Shannonville: Our Story

Shannonville Motorsport Park has a long and rich history in the Canadian racing industry. 

It was built in 1974 by John Nelson who was a motorcycle and racing enthusiast.  He operated a motorcycle shop in Toronto and built the track to organize motorcycle racing events.  The original Nelson track – named after Mr. Nelson – was expanded over the years and can now be used in four different configurations and now also includes a drag strip and skidpad.

The Birthplace Of Champions

Shannonville is known as the Birthplace of Champions.  Many competitors have honed their skills at Shannonville and have gone on to become champions on the world motorsport stage.  Jacques Villeneuve is a good example.

Still today, there are a number of driving and race programs conducted every year which can help you to refine your skills whether you ride a motorcycle or drive a car.

Milestones

1974 – John Nelson builds the racetrack to organize motorcycle race events.

1979 – Jack Boxstrom buys the facility. Mr. Boxstrom operated car racing schools and motorcycle racing schools until he eventually sold the racing property.

1986 – Val David Motorsport Group (Raymond David) acquires Shannonville.  Mr. David made substantial improvements and invested significantly. From that moment, Shannonville Motorsport Park became very successful and an important player in the motorsport industry. It was the go-to place for many years, where future racing champions were trained to be the best.

1992 – While at its peak, Jean Gauthier saw a very profitable opportunity and purchased the racing facility.  

2019 – The Motorsport Group Inc. (John Bondar and Steve Gidman) acquires Shannonville Motorsport Park.

About John Bondar

Driven from genuine passion, John has been involved in motorsport for over thirty years.  From early beginnings as a track marshal, he then raced at the amateur level with his father as the team mechanic. A few years later, he explored the administration of motorsport in Canada.  From 2003 to 2007, John was the President of CASC Ontario Region. While serving on the national advisory board, he became a trusted mentor to the other Regions across Canada and he has also been called upon by the Minister of Transportation Ontario to provide expertise in strategies to curb street racing activities.

 In 2007, John launched the Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) and has grown it into the premiere Canadian sports car racing series that we know today.

About Steve Gidman

Steve was brought up in a family that modified everything with wheels to go faster and occasionally they still worked!  Steve began racing Formula Libre in the early ‘80s including numerous trips to Shannonville.  After taking a 30 year hiatus to raise a family and grow a technology business, Steve returned to racing in vintage sports cars.


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Track Rental

For any track rental inquiry, please contact us by filling the form below.

Track Rental Inquiry

Car Lapping

Schedule and Registration

Shannonville provide two different lapping experiences for cars.  Monday night lapping is popular for those drivers that want to experience the Long track for a few hours at a time.  Monday night lapping is scheduled twice a month between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 

Shannonville also hosts full-day lapping throughout the season.  See below information and schedule.

Lunch is provided on all our lapping days.

try it out!

Please fill the form below and chose the date(s) you want to book. If you don’t know your preferred date yet, you can just let us know later. Payment is done online using common payment options.

  • Advance Lapping Day Booking Special

    Please take note that this is for advance purchase only. Lapping Pricing on the day of the event will be set at $180 + HST.
  • Emergency Contact Information

  • Car Lapping Days Booking

    Please check the box of the lapping date you want to book. You may chose multiple dates.
  • Please enter the amount of days you want to purchase and select the dates below @ $165.00 per day + HST ($165 + $21.45= $186.45)
    Price: $ 186.45 CAD Quantity:
  • $ 0.00 CAD

Motorcycle Lapping

Schedule and Registration

Shannonville provides two different lapping experiences for motorcycle riders.  Two-wheel Tuesdays is popular for those riders that want to experience the Long track for a few hours at a time.  Two-wheel Tuesdays are scheduled twice a month on Tuesday evenings between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 

Shannonville also hosts full-day lapping throughout the season.  See below information and schedule.

Lunch is provided on all our lapping days.

try it out!

Schedule

8:00 a.m.  Registration Opens 8:00 a.m.  Technical Inspection Begins
8:30 a.m.  Mandatory Riders Meeting 9:00 a.m. Lapping Begins
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch Break 5:00 p.m.  Lapping Ends

Lapping Day Rules

Please familiarize yourself with the Motorcycle Lapping Day Rules to ensure an enjoyable and successful day.  Riders are expected to conduct themselves in a mature and responsible manner taking into account the various abilities of the other riders.  Riders shall respect the directions and decisions of the officials at all times.  Shannonville Motorsport Park reserves the right to deny participation at any time.


Registration Form

Please fill the form below and chose the date(s) you want to book. If you don’t know your preferred date yet, you can just let us know later. Payment is done online using common payment options.

  • Advance Lapping Day Booking Special

    Please take note that this is for advance purchase only. Lapping Pricing on the day of the event will be set at $180 + HST.
  • Emergency Contact Information

  • Motorcycle Lapping Days Advance Booking

    Please check the box of the lapping date you want to book. You may chose multiple dates.
  • Please enter the amount of days you want to purchase and select the dates below @ $165.00 per day + HST ($165 + $21.45= $186.45)
    Price: $ 186.45 CAD Quantity:
  • $ 0.00 CAD

RACE Events: A Racing Management Organization

Shannonville, Ontario, October 25, 2019 – As new ownership takes on the revitalization of Shannonville Motorsport Park (Shannonville), a new corporate structure is established. The existing Shannonville entity known as RACE Events Inc. will now see itself restructured as a racing management organization.

With the amalgamation of both Corner2 Inc. and RACE Events Inc. activities, the RACE Events organization now owns and operates all racing series previously and seperately owned by both. As such, CTCC presented by Pirelli, Super Series and F4 Cup are smoothly transitioning under the new banner. All upcomming series will be operated under the RACE Events division.

“As we move forward, we are implementing a structure and a vision that we believe in. It makes sense to build a racing management division that will provide growth for our company and for Canadian motorsport in general. The future looks very promising and I see this as an opportunity to develop new partnerships at a higher level ”, affirms Dominique Bondar, General Manager of RACE Events.

The normal operations of each series will not be affected. In time, overall processes will become unified for consistency. In addition, a Web portal will be created to gather together all racing brands, calendars and links to respective websites. The new portal will be located at www.raceevents.ca and should be live within a few weeks.

About RACE Events

RACE Event is Canada’s premier motorsports organization advancing sports car, single seater and motorcycle racing. It owns and manages the premier sports car series CTCC presented by Pirelli, the single seater F4 Cup, the motorcycle Super Series as well as other exciting series competing at Canada’s best circuits.

BONDAR AND GIDMAN ACQUIRE SHANNONVILLE MOTORSPORT PARK

Shannonville, Ontario, October 11, 2019 – It is with great pleasure that we are announcing today that John Bondar and Steve Gidman have acquired the long-time privately-held Shannonville Motorsport Park (Shannonville). The new Bondar/Gidman team plans to revitalize what is widely known as the Birthplace of Champions! 

Shannonville is one of the few multi-purpose motorsport facilities in Canada. Sitting on 146 acres, it features a 4.03km multi-configurable racetrack, a go-kart track, a drag strip and a skid pad with three grandstands overlooking the main track. 

The new management team will provide a new vision and energy to build the facility into a multi-use event hub with an emphasis on corporate events while keeping a dedication to driving/racing/training programs. The facility is uniquely located approximately equidistant between Montreal and Toronto which allows it to attract customers from the two key markets in Eastern Canada.  Also, conveniently close to the international border, it provides access to the northeast United States, adding to its potential market another two million people within a three-hour drive of the facility. 

“There is a lot to be done and we will chip away at it. Our strategic plan will address the needs of our customers.  Shannonville will change the way people think about a motorsport park.  We believe in providing a stimulating and comprehensive experience that will inspire our future generations of Champions.  With a focus on excellence, our vision is to grow Canadian motorsport by creating a facility that will benefit the racing community. We have turned a historic page.  I am proud to be part of this transformation and I am grateful that Steve has joined me in this thrilling endeavour,” shared John Bondar, Managing Partner of Shannonville Motorsport Park.

“John and I share a great enthusiasm for motorsports and I look forward to working together to create a revitalized Shannonville Motorsport Park.  There’s plenty of work ahead and it will take time, but the result will be worth the wait,” explained Steve Gidman, Partner of Shannonville Motorsport Park.

Shannonville has a long and rich history in the Canadian racing industry. Here are a few historic milestones:

1974 – John Nelson builds the racetrack to organize motorcycle race events.

1979 – Jack Boxstrom buys the facility. Mr. Boxstrom operated car racing schools and motorcycle racing schools until he eventually sold the racing property.

1986 – Val David Motorsport Group (Raymond David) acquires Shannonville.  Mr. David made substantial improvements and invested significantly. From that moment, Shannonville Motorsport Park became very successful and an important player in the motorsport industry. It was the go-to place for many years, where future racing champions were trained to be the best.

1992 – While at its peak, Jean Gauthier saw a very profitable opportunity and purchased the racing facility.  

2019 – The Motorsport Group Inc. (John Bondar and Steve Gidman) acquires Shannonville Motorsport Park.

The new management team will take on their new role immediately. More details on renovation plans and overall improvements will be available soon.

About John Bondar

Driven from genuine passion, John has been involved in motorsport for over thirty years.  From early beginnings as a track marshal, he then raced at the amateur level with his father as the team mechanic. A few years later, he explored the administration of motorsport in Canada.  From 2003 to 2007, John was the President of CASC Ontario Region. While serving on the national advisory board, he became a trusted mentor to the other Regions across Canada and he has also been called upon by the Minister of Transportation Ontario to provide expertise in strategies to curb street racing activities.

 In 2007, John launched the Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) and has grown it into the premiere Canadian sports car racing series that we know today.

About Steve Gidman

Steve was brought up in a family that modified everything with wheels to go faster and occasionally they still worked!  Steve began racing Formula Libre in the early ‘80s including numerous trips to Shannonville.  After taking a 30 year hiatus to raise a family and grow a technology business, Steve returned to racing in vintage sports cars.