Few racers can boast of a career in which they are riding against not just the children but the grandchildren of their former competitors, but John Parker is one. One of the most successful riders in Canadian dirt track history, he has been twisting the throttle for 47 years and counting. With five No. 1 plates, 21 national championships and 32 provincial championships, he's a bona fide living legend in Canadian racing. John's also a perennial winner on his adopted home track at Medina, N.Y.
The year 1999 brought spectacular success. John turned 40 and also became the most dominant rider in Canadian dirt track history by winning 12 nationals of which 10 were in a row. He won the CMA No. 1 plate in dirt track, received the White Memorial Trophy, was CMA national champion in the 600 cc and open expert class, CMA provincial champion in both classes and CMRC national champion in both classes. At the end of the season he also married his long-time fiancée Dawn Van Roon.
John learned the love of motorsports from his father, also named John, who had raced cars in his native England.
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.
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-- From the MCC