Sunday, December 04, 2016

Toronto Car Shows and Races 2017

Held down by the congestion of rush hour, which seems to be 24/7 now, and those pesky traffic laws that keep the muscle cars from flexing, you can get your car mojo at several automobile shows in Toronto or watch the professionals take their cars to the extreme.
Toronto Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo Fri to Sun, March 10-12 at the International Centre. The third annual show is the biggest of its kind in Canada and includes custom cars, hot rods, racing cars, tuners, vendors, discussion panels, celebrity guests and much more. “The quality of the cars the past two years has been incredible,” said show director Gary Challice. “The show’s reputation for featuring the best ‘killer’ cars is growing and we’re getting applications from all over from people who know that Motorama is THE place to show off their new vehicles. We already have several cars committed to appear in Hall 1. I know people are going to be impressed.”
Miss MegaSpeed contest
There is no separate MegaSpeed Car Custom Car and Truck Show anymore. I do miss the abundance of entertainment that they used to have such as a bikini contest and a best bottom contest.
Megaspeed Bikini contest

Honda Indy Toronto puts on a massive weekend event in Exhibition Place that spills out onto Lake Shore Boulevard West. Verizon IndyCar comes to town July 14-16 with Thunder Alley, Pinty's Beer Garden, Paddock and Garage, Honda Town and a twisty track that fills with vehicles so fast that every smart car in 100km whimpers in fear. In addition to the IndyCar race series the Mazda Road to Indy, NASCAR Pinty's Series, Porche GT3 Cup and the high jumping Stadium Super Trucks hitting those ramps hard.

Importfest, Canada's largest modified car show, is still being planned for 2017. It usually takes place in late July or August when the weather is hot and the show is even hotter. Cars and competitions take place with the help of some gorgeous models at "Canada's Biggest and Baddest."
Wheels on the Danforth takes place on the streets of Toronto in August with a date to be determined. The street festival features a large collection of antique, classic and tuner automobiles at the crossroads of the Danforth.
NASCAR Pinty's Series stock car races are Canada's only national racing series with about a dozen races starting from the Victoria Day Speedfest to the last race at Kawartha Speedway in September. Canada's premier racing series also headlines Saturday's card at the Honda Indy Toronto. Sixteen year old rookie Cayden Lapcevich finished the 2016 season as the youngest champion in Canadian auto racing history. See the 2017 race schedule on my post here.
Canadian Tire Motorsports Park

If you want to watch some more racing you can travel to a number of tracks around Ontario, some just hundreds of minutes away from Toronto. For bang for your buck value, the journey to the tracks provide a day or weekend of excitement and entertainment that is hard to beat. Here are the tracks with the approximate distance and direction from Toronto City Hall.


Sunset Speedway (1.25 hours north)
Full Throttle Varney Speedway (2 hours northwest)
Sauble Speedway (2.75 hours northwest)


Oshweken Speedway (1.25 hours southwest)
Cayuga Speedway (1.5 hours southwest)
Merrittville Speedway (1.5 hours southwest)
The New Humberstone Speedway (1.75 hours southwest)
Canadian Motor Speedway (under construction, 2.75 hours southwest)


Flamboro Speedway (1 hour west)
Delaware Speedway (2.25 hours west)
Grand Bend Motorplex (2.5 hours west)


Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (1.25 hours east)
Kawartha Downs and Speedway (1.5 hours east)
Peterborough Speedway (1.5 hours east)
Brighton Speedway Park (1.75 hours east)
Shannonville Motorsport Park (2 hours east)
Brockville Ontario Speedway (3.25 hours east)
Cornwall Motor Speedway (4 hours east)
Calabogie Motorsports Park (4 hours east)
For those that like racing but enjoy the two wheeled variety more, you can check out my motorcycle show post here or hit Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for the Canadian Superbike Doubleheader Weekend August 18-20, 2017. "Canada’s top motorcycle riders compete in a doubleheader points race for the national Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship. This is the premier stop of the season for the Superbikes, along with other national classes including Pro Sport Bike, Amateur Superbike, Amateur Sport Bike and the Ninja 300 Racing Series."

See more models at the car shows after the jump.

car candy

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