A little over an hour east of the GTA resides a motorsports mecca that remains predominantly unknown to the average Torontonian: Mosport (aka The Canadian Tire Motorsports Park). This racetrack plays host to a number of professional car races series each year, but none is more prestigious than the annual Grand Prix of Mosport. We made the trek out to Mosport this year to take in the Grand Prix on July 20-22, which featured races from a handful of popular series, including the American Le Mans, IMSA GT3 Cup (see: Porsches), and SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup. As usual, we were not disappointed.
What’s great about watching a race at Mosport is that ALL spectators have essentially an all-access pass to enjoy the weekend to the fullest. Unlike other race series – I’m looking at you Formula 1 – you don’t need to spend three or four figures of your hard-earned cash to get close to the action. This weekend, for example, cost us each $65 and provided us with three full days of racing, the flexibility to watch the action from anywhere around the track, and access to the team paddock area. On top of this, you even have the opportunity to walk onto the grid just minutes before the main race to snap some photos or talk to the drivers.
For those of you that have previously ventured out to Mosport, you may be interested in knowing that the track entered into a partnership with Canadian Tire this past February. As a regular attendee of the Grand Prix of Mosport, I noticed some definite improvements to the facilities compared to my last visit two years ago. For instance, a new pedestrian bridge has been installed over the back straightaway, allowing spectators to quickly cut across the track and into the infield. While these updates have been long overdue, I appreciate that some of the features from yesteryear have remained untouched, like the worn-out spectator fences, hinting at the long history this track has seen.
After the racing ends each day, the sound of engines at their limit is replaced by music and friendly banter coming from neighbouring campsites, while the smell of burned rubber is replaced by the smell of hamburgers and hotdogs cooking over an open fire. The racetrack also opens up for those looking to walk or bike the 3.9 kilometre circuit. From campsite rave parties and drinking games to multiplayer Call-of-Duty battles projected onto the side of an RV, we stumbled upon a wide range of characters each night.
All-in-all, we had a great time at Mosport this year; the racing was great and the weather was amazing. Whether you’re an avid race fan or just looking to have fun with friends, we highly recommend checking out the track.
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Photo credits: Tyler C.