Dave S. Clark -
Welcome and thank you for visiting my website. My name is Dave S. Clark and I am a freelance writer, content creator and communications expert based in Edmonton, Alberta. I have clients all across Canada and I’ve written for more than 50 publications throughout the country.
When I’m not writing, I love to see the world. I’ve enjoyed traveling since a young age and at last count, I’ve been to more than 250 towns and cities in 34 countries. Looking back at all the photos and thinking about the many memories, it seems like I’ve travelled a lot. But reading travel magazines and looking at the map, I realize I’ve only just begun seeing the world. With every new destination that I experience, I add two or three more to my list.
I love adventure, but I wouldn’t say I’m an ‘adventure traveller.’ I’ve raced the most dangerous race track in the world (Nürburgring), hiked an unrestored section of the Great Wall and explored Death Valley in the blazing mid-summer heat.
I’ve also always loved cars, starting from when I was a kid with a huge Hot Wheels collection. I bought my first car when I was 15, and I’ve had 19 other cars in the years since. Currently, I own three cars: a 2000 Subaru Impreza, which is my daily driver that sees the occasional track duty, a 1969 Lotus Elan +2 that I’m restoring and a 1967 Volvo 122S that I’m building to be a vintage rally car. In June 2015, I drove the Volvo across Canada in a 5000-mile adventure. You can read more about the project at Canada5000.com.
In 2011, I built the 240sx race car with two friends to compete in the Chump Car series. We raced it in May of that year in two seven-hour events at the now-demolished Race City in Calgary. It was a great event and an excellent introduction into door-to-door racing. We placed in the top 10 in the first race then just missed the podium, settling for fourth in the second race, which earned us an invite to Nationals.
Currently, I’m restoring the Lotus, which will be a very extensive multi-year project. It’s a fibreglass-bodied grand tourer with a steel backbone chassis, which follows designer Colin Chapman’s mantra of performance through light weight. I bought the car disassembled and in many boxes in May 2012. The plan is to remove the body to refurbish the chassis, rebuild the 1600cc Lotus Twin Cam, then complete all the body work and re-assemble. The Elan +2 is pretty rare and there are only two others that I know of in Alberta. That makes parts rather hard to find. Fortunately, most parts are available through specialists, but they aren’t cheap.
I enjoy mixing my love of both cars and travel. When I travel, I like to find ‘car guy’ things to do, such as racing the Nürburgring, visiting the Ferrari, Lamborghini and Pagani factories and museums or just taking road trips. I write about all of my car-related travel adventures on my blog called TravelDriveRace.