Class of 2017 an­nounced

In­duc­tion cer­e­mony for Mar­itime Hall of Fame in Sum­mer­side

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

The new 10-mem­ber class is set for in­duc­tion into the Mar­itime Mo­tor­sports Hall of Fame, and four Is­lan­ders are part of the 2017 in­ductees.

Each are be­ing rec­og­nized for their ac­com­plish­ments and/ or con­tri­bu­tions in Mar­itime mo­tor­sports.

The in­duc­tion cer­e­mony is Satur­day, Nov. 18, at the Loy­al­ist Coun­try Inn in Sum­mer­side.

The Is­land four­some in­cludes Kevin Power and James Mer­rill Cronin go­ing in as builders of drag rac­ing and stock car rac­ing, and track own­ers Wayne Gaudet, builder in stock car, and Carl Liv­ingston, who re­ceived the nod posthu­mously for his work as a stock car com­peti­tor and owner.

Power started drag rac­ing in the early 1970s with a 1956 Ford sedan, and Cronin helped es­tab­lish stock car rac­ing on P.E.I.

In 1981, Power, Cronin and Doug Young pur­chased the Oys­ter Bed Bridge drag track, then bought out Young.

Af­ter a 1984 fire the pair ex­panded the fa­cil­ity to in­clude a quar­ter-mile dirt track, and even­tu­ally paved the track in 1987.

Power sold the stock car track in 2010.

The track is the long­est-run­ning drag track in Canada.

Gaudet started in mo­tor­cy­cle drag rac­ing through­out the Mar­itimes be­fore switch­ing to mo­tor­cy­cle road rac­ing.

From there, Gaudet worked with Rod­ney MacDonald on the Sher­wood Do It Cen­tre car be­fore mov­ing to Ot­tawa as crew chief for the Randy MacDonald en­try.

That even­tu­ally led to gig a with the NASCAR Win­ston Cup team of Chad Lit­tle. Then Roush Rac­ing hired him to man­age its fab­ri­ca­tion shop.

Gaudet was the first P.E.I. res­i­dent to be part of a Win­ston Cup cham­pi­onship team.

Carl Liv­ingston be­gan rac­ing on P.E.I. dirt tracks in 1966.

In 1985, he moved to the new Race­way Park in Oys­ter Bed Bridge, where he raced street stock and mod­i­fied.

There he had mul­ti­ple triple wins, and fin­ished third in the sea­son points in 1987, then moved on to the MASCAR Tour in 1989 and 1990.

Liv­ingston re­tired due to health rea­sons, but be­came owner and spon­sor for his son, Kent, from 1992-2007, win­ning the mod­i­fied cham­pi­onship in 1996.

The in­ductees from New Brunswick are Don­nie Beers, posthu­mously, stock car com­peti­tor; James Cowie, drag rac­ing com­peti­tor; Cyril Hall, stock car pro­mo­tions and track an­nouncer, and Kevin Tay­lor, trac­tor pulling com­peti­tor.

Nova Scotia’s group in­cludes Cy Har­vey, stock car com­peti­tor; Wil­liam Clark, drag rac­ing com­peti­tor and mo­tor sports builder, and Gary Pozze­bon, drag rac­ing builder and com­peti­tor.

Thirty nom­i­na­tions were con­sid­ered by the MMHF in­duc­tion com­mit­tee.

Tick­ets are $80 each, in­clud­ing din­ner, and are avail­able at 506-756-2110.

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