⚠ COVID-19 - Le Salon Auto Sport de Québec reporté à une date ultérieure!

PRESS RELEASE - For immediate release


Quebec City, March 19, 2020 - The organization of the Quebec City Sport Auto Show salutes the efforts of public health authorities and the Government of Quebec in their efforts to control and curb the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. 

On March 12, at the request of Quebec public health, Quebec City cancelled all events scheduled on the ExpoCité site until April 12. Yesterday, a communication obtained from ExpoCité announced that the Quebec City Sport Auto Show, scheduled from May 1 to 3, could not take place given the current situation.

"We are currently working to postpone the event to a later date, depending on how the situation evolves. The organization of the event has been put on hold and will resume as soon as the context allows it and as soon as we are given a postponement date. The health of our exhibitors and visitors is our priority. The condition of COVID-19 concerns us as much as you do. We are confident that the exceptional measures adopted by the Government of Quebec can stop the spread of the virus and restore the situation," said Martin D'Anjou, President of the event.

"Until then, it is our duty as citizens to respect the recommendations of public health. Our collective actions are a guarantee for the future. Stay home, take the opportunity to spend time with your family," adds Karine Albert, Director of Operations.

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COMMUNIQUÉ – Pour diffusion immédiate

COMMUNIQUÉ – Pour diffusion immédiate


Québec, le 19 mars 2020 – L'organisation du Salon Auto-Sport de Québec salue les mesures déployées par les autorités de santé publique et le gouvernement du Québec dans leurs efforts pour contrôler et freiner la propagation de la maladie à coronavirus (COVID-19).

Le 12 mars dernier, à la demande de la santé publique du Québec, la ville de Québec annulait tous les évènements prévus sur le site d'ExpoCité et ce, jusqu'au 12 avril. Hier, une communication obtenue d'ExpoCité annonçait que le Salon Auto-Sport de Québec, prévu du 1er au 3 mai, ne pourrait avoir lieu compte tenu de la situation actuelle.

« Nous travaillons actuellement à reporter l'évènement à une date ultérieure, selon l'évolution de la situation. L'organisation de l'évènement est mise sur pause et elle reprendra dès que le contexte le permettra et que nous serons fixés sur une date de remise. La santé de nos exposants et visiteurs est notre priorité. La condition de la COVID-19 nous préoccupe autant que vous. Nous sommes confiants que les mesures exceptionnelles adoptées par le gouvernement du Québec puissent stopper la propagation du virus et rétablir la situation » souligne Martin D'Anjou, président de l'évènement.

« D'ici là, c'est notre devoir de citoyen de respecter les recommandations de la santé publique. Les gestes que nous posons collectivement sont garants de l'avenir. Restez chez vous, profitez de l'occasion pour passer du temps en famille » ajoute Karine Albert, directrice des opérations.

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Great Canadian RV Continues its Partnership with Peterborough Speedway

Great Canadian RV Continues its Partnership with Peterborough Speedway

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


Tradition has long been an important component of local motorsports. As Peterborough Speedway gets ready to embark on its 2020 schedule of events, it looks to continue a tradition of quality, excellence and commitment to customer satisfaction that has existed for more than half a century. With opening night slated for Saturday, May 16th track owner J.P. Josiasse and the promotional team are working put together a solid package of marketing partners to take the venue into the new season and its future.


Track officials are pleased to announce that long-time supporters Great Canadian RV has renewed its support for the 2020 season, highlighted by the 'Great Canadian RC Green Flag' kicking off the nightly races. The Kawartha's largest RV dealer – a locally owned and operated family business – is located just south of Fowler's Corners, minutes from the speedway. With a large lot for plenty of inventory and a fully stocked parts and accessory store, Great Canadian RV is your full-service dealer. Their core values are quality products, unsurpassed customer service and straight forward pricing.


"We're very proud of our association with Peterborough Speedway and look forward to another successful season," said Great Canadian RV spokesperson Stacey Robinson. "Racing and camping trailers go hand-in-hand and we've just taken on a line of 5th wheels that are absolutely awesome, perfect for trackside socials. This year we'll be bringing a mobile parts and accessories store to the speedway for the 28thedition of the Autumn Colours Classic to help all the people who spend the entire weekend at the track and what to see what's for their equipment."


To learn more, see the complete RV inventory at Great Canadian RV, 7960 Highway 7 in Peterborough, call 866.557.8181 or visitwww.greatcanadianrv.com. Great Canadian RV. Where your memories begin.


Fans will be in store for a great night of family entertainment with the hometown Battlefield Equipment Rental Bone Stock, Jiffy Lube Mini Stock, Trent Lakes Complete Plumbing Renegade Truck, KOD Disposal Super Stock, Late Model and Trailers Plus Ontario Legends come to play at Peterborough Speedway's Pure Country 105 Season Opener – featuring free spectator grandstand admission – Saturday, May 16th. Pit gates open at 12:30, with the general admission gates unlocked at 3:00 and the first Great Canadian RV green flag of the 2020 schedule at 5:00.


For complete details on the 53rdconsecutive season of short track excitement in Central Ontario, head towww.peterboroughspeedway.com or check out the track's social media platforms on Facebook or Twitter. There is also a free app available for Smartphone users.


Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


When the 2020 schedule rolls to the line at Peterborough Speedway, fans will once again hear the call for the Great Canadian RV Green Flag to start the show.


Prepared by Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

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NASCAR, iRacing Introduce eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series

NASCAR, iRacing Introduce eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series

NASCAR Cup Series Drivers and Racing Icons to Compete in Esports Series;

Exhibition Races to Provide Fans with Entertaining Content While NASCAR's National Series Await Return


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 17, 2020) – NASCAR and iRacing announced today the formation of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, an exhibition esports series featuring many of the sports most talented and popular drivers. The simulation-style showcase will include a cross-section of competitors from the NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, NASCARGander RV & Outdoors Truck Series™ and a group of NASCAR dignitaries.


The multi-week series will kick off Sunday, March 22 at 1:30 p.m. ET on the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway. The remaining race and broadcast details will be announced at a later date. 


"Until we have cars back on track, the entire NASCAR community has aligned to provide our passionate fans with a unique, fun and competitive experience on race day," said Ben Kennedy, vice president, racing development, NASCAR. "Our long-time partners at iRacing offer an incredible product and we are excited to see how many of our best drivers will stack up in the virtual domain of competitive racing." 


NASCAR postponed events through May 3, prioritizing the health and safety of fans, the industry and race communities. The eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series will provide much needed racing entertainment for sports fans on the premier motorsports racing simulation platform, often used by NASCAR drivers to prepare for race events.


The exhibition series will feature some of the best NASCAR drivers including:


  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • Kyle Busch
  • Denny Hamlin
  • Clint Bowyer
  • Kyle Larson
  • Christopher Bell


NASCAR and iRacing have an unprecedented history in the esports space, currently in the 11th season of the longest-running officially sanctioned esports racing series, the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series™. The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series features 40 of the best sim racers in the world competing for more than $300,000, one of the richest payouts in esports racing competition. The elite series features NASCAR and professional esports teams, including those established by NASCAR Cup Series drivers William Byron, Denny Hamlin and Austin Dillon.



The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation's major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR consists of three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series™), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour), one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics, Americrown Service and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Snapchat ('NASCAR').


About iRacing.com

The world leader in the online racing simulation and gaming market, iRacing was founded in 2004 by Dave Kaemmer and John Henry. Kaemmer was co-founder of Papyrus Design Group, developers of award-winning racing simulations including "Grand Prix Legends" and NASCAR 2003." Henry is principal owner of the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club, as well as co-owner of NASCAR's Roush Fenway Racing. iRacing.com has developed dozens of formal partnerships in the motorsport industry to help create the most authentic racing simulation in the world including with NASCAR, IndyCar, International Speedway Corporation, Speedway Motorsports, IMSA, World of Outlaws, Mazda Motorsports, McLaren Racing, Williams F1, Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volkswagen, the Skip Barber Racing School and General Motors.

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Statement from NASCAR

Statement from NASCAR


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 16, 2020) – "The health and safety of our fans, industry and the communities in which we race is our most important priority, so in accordance with recent CDC guidance, NASCAR is currently postponing all race events through May 3rd, with plans to return racing in Martinsville. We appreciate the patience of our fans and we look forward to returning to the racetrack. We intend to hold all 36 races this season, with future rescheduling soon to be determined as we continue to monitor this situation closely with public health officials and medical experts. What is important now transcends the world of sports and our focus is on everyone's safety and well-being as we navigate this challenging time together."

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Statement from NASCAR

Statement from NASCAR


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 13, 2020) – "NASCAR has decided to postpone the race events at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend and Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend. We believe this decision is in the best interest of the safety and well-being of our fans, competitors, officials and everyone associated with our sport. We will continue to monitor this dynamic situation as we assess future race events."

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NASCAR Statement

NASCAR Statement


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 12, 2020) – "At this time, NASCAR will hold its race events at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway without fans in attendance. These events will be restricted to competitors, crews, officials and other necessary personnel to conduct the race. We will work with public health officials as we determine future scheduling beyond these events."

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Incredible feature cars from SEMA and beyond will be at Toronto Motorama show


March 13, 14 & 15, 2020 at Toronto's International Centre


TORONTO, ON // MARCH 11, 2020 • Although the majority of the vehicles appearing at the 6th Annual Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo are homegrown entries, show car director Gary Challice is always excited to bring in a few 'special' Feature Cars; vehicles that have garnered international attention.

For the 2020 edition of Motorama, running March 13, 14 & 15 at Toronto's International Centre, Challice has arranged for several 'First-Time-Shown in Canada' vehicles, and their builders, to participate.

"We have vehicles coming in from Iowa, New York, the Carolinas and Massachusetts. And all of them have either appeared at SEMA, in Chicago, in Detroit, or in one case, on the Hot Wheels Legends Tour," revealed Challice. "It's nice to bring some cars here thatMotorama visitors might not otherwise have had a chance to see."

Although not eligible to challenge for the $10,000 Motorama Grand Champion prize, all of the American entries will have the opportunity to return home with the 'Stars & Stripes' award, valued at $2,500 USD.

Eddie Pettus (Eddie's Rod & Custom) has been to Motorama on two previous occasions and will return this year with a double-barrelled entry.

"We've got a newly completed 1963 Corvette we're showing off for the first time," announced the Iowa resident. "It's a retro-mod that looks stock, but it has an LT4 motor under the hood coupled to a six-speed transmission. The car is dark blue, has one-off custom wheels and a black, custom leather interior. A real nice car."

Pettus's other project, 'Sugga,' comes directly from the Las Vegas SEMA show and is a little more radical.

"We took a 1956 TP-21 Volvo Swedish military 'taxi cab' and mounted it on a '94 Dodge ¾-ton Dodge 4X4 truck chassis. We jammed a 12-valve, compound-turbo Cummins Diesel, pushing out about 600 horsepower, under the hood and got some great big (37") tires to get the power to the ground. It should be a pretty-good handling, off-roading vehicle."

Another radical build on display at Motorama is Chad (Chad's Custom Dreams) Martin's 'Brutally Sexy.' Starting life as a 1936 Chevy Sedan, Martin rebuilt his all-steel creation "from the chassis up" and the end result is a spectacular 750 horsepower, pearl green and cream, Dually pick-up.

"It's a one-off custom truck I started dreaming about in 1999, and finally, here it is," said Martin.

So unusual is his build that the Southern Carolina native was invited to be a part of the Hot Wheels Legends Tour, a cross-country competition culminating at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The goal of the Hot Wheels tour is to declare a grand champion whose vehicle would be recreated in the form of a 1/64 scale Hot Wheels car and available for sale to the public. Although he didn't win first overall, Martin's piece certainly well represented the Hot Wheels legacy.

Another American entry comes from Livonia, NY courtesy of Mike Johnston. His 1935 Ford Coupe is a past Street Rod National East award winner and was featured on the cover of Rodder's Journal magazine.

Not all of the specialty entries come from south of the border, however.

Viv Agresti hails from nearby Bradford, Ontario. His successful farming career allows him to enjoy his custom car hobby. Agresti has previously owned such award winners as a 1956 Nomad, a 1969 Camaro and a 1959 Corvette.

The Corvette was not only an attraction at the SEMA Show, last November, but it was also a part of the backdrop at the Hot Rod Banquet in the Las Vegas Convention Centre. Making its Motorama debut, this stunning car is guaranteed to turn heads at the show.

Concluded Challice, "being able to showcase cars that have been on a international stage, such as SEMA, Syracuse, Detroit or Chicago, really boosts Motorama's reputation. That is not to downplay the Canadian entries, the Canadian builds are on par with anything in the world, but it opens up the doors for increased exposure for all of the car builders.

"Motorama has quickly developed into a very prestigious show; this is where people want to unveil their latest projects. This is where they know their work will be seen on a top tier stage and in front of people who are knowledgeable and appreciative."

In addition to showcasing their vehicles, many of the owners and builders will be participating in the on-stage discussions at Motorama. You can see these and many other incredible cars March 13, 14 & 15 at Toronto's International Centre.


ABOUT THE MOTORAMA CUSTOM CAR & MOTORSPORTS EXPO: The sixth annual Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo takes place March 13, 14 & 15, 2020 at The International Centre, across from Toronto's Pearson International Airport. The show features more than 330,000 square feet of custom cars, hot rods, racing vehicles of all kinds, tuners, displays and exhibitors. Motorama is Canada's biggest late-winter celebration of automobiles and motorsports. For information about the show, including tickets, sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, and more, call (416) 962-7223, email info@MotoramaShow.com or visit www.MotoramaShow.com.


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JF Launier from Rust Valley Restorers to appear at Toronto Motorama show


March 13, 14 & 15, 2020 at Toronto's International Centre


TORONTO, ON // MARCH 6, 2020 • In 2019, JF Launier arrived at the Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo with Anvil, a 1964 Pontiac Acadian. And when it was time to pack up and head back home to Osoyoos, BC, he did so with the Motorama Grand Champion Award and the winner's cheque for $5,000.00.

For the sixth edition of the Motoramashow, running March 13, 14 & 15, 2020 at Toronto's International Centre, Launier will not only be an invited Motorama celebrity guest, but he will also be making another attempt to claim the show's top prize. This year, he's looking to 'a true driver,' a black 1967 GTO built as a feature project on History Channel'sRust Valley Restorers to get him back on the Pinty's Stage on Sunday afternoon, holding another big cheque.

"This car has a few body changes, nothing drastic, and is painted dead black," said Launier. "Under the hood is a big block Chevy and the interior is bright red. With the windows blacked out, this is one sinister looking car!"

When not assisting his Rust Valley Restorers TV co-stars Mike and Avery, Launier – a self-proclaimed 'Imagineer' – owns and manages his own business, JF Kustoms. Operating under the motto 'We build the cars, so you can drive the wheels off of them,' Launier has earned his reputation as one of the top custom builders in the industry.

He shot to stardom in large part thanks to the 1964 Buick Riviera, dubbed 'Rivision,' which won the prestigious Ridler Award at the Detroit Autorama in 2014. That car took more than six years to create and forced Launier to re-mortgage his house to get it done.

The car was later sold at the Barrett-Jackson auction for $290,000. In addition to his big wins at Detroit and Toronto, Launier's previous builds have won 'Best in Show' awards in Europe, in Quebec and across North America.

Never content to rest on his laurels, Launier currently had a shop full of on-going projects.

"We've got a bunch of stuff going on; maybe too much. There's a late '60s Bronco and a Cougar from about the same era, on the floor. We're also working on 1965 Acadian. There are also a couple of top-secret projects tucked away."

When not taking part in various discussion panels and VIP Meet & Greet sessions at this year's Motorama show, Launier will be holding court in the Rousseau Metals / FestiDrag and SilverWax displays, in Hall 1. The booth will also feature a van built by Chip Foose and a Toolkit, courtesy of Rousseau Metals, that will be awarded to one lucky showgoer at Motorama.

"I connected with Rousseau at SEMA and saw that they had a great line of products. I wanted to work with them because I believe in supporting Canadian companies. That's the same reason I work with SilverWax. They're based in Quebec and I have faith in their product line, as well. I won't trust my work to just any detailing products."

Launier admitted to being excited about coming 'back to the east' to be part of the 2020Motorama show. "Last year, we came away from Quebec (Sports Auto Show) with the 'Best in Class' and 'Most Outstanding Street Machine' awards. We won a Great 8 award in Detroit. And then we came to Motorama and won the Grand Champion Award. I don't know if we can repeat that this year, but it's always a lot fun to meet with the Ontario fans and to share their stories and memories of their custom cars. This might just become a tradition!"

Click HERE to watch a video of JF promoting his upcoming appearance at Motorama.


ABOUT ROUSSEAU METALS: Based in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, QC, Rousseau Metals is the leading North American designer and manufacturer of flexible and high-quality storage solutions. Continually developing products and improving manufacturing processes by integrating the latest technology, Rousseau understands that there is no one-size-fits-all solutions, that is why their product lines, be it a customized cabinet, shelving system or work station, allow for custom configurations. To see the full line of Rousseau Metal products, visit their website at www.rousseaumetals.com.


ABOUT SILVERWAX: The mission of Quebec-based SilverWax is to allow people to discover and master the art of taking care of their cars. Through a friendly and educational approach, SilverWax makes car care accessible, simple and appealing to everyone. From beginner to expert, SilverWax is the name to remember when it comes to high quality products and professional advice. To view their full line of automotive, motorcycle, marine or RV products visit the websitewww.silverwax.ca.


ABOUT THE MOTORAMA CUSTOM CAR & MOTORSPORTS EXPO: The sixth annual Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo takes place March 13, 14 & 15, 2020 at The International Centre, across from Toronto's Pearson International Airport. The show features more than 330,000 square feet of custom cars, hot rods, racing vehicles of all kinds, tuners, displays and exhibitors. Motorama is Canada's biggest late-winter celebration of automobiles and motorsports. For information about the show, including tickets, sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, and more, call (416) 962-7223, email info@MotoramaShow.com or visit www.MotoramaShow.com.


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Qwick Wick Fire Starter Announces Canadian Distributor

Qwick Wick Fire Starter Announces Canadian Distributor 


Parkhill, ON - March 10, 2020 - Qwick Wick, makers of the world's best fire starter is proud to officially announce Klassen Bronze Ltd as their exclusive Canadian distributor for hardware and retail stores across the nation.  

Qwick Wick, a Canadian-owned business proudly manufactures fire starters in their facility based in Parkhill Ontario and strives to maintain their core values of; quality, family, community and respect for the environment.  

Each fire starter will burn for approximately 30 minutes with an 8-10" flame and is guaranteed to start any campfire, wood stove or fireplace quickly without the need for kindling or newspapers.  

They are made from a custom blend of recycled wax and wood shavings. Qwick Wick's fire starters are effective when wet and in windy conditions, yet they don't contain any kerosene which makes them extremely safe and reliable. Qwick Wick has helped millions of campers, cottagers and outdoor enthusiasts build fires over the last 28 years and are available in handy 4 packs and in 65-piece buckets. 
It was recently announced that Qwick Wick has become the Official Fire Starter of the NASCAR Pintys Series and NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. These partnerships will provide a highly visible marketing platform to connect with a loyal fanbase who are avid outdoor enthusiasts.  (View 
NASCAR Partnership Announcement )

'We've been methodically developing this exciting new opportunity with Klassen over the past five months, thanks in part to our association with 22 Racing, a race team that competes in the NASCAR Pinty's Series." said Frank Wall, President, Qwick Wick.  "Our marketing partnerships within the NASCAR family of international racing series will allow Klassen to offer retailers exciting incentives for consumers in the coming months."  

To better serve consumer demand for Qwick Wick's fire starter, they've joined forces with Klassen Bronze and their knowledgeable customer service staff and 24 Canada-wide sales and marketing representatives 

Established in 1950, Klassen Bronze has earned the respect of national and international hardware chains, do-it-yourself stores, building centres and independent retailers.  

Klassen prides itself on providing local and international customers with competitively priced, high quality products and programs, while developing long-term relationships with their retail partners, distributors, suppliers and associates. 

Although Klassen will be Qwick Wick's exclusive Canadian hardware and retail distributor they have extensive experience serving an impressive list of countries, including the United States, England, Spain, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Portugal, and Australia, just to name a few. 

'At Klassen, we continually strive to find proven new products to offer hardware chains, do-it-yourself stores and retailers that benefit consumers in a variety of ways." said Jayson Ernst, Product Director, Klassen Bronze Ltd.  "Qwick Wick's fire starters have proven to be very popular with campers, cottagers and outdoor enthusiasts, saving them time and allowing them to get on to things the love to do much faster." 
National and international chains or independent retailers looking to fire up their in-store or online sales with Qwick Wick fire starters should reach out to Klassen Bronze at 1-800-265-8710 or visit 
www.klassenbronze.com .

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The Pinty's Stage will be a hive of activity at Toronto Motorama show


March 13, 14 & 15, 2020 at Toronto's International Centre


TORONTO, ON // MARCH 10, 2020 • There will be constant action and activity throughout the 330,000 square feet of space that make up the sixth annualMotorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo. But nowhere will be busier than thePinty's Stage, located in the southeast corner of Hall 2 at Toronto's International Centre. The show takes place March 13, 14 & 15.

The Pinty's Stage will play host to the majority of the show's awards presentations, celebrity appearances, entertaining and informative discussion panels, media announcements and more.

Throughout the years, at Motorama, the Pinty's Stage has given showgoers access to many automotive and racing celebrities, including Richard Petty, Bobby Allison, Ron Capps, Billy Gibbons, Steve Darnell, Gene Winfield, Tom Smith, Courtney Hansen and many others.

This year, Chip Foose, Constance Nunes, Grant Schwartz, JF Launier, Ron Gibbs and others will be added to this prestigious list.

The Pinty's Stage also plays host to the huge Fast Eddie Racewear Short Track and Drag Racing Night of Champions, on the Saturday night of Motorama. This incredible event honours Canadian short track and straight-line racers who won season-long track or series championships the preceding year.

More than 125 champions are expected to take part in this year's presentations, which the promoters believe is unique and unequalled when it comes to celebrating the achievements of so many racing champions at a single time and place.

The Pinty's Stage will once again be the place to be for the SEMA & Featured Builders, Celebrity Guest, Drag Racing, Meet the Media and Hot Rod Builders panel discussions. Car show awards presentations will take place there Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. And Chip Foose will be on the Pinty's Stage to interact with fans on both Saturday and Sunday.

New for 2020, celebrated Canadian automotive artist Ron Gibbs will host a multi-artist Panel Jam on the stage for sessions on both weekend days. He's also doing a painting of Chip Foose, which will be auctioned off for charity near the end of Sunday's car show awards.

And in another first for the Pinty's Stage, Friday night's Motorama Kick-Off Party will be located on the show's main stage. During the proceedings, the show's celebrity guests, sponsors and featured builders will be recognized prior to the surf band Mark Malibu & The Wasagasentertaining the crowd for the evening.

"We've attended and been part of Motorama in several different capacities over the years and we're very excited to sponsor the Pinty's Stage at this year's show," said Tony Spiteri, Vice President – Marketing/Research & Development for Pinty's Delicious Foods. "So many of our partners and customers are involved in the racing and automotive enthusiast communities that it's a great opportunity for us to connect with them and be part of a show that celebrates things that we're all passionate about. It also lets us showcase some of our new initiatives, like the Pinty's Man Cave line of wings and ribs products."

Speaking on behalf of the show, Greg MacPherson said, "Pinty's is an incredible supporter of Canadian racing through its sponsorship of the NASCAR Pinty's Series and events like the history-making Pinty's 100 at Ohsweken Speedway, the season-ending Pinty's Fall Brawl at Jukasa Motor Speedway and other big races. We're honoured that Pinty's chooses to promote its products and brands at Motorama and we encourage everyone to engage with their social media efforts and to consider their products when they're at the grocery store."

For information on Pinty's and its products, visit www.Pintys.com. And use and follow the tags #howdyoupintys, #pintys and #eatertainment on your social media feeds. A detailed schedule of events can be seen atwww.MotoramaShow.com/schedule.


ABOUT THE MOTORAMA CUSTOM CAR & MOTORSPORTS EXPO: The sixth annual Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo takes place March 13, 14 & 15, 2020 at The International Centre, across from Toronto's Pearson International Airport. The show features more than 330,000 square feet of custom cars, hot rods, racing vehicles of all kinds, tuners, displays and exhibitors. Motorama is Canada's biggest late-winter celebration of automobiles and motorsports. For information about the show, including tickets, sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, and more, call (416) 962-7223, emailinfo@MotoramaShow.com or visit www.MotoramaShow.com.


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2020 OMRS Schedule to be Released at the Motorama Expo

2020 OMRS Schedule to be Released at the Motorama Expo

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


Winter's legendary grasp becomes a little less intrusive with each passing day. Before long, the calendar will be flipped to unveil the start of another season of hometown racing action. Fans of the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series will have the chance to get their first look at the upcoming schedule by visiting the series' booth #2006, located in the Stonebridge Racing Zone in Hall #1 during the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo – March 13th through 15th – at the International Centre in Toronto. OMRS spokesperson Rick Warnes says everyone in the tour's camp is excited about being part of the season preview.


"Since its inception, this show has been one of the racing community's most popular annual attractions. There's so much to see and we're looking forward to being there," Rick Warnes said. "Rick Sharples and the team at Yesterday's Speedways have been good friends and supporters of the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series brand since our days at Mosport, so its great to be able to join forces with them for this event."


In addition to making the 2020 schedule available, Warnes pointed out that series officials will be on hand at the show to answer questions about the upcoming season. Current rookie of the year Alex Cuzzilla and reigning series champion John Baker Jr. will man the OMRS booth at various times throughout the weekend to greet fans and sign autographs.


This will be a season of change in the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series camp, as the group begins a new era since the passing of former driver and long-time official Bill Pickford. Late last year, the tour's logo was redesigned to show Pickford's familiar #61 Modified and the new season's calendar will be dedicated to his memory.


Contingency sponsors Gen 3 Electrical, Borque Transmission, Thinkpath Design, Conview Concrete, Sterling Tire and Clarke Motorsports Communications will support the series in 2020.


To learn more about the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series visit the group's social media platform, www.facebook.com/OMRS or look for the newly redesigned web-site www.ontariomodifiedsracing.com.


Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


Current rookie of the year Alex Cuzzilla (#50) and reigning series champion John Baker Jr. (#63) will be on hand in the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series booth during this weekend's Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo.


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New Truck-O-Rama feature to debut at Toronto Motorama Show


March 13, 14 & 15, 2020 at Toronto's International Centre


TORONTO, ON // MARCH 6, 2020 • When you consider that the top three best-selling vehicles in North America are pickup trucks, it's not a surprise that it's a growing trend that many of them end up as highly modified show and street projects.

This trend has led to the creation ofTruck-O-Rama, the newest feature attraction at the Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo. The 6th annual edition runs March 13, 14 & 15 at Toronto's International Centre.

Said Roger Lachance, the owner of sponsor and award presenter Auto FX Rims Tires & Performance, "Motorama has been showcasing the highest quality cars for years, and we knew that it would be the place to showcase the highest quality trucks, as well. We knew that Truck-O-Rama was the right place to focus our energy."

Over two dozen trucks of all configurations and sizes will be featured in Hall 2, each entry vying for not onlyMotorama awards, but also presentation and workmanship awards courtesy of Hamilton, Ontario's Auto FX.

"The judges will be looking for originality and craftsmanship, as well as design and balance of appearance," continued Lachance. "Things like colour combinations and flow. Just bolting on a bunch of shiny pieces won't cut it. We want guys to be building quality vehicles to match the trends of the hobby."

In this inaugural year of Truck-O-Rama, Auto FX will be bringing a total of five vehicles to Motorama, all of them daily drivers "showcasing some of the projects we get through our doors."

Noted Lachance, "These will be everyday vehicles that our customers have loaned us for the show. The most outrageous one we'll showcase is a 2020 Ram 3500 Mega Cab. That one has the biggest wheels that we could install on a dually; 28 inches. The wheels alone cost almost $20,000. Another truck we'll have on the floor is a custom-built Tow Truck, a real working vehicle."

Added show car coordinator Gary Challice, "Although customized trucks will be featured throughout Motorama, we're trying to encompass a wide variety of them in the Truck-O-Rama display.

"I think the oldest truck in the display is a 1929, and then we'll carry right on to the latest makes and models. We've got an S10 Slammer, an ultimate lowrider, right up to a Monster Truck and everything in between. We're making this year's display an indication of things to come in the future forTruck-O-Rama."

Alongside the examples of finished projects, Truck-O-Rama will share floor space with a line up of associated vendors with product lines ranging from wheels and tires, lift and lowering kits, performance parts, aftermarket audio/video systems, and related 4x4 accessories.

"What we're really excited about is a giveaway we're putting together with the No Club Car Club," continued Lachance. "At various times during Motorama, people will have a chance to win a key to unlock a trunk that will be at the No Club season closer at St. Thomas Dragway in September. The grand prize winner will win a truck build with help from Auto FX and our associate suppliers."

Lachance concluded, "Looking forward, we plan to stay involved and help promote the Truck-O-Rama feature until it is the biggest and most exciting part of Motorama!"


ABOUT AUTO FX PERFORMANCE: Bringing decades of experience in the automotive performance industry, Auto FX Performance in Hamilton has been working to make their customer's vehicles stand out from the pack. Specializing in wheels and tires, Auto FX also supply and install lift kits, lowering kits, high performance parts, exhaust systems, plus custom car audio/video and security accessories. Auto FX also specialize in specific car parts for specific models, specializing in the BMW, Nissan, Mercedes and Lexus lines. To see a full line of product lines and services available from Auto FX Performance, visit their website, www.hamiltonautomotiveperformance.com, or call, (905) 549-7467.


ABOUT THE MOTORAMA CUSTOM CAR & MOTORSPORTS EXPO: The sixth annual Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo takes place March 13, 14 & 15, 2020 at The International Centre, across from Toronto's Pearson International Airport. The show features more than 330,000 square feet of custom cars, hot rods, racing vehicles of all kinds, tuners, displays and exhibitors. Motorama is Canada's biggest late-winter celebration of automobiles and motorsports. For information about the show, including tickets, sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, and more, call (416) 962-7223, email info@MotoramaShow.com or visit www.MotoramaShow.com.


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