Column: Ontario Modifieds Rookie Robert Maebrae Swaps His Sled For A Racecar Ride
Column By: JIM CLARKE / MAEBRAE RACING – MILLBROOK, ONT – Whatever their previous skill set, racers are always looking for a comfort zone and an increased confidence level when making the transition to a different division or new motorsports series.
With a background that includes Thunder Car action in the early 90’s and 4 years of snowmobile ice oval racing with OSOR, Robert Maebrae is no stranger to living life on the edge.
The 51-year-old from Millbrook, Ontario – who works as an auto mechanic – recently made the move to open-wheeled asphalt racing with the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series. Even though his move to the new form of the sport was delayed by the cancellation of the 2020 OMRS season and an abbreviated schedule last year, the Crestwood Secondary School graduate says he’s havening fun in the racecar.
“I’m still learning about these cars and although it hasn’t happened yet, I’m looking forward to the day I can take that first checkered flag,” Robert Maebrae explained. “In 2019, I had a first place finish with the Super Mod 340 and Masters F500 sleds so I’m used to winning. Racing during the warm weather months is something brand new for me and its like going back to school.”
Other than the possibility of winning a race, Robert Maebrae says he hasn’t set any immediate or long-term goals. He’s only run a few races so far this season but each time, has been able to roll his equipment back onto the trailer at the end of the night without having to do too much work behind the scenes. He says whether he’s been running on the ice or the asphalt, that’s always a step in the right direction.
“We don’t have a lot of people working on the car so its good to keep everything in one-piece after a night at the track,” Robert Maebrae said. “My wife Tanis and I, along with our kids do most of the work in the garage and at the speedway. I have a great crew that helps me get the car back and forth to the track, with special thanks to Dave Taylor who helped finish the car for me. They leave the driving part to me. We’re lucky that we’ve been able to keep the car ready and running. The OMRS group has done a great job when it comes to the teams working together and keeping the costs of racing in-line.”
Robert Maebrae says he’s thankful to the sponsors who’ve stepped-up to the plate to keep his No. 57 machine ready for battle. The team is proudly supported by Moody’s Bar & Grill – Millbrook, Town & Country Property Commercial Maintenance Ltd. – Bailieboro, Personal Touch Catering, Red Raven Tattoos, Bell Paving, The Venue, Economy Wheels Nissan – Lindsay and Clement’s Body Shop – Cavan.