September 25, 2019
Toronto ON – September 10, 2019 – The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is very pleased to announce the Class of 2019. The 4th of the inductees to be honoured at the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion, is Wade Williams
“It gives me great pride and pleasure to welcome Wade Williams to the 2019 Class of Inductees,” says Paul Germain, Chairman. “Wade has excelled as a competitor 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 Wade to the Class of 2019. Congratulations.”
Wade had a lot of opportunity to study hill climbing growing up as his father, John, spent 35 years of his life dedicated to the sport.
Wade started his Professional Hillclimb career in 1983 at Elkhart, Indiana in the 750cc class. His hillclimber was based on a CB750F series engine from the 70’s, outfitted by Nick Kemp of Keswick, to run on 100% Nitro. Nick’s mechanical genius provided Wade all the horsepower that was needed to be competitive in the top class at the time.
At Elkhart, Wade was the first person to successfully jump the first breaker which earned him a second place finish at his first climb. This set a precedent on how the hill was to be ridden and in order to have a shot at winning, you had to jump the breaker. He completed the season with a 2nd place at Devils Staircase, Oregonia, Ohio. Wade earned 5th place overall with 76 points his first season.
Wade combined for 22 top finishes (11 first and 11 second place) over his 10 year career, finished in the top 10 in each year and top 5 in six of those years; runner up in 1984 and 1991, 3rd overall in 1990 and 1992.
He also won – 1986 American National Champion at Muskegon Michigan, 1991 American National Champion at York Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State Champion 1984, 1988, 1990, 1991 and Michigan State Champion 1986.
Tickets for the 14th Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion are available at www.canmoto.ca.