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Bracebridge Father’s Day Car Show

June 29, 2022 in Uncategorized


There is nothing like an auto show to bring out a crowd. It was a beautiful sunny day for the Father’s Day car show in Bracebridge and the town was filled with cars prepped for display. Every manner of vehicle came from far and wide for the event. Cars came from as far as Oshawa and the oldest was a 1913 REO owned by Paul Gockel, from Port Sandfield. Riding high on its spoked wheels, this antique car drew a lot of attention for its primitive and elegant style. American muscle cars were well represented with nearly every brand covered. Corvettes, Chevs, Pontiacs, Oldsmobile, Chrysler, Plymouth, Ford and more.

A few English cars showed off their subdued sporty nature, with pale colours and modest chrome work. There was even a Corvair, noted for its placement of the engine in what should be the trunk and its special handling characteristics. Not all the cars were “classics” in the traditional sense. For some owners, the automobile is just the start of a creative adventure and not everything needs to shine and sparkle with perfection.  While many owners displayed their vehicles to period perfection, including the tires, for others the rust and the aging just increase the character.

Interest in historic automobiles and boats definitely overlap. Ron Stevenson, the outboard man, brought a blue Pontiac Parisienne convertible with period proper BF Goodrich tires. Blue was certainly the theme of this vehicle, with the dash, the seats and the paint all deep blue.

Participants too young to drive were kept busy blowing the horn or ringing the bell of the Shriner’s fire truck. There were also remote control cars to challenge visitors and cool cars where spectators were allowed to sit behind the wheel and dream.

This event also brought out many of the local service and social clubs. The Bracebridge Lions Club was flat out serving sausages and hot dogs and the local Scout troop were among those that had a tent. It was a wonderful coming together of community for Father’s Day. Imagine what Canada Day will look like!

By Tim Du Vernet

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