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January 19, 2018

Frederick Gibson

Nickname: Fred

Birth: November 4, 1936

Home Town: Kingston, Ontario

Inducted as: Athlete

Inducted for: Auto-racing

Inducted in: 2005

Biography:

Fred won several feature races and was always among the top point leaders from the time the Kingston Speedway opened in 1952 until 1974. After finishing second and third in 1960 and 1961, he won his first track championship in 1962, and repeated the feat in 1965 and 1967.

Between 1962 and 1967, Fred won five championships at three different tracks, including the stellar season of 1965, when he won 15 feature races at Kingston and five features at Watertown, N.Y. He didn't compete in 1966 at Kingston after he became co-owner of the track, but he did win the championship that year at Watertown, N.Y.

In 1967, Fred gave up his track shares and returned to racing where he set a Kingston Speedway record by winning 13 consecutive features. That same year he won the track championship at Evans Mills, N.Y.

Fred retired from racing in 1971, and purchased the Kingston Speedway. He introduced the Ontario Limited Sportsman championship race that year, and in 1973, introduced the Late Model division.

Fred later owned Kingston Park Raceway, a standardbred horse racing track.