Interviews

30th Anniversary of OSCAAR – Dave Taylor

Over the past 30 years, OSCAAR has thrilled fans across the province of Ontario with side-by-side thrilling battles right down to the checkered flag.

Although we’re currently staying at home to stay safe, the anniversary is special to everybody involved in the series, past and present, from originators and the officials, to the drivers and fans.

OSCAAR felt it was the perfect time to pay homage to our beginnings, and catch up with past and current faces to get their thoughts on the occasion.

In looking back at the past 30 years and seeing where OSCAAR is now, Dave Taylor only had one simple reaction – “It’s good to see it still around.”

While still around, the original intentions of OSCAAR were certainly differed from how they changed over the years. After all, the board of directors – along with other influences like big-time car owner Jerry Hicks, had a different vision when the Ontario Association for Asphalt Stock Car Racers came together. It was all about providing a series for affordable super late model racing at the time.

“We wanted to encourage some of the guys in pure stock and late model to come race with us,” Taylor recalled. “We originally got rid of all the big motors, and we had a cast iron motor rule, which was quite economical at the time; we also gave weight breaks for older chassis just to try and get guys out. it worked pretty good as we got a few.

“We didn’t change the rules year to year, either. Our rules meeting back in the day, the first two years, there was no rules discussed; we just discussed the tire rule and where we were racing. The rules stayed the same.”

The result was tight competition through the field, and a steady growth that allowed OSCAAR to become as well known as it has today. After all, the super lates had a lot of great appeal in being light, fast, and looking nice.

Those years produced several memorable moments for Taylor, as he noted there were several memories he could recall when asked to share his favourite.

“Winning the Don Biederman Memorial would be my biggest one, as I respected that man a lot,” Taylor commented. “He was my hero, so winning that Don Biederman Memorial was my biggest win.”

For Taylor, his racing beginnings did not start with a stock car, but rather snowmobiles as he ran those for almost 20 years.

“I was racing snowmobiles, starting racing sleds in high school, and there was three of us in Grade 12 and we skipped a class,” Taylor recalled. “We were going down the side roads and we saw a street stock car for sale in a farm field. So we put all of our money together and bought it, and that’s how it started.”

In his experience through the years, the one piece advice he has to those looking to build their own longstanding career – don’t race what you can’t afford.

“If you’re in a series that needs money than you’re willing to put into the car, then you’re not going to win,” he commented. “You got to have the equipment as if you don’t, you’re not going to win. So do something that you can afford and it’ll be more fun and not hurt your pocketbook as much.”

Be sure to keep up with OSCAAR by staying tuned to the series website at http://www.oscaar.ca. Also, make sure to “like” the official OSCAAR Racing Facebook page, while following both the Twitter and Instagram accounts (@OSCAARRacing) to keep up to date on everything you need to know.

OSCAAR’s 2020 racing season was supported by several dedicated partners including Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC, Knightworks Design, Living Lighting Canada, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd., Touchwood Cabinets, Sauble Falls Campground, The Fyre Place & Patio Shop, Ohsweken Speedway, American Racer, and Grisdale Race Products.

By: Ashley McCubbin

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