Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame forced to move


Canada’s largest collection of famed racing vehicles must relocate for new Soccer Stadium

NOVEMBER 2005 (Toronto) – Toronto City council’s approved construction of the new Major League Soccer stadium is forcing the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame (CMHF) to rapidly look for another home to house its remarkable collection of Canadian racing vehicles and memorabilia.

The CMHF, which has been located in the Hall of Fame building at Exhibition Place, adjacent to the Sports Hall of Fame since March 2002, has been given its eviction notice and has been told it must vacate the premises by January 31, 2006.

Thom Dickinson, President of the board of the CMHF, says, “we have a team of people which is working hard to find a new and hopefully better location, but 90 days doesn’t give us a lot of time. We’re investigating several possibilities, but we’re also open to suggestions and offers".

The CMHF, also known as “Canada’s Home of Speed” holds the country’s largest known collection of racing machines and memorabilia. It has more than 20 spectacular vehicles in its diverse collection including the Walter Wolf Formula One car driven by Jody Scheckter, the 1995 Indy 500-winning Reynard driven by Jacques Villeneuve as well as Canada’s most famous racing boat, Miss Supertest III. It also boasts a unique collection of racing suits, helmets and trophies.

Determined to keep operating and remain open for fans, visitors, tours and events, Dickinson states, “We’re working hard to find a home that offers permanence and provides more room for bigger and better displays so we can continue to preserve, promote and celebrate Canada’s rich racing heritage.”

The Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame was established to honour and recognize the achievements of those who have made significant contributions to Canada’s rich and colourful motorsport history. Since its inception in 1993, more than 90 people have been inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame including Greg Moore, Scott Goodyear and the legendary Gilles Villeneuve.

In 1999, the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame combined with the Canadian
Automotive Collection and operates as a not-for-profit, charitable organization. It
relies on individual donations and corporate sponsorship.

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For more information contact:
Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame
Tim Miller 416-263-3223
Christina Batty 905-952-2099

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