Silver Willow Classic Car Show transports show-goers to the ultimate experience
If there’s one thing to be said about the Silver Willow Classic Car Show held annually at the Silver Willow farm in Mansfield, it’s that it feels like a completely different world. Perhaps
it’s the country music blasting from the live bands performing on stage, the food trucks and the fact that it’s on a massive farm that makes you feel like you’re somewhere down south, like Alabama, instead of in Ontario.
The event features an impressive collection of cars, separated based on their class and type of show they are entering, designated in different fields throughout the farm. After a successful launch in 2013, they decided to run the event for a second year, and the show definitely did not disappoint.
Silver Willow Farm operates throughout the year as a non-species-specific animal rescue farm. They do not turn a revenue through the facility, as 100% of income, which comes from fundraising and donations, is used to run the rescue.
In an interview in 2013, Laura McArthur, who owns the farm with her husband Larry, told Motoring that turning the farm into a rescue farm was part of her way to give back to the animals that helped her make a living prior to retirement.
“The farm is now devoted 100 percent to helping them,” she told reporter Jordan Nunziato. “There are a lot of horses and farm animals who cannot be taken into homes, so we take them in here.”
That was where the idea to run the car show came into play. Her husband, who worked in the automotive business, was a car aficionado, and Laura loved trucks, smoke and diesel. Adding the farm vehicle part to it seemed like a natural step, since they were also farmers.
With a large variety of trucks, tractors, classic and modern cars and other motorized vehicles, people had the opportunity to show off everything from their handiwork on the construction and maintenance of their vehicles to custom paint jobs and more.
There was even a ladies-only car club present with their own impressive vehicles.
Through the weekend, the vehicles are judged by guest judges who have impressive resumes when it comes to car show judging. According to Ms. McArhtur, they have judged million dollar cars, giving them an eye for knowing what to look for in home-built pickup trucks and antique cars.
“In the pickup truck classes, it’s how they’re built, it’s not about how shiny they are,” she said in last year’s article. “And of course, with the antique cars, they have to be perfect.”
This year, the McArthur’s also included a camping option for those participating in the show or who wished to be a part of it for the whole weekend. It’s one of the many things that makes this show so unique and experience to plan for each year.
With packed campsite fields, full car shows and a large number of people walking around, it was evident that the event saw another successful year.
Written by Tabitha Wells