CAN - CANADA
MOSPORT PARK
CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK
Description In 1958 British Empire Motor Club (BEMC) studied the opportunity to build a track in Ontario. They chose a 450 acres hilly plot located north of Bowmanville. When the executive board was formed in August 1958, "Mosport Limited" was created. A firm where BEMC had a strong participation, providing up to 7 directors. Track was designed by Alan Bunting and it featured since first proposal (1960) an extremely fast course, with high-speed bends and many ups and downs: it was very demanding on pilots. Even Stirling Moss decisively contributed to circuit plans in mid-60’s, suggesting to modify the only hairpin of the track, nowadays known as "turn 5 complex", into a much more demanding and exciting-to-drive double radius bend.

Nevertheless track construction underwent several slowing downs: downpours and floods in 1960 made work cost much more than they fixed (about $500,000 instead of $250,000); moreover the particular track layout could be built only through a deep hill levelling, that was slowly carried out by an only full time worker.

Mosport Park (abbreviation for MOtor SPORT Park) was completed in May 1961 through many difficulties and in the same year Oakville Trafalgar Light Car Club inaugurated the circuit with a race, won by Stirling Moss itself in the presence of 40,000 spectators.

After getting over financial problems that quickly forced its owner to sell the circuit, in 1967 track deserved to organize first Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix. Till to 1971 Grand Prix was held here only in odd year, alternating with Mont-Tremblant, that held the race in even ones. Thanks to Mont-Tremblant’s economic and safety issues, in 1971 Mosport became the only venue for the race. We’ll never forget 1973 Canadian GP, a race ran under such a heavy rainstorm that timekeepers couldn’t keep track of the laps to go! Only after a strong debate they award victory to McLaren driver Peter Revson. Last GP at Mosport was held in 1977, since 1978 GP moved to Montreal on pilots’ request because they considered Mosport to be too dangerous.

Panoz Motorsports bought the track in 1998 and in 1999 held here their American Le Mans Series. Up to today Mosport is one of the three circuits that hosted Formula 1, Indycar and Can-Am Series. In 2001, under FIA’s pressure, track was completely repaved and widened to 42 feet in order to meet minimum safety standards.
In February 2012 the circuit was renamed Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Location Bowmaville
ON - Ontario - Eastern Canada
Location  
Latitude - Longitude + 44°02'55"     - 78°40'31"
44.048611     -78.675278
UTM Coordinates X = 686232.053  -  Y = 4879899.508  -  Zone 17T
Aerial photo / Map (*) Aerial photo / Map (*) OpenStreetMap  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Google Maps  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Bing Maps  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Flash Earth  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Wikimapia  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) MapQuest
Altitude AMSL 316 m - 1037 ft
Inauguration May 1961
Closing  
Designer Bunting
Alan Bunting
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) English en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Tire_Motorsport_ParkWikipedia
(2) Italian www.formulazero.it/mosport_stampa.htmlDescription of Mosport circuit, by Massimiliano "MaxiV" Vannini
(3) Italian Autosprint 39/1972 (page 22)New box building to be built next spring
(4) Italian Autosprint 21/1973 (page 41)New box building under construction
(5) Italian Autosprint 2/1988 (page 6)Circuit sold
(6) English www.mosport.comOfficial website
(7) English www.mosport.com/trackmap.htmOfficial website

(*) NOTE: a complete and detailed view of the circuit can be found (if available) on Street View by Google Maps and/or Bird's Eye and 3D views by Bing Maps for Enterprise (former Microsoft Virtual Earth): both can be reached using their own link in Aerial photo / Map cell.

(**) For on-line not-English speaking sources, click on each small flag and you open the corresponding Google Translator page with automatic translation.

Road Circuit
Description  
Years  
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration May 1961
Closing  
Last update of this page September 5th 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Turn 1 - Turn 2 "Clayton" - Turn 3 "Québec" - Turn 4 - Turn 5 Complex "Moss" - Mario Andretti’s Straightway - The Esses - Turn 10 "White’s"
length 3957  m 12983  ft 2.459  mi   (6)
Min width 12.8  m 42  ft    Since 2001  

Oval Circuit
Description  
Years  
Direction  
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Oval course
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page August 19th 2002
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 805  m 2640  ft 1/2  mi   (6)

Kart Powell North Track
Description  
Years  
Direction  
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Kart track
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page August 19th 2002
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 1000  m 3281  ft 0.621  mi   (6)

Mosport Driver Development Centre
Description  
Years  
Direction  
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type  
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page August 19th 2002
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 4104  m 13464  ft 2.55  mi   (6)

Mosport Park

Mosport Park



Updates
Date Track layout Years Description by Map by Thanks to Note
December 28th 2012     Guido de Carli     Update Description
September 5th 2007     micap     Update Description without map
August 31st 2007     Lorenzo Tommasi     Update Description without map
August 12th 2005     Guido de Carli     Update Description
August 19th 2002     Guido de Carli     Update Description
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