Ed Hakonson came down from South Porcupine to try his hand at drag racing in 1956 and then learned how to race on a track with corners at Pinecrest Speedway just outside of Toronto.
Striken with Polio as a child Ed didn’t let the disabling disease slow him down one bit.
With his Northern Ontario roots, he went snowmobile racing. His success in the 250-cc class was noted by the Arctic Cat snowmobile people, and he became the firm’s first factory-backed rider competing in Canada and the US.
Hakonson was also a founder of the Canadian Snowcross Racing Association. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he was involved with the Yamaha motorcycle racing effort in Canada.
About this time he started a racing-oriented clothing and apparel company, building it into one of the top suppliers of it type, with recognition throughout North America. Also in the early 1980s, he began to sponsor and mentor teams in the country-wide CASCAR Super Series for stock cars, fielding successful teams and drivers such as Peter Gibbons, Kelly Williams, and Dan Shirtliff to prominent racing careers.
His involvement with oval track racing as a team owner since 2001 continues to this day with the NASCAR Pinty’s series.