Dundas ON-Short track veteran Gary Elliott will team up with his son – 13-time Flamboro Late Model and
Vintage Modified champion David Elliott. They will chase the Flamboro Speedway weekly Pro
Late Model title in 2018. “This is something we’ve decided to do for my 50th anniversary. All
the pieces finally fell in place to make it a reality,” smiles Elliott. “David is without question one
of the best Pro Late Model drivers in Ontario, and I am so honored to be teaming with my son
this season, and run for the 2018 Pro Late Model Championship.”
The Ironman’ finished 8th in Flamboro Pro Late Model points last season, and believes that
adding the expertise of his multi-time champion son will propel his Quaker State-sponsored
effort into title contention. “I couldn’t be more confident in the package that David and I are in
the process of putting together for this season,” notes the Dundas ON native. “This division is
very strong competition wise and it will be exciting competing with the talent in this year’s field
of Pro Late Models”.
There won’t be many teams with as much combined experience as David and Gary – and that
may be the difference-maker for their team to grab the title in 2018. Furthermore, a Father-Son
pairing has never won a Flamboro Pro Late Model championship – and the Elliott’s are more
than ready to make history in 2018. David won the 2015 title and finished 2nd in 2016.
“Racing has been part of my life long before I started in 1969. I have always respected this
sport, my competitors, promoters and fans, and of course my own equipment. If there is a legacy
I want to leave is that I came to race, and never gave up. Being an ambassador for both my sport
and sponsors has always been a natural thing for me. Our team loves and tries to win but we
never miss the joy of racing because we didn’t win. Starting 20th and finishing in the top 5 or
better is so much like a victory. A feature win is great, but nothing compares to being a
Champion. I have been racing the same Late Model since 2005. We have never had an updated
Pro Late for many years, but hope to field a newer car for 2018”, says the former Canadian
Vintage Modified champion.
“I have had a great career, and very excited that I have the opportunity to compete in my 50th
consecutive season with my son chasing a title in the Flamboro Speedway Pro Late Model series.
39 feature wins, 40 seasons of perfect attendance, 800 consecutive starts are accomplishments I
am are proud of, but it sure would be special to win a title with David”
Having fun will be the most important aspect for the Elliott’s in 2018. This 50th consecutive full
season is a very special milestone for Gary’s career. He says “I thank my Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ for all I have and want to go down in history as a person that other racers, promoters and
fans looked up to, and to leave this legacy from the song “Three Wooden Crosses” by Randy
Travis…..“It’s not what you take when you leave this sport (world) behind you; it’s what you
leave behind you when you’re done (gone)”.