Checker Flag Storyboard Unveiled in Tecumseh

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There is something new at Cranbrook Park in Tecumseh, the former home of the Checker Flag International Speedway.

A storyboard showcasing the history of the dirt and asphalt track was unveiled on Saturday.

John Lucier spearheaded the storyboard idea.

He attended the track for more than 30-years and says he wanted the history of the speedway to live on.

"I've come to the realization that memories are all we have left," says Lucier.  "I've been through a lot physically lately.  I had a kidney transplant, I was near death and like I said memories become more important so that's why I did it."    

He says the track was very popular.

"It was an integral part of their lives and I'm just glad to be able to honour it and keep it a memory," says Lucier.  

The speedway opened in 1961 on County Rd. 42 near Banwell Rd.

It closed in 1992 due to dwindling attendance and residential expansion in the area.

The land was sold and became part of the Cranbrook sub-division.