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Chapter 1: The road to racing

I have a ton of photographs from karting days in the '70s and early '80s. Recently, I put some of them up on Facebook and got such a good reaction from my former competitors and other drivers that I promised to post more of them. And, rather than just posting the photos, I thought...

40th anniversary of thriller race for kids’ burn unit

40th anniversary of Nepean karting race for burn unit

Story by Derek Cadzow with contributions from Sean Sweet and Fred Zufelt. All photos on this page are credited to the late Dirk Van Battum Prints of photos are available in our client galleries. So far, I've published posts about my motor racing journey in chronological order.  But this is the exception....

Nepean Grand Prix raises $ for Children’s Hospital burn unit

Nepean Grand Prix interview with CJOH Brian Smith

Story by Derek Cadzow with contributions from Sean Sweet and Fred Zufelt. Prints of photos are available in our client galleries. So far, I've published posts about my motor racing journey in chronological order.  But this is the exception. The most...

Pro Series Picton wins for Fugère, Serravalle

Canadian Pro Series karting at Picton 1978

These are the stories of the first Canadian Pro Series championship karting series that toured several tracks in Ontario and one in Quebec in 1978. Even though I didn’t race much that year, I was involved with the organization and publicity for the series and got an inside look at this inaugural season. (Prints or hi-res...

Snadden scores Pro Series win

Pro Series karting start at Quyon, near Ottawa

These are the stories of the first Canadian Pro championship karting series that toured several tracks in Ontario and one in Quebec in 1978. Even though I didn't race much that year, I was involved with the organization and publicity for the series and got an inside look at this inaugural season. (Prints or...

Dad’s brush with F1 fame

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My father was a newspaper photographer for many years when we lived in Scotland. One day he was assigned to cover the demonstration of the new Aston Martin at a track near Glasgow. The driver that would take them around that day? F1 star Peter Collins...

Ottawa stars race in Pro Series, OKRA

In 1978 I didn't race too much myself, but I was involved with the organization and publicity for the first Canadian Pro Series for National and International class karts that toured many of the well-known tracks in Ontario and one in Quebec. These are the stories of the races that year. Want a print or...

1978: Losing a wheel, flipping upside down

1978 was the year that Jimmy Carter led Israel and Egypt to sign a lasting peace accord, the first test-tube baby was born (she's 42 this year!), new DNA techniques were used to produce human insulin for the first time, Princeton scientists created a nuclear fusion reaction that lasted for 1/20 second and has never been...

…and then my feet fell off

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From the file:  “you did WHAT when you were young…??” Imagine for a minute that you are a five years old again.   There’s a kid-size cabinet in front of you.  If you stick your feet into it, you can look in the top and see the bones in your...

The Textile Artisan

Jackie Weatherly-Cadzow is an artist that loves bright, bold color.  Her silk paintings and textile art and acrylic paintings are full of vivid hues and bold shapes, many of which evoke the beauty of nature. Jackie has developed her art since graduating from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, almost 20 years ago. She...

All things must pass: the championship that decided everything

All photos in this post are available for purchase in the photo gallery. October-November, 1977 —  The winds were kicking up and a storm was brewing between the Ottawa-Hull Kart and Recreation Club (OHKRC) and the corporation Share 50/74. The OHKRC started out as a karting club encompassing social recreation and...