Heart of a Champion (HOAC) was founded in 2017 to help preserve stock car racing history in the Maritime provinces of Canada. Our first project was the restoration of a vintage stock car, a 1967 Chevelle which was unveiled in July 2017 at the region’s biggest stock car race, the IWK 250 at Riverside International Speedway. It was so well-received that we took the car on tour, showing it at race tracks and car shows throughout the Maritime provinces.
At the same time, we launched our website and the Heart of Champion Facebook (FB) page to share our travels on social media. Since then, we have grown the FB page to include vintage racing photos, stories, and a weekly salute to someone who has helped build stock car racing in our region – someone with the Heart of a Champion. Our social media following has flourished to over 37,000 followers with the reaction and interaction from and between our followers clearly demonstrating the interest in and passion for our Maritime racing heritage.
And so it was time, in 2020, to take Heart of a Champion to the next level with the formation of the Hot Rod Classics Vintage Race Car Series.