Dave, a local Victorian, was introduced to the sport of Auto Racing by Eric Foster, former owner of a Fernwood Avenue garage.
He drove his first race in 1941 at the Langford Speedway. He started driving “street stocks” such as a 1936 Chrysler and later turned to the stripped down Sprint Cars.
As a plumber by trade, Dave got involved with the building of Western Speedway in 1953 by volunteering to do all the plumbing work.
In 1953, he was first in season points for both the Stock Car class and also the Big Car (Sprint) class.
He was again points champion for Stock Cars in 1954 as well as holding the track record and being voted as Popular Driver.
As the winner of the Gold Cup Race in 1955, the “Flying Plumber” also repeated as track champion.
In 1957, Dave was virtually unbeatable. On his way to becoming the track champion for the third time, he won the Gold Cup, the Roy White Memorial, the Six-Mile Perpetual Trophy, the Corby Cup (most Main Event wins) and the Championship Race.
1958 was almost a carbon copy of the previous year as Dave repeated as track champion, also winning the Corby Cup, the Roy White Memorial, the Championship Race and was the track record holder.
Dave won the Dick Willoughby Memorial Trophy in 1959 and finished the year in 5th place in the point standings.
After a brief retirement, Dave moved into Super Stock racing and traveled throughout the Northwest on a limited basis.