Sunday, March 13, 2016

Toronto @MotoramaShow 2016

Hot rods, race cars and tuner cars were shined up for the latest edition of the Custom Car and Motorsports Expo on this weekend at the International Centre. The second annual Motorama show presented by Mothers started Friday and continues to Sunday, March 13 with 300,000 square feet of featuring everything from classic to the exotic in vehicular transportation as well as celebrities available for autographs.
Jimmy Shine and ZZ Top frontman Billy F. Gibbons
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Saturday and Sunday's schedule as well as more photos after the jump.

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Brittany Raymond and Trevor Tordjman from Family Channels TV series 'The Next Step' at the celebrity autograph area next to the Johnsonville stage.


10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Road Racing Discussion Panel: Several prominent representatives of various parts of the Canadian road racing community discuss their respective news, events, series and racing programs for 2016. Expected participants include: Robert Giannou (Targa Newfoundland), Perry Ianuzzi (CASC), Wendy Edwards (ChumpCar), Jacques Deshaies & Gilles Villeneuve (Nissan Micra Cup), Ryan Chalmers (Canadian Tire Motorsport Park) and James Vance (Mini Racing driver).

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Canadian 10 Unveiling: Hosted by Gary Challice, announcer Rick Seeley and legendary builder Gene Winfield, the top ten ‘first time shown’ Canadian cars in contention to win the $5,000 Motorama Grand Prize will be announced on The Johnsonville Stage! You’ve heard of The Great 8… find out who will be among The Canadian 10!

12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. – Billy Gibbons and Jimmy Shine: World-famous fabricator and automotive personality Jimmy Shine (of Jimmy Shine Workshop and So-Cal Speedshop) will take to the stage with his great friend and fellow auto-enthusiast Billy F. Gibbons, from ZZ Top! They’ll take part in a Q&A with the fans and chat about cars, music, their new TV show, their recent trip to Australia, their long-running friendship and more. There will also be a special presentation to Gibbons, by Gene Winfield. Don’t miss this amazing session on The Johnsonville Stage!

12:45 to 1:30 p.m. – Steve Darnell: The star of the hit TV show Vegas Rat Rods and the ultra-creative owner of WelderUp Hot Rods, in Las Vegas, will be on The Johnsonville Stage for a Q&A session to discuss his transition from a humble rancher in Montana to one of hot rodding’s most colourful and popular personalities. Darnell is a true character who is having a blast living his dreams and turning his ideas into amazing machines.

1:30 to 2:15 p.m. – Drag Racing Discussion Panel: Hosted by the Ultimate Showdown’s Larry Satchell, this on-stage discussion panel will feature several drag racers and industry members, who will touch upon issues related to straight-line racing. Expected participants include: American racer / builder Jeff Lutz, a regular on the hit TV show Street Outlaws and a force at Drag Week / Drag Weekend; Ontario drag racer / promoter Andrew Stirk of DSE Automotive; Ultimate Showdown series promoter Steve Martin and others.

2:15 to 3:00 p.m. – Late Model Stock Car Panel: Host Spencer Lewis will be joined by a who’s who of Ontario Late Model racing, including: Hall of Famer ‘Stompin’ Tom Walters, Scott Wylie, Thayne Hallyburton, Jordan Latimer and Derek Lynch.

3:00 to 5:00 p.m. – Show Car Class Awards: Hosted by Rick Seeley, Gary Challice and celebrity presenter Gene Winfield. With more than 200 vehicles in competition at Motorama, there are dozens of different classes and categories to be judged. The Class Awards will be announced and presented on The Johnsonville Stage during this session.

5:15 to 6:00 p.m. – Drag Racing Night of Champions Presented by Stoneridge Specialty Insurance: Bill Richards and Larry Satchell return to host this awards presentation which honours Canadian drag racers who won track or series championships in 2015.

6:00 to 7:30 p.m. – Short Track Night of Champions Presented by Stoneridge Specialty Insurance: Hosts Greg Calnan and Spencer Lewis honour dirt and asphalt oval track racers who won year-end track or series championships in 2015. Each champion will receive a plaque and will be interviewed about their title-winning campaigns.

7:30 to 8:00 p.m. – London Recreational Ontario Asphalt Power Rankings: During the racing season, Spencer Lewis writes a feature in Inside Track Motorsport News to identify the top Ontario asphalt short track racers. For drivers who make the top ten list on his year-end London Recreational-sponsored Power Rankings, it’s a proud achievement. See them all on stage at one time!
SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2016

10:15 to 11:00 a.m. – Young Guns Racer Panel: Spencer Lewis hosts a discussion featuring several up-and-coming racers in his annual instalment of the Young Guns Racer Panel on The Johnsonville Stage. This year, Lewis will be joined by Stock Car racers Adam Martin, Ray Morneau and Treyton Lapcevich, and Sprint Car racers Ryan Turner, Alex Hill and Dylan Westbrook.

11:00 to 11:45 a.m. – APC Late Model Series Driver Panel: The APC Late Model Series features most of the province’s top Late Model racers, competing at tracks around southern and central Ontario. Spencer Lewis hosts this session featuring series organizer Luke Ramsay and several registered drivers. Expected participants include: Jamie Cox, Andrew Gresel, Jason Parker, Taylor Holdaway, Dale Shaw and Matt Pritiko.
James Neilson (Inside Track), Tim Miller (Hamilton Spectator), Norris McDonald (Toronto Star), Erik Tomas (Raceline Radio) and Gary Grant (Driven Wheels)

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Meet the Media: One of the show’s most popular on-stage features. Several members of the Canadian motorsports media discuss issues related to Canadian and international racing. Expected participants include: Norris McDonald (Toronto Star Wheels Editor), Erik Tomas (Raceline Radio), Tim Miller (Inside Track / Hamilton Spectator), James Neilson (Inside Track Motorsport News), and Gary Grant (

Dave Bradly was the Media moderator and kept the session moving with some excellent questions to the panel, which was somewhat smaller than previous years (Dean McNulty from the Toronto Sun was one of the missing journalists in 2016). The panel seemed to agree that racing and fan support is on the rise and some of the lesser known series, including short track, dirt and drag racing will become more mainstream. Tim Miller says newspapers do well with local races and race tracks, while the more popular events are freely available on the internet. Gary Grant notes that the introduction of Pintys as the title sponsor to the NASCAR Home Tracks Canadian series will provide a big resurgence in sports car racing. Erik Tomas is glad to see the Honda Indy Toronto back to its traditional July schedule and sees large crowds at tracks reminiscent of the old days of racing and he is happy that work on the brand new Canadian Motor Speedway track has started.

Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame journalist thinks that we are on an upswing in interest and acknowledges that while television can keep people at home enjoying their own beer and hotdogs, nothing beats going to the track and enjoying the atmosphere at the event. Pintys will make people excited to go out to the races. James Neilson commented on the long history of women competing and competing well and should be treated less like a novelty.
NASCAR Pinty's Series drivers session
Tony Spiteri from Pintys Delicious Foods, the new title sponsor of the NASCAR Pintys stock car series with defending Champion Scott Steckly of the #22 Car. Scott is also a four time Champion of the series. Pintys wants to make the drivers household names, increase awareness of the series and bring more sponsorship into Canada's premier, national motorsport.

Many of the drivers plans for the upcoming season are up in the air. Sponsorship, or lack thereof, will determine if they race only part of the schedule or take on the rest of the drivers full time. Some drivers are sharing the cars, like Mark Dilley and Kerry Micks with one of the drivers specializing on ovals and some on the road courses. Jason Hathaway is one of only three drivers that have raced since the beginning of the series and he is unsure at this point if he will be able to participate in all the races, even after his fantastic 2015 season. Even defending Champion Scott Steckly is looking for more sponsorship. Kevin Lacroix will run the whole series and has secured good sponsors and looks forward to learning on ovals and winning on road courses. Andrew Ranger, formerly the young gun, is now a veteran, but he says, still young and looking forward to winning races and capturing the Championship. He has a brand new team this year and a new colour - all black.

Junior Hanley, Bobby Allison and Bob Slack

1:15 to 2:00 p.m. – Bobby Allison: One of the most popular and successful racers in NASCAR history will take to The Johnsonville Stage for a Q&A with the fans. He’ll discuss his incredible career and his experiences racing in Canada. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see and hear one of the greatest stock car racers of all time!
Steve Darnell from WelderUp

2:00 to 3:00 p.m. – Hot Rod Panel: Legendary Hot Rod personality and show organizer Gary Challice will host this discussion featuring several prominent members of the hot rod, custom car and classic car communities. Expected to participate on the panel are: Gene Winfield (legendary builder), Steve Darnell (WelderUp / Vegas Rat Rods), Keith McIntyre (Binbrook Speed), John St. Germain (car owner), Jeff Norwell (car owner / Jalopy JamUp) and Doug O’Brien (Hot Nights Hot Rods).

3:00 to 5:00 p.m. – Show Car Special Awards: Hosted by Rick Seeley and Gary Challice, and celebrity presenters Gene Winfield and Steve Darnell, dozens of awards will be handed out at the show, including the Motorama Grand Champion and the announcement of the winner of the Vintage Insurance Championship Series!"
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