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Message posted by Web master on 13 November 2004 at 12:06am - IP Logged
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Discuss your memories of The Ridge Raceway here.

Message posted by Steve on 19 November 2004 at 10:15pm - IP Logged
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The Ridge Raceway 1987
Pro Stocks:
Joe Field - Rookie and championship race
Gord DeWael - Points
JP Marchand - Most improved driver
Paul Meloche - Best appearing car
Ron Atkinson - Mosr consistent team effort
Brett Reaume - Best appearing car
Tom Hazlett - Sportsmanship

Hobby Stocks:
Tim Hope - Points and Championship race
Eric Armstrong - Sportsmanship
Scott Kerr - Top rookie
Jim Riley - Most improved driver
Clare Guyitt - Best appearing team
Barry Hoffman - Best appearing car and pit crew
Dave King - Flagman's Choice Award (Spinout of the year)

Message posted by Steve on 19 November 2004 at 10:18pm - IP Logged
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The Ridge Raceway 1988
Pro Stocks:
John Reynolds - Points
Eugene Hoekstra - Championship race
Kirk Hooker - Rookie
Ron Atkinson - Sportsmanship
Russ Wood - Flagman's Choice Award
Dan Smolders & Brad McLeod - Most improved drivers

Hobby Stocks:
Clare Guyitt - Points and most consistent pit crew
Mark Glassford - Championship race
John Hodgins - Most improved driver
Barry Hoffman - Sportsmanship
Bob Hill - Rookie

Jeff DeWael - Endurance Race winner


Message posted by Steve on 19 November 2004 at 10:20pm - IP Logged
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The Ridge Raceway 1989
Pro Stocks:
Eugene Hoekstra - Points
Brett Reaume - Championship race
John Reynolds - Most consistent team
Russ Wood - Most improved driver
Eric Armstrong - Rookie
John McIlroy - Sportsmanship

Hobby Stocks:
Brad Authier - Points, championship race, best appearing car
Wayne Whitney - Rookie
Kevin McCarthy - Best Effort
Rick Terry - Most improved driver

Tony Dekold - "B Class" Championship race

Message posted by Steve on 19 November 2004 at 10:22pm - IP Logged
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1990 The Ridge Raceway
Pro Stocks:
Eugene Hoekstra - Points and most checkered flags
John Reynolds - Championship race and sportsmanship
Jim Dale Jr. - Flagman's Choice Award
Phil Vilaranda - Most consistent team effort
Dave King - Most improved driver
Eric Armstrong - Dirt Series Points Champion
Russ Wood - Hard charger

Hobby Stocks:
Barry Hoffman - Points
Brad Authier - Championship race and most checkered flags
Wayne Munro - Hard luck
Mike Whitehead - Most improved driver
Rob Dikan - Hard charger
Kevin Paine - Rookie
Steve Fletcher - Rookie
Bob Hill - Sportsmanship

Message posted by Steve on 19 November 2004 at 10:25pm - IP Logged
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1991 The Ridge Raceway
Pro Stocks:
Joe Field - Championship race

Hobby Stocks:
Barry Hoffman - Championship race
Clyde Labonte - Points

Mini Stocks:
Stew Heavens - Championship race
Randy Heavens - Points

Pro Stocks:
Russ Wood - Championship race
Kirk Hooker - Points

Hobby Stocks:
Mike Knowler - Championship race and points

Mini Stocks:
George Demars - Championship race
Stew Heavens - Points

The Ridge Points Champions 1993
Pro: Russ Woods
Mini: Curtis Heavens

Message posted by racer on 11 August 2006 at 10:54am - IP Logged
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Racing returning to Ridge; Stock car enthusiast Nathan Trudell plans to open Ridgeview Speedway next spring

Mike Bennett
Chatham Daily News Sports - Friday, August 11, 2006 @ 09:00

The roar of the engines may be heard again at the former Ridge Raceway next spring.

Chatham native Nathan Trudell said he expects to open Ridgeview Speedway by the first of May, 2007.

Trudell said he takes ownership of the property, which is located on the Ridge Line in Rushton's Corners, on September 1.

Stock cars last raced at Ridge Raceway in 1995, which was operated by Ron Urquhart and his family for 12 years.

Trudell, 30, is a former independent businessman and is currently a car salesman in Tilbury.

"I just love the sport ... it's always been a part of my life," said Trudell.

His father, Ray Trudell, was a former driver on the local stock car circuit as well as a flagman at South Buxton Raceway.

"I've grown up around racing, hanging around the tracks as a kid and working on the cars with my dad," he said.

Trudell and his girlfriend Melanie Levesque have traveled to small tracks all around Canada and the United States, which sparked his interest in operating his own track.

"We saw so many great facilities, I said to myself, 'why can't we have something like that here?'" Trudell said.

He held a meeting in Leamington last fall to gauge the interest in opening a second track in the area but his hopes of opening a new track near the Highway 401-40 interchange never materialized.

Instead, he turned his focus to reopening the former Ridge Raceway. 'Back Home On The Ridge' is the slogan Trudell has adopted for the Ridgeview Speedway.

He plans on running five classes - UMP Super Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Limited Late Models, Comp 4 and Pure Stocks - as well as Enduro races and other events such motocross, tractor pulls and concerts.

He said Ridgeview will also be the home track for the Ontario Dirt Late Models, a racing series mainly consisting of local drivers but presently without a home track.

"I want to make it a fan-friendly, family orientated track ... and affordable," he said.

Trudell said he plans on charging only $10 for the grandstand on regular racing nights.

The track will run Friday nights, with some special events on Sundays.

Once Trudell takes possession of the property, he plans on leveling the hill on the south side of the track to build a new pit area behind the grandstand.

He also plans to redesign the former symmetrical track into a wider, three/eighth-mile oval, as well as installing a new wall and fence. Despite the ever-rising expense involved in running a race car as well as competing for fans, Trudell feels his track and South Buxton can coexist.

"The two tracks can be successful if we work together."

South Buxton Raceway promoter and manager Jeff Gotelaer said the proposed new track will not affect plans for his facility and programs.

Property owner Larry Gore could not be reached for comment.

While he has sought advice from many long-time racing people, Trudell said he is handling the finances alone. "There are no investors," he said.

He said the track's web site
color=#ffcc00 should be running this weekend.

Trudell would like to hear from any fans, drivers or potential sponsors with their input about the return of racing to the Ridge.

He can be reached by phone 519 360-6559 or by email

Message posted by TOM on 22 August 2006 at 4:49pm - IP Logged
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Message posted by jardsracing on 25 August 2006 at 11:30pm - IP Logged
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just woundering if u are going to need any help for the commiuty

Message posted by HowieG on 28 August 2006 at 11:49am - IP Logged
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Dear Nathan:

         I have bin around that track for years and have known your dad a long time too. Who can forget 271/2. The only man who drove by fractions. I know this will be a smart move on your part. I know that all the fans and drivers love this track better than Buxton. If you can keep the price down for families to come and have a night of fun it will fly high. I wish you alot of luck and hope it goes well for you. I'm sure you will get lots of help from your mom and dad too because I know the love they have for this track and good old home town dirt racing. This place is the home of dirt racing for many of years and hope it will be for many more. Good lick

Message posted by brian h on 14 September 2006 at 7:37pm - IP Logged
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I was and always will be a big fan of local racing. over the years i have often thought that the ridge should be reopened . Myself as a local fan was disappointed when the track closed as many of my child hood memories of staurday nights were there. My family use go there most nights and cheer on the great local talent we had and still have. I now have a family of my own and have wished the ridge were still there for us to go and enjoy as much as i did when i was kid. Who would ever thought you could relive your childhood memories again.

Message posted by T.W. on 14 September 2006 at 9:16pm - IP Logged
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Dont hold your breath. Don't forget about the ISA., or Gord Bennett

And the ridge ran on Sunday nights :)

Message posted by hawkeye on 16 September 2006 at 2:15pm - IP Logged
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I was very glad to here that the ride raceway was going to reopen. I spent many sunday night there watching some great drivers. The ridge is and will always be the best place to watch some interesting racing. I wish you all the best of luck in your new adventure and thanks for bring back our track and some great childhood memories.

Message posted by Murray Jones on 30 September 2006 at 3:21pm - IP Logged
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Congratulations go out to everyone involved in bringing this track back to life. It's great to read this. I hope it is always successful and that the local community benefits beyond expectations!

Message posted by SMEDLY on 04 October 2006 at 11:37am - IP Logged




Message posted by whatsup! on 20 November 2006 at 12:04pm - IP Logged
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Does ANYONE know the truth behind ALL the rumours???

Message posted by Web master on 23 November 2006 at 7:48am - IP Logged
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Someone claiming to be Nathan posted a message here a few days ago but I don't see it now. I think I accidentally erased it when I was cleaning up the spammers.

If Nathan is still monitoring this board, please e-mail me at

Message posted by localracer on 05 June 2007 at 1:20am - IP Logged
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Well is there anymore news on the Ridge?

Message posted by Steve on 06 June 2007 at 6:47pm - IP Logged
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Nope, nothing. drove by yesterday and it the same only the grass is higher!

Message posted by steve k on 28 July 2007 at 10:50am - IP Logged
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I heard of the ridge re-opening? If anyone reads this and can tell me anything or any updates email me at ( thak you!

Message posted by confused on 12 September 2007 at 3:18pm - IP Logged
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this site claims to be the "NEW RIDGE RACEWAY"

where are these races being held at???



Message posted by Web master on 13 September 2007 at 7:10pm - IP Logged
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Quote: Originally posted by Guest on 12 September 2007

this site claims to be the "NEW RIDGE RACEWAY"

where are these races being held at???

It appears to be on-line racing as opposed to a real track.

Message posted by steve on 16 September 2007 at 10:04am - IP Logged
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It's "SIM" racing

Message posted by ron.k on 22 September 2011 at 6:18pm - IP Logged
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i won the king of the hill championship there in 1995.that was the last year

Message posted by Mindy on 16 April 2013 at 8:06am - IP Logged
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I was wondering if anyone had more pictures than this. I am looking for a picture of my dad with his car. Not sure of his number but passed a few years ago and would love to have a picture. Albert Pilbeam is the name.


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