One sure sign that Spring is near is Toronto’s annual spring car show at the International Centre. Originally held in the late Fifties, the show has been through several owner changes over the years and has been through just as many name changes. There has been Autorama, Speedsport, Performance in Motion and Megaspeed to name a few. Following the 2014 Megaspeed show, the event was taken over by the folks at Inside Track magazine, who already operated the Canadian Motorsports Expo. The two shows were combined are now called the Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo.
The Motorama marketing team has been pushing the show heavily on local radio and were rewarded when the show opened yesterday morning to bigger crowds than I can remember ever seeing on a Friday at the previous version of the show. The morning is hectic, as local high school students take over for a couple of hours, but then it settled in to a busy groove of car enthusiasts.
The show is a bit more compact than it was under the previous management, but offers visitors a much broader variety of vehicles on display, from show cars to near-daily driven rat rods and traditional rods. On the motorsport side, pretty much every genre of racing in Ontario is represented, from dirt track to NASCAR, vintage sports cars to ultra modern sports racers.
There is lots of action to be seen today and tomorrow still, as NASCAR racer Todd Bodine will be doing a Q & A session with fans both days. There are star drivers from the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series on stage tomorrow, including Andrew Ranger, Scott Steckly and DJ Kennington, veterans Kerry Micks, Mark Dilley, J.F. Dumoulin, Jason Hathaway, Joey McColm, Matthew Scannell, Anthony Simone.
The meet the media panel has always been a lively part of the CME and this year it includes Norris McDonald (Toronto Star Wheels Editor), Erik Tomas (Raceline Radio), Tim Miller (Inside Track / Wheels), Jeff Pappone (Globe & Mail), Courtney Hansen (Overhaulin’ original & PowerNation host) and Joel Robinson (NCATS on TSN).
There is lots of other action all weekend long at the show. To learn more, visit Motoramashow.com