Silver Willow Classic
Laura McArthur and husband Larry have been car and truck nuts since they were able to put their feet to the pedal.
If you’re from the Town of Mansfield and heard thunderous roaring originating from the McArthur’s Silver Willow Farm last Saturday, do not be alarmed, it was the first annual Silver Willow Classic Car and Truck Show.
“This is our retirement party. This is our first year doing this,” said Laura.
Trucks, cars, tractors, motorcycles, classic, modified, antique, ratroads, Corvettes and many more were among what was on display at this quite unique event in the middle of the lush farmland of the Mulmur Township.
“I am the truck nut, that’s why there’s a truck show, and he’s the car nut. And, of course, we’re farmers, so that’s why we invited the farming group,” she said. “When there’s a car show, there are never trucks. Larry and I are water and fire. He’s a car aficionado and I love smoke and I love diesel.”
This is Laura’s passion. She said she thought of the young farm kids who build their own trucks that have no place to go to show off their handy work. The Silver Willow Classic is an outlet for which they can display all the hard work they have done.
“The cars and trucks are judged,” she said. “We have judges that have judged million dollar cars that will be judging these home-build pickup trucks. In the pickup truck classes, it’s how they’re built; it’s not about how shiny they are. And, of course, with the antique cars, they have to be perfect.”
Laura has made her living in the horse and agriculture businesses and Larry has made his living in the automotive business, so they have decided to give back to both.
“It was really meant to give back. I made my living on horses, and now I owe it to them,” she said. “I’m retired. I owe it to them to take care of these animals that have been either abandoned or treated terribly.”
Silver Willow Farm is now an animal rescue centre. Laura said that it has always been a working farm, and it is how she made her living. However, since she has retired, she wants to give something back to the animals that she has depended on for survival.
“The farm is now devoted 100 per cent to helping them,” she said. “There is no income on the farm. It’s 100 per cent volunteer rescue. We want to let people know that there are a lot of animals out there that need help, but nobody knows who to phone. They don’t know what to do. They see these animals out there they don’t know what to do. We want to let people know that you can phone the OSPCA or phone people like us – we’re here to help.”
Laura and Larry are giving whatever money was raised at the event to the OSPCA on behalf of the farm animal rescue.
“There are a lot of horses and farm animals who cannot be taken into homes, so we take them in here. We figured that this [event] is a great way for people to recognize this, and bring our friends into the fold.”
Written by Jordan Nunziato