The Glory Days Celebration of Speed, a classic car festival echoing Goodwood, is set to take place at the Mosport race circuit near Toronto on 27-29 June. The event will herald the return of hill climbing to the Canadian venue, which hosted its first professional race on 24 June 1961, when Stirling Moss drove his Lotus 19 to victory in the inaugural Player's 200.
Organiser Kieran Murphy told C&SC: "After years of reading about Goodwood and Classic Le Mans, my colleague and I have decided to run our first event."We are taking the plunge and have booked Mosport to run the first (and hopefully annual) Canadian Glory Days Celebration of Speed.
"Our plan is to celebrate Can-Am, Trans-Am and Grand Prix traditions of Canadian motor sport. Over time we will build our 'Goodwood for North America'."
The three-day event will have different categories of classics tackling the circuit in the opposite direction, ensuring turn two, the most infamous of the track, is taken uphill. In addition, two-time Formula Atlantic Champion Bill Brack will be in attendance with his Lotus 59/69 to sign autographs and pose for pictures.
As well as the on-track action, Murphy is keen to provide a rounded experience for visitors: "There will be car auctions, tents, wine, watches, hot dogs and poutine [chips, cheese and gravy!], but most importantly, good people."
Visitors will have the opportunity to lap the track in their own car, while a soap box derby will be laid on to keep children – and some adults – entertained.
"Sometimes we get bears at turn 5, but that seems better controlled now," said Murphy.