Saturday, April 30, 2022

Toronto Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo 2022

Cars, cars, cars! The 7th annual car show takes place April 29 to May 1, 2022 at the International Centre complete with Spring Fever modified cars and culture, Inside Track Racing Zone, Truck-O-Rama and Motorama Mayhem. Entrance is through Hall 1 of the centre and the hours are Friday 10am-9pm, Saturday 10am-8pm and Sunday 10am-5pm.
The 'Shermanator' by 'Filthy Rich' Bosch built with Sherman M4A2 tank parts

Info on Spring Fever from the Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo website, “We’ve been putting on this part of the show since 2016, so we have a pretty good idea what works for the Motorama visitors,” noted Spring Fever Organizer Kristine Hill. “We have an amazing line-up of vehicles, everything from the classic to modern Tuners – cars from the 1980s to the current model year. Naturally, a lot of our cars are Imports, but we’ll have a modified Austin Mini in the display, as well as some trucks and motorcycles. And visitors should come by and check out the many really high-level builds.”

Chad Hiltz, the star of the TV Show ‘Bad Chad Customs,’ with his fiancĂ©e and TV co-star Jolene MacIntyre

For the ultimate power boost there will be Rick Kopp's Jet Drag Truck named Boneshaker. For the Motorama Saturday and Sunday's schedule of events see after the jump along with more photos from the show.

Miss Motorama pinup contest

At the Meet the Media panel guest speakers included James Neilson, Jim Kenzie, Tim Miller, Joel Robinson and Wally Nesbitt, moderated by Dave Bradley. Much missed this year is the king of Canadian motorsports media icon Norris McDonald who on April 22nd tweeted that "I have been sick, in Hospital. Might be awhile." Panelists gave good wishes to Norris and hoped for his speedy recovery.

Some of the issues discussed by the esteemed media panel included tire and rubber shortages which have impacted the Pinty's series stockcar races. Electric car racing is so quiet, you can only hear the tires screaming as they round the track. Hydrogen and hybrid fuel systems are the future and F1 is already hybrid (by using energy recovery systems). More races will be run on dirt track, including a Pinty's series race (long-awaited debut on dirt at Ohsweken Speedway Aug. 16th). And the panel was shocked by the changes to F1 cars that have seen Lewis Hamilton having a hard time of it, the multi-year F1 champion has also been lapped (from Skysports "Mercedes have had more issues than most with the 'porpoising' phenomenon seen this year when the car violently bounces on its suspension at high speed. Not shown in the simulator, this caught Mercedes completely off guard, and they believe it is the source of 99 per cent of their problems.")


MOTORAMA MAIN STAGE (HALL 2) – MEET THE MEDIA PANEL – 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.: One of the show’s longest-running and most popular on-stage features at Motorama is the Meet the Media panel discussion. Several members of the Canadian motorsports and automotive media talk about related to Canadian and International racing. Expected participants include: Erik Tomas (Raceline Radio Network), James Neilson and Wally Nesbitt (Inside Track Motorsport News), Tim Miller (Hamilton Spectator / Inside Track Motorsport News) and others.

MOTORAMA MAIN STAGE (HALL 2) – SHOW CAR CLASS AWARDS PRESENTED BY GRAEME KIRKLAND – 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Hosted by Rick Seeley and Motorama Show Car Coordinator Gary Challice. With more than 200 vehicles in competition, there are dozens of different classes and categories to be judged with cash prizes, plaques and other awards distributed live on the Motorama Main Stage. Show Car Class Awards sponsor Graeme Kirkland and an associate will serve as guest presenters.

ZEHR INSURANCE MAYHEM STAGE (HALL 3) – MISS MOTORAMA PINUP PAGEANT – 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.: The third annual Miss Motorama Pinup Pageant, featuring almost 20 great ladies! Hosted by Suzie Major from Suzie’s Bombshell Boutique, the Miss Motorama Pinup Pageant will celebrate ladies who live and breathe the pinup culture in their everyday lives.

MOTORAMA MAIN STAGE (HALL 2) – FAST EDDIE ROAD RACING NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS – 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: For the first time ever, Canadian road racing champions will be honoured during the Fast Eddie Night of Champions presentations on the Motorama Main Stage. So far, almost 30 track, series and division champions have registered to participate and be honoured in front of their fans, families, teams and friends.

ZEHR INSURANCE MAYHEM STAGE (HALL 3) – THE HELL BENT ROCKERS – 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: The Hell Bent Rockers are Motorama veterans! With a mix of high-energy Rock & Roll and an authentic 1950s Rockabilly sound, the Hell Bent Rockers will have more than just toes tapping.

MOTORAMA MAIN STAGE (HALL 2) – FAST EDDIE DRAG RACING NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS – 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Upwards of 50 Canadian straight-line racers have committed to being part of the annual Fast Eddie Drag Racing Night of Champions at Motorama. Season-long points champions representing all ages and all forms of drag racing vehicles will be on the Motorama Main Stage to receive plaques and be recognized.

MOTORAMA MAIN STAGE (HALL 2) – FAST EDDIE SHORT TRACK NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS – 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.: Racers who won short track points championships in 2020 and/or 2021 are eligible to be honoured on the Motorama Main Stage on Saturday evening at the show. Whether on a dirt or asphalt oval, at a grassroots weekly track or in an elite series, every Canadian short track champion is welcome. The Fast Eddie Night of Champions presentations have more racing champs in one place, at one time, than any other event in the world.

SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2022

MOTORAMA MAIN STAGE (HALL 2) – DRAG RACING DISCUSSION PANEL – 11:00 a.m. to Noon: Hosted by Bill Richards and Larry Satchell, expected participants in this panel include: two-time Hot Rod Drag Week champion David Schroeder, Ian Hill (Ontario Grudge Wars / Canada Heads Up Series), Andrew Stirk (racer / podcaster), Jason Hardie (Celtic Thunder Nitro Funny Car) and others.

MOTORAMA MAIN STAGE (HALL 2) – HOT ROD / BUILDERS DISCUSSION PANEL – 12:30 to 1:30: Legendary hot rod personality and Motorama Show Car Coordinator Gary Challice will be joined by Show Announcer Rick Seeley to host this discussion featuring several prominent members of the hot rod, custom car and classic car communities. Expected to participate on the panel are: ‘Bad’ Chad Hiltz (star of Bad Chad Customs), Marc McCrae (Motorama 2022 Featured Builder), Zack Gottvald (Young builder), Doug O’Brien (Hot Nights Hot Rods), Bill Robbins (Brampton Street Rods) and Bob Larivee (legendary car show producer and author).

STONERIDGE RACING ZONE STAGE (HALL 1B) – RACE CAR AWARDS – 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.: Motorama’s Bob Sumak and Flamboro Speedway’s Gary Colling host the Racing Zone Race Car Awards, starting at 1:30 p.m. on the Stoneridge Stage.

SPRING FEVER STAGE (SE CORNER OF HALL 2) – SPRING FEVER CAR AWARDS – 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.: Spring Fever Manager Kristine Hill will host the Spring Fever Car Awards starting at 2:00 p.m. on the SF Stage.

ZEHR INSURANCE MAYHEM STAGE (HALL 3) – MAYHEM CAR AWARDS – 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.: Mayhem… in the Backroom Manager Brandon Roberts hosts the Mayhem Car Awards starting at 2:00 p.m. on the Mayhem Stage.

MOTORAMA MAIN STAGE (HALL 2) – SHOW CAR SPECIAL AWARDS – 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Hosted by Rick Seeley and Gary Challice – and assisted by celebrity guests ‘Bad Chad’ and his wife Jolene MacIntyre – dozens of cash and prize awards will be handed out during this presentation, including the recognition of the Lincoln Electric Canadian 10 finalists, followed by the announcement of who will be the Motorama Grand Champion and the recipient of the $5,000.00 cheque!

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