It’s been a good season for Pitt Meadows race car driver Ray Stec.
The 54-year-old, who tests jet plane engine during the day, spends his weekends experimenting with a different type of speed.
Racing since 1980, Stec got a real taste of speed last weekend on the Mission Raceway.
Behind the wheel of his 1984 Royale RP37 – number 10 of only 17 cars of that model ever built – he won the championship title in the Sport 2000 racing circuit for the season.
Racing both days, Stec accumulated enough points during the 10-race season to earn himself the top honour on Sept. 15.
“It’s just another trophy to add to the trophy case, and the satisfaction of doing well,” Stec told The TIMES.
He works as a quality assurance inspector for the aviation industry in Richmond during the week, and shares his hobby of racing with his family in his spare time.
That includes his twin brother – Roland (15 minutes his senior) who races the same car. But asked if it was a joint victory, Stec said he shares the car but not this latest title. That, he said, was all his.
And while sharing the Royale with his older brother, Stec said the two are contemplating pulling a Datsun 510 “out of mothballs” and getting it ready for racing.
“We might try to resurrect it this winter, in time for next season. We’ll see what happens,” Stec said.
His wife Pamela also shares Stec love for speed. In fact, she’s a former race car driver herself. They met at the old Westwood racetrack in Coquitlam years ago.
And now, they share their passion for speed with another generation of the family. Their son Burton Reynolds is also races cars at Mission.
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