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New APC Series Shakes Up Ontario Late Models

New APC Series Shakes Up Ontario Late Models

By Clayton Johns

In less than three months time, the first green flag will wave on the inaugural season for the APC series presented by Grisdale Racing Products. The new Pro Late Model provincial touring series will run eight races at five tracks during its first season in 2015.

Auto Parts Centres (APC) manager Luke Ramsey started the tour after the 2014 season and will continue as coordinator for 2015. A long-time fan of late model racing, Ramsey had grown dissatisfied with the state of the division in Ontario.

“I’m a race fan at heart. I missed the days when we had full fields of late models,” said Ramsey. “There was an appetite and enough people that wanted to get involved.”

The series provides a much-needed boost to late model racing in Ontario. The division had suffered from low weekly car counts and fragmented rule packages across the province. Ramsey has attempted to create a more unified set of rules.

The APC Series has worked closely with the five tracks it will visit to ensure a successful start. Delaware Speedway is one of three tracks that will host two races along with Sunset and Flamboro. The series is a welcomed revitalization to late model racing in Ontario, said John Houghton, Delaware’s public relations director.

“I think it’s a really viable model,” said Houghton. “The drivers are able to race in high-quality events, and the fans are going to see the best drivers in the province. I think that’s a real gift.”

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Clear Goals

The goal is to please fans with exciting racing while keeping the on-track product affordable for drivers. Drivers will race on 10” tires during APC Series races instead of the 8” tires commonly seen at local tracks.

“Everybody has had to change something and they’ve all done it for the greater good,” said Ramsey.

A full field of cars should make for a busy grandstand and happy track promoters, said Ramsey.

“We want this to be a profitable night because they are in business. [The tracks] need to make money,” he added.

The inaugural season will culminate at Delaware with the track’s famed Great Canadian Race in September. The potential for the race to decide the first APC Series champion will make the event all the more interesting.

“Anything that adds to the intensity and the drama of the event is a plus for us,” said Houghton. “The Great Canadian Race is our most historic event that we run annually, so it’s always very special to our drivers and our fans.”

100-Lap Format Should Thrill

All eight races will be 100 laps and preceded by time trials. Ramsey believes the format will be successful because cars won’t be wrecked in heats. Time trial qualifying will take place before the start of the events so fans have the choice to watch them or not without missing the rest of the show.

“They tend to use up equipment for no reason,” said Ramsey, when asked about the possibility of heat races. “We want to have strict tire rules, which take away the chances of team’s doping tires. Going from time trials straight to a feature helps with that problem.”

The APC Series allows 21-year-old pilot Brandon Watson the chance to return home. Watson spent last summer racing with the Jegs CRA All-Star tour in the United States. He finished seventh overall on that tour, where each race is at least 100 laps. He will race the McColl Racing Enterprises car that won a McColl Pro Series event at Sunset in 2012.

“I’m definitely looking forward to racing back in Ontario,” said Watson. “We have a bit more experience then some guys with time trials and 100-lappers. We’re going to use whatever advantage we can from last year to help us along.”

The series currently has over 40 drivers registered to compete throughout the season. With an expected limit of 24 cars for most races, a B-main race will likely be necessary before the main event.

The 100-lap distance will require drivers to strategize, but won’t give them enough time to cruise at the back before making a run to the front.

“The safest place to be is out front. We want to qualify up front and then stay up front,” said Matt Pritiko, the defending Delaware late model champion.

The series’ inaugural race is scheduled for Sunset Speedway on May 23.

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The Johnsonville Stage Will Be A Hive Of Activity Throughout The Motorama Show!

The Johnsonville Stage Will Be A Hive Of Activity Throughout The Motorama Show!

TORONTO, ON // FEBRUARY 2, 2015 • Over the years, the main stage at the Canadian Motorsports Expo has been a focal point of the show. Featuring celebrity Q&As, autograph sessions, media announcements, discussion panels, awards presentations and more, it is a constant hive of activity during all three days of the show. The vast majority of photos and videos taken during the show are captured by cameras aimed squarely at the stage.

This year, for the inaugural Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo, the high-profile stage will be sponsored by Johnsonville Sausage. Already the most popular brand of sausage in the US, Johnsonville sausages are available in 30 other countries around the world, including Canada.

The Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo takes place March 13, 14 & 15 at the International Centre, across from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

In addition to having a giant, 30’ x 10’ custom-designed banner displayed on the Johnsonville Stage throughout all three days of Motorama, the company will further highlight its presence at the show by presenting a 20’ x 40’ booth, adjacent to the Johnsonville Stage, from which its representatives will distribute discount coupons and delicious samples of its world-famous sausages, discuss their products, and display some of the stock cars that Johnsonville sponsors in Canada, including the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Johnsonville / BDI Ford co-driven by series veterans Kerry Micks and Mark Dilley.

“Johnsonville is involved in Canadian motorsports because it gives us a great opportunity to connect directly with racing fans, which we’ve identified as one of our core target consumer groups,” said Brad Martin, Managing Director Canada for Johnsonville Sausage. “Our products fit well with the experience of getting outdoors, at a racetrack, and enjoying good food and good times with friends and other racing fans. We’re excited about sponsoring the Johnsonville Stage at Motorama because the show attracts an audience that we’re eager to interact with, at a time when everyone’s getting excited about the upcoming season.”

Speaking on behalf of Motorama, Mike Galipeau said, “We are very happy that Johnsonville is taking such a high-profile sponsorship role at this year’s Motorama show. Last year, Brad and his team had a booth near the stage during the Canadian Motorsports Expo, so they got a firsthand look at how busy it is and all the neat things that go on there.

“Johnsonville is a fantastic supporter of Canadian motorsports and we encourage everyone who comes to Motorama to enjoy the many events that will take place on the Johnsonville Stage. And while they’re there, try some of their great sausages and grab a store coupon. We encourage everyone to support Johnsonville and all of the companies that make Motorama and Canadian motorsports possible when they’re making their buying decisions.”

The schedule of events for the Johnsonville Stage – including times and participants for the celebrity Q&As, autograph sessions, media announcements, discussion panels, awards presentations and the other events – will be published in the weeks leading up to the show at www.MotoramaShow.com.

ABOUT JOHNSONVILLE SAUSAGE: Founded in 1945 by Ralph F. and Alice Stayer, Johnsonville is the most popular brand of sausage in the United States, and is available in 30 other countries, including Canada. The company’s headquarters are in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin. Their award-winning product lines include Brats, Italian, Smoked, Breakfast, and Snack sausages. More information about Johnsonville products and recipes featuring the products can be found at www.johnsonville.com.

ABOUT THE MOTORAMA CUSTOM CAR & MOTORSPORTS EXPO: The inaugural MOTORAMA show takes place March 13, 14 & 15, 2015 at Toronto’s International Centre, adjacent to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. With a footprint of almost a quarter-million square feet, the show will be Canada’s biggest late-winter celebration of automobiles and motorsports. For information about the show, including sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, schedules and more, call (416) 962-7223, or email info@MotoramaShow.com. The show’s website is located at www.MotoramaShow.com.

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GREG MACPHERSON • MOTORAMA Custom Car & Motorsports Expo

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Collver Takes Aim At APC Late Model Series

Collver Takes Aim At APC Late Model Series

(London ON)  Trevor Collver will be having a very busy summer in 2015.  Not only will Collver take on the competitive field of G.A.W. Super Stocks at Delaware Speedway, but will also field a Pro Late Model for Car owner Allan Gold.  The pair of Gold and Collver will compete in the new APC United Late Model Series at all 8 events on the 2015 schedule.

Collver will split seat time in both the Super Stock and Pro Late Model with Partners, Carter Trucking, Champion Spark Plugs and several other of his current marketing partners.  Over the winter, team owner Allan Gold picked up a McColl chassis and will campaign the #97 in the APC Pro Late Model Series with Collver as the rookie driver in the series inaugural season.   Michael Gold, a Outlaw Super Late Model standout will pilot the car at selected events at Delaware Speedway.

Trevor Collver is ecstatic about the opportunity to drive such powerful race car in the newly formed APC Late Model Series.

Collver made headlines in 2014 as a finalist in the Champion Spark Plugs Sponsor Search contest, and has been racing for 11 years.  From Micro Sprints to Delaware Super Stocks.

Team owner Allan Gold comes to the area from Northern Ontario fielding Super Late Models at Laird Speedway and in Michigan for son Michael Gold.   The pair of Collver and Gold got together over the winter and formulated ideas to run in the new series full time.  Marketing partnership is still available for the 2015 Campaign.

“I met Trevor through the Champion spark Plug display  at the London Auto Show last spring, and have followed him since. ” Gold said of Collver.

“I was inspired and impressed by his passion for racing and how much he has already accomplished on his own. He has ambition to make it to NASCAR, so it’s time to step it up to a higher level. The APC series is a the perfect opportunity to showcase his skills as a driver and a corporate representative.”

The APC Late Model Series kicks off Saturday May 23 at Sunset Speedway and wraps in September at Delaware Speedway.  The tour will also make stops at Sauble, Peterborough and Flamboro Speedways.

Special Thanks goes out to the supporters and marketing partners of Trevor Collver Motorsports,  Steve Carter Trucking, Champion Spark Plugs, Outback Tire shack, Mark Kennedy Trucking, Hodgins Custom Service, G&L Automotive, Ron O Brien ReMax, Melrose Garage, Dave Collver Auto Care, Don Collver Automotive and Transmission, Collver Towing, Fix Auto, Customclothing4U.com, Hallmark Memorials, Huron Tractor, Dave Moore Fuels and Mac’s Convenience You can follow Treover Collver Motorsports on Twitter @TCollver1 and visit the new Website www.trevorcollvermotorsports.com

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Canada’s Top Short Track Racers To Be Honoured At Motorama

Canada’s Top Short Track Racers To Be Honoured At Motorama

ASPHALT AND DIRT CHAMPS WILL BE IN THE SPOTLIGHT ON SATURDAY, MARCH 14 AT CANADA’S BIGGEST CUSTOM CAR & MOTORSPORTS SHOW

TORONTO, ON // JANUARY 20, 2015 • One of the surprise hits of last year’s Canadian Motorsports Expo was the huge turnout of racers, crews, family members, sponsors and fans for the inaugural Short Track Night of Champions (STNOC).

Upwards of 50 dirt and asphalt year-end champions – representing tracks, divisions and series from across Ontario – were on-stage to receive awards and be honoured by the short track community.

In the wake of that successful event, the 2nd Annual Short Track Night of Champions will be a prominent feature of the Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo. The STNOC will take place on the Johnsonville Stage on the evening of Saturday, March 14 at the International Centre, across from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. New for this year, championship-winning racers from across Canada will be eligible to participate, if they pre-register and attend Motorama.

Co-hosted by popular race announcers Greg Calnan and Spencer Lewis, the Short Track Night of Champions will honour dirt and asphalt oval racers who earned year-end track or series championships in 2014.

Additionally, Calnan’s OnDIRTRacingNews.com will recognize notable dirt track performers from last season, while Lewis will spotlight the top, year-end racers from his London Recreational Ontario Asphalt Power Rankings, which appears in Inside Track Motorsport News.”

“We were overwhelmed by the response last year,” admitted Calnan. “We had champions from as far away as Cornwall and Sault Ste. Marie who made the trip to Toronto. NASCAR legend Mike Skinner helped with the presentations, which made them even more special. Based on the reaction last year, I’m sure even more will come out this year.”

STNOC co-host Spencer Lewis said, “With so many asphalt and dirt champs all in one place, this type of thing really doesn’t happen anywhere else. Year-end banquets are great, but it’s something very special for the ‘best of the best’ to be on one stage, with their fellow champions, at Canada’s biggest motorsports and automotive show.”

The Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo takes place March 13, 14 & 15, 2015 in the re-configured Halls 1 and 2 of Toronto’s International Centre, located adjacent to Pearson International Airport.

In addition to the on-stage recognition and awards presentations, the track and series winners will also be eligible for random prize draws during the Motorama Short Track Night of Champions. The prizes will be geared towards the short track racers as they prepare for the 2015 season.

Year-end track or series champions can register to be part of the Short Track Night of Champions presentations by clicking on the STNOC event logo at www.MotoramaShow.com. Information about the event schedule, sponsorship opportunities, this year’s celebrity presenter and additional STNOC details will be posted on the website as details are confirmed.

ABOUT ON DIRT RACING NEWS: ON DIRT Racing News (www.ondirtracingnews.com) is a web-based news outlet focused on dirt short track racing in the province of Ontario. To contact Greg Calnan, e-mail greg@imagefactor.ca or call (226) 401-2543.

ABOUT THE MOTORAMA CUSTOM CAR & MOTORSPORTS EXPO: The inaugural Motorama show takes place March 13, 14 & 15, 2015 at Toronto’s International Centre, adjacent to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. With a footprint of almost a quarter-million square feet, the show will be Canada’s biggest late-winter celebration of automobiles and motorsports. For information about the show, including sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, schedules and more, call (416) 962-7223, or email info@MotoramaShow.com. The show’s website is located at www.MotoramaShow.com.

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Another Active Season of Chasing Racing for Clarke Motorsports Communications

Another Active Season of Chasing Racing for Clarke Motorsports Communications

They say it’s always good to be busy and 2014 was certainly a lively campaign of following the world of weekly short track action for Clarke Motorsports Communications.

With another year of reporting on the Saturday night comings and goings at Peterborough Speedway as part of the regular agenda, it was nice to enjoy a DIRTcar Small Block Modified show at Brockville Speedway – Saturday, May 10th – to kick-off the year. My first exposure to the sport was watching dirt racing at Kingston Speedway and that form of competition remains near and dear to my heart. Being asked to spend time in the announcer’s booth, co-hosting with Tim Baltz was a lot of fun as well. We had a great time and shared a few laughs while providing the play-by-play.

The season for Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval got rolling a week later and the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City provided some exciting shows throughout the spring, summer and fall. During the year, I put together pre-event and post-race media reports, while also documenting the progress of a number of different drivers in the track’s regular divisions who carry my stickers on their cars.

From the year’s opening green flag to the final checkered hanky of the 22nd Annual Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing, Peterborough Speedway fans witnessed some of the closest racing in the track’s illustrious history. Congratulations to this year’s point champions Willow Barberstock, Ryan Babin, Jack Dallin, Anthony DiBello and Ryan Kimball. Kimball etched his name in the history books, becoming the latest to claim a track championship and an Autumn Colours Classic main event win in the same year.

Writing and photography work kept me busy all through this season’s calendar, with promotional projects for the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series and short-lived Grassroots Racing Program crossing the desk. The former is a venture that continues to grow with increased crowd and driver support, while the latter – under the promotion of Andrew McFadden – saw regularly scheduled racing return to Kawartha Speedway. Sadly, the series lacked the commitment of drivers or fans and was cancelled after 3 of the scheduled 8 events had been completed.

For the first time in a number of years, I added a new venue to my track chasing totals with an inaugural visit to Flamboro Speedway. The OMRS teams were part of an event known as the Memorial Race Weekend and although it was a late, chilly evening the racing and hospitality of the night were both memorable experiences. While hardly a new venture, my season wrapped-up with the Northeast Fall Nationals at Brockville Speedway, where Rochester, New York’s Danny Johnson survived a cold, wet weekend to sweep both the Big Block and 358 DIRTcar Modified feature events.

2014’s racing brought with it a number of great stories. Willow Barberstock claiming Peterborough Speedway’s 4Fun division point championship, a month before her 15th birthday was a great place to start. It was also exciting to watch Danny Benedict’s mid-season hot streak, with Mini Stock wins at Peterborough, Sunset and Capital City Speedways. The talented teen from Orono, Ontario may have lacked consistency during the year, but his fellow competitors named the driver of the #54 Mustang the most sportsmanlike in the class. With every triumph comes tragedy. Perhaps the biggest motorsports headline of the year was the unfortunate incident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, where Kevin Ward Jr. lost his life. I haven’t watched the video, so it’s best to not comment further; other to say it will likely change the future of short track auto racing forever. I was also deeply saddened by the passing of long-time friend and fellow motorsports writer and web designer Craig Revelle, who died suddenly in October.

Even with a few months of winter weather still on the horizon, I’ve already started to look ahead to the 2015 season. Headline events will start with the DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series at Brockville Speedway – Wednesday, May 27th. The next marquee events of the new season will be back-to-back World of Outlaws Late Model tour stops Saturday, June 20th and Sunday, June 21st at Brighton Speedway and Cornwall Motor Speedway. The winged warriors of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car circuit returns to Brockville Speedway Friday, July 31st.

In 2014, Clarke Motorsports Communications proudly represented Peterborough Speedway, Grassroots Racing, Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, Northeast Fall Nationals at Brockville Speedway. Craig & Brant Graham, Linc Brown Motorsports, Howie Crowe, Danny Benedict, Michel ‘Mike’ Beyore, Adam Turner, Adam Cuthbertson, Tim Kerr, Grant Fitzpatrick, Willow Barberstock, Charlie Sandercock and others.

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

1). With a nickname earned by winning the final regularly scheduled main events at Kawartha Speedway and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport Speedway, the #54 Mini Stock of ‘The Show Stopper’ Danny Benedict scored feature wins at Peterborough, Sunset and Capital City Speedways during a 2014 mid-season hot streak.

2). NASCAR Canadian Tire Series standout J.R. Fitzpatrick takes a slide through the infield grass in an OSCAAR Outlaw Super Late Model during practice for the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough Speedway.

3). Caley Weese powers her #77 Pro Late Model through the 3rd turn at Brighton Speedway during the 2014 edition of the Applefest Shootout Weekend.

4). It was déjà vu all over again for Kingston’s Danny O’Brien, who added yet another DIRTcar 358 Modified track championship at Brockville Speedway to his impressive resume.

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The Canadian Motorsports Expo Will Continue As A Major Component Of Motorama

The Canadian Motorsports Expo Will Continue As A Major Component Of Motorama

TORONTO, ON // OCTOBER 17, 2014 • For the first eight years of its existence, the Canadian Motorsports Expo (CME) was a standalone, racing-only show catering to motorsports fans and the industry. The CME usually took place in early February, when Canadian winters can make it challenging for even the most hearty racers, exhibitors and enthusiasts to participate.

For 2015, the CME will once again take place at Toronto’s International Centre, but with several exciting changes.

The Canadian Motorsports Expo Powered by Inside Track Motorsport News will return for a ninth year as an intact component of the new Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo. The new show takes place March 13, 14 & 15, 2015 at the newly refurbished International Centre, across from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

The 2014 edition of the CME filled 80,000 square feet. Motorama, which continues the almost four-decade tradition of the mid-March custom car and racing shows at the International Centre – will fill at least a quarter-million square feet at the well known venue.

The Canadian Motorsports Expo at Motorama will offer all of the same features that racing fans appreciated about the former standalone CME, including displays by tracks, series, racing equipment manufacturers and dealers, collectibles vendors, and more.

It will also continue to celebrate Canadian racing with high-profile events like the Short Track Night of Champions, the Drag Racing Night of Champions, celebrity racer appearances and Q&As, autograph sessions, racing-themed forums, seminars and industry press conferences and announcements.

And by being part of a much larger show that appeals to a broader base of automotive enthusiasts, CME 2015 exhibitors and sponsors will be exposed to tens of thousands of potential new customers and fans, many of whom may not have attended a ‘racing only’ show in the past.

Exhibitor and sponsorship package pricing for the new show remains at 2014 CME levels. And by being part of a bigger, unified show attracting significantly larger crowds, the show’s promoters anticipate that the participation of the racing industry will be greater than ever before. The response to the changes from the vast majority of the show’s previous exhibitors and sponsors has been very positive.

“We are extremely excited about the Canadian Motorsports Expo being part of the inaugural Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo,” said co-promoter David Weber. “The CME has always been very well supported by the industry and racing fans. It was a team effort to promote the sport in Canada and we thank everyone for that. But being able to move the show back a month to a time when the weather is better, schedules are set, and more racing vehicles are ready, will be greatly appreciated by the motorsports community.

“Also, having the CME be part of a racing and automotive enthusiast show three times the size that showcases the sport to a much larger audience will be very beneficial to everyone. For the first time ever, there will be a unified show in Canada’s largest city that features custom cars, stock cars, road racing, drag racing, trucks, tuners, hot rods, rat rods, karts… everything all under one roof.”

The Canadian Motorsports Expo was created so that the industry and fans would have a show that celebrated Canadian racing. That commitment and tradition will live on as part of the new Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo.

ABOUT THE MOTORAMA CUSTOM CAR & MOTORSPORTS EXPO: The inaugural MOTORAMA show takes place March 13, 14 & 15, 2015 at Toronto’s International Centre, adjacent to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. With a footprint of almost a quarter-million square feet, the show will be Canada’s biggest late-winter celebration of automobiles and motorsports. For information about the show, including sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, schedules and more, call (416) 962-7223, or email info@MotoramaShow.com. The show’s website is located at www.MotoramaShow.com.

GREG MACPHERSON • MOTORAMA Custom Car & Motorsports Expo

DATE: March 13, 14 & 15, 2015 • VENUE: International Centre (Toronto) • WEB: MotoramaShow.com • TWITTER: @MotoramaShow • PH: (416) 962-7223 • EMAIL: greg@MotoramaShow.com • FAX: (416) 962-7208

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PHOTO GALLERY: Autumn Colours Classic Day #2

PHOTO GALLERY: Autumn Colours Classic Day #2

Day #2 of the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough Speedway is in the record books. For a recap of the event visit the following link: http://www.ontariooval.com/?p=36693

The following is a photo gallery from day one taken by Eric Uprichard of OntarioOval.com.

 

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PHOTO GALLERY: Autumn Colours Classic Day #1

PHOTO GALLERY: Autumn Colours Classic Day #1

Day 1 of the 22nd Annual Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough Speedway is in the record books. For a recap of the event visit the following link: http://www.ontariooval.com/?p=36619

The following is a photo gallery from day one taken by Eric Uprichard of OntarioOval.com.

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Craig Revelle: A Friend From Start To Finish

Craig Revelle: A Friend From Start To Finish

Kind… caring… passionate… talented… dedicated… dependable… respected. To get through life and be remembered as any one of these words would be an accomplishment for most, for Craig Revelle he was all of them. He was a young man filled with life and a love for motorsports; sadly he left us too soon. On Saturday, October 4th, 2014 the racing community and the world in general lost a shining star in the prime of his life.

craigyoungFor many race fans the dream of being involved in the sport never leaves the mind, but for Craig it was a reality from the beginning. As a young boy he could be found at the local dirt track with his own flags following the starters every move. This wasn’t just another child behind the curtains of make believe, it was a passionate young soul giving us a glimpse into his future.

In the first 30 years of his life Craig spent time as a fan and a crew member. He even gave driving a try in an Enduro car at Brockville Speedway. He may have only competed in one race and lasted only one lap, but he was doing what he loved.

Eventually, Craig found his calling in racing and started Finish Line Web Design in 2009, a company that created websites and promotional materials for race teams and speedways. His talents behind the keyboard weren’t just in design though as he began to write for a number of news outlets and teams. Before too long the name Craig Revelle was well known throughout the northeast motorsports scene.

23477_386617557102_21734_nIn just five short years Finish Line grew to become a big success and a vital part of the racing community. This self-taught designer and writer from Gananoque, Ontario was living his dream, and loving every minute of it. He never rested on his laurels though and strived daily to deliver the best service possible to every single client. It was his attitude and his honesty that made him a success.

This time of year was like Christmas for Craig. Super DIRT Week and the Northeast Fall Nationals were the ultimate way to wind down after another busy season. It was a chance to catch up with friends and get one last racing fix in before the long winter months arrive. Even though the show must go on many will feel the void left by the absence of his presence in the next couple of weeks and the race seasons to come.

At just 37 years of age, the final checkered flag flew for Craig and he reached the finish line sooner than anyone could have imagined. From a wide-eyed child flagging dirt modifieds to a successful entrepreneur keeping thousands of fans informed, he truly lived life in the fast lane and brought so many along for the ride.

From start to finish Craig never changed. He was many things to many people. He tasted success, but never believed he was greater than the sport and that is why it will never be the same without him. Anyone who knew him is grateful for all that he was, but more importantly that he was a friend.

Farewell my friend,

Greg Calnan

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Teenage Rookie Logan Rayvals Set To Continue Canadian Supermodified Tradition At Oswego Speedway

Teenage Rookie Logan Rayvals Set To Continue Canadian Supermodified Tradition At Oswego Speedway

OSWEGO, NY (October 6, 2014) – Oswego Speedway, the home of the Budweiser International Classic 200 and Supermodified racing, has also been a home away from home for some of Canada’s top short track open-wheel competitors.

Beginning in 2015, young Brockville, Ontario native Logan Rayvals will open his chapter in a long standing Canadian story at Oswego, coming in as a Supermodified rookie with a familiar name.

Champions Doug Didero, Ken Andrews, and Warren Coniam lead a long list of Canadian standouts including Randy Ritskes, Dave McKnight, and Norm Mackareth, each of which has made their mark on Oswego Speedway and Supermodified racing through the Speedway’s storied history.

Part of that rich Canadian history at Oswego Speedway is Craig Rayvals, Logan’s father.

A former Small Block Supermodified Classic champion at Oswego, Craig quickly adapted to Supermodified racing, winning the prestigious Jim Shampine Memorial in May of 2004 in an effort with Oswego Classic champion Mike Muldoon.

Craig returned to victory lane in August of 2008, picking up his second career Supermodified win at the ‘Steel Palace.’

In total, the elder Rayvals has scored 15 top five finishes in Supermodified competition at Oswego, but in recent years has begun to foster the driving career of his son Logan.

A veteran of kart racing and NEMA Lites midget competition, Logan will make the jump to Novelis Supermodified action at Oswego next season, looking to become the first Canadian Supermodified Rookie of the Year at Oswego since Mike Hooper scored co-rookie honors in 2004.

Rayvals, who will be just 18 years of age when he takes his first green flag in 2015, says everything he has done in racing to this point has pointed him to Oswego Speedway.

“Oswego has really been the home track for my family, I have been going to the track with my dad for a very long time, and I have always wanted to be able to race there (Oswego),” said Rayvals. “I’ve had a couple chances to race at Oswego with the Midget. Once last year and at this year’s Race of Champions. The Midget is a great learning curve, and I am going to miss them, but the hour and a half drive to Oswego is easier than the usual six to seven hour drive to run the Midget.”

Rayvals finished the 2014 NEMA Lites season in seventh position overall with podium finishes at Evans Mills Speedway, Waterford Speed Bowl, and Star Speedway. Despite his recent success in the Midget ranks, Rayvals understands the move to Supermodified racing will be a big step.

“I have always wanted to drive a Supermodified,” said Rayvals. “It is going to be a really big change from the Midget, and they are two very different racecars. I’m excited to try our Supermodified out though, and I am happy to be back at Oswego weekly. We have made many great friends there over the years.”

In a bit of irony, the Supermodified that Rayvals refers to will be the former Locke Racing No. 37 Hawk machine that Canadian native Ritskes drove to three main event wins and a podium finish in the Speedway’s 2014 driver standings.

Rayvals Racing recently took possession of the Supermodified to begin preparation for young Logan’s rookie campaign.

“I’m not expecting to go out the first race next season and win or even finish in the top ten,” said Rayvals. “I have learned from racing the Midget that you need to get comfortable with the car you’re driving before you can start taking it to the edge. If the car is in one piece and I can say I am getting comfortable, then I will be happy.”

Recently, although now a US citizen, Ritskes has carried on the Canadian lineage at Oswego along with ISMA Supermodified champion and International Classic veteran Mike Lichty. Rayvals will look to continue that tradition in 2015, as he hopes to build momentum in his new ride.

“Once I am comfortable with the car and the setup is there, a few good finishes would be great,” said Rayvals. “Overall, everyone with our team is excited to be back at Oswego, and if we can win the Rookie of the Year title that would be more than great.”

For more information on Rayvals Racing and driver Logan Rayvals, visit their Facebook page online.

For more information on Oswego Speedway visit online at www.oswegospeedway.com, follow on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway, or like on Facebook at facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

About Oswego Speedway: Oswego Speedway, a sports entertainment company, is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. Oswego Speedway has been a continuously run weekly racing venue since August, 1951. The premier open-wheel pavement short track cars in the world, Supermodifieds, run weekly at Oswego Speedway making Oswego the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block Supermodifieds accompany the full blown Supers on a weekly Saturday night schedule which runs from May through September. Oswego Speedway is mentioned in racing circles as the “Indy of the East,” as no fewer than a dozen past and present competitors have competed at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway including Mario Andretti, arguably the greatest driver of all time, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, along with former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.

Oswego Speedway Partners (Oswego Speedway would like to thank the following partners): Advance Auto Parts, All Seasons Inn, Beacon Hotel, Blue Bowl Sanitation, Bracy’s Auto Repair, Butler Disposal Services, Bosco’s Famous Italian Sausage, Bacc-Off, Canale Insurance, Burritt Motors, CNY CPR, Designs of Elegance, Dufore’s Jewelers, Ellsworth Heating and Cooling, Environmental Remediation Services, Gater Racing News, Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, J&K Plumbing and Heating, Kathy’s Cakes, McCaffrey Chiropractic, Cam’s NY Pizzeria, Oswego Health, Dahl’s Diner, Pizza Villa, Precision Balancing, Press Box, Gioia Signs, RJ Caruso Tax & Accounting, Leon Shapiro Motor Sales, Munski’s Auto & Marine, Ontario Orchards, Oswego County Federal Credit Union, Hudson Dairy, Burke’s Home Centers, Knights Inn East, Knights Inn West, H. Lee White Marine Museum, Hofmann’s, Century 21 Galloway Realty, Dunkin Donuts, Rudy’s Lakeside, POMCO Group, Price Chopper Supermarkets, Eagle Beverage, Budweiser, Bud Light, Coca-Cola, Novelis, Pathfinder Bank, C’s Beverage Center, G&I Homes, Johnston’s Propane, Performance Harley Davidson, Scriba Lane Redemption, Entergy Northeast, Longley Dodge, Best Western PLUS, Quality Inn and Suites Riverfront, Pullen’s Plumbing, Vashaw’s Collision Service, Scriba Meats, S&S Tractor, Stop DWI Oswego County, Oswego Sub Shop, Sunset RV Park, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, White’s Car Care, Turning Stone Resort Casino, Fleet Pride, The Evergreen Motel, Elbert & Crate Box, Crop Production Services, Davis Bros. Inc., Hoosier Racing Tire, Helena Chemical Company, U-Pull U-Save Auto Parts, Planet Fitness Oswego, A&P Auto Parts Cicero, Zink Shirts, Fairfield Inn by Marriott, Seminis, D&S Landscaping, Nice Price Auto Sales, Shell Shock Custom Helmet Paint, Lighthouse Lanes, JP Jewlers, Sherwood Racing Wheels, NBT Bank, Radical RaceGear, Trucks R Us, Chestnut Security, Wayne Drugs, Locke Crane Services, Brad Penn Oil, Firefreeze World Wide, Safety Kleen, Oswego County Today, Shea Concrete, Mitchell’s Speedway Press, North Country Home Builders, Corr/Pak Merchandising, B104.7FM, TK99/TK105, Ferris Mowers, Terrell’s Potato Chips, Eagles Fan Club, Top Stitch, Top Quality Construction, Outdoor Power, John Costello & Associates, Oswego Quality Carpet, Enders Racing Engines, Thomas Video Productions, The CNY Family Sports Centre, ARISE, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Great Strides for Cystic Fibrosis, Rusty Wallace Racing Experience


Dan Kapuscinski
Public Relations Specialist
Oswego Speedway
300 East Albany St.
Oswego, NY 13126
Office: 315-342-0646
Cell: 315-708-7544
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CSC Racing Products Inc. Secures The First Booth For The Inaugural Motorama Show

CSC Racing Products Inc. Secures The First Booth For The Inaugural Motorama Show

A Brand New Show on a Weekend You Know!

March 13, 14 & 15, 2015 at Toronto’s International Centre

TORONTO, ON // SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 • CSC Racing Products Inc. was officially the first company to secure a booth for the inaugural Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo. The show takes place March 13, 14 & 15, 2015 at Toronto’s International Centre.

CSC’s status as Motorama’s first official exhibitor is only fitting, for several reasons. The Newmarket, Ontario-based company was a ‘day one’ supporter of the former Canadian Motorsports Expo (CME). As well, CSC has the capability to fabricate almost anything needed to build and maintain street rods and custom cars.

For their first exhibit at Motorama, CSC Racing Products Inc. co-owners Jennifer and Ralph de Winter will be teaming up with BELL Racing USA.

“It was important for CSC, as an individual company, to be a part of the CME,” said Jennifer de Winter. “We’ve always enjoyed a great customer response. By combining the custom car and racing shows into one weekend, it will not only introduce our products and services to a larger audience, but it will allow us to cross-market our custom fabrication capabilities to new, potential clients. I believe Motorama will generate a lot of interest in an already enthusiastic crowd.”

Recent editions of the CME took place in early February. Discussing the new show’s date, in mid-March, de Winter continued, “The later show date will be good for us. By mid-March, the drivers know what they need from us, and the racing season will be foremost in their minds. We will have the latest BELL helmets and HANS products on display, and our fabrication facilities will have time to complete any last minute roll cage and fabrication requirements before the season begins.”

Discussing CSC’s early registration for Motorama, the show’s Rob Morton said, “CSC Racing Products Inc. have been great supporters of the CME and Canadian motorsports over the years. Their company is an institution because they offer outstanding products, unmatched expertise and great service to the industry. We’re honoured to have them as our first official exhibitor.”

Originally a stock car racing shop, CSC Racing Products Inc. has enjoyed significant growth over the years, with their manufacturing division creating race car frames and roll cages that are in use throughout North America. As their company’s fabrication reputation grew, so did their retail operations. From this one-stop race shop, over 800,000 items drawn from 600 suppliers are made available to the racing public, either at CSC’s new location in Newmarket, or via their secure shopping portal at www.cscracing.com.

Although the product lines carried by CSC are too numerous to mention, they offer a wide range of safety equipment, race wear and accessories. As the Canadian distributor for Bell Helmets, CSC Racing Products will share its Motorama booth space with the helmet retailer.

Concludes de Winter, “We deal with all levels of drivers, from entry-level to seasoned veterans. We have the products and the knowledge to meet any needs that they might have. And for the street rodder or custom car builder, we’ll be happy to offer them a new option for their manufacturing considerations.”

ABOUT CSC RACING PRODUCTS INC.: Founded in 1974 as Canadian Stock Car Products, CSC Racing Products Inc. has outgrown its roots as just a stock car business, to become an integral manufacturing facility for all forms of vehicular motorsport in North America. CSC is in its 16th consecutive year as a corporate sponsor of CASC-OR, as well as being an in-demand provider of services to the film industry in the field of stunt car preparation. While continuing to design and build roll cages and roll bars for the racing industry, CSC Racing Products Inc. has expanded its retail division to include product lines such as Bell Racing, HANS, AFCO, Wilwood, Longacre, Kirkey, Leaf and Allstar. Further information regarding their new store, located at 1251 Gorham Street in Newmarket, ON, product availability and on-line shopping can be found on their website, www.cscracing.com, or by telephone at 1-888-489-3880.

ABOUT THE MOTORAMA CUSTOM CAR & MOTORSPORTS EXPO: The inaugural Motorama show takes place March 13, 14 & 15, 2015 at Toronto’s International Centre, adjacent to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. With a footprint of almost a quarter-million square feet, the show will be Canada’s biggest late-winter celebration of automobiles and motorsports. For information about the show, including sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, schedules and more, call (416) 962-7223, or email info@MotoramaShow.com. The show’s website is located at www.MotoramaShow.com.

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GREG MACPHERSON • MOTORAMA Custom Car & Motorsports Expo
DATE: March 13, 14 & 15, 2015 • VENUE: International Centre (Toronto) • WEB: MotoramaShow.com • TWITTER: @MotoramaShow • PH: (416) 962-7223 • EMAIL: greg@MotoramaShow.com • FAX: (416) 962-7208
A Brand New Show on a Weekend You Know!

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Gary Challice To Spearhead Custom Car And Hot Rod Areas Of Inaugural Motorama Show

Gary Challice To Spearhead Custom Car And Hot Rod Areas Of Inaugural Motorama Show

A Brand New Show on a Weekend You Know!
March 13, 14 & 15, 2015 at Toronto’s International Centre

TORONTO, ON // SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 • While much about the inaugural Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo will be all-new, there are several aspects of the show that will be very familiar to custom car and racing enthusiasts.

The International Centre, across from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, has been the traditional home of the region’s biggest and most successful custom car and hot rod show for almost four decades. The popular venue will play host to Motorama on March 13, 14 & 15, 2015.

And for many of those years, Gary Challice (right) played a leading role in putting together the Performance World Custom Car Show at the International Centre. Challice, who hails from Oshawa (ON), is spearheading the custom car and hot rod components of Motorama. Some of his duties with the new show include: procuring and approving show cars, working with the car clubs, selecting the judging team, securing participants for the seminars and forums, and being an ambassador for the show within the auto enthusiast community.

“When we confirmed that we were taking over the traditional mid-March custom car show date at the International Centre, one of our first calls was to Gary Challice to see if he’d be willing to work with us,” said Motorama co-promoter Greg MacPherson. “We had the pleasure of working with Gary during last year’s Canadian Motorsports Expo and we’re very excited that he’s taking a prominent role with Motorama. We’ve been to several car shows in the past few months, and everywhere we go, people love and respect Gary Challice. Gary’s reputation, knowledge and experience are all major assets and we’re honoured to have him on the team.”

A founding member of several successful car clubs – including the Motor City Car Club – Challice has a strong background in show car judging. He was the Director of Show Cars and Features at Performance World for 18 years, during the show’s heyday, and was inducted into the Canadian Street Rodder Hall of Fame in 1997. He received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013. Also in 2013, he was the project coordinator for a major hot rod feature at the Canadian International Auto Show, in Toronto.

Challice is enthusiastic about being part of the Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo as it gives him an opportunity to be part of creating an all-new, re-invigorated show. A key component of his plan is to fill the International Centre with stunning ‘new’ vehicles.

“The number one thing about Motorama is that the cars will be the stars,” said Challice. “The majority of the vehicles will be ‘first time shown,’ so that people will come to the show and see a variety of machines that they’ve never seen before. From karts, to custom cars, hot rods, racing cars, trucks and more, the people are going to see rooms full of incredible new machines.

“No matter what peoples’ interests are, they’re going to see what they came to see, as well as a bunch of other types of vehicles that will make them glad they came. Combining the custom car show with the motorsports expo is also really exciting as it will expose a lot of people who love hot rods and racing, to something new. I already have a line on several cars that will blow people away, and we’re getting a fantastic reaction from everyone as they learn about Motorama.”

In terms of awards, a $5,000 cash prize will go to the Motorama Grand Champion; a ‘first time shown’ Canadian car. The American ‘Stars & Stripes’ award will see a $2,500 cash prize go to the top vehicle from the US on display at Motorama. Many more awards and prizes will be confirmed prior to show time.

For information about displaying your car or having your club participate at the Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo, go to MotoramaShow.com and click on the Exhibitor Info tab at the top of the page. You can also email info@motoramashow.com or call (416) 962-7223 to inquire about exhibitor space or show sponsorship opportunities. To contact Gary Challice directly, call (905) 723-7828 during the day or on his cell at (905) 404-7860.

ABOUT THE MOTORAMA CUSTOM CAR & MOTORSPORTS EXPO: The inaugural MOTORAMA show takes place March 13, 14 & 15, 2015 at Toronto’s International Centre, adjacent to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. With a footprint of almost a quarter-million square feet, the show will be Canada’s biggest late-winter celebration of automobiles and motorsports. For information about the show, including sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, schedules and more, call (416) 962-7223, or email info@MotoramaShow.com. The show’s website is located at www.MotoramaShow.com.

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Michael Williams Get Elusive CVM Feature Win At Sauble Speedway 

Michael Williams Get Elusive CVM Feature Win At Sauble Speedway 

By Randy Spencer – As many of you racers know, that elusive first feature win is sometimes very hard to get. No matter how talented you are, you need some good luck and help behind the scenes to get there. Well that is exactly what Michael Williams got this past Saturday as he finally got the monkey off his back and picked up his first feature win in the Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modified series. I’ve come to get to know Mike and his dad Dave over the past six years and want to say congratulations. There hard work and dedication has finally paid off.

The 33 year old electrician from Tottenham began his racing career running karts at Formula Kartways in Brampton. Mike had always dreamed about driving a real race car but never thought it could be possible. After a test in a car at Flamboro six years ago, Mike and the team were hooked. They bought a CVM and the rest is history. The car he drives now is the car formerly run by Arnold “Doc” Roper, former club president, sponsor and member of the Canadian Vintage Modified Hall of Fame. The past few seasons have been hit and miss for Williams. He took some time off and raced a partial schedule after his marriage to wife Andrea but is now spending some time behind the wheel of the race car again.

Although some of Williams best runs have been this year at Sauble, he told me Delaware Speedway is one of his favorites. “Some of my highlights racing are any time we race at Delaware Speedway. For some reason it doesn’t matter what we do with the setup, the car always seems to be fast there. Every lap around that track is the most fun I get racing especially when the car works on the outside. Our car was owned by the late Doc Roper and I know Delaware was his favourite track so I think that has something to do with it.”

The best Mike has finished to this point is second, several times. “Other than heat wins I haven’t been able to finish better than 2nd up until this past weekend. At the July race in Sauble earlier this summer we had the fastest car in practice but lost a cylinder in the heat race and was unable to start the feature. The closest I came to winning a race was also at Sauble in August 2011. I was leading with 5 laps to go when I developed a push and drove it in too deep and allowed the second place driver to get under me to steal the win.”

Two weeks ago at Flamboro Williams was running well but bad luck once again managed to hit again. “That last wreck at Flamboro was a tough one, probably the worst wreck I have been involved with in terms of damage to the car. We pretty much bent or broke everything in the front end. Fortunately Ron Easton at Oakville Trailers was able to set aside some time away from his Nascar commitments to work on getting our hot rod back together. We worked together with Oakville Trailers this past winter and Ron has helped us make big strides with our racing program. When we had the wreck at Flamboro we knew there was only one place to call to get us back out on the track just as fast as ever.”

When the #7 car found his way to victory lane at Sauble, I asked Mike what the best part of that experience was. “The best part about winning was to be able to celebrate with my dad and crew in victory lane. It was cool to have my buddy Pat there from my main sponsor (Race Mechanical) to enjoy the win with us as well.” Williams almost experienced a little deja vu however. “The race at Sauble felt a lot faster then most because there was only one caution. The last 5 laps did get a little sketchy because I was fighting a bad push into the corners similar to 2011. In the end I was able to hold off a hard charging #00 car who was literally wearing out the back bumper. Once I saw the checkered flag all I could think about was all the people that helped us along the way and how the win is for all of them. It felt great to finally shake the monkey off my back but at the same time I am hungry to do it again.”

Mike has so many people he wanted to thank. “My crew is my family who sacrifices a lot to be with us at the track and in the garage.  The Crew of Dave & Stephen Williams, Brian Henvey, Derek Therrien, Fred Zaffuto and John Donkers has all stuck together with me since the beginning.  For our motor program we take the inline Chevy 6 cylinder to Beatty & Woods in Brampton exclusively. So thanks to Chuck and the boys for filling the car up with all those ponies. We have always had the support of the #00 crew so thanks to Ron, Jeremy and Dave. I would also like to thank my wife Andrea and all off the wives/girlfriends/bosses of my crew who make sacrifices of their own to let us play with our car all summer. Finally I would like to thank all my family and friends for their continued support, especially the ones that were at Flamboro and witnessed that last wreck. As you can imagine I was about as happy as a one armed paper hanger after that wreck.”

In closing Mike wanted to thank all of his sponsors as well and tell me about his future plans in racing. “My main sponsors who have been with us as long as we have had the car is Race Mechanical Systems and Ironwood Construction & Millworking. Over the years we have been blessed with many great sponsors which include HollyParkes.com, Arena Pro Hockey, Burlington Krown & Line-X, Stag Automotive, Oakville Trailers, Terrier Excavating & Landscaping, Diplock Floors LTD, and Kevin Minaker Hutchison & Sons LTD. Without the support of these sponsors none of this would be possible so we are forever grateful. I can’t forget to mention Lucas Oil title sponsor of the Canadian Vintage Modifieds. Lucas Oil helps support the club that makes this all happen.”

And your future plans?  “I’d like to win more races and support the longest active racing organization in Canada, the Lucas Oil Canadian Vintage Modifieds!!” For more information check out http://www.vintagemods.com/

Photos courtesy of T.W. Robarts Photos

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Sad News From Mitch Brown Racing

Sad News From Mitch Brown Racing

Harold “Little Ben” Brown Passes 

Mitch Brown, his brother Jake, Doug Brown and his sister Sue along with the entire Brown racing family today mourn the loss of their grandfather, father and friend Harold Brown who passed away Sunday, July 13 after a lengthy illness.

Harold was a long-time Brantford businessman and noted stock car racing competitor who competed in  motorsports from the early 1960s through the mid-1980s.

During his early racing career he was known as “Little Ben” running Supermodifieds under the popular number 1-10 at such tracks as Bridgeport Speedway (Kitchener), Toronto’s CNE, Nilestown and Delaware speedways in the London area, Flamboro Speedway(Hamilton) and later ran two seasons at Oswego Speedway in upstate New York.

It was during the mid-1970s he switched to Late Model racing where he enjoyed much success at Flamboro, Delaware and Cayuga speedways running the popular number 10.

During his Late Model career he also ventured into New York, Ohio and Michigan for selected events against some of America’s best short track competitors.

His son Doug carried on the Brown racing tradition in 1995 through 2009 and in turn handed the racing reigns to his sons Mitch and Jake. The third generation drivers are now continuing the Brown family racing tradition by competing full time in the open-wheel Sprint Cars.

Harold Brown passed away July 13th 2014 at the Stedman Hospice in Brantford. He was in his 80th year.

He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years , Gloria who left us on May 27th, 2013.

Complete details regarding his funeral arrangements will be released late Monday.  Notice of his passing will be posted in the Brantford Expositor http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/ on Tuesday July 15th, 2014

Posted on behalf of Doug, Sue, and grandsons Mitch, Jake, Ben and Aiden.

Ken Spencer

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Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo – March 13-15, 2015 – T.O.’s International Centre

Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo – March 13-15, 2015 – T.O.’s International Centre

MOTORAMA CUSTOM CAR & MOTORSPORTS EXPO

March 13, 14 & 15, 2015 at Toronto’s International Centre

TORONTO, ON (CANADA) • Inside Track Communications – publishers of Inside Track Motorsport News, Inside Motorcycles, MX & Off-Road and the producer of the Canadian Motorsports Expo – is now the owner / promoter of the traditional hot rod / classic car / motorsports show held in mid-March at Toronto’s International Centre, adjacent to Toronto’s Pearson Airport.

Known over the years as Motion Custom Car Show, Performance World and most recently MegaSpeed, the new show will be called the MOTORAMA Custom Car & Motorsports Expo. According to International Centre officials, this ‘show weekend’ traditionally attracts tens of thousands of automotive enthusiasts each year.

The inaugural MOTORAMA show will take place March 13, 14 and 15, 2015. It will fill approximately 225,000 square feet of the newly configured Halls 1 and 2 (formerly Halls 1, 2 and 3) at the refurbished International Centre.

MOTORAMA will be a three-day celebration of automotive culture and motorsports, featuring high quality hot rods, custom cars, racing vehicles of all kinds, classics, exotics, trucks, tuners, rat rods and more.

The new show will retain the popular qualities that made the Canadian Motorsports Expo (CME) so successful, and will expand that model out to incorporate all of the other parts of the automotive spectrum that will make up MOTORAMA.

These include: celebrity appearances, interesting and informative seminars and forums, awards ceremonies, car clubs, racetracks and series, showcar prizes, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, collectibles vendors, demonstrations, industry announcements and press conferences, and more.

In addition to the team that produced the CME, MOTORAMA’s management group includes some of the most respected names in the Canadian hot rod and classic car community. As was the case with the CME, MOTORAMA will be promoted via aggressive public relations, advertising and social media campaigns – all starting almost immediately – to let Canadian car and motorsports fans know about the new show.

“We’re honoured that the International Centre has given us the opportunity to assume the reins of their mid-March hot rod and classic car show,” said ITC’s David Weber. “Our goal with MOTORAMA is to restore this show to its past glory, while making sure that Canadian racing has the same high profile that it had at the Canadian Motorsports Expo. For the racing community, the mid-March date is better for them because it’s closer to the start of their season. And we’re looking forward to working with the many individuals and companies that are passionate about hot rods, custom cars, classics, tuners, etc. to make this show the best it’s ever been.”

Stay tuned for more news about MOTORAMA in the coming weeks and months. For info on becoming a show sponsor or exhibitor, please contact us at (416) 962-7223 or email info@motoramashow.com. The show’s website is www.MotoramaShow.com.

ABOUT THE MOTORAMA CUSTOM CAR & MOTORSPORTS EXPO: The inaugural MOTORAMA Custom Car & Motorsports Expo takes place March 13, 14 & 15, 2015 at the International Centre, adjacent to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. With a footprint of almost a quarter-million square feet, the show will be Canada’s biggest late-winter celebration of automobiles and motorsports. For information about the show, including sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, schedules and more, call (416) 962-7223, or email info@MotoramaShow.com. The show’s website is located at www.MotoramaShow.com, on Twitter @MotoramaShow, and Facebook at /MotoramaCustomCarAndMotorsportsExpo.

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GREG MACPHERSON • MOTORAMA Custom Car & Motorsports Expo
DATE: March 13, 14 & 15, 2015 • VENUE: International Centre (Toronto) • WEB: MotoramaShow.com • TWITTER: @MotoramaShow • PH: (416) 962-7223 • EMAIL: greg@MotoramaShow.com • FAX: (416) 962-7208
A Brand New Show on a Weekend You Know!

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