July 21, 2019
2019. The first of the inductees to be honoured at the Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion, is Len Fitch.
It gives me great pride and pleasure to welcome Len Fitch to the 2019 Class of Inductees, says Paul Germain, Chairman. Len has been active as both a competitor and contributor and shown passion and skills as well as sacrificed to make a positive impact on the world of motorcycling and will now receive the respect and recognition he so rightly deserves in the Hall of Fame. All the directors, contributors and volunteers of the CMHoF as well as myself, join together in welcoming Len to the Class of 2019. Congratulations.
Len has been involved in motorcycle racing since the day he was born. He started out racing on a Suzuki Hustler at local tracks around Windsor as well as Harewood Acres but then left to compete in the USA. Len competed as a privateer from 1971 to 1976 including six years at Daytona. Len retired from racing but soon joined the Vintage Road Racing Association (VRRA) and continued racing as an amateur. He competed on 125, 250, and 350cc GP Yamaha with consistent wins but retired in 2010 after a life-threatening crash in turn two at Mosport.
During his time with the VRRA, Len has promoted Canadian road racing in so many ways. He has always been an active volunteer with the club. He has served on the tech committee providing insight and information for refining the VRRA rulebook. He has spent hours in the pits checking bikes for safe condition before they go on track. However, there is another area of promotion where Len’s efforts are nothing short of amazing. Since his retirement, Len has selflessly sponsored other riders on his own motorcycles at entirely his own cost. On any given race weekend, Len will have three or four different riders on his machinery. He does all the preparation and tuning and the racers basically just show up and ride. To date, he has sponsored 25 riders including an entire season for Stacey Nesbitt in her professional career. Although Len is well into his 70’s, he spends a lot of time on his back or knees wrenching on his bikes.
Len Fitch was the difference maker throughout a year of planning for the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Canadian Grand Prix held at the VRRA Vintage Festival in 2017. Along with Don Gosen and Domenic Aubrey, they worked tirelessly to obtain sponsors and put together the biggest event in VRRA history.
Tickets for the 14th Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion are available here.