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Fast Eddie Racewear & Impact Introduce The Accel Frontal Head Restraint
The goal at Fast Eddie Racewear has always been to make everyone involved in motorsports safer; whether you are a driver, crew member, track worker, or volunteer. This mission is evident in the wide variety of safety products we offer for any budget, from race suits to helmets and more. Keeping with this theme, we are proud to introduce the new Impact Accel Frontal Head Restraint.
photo1What makes the Accel different? Unlike other devices, the Accel is only available in one size, meaning there is less guess work when ordering and you are more likely that your favorite speed shop will have what you need in stock on the shelves. The Accel is adjustable with multiple mounting positions to accommodate variables such as seat angle, body shape, and more. As a result of the optimized placement and angle of the lower tether mount, the Accel device offers unsurpassed angular impact protection.
photo2Impact’s Accel is made from a DuPont® carbon fiber composite material and weighs a mere 1.8 pounds, resulting in less driver fatigue on race day. The design and choice of materials in the Accel FHR allows the device to flex in unison with the body during the course of competition thus minimizing driver fatigue and pressure points.
photo3Priced at only $699 CAD, the Accel includes all necessary tether hardware, helmet clips, tools, and even comes with its own storage bag. Offered with everything necessary to race safer at an affordable price, the Accel makes a great gift for the racer in your life. Don’t have a helmet that accommodates FHRs? Easy-to-follow instructions and all the necessary components are included to modify your Snell rated helmet to work in conjunction with the Accel, or Impact has a wide selection of helmets for any budget if you are looking for a reason to upgrade this season.
Contact Fast Eddie Racewear at 1-800-383-4940 for more information or come visit our booth at the Motorama Custom Car Show March 13-15th.
Niagara College and Canadian Motor Speedway Create Opportunities for Students!

July 7, 2014

A proposed motor speedway for Fort Erie has opened a world of opportunity for Niagara College students.

Niagara College and The Canadian Motor Speedway have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that outlines a broad range of areas where the parties can create hands-on learning and research opportunities.

“This is a world-class attraction that will bring together everything from hospitality to engineering technology,” said Steve Hudson, Niagara College’s vice president, academic. “There are elements of this proposal that align with almost all of our areas of specialization – in both academics and applied research.”

The potential areas of co-operation outlined in the MOU range from events, a presence at the racetrack for NC’s food and hospitality related institutions, as well as applied learning opportunities for technology and motive power students through applied research programs. Opportunities may include the testing of green-energy vehicles, co-op placements, recruitment events, collaboration with other postsecondary institutions and much more.

“Since the inception of Canadian Motor Speedway, we wanted to establish long-term partnerships with world class and Ontario-based educational institutions that could broaden the scope of the Research and Development component of CMS. This partnership will provide a valuable state of the art facility to advance applied learning and innovation, as well as connect Niagara College and CMS to other industry partners, taking us all to another level of excellence,” CMS Partner and Executive Director Azhar Mohammad stated.

Canadian Motor Speedway is a $150 million race track development situated on 826 acres of land in Fort Erie directly adjacent to the QEW within two minutes of the Canadian/U.S. border and 20 minutes from Niagara Falls.

It will include ancillary construction for infrastructure, recreational, retail, commercial, motorsports, automotive R&D Innovation Park in collaboration with McMaster University and Niagara College, industrial and educational uses that will expand the build-out to $400 million.

The core of the project consists of a stand-alone ¾ mile ‘Jeff Gordon Design Signature Speedway’ oval, which combines to form a two mile FIA grade road course. All 65,000 stadium seats will have expansive views of the tracks and the 5,000 enclosed club seats and 40 suites will favour the customer with first class catering and hospitality.

The development will provide world class racing events for up to 100,000 spectators in a variety of motorsports including automobiles, motorcycles, karting, drifting and various motorized and non-motorized public events. For more information, please visit:, or on Twitter: @CMSNation.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses.

Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics.

For more information visit

Photo attached: Niagara College and Canadian Motor Speedway principles at signing of the MOU.  Top from Left: Wayne Toth, Co-ordinator, Niagara College Motive Power/Automotive… Azhar Mohammad, Partner and Executive Director, Canadian Motor Speedway… Steve Hudson, Vice President, Academic, Niagara College.

Bottom from left: Ibrahim Abou Taleb, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Motor Speedway… Dr. Dan Patterson, President, Niagara College.


For more information, contact:

Michael Wales

Senior Communications Officer

Niagara College

Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773

Cell: 905.328.4101

Julie Greco

Communications Specialist

Niagara College

Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7368

Cell: 905.328.2532

Erik Tomas

Media and Public Relations Consultant

Canadian Motor Speedway

Office: 905.894.0411

Cell: 289.407.4410

Claire MacSweyn

Marketing & Sponsorship Executive

Canadian Motor Speedway

Office: 888.887.7223 (RACE) x101

Cell: 905.359.9820



 Brady Greer

Steven Matthews

Fast Eddie Racewear ‘Search for Speed’ Finalists Announced

UXBRIDGE, ON- After reviewing dozens of applications from Mini Stock drivers across Canada, Fast Eddie Racewear has announced the finalists for the first ever ‘Search for Speed’ contest.

Sixteen racers from two regions have been selected, and will be voted on by fans at Voting will be open until May 26th, and the two regional winners will each earn a $500 sponsorship and a custom made ‘Crew Shirt’ from Fast Eddie Racewear.

“We couldn’t have been happier with the response”, says Fast Eddie co-founder Jamie Hakonson. “The energy and excitement generated by the Mini Stock competitors is contagious. We received applications from across Canada, from dirt and asphalt drivers, eager to join our rapidly expanding team”

“The original plan was to take only 5 drivers from Ontario, split between Dirt and Asphalt”, continues Hakonson. “But the number of applications we received, coupled with the quality of the applicants themselves made that near impossible. So, we’ve taken what we felt were the 11 best, and felt it was only fair to let the fans decide who should join our team”

Fast Eddie Racewear would like to congratulate its 16 finalists:

Ontario Dirt Finalists

Evan Curtis
This former ‘Best Appearing’ winner will compete at Merrittville and Humberstone Speedway fulltime in 2014. A Port Colborne, ON native, Curtis is a 9-year Mini Stock veteran, with numerous feature victories to his credit. 2013 saw Curtis tally 5 feature wins, whilst earning 4th overall in the final Mini Stock standings at Merrittville, and 2nd overall in final Mini Stock standings at Humberstone.

Jon Janssens
A former pavement standout, Janssens converted to dirt competition in 2009 and hasn’t looked back. The Woodstock, ON driver has an ambitious 2014 schedule planned, and will compete fulltime at Ohsweken Speedway in addition to a number of invitationals at Humberstone Speedway as well as Delaware’s ‘Open Four Cylinder Invitational’.

Justin Desrosiers
A Cornwall Motor Speedway regular, Justin got his start crewing for several competitors before making his divisional debut in 2012. ‘JD’ earned Rookie of the Year honours in his inaugural season, in addition to placing 3rd in the overall Mini Stock point standings. Desrosiers equaled that feat again in 2013, and enters the 2014 season with hopes of tallying his first career divisional championship.

Shelby Mills
This 22-year old Trenton, ON native has been competing at Brighton Speedway since the age of 17. A graduate of the entry-level Stinger division, Mills is entering her third full season of Mini Stock racing this year. After notching 6th place in points last season, this former winning of the ‘Most Gentle Person’ award is dead-set on a championship in 2014.

Brady Greer
A back-to-back ‘Best Appearing’ winner, Wellington, ON’s Brady Greer is set for his third season of Mini Stock competition at Brighton Speedway. With 1 career victory under his belt, Brady is entering 2014 hungry for more checkered flags. Brady is proud of his “100% dedication to the sport”, and has the scars to prove it – he once broke his knee in an on-track accident and returned the following week without ever missing a race!

Ontario Asphalt Finalists

Andy Kamrath
A longtime veteran of the Limited Late Model division, ‘The Instant Classic’ dropped down for his first foray into the Mini Stock division in 2014 citing budget restrictions. A competitor since the age of 9, Kamrath was a former Junior Late Model standout at Sauble Speedway, before graduating to a Limited Late Model career that spanned 5 seasons and 10 feature victories. Proud of his aggressive racing style, Kamrath is hoping for numerous wins at Sunset Speedway this season.

Kyle Jackson
A former winner of the ‘Most Sportsmanlike’ award, Sauble Beach, ON’s Kyle Jackson is ready for his third full season of racing at Sauble Speedway in 2014. The 27-year old has amassed a number of top-5s, and is hoping to knock down his first career Sauble feature win this season. The KMS Motorsports representative is confident that his team is a few strong performances away from a breakout campaign.

Mike Gettliffe
The 2013 Barrie Speedway champion will return to fulltime competition this season, intent on once again basing his program on dedication and sportsmanship. A 6-year veteran of both Thunder Car and Mini Stock competition, the Orillia, ON driver is one of the most experienced members of Barrie’s Mini Stock roster.

Billy Melenhorst
The self-proclaimed ‘weekend warrior’ has a full schedule in mind for 2014. With aims of racing for a championship at Sunset Speedway, the Stayner, ON driver will also compete at invitational events across the province. The 2008 Barrie Speedway ‘Charger’ division champion, Billy has 4 career feature wins to his credit, and hopes to add to that this season.

Samantha Shaw
A third-generation competitor, Sam has eeked out a very strong social media presence through her series of weekly video diaries uploaded to her Youtube account. A Mini Stock competitor since 2008, Shaw is a two-time winner of both the ‘Most Improved Driver’ award as well as the ‘Best Appearing’ title. A descendant of one of Southern Ontario Short Track Racing’s ‘first families’, Shaw’s program is steeped in tradition with grandfather Ron Shaw and father Randy Shaw both aiding in bringing Sam through the ranks.

Russ Aicken
A 5-year veteran of Mini Stock competition, New Hamburg, ON’s Russ Aicken is a weekly threat to win at Hamilton’s Flamboro Speedway. A regular supporter of Ronald McDonald House and Canadian Cancer Foundation charities, Aicken’s #71 can often be found at charity BBQs and community events. A former ‘Best Appearing’ winner, Aicken has not had a season without a top-5 finish in championship points since 2008.

Eastern Canada Finalists

Patricia Taylor
Patricia Taylor turned heads in her rookie season of Mini Stock racing at Petty Raceway. Taylor, driving the #10 Honda at the high banked, River Glade, New Brunswick track, accomplished her main on track goal in 2013 by taking the Rookie of the Year Award in the Mini Stock class. She competed in all eight races that comprised the season, finishing sixth in the standings. In turn, she gained many fans in the run of her rookie campaign, as was displayed by winning the Most Popular Driver as the fan favorite in the Mini Stock class at Petty Raceway.

Away from the track, Taylor displays her car throughout the year at various businesses and charity functions throughout the Greater Moncton area. Her “Chase the Racecar” campaign, which can be followed through her Facebook page, gives fans a chance to follow her display around the city as well as win prizes from her marketing partners as well.

Chantel Ackles
Nicknamed ‘Hollywood’, Ackles has competed at speedways across Atlantic Canada. 2014 will mark Ackles third full season of competition, with plans of competing at Scotia Speedworld, Petty International Raceway, Cape Breton Miners Memorial Speedway, the CENTRE for Speed and Speedway Miramichi. With 20 scheduled events this season, Ackles’ dedication to the sport is evident – even more so when she notes that she once missed her high school prom to go racing.

Lisa Stewart
When it comes to racing at Oyster Bed Speedway on Prince Edward Island, Stewart Racing is a name you’ll hear on a few occasions throughout a card on the high banked oval. While she hasn’t been racing as long as Street Stock teammates Adam and Jamie, Lisa Stewart has made quite a name for herself in a short Mini Stock racing career. In a division where drivers rarely give an inch in the heat of the moment, Stewart has learned the race craft of the class quickly, mixing it up with the boys at the front of the field on a weekly basis. In 2013, she posted a top ten run in the point standings and was awarded the Mini Stock Favorite Driver award at Oyster Bed Speedway.

Scott Williams
If you roll into a race track in Atlantic Canada and “Mr. Honda” is within the gates, you know you are up against some stiff competition.A longtime divisional standout, he began his racing career at Riverside International Speedway in 2002. Upon moving to Halifax in the mid-2000s, he became a familiar sight at Scotia Speedworld, racing full time on the 3/10-mile oval. The 2013 season was his biggest as he went to victory lane in the Atlantic Championships Mini Stock 100 at the CENTRE For Speed, defeating a huge field of well over two dozen of the best Mini Stock racers from all three Maritime Provinces. When Williams is not on track, he is tuning on cars, lending some of his knowledge to his competitors. His technology went to victory lane with the likes of Drew MacEachern in 2012 and wound up on the top of the heap as Kyle MacMillan drove a “Mr. Honda” tuned car to the championship at Scotia Speedworld in 2012.

Steve Matthews
Those in the Atlantic Canadian Mini Stock world may not know Steve Matthews for his driving abilities (yet, at least), but he is a well-known name around racing circles in the region.

Matthews is a recognizable face in the pit area during Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour races as the spotter for the #98 of Jerome Kehoe. In past years, the Halifax native could be seen roaming the pits on a Friday night, lending a hand to teams who need it. In fact, Matthews got the bug to go Mini Stock racing after a pair of races in the famed Ken Zwicker owned #141 Neon in 2012 when their regular driver could not fill the seat.

While Matthews can count the amount of real world races he has on one hand, he is an accomplished iRacing driver on local circuits.


Applicants are encouraged to follow Fast Eddie on Twitter @WearFastEddie for further updates on the inaugural Search For Speed contest. Voting will open on May 12th and run until May 26th. The two winners will be announced on on May 28th.

About Fast Eddie Racewear:

Founded in 2002 as a partnership between Jamie Hakonson and Tony Paton, Fast Eddie Racewear has grown to become one of the industry leaders in concept, design, manufacturing and distribution of motorsports and corporate wear. A ‘one stop shop’ for all things motorsports, Fast Eddie Racewear also stocks a full line of Simpson and Impact Safety Gear, including helmets, head and neck restraints, gloves and driving boots. Contact Fast Eddie Racewear at (800)-383-4940 and be sure to visit the brand new