Toronto Motorama Mayhem Serves Up Heavy Dose of Traditional Hot Rods and Customs

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Sixth Annual Canadian Indoor Bash Brings in Hot Rods of all Kinds

By Chuck Vranas – Photography by the Author

Imagine being able to set the way-back machine and transport to a time when little-books ruled with traditionally-styled hot rods and customs adorning every page. It was a moment when indoor shows held in local armories ruled and where local car clubs could showcase their latest creations in a simple, unadorned environment. When it came to the Toronto Motorama Mayhem, Brandon Roberts, a member of the Lead Kings car club, longed to bring a historical look-back to the event in grand style. He presented his ideas to the event promoters and was given the green light to take over the back room of the Toronto International Center to create a classic, show-within-a-show, known as Motorama Mayhem.

Once you entered the back room, it was evident that time was indeed frozen in a world unaffected by the present day. Walking the floor there were plenty of soup-jobs and kustoms displayed in simple rows with a wide-open format and minimal display barriers to allow visitors to dig their vibe without distraction. It’s a place where tradition and culture ruled making you actually feel as if you were indeed transported back to ‘50s especially when seeing displays from local-area clubs including the Infidels, Lead Kings, Hellion’s, SOB’s and the Road Rats. Throughout the weekend a steady beat of thundering nitro-fueled live Rockabilly filled the air from the Mark Malibu & the Wasagas, The Hell-Bent Rockers and The Dream Boats. There was also plenty of excitement as the Miss Motorama Pinup Pageant hit the stage bringing plenty of cheers from the crowds.

You could have also checked out the latest builds from Binbrook Speed & Custom while strolling the floor as you caught up with old friends, made new ones. There was also an endless array of cool swag for sale from a myriad of talented artists including Norwell Equipped, Kenny Kroeker, Dark Sunshine, Petts Auto Restoration & Custom and Rollie Guertin to name but a few. You could have even updated your ink with Sugar Shack Tattoo or gotten a haircut from the Crow’s Nest barbershop. Cool is cool and this is definitely one facet of the event that will have deep crowds visiting it every year! MR

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