If you’re just getting started and you’re new to Canadian Speedway and Flat Track, then you’re in for a breif history lesson. In 1990 three speedway enthusiasts got together with an idea. Their idea, a full time racing venue dedicated strictly to speedway racing. Speedway which is a sport that’s been around since the early 1900′s and predominately hosted in major cities across the UK and parts of Europe. Crowds of up to 100 000 per a meeting would gather to watch the spectacle. These machines are unique because they’re the only form of motorized racing on two with no brakes. That’s right no brakes and very basic essentials to complete a bike that weighs only 150 lbs. The very powerful methanol fueled engines have always been 4 stroke engines and generate as much as 80 hp in a modern machine.

   

So in 1991 when their plan came to action, it was decided that the Paris Fairgrounds would be the place. Dave Havill one of the founding members had connections with the Fairgrounds and considered it the most appropriate place for the 1/8 mile oval. Mr. Havill over the years has always been the major role in keeping the speedway alive there until just recently in 2010 he unfortunately passed away due to cancer. The other two founding members were Jim and Joe Hesmer. In and out of first hand action, they’ve always played a significant role to keep growth and development of Canadian Speedway. In 2006 we suffered the loss of Jim Hesmer however his son Gary continued to race professionally and show strong presence in the industry. Joe Hesmer who is currently a track manager shows his involvement still on a weekly basis with his son Aaron and Chris, both past Canadian champions.

2010 seen a new beginning to the speedway. Aaron Hesmer seen an opportunity with the track. His past experience of running the 2006 season at the track and heavy involvement with Canadian Speedway Racing Association ‘CSRA’, mending the idea of having speedway, flat track and ATV racing going on at the same meeting might attract more attention. That it has, starting the first race with under 20 entry’s and approx. 80 spectators, Aaron was driven to see it succeed and with the team they did. Currently upwards of 80+ riders and 300-400 spectators currently attend. “I’ll feel like we’ve made a significant impact if we reach double these numbers, but our biggest goal from day one, is to make sure everyone goes home with a smile on their face”. A strong upswing of youth riders and a buzz about Paris looks promising, however it’s the atmosphere that lives at Paris that’s like none other. Everyone seems to be friends no matter what they’re riding and it’s an event that everyone comes to without pressure. It’s great for a beginner, it’s great for an expert, it’s great for anyone that’s willing to have fun and ride! Come out, join the experience and see what everyone’s thrilled about.