History, great cars and a good time
One of the greatest parts about the classic car industry is that it ties together more than just a love of cars, wonderfully hand-worked metal and beautiful finished products. It’s about tying in history. For each car, there is a story; a beginning and a journey that has led it to both the state it is in and the owner who has it.
That is part of what makes the Annual Vintage Car and Bike Show at the Dufferin County Museum and Archives so special. The venue is the perfect setting for tying in the stories and history of the cars with the history of our communities.
“The museum itself is just a great centre-point for it all and people know they’re going to have a good time here,” said Nanci Malek, Marketing and Promotions Coordinator at the museum. “Dufferin County has a strong history with the automotive industry; when the first car manufacturer opened here, the communities went from horse and buggies, to having cars take over. They were incredibly popular.”
While many of the local car shows tend to be a little more serious, with awards given out to the best cars, the show at the museum remains a more light-hearted event. It’s not about seriousness, but about coming out, enjoying the community, checking out some gorgeous cars and having a good time.
“What I love about our show is that it’s really all about having fun,” explained Ms. Malek. “I’ve been to a few shows before that were very serious business. It’s not that it shouldn’t be serious – there is a lot of great work put into these cars – but it should also be about fun. I don’t want them coming here thinking they’re coming to get a big ol’ prize, because that’s not what this is about.”
She added that there will be some fun prizes for vehicles like the coolest car, but that won’t be the purpose of the event. Being a fun event definitely was part of the appeal, as the show was packed in 2013. It was so full, that they didn’t seem to have enough space for everyone. There were over 150 cars involved and over 250 people who showed up to participate in the event.
“We had so many cars come that we had no place for people to park their cars on the lot – people were parked up the highway,” said Ms. Malek. “It was just great to see so many people coming out and wanting to be a part of it.”
Several motorcyclists also showed up, and there was enough of an interest expressed that the show has been expanded to include vintage and classic motorcycles as well.
The day will include a barbecue and refreshments, garage sale and a concert by Blues artist Paul James, whose style of music ties in perfectly with the classic cars mix.
“It’s fun and it’s a wonderful day out in the community and we have incredible community support for it,” said Ms. Malek. “It’s an all-ages event and a great time for all these car enthusiasts, all these bike enthusiasts and all these summer fun enthusiasts, to come together. Having Paul James is going to be just fabulous. They’re going to hear it through the hills all afternoon.”
The Annual Vintage Car Show will take place on Sunday, August 17th from 1-4 p.m. Entry is donation based, and all proceeds will go to the Dufferin County Museum and Archives. For more information, contact the Museum at 1-877-941-7787.
Written by Tabitha Wells