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Near Shannonville in Hastings County, Ontario — Central Canada
 

Nelson International Raceway

 
 
Nelson International Raceway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, August 5, 2011
1. Nelson International Raceway Marker
Inscription.
This was the original name of SMP when the track was first built in 1975. After coming to Canada from Ireland in 1954, John Nelson followed his passion for motorcycles and racing. He owned several bike shops in Toronto and became quite an accomplished rider in his own right. In October 1976 the first motorcycle race was held here on a chilly Thanksgiving weekend.
Known for his burly laugh, racing stories and legendary repair jobs, John was admired and well liked by everyone in the racing community. He spent thirty years of his life here dedicated to racing and the track.
John passed away in 2005, and in 2006 was inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame. His legacy remains as Shannonville Motorsports Park; and the original layout still bears his name, the Nelson track.
 
Erected by Canadian Champion Michael Taylor & Sidecar Racing Association and racers.
 
Location. 44° 13.487′ N, 77° 9.62′ W. Marker is near Shannonville, Ontario, in Hastings County. Marker can be reached from Old Highway #2 (Provincial Highway 2) 1.1 kilometers west of Wyman's Road. Click for map. Shannonville is one of the world's most versatile and safest motorsport parks. It's unique design offers advantages to the
Nelson International Raceway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, August 5, 2011
2. Nelson International Raceway Marker
public and industry that cannot be found anywhere else. Use of the facility by professional race teams, car & motorcycle racing schools (including FAST riding school), clubs, high performance car & motorcycle street-oriented schools, industry & media for vehicle testing, T.V. programs & commercial production, keeps the park busy every day of the week! Shannonville Motorsports Park is located just over 2 hours east of Toronto and 3 hours west of Montréal just off the main highway (401). Marker is at or near this postal address: 7047 Old Hwy #2, Shannonville, Ontario K0K 3A0, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 23 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Royal Union Flag (approx. 21.5 kilometers away); Bay of Quinte Loyalist Settlement (approx. 21.5 kilometers away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is located near pit lane just behind the main control tower. It is only accessible when the park is open.
 
Also see . . .  Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame - John Nelson. (Submitted on August 12, 2015, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.)
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesSports
 
Nelson International Raceway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, August 5, 2011
3. Nelson International Raceway Marker
Track control tower and grandstand seating can be seen in background.
Shannonville Motorsports Park image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, August 5, 2011
4. Shannonville Motorsports Park
East portion of Nelson circuit (taken from grandstand).
Shannonville Motorsports Park image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, August 5, 2011
5. Shannonville Motorsports Park
Infield
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 526 times since then and 23 times this year. Last updated on , by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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