For the 5th year in a row, the Yorkville Exotic Car Show took over the streets of downtown Toronto, just in time for Father’s Day. What has made this annual show such a success is not only the quality of vehicles on display, but also its support of a noble cause, with sponsors and car enthusiasts coming together to raise funds for Prostate Cancer Canada. Free attendance and a family-friendly environment is also part of the show’s refreshing non-profit approach.
The spectacular event took place on the “Mink Mile,” located in the Bloor-Yorkville area and often recognized as one of the most luxurious shopping districts in North America. From noon to five pm, visitors could walk the red carpet and see an absolutely jaw-dropping fleet of rare and exquisite vehicles. For this special occasion, Bloor Street was closed for traffic between Bay Street and Avenue Road, giving visitors free range.
Vehicles on display
So what did the show have in store for car aficionados this year? For starters, over 120 different models of classic and exotics cars, including vehicles by Ferrari, Lamborghini, Corvette, Porsche and many more. Whether it was a 2003 Ferrari 360 Modena, a 2012 Ashton Martin V12 Vantage, a 1965 Shelby Cobra MkIII or even a 1932 Bucciali TAV-12, there was a little something for everyone: some big-name brands, some collectibles, some vintage. To mark the 50th anniversary of the iconic Mustang brand, the car show also debuted a Mustang Super Car Corral, a real treat for the eyes, especially for anyone interested in auto mechanic courses. As a whole, this huge, impressive fleet of rare vehicles was said to be valued at over 20 million dollars, breaking the previous year’s record.
Another innovation: Yorkville’s Exotic Car Show also made it possible for attendees to “sponsor” a vehicle, with all funds going to Prostate Cancer Canada. Though the final tally of how much was raised for this cause is still unknown, the event looks like it was a great success.
Yorkville’s Exotic Car Show is really, at heart, a beautiful event allowing car enthusiasts, the public, professionals involved in various automotive careers and Toronto’s business community to come together to raise funds for a worthy cause. Support from businesses helps keep admission free and contributes positively to Canadian healthcare, not to mention Toronto’s economy and entertainment. These companies understand that they play a crucial role in Canadian culture and that the role of a business should be about more than just making money.
The car show featured several sponsors of different levels. “Gold” sponsors, for example, had made a sizeable contribution and so are prominently on display as part as of the annual event’s promotional material, press releases and more. Gold sponsors of this year’s Yorkville’s Exotic Car Show included Porsche Canada, whose headquarters are located in Mississauga, the AUTO ONE group, which specializes in leasing and financing of Pre-Owned Vehicles and Hudson’s Bay Centre, a massive shopping center centrally located at Yonge and Bloor.
Students of auto mechanic schools, did you attend Yorkville’s Exotic Car Show this year? How was your experience?