Year Inducted: 2001
Ovide Dorion was born on the 22nd of September 1940 in Shediac, New Brunswick. At the age of 15, he ventured off to Montreal and quickly became involved in a passion that has lasted over 50 years, that of racecars.
In 1959, his career began on paved oval tracks and it did not take long for him to realize that he had a talent in the sport by winning races. Pavement racing lacked excitement so the local dirt track is where Ovide found a home. In the 60’s he raced at well-known speedways in Alexandria and right in the Sports Hall of Fame’s backyard in Maxville. 1964 was also the year he married Carole Decoste and began his family of 3 children, Joel, Brigitte, and Judithe.
In the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, success continued as Ovide racked up wins and track championships at speedways such as Cornwall, Brockville, and Kingston in Ontario, Edelweiss in Quebec and Fort Covington, Frogtown, and Lafargeville in the U.S. Ovide has won races in 6 decades and 2 centuries. In 1974, Ovide approached the finishing line in Fort Covington, was tagged by a lapped car which sent him in the air backwards and across the finish line thus winning the race. This incident would get him the lasting handle of the “The Flying Frenchman”. His expertise in engine building has also earned him the reputation of being one of the best and he has made this a business, which he currently continues.
During his career, Ovide has gathered over 300 wins and 25 plus track championships. His trophy room is adorned with many rewards but those voted by the fans for being the most popular or most gentlemanly driver hold great value because the fans that have supported him throughout the years are of utmost importance. If it were up to these fans, Ovide would race forever in his well known #40 racecar.
Ovide is considered the pioneer of racing in Glengarry and takes pride in this. He continues to be a mentor for many and always maintains an open door policy to help out.
Ovide has cherished the memories of his passion of racing all these years but most importantly has made it a family outing week in and week out. This is what is most precious to him…..his family! His son Joel is now involved in racing.
He may be #40 in the program, but he’s #1 in the hearts of his family!