YOUNG GUNS MEMORIAL WEEKEND
REMEMBERING BOBBIE WILSON AND DAYTON DERY
A special and emotional weekend at the Penticton Speedway. The event was introduced Victoria Day long weekend of 2009 to honour two young racing enthusiasts Bobbie Wilson and Dayton Dery.
The Bobbie Wilson Young Drivers Award will be awarded this weekend.
The $500 award is presented to an aspiring young driver by Donna Wilson, Bobbie's grandmother and Johnny Aantjes, track owner.
Track owner Johnny Aantjes speaks fondly of both boys. "My family, myself and the other drivers and everyone else at the track miss both these kids and its nice to be able to honour them with this weekend of racing." Wilson, who raced a Hornet car, and Dery - who had a Hit to Pass car - spent a lot their free time at the Speedway.
Bobbie was wise beyond his years and lived life as if it was his last day; every minute counted and was used. Bobbie loved anything with an engine from a very early age.
At ago 10 Bobbie attended his first car race at Penticton Speedway and found his passion in life. The best noise in the world was revving the engine and the smell of the rubber.
The Speedway was a big part of Bobbie's life and the people were his new found family. Within 2 years Bobbie learned the basics of repairs to his vehicles, driving skills , if he didn't know something he would search the internet, ask questions to the drivers at the race track who were more than willing to answer and help out. He tried to perfect the things he did, if he couldn't do it he would try over and over until he was satisfied with his achievment.
Bobbie's first official race car was a blue Honda, Bobbie and Dayton Dery, Bobbie's close friend worked on their engines together, prepairing their cars and painting them in the back yard of a neighbour's house making them perfect for the race throughout the winter. Rob Dery played a big role in Dayton and Bobbie's mechanical skills.