Last weekend, John and I went to Toronto to see the 2012 Supercross races at Skydome. My 9 yr-old daughter seems to have caught the motorcycle bug from me, and she begged to come along, too. Off we went for a weekend road trip.
On the way to Toronto, we stopped for a look at
GP Bikes in Oshawa.
The race was held at the Skydome
(called Rogers Centre now)
Stayed at the fancy, schmancy Royal York Hotel,
just a block away from the Skydome.
This resulted in a spectacular crash.
See YouTube video below:
On the way home, we stopped to visit John's cousin.
He owns a factory where they manufacture canoes and kayaks,
and more recently, an outdoor lounge chair. This guy is also a very
serious rally racer. You can't swing a cat by the tail without
hitting a rally car: he's got dozens of cars.
He also has an interesting antique telephone
made by Northern Electric.Yes, it still works.
Early '60's International with 1982 Chevy Blazer drive train
One of many, many rally cars. Most are built on the
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution platform.
An old European Ford Escort from the early '70's
... it's getting an engine transplant
Cosworth 4-banger being dropped into the old Escort
1968? Porche 911 undergoing some restoration work
This rally car was previously owned by some famous racer
(can't remember the name)
European Ford Escort with a very powerful Cosworth engine.
This is one seriously quick car: a real sleeper.
I got to drive it. Extremely rare, it was originally sold on the
Japanese market, then brought to the UK and driven on the road
by some famous UK rally racer, and finally, Ian bought it and
imported it to Canada. Extremely powerful, and very high-tech for a 1996.
Right-hand drive, too. Way fun to drive.
This is John driving the tricked out Mitsubishi Evolution IV
This guy had more Mitsubishi Evolutions than you could shake a stick at.
A very tricked-out Subaru
Hundred of Kayaks
Kayaks ready to go
The mould for the "Most Comfortable Chair"
Kayak and/or canoe moulds
Had a very nice lunch at this bistro style restaurant.
It's quite an upscale spot for a small, rural town.
My passenger was tired