John Webster

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Inducted 2010

John’s name is synonymous with Boat Racing in Canada and throughout much of the USA. 2010 was the 60th anniversary of the Canadian Boating Federation (CBF). The CBF is Canada’s recognized sanctioning body by the World sanctioning body, the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) in Monaco. 2012 is the anniversary of the Toronto Outboard Racing Club (TORC), Canada’s oldest and largest sanctioned powerboat racing club. John has been a very influential member of both of these groups. He is the winningest powerboat driver in all of Canadian boat racing history. He has also stepped up and beyond that incredible achievement to volunteer and guide at the race level as an Official, club level as a President, and Canadian sanctioning body level as a Division Chairman. He also volunteers to work at every racing trade show display.

John is the longest standing member of TORC, he has been a member since it started in 1952 to this day. He may also be Canada’s longest CBF member being a steady member 58 of its 60 year history.

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Roger Peart

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Inducted 2010

While in school to become an engineer in the UK, Roger Peart’s involvement with motorsport began in 1949 when he worked as a racing mechanic. Moving to Canada, Peart began his own racing career as a rally driver, often behind the wheel of the Volvo factory team.

Moving to circuit racing in 1964, Roger Peart raced on tracks across North America, driving a variety of cars from Mini Coopers to Porsche 911, Formula Ford and several special sports racers.

In 1967, Peart became involved with the organizational end of the sport, acting as Chief Timekeeper, Chief Steward, Chief Scrutineer, Clerk of the Cource and Race Director at events across Canada. This would prove to be Peart’s primary role within the sport moving forward.

Having been Vice-President and then President of Canadian Automobile Sport Clubs (CASC), Peart became President of ASN Canada FIA, which is the governing body for motorsport in Canada under the FIA, the world governing body.

In 1978, Roger Peart designed the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, which remains home to the Canadian Grand Prix. As Clerk of the Course and Race Director for the first ten years that the Canadian GP has been held in Montreal, Peart continues to be the National Steward at the Canadian round of the Formula One World Championship.

Following the creation of the Canadian circuit, Peart became increasingly active in Formula 1 track safety. Peart has served on the FIA Circuits Commission, which is in charge of safety standards at all tracks that host international racing events, since 1978 and has stood as President since 1998.

Roger Peart is also a member of the FIA Safety Commission, which has overall responsibility for motorsport safety and of the FIA Open Cockpit Research Group. This is a “Think Tank” group which focuses on open cockpit safety issues.

Carroll Shelby

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Inducted 2009

The Foundation created a new International Category in 2010 year and former Le Mans 24-hour winner Carroll Shelby of California was the initial inductee under this new category.

“I was delighted last fall, when the Canadian Motorsport Heritage Foundation announced expansion of the Hall of Fame to include an International category to recognize people outside of Canada who helped develop and grow Canadian motor sport. It was no surprise to me that Carroll Shelby would be the first inductee.” said Paul Cooke, Comstock Racing Team Manager from 1963 to 1968.

“In the 1960’s, Carroll Shelby was hugely instrumental in helping Chuck Rathgeb’s Comstock Racing Team of Canadian drivers such as Ludwig Heimrath, Eppie Wietzes, George Eaton and Craig Fisher become household names as well as all being inducted to the Hall of Fame.”

Chuck Rathgeb forged a long-term relationship with Ford and Carroll Shelby and the Shelby organization worked directly with Comstock to field the Cobra 289, Cobra 427, King Cobra and Shelby Mustangs.

“History shows that the Comstock Racing Team was the most successful Canadian racing team ever seen at the time. The support given to Comstock under the direction of Carroll was invaluable,” concluded Cooke.

Shelby was inducted at a special gala to celebrate his lifetime achievements at the Canadian International Auto Show in February 2010.. The induction was done amidst 40 of the most significant cars that Shelby ever raced or built for others to race. Eppie Wietzes, one of the first Canadian inductees in the Hall of Fame, presented Shelby with his induction medallion while Paul Cooke presented him with a gold lapel pin.

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Jim O’Donnell

Inducted 2009

Wishing to create a brand identity for his financial firm, Jim O’Donnell took his love of auto racing and merged this love with his business acumen to provide a solid marketing tool in motorsports sponsorship.

O’Donnell worked with Ron and Rob Fellows in the Players GM Series, and then, with the MacKenzie Financial backing, entered into the world of Trans Am racing with Ron Fellows driving for the teams of Jack Roush and Tom Gloy.

Then O’Donnell ramped up his involvement with a foray into Indy car, promoting the MacKenzie name in major centers across North America.

The familiar blue and silver cars were part of the Dick Simon, Ron Hemelgarn, Doug Shearson, and Derrick Walker teams.

Driving the MacKenzie cars included Ludwig Heimrath Jr and then Scott Goodyear, who achieved the greatest success, winning two Indycar events, and placing second in the coveted Indy 500 by only the blink of an eye in the closest one-two Indy 500 finish in history.

Aside from winning on the track, O’Donnell was also a winner with his clients, providing hospitality at the races, successfully merging business and pleasure.

Doug Fairchild

Inducted 2009

One of the most influential behind-the-scenes personalities in Canadian auto racing, Doug Fairchild provided the insight, experience, and tires to many of this country’s racers, regardless of their discipline.

Fairchild started his career with Goodyear in the 1960s, and his skills were noted quickly as he became a member of Goodyear’s Formula One tire team. He then went to work as the Goodyear tire distributor for Roger Penske in the US.

In 1985 he returned to Canada, and set up Competition Tire Canada, Goodyear’s official race tire distributor in Canada.

Whether supplying racing rubber to road racers, stock car racers, or drag racers, Fairchild was always available during race weekends, helping and advising competitors across the country.

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Inducted 2009

While the drivers get all the attention, auto racing would not exist without the help and expertise of the behind-the-scenes groups, groups that organize races and provide all the logistics and safety aspects.

And road racing in Canada is fortunate indeed to have the Canadian Race Communications Association, formed in 1959 to initially provide marshalling services.

In 1960, with 125 members, the CRCA was a welcome part of road racing, and grew with the sport as it entered its modern-day era with the running of events at Mosport Park.

Throughout its 50-plus year history, the CRCA has provided timing, scoring, communications, safety, and fire fighting and rescue services for major Canadian road circuit events, including Formula One, Can-Am racing, karting, the Indy car race in Toronto, and major motorcycle events.

Without the services of the CRCA, racing would not be a safe, well-organized experience for competitors and fans alike.

Tony Novotny

Inducted 2007

Tony Novotny started his life in motorsport as a 16 year old fan and drag racer at St Thomas Drag Strip. His passion for the sport lead him to open a speed shop in Chatham. Over time this business expanded into race wheel manufacture and race tire sales. This lead to relationships with race tracks. In 1979 he purchased Delaware Speedway and embarked upon a career as track owner and race promoter.

The challenges he faced there prodded him to create standards for cars and competitors that raced on his track culminating in the formation in 1981 of the Canadian Association of Stock Car Auto Racing. Under Tony’s guidance CASCAR built the profile of stock car racing in Canada, raising the standards so sponsors would find value in Canadian racing scene. CASCAR’s success brought the attention of sponsors and in turn TV and a constantly growing fan base and CASCAR expanded into more tracks, road courses and across the country. Support and feeder series were built to ensure growth which has left CASCAR as the predominant racing series in Canada.

Tony Novotny has been recognized with the John Bassett Award which has in the past been awarded to Harvey Hudes, Paul Tracy, Scott Goodyear, Dr. Hugh Scully, Jacques Villenueve, Gilles Villenueve, Jim O’Donnell, Ludwig Heimrath and Greg Moore. Tony has also been recognized with the “Promoter of the Year” award by RPM at the Annual Race Promoters Workshop on Daytona Florida during Speedweek, which covers all race tracks in the USA and Canada!

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Alan Labrosse

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Inducted 2007

Alan Labrosse burst upon the Canadian motorcycle racing in 1980. Riding as an amateur, he won five Canadian championships that year. In 1981, racing as an expert, he won four national pro titles. Over the next four years, Alan won races in Canada and impressed in the AMA’s Pro Formula 2 Series. In 1985, he was Rookie of the Year in the AMA’s Formula 1 series, the top class in North America, capping the season with an impressive race win at Brainerd. In six years of motorcycle racing, some of Alan’s biggest battles had been with the economics of the sport. Seeing better prospects on four wheels, he jumped to the Canadian F2000 series for 1986. His debut was remarkable. Alan finished second in the overall standings and beat Paul Tracy for Rookie of the Year. He also won the F2000 title at the CASC Runoffs. At the end of the season, Alan’s team owner, Raymond David, offered him a chance to move to the business side of the sport. He accepted. Since then, Alan Labrosse has been an instructor, a racing circuit and racing school manager, the head of two national sanctioning bodies, a motorcycle magazine publisher, a race promoter, a team owner, track owner and the agent for Miguel DuHamel, Pascal Picotte, Patrick Carpentier, Alex Tagliani, and Andrew Ranger, some of Canada’s finest motorcycle and automobile racers. He has been a success in all of those roles.

As a racer and builder of the sport, Alan Labrosse has made, and continues to make, a remarkable contribution to Canadian motorsport on two wheels and four.

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Geoff Goodwin

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Inducted 2007

Born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Geoff moved to Edmonton in 1949 at age 12 and by 1952 was active in the fledgling hot rod and drag racing community.

A series of award winning hot rods and custom cars followed. In 1962 he campaigned his gas dragster a full season without defeat, winning the NHRA Inland Empire (Washington, Idaho) Edmonton and Alberta Championships. Geoff continued to dominate competition eliminator for over a decade in Western Canada and Eastern Washington.

Throughout his driving career, Geoff was involved in the growth and administration of the sport. In early 1960’s as President of Capital City Hot Rod Association, led that group back to solvency after a law suit threatened to bankrupt the club, effectively ending drag racing in Edmonton.

In 1967 he assisted in design of the then state-of-the art Edmonton International Speedway, sold shares in what was then a dream, invested personally, then managed and promoted the strip while continuing as President as CCHRA.

In 1990 Geoff re-answered the call for a much-needed facility, he invested personally and was instrumental in raising the funds to build Edmonton’s new Capital Raceway (now Castrol Raceway) and served as President and General Manager for the first 5 years.

As car owner Geoff continued to be active fielding Top Fuel Funny Cars, 360 Sprint cars, Junior Dragster (Championship) and recently Top Alcohol Funny Cars, garnering numerous track records, three AHRA World Finals and “Best Appearing Awards” at both IHRA and NHRA National Events.

His current team competes in the prestigious NHRA Lucas Oil Series finishing 6th in Division 6 in 2006 and 7th in 2007 in California’s highly competitive Division 7.

At the date of this induction, after devoting a proud 56 years to the sport, Geoff has no intentions of retiring.

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Jacques Dallaire

Inducted 2006

Daniel Marisi was born and raised in Saskatoon where, as a teenager, he gained considerable fame as an athlete (football, basketball, and wrestling). He got his master’s degree in phys-ed at Saskatchewan and then a PhD in educational psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the Department of Physical Education at McGill in 1971 and helped define the department’s curriculum in motor learning, sport psychology, and research methodology. Jacques Dallaire was born in Oshawa and spent most of his early teenage years at nearby Mosport Park. He got his master’s in exercise science at the University of Ottawa and his PhD in exercise psychology at the University of Alberta. He joined McGill, where he met Marisi, and in 1983 they co-founded the McGill Motor Sport Research Group. From ’83 through ’99, they guided the mental training of nearly 500 high-performance racers from 35 countries, including 60 Canadians (Ron Fellows, Miguel Duhamel, Patrick Carpentier, Greg Moore and Scott Goodyear, among them). They were founding members of the International Council of Motorsport Sciences and their understanding of the role of physical conditioning and cognitive function, the limits of the human body and the opportunity to improve contributed in many ways to the significant developments in driver safety seen in recent years. In 1999, Dan Marisi died and Jacques Dallaire was faced with some difficult choices. In the end, he remained true to the vision created by the two of them. Since then, Jacques has made many television appearances to talk about their work and numerous TV and magazine features have focused on the work of Marisi and Dallaire.

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