Last Sunday, upon entering the mens’ washroom on the second storey of the Castrol Control Tower at Mosport International Raceway, I was appalled to discover that someone had swiped the mirror off the wall above the wash basin.
The reason I was appalled is because that mirror had been on that wall ever since the tower was built in 1962 and the greats of the sport – Clark, Hill, Stewart, Revson, Rindt, Fittipaldi, Andretti, Fellows and so-on – had all – all – at one time or another washed their hands in that basin after using the facilities and had looked at themselves in that mirror.
I wrote about this theft in my Monday Morning Racing Roundup on my blog at wheels.ca
I demanded that the mirror be returned.
Well, the good news today is that it has been. The Missing Mosport Mirror Mystery has been solved and the mirror is back in its rightful place in that loo.
Here's what happened.
In addition to a full calendar of racing last weekend featuring the American Le Mans Series and some support classes, there was entertainment. One of the featured acts was a tribute to Shania Twain called Shania Twin.
The singer – a very talented woman named Donna (her act is the only Shania tribute act sanctioned by the real Shania Twain) – changes costume a half-dozen times during her show and needs a mirror to make sure things are copa.
Guess what the event-management company that booked her forgot to take to Mosport so that Donna/Shania could check herself out?
As Roger Powell of Powell Events wrote to me in an email tonight:
"Where does a guy get a mirror in Clarrington at 9 o’clock on a Saturday night?
"Desperate to please, I told my assistant – ‘Go to the tower, take this screwdriver. No one will notice a mirror missing out of the men’s washroom!’
"Today, I got a note from Myles Brandt (Mosport operations manager) suggesting I read your blog. I can only hope that this confession and the return of the mirror will be enough to allow me to continue working for Mosport in the future."
Well, Roger, that last bit’s not up to me but I’m sure Mr. Brandt is willing to forgive and forget.
And, come to think of it, Donna/Shania may very well have been the first female face ever reflected in that mirror, which is another bit of history in itself!