Honouring Our Own...
Each year, the Toronto International Spring Motorcycle Show honours some of the most outstanding contributors to the motorcycling community. This year, we will be selecting a number of people or organizations who have left their mark in a wide variety of motorcycling milieu, but who all have one thing in common: exceptional passion.
If you feel you would like to make a nomination, contact us here firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 Recipients include...
From the Arctic
to Argentina for
Johnson and daughter
Holly (17) completed
a Motorcycle for
ride of epic proportions.
They started out in
August 2018 during
the RE/MAX “Month of Miracles” for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals, and rode approximately 26,500 kilometres from the arctic village of Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, Canada to Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost town in the world. They rode for over 5 months on what will likely be the grande finale of father-daughter fundraising rides, as Holly will be finishing high school and pursuing higher education. This was a self-supported mission involving a lot of rice & beans, camping and the kindness of strangers. Every dollar raised went to local children’s hospitals’ highest priority needs.
Official Show Hotels
Embassy Suites by Hilton Toronto Airport
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Mention Group code: Toronto Spring Motorcycle Show
One King Bed Two Room Suite
$159.00 plus applicable taxes
Rate based on single/double occupancy.
Each additional guest charged $25.00 + taxes
Beautiful and fully renovated hotel, opened Feb 2018
Suite room rate offer includes:
• Complimentary, hot & cold breakfast buffet with made-to-order omelet station (Value $25.00)
• Complimentary, daily 2hr Evening Reception with a selection of snacks and a drink (Value $25.00)
• Complimentary, Airport Shuttle 24hrs (exclusive to property)
• Complimentary Wireless High-Speed Internet
• $10.00 nightly parking rate per vehicle in our gated parking facility. Regular rate $27.00
Group Name: The Toronto International Spring Motorcycle Show
6355 Airport Road, just down
the road from the show!
Show rate includes:
• 24hr airport shuttle
• Onsite parking
• Full hot buffet breakfast
• Wireless internet throughout the hotel
• 24hr business centre
1 Km Away from the International Centre
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2020's Motorcyclist of the Year
We’re recognizing Mark for his pivotal role in motocross racing in Canada. His recognition of the need for an organizing body on a national level led him to found CMRC as a sanctioning body. CMRC not only organized national races but has also succeeded in expertly elevating and promoting the sport, from amateur to professional status.
“Building Community | Building Camaraderie” is the motto of The MotoSocial, a welcoming monthly community event for riders founded by Sam and Viktor Radics. The events aim to “give enthusiasts and those curious about the motorcycle lifestyle a somewhat curated and positive platform to meet,” where everyone is welcome. The group has even caught on in the Southern Hemisphere, where meetings take place in Cape Town and Aukland, as well as across Canada in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver. The MotoSocial started in Toronto in 2013, experiencing exponential growth each year since.
Ted Wilkins’ long and colourful career as a hillclimber inspired us to include him in this year’s Motorcyclists of the Year, and you can check out his bikes right at the Show. Ted’s first motorcycle was a 1965 Yamaha 80 street bike, which he quickly modified into a dirt bike and took to Pickering Pits. He started competing at Bill’s Hill’s in Wilberforce, Ont., and in the 1970s joined the OCMC, where he was victorious in various events, then began racing CMA motocross, where he made it to the senior class. Wilkins racked up many wins, seconds, thirds and fastest times in his hillclimbing career, which took him to Montana, Alberta and California, where he won the Altered Stock class in San Bernardino. “I hope to keep it pinned ‘til the end!” he says.
Don Gosen & Len Fitch
Don Gosen and Len Fitch are long-time members of the Vintage Road Racing Association who were instrumental in organizing August 2017’s special edition of the VRRA Vintage Festival, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Grand Prix at Mosport (now called Canadian Tire Motorsport Park). They were assisted by an amazing team of volunteers, mostly members of the VRRA, and managed to produce a world-class event that included racers and special guests from around the world.
The Brampton Motorcycle Association
This is a new award this year
and it was only fitting that the
Spring Motorcycle Show
recognize the BMA, a family-
oriented riding club with a motto
that simply says “Why Ride Alone.”
Founded in 1981, the BMA holds
an annual toy drive benefitting the
Salvation Army’s Toys for Tots campaign. Weekly get-togethers and fundraisers prove their commitment to their community. The BMA has been the Host Club of the Spring Show since the very first Show in 1991 and its members always put on an outstanding themed display to promote the club.
Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group
This venerable organization is celebrating
its 50th anniversary this year! Started
in 1968, the group has grown from
the 13 enthusiasts who attended its very
first meeting to more than 2,400 members
internationally in 33 local chapters.
The mission of the CVMG is to encourage
the ownership, collection, preservation,
restoration and use of motorcycles of historic
interest and to encourage the preservation of records, data, objects and miscellanea pertaining to the history of motorcycles and motorcycling. They do a remarkable job of keeping this living history alive through events, rallies, shows, displays and more. The CVMG’s National Rally in Paris, Ont., each year is a major motorcycle event on every vintage enthusiast’s calendar.
International Road Racer
Dan Kruger Has experienced it all,
The Isle of Man TT, Suzuka 8 Hour World
Endurance Race, Macau Grand Prix,
and a regular Podium Finisher in the China
Superbike Championship. He has raced
with direct Factory-support throughout Europe
and Asia for many years. He has ridden at some of the best tracks around the world including Phillip island, Sepang, Motegi, Imatra, and Dangerous Street Circuits throughout Europe in Northern Ireland, Germany, Finland and the Czech Republic. His list of former team mates is legendary and include Michael Dunlop, Michael Rutter, Danny Webb, as well as the late great Simon Andrews. He has come back from serious and life threatening injuries on too many occasions but that drive and dedication
has also helped make him the racer he
is today. A busy 2019 will see Dan
race for Kawasaki in the China Superbike Championship as well as a wildcard ride
at the Northwest 200 Street race in
Northern Ireland. He will finish the season
competing at the inaugural 8-hour World
Endurance Race this December at the
Sepang Circuit in Malaysia.
with Matt McBride
11am & 4pm SATURDAY
at the Riders Choice booth!
Congratulations to all of 2018's Honourees!
Ontario Norton Owners Club
We're proud to honour the Ontario Norton Owners Club as part of our Motorcyclist of the Year celebration. The ONO encourages the preservation, restoration and the sharing of technical information for all Norton motorcycles, the riding of this unique marque and the fellowship of all its members and their families. They're a group of friendly members, beautiful machines, and exceptional passion for motorcycling.
A dedicated Vintage Racer, the late Dave Hughes was a founding member of the Vintage Road Racing Association (VRRA) in early 1980. The first Vintage Festival organized by the VRRA occurred later that year at Shannonville. Dave served on the VRRA Executive as the Competition Coordinator in 1985, Technical Committee Chair in 1988, 1997 and 1998 and President in 1990 and again in 2011. His own racing exploits included the Isle of Man. Dave had a number of Yamaha racing machines over the years including a TD1C, a TR3 and a TZ750 and he had some unobtainable parts remanufactured to keep these and other Yamaha owner’s bikes on the track. After he stopped competing he sponsored Dave Wright to race his TR3 at various VRRA Events. Dave Hughes was also the presenter of the John Davis/Tom Pope Memorial Award. He passed away in May 2017.
The RIDERS Group represents the gathering of good people in the motorcycle community, near and far. Their goal is to create a brotherhood and sisterhood for recreational riding that promotes safety, unity, and inclusiveness for all the members, family and friends, sharing camaraderie and passion for riding while raising awareness and providing support to local charities and community.
We are proud to honour Vicki Gray for her establishment of International Female Ride Day,
her outstanding rider training, writing and international racing.
Telus Ride for Dad
Year after year Telus Ride For Dad continues to raise funds to save men’s lives by supporting prostate cancer research and raising public awareness of the disease.
With members from all over Durham Region, the Durham Harley Owners Group is a gathering of like-minded people who get together to share their love for riding and the Harley-Davidson lifestyle.
They promote safe and responsible motorcycle activities for their members, and encourage participation in Chapter and other H.O.G. events.
Bruce & Holly Johnson
Motorcycle Riders & Fundraisers
Mike White was a foremost authority on Vincent Motorcycles working on Vincent Engines for people all over the world. His knowledge of the brand is legendary, as is the attention to detail that he gave to the many projects that his hands touched. Mike's family will be on hand to accept this tribute award.
As founder of Classy Chassis and Cycles,
Jon brought his years of experience as an
entrepreneur to the motorcycle industry. His
passion for motorcycles, particularly Harley-
Davidson’s, started as a young boy and he’s
been riding ever since. Jon’s riding exp-
eriences have taken him across Canada,
Europe, and the United States. As the
owner of several companies, Jon’s
leadership and business ethics were
comparable to none. His goal was to always make the customer, not just happy, but an important and part of the family. Unfortunately, Jon passed away after a short but hard fought battle with cancer in January of 2019. His impact on the motorcycle industry will be felt for years to come. He created the Motorcycle "Field of Dreams" for all to enjoy while riding through the Kawarthas. Classy Chassis & Cycles will forever be the house that Jonnie built.
Author & Musician
'A 100 miles before
breakfast' rider, Neil was
the real deal. He was a
world class drummer for
the Canadian rock band
Rush and would always
travel on tour with his
motorcoach and trailer transporting his motorcycle so he could ride from venue to venue. After losing his daughter to a fatal car accident and then his wife to cancer months later, Neil took to the road on his motorcycle to heal his "little baby soul" and became the self-described "Ghost Rider". His book Ghost Rider chronicles his journey as he chased the healing process and shared it with the world. Neil's words will transport you from the world you know to a world of exploration, adversity and the search for inner peace.
Join us as we name Neil Peart - Motorcyclist of the Year, Tribute award Saturday April 4th, 2:30 pm at the entertainment stage
Author & Musician
The 31st Toronto
Adams as Motorcyclist
of the Year!
Desiree’s father gave her
a motorcycle when she was 16 years old.
This would turn out to be a life changing experience for Desiree. A move to California to the mecca of the motocross scene would transcend her to a world of freedom from a challenging family life. Desiree found her passion and pursued it to the fullest...she had found nirvana. Returning to Canada Desiree began a new journey...on her own, with limited family support and little opportunity to ride. Her travels were challenging if not disparaging. Against all odds, Desiree overcame all obstacles and began a successful modeling career. As fate would have it, she met her fiancé, a pro motocross rider and her passion resumed. Desiree went on to ride, race and inspire thousands of her social media followers, female riders, racers and kids to try harder and be the best they can be. A true motorcycling ambassador, Desiree’s journey came to an end far too soon.
Visit the Desiree Adams tribute display in the Wildside Motorcycles exhibit.
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