Motorama takes place March 8, 9 & 10 at the International Centre, across from the city’s Pearson Airport.
Undoubtedly the funniest of the ‘misfits’ who work at Dallas, Texas’ Fired Up Garage, Smith is very serious about his love of automobiles. Born in Ohio but raised in Georgia, he started working at his uncle’s salvage yard at a young age. Between that and other jobs and chores, he was able to save enough money to purchase his first car – a ’73 Pontiac Grand Ville two-door – at the age of 10.
Misfit Garage is currently airing its sixth season of shows on Discovery. The individuals who work at the shop all have distinct roles, talents and personalities. Over the years, the ‘misfits’ have produced increasingly higher quality vehicles for greater profits but there’s always plenty of drama at the garage and it’s usually a struggle getting everyone pulling in the same direction as the delivery deadline looms. And then there are the frequent visits by their cocky nemesis Richard Rawlings (Fast N’ Loud), that inevitably add to the chaos.
Through it all, Tom Smith contributes to the builds, employing his skills as a Ford Master Mechanic and an ASC Certified Mechanic.
He also contributes to the level of comedy with his self-effacing humour that sees him doing things like drag racing a ‘souped-up’ beer cooler to break the tension.
During his professional career, Smith has done many things, including being an amateur stand-up comic, which shouldn’t be a surprise to his many fans.
In addition to his love of speed and the smell of burning rubber and properly cooked bacon, Tom and his wife Deanna are also passionate about their four grown children and their two beautiful grandsons. When not filming or working on cars, Tom helps Deanna rescue and transport dogs. The couple has three rescued pit bulls of their own.
Tom has been to Canada for car shows twice in the past and is looking forward to coming back.
“We’ve been to Belleville (ON) and Moncton (NB) and loved coming to Canada both times,” said Smith. “Misfit Garage airs on Discovery Canada and it’s fantastic how many people know about and enjoy the show. Deanna and I have made some great friends and met some amazing people; many of whom we stay in constant contact with, to this day. We know it’ll be a great time at Motorama and we’re looking forward to being part of the show and making a lot more friends.”
Tom Smith’s schedule at Motorama will be published on the ‘schedule’ page at www.MotoramaShow.com in the coming weeks.