With having been friends with Sean Walker for over 30 years, Gary Hannah has spent a lot of time in his shop – and it had influence in where the next chapter of his racing career will go. After seeing the fun Walker had in the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods, he decided he wanted to go for a whirl himself.
“I’m a car guy,” Hannah said. “I love the old cars. I’ve been a racer for many years.”
It also did not take them long to choose the body, as there was one for sale not far from the shop for a $100. Now with the time spent wrenching away, Hannah is ready to go for 2021.
“I want to go out and have some fun,” he commented. “I love the racing community. I like the people that are involved, love talking to them, and like I said, I am going out to have fun – win or lose, just turn some laps and have some fun.”
As for what track on the schedule he is most looking forward to, Peterborough Speedway quickly comes to mind being his favourite of those ran at through his career to date.
It’s also where he got his start in motorsports, buying a thunder car off of Fred and Sean Walker in 1996. He raced it for two seasons, before moving up to the Challenger divisions for the two years that followed.
“I got married so life kind of slowed up a bit there,” he explained. “I took some time off there and then 2002, I started racing at Kawartha Speedway in a mini stock. I built a car for that, and then I ran for a season in 2002, and then again I had some issues – I have a disabled child, so life got difficult for a little while so I gave it up. I took some time off, but then got back into it in 2006 running a Mini Stock at Peterborough Speedway and then I gave it up for awhile.
“I got into the rock crawling, off-road stuff for a little while but that got boring. I was helping friends and pitting for awhile, but I got the itch to go racing and it’s like I have to build another car – and 2019 was my jumps to say I wanted to do this Hot Rod thing. It motivated me to build a car.”
Through all of his career experience to date, he says the 1997 season was his most memorable.
“I never won a feature, but I won some heat races that year and it felt like I just accomplished something in my life then in the racing,” he expressed.
Now as he gets ready to start the next chapter, hopefully more accomplishments – as well as some fun – can be had along the way.
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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