Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Hall of Famer "Dizzy" Dean Murray Born - June 19, 1936

June 19, 1936 - March 18, 2008
Dizzy’ Dean Murray
(Photo; https://cmhf.ca/dizzy-dean-murray/)
From Steeves Mountain, NB & Kleinburg, Ont. 
Dean joined the Canadian Navy at age 16 and set off to see the world. An adventurer and entrepreneur, he never looked back. After a stint in the Merchant Marine, Dean landed in Ontario. He was passionate about motorsport and spent his adult life promoting all facets of the sport. He is perhaps best remembered as the editor of Wheelspin News, the flamboyant track announcer, and the tough, fair-minded car show producer. Forever the adventurer, Dean travelled the world, equally comfortable on the Concord to Paris or on a goat caravan in the Sahara.

He has been recognized by Speed-O-Rama in Toronto, by an annual ward in his honor called "The Diz" award. A tower was also named in his honor at Cayuga International Speedway, a number of years ago, where he promoted and announced for many seasons. He was the founder of Motion Custom Auto Shows, which is held annually at the International Center in Mississauga, Ontario early in March.

Dizzy was inducted into the Canadian Street Rodding Hall of Fame in 1994, the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1995, and the Maritime Motorsport Hall of Fame in 2012.

Dean died suddenly on March 18, 2008, after a fall at his home in Kleinburg, Ontario. He was 71.

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