It’s showtime at the Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo!

After a full year of planning, the 5th Annual Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo has opened its doors!

All this weekend (March 8, 9 & 10) in Halls 1, 2, 3 & 4 of Toronto’s International Centre, the Motorama Show is the largest indoor springtime exhibition of its kind in Canada.

Almost 400 of the country’s premiere custom cars, hot rods, street tuners, imports and race cars are on display, with the remainder of Motorama’s 330,000 square feet of floor space filled with a massive assortment of automotive and motorsports-related vendor kiosks, race track displays, and a trio of presentation stages.

While the ZEHR Insurance Stage will be the platform for awards presentations, music, and a variety of related productions in the Hall 3 Motorama Mayhem area, the Burning Rubber Tire and Speed Sprint Fever Stage will provide the same service for the Import and Tuner fraternity in Hall 4.

However, the majority of the fan-interactive activities, awards presentations and panel discussions will take place on the Rust-Oleum Stage, moved this year to the southeast corner of Hall 2. This stage will be in almost constant use until the show closes late Sunday afternoon.

Discussion panels with topics ranging from Automotive Education and Careers, to Short Track, Drag Racing, Hot Rod and Car Show promoter’s debates to such presentations as the SEMA and Star Builders panel and the usually irreverent Meet the Media gathering will run at various times throughout the weekend.

On Saturday morning, the judging team will announce the Pinty’s Canadian 10 finalists by placing banners beside each honoured vehicle. On Sunday afternoon, at 3 p.m. on the Rust-Oleum Stage, the Motorama Grand Champion Award and the $5,000 cheque will be presented to the top car in the show.

On Saturday evening, the Rust-Oleum Stage will host the fan favourite Drag Racing and Short Track Night of Champions awards show. The stage will also be the centre for the 2019 Celebrity Guest Meet and Greet and the Show Car Class and Specialty Awards presentations.

Check out the Motorama Show web page ( for the exact times of these presentations.

Speaking of celebrity guests, where else could you find a gathering showcasing the likes of the stars appearing at the 2019 Motorama Show?

This year’s guest line up includes Tom Smith (Misfit Garage/ Fired Up Garage), Lou Santiago (Discovery Velocity’s The Car Fix), Bogi Lateiner (Discovery Velocity’s All Girls Garage), Canada’s own Grant Schwartz (Vegas Rat Rods) and NHRA Drag Racer TJ Zizzo. There’s also an incredible assortment of cars from SEMA and other high-profile shows. Michigan’s Murray Pfaff is the Featured Designer / Builder at this year’s show, presenting a huge five-car display.

And don’t forget to keep an eye open for your favourite local racing stars plus some pretty high profile Canadian competitors such as NASCAR Pinty’s Series driver Andrew Ranger and 12-time Canadian Superbike Champion, Jordan Szoke.

The inaugural Miss Motorama Pin-Up Pageant, hosted by renowned magazine cover model and make-up and hair stylist Miss Cherry Dollface, will take place on the Motorama Mayhem Stage on Saturday afternoon. Shortly after the crowing of Miss Motorama, a trio of Rockabilly Bands, the Royal Crowns, the Greasemarks and the Los Angeles-based Rhythm Shakers, will set the tone for the evening with back-to-back concert appearances.

To fill in the ‘quiet time’, DJ Swankenstein and DJ MSequence will provide the tunes during all three days of the Motorama Show.

A winning combination of stars, cars and guitars at the 5th Annual Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo is almost guaranteed to provide a full entertainment package for any automotive hobbyist, collector or race fan. However, the Motorama Show doors are only open for 28 hours spread out over three days, so the most avid show visitor may need to come prepared for a multi-day excursion.

For a detailed Motorama Show stage schedule, hours of operation, ticket pricing and other details please visit the show’s website,