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About Powell RaceShop

The Powell RaceShop was born from generations of engineering, fabrication, car building and racing. Below is a brief historical look and background of what has made the Powell RaceShop what it is today. More on Devon Powell and Devon's Racing History...

Ted PowellFour Generations of Powells: Following a long line of Powells, Devon Powell is the fourth generation of Powell car builders. Unlike previous generations, Devon has a dedicated, full time, full service RaceShop and team focused primarily on constructing, developing and maintaining race cars, hot rods and performance cars.

Devon's great grand father was a doctor, in Birmingham, England. In his spare time, the good doctor repaired and repainted his Rolls Bentley Coupe, and actually built a Television - in 1951.

Devon's grandfather, Ted Powell (pictured above), was an electrical engineer, born in Quebec City, and served in the Royal Air Force as a Lancaster bomber navigator. Devon's grand dad raced a chain drive Frazer Nash in U.K. hill climbs. In 1957 he moved the family to Canada and returned to racing as a hobby.

Devon Powell KartsThe Canadian Racing Legacy: Ted Powell is a former Canadian national race champion. He lived in Ottawa and dominated Trans-Am racing across Canada in the “Under 2-litre” class racing Mini-Coopers. The Motorsport Club of Ottawa named its lifetime achievement award after Ted for his contributions and achievements to Canadian motorsports and they host the Ted Powell Memorial Race Weekend every year.

Devon’s father, John Powell, followed the same trail, but on a full time basis ice racing and road racing sedans, sports cars and formula cars. John Powell started the Powell Motorsport racing team in 1980, with drivers including Michael Andretti, Roger Penske Junior, Davy Jones, John Jones, R.K.Smith and Paul Tracy, among others, driving Powell team cars.

Devon Powell FirebirdThe Legacy Continues: Between 1980 and 1990 the Powell team won many races and titles, including three Canadian Pro Formula 2000 championships, the GM Motorsport series, and the inaugural SCCA World Challenge Championship.

Devon began racing karts which his father prepared. Devon won three Canadian National Junior titles, and raced to 3rd in the World Karting Association championship sprint kart FA category. Devon's last kart race was in Italy in 1996. After that Devon turned to racing cars where he continued on to win numerous championships in several different circuits.

Devon Powell CorvetteDevon won championships in a series of Camaro, Firebirds and Corvette racing cars, winning the Canadian Motorola Cup driver title in 1997, his first US pro race at Las Vegas in the Speedvision series, the US Motorola Cup in 1998 and 1999, and the Grand American Championship in 2001.

Devon attended General Motors ASEP Apprentice Technician Program at Centennial College in Toronto. After working at a GM dealership, Devon decided to learn race car fabrication, building a series of Firebirds and Corvettes at Wheel to Wheel in Detroit. By 2001 Devon was ready for more, and began building and preparing his own Grand Am Cup and Rolex GT Corvettes at the Powell RaceShop.

Devon Powell CobaltIn 2004, Devon built four CTS V race cars, and in 2005, ten Cobalt race cars, including the fearsome Time Attack Cobalt SS Supercharged, a commission from the GM Performance Division.

The Powell RaceShop has built two more Cobalt race cars for the Grand American Cup, and a series of modified hot rods and performance cars for various customers.

For additional information, see our Customer Rides and Powell RaceShop Links. Additional information can also be found on Devon's Racing History.