Gordon Armstrong

Class of 2012

INDUCTED in the MARITIME MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME

Date: November 17, 2012

Category: Hobbyist

Division: Antique

PERSONAL

Hometown: Harvey Station, New Brunswick

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

"The Father of the New Brunswick Antique Auto Club"

Notable achievements:

  • 1927 - Built a 'snowboggan' that resembled present day snowmobile

  • 1929 - Converted Model A Ford chassis to a snowmobile, with tracks

  • 1929 - started restoring cars, a passion that continued for more than 47 years during which time he completed at least 15 projects

  • September 18, 1966 - founded the New Brunswick Antique Auto Club
  • Of special interest:

  • A maritime pioneer in collecting and restoring antique automobiles

  • Recognized in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Maine as a leading authority on vintage vehicles

  • First car he drove was a 1912 Reo

  • Had a passion for experimenting with automobiles in making alterations and improvements

  • Started a road building business in 1929, retiring from it after 45 years to continue until 1981 as a leading consultant on asphalt paving in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia
  • Gordon Armstrong passed away September 28, 1983