Gordie Bonin

Inducted 2000

Gordie Bonin, Ron Hodgson, Gordon Jenner; these three people could well make up what is arguably the most successful drag racing team in Canadian motorsport history.

Gordie Bonin, the driver, won 9 NHRA Funny Car national events, the AHRA Top Fuel World Championship in 1989 and numerous other runoffs. Gordie also served as the NHRA’s director of marketing for six years. After a short retirement, Gordie returned to action two years ago, competing in the FIA’s European Top Fuel category.

Ron Hodgson, the team member, ran Edmonton International Speedway from 1974 to 1979. He also fine-tuned dragsters that won 6 NHRA Funny Car national event victories, two AHRA Top Fuel World Championships and numerous other events. Ron today is associated with the top fuel dragster driven by Craig Smith out of Spokane. He also campaigns a sprint car with his youngest son, Jeff.

Gordon Jenner was, for years, associated with a number of drag racing teams, acting as crew chief. He joined the Bonin-Hodgson team for the first time in 1972 and was crew chief when many of the team’s victories were recorded. Gordon worked as crew chief on a team with driver Terry Capp in 1988 that won the NHRA’s World Championship. In 1989, he rejoined Bonin-Hodgson in time for the World Championship, which they won. True drag racers, they were quick to lend a helping hand to fellow competitors when the need arose and over the years they worked with Gary Beck and Ed McCullough, among others.


  1. John Perrin says:

    The recent passing of my dear friend 240 Gordie Bonin in Las Vegas has impacted my life and the lives of thousands of fans and friends. At The Celebration of Life held at Crossroads Church on Saturday Jan 4th many of his friends spoke about Gordie’s life. Ron Hodgson Gordon Jenner Geoff Goodwyn Gary Davis Gerry Paquette and his life long friend Rod Anderson paid tribute. Rod read some of the e mails sent in tribute including one from the guys overseas that were involved in the 1999 FIA events. Always in our hearts and maybe gone from our present but never forgotten. Race on old friend up in the heavens.

  2. John Perrin says:

    I guess it would be advisable to say that Gordie’s Celebration of Life was Held at Crossroads Church in his current home town of Red Deer Alberta

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