Halton Hills, Ontario – A new Canadian Motorsports Heritage Foundation is now in the planning, with a goal of honouring the legends and history of racing in Canada.
Conceived and financed by a group of businessmen, the Foundation aims to preserve the collection and exhibits installed in the former Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame, as well as provide visitors with a comprehensive, interactive look at the long and storied history of motor racing in Canada.
“We are pleased that with more than $500,000 raised so far, opening the Canadian Motorsports Heritage Foundation is far beyond the wishful thinking stage,” said Tom Ryley, former executive vice-president of Suncor Energy Products and one of the group of founders. “Applications for a non-profit, charitable foundation have been filed with the government. Our group wants to protect and expand on the important work done by former Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame builders. We are intent on creating a long-term home that will not only house the country’s important motorsports collection and safeguard its history, but will provide a state-of-the-art and interactive museum experience, offering an exciting array of entertainment options to visitors, members, partners and sponsors.”
Toronto’s Downsview Park, site of the 2002 papal visit and 2003 Rolling Stones concert, has been selected as the location of the new facility. New entries and exhibits from all across Canada will be included.