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The inaugural ImportFest took place on Saturday September 29, 2001 inside the Rogers Centre (formally known as Skydome).
It was the first time a car show would be granted access inside Canada’s iconic landmark the Skydome. With over 450 show cars and 25,000 attendees, ImportFest lived up to its hype and would forever be known as “Canada’s BIGGEST & BADDEST Car Show.”
Fast forward 20 years and we are now the longest running after-market car show in the world!
I am very blessed and honoured to have been hosting ImportFest over the years and THANK YOU for your support!
Basit Mirza | President, ImportFest Inc.
“People traveled from all over Eastern Canada and parts of the U.S. to join in the festivities. Jerome “The Junkyard Dog” Williams and Mo Pete of the Toronto Raptors were among some of the celebrity sightings. Even R.J. de Vera, from the Hollywood blockbuster The Fast and The Furious, couldn’t resist the temptation to introduce his new line of signature rims, RoJa, to Canada. Besides local vendors, Import Fest sponsors like APC, Future Shop, Meguiar’s, Motegi Racing and APR Performance were all on hand.
The doors opened at 11 A.M. and the daylight hours were spent under the sun. The 450+ sweet rides brought great excitement to the normally demure atmosphere of the SkyDome. People lined up to snap a pic with their favourite import models, a sassy selection headlined by Rowena Galam, Natasha Yi, Lexy La Santos, Renee Chiang and May Lyn. All day long the Sony JumboTron broadcasted live video from locations throughout the show and local radio station FLOW 93.5 was on hand to spin the tunes. An ECKO inspired fashion show and some other live acts topped off the entertainment mix.
Around 11 o’clock P.M., the awards ceremony got underway. There were hundreds of trophies to be given away. In the early hours of Sept. 30, Import Fest 2001 drew to a close and the lights were raised one final time. One by one, the crowd spilled into the streets of Toronto…”
Performance Auto & Sound Magazine