October 28, 2019
Toronto ON – October 8, 2019 – The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is very pleased to announce the Class of 2019. The final inductee to be honoured at the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion, is Michael Taylor.
It gives me great pride and pleasure to welcome Michael Taylor to the 2019 Class of Inductees, says Paul Germain, Chairman. Michael has excelled in competition, in spite of all his injuries 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 Michael to the Class of 2019. Congratulations.
Two riders defined 1990s Superbike racing in Canada – 2006 Hall of Fame inductee Don Munroe and his arch-rival: Kawasaki team-mate and 2019 inductee Michael Taylor of Toronto. Taylor earned the overall Superbike Championship and Canada Cup in 1994 and repeated in 1996.
53-year-old Taylor also took a host of other class National Championships between his Pro debut in 1990 and his retirement in 2016. During this period, Taylor won aboard a wide range of equipment, in almost every class in Canadian and American National competition. He also earned a reputation as an iron man, returning from a variety of severe injuries that would likely have forced retirement for other racers.
Taylor rode Twins, Triples and four-cylinder machinery, working for most of the major manufacturers involved in modern road racing. He competed in Endurance racing in the U.S. and at home in Canada when that was a major portion of National competition, including a win at Shannonville in a 1994 WERA-sanctioned six-hour National, sharing a Kawasaki with Munroe.
Taylor began racing at Mosport International, now Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, in 1986. In typical Taylor fashion, he made his debut at a National Amateur round, on a Yamaha RZ500 that was so evil that officials suggested he should park his two-stroke – but Michael kept racing.
Tickets for the 14th Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion are available at www.canmoto.ca.
Bar and Hedy Hodgson established Canadian International Motorcycle Heritage Museum Foundation in 1999 and when Dave Lloyd came to them with the idea of a Motorcycle Hall of Fame, they gifted the Foundation to the people. In 2006, the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame was created to preserve and promote Canadian motorcycle history for the benefit of the motorcycling community and public and since then, over 130 distinguished motorcyclists and organizations have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit association with charitable status governed by an independent board of volunteer directors from across Canada.
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