Back in the fifties, everyone knew the name of Buddy Ford in Canada. In his home town of Trois Rivières, he was the local hero, the man that every kid in the street wanted to be when he grew up. He was an outstanding performer in almost every aspect of Canadian motorcycling.
‘’Edward Buddy Ford’’ was 1954 Canadian National Champion in Road Race & earned many National Karting titles as well. Buddy was also the king of Dirt Track in Quebec. During his best years, he won the Trois Rivières Dirt Track and others on many occasions. He was very well known in the US and had a factory ride with Triumph motorcycles.
Buddy Sr raced all around Quebec, Ontario and the Eastern US, competed in the Daytona Beach 200 mile race on the Beach and also ran on the Speedway the first year it opened for motorcycles.
During son, Buddy Jr's career in motocross, dirt, ice and supermoto, Dad was his best sponsor and full time mechanic and there was never a race that Buddy Jr did not finish. As his son's mechanic he received the Mechanic of the Year title on the circuit.
In 1985, Senior helped Junior start as an event promoter. They worked night and day to put on the first of many shows. Recognized as one of the best in the business of promoting dirt bike events, the Fords continue trying to give back to the sport, a little piece of what they had.
The Chair of the Board and the Directors are pleased and honoured to welcome Buddy Ford Sr. to the Class of 2016
Tickets for the Eleventh Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion are 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.
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