Ross “Rollerball” Pederson, Dave McLean, and Can-Am Receive Special 40th Anniversary of Supercross Awards
Three Canadian legends received their just due in front of thousands at the Monster Energy Supercross this past Saturday night: Ross “Rollerball” Pederson, Dave McLean, and Can-Am were honoured on the stage at the Rogers Centre in front of thousands.
This is the 40th Anniversary of Supercross in North America, and the Legends and Heroes Tour out of the U.S. has been following the celebratory Supercross tour from city to city and honouring local legends along the way. With just one tour stop in Canada, the Legends and Heroes people had a tough job narrowing the field of potential award recipients, so they decided to give the award instead to a truly Canadian bike – the Can-Am, and Canadian legend Dave Mclean, who was deeply involved in the Can-Am’s development after his racing career ended.
But a serendipitous encounter with Ross “Rollerball” Pederson, who happened to be visiting Toronto to support our Legends of Canadian Motocross project, led to an unexpected but well-deserved shared presentation with McLean.
And a fitting tribute it is: right from the very beginning of the our Legends project, Ross has been enthusiastically involved from his home in Medicine Hat, Alberta, feeding us with stories of his career but unable to attend any events due to his work schedule. So it was a stroke of luck that, on the Monday before the Supercross, Ross was able to rejig his work schedule to attend the event in support of the Legends of Canadian Motocross.
News of his return to the Supercross after an absence of some 20 years spread rapidly and generated much excitement. Jim Holley, the host of “Supercross Live” and one of Ross’s fiercest racing rivals and best friends, almost literally jumped on the opportunity to give Ross and our Legends project as much recognition as possible. The Sasquatch racing group added to the festive atmosphere by working hard with Alex Moroz of the Legends and Heroes Tour to put together an excellent display of motorcycles to celebrate our rich history.
And what a night it was! From the moment that Ross landed at the airport and bumped into Jim Holley, who had also just arrived, the stories started. I barley got a word in edgewise as the two former rivals challenged each other’s memories. As the night went on, Ross was peppered by invitations to many appearances and interviews; it was wonderful to see that he still has the flair that we all remember.
Check out Jim Holley’s interview with Ross in the Toronto Supercross Live show.
If you don’t want to watch the whole show go to the 1:23:00 mark and enjoy the stories. Also, be sure to check out today’s Toyota Tailgate Talk, where Jim interviews Ross and myself about our Legends project! Yes, that’s right someone managed to get me in front of a camera.
Also, be sure to check out today’s Toyota Tailgate Talk, where Jim interviews Ross and myself about our Legends project! Yes, that’s right someone managed to get me in front of a camera.