Paul Manson

Paul Manson co-drove with Fritz Hochreuter in the 1966 Shell 4000

Paul Manson co-drove with Fritz Hochreuter in the 1966 Shell 4000

Inducted 2011

When Paul Manson rolled his VW driving in only his second rally event in 1960, the Toronto resident decided he would make a better navigator than driver.

And thus began one of the most illustrious careers in Canadian rally history.

This winner of many national, regional and club rallys during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s competed in 80-plus events in the years of 1964, 1965, and 1967. His resume includes winning the Fidler Trophy in the Canadian National Rally Championship in 1967, the Wilson Trophy in 1964, 1965, and 1967, and four top-ten finishes in the prestigious Shell 4000 Rally in the 1960s.

The cars he competed in varied greatly, from Chevelles and VW 1500s in the Shell 4000 to national events in a Datsun 1300.

Not only did Manson compete in rallys, he was instrumental in their organization and marshalling. He was the National and Regional Rally Steward with the CASC in the 1960s and 1970s, and contributed to print and broadcast media on the Canadian rally scene during this time.

His passion took him outside of Canada from time to time, helping to score rallys in the United States in the 1990s. He also competed in the Total Rally in South Africa in 1974.

An accountant by trade, Manson believes this background was of benefit when working with the Heuer watches, the Curta calculators, the Tripmaster, and a large collection of topographical maps.

And as demonstrated by his winning record, Manson’s numbers added up.


Close to 300 Attend 18th Annual
Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame Gala

Close to 300 guests, the largest attendance in recent history , were on hand for the induction ceremonies of the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame’s 18th annual Hall of Fame Gala April 21, 2012 in Toronto.

Michael Andretti, who retired from active racing in 2003 to focus on team ownership and won 42 CART/Champ Car races in his 20-year racing career, including a record seven Toronto Indy victories was Inducted into the International Category along with seven Canadians.

The seven Canadians included : Dick Foley of Montreal, Quebec; Rudy Bartling of Courtrice, Ontario; Robin Edwardes, of L’Orignal, Ontario; Paul S Manson of Toronto, Ontario; Ben Docktor of Calgary, Alberta, Greg Sewart of Halifax, Nova Scotia and Norm Ellefson, who now lives in Spokane, Washington.

We are delighted to welcome Michael Andretti into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame,” said Dr. Hugh Scully, Chairman of the Canadian Motorsport Heritage Foundation. “Two years ago the Hall of Fame introduced an international category at our annual induction gala to formally recognize non-Canadians who had made significant contributions to motorsports in Canada.

Besides entertaining thousands of race fans with his on-track performances in Canada over the years and holding the record for the most wins at the Toronto Indy, Michael Andretti’s contribution to the promotion of motorsports in Canada and to the development of Canadian drivers, is well established. ”
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