About the Series


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 atrace 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. In just 3 years, our social media following has flourished to over10,000 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.


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

Known as the “Hot RodClassics” we 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.

The Hot RodClassics Series will, in essence, be a spirited league of exhibition racing. Our goal is to participate in a handful of significant stock car racing events in the region each year; at facilities which have played a part in and/or show an affinity for recognizing our Maritime stock car racing heritage.

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.Hot RodSeries events will provide on-track exhibition’s with cars built to resemble stock cars from a bygone era. 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, as directed by the Race Director.

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

The Hot RodClassics 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


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

Car: 1965 Ford Galaxie

Hometown: Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia


  • 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


  • 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


  • Steele Volkswagen

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