Carl Bastedo has been an outstanding performer in almost every aspect of Canadian motorcycling, although always with a leaning toward off-road competition. He’s been a passionate contributor to the categories of competitor, team builder, sponsor, educator, promoter and marketer for more than 50 years. He is still going strong as owner of Motopark, the long-running motorcycle recreational facility near Owen Sound, Ontario, and as manager for Canada’s team in the international Motocross of Nations.
Legends of Canadian Motocross
Preserving the History of Canadian Motocross
Legends of Canadian Motocross (LCM) project is aimed at preserving the history of Canadian Motocross and all those whose contributions have become legendary. It is as much an educational tool as it is a resource and cornerstone to the legacy of MX in Canada. Our goal is to publish a racing bio of all of the great Motocrossers that have excelled to be champions. You can help by contributing to the library.
Created by Bill Petro as a way to display some of the thousands of images that were captured through his career as a Photojournalist within the Canadian motorcycle community. In 1972 while attending Photography courses at Connestoga College in Kitchener Ontario, he started going to the Motocross races that his brother George was racing in. It was a great way to practice his photo skills . Soon his pictures were being purchased by the riders and then the magazines. It wasn't long before his talents were noticed by Cycle Canada Magazine. At the time it was a new national magazine with all of the motorcycle news for the Canadian enthusiasts.
The son of a General Motors employee, Mike grew up in the blue collar GM town of Oshawa, ON and began racing motocross late at the age of 15 in 1976. At his first race he qualified third in the 125 Junior class against 135 competitors and finished seventh in the main event despite a crash in the first corner.
Check out the latest issue of MotoCross Performance Magazine (with Nathan Bles on the cover), and flip to Page 46, where you'll find a snazzy two-page spread all about the Legends of Canadian Motocross and how it came to be, along with a tantalizing sampling of LOCMX archival photos.
The Legends of Canadian Motocross will be holding its first-ever online fundraiser on eBay to support its goal of preserving the vibrant history of motocross in Canada!
We started the year off with a very successful first show at the Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto and then the Toronto Motorcycle show and the Spring Motorcycle Show. It was great to talk to everyone and we signed up our first members. Although our legal battles slowed our progress down we were able to take advantage of Ross Pederson’s availability and bring him in for an appearance at the Toronto Supercross. What a night that was with the US Legends and Hero’s Tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Supercross. Canadian Motocross Legends Dave McLean and Ross Pederson, along with Can-Am motorcycles were honoured.
Following Canada’s biggest ever motocross event at Copetown in 1975, the land was sold to make way for a new highway, so a new location was needed to hold the 1976 race. The infield at the Mosport road race facility proved to have all the challenging qualities that Bob Kelly needed to build one of his signature racetracks. So with the beginning of a new chapter in Canadian Motocross, why not schedule a major road race for the same weekend, add the sponsorship dollars of a major beer company, and you have one exciting motorcycle race weekend. The weather was hot and dry but that did not deter the crowds from showing up. It may not have topped the Copetown attendance the previous year, but it sure was close.
Although all but forgotten because he totally left the sport behind him in 1985, Pierre Couture was one of the great Quebec motocrossers of the mid ’70s to mid ’80s. Born in Drummondville in 1962, Couture was considered one of the top 500cc riders of his era. On sand tracks he was invincible, often beating multi-time champion Ross Pederson in the 500 Nationals.
With so many great predecessors for inspiration, it’s no wonder British Columbia has kept producing top-notch motocross talent generation after generation. In fact Canada’s first ‘official’ motocross champs were BC natives: Tom Richardson (Open) and Vern Amor (250) entered their names into the history books way back in 1958, when the sport was still called scrambling. Twenty-two years after these pioneers tore up the tracks, yet another west coaster, Surrey’s Terry Hofoss, rattled the National Motocross rank and file.