John Chisholm


Inducted 2014 – Competitor- Significant Contributor – Stock Car Racing


Chisholm, of Antigonish, NS, who passed away in 2014, is honoured as a competitor, builder and significant contributor.  Chisholm loved stock car racing and Canada is better for it.  Known as the man who put Maritime stock car racing on the map, Chisholm built Riverside Speedway, which opened in 1969, after an inspiring trip to Bristol Motor Speedway.  The half-kilometre Riverside Speedway soon became Nova Scotia’s version of the famed Tennessee bullring.  He sold the track in 1989, but couldn’t stay away and bought it back in 2006.  Chisholm then embarked on a massive upgrade of the facility.


An accomplished stock car racer, Chisholm tore up his and other Maritime tracks in the 1970’s and was the first Maritime driver to start a NASCAR-sanctioned race.  Later in life, he stood in the pit lane as his son Donald followed in his father’s footsteps on the asphalt of Riverside Speedway.  He was inducted into the Maritime Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.