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Easter Monday couldn’t have provided better weather for the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame’s annual charity track day at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. I was excited to join Canadian racing legends Bill Brack and Ludwig Heimrath on track, representing Wheels at the event at the helm of a stunning new Jaguar F-Type V8S roadster. 300 excited guests queued up to buy tickets to go for a ride in supercars like an Audi R8, Porsche 911 Turbo, along with Corvettes, a fleet of Scion FR-S and even an MG TC that once belonged to Hamilton driver Tommy Hoan, who began racing the tiny car in 1950. From 9 am until the end of the day, there was a line of Jaguar fans waiting for a fast tour of the historic circuit. 34 drivers came out to take part in the lapping day with a surprisingly high number of first time drivers. Gary Grant from the Toronto Star Wheels.

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Canadian Race Communications Association

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.

C. Alan Bunting

Inducted 2009

C.Alan Bunting was in the right place at the right time.

The man who designed Mosport Park, Canada’s premier road course, emigrated from England in 1956, and quickly became a member of the British Empire Motor Club.

His early interest in motor racing began in the 1930s with forays to Donington Park, the highlight of those treks the 1937 Grand Prix. After World War II he also attended and competed in events at Snetterton and Norfolk before the trip to Canada.

Bunting quickly took to the Canadian road racing scene, joining up with the British Empire Motor Club (BEMC) in 1956, and signed on with the BEMC group whose duty it was to find a suitable site to replace Harewood Acres.

With a strong background in track design from his experience in Europe, Bunting was the driving force behind the development of the new road circuit in the wilds of Southern Ontario just north of Bowmanville.

When the BEMC implemented its plan to replace Harewood Acres with a newer, larger facility, Bunting not only designed the 2.48-mile course, he relentlessly and untiringly spent time with local groups and racing enterprises in getting his design build and helping to raise the necessary funding.

Although there were some issues in building the track, by the spring of 1961 the surface was ready for paving. A club race was held soon after to make sure all was in readiness, and in June 1961 the track officially opened with the running of the Players 200, when the racing world first experienced this world-class facility as Sir Sterling Moss took the victory.

CANADIAN OWNERSHIP GROUP BUYS MOSPORT INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

TORONTO, June 1, 2011 /CNW/ – Canadian Motorsport Ventures Ltd., established by famed Canadian racer Ron Fellows, transportation industry leader, Alan Boughton, and real-estate developer Carlo Fidani, today announced the company’s purchase of Mosport International Raceway. Taking over from the Panoz Motor Sports Group, the new owners will build on Mosport’s storied history and respected reputation to create new and exciting opportunities for race fans, corporate partners and drivers on an international scale.

Recognized as Canada’s Home of Motorsports, Mosport is the country’s largest automotive performance and racing facility, and has hosted almost every class of road racing on its famed 3.96 km circuit, including Formula 1, IndyCar, sports cars, stock cars, endurance racing, motorcycles, motocross, showroom stock, historic vintage racers, “Big Rig” trucks and karts. Under the new leadership, Myles Brandt will continue to serve in his role as President and General Manager at the facility.

“We want to thank the Panoz Motor Sports Group for making Mosport what it is today – a world class racing venue that hosts some of North America’s best road racing series and a place of inspiration for generations of racers in Canada,” said Alan Boughton, Managing Partner, Canadian Motorsport Ventures, Ltd. “We are excited to pour our racing passion and business expertise into Mosport and look forward to working together with local government and tourism authorities to take this historic race facility to the next level in delivering the best excitement and entertainment motor racing has to offer.”
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