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INTERNATIONAL MOTOR CONTEST ASSOCIATES CANADA INC. DOMINATING THE GRASSROOTS RACING SCENE THROUGH INNOVATION AND INTEGRITY! HEAR THE EXCITEMENT! SMELL THE THUNDER! FEEL THE ACTION! THE FUTURE -EXPERIENCED, PROVEN!
IMCA Canada Inc. has proven it can stand the test of time, with consistent sets of rules that provide stability. Grassroots racing is the solid foundation today’s INTERNATIONAL MOTOR CONTEST ASSOCIATES CANADA INC. is built on. That IMCA has been successful with its “low cost” approach is demonstrated by the number of tracks, competitors and fans who eagerly follow North America’s oldest sanctioning body . . . the International Motor Contest Association. IMCA is truly “international”, with the incorporation of its counterpart the International Motor Contest Associates Canada Inc.
THE BEGINNING – WHERE LEGENDS WERE MADE!
Founded in 1915, IMCA originally sanctioned “big car” races at county, state and regional fairs. Drivers such as Sig Haugdahl, and Emory Collins blazed their way to racing immortality under the I.M.CA. banner, thrilling thousand of fans in packed grandstands across the United States. Canadian racing legends George Lemay and Frank Jannett competed under the IMCA banner. Sadly both IMCA and the sport came upon hard economic times in the 1970’s as the skyrocketing costs made it virtually impossible for all but the best-funded weekend racers to compete and support their hometown tracks. The solution came in 1979, with the introduction of the IMCA Modified division. Keith Knaack (1928-1992) saw the Modified as an affordable way to allow grassroots racers to continue enjoying the sport they loved. Bruce Hampton saw these cars run in 1988. He decided the following year to bring the class to Canada. He purchased the Canadian rights to IMCA, introduced racers to the Modified Division and so it began.
THE PRESENT, 2016 – GOING STRONG IN THE THIRD DECADE!
Knaack’s vision has become a reality over the course of many years as IMCA regained its stature as the largest sanctioning body for automotive racing in America. 7,300 drivers from 24 states compete in the U.S.A. In the twenty-six years since it was introduced to Canadians, IMCA has licensed thousands of race teams. These teams have raced in four provinces, as well as the North West Territories, at 22 major racing facilities. More than 80 events are scheduled throughout any given season. Most of the premier race tracks in Western Canada now run and IMCA division. Modifieds, the “calling-card” of IMCA, were the first division to be premiered in Canada. The Stock Car Division, the class “to-tough-to-tame”, was introduced in 1991 at Quesnel, BC’s, Gold Pan Speedway and after several years hiatus returned to the racing scene in Calgary in 2004. We continue to grow and gain strength in the racing industry. We have added the SportMod Division in 2013. It is a car that will transfer from dirt to asphalt and is the fastest growing division, giving drivers the lowest possible cost and for the same ‘rush’. Drivers know the uniform sets of rules they compete under are fair and consistent. The rules go hand-in-hand with IMCA’s philosophy of safe and affordable grassroots racing. The SportMod’s were introduced in 2012 in Canada and they promise to rejuvenate GRASSROOTS racing.
Bruce Hampton, President of IMCA Canada Inc. and the IMCA race teams would like to invite you to “Join us, - at the track - on the track or - around the track, for the most exciting and fastest growing form of motor sports, unequalled across North America”.
- Modified Division 1989-present
- Stock Car Division 1990-1997 & 2004 - 2014
- Northern Sportmod Division 2012 - present