(Toronto) — The continent's largest and most comprehensive motorcycle show, the North American International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW, came to Toronto at the beginning of January. The Show, now in its 32nd year, welcomed more than 50,000 motorcycle enthusiasts over the three days. More than 400 exhibitors and four huge Accessory Superstores guaranteed visitors found everything they needed for the 2008 riding season — all under one roof and at great show prices.
Feedback from visitors to the SUPERSHOW indicates a strong positive response to the continuation of last year's new layout of the seven individual halls, each having its own theme. With Hall 1 and 2 dedicated to Touring & Cruisers, Halls 3 and 3A as Industry Showcases, Hall 4's Racing & Performance theme, Hall 4A's focus on Classics & Vintage and Hall 5's Chopper & Custom Bike Showcase, there was something for everyone at this year's SUPERSHOW. Wider, carpeted aisles throughout all the seven halls also made for a more comfortable journey through the 425,000 square feet of exhibits at the Toronto International Centre.
2008's "Fast Women" theme had show visitors, male and female alike, finding inspiration in people like; Trillium Muir, world's fastest woman on a motorcycle; Vicki Gray, founder of Motoress and advocate to women riders; Iron Butt rider Jean Copas, the first Canadian Woman to complete the US Iron Butt Rally; Helen TwoWheels, long distance rider and packing expert from the US; as well as women?s riding clubs like the Chrome Divas, Motor Maids and Iron Cowgirlz.
The Canada Cup Championships saw more than 150 showbikes competing for a jackpot of $50,000. First Place in the Pro Builders Class went to Markham Custom Cycle for their fabulous "Skull Cruncher" custom bike creation. As Best Bike in Show, they took home $12,000 cash, a 6-foot trophy and won the Canada Cup for the finest showbike in Canada. Hall 5 featured the best of the best in bike building with custom motorcycles from across Canada as well as U.S. entries from New York and Vermont, many being photographed in the on-site professional photography studio constructed by Easyriders. Showgoers also had the opportunity to check out Jesse James' Grindhouse Chopper, direct from Quentin Tarantino's movie "Planet Terror."
Milestone's set at the SUPERSHOW included over 25 Manufacturer Brands being represented, more than any previous SUPERSHOW, and a record-breaking 80 motorcycle riding clubs, user groups and motorcycle associations participating with displays of members' bikes, from touring and cruising to racing and offroad riding, vintage and marque clubs, and everything in between. Five separate military groups exhibited including motorcycle veterans' units and the launch of new rides and rallies in support of our troops.
Established in 1976, the SUPERSHOW is North America's largest consumer motorcycle show. Produced by Bar Hodgson Productions Inc, the SUPERSHOW is dedicated to presenting the finest the motorcycle industry has to offer for every type of motorcycle enthusiast, in seven halls of the Toronto International Centre. Show dates for 2009 are Jan. 2 and 4 at the Toronto International Centre. Further information, and a comprehensive look at the SUPERSHOW, is available at www.supershowevents.com.