'Dizzy' Dean Murray

Class of 2012

INDUCTED in the MARITIME MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME

Date: November 17, 2012

Category: Media

Division: n/a

PERSONAL

Hometown: Steeves Mountain, New Brunswick; longtime resident of Kleinburg, Ontario

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

With gold cowboy boots and hat, 'Dizzy' Dean Murray was prominent in Canadian motorsports for three decades...

Notable achievements:

  • 1963 - founder, editor, and publisher of Wheelspin News - one of the original all auto racing trade papers in North America; it (he) covered all forms of auto racing

  • Started working as an announcer soon thereafter to promote his paper; worked at stock car and drag tracks throughout Ontario

  • Instrumental in getting Molson involved in Canadian motorsports in the 1970s

  • 1974 - founder and promoter of the Motion Custom Car Show; it ran until 1989

  • Motorsports consultant

  • Sponsor of races and race cars
  • Of special interest:

  • Born in New Brunswick in 1936 and moved to Ontario in his 20s

  • Dubbed 'Dizzy' due to his wackiness when announcing at stock car races

  • A showman in the truest sense of the word

  • Sold the newspaper and car show prior to his retirement in 1989

  • Inducted in the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1995

  • Since 2006, the "Dizzy" Award is presented annually at Toronto's Speedorama
  • 'Dizzy' Dean Murray passed away suddenly on March 18, 2008; he was 71.