1969 Lakeshore Raceway Toronto - Canadian GP & IndyCar Proposed Track - Original Event Poster PRISTINE CONDITION
After losing the bid to hold the 1976 Summer Olympic Games in Toronto, event organizers proposed to holding two major racing events on the Canadian National Exhibition grounds. One would take place anually in June (Telegraph Trophy Race - USAC/IndyCar) and the other every September (Canadian GP - Formula One). While the government approved the events, strong opposition from Mosport lead to the events' ultimate demise.
On December 4TH 1968 Toronto Town Council approved a proposal presented by Lakeshore Auto Raceway Holdings Ltd. (that included among others, ’The Telegram’, George Eaton and local businessmen) to host a USAC Championship race (IndyCar) and the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix on a street circuit located on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition and along Lake Shore Boulevard. Opposition from Ontario Transportation Department (Lake Shore Boulevard was under his his jurisdiction) and by Mosport circuit owners let this proposal fail. Ironically, 9 years later, in Spring 1977, Mosport owner themselves re-proposed the same unchanged project for host Canadian Formula One Grand Prix and draw 300,000 spectators. The Start/finish line and pits would have located inside the stadium presenting two possibilities: build a standard track and cover it with synthetic grass after the race, or lay down a prefabricate track on the existing Football Field. Proposed circuit should have been 3.5 km long with the possibility to lengthen up to 3.7 km by turning around Princess Margaret Fountain.
We are aware of only 3 of these rare and historic posters to be in existence.
24" x 36"