Several days ago, my friend, George Daszkowski, sent me a link to an eBay listing for a sprint car that was built in Victoria, B.C., in 1963 by Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame inductee Grant King.
I wrote a blog entry and quoted George as saying that he hoped the car would be purchased by someone who would keep it in Canada.
Because, over time, things – including race cars – get lost. Or people don’t think they have any value and cut them up and throw them out. Which is a shame, because when people reminisce years later about a particular Canadian-designed and built car that ran, for instance, at Mosport (Bill Sadler’s "Sadler MK5," for instance, or the Chinooks invented by George and Rudy Fejer), often all that’s left are photographs.
Road-racing cars are one thing. Oval-track cars don’t stand a chance of surviving because they get cannibalized for parts just about the instant they become outdated. The late Doug Duncan of Toronto, who divided his time between sports cars and the ovals, designed and built any number of supermodified racing cars and I think one – currently being restored – is still around.
So the fact that a Grant King car built in 1963 to race at Victoria’s Western Speedway and other tracks in Western Canada and the U.S. is still around is really a cause for celebration.
In any event, my friend Mr. Daszkowski got to thinking after he sent me the item and decided to put his money where his mouth is. Instead of just "hoping" the car will be purchased by someonr who would keep it in Canada, George decided to solicit funds to buy it and, in so doing, guarantee it would remain north of the border.
He pledged $2,000 to kick off the campaign.
Here is the text of his email:
"The more I think about that car, the more I believe it should stay in Canada.
"To that goal I will commit $2,000 to a group effort to purchase the car, keep it in Canada, and work out the details of where it will stay and what its final presentation is.
"Anyone willing to join me?"
As of this morning, pledges received had increased that total to $5,500.
Want to help out? Just email George at firstname.lastname@example.org