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In 2006 we lost my Mom (Linda Green) to cancer. She, like the rest of the Green racing crew rarely missed a race on the Island, it was her favorite track!
She could often be found hanging out at the back of the trailer so as to not witness the antics of my Dad launching the old T-bucket off the line! Her nerves just couldn't take those sideways trips down the track! She always breathed a sigh of relief when Dad or Mark pulled safely back into their pit spots! She would be so proud to see how the Green Racing team has grown to include our Juniors, Rylie and Jensen and how Dad has a much straighter ride down the track now! Her last trip to the track Jensen was still in diapers and oversized ear protectors and Rylie was jacking up his plastic race car on Grampie Jim's car jack, just a sign of what was to come with those boys!
Mom saw the Green Racing team and our addiction to drag racing through portions of 4 decades! The 70's with a tent and the roadrunner , the 80's with four kids and the front engine dragster, the 90's with the T-bucket and a welcomed addition of a motorhome to house her team and into the 2000's with the addition of her Grandbabies who she knew would follow family tradition!
Cancer is a devastating disease and touches many families. Green Racing is very proud to be part of a racing community that comes together to support the efforts of the Canadian Cancer Society in hopes of someday finding a cure! We would like to sponsor a round in memory of her for the Pinks with a TWIST weekend. We miss her each and every time we head to a race track.
Norm, a man of many talents and remembered by many for his great, great memory and his sense of humour. No one could remember cars or car 1/4 mile times with the accuracy of Norm. He basically had a photographic memory. When he announced at the races, he could recite amazing historical and current facts about cars and the drivers.
He was a great man for jokes and stories in the race tower and could figure out car qualifying positions quicker than the computer. Norm provided us with information, race cars, street cars and knowledge about a lot of different things. I was leaving to drive from Las Vegas in 2004 and I was talking to norm on the phone from the Pink Flamingo. Norm proceeded to tell me the best route to take back to Canada, including what old cars and buildings I would see and where to make the appropriate turns and route to take.
Again, a man with information and the memory to go with it. A great friend - we miss you Norm.
Kevin Gallant, a young man who only lived a short life, left many great memories with a lot of people during his short time here. Not many people influence so many around them as Kevin did, by his actions, his participation and his willingness to help anyone and everyone. Sports were a big part of Kevin’s life which included friends and family whether it was softball, soccer, snowmobiles, curling or drag racing.
Kevin not only participated in all these sports but he also helped to coach others. That’s dedication! Special needs kids always looked forward to Kevin dropping by. He was a true friend, making sure that no one was teased , short on cash or just needed a hand. He was there. Obviously a young man aged well beyond his years.
Drag Racing was a sport where Kevin showed his talents, as well, with his family always there to help. He learned to race through the Junior Drag Racing program at Raceway Park where he raced with such competitors as his friend Brett Ramsay. Kevin later moved up to race with the big guys and did so in his easy to spot orange Monza. In 2012, at our first annual Pinks With a Twist race weekend in support of the Canadian Cancer Society, Kevin showed his talent by winning one of the two divisions. A great racer, helper and friend, his smile and presence will be greatly missed at Raceway Park.