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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Montreal Area Classic Car Shows and Events on the Labour Day Weekend

I’ll be updating the September page next week sometime, but below are the events coming up this weekend. Lots of great shows on offer.

September 5
Monkey Joe's Car Show, Cruizin into Fall (all makes and models)
4:30 pm to 8 pm
Westgate Shopping Centre, Ottawa
Contact: Larry Way at 613-446-4717 or

September 6
7th édition de l'Expo de Valleyfield du Club Corvette Valleyfield (all classics, even modified, not just Corvettes)
9 am on
Parc Sauvé, Valleyfield, Quebec
Contact Jean-Guy Lafontaine at 450-429-8508 or or Richard l'Espérance at 450-371-6171

September 6
Boston Pizza Car Show (all makes and models)
4:30 pm to 8 pm
Rockland, Ontario
Contact Larry Way at 613-446-4717 or

September 6
North Augusta Labour Day Weekend Car Show
9 am to 3 pm
$10 registration
North Augusta, Ontario
Contact Bill Tennant at 613-340-4073 or

September 6 (rain or shine)
Auto Expo 2015/Hawkesbury Nationals
9 am to 3 pm
$15 registration
Hawkesbury, Ontario
Contact Michel Dicaire at 613-632-8695

September 7 (cancelled in event of rain)
Déjeuner sur l'herbe VAQ au Parc d'Outremont (pre-1970 classics only)
10 am on
Parc d'Outremont, Montréal
Contact VAQ at 514-745-6278

September 7
Docksyde Final Cruise & Show
10 am to 4 pm
Morrisburg Waterfront, Morrisburg, Ontario
Contact: Brian Erratt at 613-543-2261 or

September 7
Kiwanis Club of Goulbourn’s Richmond Motor Classic
Richmond Plaza, Richmond, Ontario
Contact: John Egan at 613-298-2324 or

Thursday, August 27, 2015

BMW to Bring 13 Historic Vehicles to 4th Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix

BMW Group Classic Historic Motorsport has announced that it will be bring ten race cars and three motorcycles to this year’s ZandvoortHistoric Grand Prix (August 28 to 30). While it’s been 30 years since there’s been a modern F1 Grand Prix on Dutch soil, the Zandvoort Historic brings legends back to life. With more than 50,000 visitors last year, the program, which has races and demo runs on its 4.26 km track, obviously interests a lot of people.

BMW won’t be posting pictures until after the event (if time permits, I’ll repost them), but it has provided information on some of the vehicles it’s bringing to its first time at the event:

Chevron BMW B21 from the 1972 Formula 2 championship
March 782, powered by a BMW engine, which won the 1978 F2 European Championship
BMW M1 from the 1979 Procar series
Winning BMW 635 CSi from the 1983 European Touring Car Championship
Brabham BMW BT52 that won the 1983 Formula 1 World Championship in 1983
BMW M3 2.5 DTM from the 1992 German Touring Car series
Winning BMW V12 LMR from the 1999 24-Hour Race of Le Mans
BMW M3 GT2 from the 2011 24-Hour Race of Le Mans GT Pro class

1954 BMW RS 54
1960s BMW R 50 Kaczor
BMW S 1000 RR that won the 2014 Isle of Man Senior Tourist Trophy


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

What Makes a Car a Classic?

Before I started attending car shows and cruise nights, I’d assumed a classic car was one that was older than I was. At least ten years older than I was. It was a bit of a shock when I found cars from my early 20s on display. So what exactly defines a classic? It depends on who you ask.

According to the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) , a “Full Classic” car is one that was built between 1919 to 1948 (older than me—yay!). Not only that, but the car must have been produced in limited numbers and been expensive at the time—think Packard and Cadillac. You can find a list of the cars that they call CCCA Classics on their website.  You won’t find any Chevy Bel Airs or Ford Fairlanes here. No Model A Fords, either. But you don’t have to own a CCCA Classic to join the club or attend their events.

Fortunately for the average car lover, most clubs and events aren’t nearly as exclusive with their definitions, or we’d all have a lot fewer automotive beauties to admire. Many seem to consider any car more than 25 years old to be a classic, with anything built before the Second World War falling into the vintage class. Rules can vary as to whether modifications are allowed or not. Hot rods aren’t considered classics but are welcome at many of the same shows.

While I can’t see my first car, a used 1978 Plymouth Horizon, making anyone’s list of classics any time soon, you never know. HERE’S an article (with photos) on the sportier 1979 tc3 version. Nah. Not feeling the nostalgia. But I say if someone loved it enough to keep it, or to track it down and restore it, then it’s a classic. What’s your classic?

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Spotted: Classic Ford Truck

Classic Ford Truck
Photo by Kate Tompkins
Saw this beauty on the streets of Portsmouth on a recent trip to England. It was parked in more or less the same place two days running so I assume it’s someone’s daily driver. Sweet!

Friday, July 31, 2015

August Car Shows Page Is Up

I apologize that not all the links in it are "live." Having a real fight with my computer today over selecting and linking. Will try to go back and put them in later after a restart, but in the meantime, the list is there.

Don't forget the Granby Show starts today (details under July).

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Model T Road Trip of the Century

July 17, 1915: The departure moment from the
Ford Farm. Clara B. Ford, Henry Ford, Horace J.
Caulkins Jr., Thomas C. Whitehead, Edsel B. Ford,
Robert T. Gray and Herbert V. Book.
(Photo courtesy Antique Automobile Club of America
Library/Historic Vehicle Association)
One hundred years ago, Edsel Ford and six of his friends thought it would be fun to drive a 1915 Model T Touring from the Ford farm near Dearborn, Michigan, to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition being held in San Francisco, some 3,500 miles.

This year, the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) is following in his tire tracks. Using one of the souvenir albums Ford put together as a memento of his trip, the HVA and the Antique Automobile Club of America Library (AACAL) have put together a similar itinerary.

HVA President Mark Gessler and HVA Historian 
Casey Maxon stand with 1915 Model T Ford Touring at
Henry Ford Estate.
(Photo courtesy and copyright Historic Vehicle Association)
"The purpose of the trip is to elevate national awareness to the importance of our automotive heritage and how it helped shape American culture," said HVA President, Mark Gessler. "Over the last century the road trip became an expression of American lifestyle and the Ford Model T helped make it possible for most Americans.  With this trip, we hope to celebrate how it all began with developing roadways, the Model T and youthful adventure."

July 19, 1915: Ford Model T Touring, Horace J.
Caulkins Jr. (left) and Thomas C. Whitehead (right).
Edsel's diary note: "became stuck in mud 18 miles east
of St. Louis. Tackle and block failed to move it."
 (Photo courtesy AACA Library/Historic Vehicle Association)
Like Ford and his friends, they left the Henry Ford Estate on July 17, driving a similar 1915 Ford Model T Touring. Also like Ford, they plan on doing 150 to 250 miles a day—not bad in a vehicle with a top speed of 35 mph. Unlike Ford, they’ll be hitting a few museums on the way before winding up in San Francisco on August 18. I’ve pasted their itinerary in below, in case you’re on their route. You can also follow along on

August 1, 1915: Thomas C. Whitehead empties the
Ford Model T. Edsel's diary note: "Took one hour to
go first four miles up long steep hill. Had to remove
all superfluous weight from car such as cushions,
tent, baggage and tools.”
(Photo courtesy AACA Library/Historic Vehicle Association)
If you  were wondering, no, all seven travellers weren’t in the Model T. There were two other cars on the trip, a 1915 Stutz 6-F Touring and a 1915 Cadillac V8.

HVA Road Trip Century Schedule

July 16 - Dearborn, Michigan (preparation day at the historic departure point)
- Henry Ford Estate at Fair Lane
July 17 - Dearborn to Auburn, Indiana (departure)
- The Ford Product Development Truck and Car Show
July 18 - Auburn to Indianapolis
July 19 - Indianapolis to St. Louis
July 20 - St. Louis to Jefferson City, Missouri
July 21 - Jefferson City to Kansas City, Missouri
July 22 - Kansas City to McPherson, Kansas
July 23 - McPherson (rest and repair day at McPherson College)
July 24 - McPherson to Dodge City, Kansas
July 25 - Dodge City to La Junta, Colorado
July 26 - La Junta to Colorado Springs
July 27 - Colorado Springs (day trip to Pikes Peak summit)
July 28 - Colorado Springs to Trinidad, Colorado
July 29 - Trinidad to Las Vegas, New Mexico
July 30 - Las Vegas to Albuquerque
July 31 - Albuquerque (rest and repair with the Tin Lizzie Club)
August 1 - Albuquerque to Chambers, Arizona
August 2 - Chambers to Flagstaff
August 3 - Flagstaff to Grand Canyon National Park
August 4 - Grand Canyon to Kingman, Arizona
August 5 - Kingman to Ludlow, California
August 6 - Ludlow to Los Angeles
August 7 - Los Angeles (rest and repair day)
August 8 - Los Angeles to Pismo Beach, California
August 9 - Pismo Beach to Carmel-by-the-Sea
August 10 - Carmel-by-the-Sea (rest and repair day)
August 11 - Carmel-by-the-Sea welcome event at the Concours-on-Avenue
August 12 to 16 - HVA participation in Monterey Car Week
August 17 - Carmel-by-the-Sea to Palo Alto
August 18 - Palo Alto to San Francisco (arrival)
- Centennial of Panama-Pacific International Exposition


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Found Online: 1955 Mercedes Gullwing and Lego Mercedes Truck

Saw a couple of stories from eMercedesbenz that I wanted to link to. First is THIS one about one of the 1955 300 SL alloy gullwings coming up for auction. Loads of gorgeous photos. The estimate is it will sell for $5,500,000 to $6,500,000. Given it’s one of only 29 produced and has matching numbers, I wouldn’t be surprised.

While the eMercedesbenz article doesn’t actually provide any details of the auction, a quick search on Google turned it up. Looks like it’s being sold by RM Sotheby’s at their Monterey auction on August 13.

Next is THIS article about an upcoming Lego model of the Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245 tipper. Yup, not a sports car, but a construction vehicle. It will be out next month and apparently has pneumatic components and electronic controls. At 2793 parts, it might take your kids more than 10 minutes to put it together.

You can find it on the Lego site HERE. It’s actually the second in a series. Lego had early produced the Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 400 (no longer available) pictured HERE.