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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


BMW Motorrad Canada sponsors 10th Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion

Toronto ON – October 2nd, 2015 – The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is proud to announce BMW Motorrad Canada as a sponsor for the 10th Annual Induction Banquet and Reunion which takes place November 7th, 2015 at the Sheraton Airport Conference Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

“BMW Motorrad Canada is a very proud sponsor of the CMHF. It is important to recognize our Canadian motorcycle heritage as it has a long history of milestones and successes,” said director Norm Wells of BMW Canada. “We congratulate all the 2015 inductees and look forward to many more years of partnership with the CMHF and the outstanding team that makes it happen every year.

“The board of the Hall of Fame is extremely pleased to welcome back BMW Motorrad Canada to this event,” said Mike Harwood, Chair of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame. “We have deeply appreciated their support over the past ten years.”

Tickets for our 10th anniversary event are available, with a complete schedule of the activities taking place on November 7th at http://canmoto.ca/banquet-and-reunion/

11 legends and champions will be honoured at the Tenth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion.

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, historic motorcycle collections, event sponsorship, silent auction and tax-deductible donations, visit www.canmoto.ca.

Friday, 30 October 2015 09:56 Published in Industry News


Date and location announced for Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame induction banquet

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.

Monday, 13 July 2015 10:55 Published in Industry News


Nominations Open for the 2015 Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame

With the 2015 Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame induction ceremony and banquet confirmed for Toronto, Ontario in 2015, the nominations are now open for new inductees. Nominations can include motorcyclists from any discipline, as well as industry partners, clubs, organizations and individuals of special merit and qualifications who have served or who merit distinction in the Canadian motorcycling community.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 16:58 Published in Industry News


Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame 2014 inductees announced!

The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame has announced its inductees to be honoured at the 2014 Induction Ceremony & Banquet, held in Edmonton on September 27. The ceremony has been expanded into a 'Motorcycle Memories Weekend' this year, a celebration that, according to the CMHOF, "will preserve motorcycle history and showcase the sport of motorcycling in Edmonton."

Friday, 25 July 2014 12:30 Published in Industry News


2013 Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Ceremony - Huge Photo Report!

The 2013 Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion was held on Saturday, November 2 at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Centre in Mississauga, ON. A total of 10 people and one event were inducted into the Hall of Fame, with the flat track community really having a celebratory night. Don Hatton, John Parker, Dave Sehl and Peter Grant were all stars of the dirt in their day (Parker still races), while Niagara Motorcycle Raceway announcer Wes Pierce was also inducted for his career as announcer at the legendary quarter-mile dirt track.

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 10:11 Published in Industry News


John Parker to be inducted into Hall of Fame

The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the second member of the class of 2013. John Parker will be honoured at the Eighth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion, which takes place on November 2, 2013 at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. 

Thursday, 26 September 2013 15:14 Published in News


Peter Grant to be honoured by the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame

The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the first member of the class of 2013. Peter Grant will be honoured at the Eighth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion, which takes place on November 2, 2013 at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Center in Mississauga, Ontario.  

Peter started riding motorcycles at the age of 14.  In 1974, at age 20, he'd earned two provincial junior championships and placed second in the national series behind Mike Fair. In 1975 he gained the 750 senior class national and provincial championships riding in Ontario on a Big Bike Racing Products Norton sponsored by Doug May and in two western rounds on a Triumph belonging to Frank Wood.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 14:29 Published in Industry News


Toni Sharpless to serve as Honourary Chair of Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Banquet/Reunion

The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that Ms. Toni Sharpless will host the Eighth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion scheduled to take place in Mississauga on Saturday, November 2, 2013.  "We are pleased that Toni Sharpless will serve as the Honourary Chair for the 2013 induction banquet," said Michael Harwood, Chair of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame. "Toni is one of Canada's most accomplished competitive motorcyclists and her presence will add a great deal of excitement to our annual induction banquet and reunion."

Monday, 15 July 2013 12:15 Published in Industry News