Toronto Motorsports Park to have a large, two-pronged presence at Motorama

Since 1954, Toronto Motorsports Park has been a major venue for drag racing in Ontario. And at this year’s Toronto Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo presented by eBay Motors, the legendary multi-purpose racing facility will kick off its 70th anniversary celebrations.

Toronto Motorsports Park (TMP) will have a pair of exhibitor displays at the show, which runs March 8, 9 & 10 at Toronto’s International Centre, across from Pearson Airport. In Hall 1, TMP will have an exotic car on display as it promotes its ‘Experiences’ that are available to customers looking to get a feel for what its like to drive an exotic car or a single-seat Formula 2000 car on TMP’s road course, or to pull up in front of the ‘Christmas Tree’ on TMP’s legendary dragstrip and launch down the track.

A little further into the show, in the Gulf Race Fuel Racing Zone presented by Stoneridge Insurance, TMP will have another display promoting the events taking place at the dragstrip in 2024. These include the popular Victoria Day Nationals, the Canadian Nitro Nationals (on the Canada Day long weekend), the Labour Day Weekend Spectacular, and more. To find the TMP booth in the Racing Zone, just look for the bright yellow NHRA Top Fuel car owned and campaigned by the Ant Hill Mob Drag Racing Team.

“We’re very proud of our track’s history and its future,” said TMP owner Uli Bieri. “We have so many experiences and great events available for people who love cars and racing, and we’re looking forward to connecting with many of them at Motorama. With 2024 being the 70th anniversary of the track, it’s a very special milestone and we’re excited to be starting the season-long celebration at Motorama.”

The dragstrip at TMP started as a ‘Sunday only’ operation, in 1954, on an abandoned World War II airstrip. In the early days, the drag racers shared the asphalt runways with airplanes. The track was founded by the Mehlenbacher family. They gave way to John and Sharon Fletcher, who operated the facility for many years. And for the past 25 seasons, Uli Bieri has been at the ownership helm. The fact that all of them are inductees to the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame speaks to the importance of the track and its decades of success.

In its 70 years, the track has been known by several names, including Kohler Drag Strip, Kohler Superboss Dragway, Cayuga 1320 Dragway, Dragway Park, and Toronto Motorsports Park. The track has played host to many of the biggest names in drag racing, including ‘Big Daddy’ Don Garlits, Shirley Muldowney (who earned her NHRA Top Fuel license at Dragway Park), Don ‘The Snake’ Prudhomme, Tom ‘The Mongoose’ McEwen, and ‘The First Lady of Motorsports,’ Linda Vaughn, to name a few.

Major changes started to take place after former professional race car driver Uli Bieri purchased the facility in 1998. Recognizing the need for a road racing course in the ‘Golden Horseshoe’ region, Bieri acted upon his lifelong ambition to build a 3-kilometre road course.

Working with the late Roger Peart, of ASN Canada, they designed a track that would appeal to a wide variety of road racing enthusiasts, a course where experts and novices could all enjoy their high-performance vehicles and motorcycles in a safe and affordable environment.

Over the years, the upgrades and improvements have continued, creating a multi-purpose racing facility that plays host to many races and events throughout the year, including major international drag racing events, weekly race programs, training sessions, test and tunes, open lapping, track rentals, VIP Suites, racing experiences, team building and other corporate and charity events.

Looking ahead, discussions are currently underway with NHRA about a National event returning to Canada at Toronto Motorsports Park. For more information about TMP, be sure to visit them at their two displays at Motorama. In the meantime, they’re located on the web at TorontoMotorsportsPark.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.