Drag Strip Memories Show Highlites
Rob Potter and Tony Hayes’ popular off-season Drag Strip Memories show was another successful affair held April 13th at the Hamilton Airport’s Canadian Aviation Museum….
In what has become a labour of love between the two key organizers — the 3rd annual show went well with over 40 vehicles on display.
Canadian history makers ranging from the Paton Racing current T/F dragster to the early sixties dragster of Herb Becker to Doug Cadman’s dead nuts restoration of the Rydell, Hope, and Lang six cylinder Vega were all on premises.
John Petrie was the featured guest and didn’t disappoint. John came in from British Columbia signed autographs and talked with his many fans and fellow racers. He proved to be an articulate, engaging man who along with his original crew were amazed at the debut of Mark Roelofs restored Challenger in the Petrie livery.
The East London Timing Association were well represented with a cool display of early iron and memorabilia. Also taking part were the Slow Pokes car club, D.S.E. Racing Series, St. Thomas Raceway Park, Can/Am Stock/SS Association and the Group 25 model club.
The visiting public was also afforded for the first time looks at Dan Pirisi’s 40 Ford Sedan Delivery wheelstander, Cadman’s Vega (below), Perry Carey’s blown FED and Todd MacMillan’s awesome Fiat altered.
The event is an all charity affair with proceeds going to the museum.
Special Awards were presented to:
- Doug Cadman , FJ Smith, John Petrie. “In recognition of their accomplishments in Canadian Drag Racing”.
- Peoples Choice Val Potter Memorial Award: Charlie Haviland Charlie Horse altered.
- Ross Martin Memorial Award: Jack Bond 49 Anglia.
Posted by: Bruce Biegler Photos by: Stacee Kenington