2013 saw history in the making in Canadian speedway, with one of the most
popular riders taking the honors.
The world of speedway has many characters who leave a mark in their wake;
the world of GP speedway has "The Grin" Mr. Nice Guy, Greg Hancock, we have
"Newfie" Terry Rideout, both have no enemies and are held in high regard by
Born in Goulds, Newfoundland, Terry Rideout began his competitive speedway
riding in Canada in 2007, after becoming romantically involved with his now
wife, Corinne Franic, who herself is a very good speedway rider! He began
practicing at Paris Speedway, and was never short of showing fearless riding,
and went onward to win the Division 2 Championship crown in his first year of
Moving upward to the top level class, he progressed well every year at all
the tracks available, Paris Speedway, Welland Speedway and the Belleville ½
mile. His fearless mindset was highlighted, when Simon Bennington was seeking a
passenger for his newly delivered 1000cc sidecar. Getting a crash course in what
to do, Simon jumped on with Terry hanging on for grim death, much to the delight
of the crowds and his fellow riders.
Never one to back out of close racing, Terry has had his fair share of
slide-outs and crashes, but his fairness in riding is what shows when Terry
takes to the track. A couple of years ago in the Canadian Championship event,
this was highlighted when he was behind Fred Legault in the first heat of the
event, going into corner 3 Legault lost his chain and fell immediately in front
of Terry, who superbly laid his bike down to avoid carnage, and major damage to
a stricken Legault! His quick reflexes also relieved the stricken John Kehoe at
the Paris Speedway ½ mile race of any damage this past May, when he
uncharacteristically fell during practice.
Terry has become a very popular rider with the crowds over the years, as
well as with his fellow riders. His generous help is continually seen with him
giving encouragement and assistance to other riders who suffered mechanical
problems. Mike Hammond, Gary Moody and Tommy Hensby have all enjoyed this
unselfish nature in 2013, with Terry lending his bike, parts and repairing
damaged bikes between heats throughout the events.
His 6th place in the 2013 Canadian Speedway Championship was hindered with
his own problems, having to ride with a nasty ankle injury sustained in the
previous week's final event at Welland. But just missing out in the final 5 for
the finals was frustrating for him, but his finishing was commendable under the
The crowning glory was enjoyed by Terry at the recent event in St-Guillaume
, Quebec, this was the last CMA sanctioned event for him to gain the important
points on a series leading Kyle Legault, and Terry drove 7-1/2 hours to ride on
an awful track, to complete the needed win to grab the Canadian National
Championship award for 2013.
So Terry Rideout rounds out the 2013 Canadian Speedway season making
history, well deserved and it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
2013 - CMA National Speedway Champion - Series Champion
2013 - Flat Track Canada - Series Champion
2013 - Paris Speedway - Series Champion