Alice & Jim Fergusson

Inducted 2004

Jim Fergusson was a successful motorcycle, sports car and sedan racer, and rally driver. He was a team manager, crew chief, mechanic, race and rally organizer, official, sponsor and patron of the sport. He was also a racing car designer and constructor. He was introduced to motorsport by members of the British Empire Motor Club (BEMC) in the year it was founded, 1928. It was like introducing a duck to water. He was a barnstorming fairgrounds motorcycle racer and sometimes motorcycle road racer until he went off to war in 1939. Alice Fergusson was one of Canada’s pioneer women racing and rally drivers. She was also a race and rally organizer and editor of BEMC’s Small Torque, probably the oldest racing club publication in Canada and now an invaluable source for the history of motorsport in central Canada. On June 25, 1950, Jim was president of theBEMC when the club held a pair of sports car races at Edenvale, the first known sports car races in eastern Canada. Jim finished third in both events; Alice was 15th in the first and official scorer of the second. It was the beginning of many years of racing and rallying for Jim and Alice. They raced at Sebring, Watkins Glen, Harewood and other circuits. They rallied in club events, national events and competed in a variety of hillclimbs, ice races and economy runs. Jim designed a formula junior car; Alice built a Flathead Ford stock car motor that set a track record in 1952 at the CNE Speedway. Their last hurrah came in the early 1970s; they were the only Canadian competitors in the very first (and highly illegal) Cannonball Baker, Sea-to-Shining-Sea, Memorial Trophy Dash that was won by Brock Yates and Dan Gurney. Jim passed away in 1976 and Alice followed in 1997. Separately and together, Jim and Alice Fergusson made a remarkable contribution to the development of Canadian motorsport. Their efforts were purely voluntary. They did what they did for the love of the sport.

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  1. Sara Fergusson says:

    We named our daughter Alice Fergusson with respect for Alice Fergusson, Canada’s rally and racing driver, whom we read about.
    Our Alice’s grandfather, Ian Fergusson, was a well respected Australian formula two racing driver in his younger days.
    I enjoy reading about your Alice Fergusson to my Alice – an inspiring lady and role model.

  2. Alice I want to thank you for encouraging me when I started out in the car Buisness to stay strong, ignore ignorance and move forward without hesitation. It made me a hard working goal minded woman that can not be defeated by ignorance. I will never forget your words of wisdom when woman were shunned from the working mans world. You passed away too soon but would have been proud of whom I turned out to be in the automotive world due to you.

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