If you are a member in any way of the Toronto-area motorsport community — competitor, fan, whatever — you’re going to want to be at the Regent Theatre on Mount Pleasant Rd. next Thursday night, the 29th.
Mosport and Scott Maxwell’s Mini Grid books and motorsport hobby shop have teamed up once again to present an evening at the theatre and this year they plan to show The Speed Merchants, a film by Michael Keyser narrated by Mario Andretti and Vic Elford.
This is the second such event and last year was a huge success so don’t miss out on going to this one.
The Regent is at 551 Mount Pleasant Rd. between Eglinton and St. Clair. Green P parking is available. Doors will open at 6:30 with the show starting at 7. Keyser will be there, by the way, to speak afterwards and to answer questions.
And you can bet there will be a whole lot of bench racing going on also.
Tickets - $10 in advance or $15 at the box office (tax included) - are now available at Mini Grid at 608 Mount Pleasant: 416-488-7663 or firstname.lastname@example.org
And what's the film about?
The Speed Merchants is the story of the 1972 racing season as told by five of the day’s biggest stars: Mario Andretti, Jacky Ickx, Brian Redman, Vic Elford and Helmut Marko.
The film takes you behind the scenes as the World Sportscar Championship travels to Daytona, Sebring, the Targa Florio, Nurburgring, Le Mans, and Watkins Glen as well as the Monaco GP.
Unlike today’s protected and sanitised sport, this era was faced with high risk and danger; the film takes you directly into the dramatic reality these men faced every weekend, and how they coped with the inevitable tragedy.
You also visit with the drivers at their homes in France, Belgium, Austria and England where they relax with their families between races.
Woven into the film is rare footage of both the Ferrari and Alfa Romeo factories where the cars are prepared before each race.
Backed by an original musical score, The Speed Merchants gives an unforgettable look at a year in the life of the international racing circuit and the lives of the drivers.