The formation of the Old Time Racers Association (OTRA) began in
1977. Ross Rockett and Dave Ireland had the nostalgia bug and
thought it would be fun to find and restore one of the old
that had been raced at Victoria and Nanaimo until 1963 when the
class was scrapped.
They found a 1932 Chrysler Coupe resting in a wrecker yard in Cobble
The car had been formerly been driven by Fred Anderson. The
car was purchased for $40.00 and then refurbished in its original
and signage and same six-cylinder engine was rebuilt and used.
At the same time Norm Wilcox had purchased and restored a
1932 Chev Coupe
that was formerly driven by Bill Halliday. The three
owners then got together and decided to use the cars for show and
exhibitions at the track. not long after three more cars surfaced and the
first racers reunion was organized and held
at Western Speedway
in 1978. After this successful event and interest it had generated, Norm
Ross and Dave decided
to form a club OTRA and see if enough cars
could materialize to set up exhibition races. The rest is History
The OTRA club was growing fast and car counts continuted to climb. We then
expanded our horizon and put on yearly tours to various Northwest
racetracks where the fan reception was overwhelming.
as far north as Prince George; as far south as Roseburg
as far east as Kalispell Montana In 1990
seven cars made the long
trek to race at Flamboro Speedway in Hamilton and the C.N.E. Stadium
in Toronto. The traveling
O.T.R.A. group also resulted in formation
of sister clubs in Roesburg and Spokane Washington.
To date, the O.T.R.A. is the longest continuously running class on
Island. The quality and number of cars plus the
consistently great shows ars something the membership should be
of and to work hard to maintain. As one of the "founding fathers"
and life time member of this organization, i am very
proud of the clubs
accomplishments and heritage. Keep up the good work and
togetherness-your professioalism shows.