Longtime Delta car enthusiasts Keith Warren, Jim Greenlees, Roger Salomon and Roland Selby will be honored Saturday at the Greater Vancouver Motorsport Pioneers Society's 12th annual induction ceremony.
The event is honouring 15 individuals who made major contributions in the early days of motorsports in the region. This includes hot rodding, custom car building, drag racing and land speed racing, sports car and road racing, motorcycling, power boat racing as well as car collecting and restoration.
Warren is a long-time Tsawwassen hot rodder and a pioneer member of the B.C. Custom Car Association. He was the flagman/starter at the Keith original Mission Raceway and currently drives his boyhood dream car - a Chrysler Hemi-powered 1932 Ford roadster.
Selby is being honored as a pioneer collector and restorer who spent 20 years rebuilding a 1962 Maserati 3500 GT. He did all the machine work and restoration to turn the car into a showpiece which continues to gather top honors at car shows.
Greenlees is being recognized as a collector and restorer. He began restoring and hot rodding in 1949 with a 1932 Ford Victoria his father purchased new. After rolling the car on a trip to Crescent Beach, he turned it into one of Vancouver's earliest hot rods with a chopped top and full race flathead V8 engine. Twenty years ago, he became a charter member of the Greater Vancouver Mustang Association and regularly drives a 1965 Mustang that he personally rebuilt from the ground up.
Salomon is being honoured as a longtime supporter of sports car road racing. He was the course marshal for the Westwood Race Track and has trained course marshals for the past 40 years including those for the Molson Indy when it ran in Vancouver. His own personal sports car is a Lotus Seven.
The GVMPS, which has already inducted 183 pioneers, is a group of enthusiasts from various motorsports activities whose goal is to recognize and record the accomplishments of people who have made major contributions over the past four decades.
"The Motorsport Pioneers Society continues to recognize individuals who have made major contributions in past years as a way to celebrate this history," says GVMPS president Jim Greenwood who has been recognized as a pioneer custom car striper and race organizer.
The induction ceremony is open to the public and takes place in the Shannon Hall at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. All motorsport enthusiasts are invited to the afternoon of history and camaraderie from noon to 4 p.m. A $15 admission includes beverages and light snacks.
Keynote speaker is Nigel Matthews, a classic car columnist with the Vancouver Province newspaper, an internationally recognized concours d'elegance judge and the marketing manager for Hagerty Classic Car Insurance in Canada.
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