The Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame regrets to announce the passing of 1988 inductee Ross Surgenor.
Surgenor first joined V.I.T.R.A. in 1963, and started his career behind the wheel the following racing season, piloting a 1938 Buick in the Stock Car class. Ross managed to finish second in points, and was awarded the Dick Willoughby Sportsmanship Trophy.
The following years would see Ross win two V.I.T.R.A Stock Car championships before moving up to the Super Stock division in 1968. He claimed the championship in his first year in the class.
Ross was once again Super Stock champion in 1970, and drove his Ford Torino to the win in the inaugural Canada 200 in 1972. In 1973 he was crowned B.C. Super Stock champion.
After a short retirement Ross returned to racing behind the wheel of an Old Time Racer. Surgenor managed to score many main event wins in his short racing comeback.
The WILROC Saratoga Championship trophy is named in Ross’ honour. Brad Aumen won it in 2019.