Inaugural inductees were Don Biederman, Ray Gowan, Jack Greedy, Jr. Hanley, Jimmy Howard, Harvey Lennox, Bill Lyons, Earl Ross, Glen Schurr, Randy Slack, Sam Snider, Ken Stenhouse Sr. and the top fan ballot vote getter Earl Stroh. Great to see everyone represented at the banquet, made it that much more gratifying for me. Great also to see the living members of the Hall sitting at the table with dozens of people lining up for autographs and photos.
I personally want to thank all those who helped with the Hall of Fame project. First of all John, Frank and Frankie Casale for helping with the plaques and making it possible to honor the 13 inductees. Mike Schmidt of London Recreational, who this project wouldn’t have been possible. Mike helped get things going with the logo, the website and sponsored the plaques and my apologies he was not mentioned at the banquet. Dave Franks for the plaques he had made and donated a huge plaque which was used for a silent auction and raised $1600 for the Hall of Fame. John Karley from Georgetown Printing designed the Hall of Fame program and John Greedy of Jack Greedy Construction for his donation to the scrapbook project. A big thanks to my daughter Larissa who spent countless hours tabulating all the votes and typed all the confirmation letters, among so many other things that really helped out. Finally to Rick Sharples for the great calendars, and to Rick Schurr and Earl Stroh for your donation/loans of trophies and more to the Museum.
I have over 250 different Flamboro Speedway programs in the "Museum/Archives" and there are lots out there I still don't have so if you have any please contact me. Also looking for anything Flamboro Speedway related as I prepare the huge scrapbook collection and build the displays that will be in showcases at the track next season.
The following is a list of the 13 nominees that have been voted into the Flamboro Stadium and Speedway Hall of Fame. Thanks to Larissa Spencer for all the work and for compiling all the results into the following table and chart. The official induction ceremony takes place Saturday, January 26th, 2013 at the Waterdown Royal Canadian Legion Branch 551, Hamilton Street North in Waterdown Ontario. All inductees will receive complimentary tickets for themselves and a guest and will be contacted in the very near future with details.
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I am currently putting together a scrapbook series of every year, that's right all 50 plus this year, with stories and photos of Flamboro Speedway. Working on having full results and race results, point standings and driver lists. If you have anything that you feel can help me out, please contact me as I do have some holes to fill in my vast collection of old racing newspapers, magazines and programs from the track.
Flamboro Speedway in Millgrove, Ontario has a longstanding tradition in short track Stock Car Racing in Ontario. Some of the greatest names in the history of our sport have come through Flamboro over the years and it has been a place where many racers have started their careers. Well known for some of the greatest names, characters, battles has given Flamboro the distinction of one of the longest and richest racing histories in Ontario. Entering out 51st year in 2012, these achievements bring with them recognition and make Flamboro one of the premier race venues in the province. It is my purpose to honor those individuals who have made outstanding contributions and helped make Flamboro Speedway the greatest racing venue in Ontario by forming the Flamboro Stadium and Speedway Hall of Fame and Museum.
Celebrating and recognizing the achievements of all those who have supported and made Flamboro Speedway what it is today is long overdue. Currently a Memorial Trophy honors those who have passed. This new project will be one more way to draw new and old fans to the track and celebrate the heroes of yesterday and teaching the young and up and coming racers and fans is important in the progression of the track for the future. Media will be kept informed of events and is my plan to have and promote special events such as old timers races, reunions and displays including photos, old newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, old programs, and personal items such as driver trophies, race suits, helmets and even old race cars on display.
Something that has worked at other tracks and is very popular has been the Old Timers races and events that bring back the stars of the past, many who are undoubtedly heroes to today's racers and fans that have been attending Flamboro Speedway for many years. A Hall of Fame night or specially sponsored nights that racers of the past can be invited back similar to Memorial Night in 2011, are a great way to encourage those to return and enjoy where they once raced. I have been working at a scrapbook project and I estimate it will include stories and pictures that will number 5,000 + pages. I have hundreds of old programs and tens of thousand of photos and scanned images from the past 50 years. I've also been working on putting together a list of every track champion for the past 50 years as well as the winners of each and every race since the track has opened.
Any donations would be greatly appreciated and will be displayed at the track for fans to view on a regular basis. Your items can be returned if desired, please contact Randy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.