mounted. Ron should have the car ready for paint by mid to late February…..thanks for visiting our site and please support our sponsor and race tracks whenever possible.

 

Quaker State Press Release

Matt Smith Creation
Matt Smith Creation
Quaker State Back For 41st Season

 

In Good Hands At Oakville Trailers

Ron Easton Shop
Ron Easton Shop
Late Model Gets Chassis Face Lift…..It’s Way Out
    We are very proud to have Oakville Trailers our newest sponsor. I have known Ron Easton, owner/operator of this busy place, for many years and have come to appreciate his knowledge and understanding of race cars. Ron Easton has become a great fabricator and in recent times learned a lot about Late Model chassis and set up. Of course once any car is put on a plate, like this one at Oakville Trailers, (that he made) problems are easy to spot. Ron asked me if I had an accident near the end of the year. He knew we qualified well at Autumn Colors, but found sound “out to lunch” readings and wondered if an accident happened, that would explain it all. There was an accident, but it was on opening day, not at the end of the year, and all the chassis parts that were bent were replaced. We removed them all, took them on a nice country ride to Mike McColl’s and he examined and replaced $1800 worth of parts including body panels. Mike did not have the opportunity to look at the chassis until 3 months later, in late June. He explained to me then, that our bump steer was out, mostly due to the type of rack we had in the car. Mike suggested the next rack I get should be a Sweet, then we would get the proper bump steer. Mike knew we were trying to survive the season, and could have suggested a new rack, but an $800 plus bill was out of the question at that time…….Ron on his inspection found many problems with the car, not just bump steer, but that was one of the serious issues. He will fix what he can with what we have, in other words, fabricate or redesign what we have to get it corrected so it can be set up properly…….I have been taking my race cars to Ron since the early 2000’s and he has always done excellent and reasonable work. I’m glad he is going over this car with a fine tooth comb, so that I can enjoy racing this car. Though the plan is to run a full OSCAAR Mod schedule, we do intend on running 20 Late Model races in 2014…………our Mod is at Creative Edge getting lettered and should be done early next week. A picture of that will go up soon………our 2014 schedule is also completed and will be posted next week.

 

Lettering Completed

OSCAAR Mod
OSCAAR Mod
Creative Edge Get’s A Homerun!!!!!!
    We are very thankful for the awesome lettering job done by Creative Edge on our OSCAAR Mod. They have been lettering our cars for the past decade and have done awesome work. Since 2009 we have won Best Appearing car with Creative Edge and really appreciate not only their work, but the fact they try so hard to do exactly what we want. I give them liberties with some things like numbers and trim and they never me down, always doing fantastic work to make their customers happy………..we will take this car to the CME show this coming weekend and will be part of the Lincoln Welders display. Lincoln has been with us for 12 years and we are very excited to have this car a Lincoln Welders and Quaker State car primary sponsored car…….we still a have a few things to do and will post another picture of the car on here tomorrow featuring a different look but exciting……..thanks for visiting our site, hope you can make it down to the show.

 

Chrome Wheels

OSCAAR Modified
OSCAAR Modified
Chrome Wheels Accents This Modified Like Crazy
    I think the black rims make the car look mean, fast and tough. But when the chrome is put on, it accents the rest of the car, the lettering comes alive, the different colors look awesome and the car still looks fast and furious. There is unison with the chrome bumpers and side bars, as the chrome allows the total paint scheme design flow nice. The chrome wheels are a “Homerun” to me, and it is the way we planned on doing the car………..We have a few hours work to prepare for the CME car show and then we will load it tomorrow night……..come down to the International Center in Mississauga and see all the exhibits, stop by and see our car up close. We will be in the Lincoln Welders display.

 

Canadian Motorsport Expo

CME
CME
Canadian Motorsport Expo….This Weekend
    This weekend is the annual CME show featuring NASCAR stars, Richard Petty and Ryan Newman. There will also be a presentation dedicated to the Champions of 2013, as well as a Young Guns panel with up and coming young racers…….The Lincoln Welders, Quaker State OSCAAR Modified will be there for the weekend. We hope to see our friends and fans make it to the show……thanks for visiting our site.

 

CME Show A Success

Mark McCullough Photo
Mark McCullough Photo
Quaker State, Lincoln Welders OSCAAR Modified Looking Good In Lincoln Electric Display
    This car show has come and gone and was a great success with our new OSCAAR Modified. We had many visitors to the booth and everyone really liked our car. Even some of the Modified drivers and crew dropped by to encourage us and give us some tips. Mike Westwood got a lot of recognition as well, many knowing he put the car together. We had the easy part of making it look good…….special thanks to Creative Edge for their awesome work, and their job was made easy after we presented the car with a very shinny and smooth paint job done by Mike Almond…….Also want to thank my crew chief Bob Pereira for making the trip for the weekend, and crew member Matt Smith and his son Andrew also dropped by……..our next show is Mega Speed and we do have a lot of work to do to get our Late Model ready for that event…..thanks for dropping by, we will keep our site up to date on the progress of our Late Models

 

2014 Schedule

33 Races
33 Races
33 Races For 2014…..Our Modified To Support 100% OSCAAR Mod Schedule……Late Model 20 Shows
    As we head into our 46th year of non stop racing, this season has a few exciting things to look forward to. We are very close to a milestone of 700 consecutive nights racing. We have a total of 1136 nights prior to the start of this season, and of those, 687 have been a consistent streak since June of 1987. Our first priority this year is to hit the 700 night mark, and it will happen on the 13th race of 2014 schedule. If there are no rain outs, that special night will fall on July 5th at Capital City Speedway. This could be a double historic night for us if the 700th night happens at Capital City because it will also be our first ever race at this track near Ottawa. We plan to have Frisbees for the fans and competitors for that night, highlighting the 700 nights……….We will be giving our full commitment to the 13 race OSCAAR Modified schedule. Our plan is to race all the Modified shows to compete for the Championship and “Rookie of the Year” honors. Our Mod will be the fastest car ever brought to the races by Gary Elliott Motorsports……….We will dedicate most of the Late Model races to Sunset Speedway, however, we will not be points contenders because of the conflict in scheduling with the Modified. There are 4 nights where both the Mod and Late Model compete, and we will be supporting the Mod series first. However, it is possible to get a replacement driver for 2 of the 4 races we will miss, that is the max a replacement driver can fill in to accumulate points. At this time we hope our grand son Gehrig can run 2 of those four, possibly more……….we also plan to continue our streak of perfect attendance seasons with the Modified. We are at 37 seasons now and the goal is to reach 40 before we do our final lap in this awesome sport 5 years from now, God willing………Our grand children will race in 2014. Lauren will compete in the full Mini Stock schedule at Sunset Speedway and Gehrig will compete in all the special events at all tracks, including the OSCAAR Mini Stock shows………Our schedule for 2014 includes all tracks in Ontario that are running and we are excited to get the season going.

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins Daytona #2

Daytona Win
Daytona Win
Happy For Our Favorite Driver, Dale Jr. After Winning His 2nd Daytona 500
    It was an exciting finish to a long day of watching 38 laps of racing and then 6 hours of rain delay. When the race resumed it was crazy, faster speeds with closer hard racing. We had always wanted Junior to win, as often as possible, and we were getting discouraged for a long time with very few wins and in some cases not even being a factor in many races. His drought came to an exciting end with his victory in this years Daytona 500. We (Shirley and I) agreed he may be in trouble leading the final few laps, thinking someone would get a run on him and get by. It didn’t happen and we were screaming with joy in the final 200 yards knowing he was going to win it. We were happy for him as well, happy for us to. We got to see our favorite driver win this most exciting race……….We were also overwhelmed with pride and admiration when he got out of his car and with the TV commentator ready to interview him, ignored her temporarily and immediately began to hug every one of his crew members in appreciation for their efforts in this awesome win. We had never seen anyone do that ever. That was a very selfless and thoughtful act by our awesome favorite NASCAR driver.

 

GEM Pre Season Kick Off Event

2014
2014
Come By For A Fun Day
    We will be hosting this fund raising event at our home in Waterdown. There will be a barbecue, door prizes, games for adults, horseshoes and darts and a 50/50 draw. Kids can get their pictures in our cars. The drivers and some of our crew will be glad to answer questions as well as help kids in and out of our cars…..we hope you can come out for this exciting pre season event…..if you have any questions please call me on my cell 905-928-8086. Hope to see you there.

 

Oakville Trailers Does Paint Work

2014 Camaro
2014 Camaro
Camaro Gets New Look……Ron Easton Paints His First Late Model
    Ron Easton is a fabricator and builder of racing cars, trailers, equipment, anything at all. He was a little reluctant to paint our Late Model but we needed his help to get it ready for Mega Speed this coming week end and he did an awesome job……the car went for lettering right after this picture was taken where Steve, Bevin and the boys of Creative Edge did their magic……more pictures soon.

 

Mega Speed Car Show March 21st to March 23rd

Denny Snider Display
Denny Snider Display
Quaker State Late Model Part Of Project Track Champion Display
    We have 2 of our cars at the car show this weekend. The OSCAAR Modified is in the Lincoln Electric booth and our Quaker State Late Model is in the Project Track Champion display. We will be there all 3 days. It should be a great show with lots of race cars and race tracks represented. Hope to see you all there.

 

Mega Speed Car Show Firday

Camaro
Camaro
Warnes Family Drops By To Wish Us Well
    The Warnes family, huge race fans, dropped by, paying a visit and encouraging us as they always do. In this picture from let to right are, Ron, sister Cheryl, her husband Bill and Ron’s son Jeff. It was go day weather wise, but not as busy as it will be Saturday and Sunday…….it was good to see many of the race promoters and racers at the show. Looking forward to a great day again tomorrow.

 

PTCAM Team

Denny Snider
Denny Snider
Some Of Denny’s Race Team’s Support Project Track Champion Access Motorsports
    We are proud to be part of the many teams supporting PTCAM this coming year. In this photo 3 teams are represented. Front row beside me is Mrs. Jackson, beside her son Dustin, then Gloria Elliott, wife of Bob Elliott, then Denny Snider and beside him is Mr. Jackson, Dustin’s Dad……the back row from left to right are Denny’s friend Marcel, then Bob Elliott a member of the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame, Matt Smith and Bob Pereira……..the show was awesome, very busy Saturday and Sunday but then very cold on Sunday getting out. The good memories and fun with the many people we met made it an overall awesome weekend…..we will be reporting more often on here now that all our cars are in some kind of transmission for the race season…..special thanks to all our sponsors and crew for helping prepare 2014 to be one of our most exciting seasons…..thanks for visiting and stay tuned.

 

Progress On Late Model

Sunset Late Model
Sunset Late Model
Bob Pereira Sets Hoist For Engine Placement
    With time the issue right now, Bob and I got some work done on Saturday, namely the engine and transmission in, as well as the headers and some of the bolt on things like the rad and hoses and starter…..On Sunday I spent much of the late afternoon and early evening preparing the hubs, bearings and brakes for repacking and sanding…..on Monday I took advantage of a beautiful day to get many more parts installed on the car, plus all the fluids, hooking up linkages, lines etc. Now the engine was ready to start. It sounded so good, but Bob noticed the drivers side exhaust was leaking, it turned out being a defective gasket, we’ll replace that tomorrow. The drive line is all in, and the hubs are back on the car. We found a few things worth replacing, a brake line with a kink, and other small things……the car goes to Jim Sweers on Thursday for paint and then to Steve Lyons of Creative Edge for lettering. We are right on schedule with this car…….The show car will get an engine soon, and the Mod heads to Oakville Trailers next week for final set up, shocks and scaling. Gehrig and Lauren have done the finishing touches on the Mini Stock, so it to will be race ready with a few hours of work. New tires, some engine and chassis work should let the kids have some fun this year…….It was such a nice day, and really nice to hear the birds chirping. Perhaps it was the combination of the birds, warm sun and the melting snow that would encourage the neighbors to think spring was finally here, or maybe it was the sound of our race engine humming in the shop that validated winter was over…..We love hearing the race engine after being silent for six months. Another week on the cars, then the trailers then have a fun day on April 13th for our Pre Season Kick Off, some last minute checks on all the cars, a practice day or two and we’re ready for our 46th season……Thank you for visiting our site.

 

Late Model Ready For Paint

2014 Late Model
2014 Late Model
Jim Sweers Ready TO Paint Our Late Model
    After Ron Easton finished the welding, installing the body and front end work for our 2014 Late Model, we sent it to Jim Sweers for paint. Ron painted our show car and did an awesome job, and Jim will once again paint our racing Late Model. Jim was away or would have painted both cars, although this long severe cold winter has put things behind a little for everyone and painting can’t be done in the cold………once Jim is finished the car will come back home for our Pre Season Kick Off event. It won’t be lettered but it will be ready for show that day and then head to Creative Edge for lettering. It is unlikely it will be able to be lettered this week because of the time to paint the 3 colors and the delay because of the cold to get the car to Jim’s for paint…….the Mini Stock is almost ready, a few hours and it will be race ready……Our Mod just needs shocks and a final set up, plus thorough going over on a hoist nut and bolt wise. There is an oil leak from the quick change area that will be fixed as well…..we are also preparing our home for our Pre Season Kick Off next Sunday, race season #46 getting closer.

 

Paint Scheme Finished

Jim Sweers
Jim Sweers
Three Color Paint Scheme Done On Late Model
    Jim Sweers finished the paint on our Late Model on Friday. It was a different paint scheme this year, 3 colors, more difficult, but he did it the way I wanted and I am very happy with how it looks. Jim also painted the inside of the car as well making it look clean. More pictures to come….I have been crazy busy getting caught up and preparing for our big event this past weekend, more on that soon as well.

 

Just Like A Model Car

April 12th
April 12th
Jim, Chris Randy and Bob Slide Body Over Chassis….I Take The Picture
    While the body was off Jim and Bob got three items of welding done, easy access and then the chassis was power washed by Jim. Once that was done the boys installed the body and I got a good picture of it….I didn’t take too long so I could run back and help :)…….there are more pictures of the paint and assembly on Diary of a Season 2014…….I will start posting pictures of our event later today. It was an awesome success, thank you Lord.

 

Late Model Makes Our Pre Season Kick Off

April 13
April 13
Pre Season Kick Off, LM Not Lettered, But Joins The Rest Of Our Cars For Special Event
    What a hectic week getting ready for our Pre Season Kick Off. The hard work paid off, it was a great day, I will post pictures on that soon……..Meanwhile, our Late Model got a fantastic paint job by Jim Sweers and will head to Creative Edge next Monday, the 21st for lettering. I have posted some pictures of the painting of our LM on “Diary of a Season 2014″…….Our Modified is at Oakville Trailers and will get a suspension set up from Ron Easton. We have new shocks coming, I didn’t get the shocks that were on the Mod from 2013, I knew they were not part of the deal, but thanks to Jeff Walt and Brian MacDonald, we will be geared up by the end of the week with shocks for the Mod. It also needs the brakes bled and some other things, but Ron wants to scale it and set it up for us, and I’m good with that, he raced these cars for 4 years in the U.S. The Modified also has a different style sway bar that we will need to learn how to adjust and Ron will show us that as well……Tonight the LM was scaled, not permanent, but for total weight and left side. Rule changes for 2014 allow us to go from 55% left side to 55.5% and our totals have been reduced 25 pounds from 2850 to 2825 after a heat race and 2800 after the feature. We are close right now, the led has to be bolted in and then final scale done by the end of the week. Then we load the LM for lettering……More pictures like this one, from Sunday, will be on our Message Board by tomorrow night

 

Easter Blessings

Jesus Did It All
Jesus Did It All
God Loves Us This Much
     Easter is one of two Christian events that millions around the world celebrate. Christmas is the first, a time when we rejoice at the birth of the King, our Savior. However, He came to bring us life and that life was only possible through His death. We all sin and fall short, but through Jesus obedience, even unto death on the cross, He has paid our transgressions against God. He was referred to as the “Lamb of God”, in John 1:29 when John the baptizer said “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world”…….The Jews when to the temple at Passover to sacrifice animals to atone for their sins, but their sins were never taken away, only covered over. Jesus was the final sacrifice, who would remove the sting of sin, the spiritual death. He was perfect, unblemished and therefore the only One ever qualified to satisfy God’s desire in the cleansing of this evil world. What He did on the cross was to show His love for us, His resurrection showed His power over death, that the grave could not hold Him, and because of Him, because of what He did, and His power over death, if we follow Him, we can live forever in Heaven, that’s His promise! Happy Easter 🙂

 

Late Model In Make Up Room

2014 Late Model
2014 Late Model
Creative Edge To Letter Our Late Model For Wednesday.
    I’m a little late on this post, it’s 2 days old, but been crazy busy with so much going on. Buttons and I dropped off our Late Model at Creative Edge on Monday for Steve and the boys to do their magic. It will be very similar to our Camaro show car………. Steve will make your race car look the way you want, and if you’re not sure what you want, he and his team will make something awesome to show case your car, sponsors and sport……..this weekend is practice day at Sunset, but our car is a long ways from being ready, still a lot of things to do and not sure they will get done by the weekend. Going to do what I can and if we get the car ready 100%, we’ll go, if not we will make it for Sunday or Opening Day and practice then. I like to make practice, it’s a great opportunity to shake the car down, but there isn’t enough hours in the day to get it all done………..We will keep our site up dated with the latest if we make practice in the Late Model………..Laruen is pumped to get some practice in the Mini Stock and I’m hoping to take her to Flamboro so she can get oriented to her new surroundings. The Honda will be much different than the Go-Cart :)……..Gehrig will be driving the Mini opening night and then Lauren takes over for all the regular races, Gehrig will drive in all the Invitationals and other specials in Ontario throughout the year…………Our Mod is getting some much needed work done to it, brakes, and suspension, things I knew had to be addressed, pictures on that will be up soon. We have a little more time before things start to move with our OSCAAR hot rod……thanks for dropping by, please support our sponsors whenever possible

 

OSCAAR Mod Gets Pre Season Going Over

Oakville Trailer
Oakville Trailer
Ron Easton Getting Geometry Set For Modified
    I knew I would need to get some things done to the Modified before it was raced. I had gone over it quite thorough prior to Mega Speed and found a few things that needed to be changed for me. The bearings were repacked, hubs cleaned, pads sanded and rotors checked. There were a few things I wanted to check and Ron Easton offered to help us because he raced them for 7 years and plus may want to build them in the future. Of the things I wanted to change or look into were important to me, some little issues and some not so little. Brake calipers, a new throttle linkage, check bump steer, and the steering geometry and new shocks and springs were a few things to look into. I love the car and these are things I want to do to be ready to have a shot at running with the pack. I don’t have a lot of time, like a few years to figure it out, so the car needs to be right from day one, even if it means investing a few more dollars, and I will…..our Late Model is done, and back home, pictures of it will be tomorrow night……Lauren will hopefully get some practice this week, she needs some quick understanding of shifting and a race car much bigger than her go-cart and I feel she will catch on quick……Gehrig is ready to race the Invitationals and Lauren will run all the regular points nights at Sunset Speedway…..more on our progress soon, thanks for visiting.

 

Creative Edge Complete

2014 Late Model
2014 Late Model
Late Model Lettering Complete….Creative Edge Does Another Awesome Job
    Not only were they quick, but the boys at Creative Edge in Kitchener did another excellent job on our Late Model. This paint scheme is slightly different than last year, but the creation, designed after the full synthetic oil bottle that is black green and gold, and approved by Quaker State, turned out great. I am so thankful to deal with Steve, Bevin and the staff because as picky as I am, they not only listen to what I want, but add their own flare to make it look even better for our fans and sponsors…….we start practicing this weekend, I hope we can make it, the car is not ready, needs a lot of things to get it to the track and maybe not enough man hours to pull it off. Tonight and tomorrow will tell the tale for making Sunset this weekend, but right now it looks like a 50/50 deal……I am okay with not making it, though I really want to go, but I would sooner have the car completed and a new set of tires on it so we can justify the trip to Sunset……I will know more for sure by Friday night………the Modified is getting closer, a new rad and some chassis changes have been upgraded and we are waiting for a sway bar. It should be ready for scale next week……Lauren will get her first time in the Honda tomorrow in a parking lot. The purpose will be to teach her how to shift and get use to braking and down shifting for entering or exiting the track, and for restarts under yellow etc…….there is no doubt all our cars will be ready for opening night at Sunset Speedway and that is most important to all of us…..thanks for coming by, more on our progress tomorrow.

 

Car & Crew Chief Ready To Go

2014 Late Model
2014 Late Model
Team Ready For Season #46….Bob Proudly Poses With Our 2014 Addition
    Our car has finally got to the stage that it is ready for practice. We hope to get out Wednesday depending on the weather. There is about 3 hours work left to have everything done, car, trailer, etc……Wow, imagine starting in November and all that has gone on since then , and now we have 3 hours left to be at the gate for opening day. I wonder how many hours in total, yikes!!!!! forget it…….Special thanks to Bob Pereira, (beside the car), my crew chief who has been an incredible help for me and I appreciate him so much. I appreciate my crew, and know they can’t make every race, but when they do come, they get right into it. I appreciate all they do when they can make it to the races. love them dearly………this year the focus is on fun and nothing else. Last year we thought we did all the right things to be a good runner but something was missing and it messed up our entire season on and off the track. If I hadn’t had such high expectations it wouldn’t have been so bad, but with the crew we had and all the upgrades done to our car, we figured we would be a contender. We worked very hard on our stuff all season to show up and be a non factor almost every night we ran. Our best races were Sauble and Peterborough Speedways with Autumn Colors our best night of 2013. So, I don’t have any expectations this year but these, have fun and do the best we can every week. If we are competitive, that’s all we can ask for, if not, there will be a place that we can fit in and do our best. It has to be fun in 2014 and I will need to be the one to lead that charge, and I know it. My crew, like me, will still want to be a strong runner, but the key will be having fun doing it, even if we are out of the top 10 like in 2013………the Mini Stock has a few things to do, nothing too serious, and the Mod should be ready this week and maybe some testing early next week…..the next picture here on our site, will be on Laurens two day practice session and she was awesome……….thanks for visiting and please check out our sponsors on the right side of our site, please support them when you can.

 

Sunset Pracitce Session Good For Granddaughter

Lauren Halliday
Lauren Halliday
Lauren Has Awesome Testing At Sunset Speedway
    On Friday night we headed to Flamboro Speedway for the purpose of finding room for Lauren to learn how to drive a standard transmission. The pit gate was closed so I headed to the spectator side and found room to park the truck and trailer, and plenty for Lauren to drive around on the dirt roads leading in off the 5th concession. It was raining and freezing cold. Gehrig went around with her for the first while, then he got cold and went to the warmth of the truck. I wanted to jump in with Lauren and do a little more teaching and when it was done she came away knowing how to let the clutch out, and up and down shift. She was ready to at least get on Sunset’s fast oval and get much needed practice and ice time in her car. She took it easy the first two times out and followed instructions very well. Matt Smith came out both days, Saturday and Sunday. He felt she was doing well on Saturday but when he showed up Sunday, close to the final hot lap practice, he turned and asked “is that Gehrig driving”. We laughed because we were so impressed with her improvement. Lauren has shown a very quick ability to learn her car. She naturally needs more practice and then needs to learn how to pass high and low, and that will come. I suggested she needs to know her own car and it’s characteristics, then she can start passing other cars. I stressed comfort for her as well, and to let us know when and if she has any pain while driving, but she gave a thumbs up telling us she was good to go. She will start at the back of all her races for the first few weeks and then when she’s ready she can take her starting spot. Overall I would give her an A+ for her efforts and improvements.

 

2014 Season On The Horizon

2014 Late Model
2014 Late Model
The Goals Of Our Team In 2014
    This time last year our team was incredibly excited with the potential we felt our team had to compete in the Late Model class at Sunset Speedway. I had an awesome crew, David took the year off his own racing to be my crew chief and head spotter, plus my crew were top notch, and we spent the money on the car we needed to make us competitive……so we thought……. In 2012 our feature finishes included a 3rd, two 4th’s, 5th and two 7th’s, and we had 3 heat wins. Our goal for 2013 was to get the front end replaced on the car so we would have the same basic set up as all the top cars. We were assured the up grades would make us competitive, because our basic chassis structure was not obsolete. I made the decision to spend $14,000 for the upgrades that included the chassis clip, control arms, spindles, a-arms, new exhaust, new pulley belt system and alternator. As most of you know, those who read our weekly reports here, last year was a disaster for us. We were anything but competitive. Our best feature finish was 8th and not until the end of the year did we get a runner up in a heat race, most heats were 4th at best. Our issue was the car was pushing all the time. We worked hard on the car to get it to turn, it wouldn’t, pushed no matter what we did. We tried getting the driver to slow down in certain spots, wait longer before getting on the gas but all that showed us was how far off we were. We had nothing for the top 8 cars, maybe top 9. Our feature finishes were mostly 10th to 13th….Mike McColl offered us to come to his shop for a set up. He felt bad we were struggling and wanted to help and I appreciated that and took him up on it. We came late in the day mid week and Mike stayed with 2 of his staff and we tore the car apart. There was one error we were making, we thought ride height was with driver in, and it was driver out, that was a big deal for sure, but Mike found a few other things as well. He asked why I had such a heavy RR spring, 750. I said “to get the car to turn”. Mike laughed and agreed that would do it but also knew that wasn’t right. He did the complete set up, bringing the RR spring down to a 500 and made other changes to the front end including changing the RF shock from a 1031 pound rebound, to a 665. He said 1031 was way too high. But I reminded him that he suggested that shock in April when our car was completely rebuilt. Anyway he put that shock in because that was the shock most were going with. He did make one observation regarding “bump-steer”. He couldn’t get what he wanted. He said it was out and wished we could replace the rack but he knew I just put the existing Woodward rack in at the end of 2012, Mike wanted a Sweet rack…..anyway the car was better after this visit, we were fast at Sauble and Peterborough for Autumn Colors, but when the dust settled we had our worst year since 1979. In fact if it wasn’t for Dave Hodgkinson letting me drive his Outlaw Pro 4, I would not have won any races in 2013, and that night we won 2, including our first ever feature win at Delaware Speedway …….. Over this past winter, Ron Easton, of Oakville Trailers, made a huge discovery on our car. He asked me if I wrecked the car or replaced parts since the season ended and I said no, what he found was what Mike McColl mentioned, the “bump steer”. I told Ron to do whatever he wanted to make it right. He found a few other things as well. His workmanship is the best, and his knowledge is very good, so I am thankful he worked on our car. David came over to help with pre season scaling. The car is set up exactly like it was last year when we were running not bad at the end. But what does this all mean? It means that I don’t expect too much at this point, even Ron isn’t sure how it will be, but should be better. I was so distressed last year from running so poorly after thinking we’d be fast, high expectations, I have simply taken the attitude just to run and see how the car is. If it’s good I will be happy, if we can’t keep up with the boys at Sunset we may take out the bump stops and go to heavier springs and if we still can’t do it, we can try Barrie Speedway or even the new Full Throttle track on Friday nights…..maybe some Flamboro races as well. I don’t have to win to be happy, but we do need to have a chance and this car sitting here in this picture, is better (we think) than last year, but we won’t know until we get on the track. I love Sunset but neither me or my crew will enjoy being in the way of the Late Models. Time will tell, but I’m not worried about it, if we’re competitive good, if not we make a couple attempts to close the gap and if we can’t we need to try another track………..The Mod however is a different story, we do have high hopes for it, more on that later……thanks for dropping by, see you at Sunset Speedway this weekend if the sun comes out 🙂

 

Lauren Takes Checker At Sunset Speedway

First Win
First Win
Lauren Gets Her First Stock Car Win On Her First Night
    Wow, what a pleasant, but unexpected surprise, for all of us to see Lauren take her first career stock car victory. She had been driving her car so smooth since first getting in it. She has caught on to racing a big car (compared to a cart) very quickly and is driving aggressive and seemingly without fear. She won her heat by half a track, quite an accomplishment in only her 2nd race out. Congratulations to Lauren and her crazy wild team, well they were after this win for sure, we all were. The full story will be on our message board under Diary of a Season 2014, hopefully before the weekend………………Special thanks to Ron Easton for getting my Late Model fixed and turning in the corners, something we couldn’t figure out in 2013. It is a totally different handling car than last season. Perhaps David said it best. “Dad, your final lap on that 100 lapper was better than any last year at Sunset”….and he was right. That story will be included of course along with Laurens on our Message Board………….Been very hectic this week, my Mom passed away on Sunday morning and have not had a chance to update our site. I am doing it now late at night because it’s the only time I have right now. I want to do a story on my Mom and I will very soon, she was a great woman and I loved her very much. She is now with our Lord in Heaven.

 

Cars Ready To Go

GEM
GEM
OSCAAR Modified Ready For Testing…Late Model Ready For Pro Late Show At Sunset Saturday May 10th
    As many of you know, my Mom passed away last Sunday morning. We had a great memorial service for Mom today at my nephew’s home, lots of family and friends to reflect on this precious lady. I will be doing a story on my Mom in the next few days………..Thanks to the hard work of Ron Easton and the boys at Oakville Trailers we got our OSCAAR Modified ready for it’s first practice session. It will be sometime next week, possibly Flamboro on Tuesday night and then we’ll take a run up to Sunset later in the week to get this rocket ready for the OSCAAR Modified season opener. We made a lot of changes on the car. Some I wanted to make on my own, but after going over it quite thorough, we decided some wholesale changes needed to take place. They included brakes, suspension, cooling system, shocks and other smaller things, like the throttle and windshield. The battery was replaced and the thermostat housing. I am confident, as long as the engine is good, that we will have a chance to run with the faster Modifieds and we’ll know soon enough……….OSCAAR announced Mod practice for Mothers Day, but we will do a shake down at Flamboro on Tuesday then some hard lap testing at Sunset on Wednesday or Thursday, that’s the plan if weather works in our favor………our Late Model has had a serious make over from last weekend…a Pro Late make over. We’ve taken out some weight, gained left side, added 10″ rims, a 4 barrel and some other important changes that will hopefully get our car in the top 10 in qualifying. Our next move will be getting more horsepower, but that might be a little down the road, I hope I can do it for this year because we are lacking for certain. I am still driving in hard to compensate for slower straight-away speeds, nothing like last year, but still slow compared to some of the top runners. Our Late Model was very good in last weeks 100 lap season opener. It handled much better than most all of 2013. It felt great to drive a race car that wasn’t pushing all the time when I wanted to get on the gas. My crew were also very happy with our performance last week, and though we finished 17th, we could see much greater potential………..The story from the first nights racing will be posted soon on the message board “Diary of a Season 2014………Sunset is hosting the huge APC 100 lap race tomorrow night. They are expecting maybe 40 Late Models, should be crazy, and I am pumped that we could have a good car for this race. I would like to qualify in the top 10 and we are ready to do just that. Hope to see you there, thanks for visiting our site

 

Pro Late Qualifying

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Qualifying Not So Good….Practice Makes Perfect….Another Decent Outing, In Spite Of Poor Finish
    There is much to be said about getting to the track early and practicing. I understand that fully but it’s not always possible, and for this race, we were simply without crew. David called me and asked how the car was and I told him I had not got on the track yet, that was after 2 pm. I arrived early, 10:45, set up the pits, got fuel, tires switched and my pit tools etc ready to go, but with no spotter I was unable to get any practice. I did finally get Phil Bullen to spot for me around 2:30 for one set of hot laps on the tires from the season opener. The car was loose and David wanted to help me from his phone because he was working. To be honest, I don’t want to miss a race and would sooner be at the track alone then at home because no crew could make it, but David told me outright “Dad, you can’t race in this class with no crew”. The problem isn’t so much that I had no crew, it’s the fact that with no crew I would still want to go to the race and do all the stuff myself and find a spotter, but it was tough and I was tired for sure, but pumped just the same. A crew is very important, but being at the track is the most important to me………Matt arrived by 3:30 and then Marty, I was changing gears when they came and once I had 2 crew to help I was good to go and appreciated their help very much……Qualifying was not good (we weren’t really ready) tires still had stickers on them and even though they were set, they were not perfect size wise. We qualified 2nd last and finished last in the consi, but in the race the car was good, and no damage, making this our best start at Sunset even though the finishes were poor, the car is showing potential…..I hope to have Diary of a Season 2014 updated by tonight for both the May 4th and this show. Thanks for visiting our site……PS, anyone interested in working on our car at Sunset or anywhere else we race, send me a note on my email gelliot@cogeco.ca I know my crew would appreciate anyone to help us make it through this season.

 

Opening Night OSCAAR Mods Sunset Speedway

Dan Little Photo
Dan Little Photo
Modified An Awesome Fun Ride……..Can’t Wait For Our Next Race
    We had a busy weekend running the Late Model on Saturday and the Modified on Sunday. I knew I would like racing the Modified, and I wasn’t disappointed. I wasn’t happy with the finish, but we sure had a great car. Our crew and driver were very happy with the performance of our car. Ron Easton helped us tremendously with some things I wanted to change and others he suggested. The bottom line was an awesome debut in this fast and well handling machine. The car performed so good that I was prompted to say this was the best race car I had ever driven. I may need a few more nights to confirm that, because we had some strong runs in the Vintage Mod in the late 80’s, 90’s and 2004. However, I have never raced a car that I could put it where I wanted and it stuck so well. The handling and engine performance were A+………We had lots of trouble with the LM including a wreck in our semi. Matt and Marty worked hard to get it ready for the feature, we ran decent until a flat tire put us down a lap…..I will post stories on Dairy of a Season 2014 this week, it has been very hectic in my world the past few weeks, but I want to get the stories done……thank you for visiting our site.

 

Full Throttle Speedway Opening Night

Thompson Photography Pic
Thompson Photography Pic
OSCAAR Modified Heading To Varney For $1000 To Win Modified Twin 25’s
    Gord Bennett and his family have purchased the former Varney Speedway complex and tonight is there season opener. In our already busy schedule I have added 6 Modified and 1 Late Model shows to our own schedule to bring our total race nights to 38. I wanted to support Full Throttle, but I was afraid I could get throttled if I added any more races to our 2nd busiest season ever. We ran 39 nights in 1990, but I was only 20 then so it was no issue :)……..We hope the weather holds off and the new promoters get some sun and a big crowd and lots of race cars to kick off their debut as race track owners……Hope to see many of our fans there….also hope to take a checker in our OSCAAR Lincoln Welders, Quaker State Cavalier…..I started to do our race reports on Diary of a Season 2014. We are in the midst of putting our home up for sale and it’s been kind of nuts trying to get everything done, sorting, packing, throwing stuff out, working on the cars, getting race reports to sponsors and keeping this site updated. I will work extra hard next week to get more nights posted, so far one of four is complete, and we have 2 more races this weekend. I will type fast and maybe shorten the stories, and then again maybe not, but I will get them done soon…..thanks for visiting our site.

 

Race Car’s Get TLC

Elliott Racing
Elliott Racing
Mod & late Model Prior To Double Header Weekend
    This is what our cars looked like on Tuesday night. Both needed work before competition. The Mod needed front end work from the wreck at Sunset, plus brake issued fixed, and the Late Model needed body work done, some fabrication and maintenance. We had them both ready by Thursday night, with the Mod loaded for Full Throttle Speedway and the Late Model waiting to be loaded Saturday morning. Special thanks to Bob, Marty and Ron Easton for getting our cars ready for racing.

 

APC 100 Lap Feature….. Flamboro Speedway

Pic by....Thompson Photography
Pic by….Thompson Photography
David Wins APC 100 Lap Feature
    What a night for David and his team, as they won the first of six APC features between Flamboro and Delaware Speedway’s. This was David’s first race since he ran the full season at Delaware Speedway in 2012, and he won the feature on his last night at that track, making this win 2 in a row for him. David took the lead on lap 70 but had company with Shawn Chenoweth, the Flamboro ace all over him until lap 90. Shawn did all he could to get by. David not only held on, but pulled ahead by the end of the 100 lap event……congrats to David and his team for an amazing victory in the 20 car field of top running Pro Late Model competitors…….David’s niece, Lauren also won her second race of the season, taking the Mini Stock consi at Sunset Speedway Saturday night, at about the same time David was fighting his battle at Flamboro. I will post a picture of Lauren’s win very soon…….all the stories on Diary of a Season 2014 are done now but one, the Pro Late Model race on May 10th, and that will get done this week as well……..thanks for coming by to visit our site…..I guess it’s soon time for me to hold a checker!!!!

 

Double Header Weekend

Image Factor Design
Image Factor Design
Late Models Sunset Speedway May 31st…….OSCAAR Modified Kawartha Speedway June 1st
    Our new autograph cards are a perfect advertising creation for this coming weekend, a double header at Sunset and Kawartha Speedways. I will post more on the Summer Sizzler later in the week. Both our cars are close to ready. The Late Model had serious problems on the weekend but the fix was simple. The Modified only needed a battery repair, gears changed and maintenance. Looking forward to racing both cars………we will be on display this weekend at MacMaster Buick GMC. It’s a tailgate party from 10 until 4 and we will be there for the day, until 3. Drop by and see us.

 

Kawartha Speedway

Ashley McCubbin Photo
Ashley McCubbin Photo
Kawartha Hot Laps Awesome…….Bad Luck Hurts A Good Night
    We were pumped about racing at Kawartha Speedway in the Modified. The last time here was 6 years ago in the Late Model and the last time in an open wheel car was in 2002 with the Vintage Modified. On that night we finished 2nd in the feature right behind TJ Woolsey. Unfortunately he did not pass tech and we got the win….After hot laps we knew we had a fast car, it was very strong on the tires I got from Jesse Kennedy. Prior to the heat race we figured we’d fill it up because we were 2627 when scaled. Filling the car would be our demise for the night. On lap 4 of the heat race, while running 2nd we were black flagged for leaking fuel. Instead of finishing 2nd and getting an up front start for the feature, we would start 18th of 19 cars in the 25 lap main event. The full story will be on Diary of a Season 2014 later tonight…….As one good friend pointed out, “at least the car is in one piece”. I agree with that, but I would love to hear “awesome win Gary”….hopefully that will be soon with the OSCAAR Mods.

 

Full Throttle Bound

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Modified Heading To Full Throttle Speedway
    This will be our 2nd visit to Full Throttle Speedway. Hoping for a bigger car count and lots of fans. We sure have a great day for racing. Special thanks to Bob Pereira for helping again this week as well as Marty, and to Marty and Paul for helping in the pits tonight…….happy anniversary to Bob and Liz, have a great night away.

 

McLeans Hard At It

Ashley McCubbin Photo
Ashley McCubbin Photo
Full Throttle Speedway……..Great Crowd To Enjoy Family Feud Part 15
    I really like the McLean family, all of them. I find them very friendly, very competitive as well. We haven’t had the opportunity to race with any of them yet, because our car has had an issue somewhere or somehow during the qualifying of the first two OSCAAR shows. At Full Throttle Speedway the tires were an issue, and separated us a ton, especially in the early going of the race. I was able to match Brent in the first feature, staying with him for the first 14 laps until the caution. My tires cooled down and his Gloosiers stuck instantly and he was gone, same with Paul Milligan’s car, he’s also on Hoosier tires. We hope to correct our problem by the next race…………In this photo everything seems civil between the McLean’s, but not so much in the feature. There was body checking, banging and racing determination that nearly took out half the field, 4 cars, but the cars at the back checked up letting the cars dancing at high speed get collected……I thought the Hatfield and McLean’s were the feuding families, but at this track it looks like it’s the McLean and McLean’s. We wait with anticipation to see if this continues next time out at Full Throttle Speedway, or maybe even at Barrie this coming Saturday for the 3rd OSCAAR show of 2014……..the full story of Friday night is on our Message Board, under General Chat and on Diary of a Season 2014…….Congrats to Full Throttle, the crowd was decent and the Late Model show was okay as well………We ran our 696th night on Friday, four more to hit 700 in a row. It looks like the milestone will take place at Sunset Speedway on June 28th or 29th…..hope all my fans and friends can be there.

 

Sunset Speedway Spin

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Lauren Body Slams Front Straight Wall…Spins & Gets T-Boned In One
    Lauren had a great run Saturday night in the 25 lap, 28 field Mini Stock feature. Her qualifying races were strong with a 7th and a 4th. Her consi run was a very strong effort but trouble hit during the feature when she hit the front chute wall. Laruen was running just outside the top 10 when she hit the front chute wall coming off turn four so hard that she spun out going into turn one. The pack following her try to get by but were running side by side making it impossible for Lauren to get away unscathed. Lauren was okay but she suffered a lot of front end damage. She made a pit stop where Gehrig and Don taped up the bumper and she returned to the track. It was obvious she had severe damage to the suspension. Her to get back out was awesome but it was soon apparent she couldn’t race anymore and soon went down a lap. The car is stripped apart now and will hopefully be ready by this weekend…….the Late Model goes o display this week at John Bear in St. Catharines and our Modified will get a going over to be ready for the next OSCAAR race this Saturday…..thanks for visiting our site.

 

Modified On Display

West Highland Baptist Church
West Highland Baptist Church
Fathers Day Event For OSCAAR Modified….Then Off To Barrie Speedway
    We were invited to bring our race car to the West Highland Baptist church Fathers Day event on Saturday June 14th. Bob Pereira and I will be there until about 1 and then head north to Barrie Speedway for the 3rd event of the OSCAAR Modified Tour. I know we’ll have a great morning, looking to have a great night at Barrie as well. There will be lots of classic cars tomorrow morning for the Fathers Day event…….the Mini Stock is repaired thanks to a great team effort by Shirley, Don, Gehrig and Lauren. Gehrig worked hard once the parts were dropped off and the Mini is ready to battle tomorrow night at Sunset Speedway. This will be my first miss at Sunset Speedway since we went there in 2012. I made my commitment to the Modified for 2014 and will run 100% in that short schedule. The next few weekends are all Modified, so I hope we can move from 10th to the top 5 or better by our next Kawartha show……..we are at 696 nights raced, tomorrow night will be 697, and by our schedule and no rain, we should hit 700 at Sunset Speedway on June 29th….thanks for visiting our site.

 

Barrie Speedway Heat Win

Ashley McCubbin Photo
Ashley McCubbin Photo
First Win In Our Modified…..Awesome Feeling…..Finish 2nd In Feature, Great Night For Our Team
    What a night for our team at Barrie Speedway in the Modified. We were fast from practice, and made a few changes after the first heat race and then again for the feature. It was awesome to take our first win in the OSCAAR Modified. Bob and I work so well together, and though Matt Smith was there he didn’t get to the track in time but cheered from the grand stands. Our feature was almost the dream come true leading most all of the laps but a failing power steering unit hurt us on the last restart. However, the 2nd place finish was awesome. The full story will be on Diary of a Season 2014 on our Message Board later tonight……Congratulations to Gary McLean for the win…..also our prayers go out to Tommy Robb who was hurt in the feature with an arm injury. We hope it’s not too serious and he has full recovery……this was race night 697, we celebrate 700 on June 29th at Sunset if there is no rain outs between now and then.

 

The Podium……Gary McLean #8 Max Beyore #91

Ashley McCubbin Photo
Ashley McCubbin Photo
Barrie Speedway Feature Winner #8 Gary McLean…Max Beyore #91 Finished 3rd
    I was disappointed to lead the first 27 laps only to lose it on a restart with 3 to go. Our power steering was causing us trouble from lap 17 but as long as we were in the lead and able to take a different line into the corners we could not only hold onto the lead, but pull away……a late race restart, one of five from lap 17, allowed Gary to take advantage of my steering issue and get the lead. Max tried to get us as well but we were able to get in front of him and take the line we needed…….it was an awesome night for us finishing in the top 3 in all the races. This was our best finish in one of our own cars since 2010, and we sure loved it. The full story is on the Message Board, click on General Chat and go to Diary of a Season 2014…….our next race is this Friday at Full Throttle Speedway……we are at 697 consecutive starts now, looks like the big night will be June 29th at Sunset Speedway.

 

2014 Schedule

37 Nights
37 Nights
2014 Revised Schedule….Most Race Nights In One Season Since 1990
     This is our official 2014 race schedule, with one error, June 21st Sunset Speedway. There will be no races that night at Sunset because it was set aside as a rain date only, and since there were no rain outs prior to the 21st, the night is cancelled…….also, I had originally included all the Full Throttle shows on our schedule, but realized just a week or so ago that July 4th was not going to happen because we are off to Capital City in Ottawa on July 5th. I am already avoiding men in white suits lugging a straight-jacket around because I want to race a lot, so when my crew seen I planned on racing the Friday night before the Ottawa journey they all fainted……but no fear, I simply forgot about the July 5th show being so far away. I can run 2 in a row or 3 in a row, but we had planned to go to Ottawa early Friday so we would all be rested after the long drive. Plus, we are very much looking forward to the challenge of Capital City Speedway, so the last thing I need is to be wore out from Friday night, or worse, get beat up and have to work on the car before making the trip to Ottawa. My crew are looking forward to that show, and the track is giving us an extra $125 per car for tow money……the only changes that I see are after our 700th consecutive night. I might run a few more specials with the Late Model at Barrie or Flamboro……The most races we have run in one year was 39, in 1990. This will be the second highest in 46 seasons, if we get all 37 race nights in. I hope so and wouldn’t mind hitting 40 if possible……our consecutive streak is currently at 697 nights, without a miss, and we will be having a special event for that night, at Sunset Speedway, for the fans and a few lucky kids.

 

The Black Bull Today

Burlington
Burlington
Late Model On Display Today From 10:30 Until 3:PM
    Drop by and see us at The Black Bull today for a barbeque, live music and bring a donation to the local Food Bank. This will be our 9th show of 2014. Hope to see you there.

 

John Bear St Catharines

3 Day Show
3 Day Show
Quaker State Team At John Bear Customer Car Care Clinic….June 18 to 20
    Our Quaker State Late Model was on display for 3 full days at John Bear GMC in St. Catharine’s. The dealership held a customer car care clinic, bringing back customer who had not been at the dealership for the past 18 months. The event was successful with 32 appointments on the first day. We were racing on Friday at Full Throttle Speedway and could not pick the car up, but our good friend Glenn Reulens got our car and then took it to the Black Bull for another big event at the restaurant pub on Guelph Line just north of the QEW on the west side. More on that tomorrow……we will post the race results and story from Full Throttle Speedway by tomorrow night……..there was no racing today, wow, it was weird not to race on this incredibly beautiful Saturday. Sunset Speedway had the day set aside as a rain out fill in but there have been no rain outs to date and that was a great gesture on their part to stick with that, although I was surprised we didn’t run a regular night of racing. I already have 11 race nights this year already, and today did our 8th show, so we are okay because we have over 24 more race nights to go and many more shows……..our streak is at 698 and counting. Two more to go for 700!!!!!!

 

BLack Bull Fundraiser

June 21st
June 21st
Quaker State Late Model Supports Food Bank Drive At Our New Sponsor “The Black Bull”
    One of our new sponsors for 2014, The Black Bull invited us to attend their first annual Charity Barbeque. We arrived around 10:30 in the morning and stayed until 7pm. It was a great day of music, food, door prizes all under the umbrella of awesome weather. There were many items donated to the local Food Bank, my charity of choice. Glenn Ruelens was a huge help for me. I raced on Friday at Full Throttle and had no way to get the LM from St. Catharine’s for the show early Saturday morning. Glenn offered to pick the car up for me and take it to his house Friday night and then took it to the restaurant Saturday morning. Thank you so much Glenn, and of course Patrick his son, who helped load the car and then both stayed with Marty and I at the show until noon and they left because they were racing Saturday night at Flamboro…….There was no racing at Sunset Speedway on this night. The date was set aside as a rain out for any Super Series race that was lost to rain. No rain outs happened from May 3rd until June 14th, so the track simply closed for the night. Running at Flamboro for me was out because, a) it was not one of the races we planned at Flamboro for 2014 and b) none of our crew could be there to help.

 

Tommy Robb #88

Thompson Photography
Thompson Photography
Sunset Speedway Double Header OSCAAR Super Late Models and Modifieds This Saturday & Sunday
    This coming weekend we will be running a double header at Sunset Speedway. It’s the Don Biederman Memorial on Sunday for the Super Late’s with full shows both days for SLM and the Hanover Holiday Modifieds….If the weather co-operates we will reach our ‘700th Consecutive Night’ on Sunday. We have some things to give away that night and look forward to doing as much as possible for the fans….more later this week on the 700 streak.

 

700th Sunday Sunset Speedway

OSCAAR Double Header
OSCAAR Double Header
700 Nights In A Row……This Sunday If The Weather Is Kind
    This weekend is exciting for me for many reasons. I get to race 2 days, at the same track, no travelling plus I get to race the OSCAAR Modified both days.. I really enjoy racing this car, kind of like a my best Hobby car on massive steroids. The big event this weekend will be our streak of 700 consecutive nights. I didn’t even know we had so many weekends without a miss until I was checking our total races last year when we had the 2500th race contest. I happened to add the nights with the races and then realized we had 650 plus race nights without a miss. I didn’t know really what that meant until I realized that in todays racing, most classes only run 14 nights and a team would have to run 50 years and not miss a night to get to that milestone. We did it in 28 years because we ran an average of over 25 nights per season. It would not be possible if it were not for my family, crew, sponsors and friends. I am very thankful to my family for their encouragement and support. All our crew members since 1987 who helped during the week to get our car ready and make it to the races to help. My sponsors have been awesome, and Quaker State has been with us throughout this entire journey to 700 nights. My deepest heart felt appreciation goes out to all those making it possible………If it rains out Sunday, calling for rain as of now, the 700th will be at Capital City Speedway in Ottawa on July 5th…….Our team will be silent in terms of milestones for the next few years. We will race hard like always, trying to win races and support our sport. The next one could be 50 consecutive years, but that requires quite a few more laps to reach that level….four more years to go…..thanks for visiting our site…please support our sponsors whenever possible.

 

Bikes Make For Happy Kids

Dan Little Photo
Dan Little Photo
700th Presentation A Great A Great Night
    I need to write a story on our 700 milestone and how it came to be, and I will do that because there are so many people and businesses to thank. My family for their on going support and encouragement. Friends who became pit crews and worked on the cars during the week and at the track, and even at times staying up all night to get ready the next day. Other teams for lending me parts, or an engine to make the next race. Suppliers for opening up on days off to get me a part. Businesses who fix cars for getting mine ready on time so we wouldn’t miss a race. Others for letting me take the car or engine and pay the next week, just so I could get back out, all knowing even 15 years ago that I did not want to miss a night. Of course my sponsors for supporting me year and year and more than anyone, GOD for sending me these wonderful people. Without them I would never be celebrating this milestone……..Our 700th night was incredible off the track. My team were there to present bikes to kids, to hand out Frisbees and to join in on the fun for the fans, track and our milestone. Here are two of the four winners and I will post more pics on this soon……the reason for the delay was because our car was broken on two fronts. The steering took us out of the weekend but our engine was a close second although the jury is out on the exact failure in that part of our chaotic and disappointing on track performance. I will post more on that soon as well on Diary of a Season 2014…..more to come on this great night.

 

700th Night….Kids Get Bikes & Frisbees

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Kids & Their Families Were Very Happy Winning Bikes
    Our 700th presentation of bikes and Frisbees went over well with the fans, kids and promoters of Sunset Speedway. I want to thank the bike sponsors again. Marvin Frieburger (Late Model racer at Sauble Speedway). Gord Coates (long time race enthusiast, track owner, Chrysler Dealer Principal), Denny Snider (Project Track Champion Access Motorsports CEO) and Quaker State……also to my crew who worked so hard on our car trying to get it ready to compete. We couldn’t get the parts we needed, or fix the steering, so the night turned out disappointing for us on the track, but off the track it was a home run for the kids, fans and track owners and promoters…..our next event will be Capital City near Ottawa on Saturday July 5th, races start at 2pm.

 

Getting It Fixed For Capital City

Canada Day Work
Canada Day Work
701 On The Horizon…..We Want To Win

Our 700th consecutive night went well with the track, the fans and most of all the lucky kids who won bikes. It was even good for my team, family and fans. But once we walked off the stage of our on track ceremony things were not so good. Everyone of our team members knew what was going to happen. They wanted this night to be a success and see our car in the winners circle, and if not, right in the mix. Of course neither happened. We were in the winners circle as far as kids thought of us and fans. The track officials and promoters would have given us a thumbs up. Mark, Steve, George, Brian, Dallas, Ted and all the other awesome staff members. However, once our on track presentation was done, the next thing for us was to race, and go for the win. But all of us knew it wouldn’t happen and for my family and crew I felt very bad. We tried so hard, my crew tried several things to get our car right, but to no avail. We did make it out to race, and we did our best with what we had. A power steering failure that caused severe hydraulic lock when trying to turn the car was the symptom. I’m strong for my age, but I could not man handle that binding hydraulic resistance. It’s much heavier and forceful than standard steering and makes turning impossible. We lasted 11 laps and then it was over. It as a tough moment for us, sad but part of racing, and something our team has experienced through various failures in the past 45 years. Numerous engine issues, electrical problems, carb, fuel pump, throttle sticking or breaking, brakes, transmission etc have all been part of a bad night and this weekend it was a steering concern that would take the blame for us not being able to race………On Monday I called Ron Easton telling him I wanted to get the car fixed even if it meant ordering a new complere rack. I was desperate and did not want to have a night like this again. He said he would try to find a rack with a slave cylinder like ours. He was hoping we didn’t need the rack and was sure we did not. I unloaded the car and the tools from the weekend. He called to let me know he had a slave cylinder that looked like ours and felt quite sure the issue was with our slave because we replaced everything else. I got the car on jack stands, stripped it down and removed the sheet metal. Ron helped with getting the rack out. Once he did he took it apart and found no issues with the rack itself, it went side to side no problem. Ron showed me and let me know “it’s not the rack”. That was good because they are in the $800 range. However when he took the slave apart he found the culprit, a broken rubber seal. It was broken and damaged to the point that half of it was missing, likely from me trying to race it and putting extra stress on it…..well I was stressed to. The high pressure from the steering pump would have mangled the seal even more once it was broke in half. Ron left to have it fixed and I worked on other things. When he got back we assembled the steering components and put the car on the ground. I got in and started it up and I knew right away it was fixed. We had replaced the servo, PS pump, fixed the rack internally, replaced a bent shaft on the steering column and aligned the joints from the rack to the wheel, but none of that helped. What did help was a $5 seal inside the slave. On Tuesday night Bob and I went to Flamboro Speedway to test the car and by one turn on my first circuit we confirmed it was fixed………this weekend is Capital City Speedway. Race #6 of 12. We’ve dropped from 3rd to 8th in points and are hoping to run strong for the rest of the season to make our way back to the front. It starts on Saturday in Ottawa. Thanks to Ron Easton for spending the time with me to fix our car. I am happy now :)….I wonder if we could re run our 700th night!!!!!!

 

First Time Ever…Captial City Speedway

Race #14
Race #14
OSCAAR Modifieds Heading To Capital City Speedway
    Our crew, Bob, Matt, Marty and I will be heading to Ottawa to race at Capital City Speedway for the 6th OSCAAR Modified race this year and our 14th race of the season. We are looking forward to the challenge of this track we’ve never been on, but mostly the fun being with the other Mod teams and meeting some new people from the track and of course the fans……we will be giving away some of our 40th Anniversary Quaker State books and a few 700 Consecutive Night Frisbees. We hope to take the checker in the feature, or maybe a heat, or both…..now that the steering is fixed and our engine is good we are going to have fun. I hope for lots of cars and fans for the promoters of Capital City Speedway.

 

Capital City Racing

Thompson Photography
Thompson Photography
Our First Time To Capital City Speedway….This Was Our 38th Different Race Track In 46 Seasons
    Bob, Matt, Marty and I headed to Capital City Speedway on Friday. It was a great trip, lots of fun for my team and I. We ran decent, picking up a 4th overall. The full story is on Diary Of A Season 2014 on our Message Board. Congrats to the winners of the events. Dustin Jackson was fastest qualifier in time trials. Gary McLean and Max Beyore won the 2 features, we finished 3rd and 6th. We headed home right after the race, making it to Waterdown just after midnight…….our next race is this Saturday at Flamboro Speedway and then off to Kawartha Speedway in the Modified for the 7th of the 12 race mini series on Sunday July 13th.

 

Schedule Change

2014 Schedule
2014 Schedule
GEM Racing Flamboro Speedway On Saturday
    When I put this schedule together, it was my goal to make every race possible in 2014. Our average for the past 45 seasons has been just over 25 nights per year. This year I kind of went nuts and our schedule is 37 to 38 races, maybe more. My streak could not be intact if I missed this Saturday’s race at Sunset, but I was planning on going as shown here on our 2014 schedule. The problem hit me last week when I happened to ask Sunset promoters for some things to give away at a show we were going to be doing on Saturday in Vaughan from 9 until 1. I explained that I was supporting the Vaughan Food Bank and would be heading to Sunset Speedway once we were done. Well guess what, this weekend is the Home and Home with Sauble and there are no Late Models at Sunset on Saturday. Going to Sauble from the show in Vaughan was not a big deal, we would be there by 5 no problem maybe 4:30. But, I was planning on heading to Kawartha Speedway for the Mod show after the races Saturday night…………….The dilemma enters the picture with the long drive home from Sauble, we wouldn’t be home until 3 in the morning, and would have to unload the LM and load the Modified, then leave immediately, or grab 3 hours sleep and leave at 6 in the morning to get to Kawartha by 8:30 when the gates open, no way to that. So after some consideration the following plan came up. We are not 100% at Sunset this year because we are following the OSCAAR Modified schedule as our series to run 100%. We have already missed 2 regular nights at Sunset Speedway, June 14th and July 5th, so to keep our streak going it was decided to run Flamboro Saturday night, and be only 15 minutes from home. Head back by 10:30 or so, unload the LM, load the Mod and get on the road before midnight and stay over in Peterborough….so that is our schedule change for this weekend. No less race nights, just a change……hope to see some of our fans at Flamboro Speedway.

 

Return To Flamboro Speedway

July 12th
July 12th
Flamboro Return Did What It Was Suppose To
    We were on display on Saturday in Vaughan to support the local Food Bank and had intended to go to Sunset Speedway right after. That wasn’t going to work because Sunset Late Models, Thunder Cars and Mini Stocks were at Suable for the first in the Home and Home series. On Sunday we were scheduled to go to Kawartha with the OSCAAR Modified and it made more sense to go to Flamboro and be home early so we could leave early Sunday morning for the long trip to Peterborough. So during the week David mounted his 8″ American Racer tires, the ones he won with on May 31st, and Adam Lockwood at Grisdale’s gave me 4 discarded 8″ American Racers so we would have spares. Our intent was to not miss a night we had scheduled, although we changed the location, and being at Flamboro meant we could help support their Late Model car count that was getting very low….we found out Saturday during the Food Bank drive the races at Kawartha were cancelled due to the threat of rain, and the weather man was calling for rain all day. We could have went to Sauble after all, but I had told a few friends we would be at Flamboro, but I warned them we would be way off the mark in terms of competition. Our car was too under powered, too heavy, too high, not enough left side %, wore out tires and a smaller carb, so as tough as it was to race like that, it was kind of better than Sunset racing because up there we are almost struggle to keep up being so low HP wise. Anyway it was a good night, we finished 8th and did not get lapped and how we didn’t I don’t know. Our best lap time was a 15:8 and the leaders were 15:3. I have turned that track in 15:1’s but not with this set up. We accomplished what we wanted and many people thanked us for coming. We may return for the final Grisdale race, but with the same set up because it would cost us too much at this point to get the car competitive with the current Late Model field………my awesome crew for the night were Jim, Marty, Jason and Paul…..next race is this Friday at Full Throttle in the Modified, then Saturday at Sunset in the Late Model.

 

Full Throttle Speedway Friday Night

Ashley McCubbin Photo
Ashley McCubbin Photo
Brent McLean #7 Fast At Full Throttle
    We head back to Full Throttle Speedway Friday for Twin 20’s. Gary McLean has pretty well dominated the 3 nights we’ve been there this year, although his cousin Brent has given him a run a few times. We have struggled trying to race with American Racers, that are just not near soft enough. I think if the races were 50 laps, they would be better but in a short run they get eaten up by the sticky Hoosier tires…….we will be using Hoosier tomorrow but not sure how it will help us. Hoping to do better tomorrow night but staying out of trouble is our race program right now. We don’t want to get beat up here with the biggest race of the year next weekend for the Mods………..We will be racing our Late Model at Sunset Speedway on Saturday July 19th and Lauren will race her Mini Stock. Hope to see our friends and fans at one or both of these races.

 

Rick Woolner Memorial July 26th

Rick Woolner
Rick Woolner
Sauble Speedway To Host OSCAAR Modified Rick Woolner Memorial 50 Lapper
    This Saturday, July 26th, at Sauble Speedway, will be the biggest race of the year for the OSCAAR Mods. Rick Woolner, a long time racer at Varney and other Ontario tracks will be remembered in this annual race designated to the OSCAAR Modifieds. I am proud and privileged to be part of this memorial event and working hard on our car so we can bring the Quaker State Lincoln Welders Mod to victory lane……The Woolner family has gone over the top to make this annual event the best yet. They have spear headed the selling of laps to sponsors and teams to make this the richest purse of the season. There are many bonuses in this race to fastest qualifier, the race winner, certain lap leaders, hard luck, slowest lap time and a hard charger for the car that starts in their qualified spot and passes more cars than anyone else………The format for this special race event is time trials to determine starting spots for heats and then cars passed in the heats to determine the starting spot for the feature. The race is 50 laps so it will give lots of time for the faster cars to get through the traffic, unless they are up front….We are looking forward to this coming weekend, as we do for all races, but this one has a special meaning and therefore the race of the year for most OSCAAR Mods and myself……hope to see many of our fans there, and if you would like to sponsor a lap, you can email me at gelliot@cogeco.ca….Thanks for visiting our site

 

Rick Woolner Memorial July 27th Sauble Speedway

Dan Little Jr. Photo
Dan Little Jr. Photo
A Night To Remember For Our Team At Sauble Speedway……..Heat Win #2 In The Modified
    What a great night we had at Sauble Speedway on July 27th. After this race was rained out on Saturday night, we decide to go to Flamboro Speedway for the APC 100. It turned out bad for us with a blown engine early into the race, but by the end of the night we had one donated to us by Jason Legge…….There were no sad faces from our team at the Rick Woolner Memorial the next day. We had an awesome night with a 2nd in the 50 lap feature, to cap off our Top Qualifier award for two strong heat finishes, winning the first and finishing 2nd in the next heat. This was our 2nd win of 2014 in the Modified, and our 2nd runner up feature finish. This night will help us in the points chase for certain, although there are still 6 shows to go…….Special thanks to my fantastic crew and sponsors, and to the Rick Woolner family for all their hard work in making this race a success as well as the OSCAAR people who also worked hard making this a fun and rewarding day……next up is our show on the beach with the Late Model Tuesday night, and then we are on display again on Wednesday prior to the Dash for Cash at Sauble on Wednesday night……special thanks to Jason Legge for making it possible for us to attend this show by loaning our team an engine, and to Marty Hagen and our grand son, Gehrig Halliday for helping me get the engine back in the Late Model. We should be heading north by 1:30 tomorrow 🙂

 

Heat Win Sauble Speedway

Tw Robarts Photo
Tw Robarts Photo
First Late Model Checker In Two Years
     The last heat race we won in a Late Model was at Sunset in 2012. The next year we couldn’t keep up to any of the big HP Limited Late’s. Even at Sauble most every car is running a built engine, but we were able to sneak one. It sure felt good to win. Last year we had 2 checkers, but not in our cars. This year so far we have 3 and this is the first in the Late Model. The car handled very well, we could have used more gear, and did put more in for the feature but still not enough. We also ran one new tire but overall our HP was down for sure. Our hope was to finish in the top 8. We had a crazy battle with Shawn McGlynn for most of the race, we passed each other a few times but in the end we got knocked slightly into the wall trying to squeeze through a wreck and finished 13th. He got wrecked as well but not sure if it was in the same one that we were in. Our car needed a rack and we were fortunate to get one from Derrick Tiemersma……I am trying to get a good picture of this win, but so far no luck, when I do I will post it……this weekend we have a double header. We will be running Peterborough in the Mod on Saturday with OSCAAR and the Late Model at Sunset on Sunday.

 

Sauble Speedway Heat Win

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
First Late Model Heat Win In 2 Years

 

Peterborough Heat Win August 2nd

Dan Little Photo
Dan Little Photo
Third Checker In 8 Days……Two In The Modified, One In The Late Model…..Nice
    Wow, win #4 this year, and three of them in the Modified, and within a week. It sure felt good to hold the checker again. We won 2 races last year, and 3 the year before. It’s been 4 seasons since we won 4 races, 2011. In 2008 we won 5. This was a great win for us, in a very competitive field of cars. We finished 5th in the next heat and had a 4th in the feature, making this an awesome night for Marty and I, and our team in general, an awesome points night. The race had everything, and I will write about it on Diary of a Season 2014 on Tuesday………On Saturday July 26th we began a short but grinding schedule of 5 races nights within 9 days. The journey began at Flamboro in the Late Model on July 26th the APC 100, where we blew the engine. Then we headed for Sauble on July 27th for the Rick Woolner Memorial in the Modified. We picked up an engine for the Late Model just outside of Sauble, thanks to Jason Legge. We installed the engine on July 28th. Then headed for Sauble on July 29th to do a show at the Beach, and then another show July 30th at a Quik Lube, both to promote the Dash for Cash at Sauble Speedway in the Late Model July 30th. During the Wednesday night race we broke the rack and pinion main body and internal parts. On Thursday July 31st we put out the need for the rack and in a short time got word of a rack for sale and picked it up in New Market thanks to Derrick Tiemersma. On Friday August 1st I installed the rack and had help from Ron Easton with the bump steer later in the evening. On August 2nd we raced at Peterborough and the saga finished on August 3rd in the Late Model at Sunset Speedway. Our team had never done a string like that ever, not 5 races and 2 shows in 9 nights. I know, that was crazy, but during that run, we got 3 wins, and that was awesome……….I want to thank Marty Hagen who was incredible, being with me for every race and show, as well as helping with the engine. He was my only crew member for all of this journey. Our regular crew made the July 27th race, and then many were on holidays after that. It was tough at times, but we got through it no problem……..thanks to Dan Little for this awesome picture…….our next race is Saturday August 9th, Family Faith Night at Sunset, then on Sunday we head to Kawartha Speedway for the OSCAAR Modified rain date race from July 13th…..We have raced 21 nights so far this year, and have lots to do still…….thanks for visiting our site.

 

Podium Finish 3rd In A Row

Ashley McCubbin Photo
Ashley McCubbin Photo
Terry Baker Wins Feature…Declines Tech….Get’s DQ But Keeps The Win…We Finish 3rd….WHAT???
    We raced hard on Sunday at Kawartha Speedway and got beat by the #26 of Terry Baker and #77 Chad Strawn. During this photo shoot, the driver of the #26 told Chad and I he was illegal and wouldn’t be going through tech. We found out later, he had an illegal transmission. I thought we would move up, and was kind of taken back when I heard the #26 keeps the win. I don’t agree with that, but it’s the rule and could only be changed next year. I think it’s one thing to be deemed illegal at tech and keep the win but lose points and money, but he knew he was illegal before the race and therefore should not qualify for the win. Anyway, as of today, we finished 3rd and Chad 2nd…….it was still a great run for our team and we hold on to 3rd place in the points, maybe padding our lead over 4th just a little…….next race is Friday at Delaware Speedway.

 

Delaware Tonight….Hoping for Another Win

Delaware Photo
Delaware Photo
Modified Heads To Delaware Speedway
    On July 26th of 2013 we had our only checkers of the season, driving his Pro 4 Outlaw Modified. It was an awesome night for me and my crew pictured here, Matt, Cheryl and Don……We will try to repeat this night win with our OSCAAR Modified and my crew and I are pumped……A bonus tonight is the ISMA Super Modified and we’re looking forward to see them race and very proud to be on the same card with those rockets….hope to see my friends and fans at Delaware this evening….weather looks good.

 

Kids Camp Sunset Speedway

August 18th to 22nd
August 18th to 22nd
2014 Kids Camp A Great Success
    Last year the Racing Camp, run by Scripture Union Sports at Sunset Speedway was considered a success, even though there were only 5 children. This year, with more promotion earlier in the summer, we were excited to have 32 kids join us. They raced go carts every day, and had a 45 minute hands on seminar with me each day. I did 3 classes in the afternoon. The kids also played other sports in the morning and had spiritual time, doing devotions and of course after every session with me there was a Bible message that related to racing…..we are doing a review of how it went, and with the expected cooperation of the local church, we will do the camp again in 2015…..7 kids gave their lives to Jesus and many parents inquired about going to church and took Bible’s and were very pleased with how things went for their child…….special thanks to Timber Green Landscaping, Uptown Sports, MacMaster Buick GMC, Ideal Supply and Kyly Batty for sponsoring kids for this event. Some could not have made it without the sponsorship.

 

Racing With Brent McLean

Dan Little Jr. Photo
Dan Little Jr. Photo
Brent McLean #7, One Of The Young & Talented Drivers In OSCAAR Mods
    We had a great run in both our heats on Saturday night at Sunset Speedway. Here I am battling with #7 Brent McLean. I would beat him by one spot in this race, but he would get even by taking 3rd from me in the feature….we finished the race with a bent spindle and our front end toed in an inch after making contact with Davey Terry late in the feature. I guess as disappointed as I was with 4th, it was a great finish really……..our next race with the Modified is Friday at Full Throttle Speedway, then Saturday at Flamboro in the Late Model.

 

Lauren Wins 3rd Race of 2014

Dave Franks Photo
Dave Franks Photo
Glen & Debbie Join Lauren For Her 3rd Win In 2014
    While David and I were racing at Flamboro Speedway, Lauren was having a blast at Sunset Speedway. She won her 3rd race of the season in the Quaker State Honda. Glen, a crew member for the Zardo racing family and Debbie, Laurens great Aunt, joined Lauren for this victorious moment…..Lauren and I now have 3 wins each and David is way ahead with 8 wins including 4 features. David also won one of his heat races at Flamboro on Saturday night, and leads the 2nd half Flamboro Speedway points.

 

Full Throttle August 29th

Donna Tolton Photo
Donna Tolton Photo
Racing With Modified Legend Gary McLean
    We made our 5th trip to Full Throttle Speedway on Friday night. There were 10 cars including Gary McLean #8. We had the lead in this feature for about 4 laps until the yellow came out. On the restart Gary took the lead from the outside lane, but we were able to stay close to him for the rest of the feature, finishing 2nd, our best feature finish there this year…….we are currently 2nd in points, just ahead of Paul Milligan……we return to Full Throttle, formerly Varney Speedway with the Modified on September 12th, but head up there this week end with our Late Model. Hope to see some of my fans and friends there on Friday.

 

Full Throttle Friday Night

Eric Uprichard Photo
Eric Uprichard Photo
Late Model Returns To Varney, To Race At Full Throttle September 5th
    We will be heading to Full Throttle Speedway this coming Friday to race in the Late Model class. It will be our first time back since July 2013. Looking forward to trying to run with the boys up north. The 602 should be okay because of it being such a small track, handling will be most important. Dave Hennessey and Paul Douglas will come with me, so far, I have called others but no word yet. Then Bob and Marty will head to Flamboro to help with the Late Model and maybe the Mod so I can race with OMRS as a test for Octoberfest…..we will hit 29 nights racing after this weekend, matching our last 2 seasons. Once we hit 33 nights raced, it will be the second most in one season, dating back to 1990 when we raced 39 nights. Hope we can be somewhat competitive at Full Throttle, looking forward to being able to race there.

 

Memorial Night At Flamboro Speedway

Clarke Mtrsprts Communications
Clarke Mtrsprts Communications
Good Night In The Mod With OMSR and The Pro Late Models…David Wins 6th Feature in 2014

We ran our Late Model at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday night to support John Casale and the OMSR club was there as well, so we got to race our Mod with them. This was a very special night, Memorial Night to remember all the former Flamboro drivers who have passed away. Every drivers name was read out, with Amazing Grace playing softly in the background…………..It was a fun night for our team. Our Late Model was just there to help with car count. We are still running 180 lap tires with 70 heat cycles on them, but I had no expenses tire wise and we made money for a change, the car cornered great and we didn’t come close to getting lapped. Newer tires would have helped us for sure…..The Mod was much more competitive. Special thanks to Rob James for loaning me tires for this race. We had trouble getting through the ends in the first 2 sets of hot laps. A bunch of adjustments made the car faster but getting caught in traffic and taking too long to get by a few cars took away a top 4 finish, but we were damage free and no extra costs for tires……the full story is on our Message Board. Go to General Chat and then click on “Diary of a Season 2014″…..congratulations to David for another win in this awesome season he is having. He also won his heat race and leads Flamboro Late Model points……..Special thanks to Clarke Motorsports Communications for this Modified photo.

 

Full Throttle Feature Win

Denny Snider Photo
Denny Snider Photo
First Feature Win In One Of Our Own Cars Since 2008
    What a night, we won our first feature in 6 years last night at Full Throttle Speedway holding off Modified legend, Gary McLean for an exciting hard fought checker. It was our 5th win of the season, our 4th in the Modified and now we have won a feature in every class that we have owned a race car. It was our career 37th feature win, and combined with our 3rd in the next race, gave us 2nd in the point standings at Full Throttle Speedway. Our team, most pictured here, Paul Dave and Marty, as well as Jason, were also over the top excited, thanks to them and the rest of crew who could not be there, for all their help throughout the season to help get us here. This win was such a confidence builder because not only was it so good to win the main event, but to beat Gary Mclean was an honor. He won the Championship at Full Throttle for 2014……our next race is tonight at Sunset Speedway, our 30th night of racing……Big thank you to all our sponsors who have been so awesome in 2014 as well………we could not compete for the full Sunset schedule because of the conflict with OSCAAR, the series we committed to in 2014, but we did make many of the shows and look forward to racing there tonight………..hope to see our friends and fans there.

 

Full Throttle Feature Win……..Career #37

Donna Tolton Photo
Donna Tolton Photo
First Feature Win In 176 Nights….First In Our Modified
    The feature win at Full Throttle on September 12th was our first in 6 years, accumulating 176 nights of racing. Pictured with me are Paul Douglas, Dave Hennessey and Marty Hagen. Crew member Matt Smith was racing his tractor on this night and won both his heat and feature, and Matt and his son Jonathan came to the track after their event. Bob Pereira was not present but was catalyst in helping keep are Mod in top running form………It sure was nice to win, and to beat Gary McLean, one of the best short track racers in Ontario, and the top Modified driver without a doubt………we also finished 2nd in the Full Throttle Open Wheel Modified points series and look forward to racing there again for the final Mod race of the season, October 3rd……our next race is with the Late Model, tonight at Sunset Speedway for the Limited Late Model 125 Lap Championship race. Hope to see all a full house of fans at the track.

 

Limited Late Model Invitational 125 Lapper

Alain Thiboutot Photo
Alain Thiboutot Photo
Thursday September 18th 125 Lap Invitational for Limited Late Models Sunset Speedway
    Tonight will be the final race of the season at Sunset Speedway before Velocity, with the running of the first Limited Late Model Championship Invitational. Our hope is to finish in the top 10 with our car and stay out of trouble. We plan on running at Barrie Speedway on Saturday for the Garry Reynolds Memorial so staying out of trouble and finishing in the top 10 would be awesome. This race will attract a lot of good cars, and should be an exciting race….hope to see all our fans there.

 

Velocity Heat Win

Eric Uprichard Photo
Eric Uprichard Photo
OSCAAR Modified Making My Year……We Reach 6th Win Of 2014…Most Since 2007
    Well 2014 has been our best year in a while. The Modified has been a true blessing to me and my team and all of us are having a blast racing with OSCAAR. We ran the Velocity 250 this weekend and had an awesome showing finishing 3rd and 1st in our heat races and 2nd in the feature. Max Beyore, who is 2nd in points got into a weird wreck on Saturday night and it took him out of the feature on Sunday. He still made 20 show up points but we gained a total of 42 points on the Rookie. Max and I will be 11 points a part for Autumn Colors, but I think he is fairly safe, as long as he doesn’t run into any more bad luck. We have a fairly safe cushion of 24 points over 4th, Davey Terry, but just like Max, I can’t afford to have any trouble for the weekend…..Our team was awesome again and we got some good help from Scott Wylie, who helped us with our Late Model at Barrie last weekend. I will be writing more about this weekend on Diary of a Season 2014, located in our Message Board under General Chat……special thanks to my dedicated hard working crew for getting us the 3 podiums this weekend……Next weekend we race both cars at Flamboro Speedway, in the final Late Model APC race and the Modified with OMRS on both Friday and Saturday. Looking forward to it.

 

Octoberfest Weekend….Flamboro Speedway

Clarke Mtrsprts Communications
Clarke Mtrsprts Communications
Schedule For Octoberfest Altered to Saturday and Sunday
    The Octoberfest Classic weekend is upon us and like too many times in the past, weather is the main story for this hard luck promoter. Friday’s show has been cancelled and will run on Saturday, with Saturday’s show moved to Sunday……I will be driving our OSCAAR Modified with Rick Warnes OMRS Modifieds both days. They have 2 full shows scheduled for the weekend…….Trevor Monaghan will drive our Quaker State Late Model on Sunday for the final APC 100 lap feature…..hope to see all our friends and fans at Flamboro Speedway this weekend.

 

Youth For Christ…..Open House

Dave Hennessey Photo
Dave Hennessey Photo
No Rain At The Waterdown YFC Grand Opening
    We were invited a few months ago to come to the open house of the brand new Youth For Christ facility in Waterdown. That event was today. We thought at first we would only be there until 11am because this was the weekend for Octoberfest at Flamboro Speedway, and we were to race both our Modified and Late Model. However, by early Saturday morning the races were cancelled for the entire weekend and we were able to stay until 2:30 before heading back home, which was only a quarter mile away. We had one small bit of rain but it soon cleared up with no more rain all day…….the ceremony was awesome with some politicians, many of the donators, and YFC head office staff on hand to welcome those who came to see this amazing facility. Local teens can drop in for fun and games and to inquire about church, Jesus, the Bible, and what it says about them, our lives and our future. Marcel Knot is the manager of this location and would gladly accept new members who would like to make any size monthly commitment to help cover the costs to run this good thing in the center of Waterdown……..our next race event is in Peterborough for the Autumn Colors Classic a 3 day deal. This will be our 10th year in a row to support this giant race extravaganza.

 

Youth For Christ…..Open House

Dave Hennessey Photo
Dave Hennessey Photo
No Rain At The Waterdown YFC Grand Opening
    We were invited a few months ago to come to the open house of the brand new Youth For Christ facility in Waterdown. That event was today. We thought at first we would only be there until 11am because this was the weekend for Octoberfest at Flamboro Speedway, and we were to race both our Modified and Late Model. However, by early Saturday morning the races were cancelled for the entire weekend and we were able to stay until 2:30 before heading back home, which was only a quarter mile away. We had one small bit of rain but it soon cleared up with no more rain all day…….the ceremony was awesome with some politicians, many of the donators, and YFC head office staff on hand to welcome those who came to see this amazing facility. Local teens can drop in for fun and games and to inquire about church, Jesus, the Bible, and what it says about them, our lives and our future. Marcel Knot is the manager of this location and would gladly accept new members who would like to make any size monthly commitment to help cover the costs to run this good thing in the center of Waterdown……..our next race event is in Peterborough for the Autumn Colors Classic a 3 day deal. This will be our 10th year in a row to support this giant race extravaganza.

 

Modified Feature Autumn Colors

Eric Uprichard Photo
Eric Uprichard Photo
Racing Hard With Brent McLean…Check Out The Tires
    Brent McLean would go on to win the last OSCAAR Modified race of 2014, his only win of the year and a big one for sure. Our car was pushing, and I could not hold him back. We would end up finishing 5th, still a strong run and take 3rd overall in the points standing, our best point finish since 1999….I will be posting more pictures of our AC race, just getting caught up on some things and not a lot of time on the computer…this awesome shot was taken by Ontario Oval’s ace photographer Eric Uprichard. he has supplied many good shots for me over the years…..I am currently working on sponsors for 2015, trying to get some back. We have lost a few, but the majority are back with us. I will know soon about Quaker State, hopefully by the end of the month and will post it on here……just a note…not sure how he did this, but there appears to be no window net on the drivers side….but there definitely was, cool shot though.

 

Modified Win Autumn Colors

Dan Little Jr. Photo
Dan Little Jr. Photo
6th Modified Win….Our 7th of 2014 Including Late Model Win….Most Wins Since 2007
    This was a great night for our team. Only Marty and I were at the track for this race, the rest of our crew made it late in the night, and were there for the races on Saturday and Sunday. This was race win #6, 5 heats and a feature for the Modified and a heat win in the Late Model at Sauble Speedway…..Our cars are resting right now until our sponsors are all on board, most are right now but we are waiting a few more thumbs up and then we’ll start working on the cars. It’s been a long season with 34 race nights and 19 shows including the one we will be doing this Friday at Markville Chev in Markham, a Halloween promo for the dealership and Quaker State. More on that later this week……special thanks to my crew Bob, Marty, Matt, Dave, and Jim for making as many races as they could. Overall it was our best season since 1999, so I am very happy with that. I will post more on 2014 soon and also update our 45 Years of Stats very soon as well. It will become 46 years of Stats.

 

“Spooky Great Deals”

Show #18
Show #18
Quaker State Event At Markville Chevrolet Buick In Markham On Friday October 31
    We will have our Quaker State 2013 Impala on display Friday October 31st for a special promotion event at Markville Chev Buick GMC in Markham Ontario. There will be ballots to fill out to win 4 snow tires as well as an opportunity to win one of 5 Quaker State Full Synthetic Oil changes. Customers must be at the Dealership for the draw at 2pm. My crew and I will be there and supplying the staff with crew shirts for this event. Hope to see some of our fans and friends at the Dealership…hey!!! maybe you will get a “Spooky Great Deal”.