CELEBRATION of SPEED 2016 Track Day at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

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TORONTO, JULY 25, 2016- The Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame (CMHF) is excited to announce the addition of the appearance of one of the classic racing cars of all time.

The now 100 % completely restored Comstock Racing Team team support car, a 1966 Ford GT40 will make an appearance at the CMHF “CELEBRATION of SPEED 2016” at Canadian

Tire Motorsport Park on the Mosport Grand Prix circuit on Monday, August 1, 2016.

Fully restored to pristine condition by the world-renowned professional restorers at Peter Klutt’s Legendary Motor Cars in Halton Hills, Ontario, the car will be on display and do a few laps of the

Mosport Grand Prix circuit.

In attendance with the car will be (L-R) Paul Cooke, Ryan Klutt, Peter Klutt and Eppie Wietzes. Paul was the manager of the Comstock Racing Team in the 1960s and Eppie was the principal driver.

“When Eppie and I viewed the car today at Legendary, it was like winding the clock back 50 years. What a great experience!” said Cooke.

Enthusiasts and the general public are welcome to join and are encouraged to go along for a “ride of their life” in some very exciting automobiles with some very well-known racing car drivers. Ride-Along tickets will be available at the track for a nominal cash donation of $25.00 for one session of 3 laps or $60 for 3 sessions of 3 laps each.

This event is open to the general public on a first come first served basis. Anyone and everyone over 10 years of age is welcomed and encouraged to participate in this rare and exciting

opportunity.

All proceeds from this event will go to help support the Canadian Motorsport Heritage Foundation which operates the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame, a charitable organization.

2016 Induction Ceremony Tickets Now Available

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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

Call for 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee Nominations

At a gala presentation in Toronto in the fall of each year, the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame honours Canadians who have made significant accomplishments and/or contributions to Canadian motorsport in many categories. Nominations are now closed. Thank you for being part of this prestigious nomination process.

 

The class of 2015

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The Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame presented by MAV TV and Luca Oil Products 2015 Induction Ceremonies honored the following Saturday night October 17th at the Glenn Gould Theatre the late John Chisholm , Ralph Luciw, Alex Tagliani , Don Thomson Jr and International Category Sir Jackie Stewart . Award Winning Sports TV Host Brian Williams accepted on behalf of Sir Jackie.

MAVTV Canada & Lucas Oil Products Team Up with Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame

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Toronto, Canada (September 22, 2015) — MAVTVMotorsports Network and Lucas Oil Products are proud to announce they have signed on to be the Presenting Sponsors for the 21st annual Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame (CMHF) Gala.

This year’s event will take place Saturday, October 17 at the Glenn Gould Theater in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) building in Toronto. Please visit www.cmhf.ca for more details.

“We are honored to be a part of this year’s CMHF ceremonies and to celebrate the wealth of world-class talent Canada has to offer in the motorsports industry,” commented Mike Garrow, General Manager of MAVTV Canada. “In addition, Sir Jackie Stewart—a famed Formula One driver—will be inducted into the CMHF International division. This further demonstrates the importance Canadian-hosted events have and will continue to play on the world motorsports stage.”

“As MAVTV prepares to bring its unparalleled line-up of exclusive motorsports racing programming into the Canadian market, we are honored to be a part of the 21st annual Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame Gala, recognizing the rich history of motorsports in Canada.  Like the CMHF, MAVTV and Lucas Oil are committed to all things motorsports,” said Bob Patison, president of MAVTV.

“We view this valuable partnership as major step forward in the continuing development of the CMHF, and we are delighted to welcome aboard both Lucas Oil Products, a global leader in high performance oils, fuel treatments and problem solving additives, and MAVTV, the destination for motorsports,” said Dr. Hugh Scully, chairman of the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame.  

The Canadian Inductees include stock car legend Don Thomson Jr., Indy Car and Canadian NASCAR series driver Alex Tagliani (the only Canadian to win the pole at the Indy 500), the late John Chisholm, motorsport builder and also a member of the Maritime Motorsport Hall of Fame, and Ralph Luciw, developer of the Honda Michelin series, racer as well as a dedicated manager of the CMHF for many years.  

The event includes theatre-style ceremonies and the post-ceremony reception, where inductees and other stars will be available for a meet-and-greet, as well as signing autographs.  Please visit  www.cmhf.ca for tickets and other details The Canadian Motorsport Heritage Foundation (CMHF) is a not-for-profit charitable institution with a mandate to honour and recognize those who have made significant contributions to the sport in Canada. The Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame operates under the umbrella of the Canadian Motorsport Heritage Foundation.

The CMHF is led by a Board of Directors comprised of internationally recognized business people and motorsport enthusiasts, and chaired by Dr. Hugh Scully.

MAVTV Canada is controlled by Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp.

For more details, please visit www.mavtv.ca, follow us on Twitter @MAVTVCA and Like Us on Facebook at Facebook.com/MAVTVCanada.

About Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp.

Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp. is a global leader in operating targeted specialty television channels on linear, digital and mobile platforms with offices and studios in New York, Toronto, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. In addition to MAVTV Canada (launching soon) in a partnership with Lucas Oil Products, Anthem’s portfolio includes Fantasy Sports Network (FNTSY), RotoExperts.com, a leader in fantasy sports content, DailyRoto.com, the most comprehensive and far-reaching daily fantasy sports website, and Fight Network, the world’s premier combat sports channel now broadcasting in the U.S., Canada and over 30 other countries. Anthem also has a significant ownership interest in Pursuit Channel, one of the top outdoor channels in the U.S. available in over 40 million homes, and it owns SportsGrid.com, a leader in general sports entertainment commentary. Anthem has also partnered with Lucas Oil Products to launch MAVTV Canada, a 24-hour destination channel for all things motorsports in the Canadian market.

About Lucas Oil Products
Lucas Oil Products, Inc., is the world leader in the production of high performance oils, fuel treatments and problem solving additives with the largest variety of shelf products of any oil company in the United States. Lucas Oil’s premium formulations are marketed worldwide and retail at more than 40,000 auto parts stores across the nation and at virtually every truck stop in America.

About MAVTV
Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive motorsports, that includes prestigious events such as the Chili Bowl, The AMA Pro Motocross series, the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup and NHRA Drag Racing. But MAVTV goes far beyond the national mainstream events and also covers multitudes of grassroots series’ from across the globe: Drag boats, sprint boats, drag racing, pro pulling, rally racing, drifting, dirt racing, ice racing and everything in between.

Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame announces four 2015 inductees

Alex Tagliani practices for the 2015 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race at Trois-Rivieres.

Alex Tagliani practices for the 2015 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race at Trois-Rivieres.

TORONTO (August 10, 2015) — Four accomplished Canadians will be honoured during the 21st Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame’s Induction Ceremonies at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.’s Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto on Oct. 17, 2015.

The 2015 Canadian inductees are: John Chisholm, Ralph Luciw, Alex Tagliani, and Don Thomson Jr. .They will join International Category inductee Sir Jackie Stewart on centre stage

“It will be an honour to add these four racing names to membership of the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame.” said the Hall’s Chairman Dr. Hugh Scully.

“Canadian motorsports has benefited greatly from their dedication and contributions over the years, and the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame will be richer once the 2015 nominees are officially inducted in October.”

The Class of 2015 will enter the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in an October ceremony immediately followed by a reception where the 2015 inductees, Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame members, fans, and celebrity guests will mingle. The Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame’s popular silent auction will also take place in the lobby of the theatre.

This year’s International Inductee announced in June, three-times Formula One World Champion Jackie Stewart, will also attend.

Tickets for the October induction ceremony will go on sale August 15th. Visit the CMHF website (CMHF.ca) for details.

Chisholm, of Antigonish, NS, who passed away in 2014, is honored as a competitor, builder, and significant contributor. There’s no doubt that Chisholm loved stock car racing and that 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 travelling visit the Bristol Motor Speedway. The one-third mile 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 and quickly 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-sanction race. Later in life, he stood in the pitlane as his son Donald followed in his father’s footsteps on the asphalt of the Riverside Speedway. He was inducted into the Maritime Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.

Luciw, of Regina, (now living in Uxbridge, On ) SK, is honored 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, Luwic raced in hill climbs and rallies, in addition to building and racing what was possibly Canada’s first Formula Vee.

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 One, 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.

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 10 on a trip to Italy. You name it, Tagliani has probably raced it, and likely stayed near the front most of the time too. After winning 10 championships as an amateur, Tagliani was one of the drivers chosen to be part of the Player’s driver program, joining its 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 Pres. by Johnsonville at Sunset Speedway.

Thomson Jr., of Ayr, ON, is honored 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, which he added to two consecutive Canadian Eastern Championships in 1999 and 2000. He was also 1991 CASCAR rookie of the Year and 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 J.R. 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.

Sir Jackie Stewart to be honoured by the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame

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Toronto (June 29, 2015) — The Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame will induct three-time Formula One World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart as the International Category honouree for 2015. The “Flying Scot” will be honoured during the 21st annual Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Oct. 17, at the Glenn Gould Theatre.

Stewart, 76, burst onto the Formula One scene in 1965 with BRM and immediately impressed with his speed and race craft. He took his maiden World Championship win at the famed Monza Circuit and ended his rookie year third overall in World Championship points behind Formula One 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 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 honor, “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 U.S. 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 about being this year’s international inductee. “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 One) 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.

The Canadian nominees to be inducted alongside Stewart will be announced in July.

In his nine Formula One seasons, Stewart scored a total of 27 Grand Prix wins, 17 poles and 43 podiums in 99 starts. Racing in Canada, Stewart scored back-to-back wins in the 1971 and 1972 Canadian Grand Prix in a Tyrrell at Mosport International Raceway, now Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. In 1971, Stewart arrived at Mosport as that year’s World Champion. He led 51 of 64 laps in a rain- and fog-shortened race to take a 38-second victory over Ronnie Peterson. He lapped all but two cars in collecting his sixth win of 1971.

Stewart returned to Mosport in “72 where he was faultless, winning another Canadian Grand Prix with a 48 second advantage over Peter Revson. Stewart also started from pole at Mosport in 1970 and scored points in two other Canadian Grand Prix with a sixth in 1968 at Mont-Tremblant and a fifth at Mosport in 1973, which turned out to be his last start Formula One. Stewart withdrew from the 1973 season finale at Watkins Glen, N.Y., after his teammate François Cevert died in a horrific accident on Saturday morning.

Competing in an era where Formula One 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 tempestuous and unreliable Lola T260, Stewart wrestled pole from the powerful McLaren Team and its drivers Denny Hulme and Peter Revson in his Can-Am debut at Mosport, 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. The Scotsman’s two triumphs that year helped him finish third overall in the points 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 F3, F2 and F1, Stewart watched 57 fellow competitors perish. The cold reality of the 1960s and 1970 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 seat belts. While many of his fellow Formula One 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.

Tickets will go on sale in mid- July through the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame’s website. Tickets are priced at $85.00 and include attendance at the Ceremonies and post induction reception.

 

Photo credit: Sutton Images via ESPN.

George Daszkowski: Passionate protector of the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame’s archives

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This tribute to George Daszkowski was written by CMHF inductee Norris McDonald and originally appeared online at the Toronto Star.

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Gary Grant reported in last Saturday’s Toronto Star Wheels the passing of Paul Bryan, a long-time volunteer marshal who was a friend and mentor to many of the marshals working to keep racers and racing safe these days.

Now the motorsport community has lost another giant with the news that George Daszkowski (above) died at the weekend following a lengthy battle with cancer.

When I think of George and racing, I think of passion. He was passionate about the past and the present. He was not too optimistic about the future, though, but we’ll come back to that.

The passion that I speak of centred around the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame, particularly the archives. Although he was a walking encyclopedia of racing knowledge, he believed strongly in the storing, filing and indexing/cross-referencing of photographs and documents in order to create and maintain a historical record of the sport.

“You watch,” he told me once when we met for dinner at Snug Harbour, a restaurant in his beloved Port Credit. “If the archives are not nurtured and preserved, they will be lost. People can say not to worry about it but if there isn’t constant attention, things can go missing. When something’s gone, that’s it: it’s gone.”

It bothered him that not all associated with the Hall shared his vision.

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CMHF Inductee Dale Armstrong passes

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Dale Armstrong, a highly-respected crew chief that helped drag racing legend Kenny Bernstein win five of his six NHRA championships and also had a successful driving career himself in the
1970s, has passed away at the age of 73.

Armstrong was inducted in to the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 1995

The NHRA reports that he was suffering from complications of sarcoidosis before his death on Friday at his home in California.

Armstrong won the 1975 NHRA Pro Comp title, and a year later claimed the IHRA title. He was also a multi-time winner in the sport’s most important race, the U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis (1974, 1975, 1977).

After closing his driving career in 1981, Armstrong became a crew chief for Bernstein’s Funny Car outfit in 1982. Eventually, the duo helped power one of the NHRA’s top dynasties as Bernstein’s Budweiser King won four consecutive Funny Car crowns from 1985-1988.
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