April 23, 2015, ST. CATHARINES – Clinton Geoffrey is taking his show on the road in 2015. The renowned dirt racing announcer is anxious to bring his unique style to new venues.
Midway through this off-season Geoffrey announced his departure from Merrittville Speedway. The move was a shock to many in the racing industry. If you’ve attended a dirt race in Southern Ontario in the last decade you’ve heard his voice.
Geoffrey is the longtime voice of Ohsweken Speedway, Humberstone Speedway, and formerly Merrittville Speedway. His landscape will change this summer.
“I was hesitant to leave Merrittville,” said the Hamilton native. “I’ve been comfortable doing the dirt tracks for a long time, so I hadn’t really considered a change.”
Within days of his departure from Merrittville Geoffrey received offers from multiple places including opportunities he’d been waiting a long time for. He signed a marketing deal with Epic Racewear, and this summer he will travel Ontario.
“I just found out I’ll be doing some work with Joel Robinson and Fuel Media Labs this year,” said an elated Geoffrey. “I’ve wanted to work with him for a long time now, and I’ll finally get the chance this summer.”
Geoffrey also accepted an offer from the OSCAAR Super Late Model Series to become their official voice. He formerly worked at Cayuga Speedway, and he has done some work with Flamboro Speedway, but OSCAAR will take him to numerous venues he has never seen.
“More than anything else I’m a huge racing fan,” said Geoffrey. “The OSCAAR series is a reputable series, and I think the fans and teams will be surprised at what I can bring to the table.”
Geoffrey is more than an announcer. With a technical background Geoffrey also produces his shows remotely which allows him to roam each venue while announcing and provide behind-the-scenes and on-the-spot coverage that most fans have never seen. The concept is something Geoffrey developed before the new millennium. He worked with race track owner and promoter Glenn Styres who not only gave him his start announcing, but who also supported Geoffrey’s vision of live race coverage.
“Glenn has more enthusiasm for racing than anyone I’ve ever met,” said Geoffrey. “So when I started working at Ohsweken in 1996 I was young and full of ideas. Every time we came up with a new idea he helped make it happen.”
Geoffrey was instrumental in the hiring of Adam Ross at Ohsweken in the late 90s. He unselfishly made Ross a big part of the show, and together the duo became known as the Dual Airbags. The Airbags called races from separate locations, and they went wherever they needed to cover the action.
“No speedway in our area was interviewing drivers after accidents right on the race track” said Geoffrey. “We got raw emotion for the race fans, and everyone seemed to love it. Even the racers loved it.
“They had often just wrecked their race cars, but they were excited to be a bigger part of the show. We were everywhere.”
Geoffrey incorporates his unique announcing style with his passion for music creating an environment at the speedway unmatched anywhere else.