The Rodmasters will be the featured car club at this year’s Toronto Motorama show

Each year, the Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo presented by Mothers picks a local car club to be the featured organization at the show. This year, Car Show Coordinator Gary Challice offered the Hamilton, Ontario-based Rodmasters Car Club that honour.

“We happened to be at the Canadian Street Rod Hall of Fame when Gary offered us the opportunity to be the Featured Club at Motorama,” said Rodmasters President Glen Leinen. “I have to admit that we were kind of shocked. But very pleasantly so.”

The Motorama show takes place March 9, 10 & 11 at the International Centre, across from Toronto’s Pearson Airport.

Founded in 1970 out of necessity, the four original members approached the owner of a deserted turkey barn, expressing an interest in renting the facility in order to store their collector cars. An agreement was reached with the farmer, and with a site for club headquarters now secured and more people asking to utilize the barn for the same reason, the Rodmasters Car Club was established. The current Rodmasters club boasts 20 active members, each enjoying an eclectic taste in customized vehicles.

“Our members have cars ranging from a 1934 Plymouth to a ’41 De Soto, a couple of ’57 Ford T-Birds, a 1975 Vega, some pick-ups and a ’66 Corvair. There’s a bunch more, too, and a lot of them will be at Motorama this year,” said Leinen.

In 1973, the Rodmasters Car Club expanded their community involvement by hosting its inaugural car show, a tradition that has not only continued, but has been enhanced with a pair of annual swap meets.

“We run one of the biggest swap meets in the area, and the vendors are all automotive-related,” explained Leinen. “We have one swap meet in the spring, with about 250 inside vendors and even more located outside. In the fall we do it all again, and combine that with our fall car show.”

As a part of their ten-car Motorama display, the Rodmasters will be featuring an extensive and wide-ranging photographic exhibit detailing in pictures the club’s 47 year history.
Interested custom car hobbyists can discover more about the Rodmasters Car Club by visiting their website, or by checking them out on their Facebook page.

ABOUT THE MOTORAMA CUSTOM CAR & MOTORSPORTS EXPO: The fourth annual Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo takes place March 9, 10 & 11, 2018 at The International Centre, across from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. The show features more than 300,000 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 or visit