A CANADIAN MOTORSPORTS HERITAGE FOUNDATION INITIATIVE
The Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame exists to honour and recognize the efforts, achievements and contributions that Canadians have made in the realm of Canadian Motorsports.
The Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame was officially opened in 1993, and began inducting honourable members in that year. The first set of inductee recognition panels was displayed in a special section at the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame at the Canadian National Exhibition grounds. The space permitted the display of only one vehicle. This first vehicle was the 1983 March Indycar of Jacques Villeneuve (Sr.) There soon was a need for a larger facility and the search began for a new home of what was to be a Motorsport museum.
In November of 1997, the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame moved to 777 Bay Street. The 7,500 square foot space offered more room and a better display environment for the museum’s exhibits and soon attracted a steady stream of motorsports enthusiasts.
From 2001 the CMHF moved through several temporary locations before deciding to focus on the original mission of honouring and recognizing Canadian contribution to the world of Motorsport.
The Hall now has a permanent home—accessible to all—on the internet. We will continue to build out this site to showcase truly Canadian stories in motorsport both within Canada and beyond our borders.
The Hall of Fame now has 171 inducted honourable members, who have been recognized for their accomplishments and contributions to Canadian motorsports. These men, women and companies have earned the privilege to be a part of the Hall. Categories for induction include: Competitors, Motorsport Builders, Team Members and Significant Contributors.
The CMHF hosts an annual black-tie induction dinner that has become a popular and important event to the Canadian Motorsport industry. In the past, it has hosted such auspicious guest speakers as John Surtees, Dan Gurney, Jacques Villeneuve, Andrew Craig, Ron Fellows, Don Panoz and Brock Yates. Recent dinners have been attended by nearly 300 people and have included a very successful silent auction. The dinner and auction are the primary fund raising activities of the Hall at this time. The CMHF is looking toward a future of outbound community initiates to help raise awareness of Canadian motorsports, and the CMHF website. The CMHF will also focus on funding and “virtual” asset collection that will allow the CMHF to broaden the scope of the collection and its marketing activities and reach.
The Canadian Motorsport Heritage Foundation operates as a not-for-profit charitable institution.