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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.

Friday, May 12, 2017

2017 Cruise Nights Listing Now Up

I've now updated my cruise nights listing to reflect this year's dates and cruises--you can find the link on the right hand side of the page. Looks like the weather's finally on our side.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

May Classic Car Events Page Now Up

As promised, I've put together my list of classic car events for May. You'll find the link in the right-hand column. I'll be updating the cruise nights list tomorrow, real life permitting, but most of the cruise nights in last year's list are probably still ongoing--if only the weather will cooperate. Only one event for this weekend and that's the one in Montreal's Hampstead Park this Sunday.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

North American Alfa Romeo Convention to Be Held in Montreal

1947 Alfa Romeo 6C
Photo by Kate Tompkins
Looks like I may be seeing a few Alfa Romeos in my neighbourhood this summer. Alfa expo17, a joint convention of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club and the Alfa Romeo Club of Canada, will be held in Montreal (specifically Pointe Claire) this July 13-16. If you live between Kingston and Montreal, you may see some of them on their pre-convention driving tour. The convention will also include an art and model show, time trials, and a Friday lunch at the Orange Julep—probably the best chance for non-members to see some of the cars. For more details, check out their website HERE. You can bet I’ll be watching the local traffic.

I’m busy catching up on work after a two week vacation, but hope to get a chance to put the May car show list together in the next few days. Time to get the toys out!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The 1800s: It Was a Very Good Century Part Two

A few more cars from the late 1800s from my photo collection, all from the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.

1897 Daimler Grafton Phaeton
National Motor Museum, Beaulieu
Photo by Kate Tompkins
First up is this 1897 Daimler Grafton Phaeton. If you’re thinking there’s a connection with Mercedes-Benz, you’d be correct. An English company (the Daimler Company) formed in 1896 had licensed the Daimler patents and was building cars in Coventry by 1897. You can find more details on the car at the Jaguar Heritage Trust website HERE. While, you’re there, check out the other cars in their collection. No, despite the Coventry connection, Jaguar’s history doesn’t go back that far.

1898 Benz Velo
National Motor Museum, Beaulieu
Photo by Kate Tompkins
This 1898 Benz Velo is a German car. The Benz Velo or Velocipede first appeared in 1894, as the successor to Karl Benz’s Patent Motorwagen (Wikipedia). It’s considered “the world’s first large-scale production car” with around 1,200 produced between 1894 and 1902. More details on the Benz Velo can be found on THIS Mercedes-Benz webpage.

1898 Cannstatt Daimler
National Motor Museum, Beaulieu
Photo by Kate Tompkins
I can’t find any information online on this 1898 Cannstatt Daimler other than THIS page by the National Motor Museum, so I’ll have to rely on my photo of the plaque beside it at the National Motor Museum. It was built in Bad Canstatt (hence the name) by the Daimlen Motoren Gesselschaft, a German company founded by Gottleib Daimler and Willhelm Maybach.

It wasn’t just Canadians, Brits and Germans jumping on the motor car bandwagon. Both Fiat and Renault also started building cars in 1899. Here’s an example of each.
1899 Fiat
National Motor Museum, Beaulieu
Photo by Kate Tompkins

1899 Renault Type A
National Motor Museum, Beaulieu
Photo by Kate Tompkins