CANADIAN MOTORSPORTS HERITAGE MUSEUM ADDS TO COLLECTION
Two historic race cars pledged to Canadian Motorsports Fans
October 28, 2009 - The Canadian Motorsports Heritage Museum (CMHM) is pleased to announce that it will be adding two historic race cars to its collection, the Chaparral 1, Chassis #001, the first of many advanced race cars by Jim Hall; as well as the Formula Ford race car driven in the Esso Protec Formula Ford 1600 Championship by the late Greg Moore.
"We are extremely pleased to accept these historic cars on behalf of Canadian motorsports fans across the country," said Brad Brown, executive-director of the Canadian Motorsports Heritage Museum. "We thank Jack Boxtrom for his contribution of the Chaparral, a car which went on to revolutionize sports car racing, as well as Jeremy Hinchcliffe for providing us with the race car in which Greg first made his mark on the Canadian motorsports scene. We know both cars will be valuable additions to our collection."
Schedule to open in 2010, the Canadian Motorsports Heritage Museum will house the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame as well as the Canadian Motorsport Archives. With thousands of articles of Canadian motorsports memorabilia already in the collection, the CMHM will offer an historic and interactive experience to visitors.
Acquired through Jack Boxtrom, a leading expert in the collector car auction world and a man with four decades of road-racing under his belt, the Chaparral 1, Chassis #001, debuted in a 1961 SCCA race at Laguna Seca, where Texan Jim Hall drove it to a stunning second place finish behind a Maserati 'Birdcage'. Designed by race car builders Tom Barnes and Dick Troutman, the Chaparral was initially called the "Riverside," but on the recommendation of a Mexican-American friend, Hall, who began building the car himself, renamed it and its successors, the Chaparral, after a virtually flightless bird with vestigial wings, appropriate considering Hall's later Chaparral designs. The #001 chassis was also piloted by Hall at the Mosport Players 200 in June 1962.
"It is especially exciting to be receiving Chassis #001. There is something very special about seeing the very first car in any series and the Chaparral in particular," added Brad Brown. "Jim Hall's Chaparral designs revolutionized sports car racing. That this particular car raced here in Canada at Mosport in 1962 is certainly an added bonus. We are delighted with the new addition."
Donated by Jeremy Hinchcliffe, father of Indy Lights star James Hinchcliffe, the fully restored Formula Ford driven by Maple Ridge, British Columbia native Greg Moore in the Esso Protec Formula Ford 1600 Championship is the second of Moore's racecars to be donated to the CMHM. Hinchcliffe previously donated Moore's Reynard 98i car in which he won the Michigan 500.
Greg Moore's early racing career progressed through karts until 1990 when he earned the Spenard-David racing school championship at Shannonville, Ontario. In 1991 he began racing in formula cars and was named Rookie-of-the-Year in the Esso Protec Formula Ford 1600 after winning one race, earning four second-place finishes, two pole positions and placing fourth overall in the championship.
Moore went on to compete in Formula 2000 before moving to the Indy Lights series, where, in 1994, he became the youngest driver ever to win a CART-sanctioned race, taking the checkered flag in Phoenix. Moore joined the Player's Forsythe racing team Indy Lights team in 1995 and not only earned the Indy Lights Championship, but posted a record-setting season that saw him win 10 of 12 races, including five in a row.
Moore's success continued with Player's Forsythe in the Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) series in 1996, but it was in 1997 at the Milwaukee Mile that he became the youngest driver in Indy Car history to win a race. He was just 22 years-old.
Throughout his CART career Greg Moore posted five wins, his last at the 1999 season-opening Marlboro Miami Grand Prix. In his 72 CART starts he ascended to the podium 17 times and posted five pole-positions. A much beloved figure both with fellow drivers and other racing personnel, Moore was also a fan favorite. Greg Moore was tragically killed on October 31, 1999 at the Marlboro 500 which was held at California Speedway. It was the final race of the CART World Series season and was to be Moore's final race with Player's Forsythe before moving to Marlboro Team Penske.
"Greg Moore's legacy lives on at the Canadian Motorsport Heritage Museum," concluded Brown. "He was one of the most exciting race car drivers ever to emerge from this country and a man with incredible passion for the work he did. We are deeply honored to add this perfectly restored Formula Ford to our Greg Moore collection. We are confident that fans visiting the CMHM will appreciate the value that Greg's very first formula series car brings to our Greg Moore exhibit. And we thank Hinchliffe for entrusting this car to us".
Canadian Motorsports Heritage Museum Board of Directors
Tom Ryley, chairman and president -- former executive vice-president of Suncor Energy
Jim O'Donnell -- former president of MacKenzie Financial
Rod Campbell -- chairman of RWB-LLC
Maurice McCaig -- president and director of Trimac Transportation Services
Ali Jalali -- president and CEO of First Financial Underwriting Services
Roger Peart -- president of ASN Canada FIA
Ron Fellows -- International motor racing champion
Duncan McEachran -- senior VP and partner, CPA Ltd.
Thom Dickinson -- former chairman of the CMHF
Bob Armstrong -- retired chief air traffic controller, Transport Canada
Steve Snowden -- managing director of Lucas Oil Canada
Candace Calder -- independent financial consultant