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.