The Oldies will be the Featured Car Club at this year’s Toronto Motorama show

The Toronto chapter of the Oldies Car Club will be highlighted as the Featured Club at this year’s Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo presented by eBay Motors. The group will have six classic lowriders on display during the show, which takes place March 8, 9 & 10 at The International Centre.

The Toronto chapter was started by Jesus David Garcia after the California-based club reached out, when they saw photos of a 1948 Chevy Fleetline that Garcia built. While the chapter has just a handful of members, it’s display caught the attention of showgoers and staff at last year’s Motorama show.

“We never expected to get anything, and we actually walked out with all kinds of awards and recognition,” said Garcia. “I know myself and the guys worked really hard to put on the display. For instance, our sign was handmade, my brother actually put that together and it took a lot of time to source out little details.”

While he doesn’t want to give too much away, Garcia says that the 2024 display will be “a very 1950s vibe.” Among the new vehicles included will be a 1935 Oldsmobile F35 that the group acquired last summer. The car is a convertible, with a rumble seat and rear-hinged doors, which are often referred to as suicide doors.

Garcia says that it’s an honour for the Oldies Car Club to be highlighted as the Featured Club; he’s looking forward to interacting with car enthusiasts at the show.

“Just to see people’s faces, I love that, especially kids, because I was once that kid,” said Garcia. “I was going to shows as a kid and I never imagined having the things that I have now and the opportunities that I have now. When I look at kids and they see the cars, I can almost imagine what they’re thinking.”

Garcia’s first car was a more modern 1986 Cadillac Fleetwood. He was looking for a way to stand out, on a more limited budget, and says the uniqueness of the classic lowriders appealed to him and led to him buying the Fleetline.

“I noticed how different it was and how rare they are,” said Garcia. “You can go to a lowrider show and see a good five or seven Impalas, but to say that you’re going to see a similar kind of ‘bomb,’ I think that’s very hard, so I like that.”

The Oldies Car Club features classic lowriders, largely Chevrolet ‘bombs’ from between 1935 and 1960. The group held it’s second annual picnic last summer, a family-oriented event that included cars and cultural performances. They also attend other lowrider events in the region and regularly join their counterparts in California.

For tickets and show info, visit MotoramaShow.com.

ABOUT THE EBAY MOTORS PRESENTS MOTORAMA CUSTOM CAR & MOTORSPORTS EXPO: The ninth annual eBay Motors Presents Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo takes place March 8, 9 & 10, 2024 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, trucks, 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 MotoramaShow.com.