The photography of Bill Petro will be on display at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow at Toronto in January.
Petro has been photographing motorcycles and motorcycle racing since the early 1970s and was a regular contributor to Cycle Canada magazine. He was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, and began winning photography contests in his teens.
He studied photography at Conestoga College and then moved to Toronto to work as a product photographer. But on the weekends, Petro would show up at motocross tracks to cheer on his brother and sharpen his action-photography abilities.
After developing an interest in road racing, he started showing up at Mosport, and then throughout the ’70s and ’80s he travelled North America to shoot race action.
The black-and-white images on display in the Performance and Racing Hall #4 come from a number of races in the 1970s.
A crossed-up and airborn Jim Pomeroy is seen in the 1972 Canadian 500 cc Motocross GP and an early on-track shot of Mosport road racers was taken while Petro sat on the back of a motorcycle in front of the group.
The North American International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW takes place January 15, 16, 17 at the International Centre, 6900 Airport Road in Mississauga.