Doug Kennington

DJ Kennington crests the hill leading into Mosport’s Turn 2.

Inducted 2004

Independent, dedicated, versatile and determined. For more than 40 years, Doug Kennington has displayed those qualities at drag strips and oval tracks throughout Canada. Fuelled by a passion for motorsports and a single-minded determination to succeed on the road of his own choosing, Kennington has created a wide-reaching legacy that has left an indelible mark on the Canadian racing scene. It was Doug Kennington who convinced local businessman Bob Harvey to build St. Thomas Dragway and he became the driving force behind the new facility. As well as overseeing the operation, he was Technical Director and he also raced. With a young family and a growing business, Doug eventually backed away from St. Thomas. It wasn’t until young son DJ started in go-karts that Doug got involved in the sport again. Faced with the choice of going drag racing or oval racing, young DJ opted for stock cars. By all accounts, Doug was always a ‘MOPAR Man’, regardless of what he raced on the track. Although successful in a ’52 Olds, a sedan Willys and several other makes, Doug’s heart always belonged to one certain brand. The Kenningtons’ decision to race MOPARs on stock car ovals was anything but the easy route to take. But their perseverance paid off in spades. In 1996, powered by Doug Kennington-built MOPAR motors, DJ captured the CASCAR Sportsman track championship at Delaware Speedway, as well as his first CASCAR Super Series win. In the time since, they’ve been – more often than not – the top performing MOPAR Super Series team. The team’s level of respect is further evidenced by its long-running sponsorship support from Castrol Canada.

Image courtesy of Gary Grant.

Castrol North America

Inducted 1999

Few companies match the accomplishments in motorsport of Castrol North America. Their support of the sport has taken many forms – driver, rider and team sponsorships, series sponsorships, track sponsorships and product and contingency support. It has encompassed virtually every motorsport discipline from Formula 1 racing to motorcycles to rallying. Castrol is also the founding patron of the Canadian MotorSport Hall of Fame.

Craig Hill

Craig Hill in a Lotus 30 at Harewood Acres

Inducted 1996

In a driving career that spanned almost 40 years, Craig Hill raced and won in almost every type of racing car, from midgets and super-modified stock cars to sports cars and sophisticated open-wheel formula cars. He was Canadian Formula B champion in 1969 and ’70, driving a Formula Ford he modified to formula B spec. He co-drove with Ludwig Heimrath to win the Sundown Grand Prix in 1973 and 1974.

As advertising and promotions manager of Castrol Canada, he was instrumental in that company’s wide involvement in all forms of motorsport.

Bernie Fedderly

Inducted 1996

Currently Co-Crew Chief of John Force’s Castrol GTX AA fuel funny car, Bernie Fedderly is one of the most respected crew chiefs in drag racing. Fedderly’s Canadian career culminated in a top fuel victory by driver Terry Capp and the Canadian “wheeler dealer” team at the 1980 U.S. Nationals. From 1982 to 1992, he was crew chief for owner Larry Minor, winning championships with top fuel driver Gary Beck and funny car driver Ed McCulloch.