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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Rallye Amusant Montréal / Montreal Gimmick Rally 2018 This Saturday

Although spring is several weeks behind this year, it’s time to break out the toys. Members of Club Alfa Romeo de Montreal (CARM), Club Fiat Montreal, Fiat-Alfa Romeo Quebec (FARQ), Ferrari Club of America (Quebec Chapter), Vintage European Automobiles (VEA) and their invited guests can join in this treasure hunt rally, starting at Des Sources Alfa Romeo at 10 am. For more details, check out this link.

I hope to get started putting together May's upcoming events this week. If you're running one, let me know.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Hostelling in Vintage Style at Bonn’s BaseCamp

Love vintage campers or sleeper trains, or just looking for a camping fix in February? You might want to check into BaseCamp at Bonn, Germany. This “young hostel” has several campers (including 2 Airstreams, and 2 VW minibuses) and 2 original night sleeper trains, all sheltered in a former warehouse. There’s even a tent perched atop a Trabant. Bed and breakfast are included—the price varies with the rooms. There are also areas for socializing, a food truck and beer garden just outside, and places to get snacks and drinks inside. Looks like a great place for groups, or people who like people. Otherwise things are a bit cheek by jowl and I expect it could be quite noisy. You can check out the reviews on Trip Adviser if you want to stay.

Each trailer has its own theme, put together by German television and film set designer Marion Seul. Among them are Brit-themed Big Ben, the Houseboat, the Hunter’s Hut (popular among the videos I checked out), and the Space Shuttle. Each has been decorated inside and out—there’s a seating area in front of each camper.

Unfortunately, while everyone talks about the campers’ themes, I couldn’t find any information about the campers themselves. I’d like information on make and year, but all I know is they’re “vintage.”

Here’s a tour (in English) by someone who stayed there. It’s a bit long, but let’s you see many of the trailers from the outside, the eating facilities, and the inside of one of the sleepers.

And here’s a quick overview of the site in German.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

September Car Shows

The September car show list is up. You can find a link on the right of this page.

Still can't believe summer's almost over. It feels like it's barely started, but that nip in the air--in August??!!??--can't mean anything good.

Friday, August 4, 2017

August Car Shows

The second thunderstorm of the day is rumbling off into the distance. That means it will be nice this weekend, right? Or at least by Sunday, which, apart from the Week-End des Anciennes de Rimouski, is when this month's shows seem to start. That includes this Sunday's 7th Annual Baie-D’Urfe Vintage Car and Truck Show.

Whether you're into showing classic cars, admiring classic cars, racing, or want to do a rally tour, there's something on this month for you. If only Mother Nature will cooperate.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

This Weekend's Upcoming Car Shows

June was pretty much a wash-out weather wise. Here's hoping July will be better. If you're needing a car show fix, there's lots going on in the next few days, from drag racing at Mont-Joli (starts tonight and runs all weekend), vintage racing at Mont-Tremblant, and, a bit closer to home, the Hudson car show on Saturday. Details can be found in the July car show listing link on the right side of this page.

Friday, June 2, 2017

June Car Shows

This month’s car shows are now posted—you can find the link on the right-hand side of this page.

Did you know May 27 to June 3 was Drive Your British Car Week? So why not close out the week with a drive to Quebec City and the Rendez-Vous British Quebec this Saturday. The highlight of June in Montreal is the Grand Prix, with lots of official and not so official events, but of course there are lots of other shows on this month as well. Ottawa also seems like a hotbed of car activity this month, with Ferraris, Jags, Mustangs, and even DeLoreans on offer. Naturally, there are lots of shows on the Fathers’ Day weekend, including one of my favourites, Cruisin’ at the Boardwalk, in Ste-Anne.

If you’re looking for something to do on a week night, check out the car cruise listings, also on the right-hand side of the page.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Targa Newfoundland Is Having a Baby

This year will be the sixteenth running of the Targa Newfoundland, the 1600 plus km rally held on public roads in Newfoundland each September. In celebration of that, and in memory of Burin native and Targa supporter and fan Tom Hollett, Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited has announced a second targa event: the Tom Hollett Memorial Targa Bambina.

The Targa Bambina will be held June 30 to July 3 (the Canada Day long weekend) over closed public roads in the Burin peninsula. According to their website, “If entering Targa is something you’d like to consider, but think it is too expensive, then the Targa Bambina is your thing!”

There will be three divisions: the competitive division (Targa Bambina), which will involve 16 timed stages on closed public roads; a non-competitive division (Fast Touring); and a parade type-division (Show Cruise). It will also be possible to participate in two car shows in the Burin area.

You don’t have to own an expensive rally car to participate (though it would probably help). Rules can be found on the Targa Bambina website, but basically all you need is a road-legal vehicle, a competition license (which they can sell you), and basic safety equipment.

Like the bigger, older Targa, classic cars are welcome in all divisions. Makes me wish I had one, because Newfoundland’s roads are worth driving.