Doug Duncan

Warren Coniam in 1983 aboard a Doug Duncan machine

Inducted 1996

Doug Duncan was Canada’s most innovative and successful race car builder. He built cars for Ted Hogan (super modifieds and stock cars, including the first tube-frame stock car in Canada), Warren Coniam (the super modified that won the 1987 Oswego Classic) and many top Canadian oval racers. He also built cars driven by Danny Shaw, Grant Clark and Peter Ryan for the fabled Comstock Racing Team.

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  1. Barry Flynn says:

    After Comstock, Duncan built cars for Joe Hlywka, The rear engine car for John Spencer. The roadster for Jimmy Winks, and Coniam’s #6. With exception for Conian’s & Wink’s car all were built in my shop for a total of 7 cars. And who might ask am I. Known as ‘Omar, Duncan’s partner and friend.
    He was a mechanical genius. We would start with a bare floor and work up. Presto! a race car….

    • Bob Winegar says:

      The Doug Duncan #23 super that he built for Joe Hylwcka allowed Joe to go from a struggling driver at the CNE to a Flamboro winner. I noted, however, that Joe was very careful with the new lightweight machine, which, although it was faster and cornered better, was perhaps more fragile than the typical super of that era. Popular Flamboro announcer ‘Dizzy’ Dean Murray (also a Canadian Motorsport Hall of Famer) ensured the fans – who filled the stands back then – knew that the genius behind Hylwcka’s new car was Doug Duncan.

  2. bobpayne says:

    Huge fan of Johnny Spencer. Omar Boat Tops. O.M.G.!!!

    • Barry Flynn says:

      Doug, Joe Hlywka,My brother Paul, John Spencer were crew to Dougs 1st Super Years which were built in our shop in Etobicoke and Barrie from 1965 to 1972. A mechanical genius. It was a pleasure to work with him particularly on the rear engine car. Little did we realize how far advanced some of the things on the car were at that time. We had front wings, side rads, rear wing when Jim Clark won Indy in ’72 in a Lotus cigar. Great years were had by all. Miss him.
      Omar

  3. Higgs Murphy says:

    Omar, I only new you by Doug’s stories ( Omar the Tent Maker) when I was an apprentice at Gorries Chev. I went on to build engines for John Cannon including the one which won the ’66 CanAm at Laguna Seca. I worked for Bartz Engine Debelopment in Van Nuys, California who supplied a good portion of the engines for. Can Am, Formula 5000 and Trans Am.
    Doug was a mentor in my early years.
    Nice to hear your name again.

    • Barry Flynn says:

      Doug came to me in 1963 after he quit Comstock Cars. Said we could build a super in Norm Morton’s garage, which we did. Ran it in 1964, sold it, then started another one in my shop in Etobicoke. Built 7 cars over a period of 7 years. Eventually a rear engine which won a feature at Oswego. We moved to Barrie in 1971 and had a parting of ways as it was too far to travel for Doug. He hooked up with John Fleming and built few cars in his garage. Then he fell off that derrick and busted him up pretty bad. Never returned to building cars. Our original driver was Joe Hlywka, then John Spencer who drove our rear engine and a subsequent roadster.
      John and I are all that;s left of the original crew.
      Press on regardless

      • Jack Darch says:

        AFTER NORM.MORTONS PASSING HDUNCAN OPERATED OUT OF MORTONS SHOP IN MARKHAM, IN THE MID 70’s, AT THAT TIMEDRIVERS INCLUDED SPENCER, AlBRITTAN (WHO RAN 2 IN THE 76 CLASSIC), WINKS AND CONIUM, AT LEAST 2 OR MORE OF THOSE CARS WERE BUILT AT MORTONS, AS THAT GARAGE ALSO HOUSED DAVE MORTONS CAR, YOUNGER BROTHER GARY HAD NOT STARTED RACING AS THIS POINT, WHO STILL HAS A COMPETATIVE SUPER MODIFIED

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