By Steven Petty
PORT COLBORNE, ON-When you parked your car at any track in the Niagara Region, there was Wayne “Chopper” Wright to greet you. “Chopper”, a longtime fixture in racing in Niagara passed away on Thursday, December 15, 2022.
“Chopper” lived and breathed racing in Niagara. When he was able to travel, he would also be the parking attendant at the Ransomville Speedway in the early-mid 90s. Primarily, “Chopper” would be at Merrittville and Humberstone (Gasport) for multiple track owners/promoters.
When the parking lot was all set, Chopper would then take his place by the flagstand gate, whether it was at Merrittville or Humberstone. He loved his duties at the gate as he also made sure that all the division sponsor signs were out and greeted the drivers in victory lane.
Health issues over the past few seasons kept “Chopper” away from the track, but when he was at the tracks, he was there with a smile on his face, always saying hello to everyone who walked by, and was one of the last to leave.
The memories of “Chopper” will never be forgotten. He was truly a fixture at the tracks in Niagara and will be missed by all that knew him.