Sunday, January 05, 2020

Toronto Car Shows and Races 2020

Get your speed on and check out the car shows and races that are happening in and around Toronto during the 2020 season.

You want to see cars? Well there are a lot of them at the Canadian International Auto Show Fri to Sun, Feb 14-23, 2020 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. "With more than 650,000 square feet of exhibits, displays and attractions at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and annual attendance of 360,000, the Canadian International AutoShow is not only the largest automotive expo in Canada, it is also the country’s largest consumer show — a leader in lifestyle, technology and all things automotive. It boasts more than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, concept cars, exotics, classics, muscle cars, fully electric and autonomous vehicles each year."
The 6th annual Toronto Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo Fri to Sun, March 13-15, 2020 returns to the International Centre. "Canada's biggest indoor Custom Car, Hot Rod & Motorsports Show. Over 300,000 square feet featuring mostly first-time-shown vehicles, automotive & racing celebrities, race tracks & series, car clubs, equipment & collectibles vendors, and more." 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.
Honda Indy Toronto 2020 race weekend is July 10-12 and includes off-track entertainment along with some of the top racing series in the world. Thunder Alley, Pinty's Beer Garden, several paddocks and Honda Town are just some of the attractions that will keep you occupied during race weekend. In addition to the IndyCar race series the Mazda Road to Indy, NASCAR Pinty's Series, Porche GT3 Cup, Huracan Super Trofeo Evo cars and the Stadium Super Trucks. Tickets to the Honda Indy Toronto are on sale now and the website says; The Honda Indy Toronto is an awesome summer festival that we proudly host in our world-class city,” said Honda Indy Toronto President, Jeff Atkinson. “We are so proud of how this event has grown over the last few years and filled the festival grounds and grandstands.

“Also, Honda Fan Friday continues to make a positive impact on the community. Thanks to the Ontario Honda Dealers Association and our fans’ generous support, over $120,000 was raised for Make-A-Wish Canada in 2019 with Honda Canada Foundation’s matching contribution,” Atkinson explained. Other items now on sale to enhance the festival-goer experience are the Champions Club, NTT IndyCar Series Paddock Pass, Pit Pass and the Honda Indy Toronto Rookie Racers Membership Kit. The Champions Club is available for a limited time for $75 offering unprecedented access. The benefits include a complimentary NTT IndyCar Series Paddock Pass which provides entrance into “the locker room of motorsports,” the pre-race grid walk, an official event access credential with lanyard, signing the start finish line, an opportunity to win a two-seater Indy car ride on the track, and other exclusive at-event experiences to be announced."
Importfest, Canada's largest modified car show, is happening Saturday, July 25, 2020 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. 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 August 15, 2020. 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 Jukasa Motor Speedway in September for the Pinty's Fall Brawl. Canada's premier racing series also headlines Saturday's card at the Honda Indy Toronto. Andrew Ranger will be the the defending series champion. See the 2020 race schedule on my post here.
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.

North

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

Southwest

Oshweken Speedway (1.25 hours southwest)
Jukasa Motor Speedway (formerly 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)

West

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

East

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 14-16, 2020. "Canada’s top motorcycle riders compete in a doubleheader points race for the national Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship. Titles will be decided during the Superbikes' premier stop of the season, and racing in other national classes will include Pro Sport Bike, Amateur Superbike, Amateur Sport Bike, and the Lightweight Sport Bike."

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