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Motorama Custom Car & Motorsport Expo opens Friday at International Centre

Norris McDonald
Written by Norris McDonald

Greg MacPherson is one of the nicest guys you will ever want to meet.

Always smiling (it seems), he’s the editor of Inside Track Motorsport News magazine and website and the owner/promoter (with David Weber) of this weekend’s Motorama Custom Car & Motorsport Expo being held at the International Centre out by the airport.

Once two shows – Motorama and the Expo – they’ve been one for the last five years.  In fact, this year’s edition is the fifth since MacPherson, et al, took over and merged the two.

 It was a stroke of genius because, and you’ve heard this one before, there really is something for everyone at this show, whether you’re an old-time hot-rodder or a fan of sports car racing at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. 

Motorama is taking up Four halls at the International Centre, taking up 330,000 square feet of space, making it the biggest show of its kind, in Canada. 

In addition to the established automotive and racing content on display at the massive venue located across from Toronto’s Pearson Airport, this year’s Motorama show will feature an all-new room called Motorama Mayhem – in the Backroom.

According to a release, the 30,000-square-foot Hall 3 will be active all weekend celebrating the rockabilly lifestyle featuring traditional hot rods and custom cars. Presented by Zehr Insurance Brokers Ltd., Mayhem will also showcase pinstripers, a pinup pageant, barbers, tattoo artists and the sounds of several rockabilly bands.

Another major display will featur Multimatic Motorsports of Markham, which will celebrate the 55th anniversary of the legendary Ford Mustang. The Mustang Corral will feature an eye-catching assortment of street and racing versions of the iconic muscle car, from its introduction to the present.

“This is going to be the best one yet,” said Motorama  co-promoter David Weber.

“Gary Challice and Bob Sumak are assembling an incredible assortment of vehicles for Hall 1, most of which are being debuted at Motorama. And at last count, there will be 15 different car clubs represented throughout the show, in addition to the hundreds of individuals who are entering their own vehicles. We’ll also have several amazing cars from SEMA that have never been seen in Canada before.”

As always, Canadian motorsports will be a major component .of the show, with most of the top tracks, series and sanctioning bodies represented with booths and racing vehicles.

The popular Short Track and Drag Racing Night of Champions presented by Stoneridge Speciality Insurance will take place on the Rust=Oleum Stage on Saturday. This incredibly unique ceremony will honour more than 100 of Canada’s championship-winning oval and straight-line racers in one place, at one time.

And throughout the weekend, racers, promoters and officials representing the full spectrum of Canadian racing will take part in on-stage discussions and presentations.

For information about Motorama, including hours, ticket prices and special attractions, visit MotoramaShow.com or email info@motoramashow.com.