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Cars: 1987 944 Turbo; 2005 911 Turbo S
Neil Dowdell was born in Toronto and now lives in the Ancaster area. Neil retired at 55 after a career that included working for both CIBC and the Royal Bank before joining Ford Motor Company as a financial analyst.
His love of cars began very early, with rides in his father’s Jaguar XK140 DHC. Later came an Allard J3R. Neil began racing in a much-modified Mini Cooper at Mosport and the old Harewood circuit. He progressed to a Camaro and travelled to more circuits around the area. Other rides included a oneoff in a Cobra and a Formula 5000.
Following a bad crash, and a with new wife, he quit racing and concentrated on raising a family. He has two wonderful sons: Christopher (a teacher) and Jon-David (a senior manager with Bell). Following a succession of cars, he bought a Porsche 944 Turbo, with the intent that it would be the winter car for their Florida home. It now resides up here, along with a 911 Turbo S.
Neil joined UCR some nine years ago, and has been active in fun runs, the club race and occasionally helping out at a DE event. Other interests include travel, his well-known gardens, along with three Great Danes and five cats.
As some members know, Neil is a cancer survivor along with now being bionic, with a double hip replacement. He intends to be an active UCR member for a long time.