Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that make us smile.
That might explain why a grown man will drive a powerful full-size Ford F 150 pickup truck to a race track so he can take a little tiny go-cart for a run around a road course.
It also explains why something like a small pedal car with oversized tires makes people so happy at the annual Bolton Fall Fair.
The pedal cars have been at the Fair for the past ten years and while they don’t deliver their own horsepower, visitor supplied leg power speeds the cars around an oval track – and people love it.
The Albion Bolton Agricultural society hosts the popular Fair as well as an annual tractor pull.
“They had this idea of having pedal cars that have adjustable seats that could handle both an adult and a child,” explained Bob Fines, Dealer Principal, at Fines Ford Lincoln in Bolton. “They approached all the dealers in Bolton to sponsor one each – which we did willingly. They were made available to the public at both the tractor pull and the Fall Fair and were in a fenced off track area. They were free and made available to children or who ever wanted to ride them.”
Scott Goodfellow, a local resident and long-term member of the Agricultural Society said the the best part about the pedal cars is “They make everybody smile. Whether it’s a small child riding it or an adult watching it – everybody smiles.”
At last year’s Fair, Carlos Martins, Fines Ford Lincoln’s General Manager, noticed the pedal cars were starting to show their age.
Carlos suggested that as part of the dealership’s 30th anniversary, which they have been celebrating this year, they could spruce up their pedal car and place a new logo on it.
A second car, originally sponsored by another dealership which is no longer around, was also acquired.
Both cars were brought to the dealership’s service area and Mr. Fines assigned the task of refurbishing the pedal cars to a couple of apprentice mechanics.
“We picked them up and brought them back here to the store. We have a couple of apprentice mechanics and a really good shop foreman and we gave it to them as a shop project. They broke them down, repainted them, put brand new tires on them, and they were re-labelled,” Mr. Fines explained. “We think the same thing that Scott said – when you look at them you smile. Hopefully they will now be fun for another ten years. We made a commitment at the start of the year, and it’s our 30th anniversary, that we were going to kick it up a notch in our exposure within the community. And we really have been engaged with the community this year.”
While you may not see the pedal cars whizzing around the dealership parking lot anytime soon – or maybe you will depending on who is visiting or happens to be working there and gets the urge to go for a ride – you can try them out at next year’s Bolton Fall Fair.
For now, they’re in the showroom helping celebrate Fines Ford Lincoln’s 30 years in Bolton.