While much of the world thought of the Midland Formula 1 team as a Russian operation, in reality it’s owner, Alex Shnaider is a Toronto guy. In an exciting move, Shnaider has lent 2 of the Midland F1 team cars to the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame. Located inside Legendary Motorcar, the CMHF has a nice collection of significant Canadian race cars. Now, these two modern cars share space with the Wolf WR1 F1 car that was driven by Jody Scheckter.
Press release and photo after the break
The Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame (CMHF), a division of the Canadian Automotive Collection, announced the addition of two Formula One race cars to its already impressive collection of historic and significant racing vehicles. The Midland F1 race cars are on display in the main entrance at the Museum located at 8242 Fifth Line in Halton Hills.
The CMHF recently received the cars from the former Midland F1 Racing team which was started by Canadian Alex Shnaider, who purchased the Jordan F1 team in 2005. In 2006, the team debuted the Toyota-powered Midland M16 car at the Bahrain Grand Prix. The team used several drivers, most notably Christian Albers from the Netherlands, and PortugalÃ¯Â¿Â½s Tiago Monteiro.
“These are significant cars in Canadian motorsport history and the CMHF is very grateful that Mr Shnaider has loaned them for display,” said President and Chair of the Board, Thom Dickinson. “Thanks to Mr. Shnaider, visitors to our Hall and Museum can now get a close look at a modern F1 car and really appreciate the amazing engineering design.”
The Midland M16 car is displayed in its red, white and grey livery to reflect the Midland GroupÃ¯Â¿Â½s corporate colors, along with the bright yellow Jordan in its Sobranie livery. The Midland F1 cars offer a sharp contrast in technological advances with the CMHFÃ¯Â¿Â½s other Formula One car, a Wolf WR1, which won a number Grand Prix races, including the Canadian Grand Prix in 1977, with driver Jody Scheckter.