Have Bus Racing Tours makes getting to races enjoyable for CME visitors
For the third year in a row, the massive race hauler that is the base of operations for all NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 race events will be the core of the series’ display at the Canadian Motorsports Expo (CME). In a new twist for this year’s show, the hauler will be accompanied by eight of the series’ race cars. The show takes place February 8-10 at Toronto’s International Centre, across from Pearson Airport.
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series is Canada’s top professional racing series. Since 2007, the series has travelled across Canada, thrilling fans while earning a reputation for exciting racing on ovals and road courses, at some of the country’s top motorsports events.
Surrounding the series’ hauler at the CME will be many of the tour’s most prominent cars. The No. 17 Castrol Edge Dodge of two-time and reigning series champion D.J. Kennington will be on display accompanied by the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series champion trophy.
Scott Steckly’s No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge and Andrew Ranger’s No. 27 Dodge / GC Motorsport Dodge will also be on display at the CME. Like Kennington, both Steckly and Ranger are two-time series champions.
The No. 60 Mopar / Mobil 1 Dodge driven by Ron Beauchamp Jr., the No. 23 Tim Hortons Dodge of Jeff Lapcevich, the No. 5 EMCO Dodge (Noel Dowler), the No. 66 Quaker State Dodge (Robin Buck) and the No. 81 National Tomlinson Tire Recycling / RC Trailers Dodge driven by Larry Jackson will also be on hand.
“We feel that it’s essential for us to be part of the Canadian Motorsports Expo for several reasons,” said NASCAR Touring Series Director Brad Moran. “Primarily, though, we want to bring awareness and exposure of the Canadian Tire Series to the fans, and to show them some of what goes on behind the scenes. The CME gives us a relaxed, preseason opportunity to speak with the drivers and the teams, and it also allows us to connect with other members of the motorsports industry.”
Discussing having his car and the championship trophy on display at the CME, Kennington said, “It’s a great feeling to have your name appear on any NASCAR trophy, and to have it inscribed twice on the championship hardware is pretty remarkable. The depth of talent in the Canadian Tire Series is unbelievable. To win a race, let alone a championship, is quite an accomplishment, and one that we’re very proud of.”
Kennington continued, “Race fans at the Canadian Motorsports Expo can get a really up-close look at our cars and will be able to get a true sense of what we do 12 weekends a year. It’s great that we can play a part in introducing people to the sport and to our brand of stock-car racing.”
Supporting the static multi-car display, staff members of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will be on hand to provide escorted tours of the series’ hauler, co-ordinate impromptu autograph sessions with the invited drivers, answer questions that the fans might have regarding the cars, the series or the racing schedule. It’s also planned that two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip will spend part of his autograph signing time, on Saturday afternoon, at the back of the NASCAR hauler after signing on the Mazda Stage, adjacent to the NCATS area.
Have Bus Racing Tours makes getting to races enjoyable for CME visitors
For a race fan contemplating a NASCAR holiday adventure, the stress and frustrations involved in pursuing tickets, arranging accommodations – plus the worries and expense of cross-border travel – can often lead to a quick and premature rejection of the notion. It is for occasions such as these that Doug Andrews has become a saviour of many a race fan’s dreams.
For seven years, Andrews and his Have Bus Racing Tours staff have hosted motorsports excursions, blanketing the American eastern seaboard and well beyond as they offer their guests the ultimate in Racing Transportainment®.
And less than a week before setting off on the season opening adventure to Daytona International Speedway and the ‘Great American Race,’ Andrews will be on hand at the 7th Annual Canadian Motorsports Expo Powered by Inside Track Motorsport News to introduce race fans to his MotorSports SuperCoach and his racing tours.
“The Canadian Motorsports Expo is where the race fans are; these are the people we need to connect with,” said Andrews. “This is when we can show them just how easy it can be to get to the races, if they’ll let us take them.”
For 2013, Have Bus Racing Tours will host 30 racing adventures, including trips to eight (of 10) NASCAR Chase for the Cup events, and an early-season, 12-day ‘Fly Racing Tour’ to Phoenix and Las Vegas Motor Speedways.
Not limiting their schedule to strictly NASCAR races, HBRT also includes a ‘Rock’n’Roll’n’Country’ excursion to Memphis and Nashville, a trek to North Carolina’s ‘4-Wide’ zMax Dragway, plus a one-day trip to check out the World of Outlaws Sprint cars at Ontario’s Ohsweken Speedway on their calendar.
“We’re all about racing,” continues Andrews. “And what we offer to our guests has been described as ‘NBR’ – No Brains Required. All you have to do is be able to get on the bus. We provide the accommodations, the tickets and the transportation, we take care of you from start to finish.”
One other aspect that makes a Have Bus Racing Tour so exceptional is the provided mode of transportation.
Andrews’ pair of MotorSports SuperCoaches may have originally been created as highway buses, but extensive modifications have transformed them into comfortable, bordering on luxurious, motor coaches. Multiple televisions sets, connected to a built-in DVD player and Doug’s impressive collection of racing movies and documentaries help while away the daylight miles, while the full-sized couches and dinette-style seats quickly convert into bunks for comfortable, overnight travel.
As dedicated, experienced race fans, Doug Andrews and his Have Bus Racing Tours staff know what their guests require, and always manage to go well beyond those limits in caring for the fans. Complimentary water, earplugs and a tailgate barbeque are part of a HBRT adventure, and such amenities as folding lawn chairs and racing radios and headsets are available upon request.
“Our racing season really does start at the Canadian Motorsports Expo,” concludes Andrews. “We hope everyone will stop by for a chat, take time to let the little ones check out ‘Doug’s Toy Box’, and see what we have to offer. ‘Taking Care of You From Start to Finish’ is more than just our motto, it’s what we do, and we’d like the opportunity to prove it.”
To obtain a 2013 Have Bus Racing Tours calendar, or to ask questions regarding any of their upcoming tours or payment plans, they can be contacted by telephone (888) HAVE-BUS (428-3287) or by checking out their website, www.havebus.com.
About Have Bus Racing Tours: With over three decades of experience behind the wheel of a highway coach, seven years ago Doug Andrews, in part to satisfy his personal passion for motorsports, focused his attention on creating all-inclusive racing tours. In the ensuing years, his Have Bus Racing Tour MotorSports SuperCoaches have become a common sight throughout the NASCAR paddock, as the Pefferlaw, ON-based company, with its trained and experienced staff, escort guests to such varied destinations as Daytona, Talladega and Charlotte Motor Speedways and virtually every racing venue in between. The SuperCoach’s unique configuration, which allows the seating arrangements to be transformed into individual sleeping bunks, has drawn enthusiastic reviews from such racing notables as Rusty Wallace and Kenny Schrader.
ABOUT THE NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES: Created in 2007, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series is Canada’s only professional racing series. Utilizing strictly enforced technical specifications, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series provides a balanced playing field for the competitors, guaranteeing intense, wheel-to-wheel competition. In 2013, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series schedule will consist of 12 events at 11 different venues, appearing from Nova Scotia to British Columbia and racing on both oval tracks as well as road and street courses.
In its six year history, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series has crowned three different champions, with drivers Andrew Ranger, Scott Steckly and D.J. Kennington each claiming the championship on two occasions.
For a full race schedule, race reports and regular series updates, visit the NASCAR website, www.nascarhometracks.com and click on the Canadian Tire Series tab.