MARKHAM, Ont. – The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the sixth member of the class of 2013. Don Haddow will be honoured at the Eighth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion, which takes place on November 2 at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Center in Mississauga, Ont.
Haddow credits his lifelong passion for motorsports to a childhood Christmas present from an aunt, “Thrills of the Speedway”. This led to a life-long love for riding and racing with much success.
At the age of 26, Haddow bought a new Triumph T100R and was rewarded with the 1957 Canadian championship in the expert class at Harewood Acres, near Jarvis, Ont. A few weeks later he placed second in the 25-lap final of the BEMC Indian Summer Trophy Races. These wins launched Don’s career.
Late in the 1961 season, Haddow rode Oscar Liebmann’s hand-built BMW Rennsport special at Harewood and narrowly beat Al Johnson on a Norton Manx to win the Indian Summer Trophy Race.
In 1962, Haddow received a first class award in the Canadian winter rally and competed in sports car hillclimbs in the legendary Jordan Special, a home-built car with alcohol-fuelled Vincent engine. It was invariably the fastest machine on the hill, regularly defeated Ludwig Heimrath in his Porsches and still holds the hill records at Hockley Valley and Rattlesnake Point.
This year, the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame will honour eight legends and champions. It will also be honouring The Corduroy Enduro™ as it celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2013.
The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion is the annual signature event of the Canadian International Motorcycle Heritage Museum Foundation, a non-profit association with charitable status. It is governed by an independent board of volunteer directors located from coast to coast and is sponsored in part by the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada (MCC).
Founded by Bar and Hedy Hodgson in 1999, the Canadian International Motorcycle Heritage Museum Foundation preserves and promotes Canadian motorcycle history for the benefit of the motorcycling community and the public. Since the first induction banquet in Toronto in 2006, almost 100 distinguished motorcyclists have been inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
For more information about the Eighth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion, contact Daniel H. Tessier at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (647) 920-1334.
For information about past inductees, historic motorcycle collections, event sponsorship, and tax-deductible donations, visit www.motorcyclehalloffame.ca.
–From the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada