The Board of Directors of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is pleased to announce another Member of the Class of 2017. Pat Gonsalves will be honoured at the 12th annual Induction Banquet and Reunion which takes place November 4th, 2017 at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel.
When your early childhood years are spent at a race track around motorcycles, there is a strong likelihood the seed of love for motorcycle racing will be planted and indeed it was for Pat Gonsalves. Growing up in the 1950’s in his native British Guyana, Pat spent many weekends with this Father and siblings at the South Dakota circuit watching the road races. After immigrating to Canada in 1961, his family settled in the east end of Toronto.
Often referred to as the “Voice of Canadian Motorcycle Road Racing, Pat has been the host and/or play by play announcer at nearly every road race track in Canada and is well known as the lead announcer for the Daytona 200.
Pat has donated countless hours as a volunteer working with numerous motorcycle charity rides including M.C. work for the B.A.D Ride, Motorcycles for Myelin and the Ride for Sight. Pat has also been Master of Ceremonies for the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction events in Ontario as well as Vancouver and Edmonton. For over 25 years, he was the MC for the MAX Awards, and countless Show Bike Awards shows at the Motorcycle Super Show and Spring Show. For five years Pat spearheaded the Masters of Mosport and Motorcycle Road Racers Reunion event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in conjunction with the Superbike Doubleheader weekend. The event celebrated some of the great racers and champions who had raced at the track going back to the 1960’s.
The Chair of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Board and all the Directors, are pleased and honoured to welcome Pat Gonsalves to the Class of 2017.