William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD


Scan the sports section’s hockey – see who’s got a goal?
Look at the racing car finalists – who are the brave and bold?
There’s the name of Lew MacKenzie – once our soldier boss!
Now he’s racing and he’s funding for our Canada’s ICROSS[1]!

What’s that on his racing helmet – is that a yellow ribbon seen?
It’s a support our troops decal being sported on the racing scene!
The General’s passing younger drivers in just about every race!
Lew is in fact a constant winner – he is a Canadian driving ace!

Lew has the Order of Canada and he holds two MSC[2]’s!
One of the only Canadians who ever received 2 of these!
He is still a constant winner on the racing track’s summer circuit
Lew has a busy schedule – I just don’t know how he ever works it?

Lew just sent to us two thousand bucks for his riding with the CAV[3]
It was an MC summer project that old veterans often have
They ride their motorcycles – to support the children of war
And this wonderful contribution will support the children in Darfur

We are waiting for his new book to be published that’s for sure
And we know ‘twill be successful, ‘cause the contents will be pure!
Lew is a soldier’s soldier! He’s a leader, and a real good guy!
He often gets in political trouble – ‘cause our Lew, he does not lie!

Retired General is Happy Following New Career Track

Can West News Service

Lew MacKenzie
Retired Major-General Lewis MacKenzie is enjoying an outstanding season in car racing. The Ontario champion is competing at the Circuit Mont-Tremblant in Mont-Tremblant, Que., this weekend
OTTAWA — He’s a decorated soldier who made his mark around the world, so competitors often find it difficult to believe who is really under the helmet in Car 96.

Forget his work in Sarajevo, Vietnam, Central America, Cairo, the Gaza Strip, and Cyprus. Just try coming up in retired major-general Lewis MacKenzie’s rear-view mirror and blowing by him on a straightaway, or going high on a turn.

Put MacKenzie behind the wheel at Mosport, Shannonville, Trois-Rivieres or Montreal, on just about any given weekend from May through September and, well, it’s all-out war. As a soldier, he welcomed the prospect of the enemy waving white flags. Now he lives to take chequered ones. Which helps explain why, even at 67, the general is at the top of his game, having just clinched first spot in the Diamond class in the Ontario Ford Series with one event to go. His victory helped Ottawa’s Mortimer Racing to its first sweep of both championships in the Series, with Matt White taking the Brian Stewart class.

How’s this for taking no prisoners? MacKenzie raced 12 open-wheel-style races this summer, all to podium finishes. That would be five firsts, six seconds, and one third.

“He’s still a soldier,” says Nigel Mortimer, the racing guru who heads the Mortimer Racing outfit. If you want to pass him, you have to work for it. He’s one tough competitor.”

If MacKenzie is the brawn of Mortimer Racing, Mortimer is the brains. His racing team basically operates out of his garage and numbers 10 cars — and growing. He also finds time to drive his own cars, but he is the one the others seek out when things aren’t going right.

Coincidentally, his day job has him overseeing the Transport Canada department in charge of vehicle recalls and putting manufacturers on the hook for repairs. With his own cars, he’s on the hook.

The relationship among the drivers has made for many memorable moments, some of which will be included in MacKenzie’s much-anticipated and as yet-untitled book. It has just landed on his publisher’s desk, some 13 years after he penned his first, the No: 1 bestseller Peacekeeper: The Road to Sarajevo.

Yes, his book will delve into his side of a negotiated hostage release while commanding United Nations troops in Bosnia. Yes, he will weigh in on his relationship with former general, now senator, Romeo Dallaire and give his account of the events in Carol Off’s critical book, The Lion, The Fox, and The Eagle.

But the book’s longest chapter, some 5,000 words, will focus on his racing career and his passion for speed.

It’s a love of long standing. He was hooked from the moment a friend took him to a track when he was still in the first phase of infantry training at Camp Borden.

The day he decided to put aside his studies at St. Francis Xavier University and accept a direct com-mission into the army was a sign of what was to come. He needed the money to buy a sports car.
A few years later, he became even more serious. In his 30s and with a little discretionary income, he told his wife, Dora, that he wanted to try racing for “one summer.” She reluctantly agreed. His first race was while he was stationed in Germany.

Thirty-some one-year extensions later, he’s still working on the “one summer” promise to his wife, all the while finding ways to keep his racing pursuits at least tolerable on the home front.

“You might call [racing] a passion,” says MacKenzie.