DUNDAS, ON – Well-travelled journeyman Rodney Rutherford will tackle a brand new challenge in 2020.
After years spent competing in a multitude of different full-fendered divisions across Ontario, the personable veteran will take a leap of faith into the open wheel ranks with the Canadian Vintage Modified Series this Spring.
“This is a division that I’ve always wanted to be a part of,” explains Rutherford. “I grew up in the pits at Flamboro and the (Vintage Modifieds) have always been a huge part of the show there.”
“I think every kid at Flamboro has a love for how unique those cars are,” adds the Dundas, ON resident. “When the chance to pick one up and jump on the roster presented itself – I didn’t have to think twice.”
Rutherford’s family-owned team acquired a 1940 Hudson Coupe originally built by Ron Easton after an ill-fated commitment to the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series ended midway through the 2019 season when an incident at Jukasa Motor Speedway destroyed their lone chassis.
“We had to make a choice on where we were headed (in 2019) because when we destroyed our Hot Rod at Jukasa it put us right back at square one in a lot of ways,” offers Rutherford.
“The (Canadian) Vintage Modified Series is doing everything they can for this to be their rebuild year,” continues the second-generation racer. “Everyone involved with the club – from the board members, to the drivers, to the sponsors – wants this deal to succeed. They’re putting in 100-percent effort and it’s an exciting atmosphere to be a part of.”
While Rutherford will be a fresh face on a veteran-heavy roster, he’s entering his rookie campaign hoping to make a quick impression and contend for the series championship.
“We believe that if we can be consistent while we’re learning about this car, we can keep ourselves in contention for the points all season,” says Rutherford. “We just need to keep our mistakes to a minimum and get better every week. If we can stack up podiums all year long, I think we can absolutely be in the mix at the end of the year.”
Rodney Rutherford’s foray into Canadian Vintage Modified Series competition is made possible thanks to the support of Tru North Tire Distribution, MW Fabrication and Jays Auto.