Francis Bradley

Bradley behind the wheel of the Porsche RS60 at Watkins Glen in 1960

Inducted 1995

Sportswriters called Francis Bradley “Canada’s fastest bus driver”. Bradley, however, was not driving like a bus jockey in 1962 when he won the Canadian Driving Championship in a Lotus 19. Bradley started racing in 1955 and moved up very quickly from racing his own Volkswagen to sponsored rides, in the Eglinton / Caledonia Motors Porsche 550 Spyder and then the Miss Whiz Lola-Climax, the car he raced in the first Player’s 200 in 1961.

Image via BARC Boys


  1. A tribute to Francis’ driving skill, I was driving my TR3 along Eglinton Avenue at the detour when they were building the Don Valley Parkway, when I came upon a TTC bus taking the S’s of the detour and of course I was bent on taking the bus but was surprised to see this damn bus being drifted, yes drifted through the detour. On the other side of the detour I came along side the bus and low and behold it was Francis Bradley drifting that bus (there were no passengers on the bus). Was I impressed, you bet. He was a fantastic driver. I had the honour of driving with him on the race course in my NSU Sport Prinz as well as dicing with him on Eglinton Ave.

    Ron Ramsay

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