About the Series

Background

Heart of a Champion (HOAC) 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 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, displaying 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 page to share our travels on social media. Since then we have grown the Facebook page to include vintage racing photos, videos, stories, and a weekly ‘Saturday Salute‘ to someone who has helped build motorsports in our region – someone with the Heart of a Champion. Our social media following has flourished to over 8,800 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 is time to take Heart of a Champion to the next level with the formation of our Hot Rod Classics Vintage Race Car Series.

Overview

The Hot Rod Classics Vintage Race Car Series is our region’s first vintage stock car racing organization. As with Heart of a Champion, the Series has been formed to help preserve motorsports heritage in the Maritimes and to honour those who helped make the sport what it is today.

The series will showcase race cars which were built in 1980 or older giving long-time fans an opportunity to relive precious memories and at the same time provide a platform where newer fans can experience, perhaps for the first time, race cars of a bygone era.

Race Officials

  • Frankie Fraser, Jr. (Race Director) – well-known racer and son of six-time International champion Frank Fraser
  • Greg Sewart (Tech Director) – five-time MASCAR champion
  • Billy Powell, Jr. (Flagman) – former starter at Moosehead Premium Dry Speedway and longtime racer
  • Dylan Langille (Announcer) – a professional broadcaster and passionate race fan

Fun. Fair. Safe.

Our core values. If your racing goals are not of a like-mind then you are best suited for another series.

Fun. Our events will provide a variety of activities on and off the track, designed to provide a fun experience for all. Showing our cars will foster the development of the series and also educate spectators who may or may not know anything about the history of stock car racing in our region. It is our goal to create an atmosphere that will provide a social experience unparalleled in other series.

Fair. The Hot Rod Classics Vintage Race Car Series events will provide competition with cars built to a condition that is consistent with their original as-raced specifications. It’s not about having the fastest car, it’s about having fun and respecting your fellow competitors while putting on a quality show for fans.

Safe. Our events will feature original and replica vintage stock cars, some newly built and some restored to their original racing specification and livery, all equipped with modern safety equipment, as mandated in our rules.

The Hot Rod Classics Vintage Race Car Series is “no intentional contact” and on track antics will not be tolerated; we encourage close competition with a hallmark spirit of good sportsmanship.

Gentlemen...Start Your Engines!

Car: 1965 Chevy II, a tribute to Tribute to Jr. Hanley sponsored by Bob McDonald Chev and Olds. This is a replica of the original Hound, as close as could be constructed, to honour Jr. Hanley and his start in Nova Scotia to be the best driver and builder of stock cars in Canada.

Hometown: Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia

Car: 1978 Z28 Camaro

Hometown: Rothesay, New Brunswick

Car: 1969 Ford Fairlane

Hometown: Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia

Sponsors: 

  • MNC Landscape Management
  • Wayne Giles Auto World
  • Finish Line Vinyl Design

Car: 1965 Ford Galaxie

Hometown: Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia

Sponsors:

  • MNC Landscape Management
  • Wayne Giles Auto World
  • Finish Line Vinyl Design

Car: 1949 Chevy Coupe

Hometown: Elmsdale, Nova Scotia

Car: 1972 Dodge Demon

Hometown: Mount Uniacke, Nova Scotia

Sponsors:

  • Alexander’s Auto Supply
  • Dave’s Speed Shop

Car: Modified 1967 Chevy Camaro. This car has Hall of Fame lineage with the body donated by multi-time MASCAR champion Terry Clattenburg and the chassis built at SFR by Frank Fraser, both Maritime racing legends and inductees in the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Hometown: Elmsdale, Nova Scotia

Car: 1978 Pinto NASCAR Tour-Type Modified

Hometown: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Sponsors:

  • Steele Volkswagen

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