MARKHAM, Ont. – The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the fifth member of the class of 2013. Stuart Munro 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.
In this world there may be tens of thousands of motorcyclists who owe their lives to 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 throughout the United States.
While working as a vehicle safety advisor for Transport Canada, Stu enlisted the support of the Ottawa Carleton Safety Council to make training available to local riders through the late 1960s. In 1974, after much lobbying on Stu’s part, Transport Canada agreed to provide seed money of $750,000 for the Canada Safety Council to fund the development of a national rider training program. Known today as Gearing Up, the course is currently operated from coast to coast and trains 20,000 novice riders a year.
This year, eight legends and champions will be honoured as well as the 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