- INDUCTEES | Honoured Alumni
Moncton Speed & Custom Club
Class of 2007
INDUCTED in the MARITIME MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME
Date: November 17, 2007
Hometown: Moncton, New Brunswick
In 1962 people interested in forming a car club met in Moncton and formed the Moncton Speed and Custom Club (MSCC). Members met once a week. They organized drag racing in the local area. In 1963 the club was granted use of the World War ll airstrip in Scoudouc, owned by the Dept. of National Defense. The Kiwanis Club of Moncton Ltd. agreed to be their sponsor and the MSCC was sanctioned by the Nation Hot Rod Association and able to get insurance. The MSCC became incorporated as a non profit organization.
The first race was July 1st, 1963. They held 7 meets that year using a flagman a nd single lane electronically timed runs. Their 1st years attendance was estimated at 20,000. In 1964 they purchased a Chrondek Duel Lane Timing System and a Christmas Tree starting system. In 1964 they had 14 races with an estimated 40,000 spectators.
Over the years they hosted drag racers from all over the Eastern USA and Canada.
In 1965, April 30-May 1 they held the first car show at Moncton Stadium. It became an annual event at different venues in the city. They also held shows in Saint John. They offered free Safety Inspections to the public at a local car dealership. In 1968 the NB Development Corp turned down their request to use the runway. The members then worked at dragstrips in Pennfield NB and Lower Sackville NS using the Chrondek Timing Equipment for several years.
With the City Police they conducted several days of timed runs on English Drive with competition keen, records broken and friendships formed that are still strong today.