Jimmy Howard was a crowd favorite at the CNE stock car races. He drove with a fat stogie clenched in his teeth and his foot firmly on the gas pedal. He won back-to-back CNE stock car championships in 1957 and 1958. In his no. 38 yellow and black Dodges, he was always a regular at the Brantford, Ont., stock car track and frequently barnstormed around the province to other racetracks. He rarely left without a trophy or the winner’s share of the prize money.