Major Awards And Victories
- 1996: Olds Fair & Rodeo
The conclusion of the 2019 season saw Bob close out the year in impressive fashion posting 3 top ten runs in the final five days at the Century Downs World Finals. A third place run on the final day of the season was not only his best of the season, but also allowing him to capture the first of nine dash for cash heats at the Century Downs “WINNERS ZONE” final day.
In addition to racing with the WPCA, Bob also competed on the Central Chuckwagon Association (CCA) and the Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association (CPCA) circuits. He won the Olds Fair & Rodeo while competing on the WPCA’s Second Circuit in 1996, and was a two-time winner of the CPCA’s Safe drive award and was the CPCA’s Most Improved Driver in 2016. Bob began his career as a chuckwagon driver and outrider on the Central Chuckwagon Association in 1992, eventually making the move to the WPCA Pro Tour in 1995.
A second generation chuckwagon driver, Bob’s father Don Van Eaton drove chuckwagons professionally and competed at the Calgary Stampede between 1961 and 1973. An oilfield worker in the off season, Bob is the father of five children – Bobbi Jo, Coralynn, Franklin, Jaclynn, Jesse – and seven grandchildren. Bob and his fiancée Crystal make their home in Lacombe, Alberta.