As the hourglass of the countdown continues to slowly empty in anticipation of the 80th Valleyfield Regatta, the stories will continue to flow with the approach of the event to be held July 13, 14 and 15 .
That of Paul Reid and his family, who have been at the rendezvous since the first hour in 1938 deserves special attention. On the Facebook page of the veteran racer living in Amherst, New York, we learn that he will hold a fundraiser on the Wednesday before the Regatta, at Willy’s Pub, on Mgr Langlois Boulevard.
The 801 Can-Am Mad Dog driver mentions in his invitation to the “Regateux” that his father, Dudley, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year, and his mother Andrea both participated in the first Valleyfield Regattas as competitor and scorer respectively.
Paul Reid, who made his first appearance in the regatta capital in 1949, has over the years, driven boats in the 280-cubic-inch (5-liter), 6-liter, Pro Stock and Can-Am classes. The 72-year-old driver returned to the waters of St. Francis Bay last year when the flat-bottomed boats were reinstated in the Valleyfield Regatta after a three-year absence.
Next month, Paul Reid will be one of twenty participants at the 80th edition of the campivallensien (Valleyfield) event. In the 1980s, his brother Peter Reid built and drove a 5-liter class boat, nicknamed “Another Toy”.
As for the “fundraiser” that Paul Reid is organizing at “Willy’s Pub”, it will cost $ 25 to enjoy hamburger, fries and chicken wings starting at 5 pm on July 11. Draws for door prizes and a half and half are also planned.
Driver Steve Armstrong will be there with his guitar and he will sing his composition “Valleyfield” and other regatta tunes. In addition, a tribute will be paid to the legendary Howie Benns, who died earlier this year, in the presence of his great friend Charlie Miller and J-P Lecours.
Credits : Denis Bourbonnais – Journal Saint-François