30 Oct CMHF 2017 Gala Induction Ceremony
The Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame added nine talented Canadians on Oct. 14, 2017, a gala induction ceremony held at the CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, with the new members coming from a wide variety of accomplishments.
Drs. Bouchard and Denis were inducted for their work as co-chief medical officer for the Canadian Grand Prix and the key role they played in advancing medical care as part of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) Medical Commission.
Terry Dale got the nod for his contributions through the Canadian Automobile Sport Clubs (Ontario Region) and his work as an official for more than 30 years in several different series including Indy Lights, and the Canadian Grand Prix.
Peter Lockhart was recognized for racing for 25 years in Canada and the U.S., winning in both open wheel and sports cars, before starting his own racing team and helped up-and-coming drivers such as Mark Wilkins and Kuno Wittmer.
David Mathers was this year’s most diverse inductee, winning races as a driver and team owner, acting as a technical official and race director, owning racing facilities, sponsoringd drivers, including Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame members Herbie Rogers, Gary Vessair, and David Whitlock, and calling the action as race announcer.
Major-General Lewis Mackenzie enters the Hall of Fame after being a championship winning driver and advocate in Canadian motorsport for more than four decades. Mackenzie also combined his military career and racing, helping to train two amputee Afghan veteran soldiers to compete in the 2010 Targa Newfoundland road race.
Chris Pfaff’s racing teams have included the who’s who of Canadian racing over the years, from Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame inductees Ron Fellows, Scott Goodyear, and Richard Spenard to rising stars such as Scott Hargrove, Kyle Marcelli, Daniel Morad, and Robert Wickens. He’s also won countless championships along the way.
John Powell began his racing career on ice and then turned to asphalt before establishing one of Canada’s most successful driver development centres training future stars like Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame inductees Scott Goodyear and Paul Tracy. He also helped to create and nurture some of this country’s most recognizable racing series, such as the Player’s GM Series.
Sid Priddle has been the public face of just about every major racing event in Canada, directing communications at the Canadian Grands Prix, including the first at Mosport in 1967, the Molson Indy Toronto, the Molson Indy Vancouver , and the Edmonton Indy. He is also the only Canadian to run communications for the U.S. Grand Prix, when it was held in Phoenix in 1988 and 1989.
The 2017 inductee in the International Category was the Legendary Motorcar Company, a world renowned restoration facility north of Toronto.
The night wasn’t just about the past. The future was also on display when stock car racer Cayden Lapcevich was presented with the 2017 Rising Star Award.
Lapcevich, of Grimsby, Ont., became the youngest driver to win a national racing title in Canadian history and NASCAR’s national champion when he took home the 2016 NASCAR Pinty’s Series Canadian stock car championship at the age of 16 years, 10 months and 16 days.
Veteran motorsport journalist Norris McDonald, also a member of the Hall of Fame himself, served as master of ceremonies