Inside Motorcycles veteran columnist Warren Thaxter to be Honoured by the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame this weekend
Inside Motorcycles is proud to share the news that Warren Thaxter, who has been a member of the IM team since the very first issue in 1998, is being inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame on Saturday, November 7. All of us at IM would like to congratulate Warren on a tremendous and well-deserved achievement!
Courtesy of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame:
The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the first member of the class of 2015. Warren Thaxter will be honoured at the Tenth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion, which takes place on November 7, 2015 at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel, 801 Dixon Road in Toronto, Ontario.
Very few men have had such a profound effect in growing the sport of off road motorcycling in Canada as Warren Thaxter. His influence runs deep touching almost every type of off road, trail and adventure riding currently happening in Ontario. Warren was constantly introducing ideas and concepts that were way ahead of their time and are only now being recognized as best practice.
His biggest contribution to the sport is as a builder. After 33 years in the automotive industry, Warren retired to become completely immersed in the motorcycle world. He envisioned a future of organized, paid trail rides in Ontario starting in 1987 with OCMC’s Algonquin 2-Day.
As the concept of organized trail riding caught on, Warren saw the need for a provincial organization to represent off road riders’ rights and along with several others, founded the Ontario Federation of Trail Riders (OFTR) in 1992. The OFTR Trail Ride Series was established and the OFTR continues to ensure off-road riders have access to some of the best riding areas in the world.
Warren was also was a founder of Offroad Ontario, a competition organization and he hosts a yearly cross country race in that series. He has been a regular columnist for Inside Motorcycles magazine since its inception. His writing has influenced countless Canadians who were either involved in the sport or riders who were considering it.
He has also served on the boards of the CMA, MCC, CMHOF and numerous clubs.
Tickets for the Tenth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion are now available at here.
The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion is the annual signature event of this 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 Motorcycle Hall of Fame 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, over 100 distinguished motorcyclists and organizations have been inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
For information about past inductees, historic motorcycle collections, membership, event sponsorship, and tax-deductible donations, please browse our website at www.canmoto.ca
Thursday, 05 November 2015 13:08 Published in Industry News
The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the date and location for the 10th annual Induction Banquet and Reunion. Save the date and join the party on November 7th, 2015 at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre in Toronto, Ontario.
This year the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is proud to induct 11 legends and champions from the annals of Canadian motorcycling. “This accomplished group of individuals has worked at a feverish pace over the years and achieved excellence in a wide range of competitive disciplines or have changed the world of motorcycling for the better in Canada,” noted Chair Michael Harwood. “My fellow Hall of Fame Directors and volunteers join me in welcoming the Class of 2015 to the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame and honouring them with the consideration and respect that they so rightly deserve.”
The 2015 inductees to the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame are:
* Mr. Jim Allen – Competitor – Road Racing
* Mr. Chris Evans – Competitor – Flat Tracker
* Mr. Al Johnson – Competitor – Road Racing
* Mr. John Kehoe – Competitor – Speedway
* Mr. George Morin – Competitor – Road Racing
* Mr. John Ranger – Competitor – Trials
* Mr. Albert Irwin – Contributor
* Mr. Jim & Mrs.Muriel Kelly – Contributor
* Mr. Warren Thaxter – Contributor
* Mr. Bob & Bryan Sparks – Historical
* Mr. Ted Sturgess – Historical
Early Bird Tickets for the Tenth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion are now available at www.canmoto.ca.
Founded by Bar and Hedy Hodgson in 1999, the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame preserves and promotes Canadian motorcycle history for the benefit of the motorcycling community and public. Sponsored in part by the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada (MCC), the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is a non-profit association with charitable status. It is governed by an independent board of volunteer directors representing every region of the country. Since the first induction banquet in Toronto in 2006, over 100 distinguished motorcyclists and organizations have been inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame. For information about past inductees, Membership to the Hall of Fame, historic motorcycle collections, event sponsorship, and tax-deductible donations, visit www.canmoto.ca.
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