(MONTREAL, Que.) November 25, 2019 — For the fifth straight year, the Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame (CDRHF) recognized the significant contributions of a select group of Canadians considered by their peers to be legends in the world of competitive drag racing.
Among the 16 Canadian nominees from across Canada and the U.S. inducted this year are four world champions, and—for the first time since the CDRHF was founded—father and son nominees. To date, 116 Canadians have been inducted into the Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame, 15 of them posthumously.
“As in previous years, each of the individuals nominated has had considerable input into the sport of drag racing. Their influence is felt to this day and it is thanks in part to their impressive legacy that the sport enjoys the popularity it does,” says John Scotti, founder of the Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame. “It is indeed an honour to pay tribute to their outstanding accomplishments as we welcome these new legends into the Hall of Fame.”
The induction ceremony was held November 16, during the Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame’s Fifth Annual Induction Gala, held at the Sheraton Laval Hotel Convention Centre in Laval, Quebec. About 130 drag racing champions, drivers, crew chiefs, engine and chassis builders, mechanics, track owners, announcers, and graphic designers from across Canada and the United States were in attendance.
All inductees received the custom-tailored CDRHF blue blazer and an engraved custom-designed CDRHF ring. As is tradition, this year’s inductees were invited to sign the organization’s official Book of Honour, adding their signature alongside those of fellow inductees from previous years.
To be nominated, candidates must reside in or be an expatriate of Canada, have actively been engaged at the top level of their categories for more than 25 years and must have made a tangible or considerable contribution to the sport. Some categories may require that candidates have established a national record as an individual or as a member of a team (National Hot Rod Association, International Hot Rod Association, or American Hot Rod Association national record or national event win). Inductees may also come from other areas of the sport, such as photography and track operations.
Director, Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame
About the Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame: Located in Montreal, Que., the Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame was founded in 2014 by John Scotti, president of John Scotti Automotive Group, as a tribute to drag racing professionals in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro-Stock and Sportsman categories. The Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame, with new headquarters at 4475 Metropolitain Boulevard in Montreal’s east end, will soon open its museum to the public, allowing fans and participants alike to enjoy the many displays of drag racing paraphernalia—including race cars—donated by some of the sport’s biggest names.
About drag racing: Imagine sitting in a rocket that delivers 5 Gs, or a gravitational force of five times your body weight. Except there’s no pressurized cabin between you and all those Gs, and instead of space, you’re hurtling down a ¼ mile course at more than 332 miles an hour. Almost as old as the history of the automobile itself, drag racing began when we first discovered our thirst for speed. It is the fastest and quickest form of professional motorsport racing in the world today and its popularity continues to grow. Those who race have the courage to take control of a 10,000-horsepower machine and the expertise to compete side-by-side with another driver to cross the finish line in less than 3.680 seconds. For these, and many other reasons, we salute the extraordinary achievements of Canadians in drag racing, in the Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame.