Gallery: Drag Racing Night of Champions 2018

On Saturday, March 10, 2018, more than three dozen drag racing champions from the 2017 racing season assembled on The Johnsonville Stage at the 4th Annual Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo Presented by Mothers to participate in the Drag Racing Night of Champions. Presented by Stoneridge Specialty Insurance and Inside Track Motorsport News, the event was co-hosted by Bill Richards and Larry Satchell.

This year’s celebrity presenter was 2016 NHRA Funny Car World Champion Ron Capps, who even grabbed the microphone to conduct the odd champion interview. The presentations were entertaining and special as the honoured champs received their plaques from Capps and thanked their families and crews for their support.

Thank you to everyone who attended and assisted with this special event at Mot...

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The Canadian 10

Below, in no particular order, are The Canadian 10.

These are the finalists for the Motorama Grand Champion Award, which will be presented on The Johnsonville Stage on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo presented by Mothers.

The Motorama Grand Champion will receive $5,000. All Canadian 10 car owners will receive $200, a customized Motorama Canadian 10 jacket and a plaque.

Sunday is the third and final day of the fourth annual Toronto Motorama show. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the show runs until 5 p.m.


Ronnie & Kurwen Partap (Mississauga, Ontario)

2017 Corvette 10.5 / Drag Radial Corvette

Lennie Slipacoff (Windsor, Ontario)

1960 Chevrolet Corvette

Don Hamilton (Carlton Place, Ontario)

1937 Ford Phantom Truck

Dave Jolly (Norval, Ontario)

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The Johnsonville Stage will be a hive of activity

Starting today and running all weekend long, the fourth annual Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo presented by Mothers will fill more than 300,000 square feet of Toronto’s International Centre. And for the 2018 edition of the Motorama show, one of the primary focal points of the show will be The Johnsonville Stage.

Canada’s largest late-winter celebration of custom vehicles and motorsports takes place March 9, 10 & 11 in Toronto, and for the fourth consecutive year, valued show sponsor Johnsonville Sausage will provide the setting for the majority of the show’s awards presentations, autograph sessions, discussion panels, media announcements and much more.

Over the past three Motorama shows, the Johnsonville Stage has been the platform for fan interactions with such notables as NA...

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Lincoln Electric to present ‘Car Fix’ co-host Lou Santiago and unveil an all-new product at Motorama

Ask any car builder to name the most indispensable piece of equipment they have in their workshop, and undoubtedly, the answer will be their welder.

Whether you’re a shade tree mechanic, a serious hobbyist, a member of a professional NASCAR, IndyCar or NHRA fabrication team, or a well-recognized and highly respected fabricator and auto restorer such as Lou Santiago, a Lincoln Welder should be your only choice.

Again this year, Lincoln Electric will showcase its extensive product line and exhibit the latest in welding technology to the automotive and racing enthusiast at the Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo presented by Mothers.

The fourth annual Motorama show runs from March 9, 10 & 11, 2018 in Toronto’s International Centre, located adjacent to Pearson International Airport.


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Street Outlaws star Jeff Lutz and Drag Week champ David Schroeder to appear with their vehicles

In 2015, Jeff Lutz brought his Drag Week-winning ’57 Bel-Air – one of the legendary ‘Evil Twins’ – to the inaugural Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo Presented by Mothers. A year later, he was back at the show with his incredible ’69 street legal Camaro Pro Mod dubbed ‘Mad Max,’ which also dominated Drag Week.

After a one-year hiatus, Lutz is returning to Toronto and Motorama, this time brining his stunning 3,500 horsepower ’57 Chevy that is currently working its way up ‘The List’ on Discovery Channel’s hit show Street Outlaws. Motorama runs March 9, 10 & 11 at The International Centre, across from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

Lutz, who hails from Callery, PA, and his car will be appearing in a Drag Week feature booth alongside of another Drag Wee...

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Ring Brothers-built Prestone Javelin Defiant! will be at Motorama

One of the highlights of the SEMA show in Las Vegas last fall was the unveiling of a stunning 1972 AMC Javelin AMX in the Prestone booth.

Built by the legendary Ring Brothers and dubbed “Defiant!” the car is powered by a 6.2-litre Hemi Mopar Hellcat engine, fitted with a Whipple 4.5-litre Supercharger that produces 1,036 horsepower!

But it’s Jim and Mike Rings’ incredible attention to design and detail that has made the car the attention magnet it’s become in the months since its debut.

Defiant! is the cover car on this month’s issue of Hot Rod Magazine. Add that exposure to recent appearances on Jay Leno’s Garage and countless internet sites, and millions of auto enthusiasts have been exposed to pictures, videos and information on this incredible car.

Defiant! will make its...

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Prostate Cancer Canada the official charity of Motorama

A perennial supporter of the Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo presented by Mothers, Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC) is returning as the official charity of the biggest car show of its kind in Canada.

For the 2018 edition of Motorama – which runs March 9, 10 & 11 at Toronto’s International Centre – Prostate Cancer Canada will again be represented by the Brampton chapter of the Prostate Cancer Canada Network of peer support groups (PCCN).

The PCCN booth will be staffed by PCC and PCCN representatives – many of them cancer survivors – prepared to discuss and inform show visitors about the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Canadian men and about Cruisin’ for a Cure Canada, a September car show that provides free PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) blood tests to men 40 and over.

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The Rodmasters will be the featured car club at this year’s Toronto Motorama show

Each year, the Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo presented by Mothers picks a local car club to be the featured organization at the show. This year, Car Show Coordinator Gary Challice offered the Hamilton, Ontario-based Rodmasters Car Club that honour.

“We happened to be at the Canadian Street Rod Hall of Fame when Gary offered us the opportunity to be the Featured Club at Motorama,” said Rodmasters President Glen Leinen. “I have to admit that we were kind of shocked. But very pleasantly so.”

The Motorama show takes place March 9, 10 & 11 at the International Centre, across from Toronto’s Pearson Airport.

Founded in 1970 out of necessity, the four original members approached the owner of a deserted turkey barn, expressing an interest in renting the facility in order to store...

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Twiggy Tallant to make ‘hometown’ appearance at Motorama

The past two editions of the Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo Presented by Mothers featured celebrity guest appearances by members of the popular TV show Vegas Rat Rods.

In 2016, WelderUp shop owner and visionary Steve Darnell appeared at Motorama. And last year, Darnell returned to Motorama with his cousin / Vegas Rat Rods co-star ‘Barber’ Dave Lefler.

Keeping that streak alive, Twiggy Tallant will be appearing at Motorama on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11. Tallant, who lives in Toronto, made her television debut working for Welderup on Vegas Rat Rods for the series’ first two seasons. She’ll be signing autographs for – and posing for pictures with – Motorama showgoers. She’ll also participate in on-stage panel discussions and awards presentations.

The Toronto...

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Automotive TV personality Courtney Hansen returning to Motorama

Courtney Hansen was one of the show’s first celebrity guests during the inaugural Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo Presented by Mothers, in 2015.

During her appearance, the automotive TV personality made a huge impression on everyone at the show. By the time she headed back to her home in south Florida, all sides agreed that Courtney would have to come back to Canada’s biggest automotive and motorsports show at a future date.

The show’s organizers are very happy to announce that Courtney Hansen will be making her return appearance at this year’s Toronto Motorama show, signing autographs for – and taking pictures with – showgoers. She’ll also be taking part in on-stage discussion panels and awards presentations during the three-day automotive and racing extravaganza.


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