Successful event concludes as planning begins for 2020TORONTO
, Ont. — With the crowning of a couple of grand prize winners, a hugely successful 2019 Canadian International AutoShow came to a close Sunday.
Attracting crowds that are challenging the attendance record set last year final figures will be available Monday), this year’s event wrapped with the crowing of Raceboy77 (Airdrie, Alberta's Even Thorogood) as Canada’s fastest driver in the WorldGaming Pfaff Forza Motorsport 7 Canadian Challenge, Driven by Castrol
In taking home the $7,500 cash prize and a chance to participate in a one-day Pfaff Motorsports driver shootout event at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Raceboy77 dominated the two heats of the Grand Finals — racing a McLaren 570S on Virginia International Speedway and a Porsche 911 GT2RS on Road America. FT Hotsaucer (David Bigauskas from Toronto) took the $4,000 second-place prize and SSR Mosport (Adrian Koniarz, Mississauga) finished third, winning $2,000.
Earlier Sunday, Barrie’s Kyle Scaife took home the top prize in the Custom Car Battlegrounds: AutoShow Edition, sponsored by Performance Auto and Sound Magazine and presented by Silverwax, for his modified 1967 Ford Mustang. He wins $3,500, with $1,000 for second-place finisher Mike Livia and his 1936 Ford Copperhead pickup and $500 for Matt Moran and his 1950 Dodge Coronet Club Coupe.
The AutoShow also welcomed Harold Mutter on Sunday, winner of the 2018 Acura NSX in this year’s Prostate Cancer Canada Rock the Road raffle, to have a look at his new ride.
“This year’s AutoShow has been full of incredible special events and stunning cars, from the classics in Art & the Automobile’s ICONS exhibit through the muscle cars, mods, supercars, luxury rides and, of course, the production vehicles showcased by our manufacturer partners,” says Jason Campbell, General Manager of the AutoShow. “It is going to be a lot of hard work to match what we did this year, but planning is now under way to bring an even better 2020 AutoShow to Toronto.”
This year’s show kicked off on a high note with the first-ever launch of a Formula 1 team in Canada with the unveil of a new name and livery for the SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team, which is owned by a consortium of investors that includes Canadian clothing magnate Lawrence Stroll and includes his son Lance Stroll as one of its drivers.
Other highlights of the 2019 AutoShow included:
- An inaugural Luxury and Supercar Forum that provided insight from luxury car designers Alex Innes (Rolls-Royce), Mark Roberts (McLaren automotive) and Majid Al Attar (Devel Motors).
- The North American debuts of the McLaren Senna, Devel Sixteen and the life-sized and fully operational LEGO® TECHNIC® Bugatti Chiron model.
- A guest appearance by racing legend Mario Andretti during a special ceremony hosted by the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame to announce the creation of a media category in the hall, and present its first 10 inductees. It was also announced that the Hall of Fame induction announcements will be made during the AutoShow, beginning next year.
- In the annual AJAC Canadian Car of the Year Awards, the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada named the Kia Stinger Canadian Car of the Year and the Jaguar I-PACE as the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year — the first all-electric vehicle to take home a top category honour from AJAC. Later in the show, AJAC also handed out its Innovation awards to Infiniti for its VC-Turbo engine, Mercedes Benz for its MBUX user experience and Subaru for its DriverFocus safety features.
- A celebration of Canadian car collectors with the Barrett-Jackson exhibit, including four cars from the personal collection of Craig Jackson, the CEO of the greatest car auction company in the world.
- More than 850 media attended the annual Media Preview Day to see 25 new-to-Canada vehicle unveil presentations, and a special presentation introducing the Military Zone exhibit.
- A look back at some ICONS of the 20th century, and classic cars from the same era in Art & the Automobile, including a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM Le Mans winner (valued at $20 million) and a truly one-of-a-kind 1937 Cadillac Hartmann Cabriolet.
- An all-time single day attendance record was set on the Sunday of Family Day weekend, with 54,634 people coming down to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
- The University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute staged a conference on the Future of Mobility looking at the future of driving and the car, particularly as it pertains to autonomous vehicles.
- Harold Mutter won the Prostate Cancer Canada Rock the Road Raffle, supported by the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association. He is taking home a stunning 2018 Acura NSX.
- The winning design in the #CreatedByCastrol contest — dressing up a Porsche 911 GT3R for the Pfaff racing team — was created by Jonathan Ponce.
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.About the Canadian International AutoShow, presented by The Toronto Star and wheels.ca
With more than 650,000 square feet of exhibits, displays and attractions at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Canadian International AutoShow is not only the largest automotive expo in Canada, it is also the country’s largest consumer show — a leader in lifestyle, technology and all things automotive. It boasts more than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, concept cars, exotics, classics, muscle cars, fully electric and autonomous vehicles each year.
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