Heart of a Champion was founded in 2017 to help preserve motorsports heritage in the Maritime provinces of Canada. Our first project was the restoration of a vintage stock car, a 1967 Chevelle which was unveiled at the 2017 IWK 250. Heart of a Champion supporters then took the car on tour visiting race tracks and car shows throughout Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
At the same time, we launched a website and Heart of Champion Facebook (FB) page which has evolved to include vintage racing photos, stories, and a weekly ‘Saturday Salute‘ to someone who has helped build motorsports in our region – someone with the Heart of a Champion. In just two years its social media following has flourished to over 6,100, clearly demonstrating an interest in and passion for our Maritime motorsports heritage.
In 2018, we added a vintage open wheel modified race car to our collection. After an extensive rebuild we have taken it to tracks in the Maritimes and New England to help us gauge interest in a Maritime Canada-based vintage race car series. In July 2019, again at the IWK 250, we announced our intent to form the series. In 2020, we will debut the Hot Rod Classics Vintage Race Car Series. The series will showcase race cars from 1980 or older giving veteran fans an opportunity to relive memories and at the same time provide a platform where newer fans can experience race cars of a bygone era. We plan to participate in a handful of events in the region each year.