Dick McDonell

Dick McDonell

Member Central Alberta Vintage Auto Club

Car nut since childhood.  Began sports car racing in 1965 and continued on, as much as finances would permit, until 1972.  Went back racing in 1990, this time in oval-track modifieds.  Raced six seasons and retired as Race City Calgary I.M.C.A. champion. 

Became interested in older cars and put together a 1978 Mercedes Benz 450SEL from two donor cars in 1998, then drove it down to the Pebble Beach festival in California in 1999.  Researched and wrote The Speediest Land Traveller - A History of Alberta Auto Racing.  It went to three printings and won an Independent Publisher Book Award in 2006.  Then built, from ground up, a 1971 Datsun 240Z (only took 12 years).  Now I'm working on the bare-frame restoration of a 1965 Grant King oval track sprint car, which hopefully won't take 12 years.

Lived in Red Deer since 1978.  Fully (sort of) retired as of May 1, 2021.  Married to Diane for 53 years, with two adult children.