Thursday, January 12, 2012

Mosport International Raceway

Mosport Park early 90's

When I was I child like so many of us who grew up just outside of Toronto, Ontario - Mosport International Raceway played a big role in our love for motorsports. I was lucky enough to be able to get up close with the drivers and their cars since my father was involved in the sponsorship of races and was even involved in Swiss Chalet's sponsorship of Canadian racing legend Eppie Wietzes. I really miss the days of watching Eppie race the Swiss Chalet sponsored Corvette and the famous yellow #7 Cook Woods Lola race car. I can still remember walking through the paddock area which at times could be a very busy place. The first thing you learn is that it is best to move out of the way of race cars making their way to the track. I loved being able to be up close with everything going on at the track which allowed me to have a connection with racing that most people never have. I was even lucky enough one year to meet Hurley Haywood who gave me the opportunity to take an up-close look at the Ferrari F40 he was racing at that point in his career.
I have so many memories of growing up attending races with my father at Mosport. From a child to my early teens going to Mosport was a yearly tradition - I even remember watching Jeremy Dale and Steve Millen race the #76 and #75 IMSA GTO Nissan 300ZX at Mosport. Thinking back I really believe that I was lucky to grow up at a time when racing was at its best. I grew up watching Ron Fellows race in the Porsche 944 Rothmans Turbo Cup the racing in that series was intense. And I am sure everyone remembers the Player's Challenge Series and watching the Camaro's and Trans Ams race hard for the win.  Some might call these the good old day of racing and I would agree. I can’t believe that the last time I saw a race on Mosport's road course was back in the late 90’s. I am extremely happy to see that after all these years that Mosport International Raceway is still going strong today. With new ownership and plenty of improvements on the way the future is bright for this historic Canadian raceway which played a big role in my life and my love for Motorsports. 

Below you will find a YouTube video featuring a few pictures from Mosport

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