Ontario’s biggest motorcycle manufacturers’ showcase of the year, The Motorcycle Show-Toronto, starts Friday, December 7 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (South),and one of Canada’s best all-time bike racers, Jordan Szoke, has been named Grand Marshal for the Show’s Opening Ceremonies Friday morning.
A Brantford, Ontario native, the 33-year old Szoke is considered the "Wayne Gretzky" of Canadian Superbike racing, notching eight national championships, along with five national Sportbike titles, three #1 plates in the Canadian Motorcycle Association Observed Trials Championships, and one national 250 GP championship during his illustrious 19-year career. Szoke has represented Canada at the Trials des Nations World Championship seven times.
"I’m honoured the organizers of the Motorcycle Show-Toronto have asked me to be their Grand Marshal for the Show’s Opening Ceremonies,” said Szoke from his Brantford home. “It’s always an exciting weekend for everyone who loves motorcycles, because we get our first look at the hot new 2013 models for next year. I’m even more stoked now for the Show to start. It’ll be a cool weekend and I’m looking forward to meeting other bike enthusiasts and talking about the sport.”
The Opening Ceremonies are scheduled for 11:45 am near the main Show entrance (Hall D, 800 Level), just ahead of the 12 noon opening to the public.
In addition to his role as Grand Marshal, Szoke will be at the Show all three days as part of the Northeastern Ontario Trials Demonstrations, showing his skill and expertise over an obstacle course built on the show floor, which earned him the Canadian Trials titles.
Produced by Power Sport Services, the Motorcycle Show-Toronto boasts an impressive line-up of manufacturers, including Arctic Cat, BMW Motorrad, Can-Am/BRP, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, KTM, Piaggio, Polaris, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory and Yamaha.
For Show hours, features, ticket prices and info, visit www.torontomotorcycleshow.ca or call 416-491-4449.
People can also become part of the Toronto Motorcycle Show’s online community and win prizes by liking the Facebook Page www.facebook.com/TorontoMotorcycleShow and following on Twitter www.twitter.com/thebikeshows.
Jordan Szoke photo by John Walker