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Saturday, 10 October 2015 00:00

Motorcycling in Canada - A Ride through Our History Part 7

Motorcycling in Canada - A Ride Through Our History - Part 7Atlantic Canada's motorcycling history is not as old as in other places of the country, but the history that is chronicled is as varied and interesting as that of any other region!

 


Jack Canfield - The Chronicle HeraldJack Canfield - The Chronicle HeraldMotorcycle racing was not as big a pastime in Atlantic Canada as it was in other regions of Canada until the 1940's.  Car racing was the big thing!

Atlantic Canada has has it's fair share of people who have impacted motorcycling.

One of those people is Jack Canfield. Jack raced both cars and motorcycles and throughout the years his contributions to both disciplines are many.

From the time Jack was 14 old, he was racing and winning. During the 40' and 50's he participated in 
scrambles, hill climbs, trials and dirt-track races taking home many a trophy. His accomplishments in the 50's and 60's include road race wins at Mosport & Daytona, but he competed all over eastern Canada and the eastern USA.

He became a sponsored rider with Suzuki after he took home the Canadian Motorcycle Grand Prix Championship trophy at Mosport. He won on a home built 250 Suzuki beating all of their factory riders!

Probably one of the biggest reasons that the name Jack Canfield is so loved and revered in Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada is his passion and vision to see the Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, N.S become a reality. He not only spearheaded the park, but also launched the Atlantic Motorcycle Competition Riders’ Association.  Although Jack loved all motorsports, motorcycle racing was his passion and he contributed much to the sport he loved. Heralding from Charlottetown PEI, Joseph Bolger lit up the motocross tracks in the 50's and 60's.

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