By Randy Spencer for OntarioOval.com – In this edition of Memory Lane, I take you back to the early days of Flamboro Speedway when Super Modifieds were the cars to watch. As today the Supers needed a push start to get going. A young Davey Jones and his brothers piled in the tow truck and were off to the race track with their dad. Dave’s dad was the original assistant flag man at Flamboro as well as supplying the tow trucks and push trucks at the track. Davey got to see some of the legends of the sport pushing off guys like Harvey Lennox, Andy Brown, Glen Schurr and Davey’s childhood hero Jack Greedy.
Back in the day you had to be 16 to enter the pits so once Davey reached that age he partnered with a good friend and former hobby driver Jack Hood and together they purchased a Diamond car, a weekly division that ran in the early 1970’s at Flamboro. Wayne Zess would drive the car for them. Right out of school Davey got a job working as a mechanic for the then well known racer Maurice Carter working at Maurice Carter Chev Olds.
Davey began his own racing career when he built his first hobby car for the 1976 O.A.R.C., now the Canadian Vintage Modifieds. Racing the #60, Davey picked up his first win in his rookie season. In 1977, together with brother Rick (#58) and cousin Paul Lewis (#59), they became a race team. (Rick by the way raced that year and got out of racing until 2010 when he returned to the CVM. He still races today in the #99 in honor of brother Davey.) Davey and Jack Hood teamed up for a few years building several hobby cars winning lots of races. For two seasons in the early 1980’s, Davey built a Street Stock and picked up several more checkered flags. He returned to the O.A.R.C. in 1982 for two more seasons and won many more races. In 1984, a new racing division called C.O.R.A. was formed and Davey joined the former president of the hobby club, Harry Nicholson and teamed up with a dozen or so other O.A.R.C. drivers to race the new club. The cars were similar to the hobby cars, one difference was a newer style body. Davey built and raced a Pinto and picked up several wins. The division however lasted only three seasons.
Davey once again returned to the O.A.R.C. for a short stint when cousin Paul Lewis and friend and a member of the CVM Hall of Fame Kevin Cantwell needed a driver for their hobby car. After installing his own engine, Davey got a win for Paul and Kevin. Davey’s race career spanned for over a decade. He built numerous race cars over the years and went to victory lane in every car he drove. Davey became a very good fabricator over the years and built everything himself. Davey’s last job was at Serv-A-Staion Maintenance in Dundas where he worked in the weld shop or was on the road building canopies for new gas station builds. Davey’s life came to an unexpected end in January 2003 when he died due to complications from a blood clot in his leg.
–Thanks to Davey’s brother Rick for all the information for this story as well as the great pictures. Make sure you stop by the pits and say hi to the #99 Rick Jones and see the tribute picture to his brother on the car.
Until next time, keep going fast and turning left and join me again next week for another trip down ‘Memory Lane’.