Saturday, June 15th
The Newmarket Car Club put on a special car show this past Saturday, June 15th, closing down parts of Main St. in Newmarket for a good cause and a good time. Many people were strolling up and down the street admiring over a hundred vintage and rare cars. This is the third annual Main St. show for the club, who themselves have celebrated their 39th year. The two major sponsors for the car show were the Downtown Newmarket Merchant’s Association and Shanahan Ford, with 16 sponsors in total for the event. Next to the sponsors board sat the trophies which would be handed out at the end of the show to the People’s Choice Best Car, Best Truck, and Best Bike. However, Rob Gardner, treasurer of the Newmarket Car Club, told me that there were no bikes entered this year.
This year is the first year that the show also included a 50/50 draw in which half of the earnings go to the winner and the other half would be donated to the local food bank. The food bank has been the main beneficiary of the show since it began 3 years ago. Gardner describes the club as “more of a community service club than a car club,” as the town of Newmarket is central to everything they do. The club sponsors the local house league hockey team, donates money to numerous charities, and is always giving to the food bank. The Newmarket Car club may be a group of only 14 members but what they do for their community is second-to-none, combining their love of cars and community into everything they do.
The club did a fantastic job of putting together and there were many interesting and unique cars parked along Main St. on the 15th, including some extremely rare vehicles for passers-by to see. Hopefully all of the attendees chose a favourite, because they would be the ones deciding the winners at the end of the day. I asked Bruce Westerby, PR Director of the club, which car was his favourite and he of course replied with his own. Westerby drives a shiny, black 1957 Canadian Pontiac. He said that the car has about 95% of its original parts and has barely had any work done on it, which is amazing considering it is in such pristine condition.
Although there were many beautiful cars to look at, it was the flashy corvette with an interesting story that caught my eye. I spoke to Gord Fyfe, the proud owner of a 2012 Callaway Corvette, who told me that his car was one of only 25 worldwide, his being the only one in Canada. The car was part of a special 25 year anniversary edition to mark the 25 years that Callaway motor cars has been affiliated with GM. Fyfe has owned corvettes all his life and has always been enthralled by how beautiful the cars are. His one-of-a-kind Callaway Corvette was definitely the most interesting of the day, even amongst the stiff competition.
After such a successful show, The Newmarket Car Club will continue to put on shows and events in the area throughout the summer. On Canada Day they will be putting on a pancake breakfast for the local hockey team that they sponsor. The club has another show happening on August 10th at Fairy Lake, which you can enter in as long as you have a car, 10 dollars, and a smile on your face. You can also catch the Newmarket Car Club every Wednesday night at 6pm in front of the legion. The club is always welcoming new members, and you don’t even have to own a car to be a member. All you need is an appreciation for cars and a desire to be part of a community.