Legends of Motorsport at the Autoshow
It’s The 2014 Canadian International Auto Show was held as usual this past February at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto with over 600,000 square feet of displays for everyone to view. All of the manufacturers were represented well in this spacious facility showing the public what they have to offer and what is coming in the future. Hybrid and Diesel vehicles seemed to be the interest of a lot of the folks that day and of course the exotics in the “Salon” section were of great interest to all. What was worth the price of admission for me were a couple of special displays close to my “racing” heart. Canadian Tire put together a tribute to Canadian racing star and one of my heroes, Ron Fellows. This showcased few of his past race cars, driving suits, helmets and trophies. Various photo collages around the display highlighting his illustrious career were wonderful to see and connected the cars on display showing their relevance. Ron is one of, if not the most successful driver to hit the international circuit out of Canada . Driving in various high profile series, he has numerous races and championships in all of them. His latest venture is the purchase of Canada’s most famous racing circuit Mosport Park. With the financial backing of partners and Canadian Tire’s sponsorship, Ron’s wealth of racing knowledge and experience has allowed him to re develop “Canadian Tire Motorsport Park” . The events are getting bigger and more exciting, the track property has been upgraded in all areas keeping this facility top notch in the world market. With the 2014 racing season fast approaching us we should see a lot more of what Ron and his staff have done at CTMP. Also on loan to the Auto Show, was NASCAR star “The King” Richard Petty’s actual 1970 Plymouth Superbird Stock Car. Kids today know this car from the movie “Cars” where King Richard loaned his car’s likeness and his own voice for the character in the movie “Mr.The King” For me, it was seeing a legendary piece of racing history you just don’t get too see that often. I was once at Petty Enterprises in Level Cross North Carolina during the early 80s where the King basically gave my sister and I the freedom to walk around and see everything. Then there was that Superbird, sitting amongst a massive collection of Petty’s trophies and car parts. It was a thrill back then for me and when I saw it at the Auto Show it made me weak in the knees! I guess that’s just the little kid in me still showing it’s stuff. The Auto show is always fun to visit but the 2014 edition left me grinning ear to ear!
Written by Perry M. Mason