Drag Racing Community Loses Huge Supporter

Everyone at DragRaceCanada is saddened and joins the Canadian drag racing community in mouring the loss yesterday of Val Potter….

Val, wife to long-time drag racing photographer and Cayuga Dragway track announcer Rob Potter passed away after a courageous and lenghtly fight.   A Memorial service will be held on July 9th. 

A graphic artist by trade, Val, from Grimsby, Ontario, had no peers when it came to artistic talent, and entered the racing world with her marriage to Rob. She could work in any medium, and produced a great deal of racing-related artwork for the drag racing community along with portrait work of people and animals. 
Along with individual renderings, Val produced art for service clubs, car club displays, and memorial events.
Val would accompany Rob with his race-track duties, including the long weekends at various PMRA events when the series began. She was also a main proponent in the success of the first Canadian Drag Strip Memories Show held at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum outside Hamilton earlier this year, designing the show logos and artwork.
A gentle soul and never one to complain, Val soldiered through her illness, fighting right to the end, talking of future projects and enjoying her dogs and cats that kept her company in her studio at home.
The fans, teams and officials of the Pro Modified Racing Association, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and the Pro Bike & Sled Series offer their condolences and prayers to Rob and the family.
A service in Val’s honor will be held at 2 pm Monday, July 9, 2012 at the Copetown and District Lions Community Centre, 1950 Governor’s Road, Copetown.
Posted by:  Bruce Mehlenbacher