2016 Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame Induction a Sellout Success

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The five celebrated 2016 inductees into the Canadian Motorsport Hall Fame (CMHF) received their member medallions in front of a sellout crowd at Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Joining the five new individual members — rallying’s Antoine L’Estage, stock car driver Peter Gibbons, drag racing’s John Edgar Petrie, motorcycle racer Jordan Szoke and CASCAR champion David Whitlock — was 2016 International Inductee Multimatic Motorsports Inc. and inaugural CMHF Rising Star Award winner Lance Stroll, who appeared by video message.

“I want to thank everyone who made the 2016 edition one of the most successful ceremonies since we moved the gala to the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in 2013,” said CMHF chairman, Dr. Hugh Scully.

“Having such a great crowd and enthusiastic response to our gala underlines the huge support motorsport has in Canada and the quality of the talents this country has produced over the decades.”

The packed crowd at the 2016 Induction Ceremony presented by MAV TV and Lucas Oil mingled with the winners at a reception in the theatre lobby following the official presentations and bid on several items in a silent auction to benefit the CMHF.

“This year’s list of inductees underlines the many different forms of motorsport where Canadians have excelled,” said the Hall’s Chairman Dr. Hugh Scully.

“It is an honour for the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame to include these five new members who have not only found great success in their careers, but also thrilled countless fans over the years.”

The master of ceremonies for the induction was celebrated motorsport and automotive journalist Norris McDonald, who was also became the first reporter to be inducted into the hall in 2013.

“It is always an honour to led the induction ceremonies and introduce the accomplished Canadians who enter the hall every years, McDonald said.

“This year was particularly special, with an amazing crop of inductees being joined world-beating Multimatic which was recognized for its global success while flying the Canadian flag and one of Canada’s hottest young prospects, Lance Stroll, taking home Rising Star honours.”

The crowd boasted several hall members, including two time Formula Atlantic champion Bill Brack, 24 . Ralph Luciw , Roger Peart, Ross de St Croix , Paul Cooke Dr. Scully, Hours of Le Mans class winner Scott Maxwell, and accomplished racer and team owner Brian Stewart.

Gala starting time

CMHF Induction gala notice:

Doors open at 6:30, Silent auction and bar open.

Ceremonies start  at 7:30 p.m.

Motorsport innovator Multimatic to be inducted Into Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame

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Ford GT win at Le Mans and James Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 highlight its successes

 

TORONTO ( August 16, 2016) – A major player in motorsport that quietly supplies high performance technology to winners in just about every racing series around the world, Canada’s Multimatic Motorsports Inc., is this years’ Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame’s (CMHF) International Inductee.

The Markham, Ont., company played a lead role in Ford’s triumphant return to the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans this year, developing and producing the No. 68 Chip Ganassi Team USA Ford GT that Sébastien Bourdais, Joey Hand, and Dirk Müller drove to a class victory in June.

“When the Ford Motor Company needed a partner to develop its GT program for its return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it turned to Multimatic and went on to conquer the world,” said CMHF chairman Hugh Scully.

“But it’s not just Ford: Racers across the globe depend on Multimatic’s ingenuity and expertise to win races on all continents and in many different categories, including Formula One.”

Built using Canadian know-how and developed into a racing force through the experience of CMHF member Scott Maxwell of Toronto, the new Ford GT scored the GT LME Pro class win in its first entry at Le Mans. The win came exactly 50 years after the Ford GT40 Mark II driven by legends Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon took top honours in the 1966 edition of the famous race.

While the high-profile Ford GT program hogged the spotlight at Multimatic, the company’s involvement in racing spreads far and wide, with its carbon fibre components and suspension elements, such as Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers, being the product of choice for countless winners on all continents.

“Multimatic is a low-key company that usually works behind the scenes to help others find success, so basking in the spotlight isn’t something we do very often,” said Larry Holt, Multimatic vice-president of engineering.

“It is an enormous honour to be inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame, and it’s something we will share proudly with our employees worldwide.”

In addition to the Ford GT, Multimatic also produced the track-focused Aston Martin Vulcan, which interestingly is based on the Aston Martin One-77 it also built for the British auto maker. That partnership also saw it help create the Aston Martin DB10s used in the James Bond SPECTRE film.

The company also has a core business of supplying engineering and high-volume automotive components to manufacturers around the world, ranging from suspension and closure systems, to carbon fibre products and complex mechatronic devices.

Multimatic was also named Toronto Star’s Wheels Automotive Newsmaker of 2015.

The 2016 CMHF Induction Ceremony presented by MAV TV and Lucas Oil will be held on Oct. 22, 2016 at CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio in downtown Toronto. The Canadian inductees for 2016 are rally driver Antoine L’Estage, stock car racers Peter Gibbons and David Whitlock, and motorcycle racer Jordan Szoke and drag racer John Edgar Petrie.

 

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2016 Induction Ceremony Tickets Now Available

2016 tickets on sale

 

 

Tickets for the 2015 Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame’s Induction Ceremonies,  are now available. Come and rub shoulders with the stars on October 22nd, 2016 .
Show starts at 7:30 pm at the Glenn Gould Studio Theatre, 250 Front Street West, Toronto.
This year’s Canadian inductees are: Antoine L’Estage (numerous rally awards)) David Whitlock (three- time CASCAR Super Series National Champion) Peter Gibbons (2000 CASCAR National Champion) Jordan Szoke ( Most Superbike Victories in Canadian history), John Edgar Petrie (award winning Drace Racer).

 

Tickets are $85.00 and can be ordered online by clicking on the button below.


Alternatively, tickets can be ordered by mail by printing & completing the attached form and mailing it and a cheque to 510 – 35 Blake Street Barrie, ON, L4M 1J8 attention CMHF.
Click here to download/print form

For more information, call (705)737-5986.

Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame Reveals its Inductees for 2016

Inductee Antoine L'Estage hustles the Subaru Canada entry at the beginning of the 2015 Rally of the Tall Pines.

Inductee Antoine L’Estage hustles the Subaru Canada entry at the beginning of the 2015 Rally of the Tall Pines.


TORONTO (June 6, 2016) – The 2016 Canadian Motorsport Hall Fame (CMHF) inductees highlight this country’s success in various disciplines with accomplished competitors on two wheels and four who raced on dirt and asphalt becoming members this year.

Rallying’s Antoine L’Estage, stock car driver Peter Gibbons, drag racing’s John Edgar Petrie, motorcycle racer Jordan Szoke and CASCAR champion David Whitlock will be honoured in the 2016 Canadian Motorsport Hall Fame Induction Ceremony presented by MAV TV and Lucas Oil at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.’s Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto on Oct. 22, 2016.

“This year’s list of inductees underlines the many different forms of motorsport where Canadians have excelled,” said the Hall’s Chairman Dr. Hugh Scully.

“It is an honour for the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame to include these five new members who have not only found great success in their careers, but also thrilled countless fans over the years.”

A reception following the induction ceremony will allow fans to have an opportunity to meet the inductees as well as bid on a variety of racing-related items in the CHMF’s annual silent auction that will take place in the lobby of the theatre.

When it comes to rally races in North America, it takes a while to find one where Antoine L’Estage hasn’t been victorious. An eight-time Canadian Rally champion, seven-time North American Rally champion and the 2010 Rally America champion, the St-Jean-Sur-Le-Richelieu, Que., native has won a record-tying 43 Canadian Rally championship races and a staggering 48 overall in North America. In 2010, he became only the second competitor to win the Canadian, North American, and Rally America championships in the same year.

Two-time CASCAR Super Series Champion Peter Gibbons, of Stouffville, Ont., is the series all-time wins leader with 25 victories to his credit. In addition to his driving success, Gibbon’s reputation as a top engine builder earned him the nickname “Mr. Horsepower.” While his on track exploits were impressive, Gibbons also made his mark on the next generation of racers by supplying cars at a reasonable cost to young drivers to help them break into the sport and gain valuable experience.

A native Englishman who called Toronto home, drag racer and motorsport builder John Edgar Petrie began his love of the sport with a 1964 Plymouth Savoy and ended it in 1972 after going up against some of the great names in the sport, including Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins and Ronnie Sox. Along the way, he chalked up more than 180 wins in over 11 years, winning about two thirds of his career starts mostly in Pro Stock and Funny Car. Inducted into the Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2015, Petrie is slated to enter the MOPAR Hall of Fame in Carlisle Pennsylvania in July.
Look for a record in Canadian motorcycle racing and you’ll likely see the name Jordan Szoke at the top of the list. The Brantford, Ont., rider notched an unmatched 10th Canadian Superbike Championship last year in style by winning all seven races on the calendar, upping his record number of wins to 52. He showed no signs of slowing down this year after adding another victory in late May’s superbike season opener at Ontario’s Shannonville Motorsport Park. In addition to superbike excellence, Szoke also has 10 other national titles to his name, including five Pro Sportbike Championships and four National Observed Trails crowns.

A three time CASCAR champion and 1989 CASCAR Rookie of the Year, David Whitlock scored 19 wins and 12 poles is a 24-year career that made his Whitlock Motorsports one of the premier teams in Canadian racing. The Wyoming, Ont., owner-driver was the first to win back-to-back CASCAR titles and the first to take three national crowns. He was also active in his community, using his race team to raise the awareness of several issues including a Racing Against Drugs in conjunction with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and men’s health issues such as Prostate Cancer. In 2012, he became the first motorsport figure to be inducted into the Sarnia Lampton Sports Hall of Fame.

A limited number of tickets for the induction ceremony will be made available through the CMHF website (CMHF.ca). starting early July.

Photo credit: Gary Grant

Sir Jackie Stewart

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The Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame is proud to induct three time Formula 1 Champion Sir Jackie Stewart as the International Category honouree for 2015.

Stewart, 76, burst onto the Formula 1 scene in 1965 with BRM and immediately impressed with his speed and race craft. He took his maiden formula 1 win at the famed Monza Circuit and ended his rookie year third overall in World Championship points behind Formula 1 legends Jim Clark and Graham Hill. After two seasons with Matra that included his maiden title in 1969, Stewart moved to Tyrrell in 1970, where he stayed for the next four years. He retired in 1973 as reigning three-time World Champion.

“My great friend, the late professor Sid Watkins (CMHf class of 2011), and I worked together with Jackie, the foremost driver advocate, addressing all aspects of motorsport safety. We welcome him back to Canada for a most fitting honour,” said Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame Chairman Dr. Hugh Scully.

While famous for his racing prowess behind the wheel, many Canadians might recognize the animated Scot and his trademark tartan cap from his years of motorsport colour commentary on the us network ABC’s Wide World of Sports and later on Canadian Grand Prix broadcasts with the CBC and CTV.

“I am very proud,” Stewart said. “I raced in Canada for the first time in 1967 and I had happy times there. After racing, I came to Canada with ABC for commentary in Toronto (CART) and Montreal (Formula 1) and then I worked for CBC and CTV with Brian Williams.”

Fittingly, Stewart’s former Canadian Grand Prix broadcast partner will introduce his old friend at the October gala. Stewart will become the second British driver to be named to the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame since the International category was introduced, joining last year’s inductee Nigel Mansell.

In his nine formula 1 seasons, Stewart scored a total of 27 wins, 17 poles and 43 podiums in 99 starts. racing in Canada, Stewart scored back-to-back wins in the 1971 and 1972 Canadian Grands prix in a Tyrrell at Mosport International Raceway, now Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP). In 1971, Stewart arrived at CTMP as that year’s World Champion. He led 51 of 64 laps in a rain- and fog-shortened race. He lapped all but two cars in collecting his sixth win of 1971.

Stewart returned to CTMP in 1972, where he was faultless, winning another Canadian Grand Prix. Stewart also started from pole at CTMP in 1970 and scored points in two other Canadian races with a sixth in 1968 at Mont-Tremblant and a fifth at CTMP in 1973, which turned out to be his last start in Formula 1. Stewart withdrew from the 1973 season finale at Watkins Glen after teammate François Cevert died in an accident at the track.

Competing in an era where Formula 1 drivers often raced in multiple series, Stewart agreed to drive for the fledgling Carl Haas team in the 1971 Can-Am Championship.

Behind the wheel of a Lola T260, Stewart wrestled pole from the powerful McLaren team’s Denny Hulme and Peter Revson in his Can-Am debut at CTMP before a mechanical failure forced him to retire from the lead. Stewart won the next race at Mont-Tremblant, beating the two McLarens in a head-to-head battle and delivering Carl Haas’s maiden Can-Am victory. Tee Scotsman’s two triumphs that year helped him finish third overall in the standings behind champion Revson and runner-up Hulme.

While he was hard to beat on track, Stewart also worked tirelessly off it to improve safety for drivers and fans in an era where death was commonplace. In 11 years of racing in Formula 3, Formula 2 and Formula 1, Stewart watched 57 fellow competitors perish. The cold reality of the 1960s and 1970s was that a driver competing in F1 for five years was more likely to die than retire.

In the first Canadian Grand Prix in 1967 at Mosport, Stewart was the only driver in the field wearing seatbelts.

While many of his fellow Formula 1 drivers criticized his efforts as detracting from the gladiator image of the sport, Stewart pushed ahead with his reforms. His work in ensuring the proper medical staff and rescue equipment were on hand at Grands Prix undoubtedly helped save many lives.

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Ralph Luciw

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Luciw, of Regina, SK is honoured as a competitor, builder and significant contributor. It’s no stretch to say that hundreds of Canadian drivers got their start in racing because of Luciw, who founded the Honda-Michelin Challenge series in 1976. The low-cost series also brought many companies into racing as sponsors. Before he launched the series, Luciw raced in hill climbs and rallies, in addition to building and racing what was possibly Canada’s first Formula Vee car.

Luciw also worked the media relations desk at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, when it was known as Mosport International Raceway, promoting many series such as Can-Am, Formula 1, Formula Ford
and Rothman’s Porsche.

In 1987, the Canadian Automobile Sport Club honoured Luciw with the John Reid trophy for his outstanding contribution to motorsport.

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Don Thomson Jr.

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Thomson Jr., of Ayr, on, is honoured as a competitor, builder and team member. Thomson is arguably the best stock car racer and builder that Canada has ever produced, scoring five consecutive
CASCAR super series titles beginning in 2001, adding to the two consecutive Canadian Eastern Championships he won in 1999 and 2000. He was also the 1991 CASCAR rookie of the Year and was
twice voted most sportsmanlike driver by his peers.

In addition to driving, Thomson demonstrated his technical prowess by preparing the cars for his Fitzpatrick Motorsports team. His legacy also includes mentoring bright young talents such as Jr Fitzpatrick, who was Thomson’s teammate for his last five years of racing. Fittingly, Thomson won the inaugural NASCAR Canadian Tire series race in 2007. He retired in 2011 after two decades at the front.

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Alex Tagliani

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Tagliani, of Montreal, QC, is honoured as a competitor. Known simply as ‘Tag,’ he has come a long way since his introduction to motorsport at the age of ten on a trip to Italy. You name it – Tagliani has probably raced it and won in it. After winning ten championships as an amateur, Tagliani was one of the drivers chosen to be part of the Player’s driver program, joining the Player’s Formula Atlantic team in 1997.

He moved to Champ Car in 2000, making 203 career starts in Champ Car/IndyCar over 16 seasons. In 2009, Tagliani took home rookie of the Year honours at the Indianapolis 500 and two years later became the first Canadian to start on the pole in the “Greatest spectacle in racing.” He continues to compete at a high level, becoming the only driver in the history of the NASCAR Canadian Tire series to lap the field in June’s Leland Industries 300 at Sunset Speedway.

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John Chisholm

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Chisholm, of antigonish, ns, who passed away in 2014, is honoured as a competitor, builder and significant contributor. Chisholm loved stock car racing and Canada is better for it. Known as the man who put Maritime stock car racing on the map, Chisholm built riverside speedway, which opened in 1969, after an inspiring trip to Bristol Motor speedway. The half-kilometre riverside speedway soon became nova scotia’s version of the famed Tennessee bullring. He sold the track in 1989, but couldn’t stay away and bought it back in 2006. Chisholm then embarked on a massive upgrade of the facility.

An accomplished stock car racer, Chisholm tore up his and other Maritime tracks in the 1970s and was the first Maritime driver to start a NASCAR-sanctioned race. Later in life, he stood in the pit lane as his son Donald followed in his father’s footsteps on the asphalt of Riverside Speedway. He was inducted into the Maritime sports Hall of fame in 2008.

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