Bill Adam

Bill Adam in the 1977 Trans Am race at Mosport

Inducted 2009

Bill Adam’s parents immigrated to Canada from Scotland when Bill was just a wee-laddy He remembers little of his early life in his birth country and considers himself a proud Canadian and has displayed mat pride at car races around me world.

Growing up in Oakville he took a keen early interest in cars- This was somewhat unusual since his parent had little or no interest in the automobile. Racing became his early obsession and he spent his allowance on all the motor magazines that were available in town at the local store. One day when his mother found him in his room reading the latest issue of Car and Driver-rather than doing schoolwork-his mother ripped up his magazine. An hour later Bill was seen riding his bicycle back to the variety store to get another copy so he could finish the article he was reading. A friend of the family was aware of the interest that Bill had in cars and was also a race Marshall, so he asked if he could take Bill to the first Players 200 at Mosport in June of 1961. For Bill it was an experience that he always will fondly remember and it alsohelped shape his destiny. Little did that kind Marshall know what his offer had in sparking a racing interest in young Adam? At that event Bill covered every inch of the pits and got a first-hand look at the vehicles that he only had previously read and dreamed about. He saw a red car being worked on in the pits and asked the mechanic if it was a Ferrari. Yes it’s a Ferrari kid came the reply. Bill got out his brownie and look a picture of the car. It took a few more allowances before he was able to get the film developed and then matched up the photos with the program. 1 was never so disappointed said Bill recently to find out the car was not a Ferrari but a Triumph Special. Why anyone would want to lie to a kid, he thought. During his racing career he has always made a special effort to spend time talking with kids.
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Ed Leavens

Ed Leavens in the Gorries Corvette at Harewood Acres in 1956

Inducted 1997

Ed Leavens of London, Ont., an extremely successful sports car racer from 1955 to 1962, also competed with Stirling Moss, Bruce McLaren and other notables of the day at Sebring for the BMC factory team in 1959, ’60 and ’61. In 1959, he helped set two land speed records for Austin Healey at Bonneville. He was factory driver for both BMC Canada and for Gorries Chevrolet (Corvettes), driving the latter to victory in the first race ever at Green Acres in 1957.

Image by John Wright via Registry of Corvette Race cars