Now that spring is here, it is time to get the polish and wax out, fuel up your vehicle and start seeing the great sights that Ontario has to offer. Cruising and going for a drive is a great thing to take up on weekends, getting out of your usually scenery and discovering some new places. While owning a classic car isn’t necessary, some of the best ways to do this are with a car club, that may be local or regional to you, and features some other fellow enthusiasts with similar vehicles. Last year, my daily drive became a Chrysler 300S, equipped with the Hemi engine and I added some of my own touches to the car as well. While a Chrysler 300 may seem more pedestrian than say a 1970 Chevelle or my Buick Reattas, there are car groups that focus on similar vehicles and the personalization and driving enjoyment. A friend of mine who has a Hellcat put me in touch with the car club Mopars of Toronto, a great group of owners that own anything from custom Jeeps and Rams, to Hellcats and vintage Chrysler and Dodge products as well. Car clubs like this often host regular meets or attend shows and have drives together as well. This spring, the Mopars of Toronto group held their annual spring drive from Mississauga to Niagara Falls.
This drive last year had about 100 Mopars, a great number for any club and a great showing of the love these owners have for their vehicles. With the great weather and this being the first beautiful weekend of the year, the drive was perfectly dated to get everybody out for a beautiful drive. Starting in Mississauga at the first meeting point, the drive featured about 70 vehicles, much more than anticipated, with anything from a Dodge Viper to custom Jeep Wranglers and Rams as well as plenty of LX cars built right here in Brampton. From that meeting point, the drive took the 403/QEW to Hamilton to the second meeting spot. This spot featured vehicles from London, Toronto, east end of Toronto and Mopars of Hamilton as well. The number of cars quickly doubled and featured anything from even a brand new SRT Demon to many Hellcats and even more Jeeps and Rams. From that point, the drive then continued through the back country of Niagara to just near Niagara Falls where the cars met before driving alongside the falls. This also marked the spot where Mopars of Niagara also joined the drive as well. All said and done, about 200 Mopars ended up on this drive, from a 1969 Satellite with a modern HEMI under the hood to 2 Demons and many more cars. The drive then toured along the Falls, giving tourists a beautiful view of the Falls as well as many Challengers and other muscle cars. The smiles and reactions of onlookers was quite interesting to watch, as pedestrians stopped to take photos of the vehicles while in traffic as well. The drive then finished in Queenston before everyone went their separate ways. Great owners take part in events like this, discussing personalizing and how to make their vehicles their own.
While this event was specifically for Mopars, there are many other car clubs that exist regionally and for most types of vehicles. I encourage any enthusiast, even if your car may not be classic or may be more “pedestrian” and common like a modern Chrysler 300, find a car group and attend some events. The people and fellow owners are great and the drives are very enjoyable as well. It is a great excuse to get outdoors and see what Ontario has to offer especially with summer coming and the beautiful colours in the fall as well. Find a group, do some research and take part in these great events. The automotive hobby is alive and well, including many people from many different locations but sharing one common interest.
Written by David Murphy