Hall of Fame Ceremony Held In Toronto, Canada Honors 18
February 19, 2020 (San Diego, CA): On Saturday evening, February 15, 2020, in the John Bassett Theater at the Metro Toronto Convention Center in downtown Toronto, in front of family and friends, plus many past and present honorees, Allen Berg was recognized for his contributions to motorsports with induction into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame (CMHF).
The prestigious event was again expertly MC’d by 2013 Inductee and Canadian motorsports legend Norris McDonald. Fellow honoree in the Media category Erik Tomas included the following in his introduction of Berg into the esteemed Hall, “After a stint driving in the North American Atlantic series, he ventured abroad competing in the British Formula 3 series against the likes of Martin Brundle and legend Ayrton Senna. This led to the top, Formula 1.”
Prior to Allen accepting his honors, 10 members of the motorsport press were recognized including Berg’s long-time friends Dan Proudfoot and Gerry Donaldson. During Proudfoot’s acceptance speech, he noted the following about Berg, “I remember well, Allen Berg calling at the Sun. In early 1987, while he was making the rounds of corporate offices looking for somebody who would sponsor him in what would have been his 2nd year in Formula 1, he opens his briefcase and there were all kinds of letters in there. The one I remember was from Brabham saying that they had a seat for him in 1987 if he could come up with a certain amount of sponsorship.” Proudfoot continues, “He had a pretty miserable year at Osella, but he was able to show enough that there were (Formula 1) teams that wanted him. The thing is, Allen Berg didn’t quit. He made a life for himself subsequently racing in Mexico where he could get the sponsorship to race. He won Championships there. He rightly deserves his spot in this Hall of Fame tonight.”
In addition to Berg, the 2020 honorees included Media Members Erik Tomas, Jeff Pappone, Gerald Donaldson, Pierre Lecours, Dean McNulty, Dave Franks, Tim Miller, Graham Jones, Len Coates, and Dan Proudfoot. The 2020 Rising Star award went Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Raphael Lessard. The remaining 2020 honorees are Robin Buck, Larry Caruso, Ed Hakonson, Normand Legault, Gary Magwood, and Bruno Spengler.
Berg’s acceptance speech, with his 13-year old son Alexander at his side and wife Erika in the audience, included thanks and recognition for the many that shared his journey. Enthused Berg, “I’d like to congratulate all of my fellow inductees this evening. It’s a great honor and privilege to be here and be amongst all of you.”
Dr. Hugh Scully, Chairman of the Board of the CMHF, closed the evening with “We’ve had a remarkable display of great talent in many areas tonight. Certainly, personally, I’d like to congratulate all of the inductees. You’re all very well deserving.”
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