In 1959 a group of car buffs formed a club for the pursuit of precision driving. The first meeting of this club had a mere handful of car enthusiasts present but their love of anything that furthered performance driving under controlled conditions has allowed the Oshawa Motor Sport Club to celebrate over 50 years.
The club has not changed much from its humble beginnings. OMSC is one of the oldest clubs in the GTA. While other clubs have changed their constitution over the years to reflect the members they attracted, OMSC has stayed true to the spirit of its founders.
Our club has always focused on our members as families. We have tried to tailor our events around past members such as the 50th Anniversary Dinner we held in 2009, as well as promoting the new families now getting involved. In fact it is not uncommon to see two and three generations at our meetings. OMSC has always been and will always be about the strength and experiences that our members bring to us. We very rarely advertise for new members and yet at every meeting we see a new face or three from word of mouth. Our annual membership has been as high as 300 in the golden years of amateur motorsport, but over the last five years it has remained strong at around the 100-125 mark. Some of the family oriented events include our famous lapping days, Summer family BBQ, Fall Corn Roast, December Awards Banquet, and our monthly meetings held the first Tuesday of the month, 7:30 pm at the Whitby Yacht Club.
The lapping days reflect our member’s desires to drive their cars on a racetrack at elevated speeds with the goal of becoming better, safer drivers. Car control, not recklessness is what we strive for. Everyone is welcome to come out and watch or learn how to become a better driver. A roadworthy car, a helmet, and the desire to have fun is the only pre-requisite. Some of our members have also taken this fun lapping day exercise to the next level. OMSC member Ian Law runs the Ian Law Car Control School. Both he and his staff teach drivers young and old how to become safer, more confident drivers.
OMSC has never subscribed to the “street racer” mentality. Perhaps that is why we have endured while others have come and gone. The Oshawa Motor Sport Club has always been a leader in the Canadian motor sports world. Drivers from our club have gone on to do very well in both the Canadian and American racing series. In fact, we have members involved in lapping, Regional Road Racing, Vintage Racing, SoloSprint/Time Attack, AutoSlalom, Rally, and Ice racing – something for everyone. It seems they just can’t get enough motor sports. I invite you to come out to any event we host, or our next monthly meeting at the Whitby Yacht Club. Please feel free to contact the Executive if you have any questions. Thank you for your interest in what may be the best group of people in motorsports.