Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame - Inductees to The Class of 2013

Class of 2013
Back row: Lynne & Janet Munro, daughters of Stuart Munro; Wes Pierce; Dave Sehl; John Parker.
Front row: Don Haddow; Don Charters representing Corduroy Enduro, Holly Hatton, daughter of Ken Hatton; Peter Grant; Syrovy Zdeno.
The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame also honoured The Corduroy Enduro™ on the celebration of its 60th anniversary in 2013. The Corduroy Enduro™ annually attracts 150 to 200 riders from across Canada and many international competitors for a two-day event in Gooderham, Ontario.

George Pepper – Class of 2013

George Pepper was the pride of Belleville, Ont., and one of Canada's most naturally talented motorcycle racers of the prewar era. He was an exceptional rider with successes in Canada, the United States and England. With the outbreak of the Second World War he became a pilot in the Royal Air Force and was decorated for bravery before his life was cut short by a plane crash on a test flight in 1942. In 1936, George rocketed to fame when his home town hosted its first road race through the streets, the Canadian championship 200 held in … [Read more...]

Tony Miller – Class of 2013

Few motorcyclists made a greater mark in their time than Tony Miller, a dominant figure during his racing years and a vital influence on motorcycling long afterward. He was a fierce competitor, a keen enthusiast and a highly skilled technician who later played a key role in training licensed automobile mechanics and was a founding member of the Canadian Motorcycle Association. A native of Belgium, Tony emigrated to Canada and gained his first public acclaim in 1935 riding a self-tuned 500 cc Ariel Red Hunter in American Motorcycle … [Read more...]

George Pepper – Historical Inductee Class of 2013

George Pepper was the pride of Belleville, Ont., and one of Canada's most naturally talented motorcycle racers of the prewar era. He was an exceptional rider with successes in Canada, the United States and England. With the outbreak of the Second World War he became a pilot in the Royal Air Force and was decorated for bravery before his life was cut short by a plane crash on a test flight in 1942. George was born in Belleville in 1915 into a family with three brothers and three sisters, and at an early age he burst into motorcycling. Only 16 … [Read more...]

Tony Miller – Historical Inductee Class of 2013

Few motorcyclists made a greater mark in their time than Tony Miller, a dominant figure during his racing years and a vital influence on motorcycling long afterward. He was a fierce competitor, a keen enthusiast and a highly skilled technician who later played a key role in training licensed automobile mechanics and was a founding member of the Canadian Motorcycle Association. A native of Belgium, Tony emigrated to Canada and gained his first public acclaim in 1935 riding a self-tuned 500 cc Ariel Red Hunter in American Motorcycle … [Read more...]

Bill Petro – Bar and Hedy Hodgson Award Winner 2013

The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame recognizes Bill Petro's unique contribution with the 2013 Bar & Hedy Hodgson Award. Bill was born and raised in Canada’s Motor City, Windsor Ontario and in fact, he lived right across the street from Ford's test track with a banked mile oval, the greatest playground ever. Bitten by the photography bug as a teenager, Bill competed in and won high school photo contests. This prompted him to enroll in the Photography program at Conestoga College and after graduating he moved to Toronto to pursue a career … [Read more...]

Corduroy Enduro – Class of 2013

Rocks, trees, mud, wet leaves, fallen logs, steep hills—just add deep water and stir well. Continue for two days and you have the makings of a Canadian classic with an international reputation.  It's the formidable Corduroy Enduro, the toughest motorcycle event in Canada.Since its inception in 1953, the Cord has been a rite of passage for every aspiring off-road competitor. It began as the first two-day endurance run in Canada and after 60 years its September date remains a fixture on the competition calendar.The first Corduroy Enduro was … [Read more...]

Ken Hatton – Class of 2013

Straight up is the only way to travel if you're a hillclimber. Road racers and motocrossers can pick their lines; enduro riders can dodge a puddle and trials riders make a careful study of each section in advance. Not so in a hillclimb, which starts at the bottom, ends at the top and is timed to the hundredth of a second. Like drag racing, it's simple, elegant and deceptively difficult to do really well. Kenny Hatton knew the fast way to the top, proving time and again that he could build, tune and ride a hillclimb motorcycle better than his … [Read more...]

Dave Sehl – Class of 2013

For Dave Sehl it almost seemed predestined that he would become Canada's most successful competitor on the AMA grand national circuit of the early 1970s. He has motorcycle racing in his DNA. First in Canada as a privateer and then in the U.S. on the Harley-Davidson factory team, for a few shining years Dave Sehl ruled the half-mile dirt tracks like few others. Dave was a natural at motorcycle racing, and grew up in a family where twisting the throttle was a rite of passage. His father Wilf was a veteran of numerous forms of two-wheel … [Read more...]

Wesley Pierce – Class of 2013

Meeting Wes Pierce for the first time is an experience few are likely to forget. His social instincts, boisterous enthusiasm and often outrageous sense of humour make him an ambassador for motorcycling wherever he goes. Wes has been a stalwart member of the Welland County Motorcycle Club for more than half a century and the voice of racing at Welland County Speedway since it opened in 1970. Far and wide, anyone from the Niagara peninsula who travels will be asked whether they know Wes Pierce. For a young Wesley James Pierce looking for his … [Read more...]

John Parker – Class of 2013

Few racers can boast of a career in which they are riding against not just the children but the grandchildren of their former competitors, but John Parker is one. One of the winningest riders in Canadian dirt track history, he has been twisting the throttle for 47 years and counting. With five No. 1 plates, 21 national championships and 32 provincial championships, he's a bona fide living legend in Canadian racing.  John's also a perennial winner on his adopted home track at Medina, N.Y. John spends his work days in the motorcycle service … [Read more...]

Stuart Munro – Class of 2013

In this world there may be tens of thousands of motorcyclists who owe their lives to Stuart Munro, the recognized godfather of rider training in North America. Stuart was passionate and relentless in his campaign to introduce a comprehensive training program to the rapidly growing community of novice riders who were at risk of becoming accident statistics as the baby boom generation adopted motorcycling. Thanks to his initiative, classes that began in a parking lot in Ottawa in 1967 now have evolved and spread from coast to coast in Canada and … [Read more...]

Don Haddow – Class of 2013

Don Haddow credits his lifelong passion for motorsports to a childhood Christmas present from an aunt. “Thrills of the Speedway” was the title of the book, and his aunt seems to have anticipated Don's interests well. It recounted the exploits of early stars such as Louis Chiron, Tazio Nuvolari and Sir Malcolm Campbell. While the book has lapsed into obscurity, it kindled a need for speed that fuelled Don's later success on two wheels, four wheels and on skis. Growing up in Toronto, in the early postwar years Don began to hang around the shop … [Read more...]

Zdeno Syrovy – Class of 2013

Zdeno Syrovy burst into the headlines in Canada in 1969, a new force in motocross who had just recently arrived from his birthplace in what was then Czechoslovakia. “I landed in Toronto with four dollars in my pocket,” he once told an interviewer. “I didn't know anyone and didn't speak any English.” Over the next six months he attended language school and washed dishes for a dollar an hour. He was only 21 years old but already an experienced motorcyclist, motocross racer and army veteran. It was natural that his first motorcycle at age 15 … [Read more...]

Peter Grant – Class of 2013

Aversion to risk was never in the genes of Peter Grant, and it's not surprising that two-wheel motorsport eventually lured him on the rocky road to success. It all started at around age 6, after Peter's family had moved out from Toronto and ended up in the suburb of Woodbridge, Ont. A local kid had a go-kart and the two friends would tear around on it during the rare occasions when it could be made to run. Things stepped up a notch some years later when Peter's father bought him a Lil Indian, the archetypal '60s minibike with lawn-mower … [Read more...]