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Showcasing horsepower and performance the 6th Annual Toronto Motorama Beats Shocking Closure of Many Indoor Car Shows because of COVID-19

By Chuck Vranas – Photography by the Author

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Regardless where you hail from, this year is like no other. With COVID-19 shutting everyone in across Canada and the United States the 6th Annual Toronto Motorama looks to be the last indoor car show of the season. It is also the largest indoor event of its kind in the Canada.

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There’s always a special energy associated with the winter rodding season and the adrenalin boost it brings to the hobby. It’s a perfect time to showcase your hop-up on the indoor circuit while enjoying time spent with like-minded enthusiasts who share the same passion for horsepower and performance. Having heard great things about an exciting event taking place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, we took a road trip to experience the 6th Annual Toronto Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo firsthand.

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Once we entered the massive confines of Toronto’s International Center, we were left awestruck over the events overall presentation and layout covering well over 330,000 square feet featuring some of the country’s finest hot rods, customs, muscles cars, race cars and restorations. Starting in The Grand Hall, you experience immediate sensory overload thanks to an endless array of big cubic-inch mills, dazzling chrome and enough pearls and candy to leave you in begging for more.

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One of the main attractions of the show is the competition for the Motorama Grand Champion award. Every year there is an impeccably designed group of cars entered as contenders (being their first time ever shown at the event) for the judges to select from by the opening of the show on Saturday to create The Canadian 10. These cars are the ones which the judges will examine in absolute detail with regard to their engineering, creativity and workmanship throughout the weekend till a winner is selected and announced at the end of the event. This year’s winner was the immaculate white pearl 1959 Corvette owned by Viv and Travis Agresti, built by Fast Company of Canada.

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As you cruised through the show floor there were plenty of special showcase areas to check out celebrating Canada’s rich motorsports history including the Inside Track Racing Zone and Yesterday’s Speedways. There were a number of other neat areas to experience including Motorama Mayhem for traditional hot rods and customs, Spring Fever dedicated to Tuners, a featured club presentation by the Piston Pushers, an exclusive look at featured builders JH Restorations as well as a special group of celebrity appearances throughout the weekend. This is one event that we can hardly wait to check it out again next year. Let’s hope all of us are healthy and can attend this great event. You can see more at www.motoramashow.com MR