Monday, February 14 2005 @ 04:22 PM EST
Contributed by: ACT Staff
We recently congratulated ACT alumnus Rollie MacDonald on his being named to the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame. Turns out, he’s not the only one that deserves accolades. After fifty-plus years of driving, owning and building race cars, legendary underdog Gardiner Leavitt of Kezar Falls, ME (photo left with Bruce Elder (L); Steve LeClair photo) has been inducted into the Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Leavitt, who celebrated his 74th birthday on Sunday, was the sentimental favorite on the former ACT Pro Stock Tour (shown right in 1982), and used a sort of “tortoise and the hare” approach on the race track. While he was by no means the proverbial tortoise, Leavitt earned just three Top 5 finishes in 231 starts on the Tour. Despite never carrying the checkered flag, however, Leavitt finished fourth overall in 1979, eighth in 1980, and later found great success with Kelly Moore, Brad Leighton, and Steve Knowlton steering his famous #1x machines. Today, Gardiner and wife June Leavitt are still a vibrant part of the Thunder Road and ACT scene, and make the eight-hour round trip to Barre, VT each Thursday with their much-visited and much-appreciated Action Racing parts trailer. It is our hope that the Leavitts remain a part of our lives for many years to come, and we humbly congratulate you, Gardiner, on your award.