February 5, 2023

The Bob McCallum Scholarship


Wow! Demaras Racing finally made it onto the CASC website. The article CASC published is partly about our fundraiser at K1 Speed, but also about the Bob McCallum Scholarship that helped fund our No. 12 race car this season.

Bob McCallum was a dedicated motorsport enthusiast, Formula Ford racer, car constructor, race official, and was the longest standing President of the British Empire Motor Club (BEMC). An annual scholarship in his name was established to provide financial support to a young racer stepping up from karts to open-wheel cars (F1200, F1600, etc). This year, Daniel Demaras was one of the recipients of the Bob McCallum Scholarship, and that assistance made a BIG difference to the Demaras family’s racing budget, facilitating a full season of open-wheel racing.

Left to Right: Jason McCann, Randy Thuro and Bob McCallum

The Bob McCallum Scholarship objectives are to identify, encourage and foster new motorsport talent within Ontario. Drivers selected for the Scholarship will be offered a financial contribution to his efforts towards competing in a Ontario Region Championship series (F1200, F1600 or Formula Libre).

Eligible drivers must:

  • be aged under 23 at the start of the calendar year
  • be a resident of Ontario, Canada
  • be eligible for a CASC-OR Racing Competition License
  • be able to show proof of success in motorsport or karting
  • not have raced in a GT, Touring Car or Open wheel race car in the past
  • demonstrated excellent academic achievement

Previous years’ recipients of the Bob McCallum Scholarship include Jonathan Woolridge (F1600 – Brian Green Racing), Dylan McPherson (F1200 – Vallis Motor Sport), Conner Clubine (F1600 – Britain West Motorsport) and fellow Goodwood Kartways alumnus Jake Cowden (F1600 – Britain West Motorsport).



During our Melanoma Canada fundraiser, we took the opportunity to promote the CASC and amateur racing in Ontario. We distributed information about open-wheel and closed-wheel racing series sanctioned by the CASC, as well as the licensing requirements. The grand prize to the winning kart racer was the opportunity to drive the No.12 F1200 car, but the attention the event attracted may get new racers on the F1200 grid next year.

“…we want to say how helpful the Bob McCallum Scholarship was this year. We considered it our duty and obligation to help promote the CASC and amateur racing in Ontario, and hope that our event demonstrated what serious people we are…”

Chris “#16” Demaras, Demaras Racing


Thanks to Ted and Paul at the CASC, Phil at the FTDA, and Bill at VMS or making open-wheel racing a reality for us. Already looking forward to 2023!


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