The 26th annual Tottenham Classic Car and Truck Show took over the Tottenham Conservation Area on Sunday, June 7, with a full line-up of classic, custom, and modified vehicles.
Once again this year the weather cooperated to provide a warm sunny day perfect for bringing out your classic vehicle.
There were cars and trucks from just about every decade in the 20th century from early 20’s Model T’s right up to 70′ muscle cars and everything in between.
Around 400 vehicles were on display on the grass at the park. They were lined up near the beach and among the big shade trees at the south end of the Conservation Area.
The all day event got underway pretty early in the morning with many auto owners showing up at the park in good time so they could get a choice spot in the viewing area. For many owners the day becomes somewhat of a party as they socialize with friends and other car owners as well as visitors who stop to chat and ask questions about their vehicles.
Several awards are given out to car owners based on categories for their class and time period. Classes include convertibles, street rods, trucks, and special interest, while periods include pre 1950 vehicles and other times of closely related production eras.
There is also a People’s Choice award and a Hagerty Youth Judging award that allows kids to get involved and vote on their favourite vehicle.
The Tottenham show started back in 1994 as a community fund raiser for the Tottenham Lions Club and has grown over the years to big show that it is today. It is the finale of the Town’s Community Week celebration that occurs in July of every year.
Over $35,000 has been raised for local charities and the event is staffed by local volunteers.
This year’s show had a huge range of vehicles and some very rare models.
While some owners try to keep their cars as stock and original as possible, others go to great lengths to customize or modify their rides so they are one-of-a-kind vehicles on the road.
There were rows of high performance muscle cars from the 60’s and 70’s as well as lots of flashy fins that defined the 50’s era of sharp lines, long bodies, and aerodynamic design.
For those that like the really early models, the 30’s were well represented with some classic coups both original and chopped and some larger sedans that represented the finest in automotive technology of the era.
Many of the car owners drove a considerable distance to be part of the event as it is now one of the most prestigious car shows in the region.
Many of the car owners are regular visitors to other smaller car shows in the region and take pride in showing their vehicles through the summer months.
Written by Brian Lockhart