From its humble beginnings in 1954 as a Sunday-only drag racing facility, while still operating as an active air field known as Kohler Airstrip, Toronto Motorsports Park has strategically developed into one of North America’s most prosperous motorsports entertainment venues.
Toronto Motorsports Park has a diverse facility, currently housing an NHRA sanctioned quarter-mile drag strip, a challenging and versatile three kilometre road course and a handlebar gripping motocross track. The availability to so many world-class tracks has led to the development of several track operated events, as well as high demand from third-party event organizers to rent the facility. Track run programs and events at current include, the Exotic Dream Car Experience, F2000 Driving Experience, motorcycle and car instructional courses, Take it to the Track drag racing events for street cars, and TMP’s signature drag racing event, the Canadian Nitro Nationals, held on Canada Day weekend annually.
Current track owner Uli Bieri purchased the facility, which at the time only housed the quarter-mile dragstrip, in 1997. In the year 2000 a 3.0 kilometre Road Course was designed and built with multiple configurations, including 1.8 and 1.2 kilometre lengths, so it would suit driver skills from novice to pro. Safety was the main concern in designing and building the track, which led to a flat course that provides plenty of run off area. During the past 20 years, under Bieri’s guidance, the track has also undergone major upgrades in creature comforts with the construction of a three-storey, seven suite VIP tower overlooking the drag strip, and more recently the completion of modern washroom and shower facilities.
In 2001 the track name was officially changed to Toronto Motorsports Park and lapping days for cars and motorcycles, as well as a variety of instructional programs, were introduced, all of which continue today.
The objective of Toronto Motorsports Park remains to encourage people to enjoy motorsports, but to do so in a controlled and safe environment. On-track practice and instruction not only provide the opportunity for anyone to experience the potential of their vehicle, but also gives them the chance to develop skills that make on-road driving and riding safer.