@MotoramaShow • #hotrods • TORONTO, ON • What do the Highway 11 Cruisers Car Club and the Hilarious House of Frightenstein have in common? The answer is… Mitch Markowitz.
Markowitz co-produced, and acted in, the globally-syndicated, classic Canadian children’s television show. He’s also a member of the Newmarket, Ontario-based Highway 11 Cruisers Car Club. Markowitz will be a fixture in the club’s booth throughout much of the inaugural Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo.
The Motorama show runs March 13, 14 & 15 in the re-configured Halls 1 and 2 of Toronto’s International Centre, located adjacent to Pearson International Airport.
Boasting more than 100 members, the Highway 11 Cruisers C. C. regularly puts on ‘Cruise Nights’ that feature more than 90 vehicles. At some special events, attendance has approached 900 classic, custom and special interest automobiles. One characteristic that makes the Highway 11 Cruisers C. C. so popular and unique, is that anyone with a ‘special interest vehicle’ is welcome, with no provenance restrictions or age limitations.
“We invite everybody to come to our shows,” said club director Mary Tuomisto. “If you’re an automotive enthusiast, you’re welcome to join us on our cruises. We’ve had everything from Model T Fords, to street tuners, to a rocket-powered dragster at our shows.”
With a personal collection that includes a convertible Volvo, a Bentley Brooklands, and a 1971 Citroen, Markowitz has quickly become a fixture at Highway 11 Cruisers C. C. events. His Citroen will be one of several vehicles that will be part of the club’s display at Motorama.
“I’ve attended car cruises on both sides of the border, and without a doubt, the Highway 11 Cruisers are the most sophisticated, most professional car club I’ve ever seen,” said Markowitz. “At the same time, they’re the most open and accommodating group of people I’ve come across.”
Markowitz’ presence at the show comes as he and fans of the Hilarious House of Frightenstein celebrate the show’s 45th birthday. Besides his role in producing the Frightenstein show, Markowitz was also in front of the camera, playing the role of ‘Super Hippy.’
Away from the television world, he has enjoyed a long career working with the likes of Canadian magician Doug Henning, the Toronto-based band Mandala, and others entertainers including Vincent Price, Scarborough’s Mike Myers, and musicians Alice Cooper, George Oliver, Ronnie Hawkins and Domenic Troiano. More recently, Mitch co-stared with Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave in Rue Morgue Cinema’s, The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh.
Markowitz will be on hand at the Highway 11 Cruisers C. C. display from noon until closing on all three days of the Motorama show, signing autographs and sharing his show business memories.
Concluded Markowitz, “I love having the chance to get out and meet people to talk about the old show and to chat about our cars. The Highway 11 Cruisers were formed, in part, to support local businesses and to raise funds for various charities. If I can help them out in any way, I’m more than pleased to have the chance to do it.”
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ABOUT THE HIGHWAY 11 CRUISERS C. C.: Based in Newmarket, Ontario, the Highway 11 Cruisers Car Club was founded in 2010 for the purpose of bringing people together for good times and good causes. Through donations made at their weekly cruise nights and larger events, the Highway 11 Cruisers C. C. have raised funds for such deserving local charities as the SickKids Foundation, Ernie’s Journey/United By Trauma, JumpStart, the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, the Canadian Crime Victim’s Foundation, Big Brothers / Big Sisters, and others. For additional details about the club, cruise night schedules and locations, visit their website at www.highway11cruisers.ca or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Highway11Cruisers. Mitch Markowitz is available for interviews. For information and contact info, email Mary Tuomisto at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THE MOTORAMA CUSTOM CAR & MOTORSPORTS EXPO: The inaugural Motorama show takes place March 13, 14 & 15, 2015 at Toronto’s International Centre, adjacent to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. With a footprint of almost a quarter-million square feet, the show will be Canada’s biggest late-winter celebration of automobiles and motorsports. For information about the show, including sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, schedules and more, call (416) 962-7223, or email info@MotoramaShow.com. The show’s website is located at www.MotoramaShow.com.