Street Rod Life

Club Spotlight: The East London Timing Association

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Canada’s favorite high octane club

By Mark “The Prez” Rogerson/Photos by Kenny Kroeker

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Known as the “Disciples of Speed,” the East London Timing Association (ELTA) is one of the most active, dedicated, and respected car groups in Canada. The ELTA, based out of London, Ontario, is made up of local members and chapters throughout the region. Since its inception, the ELTA has worked to preserve, promote, present, and protect hot rod and drag racing history.

The club enjoys a far-reaching reputation that has been earned through its willingness to travel significant distances to shows and events to promote the car culture. The club has been a regular attraction at the Detroit Autorama, as well as the Cleveland Piston Powered Auto- Rama Shows, the Hot Rod Drag Racing Reunion in Bakersfield, and the Jalopyrama Invitational in Maryland.

 

They also participated in the Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame event in Montreal. During the past 13 years, the ELTA has been known for their own events, such as Gathering of the Clubs, which pulls together car clubs from all over Ontario each May. There is also a Fall Mixer held in September in Strathroy, which is hosted in a 19th century blacksmith shop, and the season wraps up in October with their Black Shirts and Friends BBQ. Their flagship event, the ELTA Summer Bash, just took place in mid-August at their club shop.

This six-block street rod party draws in rare and historic cars from all across the country. This year, they had more than 40 vintage drag cars fired up, resulting in Canada’s largest cacklefest. The club also added the Big Go Summer Drags which was held at the near-by St. Thomas Dragway, where they drew in more than 200 vintage drag machines for an outstanding day at the races. Let’s get back to the club’s shop.

 

This clubhouse, known as Canada’s unofficial shrine to speed, is packed with all sorts of vintage drag racing and hot rodding items. It’s like a museum of Canadian horsepower with hundreds of collectibles, including racing coats, vintage hot rod photos, race motors, dragsters, custom cars, and more. The club is very proud of being a caretaker of southwestern Ontario’s rich hot rod and drag racing history.

 

They’ve helped raise the recognition of area racers and builders within the Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame and work to document hot rod history by producing books for the public. If you find yourself close to London, Ontario, you owe it to yourself to drop by the East London Timing Association’s club shop. They welcome street rodders in from all over the world and are happy to share the region’s drag racing roots and passion for hot rodding. For more information, search “Fans of ELTA” on Facebook.