Celebrating 50 Years

Antigonish, Nova Scotia

Throwback Thursday – RIS Legends – Junior Hanley

This week we’re honoring Riverside legend Junior Hanley. From the small south shore town of Port Mouton, Nova Scotia, Junior Hanley went on to become one of the most respected and successful short track racers/car builders from Canada. Hanley raced at Riverside in the early days of his career with No. 10 ‘the Hound’ and […]

RIS50 Throwback Thursday – Victory Laps, Debut Episode – Jerry Lawrence

As part of our 50th-anniversary celebrations, we’re excited to debut ‘Victory Laps’ our new podcast series hosted by Dylan Langille who will visit with personalities that have helped build our foundation over the past five decades. This first episode features the dean of race track announcers, Jerry ‘Jer Bear’ Lawrence, hand-picked by John Chisholm to be the voice […]

Throwback Thursday – Grandstand Design No Accident

Did you know the unique grandstand base at Riverside International Speedway is no accident? The huge mound of earth the grandstand sits on was by design. The following was published in The Evening News May 16, 1969, just two days before the grand opening… Grandstand Designed to Keep Chilly Winds Away From Fans The grandstand at the Riverside […]

Throwback Thursday – A Tribute to John Chisholm

We’re kicking off 50th-anniversary celebrations with a Throwback Thursday tribute to the late John Chisholm, founder, and builder of Riverside Speedway. With the blessing of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., John Chisholm, an Antigonish businessman, modeled Riverside after Bristol Motor Speedway. After its opening in May 1969, Riverside quickly became one of the top tracks in […]

Riverside Reveals 50th Anniversary Imagery, Launches Online Store

Management for Riverside International Speedway is excited to reveal the official logo and new merchandise for its upcoming 50th-anniversary celebration in 2019. “We’re thrilled to be celebrating such a milestone,” said Paul McLean, general manager of Riverside International Speedway. “We wanted the logo and other images marking the anniversary to be representative of our history […]

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