The Newmarket Car Club held its 2nd annual “Cruise on Main Street” also known as the Newmarket Downtown Merchants Car Show in Newmarket on Saturday, August 4, 2012. Main Street in Newmarket was closed to vehicular traffic from Queen to Water Streets which provided the perfect venue for this event.
The weather could not have been better, sunny, blue skies with no sign of rain and this is what the owners of the classic and custom cars need to bring out their prize possessions. The result, over 100 classic and custom cars, all makes, models and vintages, participating in the best show ever. In addition to the cars, there was live music to entertain both the owners of the cars and the visitors. The shops on Main Street were open so the crowds that walked Main Street could enjoy the cars as well as grab a bite to eat, specialty coffee, etc. in the many restaurants and cafes.
With the Newmarket Car Club – Having Fun is the Whole Point.
Strolling along Main Street and a couple of the side streets one was confronted with a rainbow of colour – black, red, yellow, green and blue even pastel shades of pink and turquoise – each car, no matter what the vintage, seemed to be wearing its appropriate colour. In addition to the colours of the cars there were engines so shinny and clean that you could eat off of them. Chrome grills, bumpers and shinny trim was the norm back then.
Model “T’s”, Corvettes from the ‘50’s, and even some ‘60’s cars that some of us took our first driving lesions in. Old cars, not so old cars, classics and custom cars all came together to make the “Cruise on Main Street” a success. From old style Volvos, I mean old style, with the round appearance, not the more recent square bodies, to the cutting edge of design for their time, a 1964 Chevy, even station wagons which are no more and of course there were a few trucks looking fantastic for their age.
Some of the owners of these classics put a little humour to their displays by adding a furry driver or passenger.
While most of the conversation with the car owners centered on cars, some of the conversation relived and revived memories of the past. It wasn’t surprising to find out when talking to some of the car owners that they lived and went to schools in the same area where this writer lived some 40 to 50 years ago.
Congratulations to the Newmarket Car Club on an excellent show and I look forward to future events by this club.
Check out the The Newmarket Car Club web site: www.newmarketcarclub.com
Written by David Falconer