March 22, 2017
Francis James Andre
Birth: April 24, 1927
Deceased: March 8, 1999
Home Town: Windsor, Ontario
Inducted as: Athlete
Inducted for: Auto-racing
Inducted in: 2004
Frank won his first race in Shannoville in 1949. By the time he retired in 1972, he had won more that 70 trophies competing at tracks throughout Ontario and northern New York State.
His signature X car was born on a day when he was painting his racer and ran out of white paint. Two strips of masking tape were all had to label his car; the X came to be his trademark.
In 1951, Frank became the first Canadian to compete in his class in New York State. He won the track championship at Watertown in 1957, 1958, 1963 and 1965 and he missed it by a single point in 1964. He retired an all-time sixth with 17 feature wins.
Frank was track champion several times at Kingston Speedway, where he established the track record for a 10-lap race of 3:13 on July 16, 1966. His final win, at the age of 46, came in 1972 at Brewerton, J.Y., where he came from the back of the starting grid to take the checkered flag.
In April 1992, Frank was the only Canadian among 13 charter members of the DIRT Motorsport Hall of Fame in Weedsport, N.Y., where, after being restored in 1997, his famous X car was put on permanent display.