All the hard work put in by Dave Gainforth and the rest of the OSCAAR staff is set to come together this Friday night at Kawartha Speedway with the inaugural event for the OSCAAR Hot Rods on tap to take place.
Discussions surrounding the series began early last year, with the idea of putting pre-1974 model bodies on stock cars, combined with an affordable rule package, to bring back the good ‘ol days of racing. With cars continually being built each day, a select few of the drivers will be on-track for the first round.
Hawn Motorsports built a 1966 Chevrolet Belmont that Tyler Hawn will pilot for the first event this weekend at Kawartha Speedway. Later on this season, though, the team plans to get Don Hawn back behind the wheel once again.
“The most exciting thing I see about the Hot Rod Series is that it’s bringing back the roots of racing,” said Tyler Hawn. “There are cars are how the Super Lates were back in the early days of stock car racing. Building this car really brought out all of the old ways from my dad. He’s been so excited with the process.”
Dan Price will have his familiar 1957 Chevrolet at the track this weekend, though will have a special guest driver behind the wheel. Derek Henderson will be behind the wheel, bringing a wealth of experience to the table that includes a runner-up in the 1995 Mosport Street Stock Championship standings, a 1996 championship and multiple feature victories.
Adam Misener will have his 1964 Impala on track, having been one of the drivers behind the series since original discussions begun taking place. He was attracted to race with OSCAAR by the series concept, liking the idea of being able to place an old body on whatever chassis and power-train that you choose.
“This series is virtually guaranteed to draw a crowd,” he added. “With the $11000 value placed on each car through the claim rule, I think it creates a class of old school type driver/owner/builder competitors. I joke that this class feels like it was built for my car, not my car built for the class.”
Long-time Kawartha standout Stephen Mayhew will be bringing out his familiar ride as he hopes to recapture the glory that led to multiple victories on the Fraserville, Ontario through the years.
Darryl Fice has confirmed his 1967 Camaro will be one of the drivers on-track for Friday night’s event. Fice knows his way around Kawartha Speedway, having scored multiple mini stock feature victories through the years.
Nick Clarke and team are working hard on putting the final pieces together for their entry as they hope to make their debut this season.
There’s also a possibility for D’Arcy Gibbons to join the field after showing off his ride at the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Show in March.
There is always a possibility for more than the drivers listed here to be in the field at Kawartha Speedway on Friday, June 2. Be sure to be in attendance to take in this great show in person. Also, reminder that a $5 off general admission coupon can be printed off either the OSCAAR website or facebook page.
Details on the event this weekend can be found at http://www.oscaar.ca.