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Finally racing on our own track

September, 1977 — For me, our very first race weekend on our new track at Quyon, Quebec, was pretty close to perfect -- I scored pole position, I won...

On the road as the home club crumbles

After staging a very successful public race at the Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa, you’d think that our local Ottawa-Hull Kart and Recreation Club (OHKRC) would be...

Showdown at the science museum

Black-and-white photographs in this story are by Dirk Van Battum. June, 1977 — The expected showdown between Jon Snadden and I materialized at a very public event in the parking...

Picton hill proves painful

Full disclosure: the above picture is the start-finish line at the Picton racetrack, but it is from the 1978 Canadian Pro race and not the 1977 race documented...

Hello kart 2.0; goodbye racetrack

1977 was the year that saw Roots change television, the Concorde and the shuttle take their first flights, Elvis leave the building for the final time, and Saturday Night...

Playing with the big boys

(Above) Getting ready to go out onto the track for practice: in red, Dave Elliot (#5), in white, me (#25). In the yellow shirts: Al McRory (left), Paul...

Getting my feet wet in buzz-bomb karts

After completing the Jim Russell school in the summer of 1975, my attention turned to college — but I was still so fixated on getting into karts that some...

Kart racing returns to the capital

A friend recently described a photograph as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone. When I posted several photos of karting days-gone-by on Facebook a few months back,...

Racing School: the best $1,200 I ever spent

One of a series of posts about the racing antics we got up to before arriving in competitive karting. Check the overview for links to other posts in...

Ice racing and slaloming – and a championship!

One of a series of posts about the racing antics we got up to before arriving in competitive karting. Check the overview for links to other posts in...

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