CMHF at the CIAS


Ten journalists were honoured in a gala dinner at the Canadian International Auto Show on Feb. 13 to mark their induction into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame.

The 10 journalists make up the who’s who of Canadian reporting on motorsport in this country:  Len Coates, Gerald Donaldson, Dave Franks, Graham Jones, Pierre Lecours, Dean McNulty, Tim Miller, Jeff Pappone, Dan Proudfoot, and Erik Tomas.

The evening was hosted by former Indy car racer turned NBC Sports Network colour commentator Townsend Bell and featured an appearance by 2012 Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame International Inductee Mario Andretti, who participated in the official ceremonies.  The Canadian International Auto Show also featured a display of some of the cars Andretti drive during his illustrious career.

“It was great — a classy event,” said 2012 Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame International Inductee Mario Andretti.

“I was glad to see journalists recognized.  The fact is clear:  We all contribute to the sport in different ways.  I read all the biographies of the inductees and everyone contributed to what the sport is today.”

“I was flattered to be asked to be part of that event.”

Six of the 10 inductees were able to attend the gala evening.  Coates and Jones are deceased and unfortunately Lecous was too ill to attend.  A storm on the evening of Feb. 12 prevented Pappone from attending.

Those who could attend spent the evening reminiscing and enjoying the spotlight.

“Honoured to be among those inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame,” Donaldson tweeted after the gala ended.

“Highlight of the night was featured guest speaker Mario Andretti whose natural charm enthralled one and all.”

The newly named members of the CMHF joined first journalist inducted, Norris McDonald, who entered the Hall in 2013.