My Team

I was fortunate in the day to have a group of dedicated mechanics and car builders that supported my efforts during my drag racing career from 1961 – 1972. Each individual contributed greatly to my success. I would like to personally thank each one of you for all of your contributions to my racing career and to my Super Car Clinics across Canada. You will always be remembered.


John Petrie
Roles: owner, driver, mechanic, car builder, performance advisor

Grace Petrie
Roles: business administrator, team administrator, travel and racing scheduling

Danny McLennan
Roles: crew chief, car builder associate, car maintenance

Gary McLennan
Roles: crew member, car builder associate, car maintenance assistant

Paul Eyman
Roles: public relations advisor, photographer, article writer, buisness advisor, re Super Car Clinics programs across canada

Dennis Warner
Roles: driver, mechanic, car builder associate, performance liason with John

Paul Paterson
Roles:crew member, car builder associate, car maintenance

Steve Pinn
Roles: crew member, car builder associate, car maintenance

Jim Gri
Roles: crew memeber, car maintenance

John Osbourne
Roles: engine machinest for 426 HEMI’s, specialized HEMI expert (way ahead of his time)

Kingsley Bruce
Roles: crew member (Canadian Highlander – Argyle Days), northern performance clinic

Frank Stormes
Roles: california connection

Pat Browne
Roles: crew member, car builder associate

Gordie Black
Roles: crew member, car maintenance assistant

Ron Rombough
Roles: general help

Jimmy Brown
Roles: general help

Nitro Nanny
Roles: loved to eat cigarette butts and labels off of cans, team mascot 1966 John Petries Canadian Highlander (The Goat)


9 Responses to My Team

  • Patrick Browne wrote on March 26, 2014 at 8:06 // Reply

    Thanks John for giving me my start in drag racing (1970) 44yrs. later I’m still at it working with Konrodz Racing TA/FC team. Still living the dream!

  • Grace wrote on April 15, 2014 at 11:43 // Reply

    plus….Kingsley Bruce, Frank Stormes in Calif. AND Nitro Nanny

    • allison bell wrote on April 15, 2014 at 7:19 // Reply

      Thank-you Grace for mentioning Kingsley “chum” Bruce he worked on the Canadian Highlander, during the Argyle days. Later he raced super/stock dodges….i worked and drove for him….

  • Bob Tindale wrote on April 15, 2014 at 8:52 // Reply

    John. It was great to see you at Drag Race Memories Apr. 13/14. Don’t disappear again. Your too important to the history of the sport.

  • Dan Trigiani wrote on June 24, 2014 at 6:32 // Reply

    its so great to see all my old connections to my past thank you all

  • Dan Trigiani wrote on June 24, 2014 at 6:37 // Reply

    Its because of these guys that I love Mopars to this day and was sorry to hear the passing of Dennis Warner. Dennis Warner used to let me come to the shop on Portland st in Etobicoke when I was eighteen years old and let me help with some stuff in the shop. I treasure those memmries, Thank you so much for this website

  • Dan Trigiani wrote on June 24, 2014 at 6:41 // Reply

    I still have my Hooker Header Decals from my attendance at Johns clinic in Toronto 1970

  • Wolfgang Kohrn wrote on October 22, 2014 at 1:27 // Reply

    A friend of mine Brian has a 1968 390 cui Mustang GTS (probably from Mainway), another friend Edward a Stallion sold by Mainway Ford in 67. Can you share any bits on those two cars or the performance cars sold during your presence there.

  • Frank Stormes wrote on April 16, 2018 at 4:17 // Reply

    LA Frank: We were togehter for two years from Irwindale, Orange County Lyons drag strip and back to Winter Nationals. Im not sutre what took me so long to find this site and get back to you but Im here .

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