I’m sure that any of you racing drivers out there have had an individual or two who provided advice and/or technical expertise at one time or another that was indispensable and made a significant contribution to your successes. One of those individuals for me was John Dobbins.
Dobbins, as he was called by virtually everyone, arrived in Ontario from Ulster in the late fifties. He brought old country mechanical skills which were soon being called upon by local competitors always in need of practical, dedicated and virtually free talent. He contributed significantly to early Canadian racing by preparing cars for Grant Clark and a number of early stars. One such happy racer was Len Coates whose Sprite suddenly broke 3 (or was it 2?) minutes at Mosport with a Dobbins built engine that Len described to me once as, “the best little engine my Sprite ever had.”