John W. Chisholm Memorial Cup
On July 18, 2015, during opening ceremonies for the IWK 250, the John W. Chisholm Memorial Cup was unveiled by members of the Chisholm family and pronounced the perpetual award for the IWK 250, the event at Riverside International Speedway that meant the most to Mr. Chisholm.
Created and named for the late John W. Chisholm (1946 to 2014), founder and builder of Riverside International Speedway, the magnificent custom-built perpetual trophy celebrates Mr. Chisholm’s accomplishments as a racer in raising the level of competition and as a promoter in attracting top drivers and series to the facility.
The new award was made in the same precise fashion with which Mr. Chisholm built Riverside International Speedway, first in 1969 and then rebuilt in 2006.
A handmade silver cup adorns the John W. Chisholm Memorial Cup emblem and sits atop a plinth foundation encircled with words that symbolize excellence. The cup and plinth mounted on a large specially commissioned wood pedestal representative of and representing, champions.
The base is decorated with silver plates engraved to recognize former winners of the historical ‘250’, known as the Riverside 250 from 1977 to 2006, and since 2007 as the IWK 250. Several blank silver plates are in place awaiting the names of future winners, making a win in this event an even more prestigious accomplishment.
The John W. Chisholm Memorial Cup presentation will be made by a person from, or chosen by, the Chisholm family and the winner will also receive a John W. Chisholm Memorial Cup recognition award.
A number of former 250 winners were on hand for the unveiling of the John W. Chisholm Memorial Cup, including Terry Clattenburg, John Flemming, Frank Fraser, Rollie MacDonald, Mike MacKenzie, Darren MacKinnon, Greg Sewart, Wayne Smith, and Kent Vincent.
For more than four decades John W. Chisholm was among the most respected figures in Maritime motorsports. His unexpected death on July 4, 2014, came just two weeks before his favourite event, the IWK 250, which was dedicated to his memory.
His vision to build a premier stock car racing facility, together with his constant search for bettering technology in the race cars, and introducing top series and stars to racers and race fans alike, created a forum where legends are made.
In recognition of the unveiling of the John W. Chisholm Memorial Cup, our good friends at Race Time Radio produced a goosebump-worthy introduction for our fans. You will want to listen to this and hear what winning the IWK 250 means to legends of our sport, legends of the IWK 250.
- Introduction to the Unveiling of the John W. Chisholm Memorial Cup (July 18, 2015) featuring Frank Fraser, Greg Sewart, Rollie MacDonald, Terry Clattenburg, Junior Hanley, Mike MacKenzie, Ben Rowe, Mike Rowe, Regan Smith, Wayne Smith, Kent Vincent, Darren MacKinnon, John Flemming, and Shawn Tucker.