First-Time Starters Head to the 30th Annual APC Autumn Colours Classic

Members of the hometown motorsports community will often pause to reflect on career-defining moments from their time in the sport.

Peterborough Speedway’s 30th annual APC Autumn Colours Classic, presented by Toronto Motorama is coming-up fast and racers from across the province are getting ready to make their first start in the marquee event.


The Kingsway Auto Centre Junior Late Model class was home to some of the most exciting racing fans of Canada’s Toughest 3rd Mile Oval saw during the 2023 season. Avery Kirkpatrick – who, along with Lyla Simka was recently voted onto the upcoming ‘Ladies of the Oval’ calendar – won the rookie division title, while Landon Sellers finished tied for 3rd in the pro division standings. The duo – aged 8 and 11 respectively – will both be making their initial starts in the season-ending APC Autumn Colours Classic.


The 2023 season was a breakthrough schedule for Keaton Pipe. A former go-karter, the 13-year-old from Whitby, Ontario furthered his racing education running the JDC Motorsports No. 25 Canadian Legend Car Series ride. Moving to any new racing division can be a steep learning curve, but the youngster’s talents improved by participating in multiple pre-race practice sessions and working with a sim coach away from the track. Next on the agenda will be a start at the APC Autumn Colours Classic.


David Mathers, a 23-year-old rookie with the OSCAAR Modified Series has also made plans for a trek to the APC Autumn Colours Classic. With just a single Peterborough Speedway start from earlier this season on his resume, the St. Thomas, Ontario runner will unload his No. 48 machine with his sights set on a solid run…Newcastle, Ontario’s Tyler McMurter recently completed his first full season in the SwitchTire Mini Stock field, where he finished 8th in the final point standings. The 32-year-old will look to steer his No. 46 ride to a strong finish in his first APC Autumn Colours Classic start.


This year’s Outlaw Midget season championship will be decided in a Saturday feature event during the annual Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing. Even though he’s raced with the Midget Series for 6 years and scored his first feature win at Peterborough Speedway this summer, Mikey Homewood is looking forward to making his first career start in the track’s APC Autumn Colours Classic. The 38-year-old racer, from Brantford, Ontario currently holds-down 6th spot heading into the tour’s finale.


Young racers continue to make their mark in the sport, but that doesn’t mean some of the older drivers in the field have been forgotten. 60-year-old Mark Allan – a Flamboro Speedway Pure Stock/Bone Stock regular, where he sits just outside of the top 10 in points – will be heading to Central Ontario for his inaugural APC Autumn Colours Classic run.


Full APC Autumn Colours Classic information – including grandstand admission and pit pass pricing – can be found by selecting the ‘Autumn Colours’ tab at Advance sales are available by selecting the ‘buy tickets’ option on the track website. Fans can also purchase daily or weekend admission passes at the trackside ticket booth. Peterborough Speedway onsite ticket sales and concession stand purchases are cash only, with no debit, credit card options or ATM available.

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