By Fred Wallace
Carl Bastedo is going into the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame in April.
Nominated by friends in Port Elgin, the owner-operator of Moto Park at Williamsford was selected by the Induction Committee and will be formally inducted April 17th.
There's a lot of time to prepare a " thank you " speech between now and then, which gives Bastedo the opportunity to both deal and enjoy what he calls a tremendous sense of gratification.
Writing the " thank you " speech, may prove to be as daunting as the emotion he felt upon being informed of his selection to the Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Beginning at age 18, Carl Bastedo was a motorcycle shop operator in Niagara Falls and then travelled a route that took him to Kawasaki Motors, their various racing teams, on to the Cycle Canada Motorcycle Shows and then climaxed with the Toronto Supercross at both Exhibition Stadium and what is now known as the Rogers Center.
When asked, Bastedo does admit the Supercross Show holds his proudest moments, but every other facet of his life and career holds significant meaning.
And for that, Carl Bastedo is grateful and he knows the list of " thank you's " will be lengthy on April 17th when he gets formally inducted into the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame.
I'm Fred Wallace