Nine-year-old Danny Chisholm wants to help other kids. Chisholm raced his Bandolero-type car Aug. 1 at the Scotia Speedway to raise funds for Acadia University’s SMILE program.
Chisholm’s whole family was out July 31 for a barbecue event in Kentville prior to the race.
Dr. Roxanne Seaman, who directs the program, called the contribution of the Chisholm family “incredible.” She said the Lower Canard lad has had SMILE in his life for a number of years.
Seaman said Chisholm and her son, Harrison, like to participate with the differently-abled children in the SMILE program.
Chisholm goes to the racecourse with his dad, Scott. His fellow racers locally are two brothers, Joshua, 11, and Nathan Langille, eight, of Coldbrook. The two Langille boys were introduced to the sport by their grandfather.
Chisholm says he’s been racing for two years now and “it’s safe most of the time.”
He was very excited to visit a course in New Hampshire recently and meet some of his racing heros.
Joshua Langille says he loves racing too. He started about five years ago. The Bandolero drivers at the Scotia Speedway, he said, range in age from eight to 16.
“There’s one girl,” Langille added.
Bandolero car racing is a type of entry-level racing. According to Wikipedia, cars can reach in excess of 50 miles per hour, but do not accelerate very quickly.
The cars are built like miniature stock cars, with a tube frame and sheet metal cage. Drivers enter through the roof of the vehicle.