Lifelong drag racer Don MacCallum was inducted into the Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame at its third annual gala. The Vankleek Hill resident is one of Canada’s most well-known drag racing drivers and engine builders. He got his start in the sport when he raced for the first time at the Napierville Dragway in 1966. He began racing Hemis in 1974 in an SS/DA 1970 Challenger at drag strips across Quebec.  

Twenty-two Canadians were recognized for their contributions to the world of drag racing during the Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame (CDRHF) 3rd Annual Gala held at the Sheraton Hotel, in Laval, Quebec recently.

“Each individual inducted into the Hall of Fame strengthens the legacy of the sport of drag racing,” says John Scotti, Founder of the Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame. “It’s an honour to welcome these legends and pay tribute to their outstanding accomplishments.”

The nominees included world drag racing champions, drivers, crew chiefs, engine and chassis builders, mechanics, track owners, announcers, and graphic designers, from across Canada and the United States. Two of the 22 inductions were posthumous.

To be nominated, candidates must have actively been engaged at the top level of their categories for more than 25 years and must have made a tremendous contribution to the sport. Some categories may request that candidates have established a national record as an individual or as a member of a team (NHRA/IHRA/AHRA national record or national event win). Inductees may also come from other areas of the sport such as photography and track operations. Candidates must reside in or be an expatriate of Canada.

About the Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame

The Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization that is based in Montreal, QC, at 7905 Provencher Blvd, Saint-Leonard. Founded in 2014 by John Scotti, President of John Scotti Automotive Group, it is the only organization that recognizes drag racing professionals in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro-Stock and Sportsman categories annually.

About Drag Racing

Drag Racing is the fastest and quickest form of professional motorsport racing in the world today. Professionally built and driven, the race cars compete, side by side, at speeds of over 332 mph (534.30 km/h) in a 10,000 H.P. Top Fuel dragsters race in less than 3.680 seconds across the finish line. The race follows a short, straight course from a standing start over a measured distance of most commonly 1/4 miles (1,320 ft. [402 m] ) with a shorter 3/16 mile [1,000 ft. (305 m)] for Nitro methane powered Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars.
Photo of Don MacCallum: Harry Langburt

Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame inductees are seen here. Back row (left to right): Brad Francis, Greg Ozubko, Simon Menzies, Alan Kenny, Kevin Power, Rob Flynn, Gary Beck, Bob Papirnick, Eddy Bryck, Ray Peets, Don MacCallum and Robert Slater. Front (left to right): Greg Nickerson, Al Billes, Jim Wildgoose, Suzanne Poirier (Gérard Milette’s crew chief and partner), John Scotti, CDRHF Founder, Gérard Milette, Robert Bannon, and Bob Aubertin.