Back with a Bang: Toronto Motorma Expo

It’s been over 600 days since my last indoor car event.

Honestly, it’s been a long time since I joined Any Internal assembly. The feeling of doing something fairly regular, then turning off the cold turkey was weird, to say the least. I felt like a half speedhunter; While waiting for the storm to pass, I stumbled upon most of the writing in my office. But fortunately, the break button in Ontario is no longer depressing and it’s time to finally get back to business.


50 years later, Motorama is one of the longest running events in the province. Over the past two years, it has always been hosted in the second week of March.


In 2022, it was postponed until the end of April due to disappointing ongoing goalposts regarding the Covid regulation.


I feel for the organizers of the event; Transferring an event is not an easy thing. In general, the closer a summer weather is to an indoor show in Canada, the less inclined people are to commit to a three-day fixed trip.


But, in the midst of such a long drought of events, the producers were not ready to return to the swing of things and show what they have lost over the last two years.

I’m not secretive about the numbers, but hosting the event at the end of the year has actually helped draw more cars from a specific population – especially those who drive the cars they show.


A spring show usually doesn’t have to deal with salt or snow covered roads – just a little rain. Fortunately cars are not made with sugar.


Lots of builds looked absolutely ready for the cruising season ahead while others still needed some spit shit. This wild Harley-Davidson-driven Corvair trike has recently been dragged into hiding, a roady nick waiting for a winner to return.


I am a sucker for any survivors and this bike has made it quite awesome.

No two halls are the same


In a show like Motorama you never know what might happen in the next isle over.


Of course, I have said this before, but I repeat that Motorama Still One of the most diverse shows to be held in Ontario.


There was a lot to cover the event that boasted four halls this year, especially for someone who came off the bench two years later. Finding out which way to go with the coverage resulted in a small amount of smoke coming out of my ears.


But don’t worry, I plan to follow this post to at least one more one that will touch on some of my favorite builds.


I have to give a proper look at ‘Mayhem’, Motorama’s backroom is specially dedicated to Hot Rod culture.


Oh, and there were a few less riders out there who were at least a little worth seeing.

Tank Life


However, before closing this post I think the elephant should be addressed in the header.


The ‘Sharminator’ cannot be omitted from any place in Central Hall – a medial yarder sitting on a chassis in a 1980 GMC Sierra Grande. The model is a company that used Sherman tank components to make their tractor chassis, so this build is probably more logging equipment than a tank, it’s more of a tank than a truck.


It can be operated from cabs due to some very intelligent engineering of the previous owner who used it as a workhorse for many years. Somewhere that Crazy Max-Looking Contraction is a 4-71T diesel motor supported by a custom 36-speed semi-automatic transmission.


The tank belongs to Philty Rich of Deb’s Garage, and Rich also brought his recently refreshed and caterpillar-powered Kenworth K100 truck. If you want to make a unique statement on a show, this is the way to do it.


There is much more to come from Motorama 2022, so stay tuned. It feels great to be back!

Dave Thomas
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