Next month’s Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo includes KARSEXPO….

Karbelt’s Automotive Racing & Specialty Show – known as KARS Expo – is returning for a second year as part of the upcoming Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo Presented by Mothers.

The show takes place March 11, 12 & 13 at The International Centre, across from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

KARS Expo will again feature more than 50 performance accessory manufacturers and factory tech specialists in individual booths, sharing their expertise with, and showcasing their products to, Motorama showgoers. The 15,000+ square-foot KARS Expo area will also include several stunning vehicles, among them the 2015 Detroit Autorama Ridler Award winner ‘The Imposter.’

Designed and built by the legendary Chip Foose, ‘The Imposter’ is owned by Canadians Don and Elma Voth, of Abbotsford, British Columbia. The 1965 Impala, which is built on the frame of a 2008 Corvette, was extensively modified and impeccably finished by Foose, earning it the coveted prize as the best hot rod at last year’s prestigious Detroit show. ‘The Imposter’ is being presented in the KARS Expo display by Karbelt, Parts Pro and Motorama.


Discussing KARS Expo, Karbelt’s Kevin Dundas said, “In the past, this type of hands-on show was reserved exclusively for trade professionals. But at KARS Expo at Motorama, automotive enthusiasts and racers can see all the new products and connect with the experts, here in Canada. Before, they would have had to travel to Las Vegas (SEMA) or Indianapolis (PRI Trade Show) to have access to this ‘trade show’ type experience, products and access.”

The growing list of participating companies is available at Past KARS Expo exhibitors have included: Edelbrock, Competition Cams, MSD, Quick Fuel Technologies, Autometer, Magnaflow, B&M Transmissions, Royal Purple, Ram Clutches, QA1 Motorsports, Aeromotive and many others.

Dundas continued, “It really is a unique turn-key opportunity for Canadian showgoers and automotive enthusiasts. You get to talk with the ‘factory’ people about your project, and get your ‘wants list’ firmed up. From there, you can purchase your parts at the on-site Parts Pro Performance Centre, or our staff can guide you to your nearest Parts Pro Performance Centre retailer! On top of all that, you get to see the Ridler Award winner and some other incredible cars.”

Discussing KARS Expo’s participation at Motorama, David Weber said, “We are extremely happy that Karbelt has committed to having KARS Expo be part of Motorama for at least the next two years. We had our first experience working with them at last year’s show. It went really well, but we’re all committed to making it even more successful going forward. As a feature, our attendees loved having access to the factory experts all in one place. And we’re excited about partnering with Karbelt and Parts Pro to have the Chip Foose designed and built, Ridler award-winning ‘Imposter’ as a feature attraction in KARS Expo.”

Additional KARS Expo news will be announced leading up to showtime.


Karbelt Speed & Custom (a National Performance Warehouse company) is Canada’s first performance warehouse distributor. Karbelt opened its doors in 1952 as a retail entity, and today offers coast-to-coast wholesale distribution to automotive jobbers from its warehouse in Ajax, Ontario. What started as the importing of car seat belts by George Foote back in the 1950s has grown into the ‘go to’ source for all of Canada’s performance needs. For more information, visit Karbelt on the web at or call (905) 619-6660 during business hours.


The second annual Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo Presented by Mothers takes place March 11, 12 & 13, 2016 at The International Centre, adjacent to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. With a footprint of almost 300,000 square feet, the show will be Canada’s biggest late-winter celebration of automobiles and motorsports. Announced celebrity guests, so far, include Steve Darnell (Vegas Rat Rods / Welderup), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Jimmy Shine (So-Cal Speed Shop / Jimmy Shine Work Shop) and Jeff Lutz (Street Outlaws / Lutz Race Cars). For information about the show, including tickets, sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, and more, call (416) 962-7223, email or visit

Posted by: Greg McPherson