Motorsports fans pay tribute to the pioneers

From hot rods to power boats, motorsports enthusiasts of every description welcome to attend annual gathering.

Kieth Warren is being recognized by the Greater Vancouver Motorsport Pioneers Society for his contributions as a hot rod enthusiast.

Whether power boats are your thing, or maybe you just love cool classic hot rods, motorsports enthusiasts of every description are invited to an upcoming gathering in Cloverdale.

On Sept. 22, the Greater Vancouver Motorsport Pioneers Society holds its 12th annual induction ceremony.

Fifteen people – from car collectors and restorers to sports car racers and motorcyclists – are being recognized at the event, being held at Shannon Hall on the Cloverdale Fairgrounds, from noon to 4 p.m.

Organizers are hoping to have about 40 vintage cars on display at the event, expected to draw between 300 to 400 people to the venue.

Automotive historian and columnist Nigel Matthews, is this years’ keynote speaker. Matthews is a knowledgeable and influential classic car columnist who’s known for his work for The Province newspaper.

The 2012 inductees include pioneers like 93-year-old Dick Frankish, Roland Selby, Adrian Ratcliff and Jim Greenless in the car collector and restoration category;

Harry Dashevsky and Keith Warren for hot rod; Keith Witter for oval track racing; Ian Wood, Tom Johnston and Roger Solomon for sports car racing, Billy Matthews and Jim McNeney for motorcycling and Rob Harrison and at the team of Wrench and McKay for drag racing.

“The Monotorsport Pioneers Society continues to recognize individuals who have made major contributions in past years to celebrate this history,” said GVMPS president Jim Greenwood, a post inductee recognized for his work as a pioneer custom car striper and race organize.

The event is open to everyone who is interested in motorsports. Admission is $15.