Kicking off the Canadian racing season

2012 Canadian Motorsports Expo

Top Fuel Dragsters, NASCAR Stock Cars, drift machines, and even the new 2012 IndyCar are amongst the displays at this year’s premier gathering place for Canadian racing enthusiasts. The Canadian Motorsports Expo takes place at the Toronto International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario and runs from February 10th – 12th. Currently in its 6th year, the 2012 CME is bigger, badder, and better looking than ever.


The all-new 2012 IndyCar chassis is being shown at this year’s CME for the first time in Canada. Presented by Honda Indy Toronto, this new vehicle design will be the staple for IndyCar going in to the future. Read about the new IndyCar chassis here.

The all-new 2012 Dallara DW12 IndyCar

The DW12 IndyCar features partial wheel covers for added open wheel racing safety and enhanced aero-dynamicsTrevor Knowles, Director of Engine Development at INDYCAR shares a laugh with Charlie Johnstone, Vice President and General Manager of the Honda Indy Toronto

Canadian Tire presents a massive 5,000 sq. ft. display this year which includes the #22 Canadian Tire / Motomaster Dodge of two-time and current NASCAR Canadian Tire Series champion Scott Steckly, as well as the #88 Canadian Tire NASCAR Nationwide Series show car of legendary Canadian racer Ron Fellows.

Stock cars on display by Canadian Tire

Over the weekend Canadian Tire is also offering race fans an opportunity to take part in a pit stop challenge where they’ll get to execute a timed tire change on a stock car.

The Canadian Tire Pit Stop challenge gives show goers an opportunity to do a high-speed tire change on a stock car pit crew style!

Live life a quarter-mile at a time? Then you’ll not want to miss three spectacular drag cars being shown off at the show by the folks at

The 5.953 second 1941 Willys Pro Modified

The Konigshofer Brothers’ Ford Mustang GT Mountain Motor Pro Stocker featuring a 13.1L motor

The 7,000hp Nitro Express Top Fuel Dragster

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s #88 Diet Mountain Dew / National Guard Chevrolet Impala, as well as Jeff Gordon’s #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet Impala NASCAR Sprint Cup show car, will come straight from Hendrick Motorsports’ shop in North Carolina and be displayed at the show.

Look for star NASCAR driver at the CME on Saturday signing autographs followed by fan favourite Canadian IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe on Sunday.

This year’s CME also features a variety of grassroots road racers and manufacturers of specialty aftermarket kit for those aspiring road racers.

Fans of drifting will be in for a treat this year at the CME, with a number of drift cars on display at the show including a classic Toyota AE86 we spotted hiding out on the sidelines.

The iconic drift car: Toyota AE86. This one looking like it just came off the track.

Check out Canadian Motorsports Expo for more information about this year’s show.

Gallery from the show floor.

Photographs by Kanishka Sonnadara.

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