Canadian Tire's Mosport Park is one of the most popular auto racing tracks in North America. The initial founding team consisted of five individuals with a deep love for car racing including Bill Ladd, Mickey Thompson, Bob Hill, Chuck Stoker and Dick Byfield.
With the backing of Canadian Tire and a great deal of hard work the Mosport Park turned into a very fast, thrilling and competitive race track. The first year, there was a special race for the first time. It was a great success and became known by all and sundry.
The first season of the Mirovac was a huge success and was broadcast on CBC. Then it started to expand and soon there were two other teams joining the group. In the mid-eighties the name “Mirovac” was given to the group. It was changed to “The Mosport Club” in 1990, when the club was made up of the original five.
The first thing the club did was to get the word out that there was a new high performance automobile race track in town and that they would soon open a shop in Mirovac Park. The car clubs of the United States were not interested in helping to build a race track in Canada because the rules were different. Canadian Tire was interested in making a deal with these clubs and so did the Ontario government.
The Mosport Club used the old concrete ring from the old raceway to build a large oval. They added some trees and then the racing surface. It was very rough on the inside of the track but pretty smooth on the outside.
The Mosvac Park has been upgraded several times and it's amazing how things were done back then. The first upgrade was a carpeted grandstand. to increase the speed and to provide a great place to watch. The second upgrade was the addition of a pit crew cabana for all the drivers to sleep in while they were racing.
After a few years the original name was changed to the Mosvac Canadian Tire Park. They still use the old concrete ring and are still building the grandstand today. It's amazing what they have done and how much money they've saved on this expense. It's hard to believe that even a race track could be built in such a small area.
The new name is very descriptive and it makes the facility sound like a Canadian Tire race track even though it's not. There's not much difference except for the name.
The Mirovac Park was named after the first five cars to race on it. The name was changed when they built the second and third tracks on the grounds. The first was named the Mosport Club. Then the name was changed again to the Mosvac Canadian Tire Park after all the tracks.
It's amazing what can be accomplished when you have so many different people involved in the process of building a race track. The original Canadian Tire group worked very hard at the Mosvac Canadian Tire Park. The team built the grandstands, the pits and a canopy to shield the drivers from the sun. When the track was finished they had to remove it because of bad weather.
They rebuilt the grandstand and they built a canopy for the driver to sleep in because they had no permanent seating on the track. They also built the race track on the grounds with a temporary grandstand.
The Mosvac Park used to be called “The Canadian Tire Race Track.” But the name is now changed to “Mirovac Park.”
It's amazing how the Mosvac Park can grow and improve as time goes by. They keep upgrading everything and adding new facilities. I know that the area has a lot of potential for other events and other uses.