If you are a classic car enthusiast, then Chatham-Kent should definitely be on your list of places to visit this summer. CHATHAM-KENT is the CLASSIC CAR CAPITOL of CANADA.
The summer season of 2016 kicked off May 7 with one of the newer events, called 'Cars and Coffee'. This new Event has 3 dates. If you missed the first one be sure to put Saturday mornings, June 11 and July 9 on your calendars. They are from 8-11 A.M. at RM Auto Restoration 1 Classic Car Dr. north of Blenheim. It is 'an impromptu car show' and attendees are encouraged to bring their classic cars out for the display. It is also an opportunity to visit the RM facility, view cars which will be featured at upcoming auctions and tour the exclusive RM Classic Car Exhibit. There is a raffle with a chance to win a test on the RM Dynamometer.
RM Classic Car Exhibit has over 60 rare and valuable restored vehicles for visitors to view. There is a guided tour of this everchanging display to enlighten and inform specators and to allow them to get the most out of this amazing display of one of the world's finest car collections.
The next big Event taking place in our great area is the 14th ANNUAL RETROFEST FESTIVAL this weekend May 27-28/2016. It is a nostalgic celebration of years gone by, featuring over 700 vintage vehicles each year. The event starts Friday night May 27 when the cars and owners met at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre on Richmond St. at 4 P.M. The Parade of Cars will proceed down Richmond St. at 6 P.M. to Bloomfield Rd. and left on Riverview Line, along the Thames River, over the Prairie Siding Bridge and up the other side of the Thames River to Historic Downtown King St. The Parade Route is always lined with people who look forward to this spectacular show. Our family and friends always have a barbeque in our front yard and we enjoy the parade as our two young grandchildren wave at the occupants of the cars who usually honk in return. They always have a great time and we certainly enjoy the show.
On Saturday, in Historic Downtown Chatham, these special cars line King St., allowing visitors a close up look and an opportunity to talk to the owners about their prize possessions Even 4th St. and 5th St. and over the bridge usually have Classic Cars to view since the event grows each year. It is quite a hub-bub of activity with the outdoor restaurants full, entertainment on the street and in the park, children enjoying the amusement rides in the park and delicious fast food at several kiosks. For a schedule of events visit their website.
While in Chatham-Kent be sure to visit other premier attractions, like our Chatham-Kent Museum which showcases the area's ties to the automotive industry.
Last year was the Gray -Dort 100th Anniversary Celebration which attracted guests to Chatham-Kent from all over the globe. This including two couples from Australia, Gray-Dort Collectors themselves, who made the party a major part of their month long visit to Canada. It was an impressive display of the Gray- Dort Automobiles. These Classic Cars were manufactured here in Chatham from 1915-1925. During that time 26,000 vehicles came off the line and the 1919 Gray-Dort Touring Car has been named a NationalTreasure of Canada. The Company was the brain child of William Gray of Chatham and his partner J. Dallas Dort of Flint, Michigan.
A Classic Car Auction was held at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre in Chatham last year for the first time and is on July 9 this year. Watch for further details. This is an exciting new event for Chatham and by all reports was a huge success its first year. Unlike the Gray-Dort Anniversary celebration, this new event and the 'Cars and Coffee' are yearly events in Chatham-Kent adding to our already great line-up.
The 40th Annual Thamesville Threshing Festival Parade and Car Show will take place June 24-25/2016. The Event displays hundreds of Antique Cars, boats and tractors for spectators to enjoy. There is a parade Friday night, at 6:30 to kick off the event, Carter shows features a midway and there will be live music in the refresh gardens at Ferguson Park on Saturday. There are usually Fireworks at 10 P.M. on Saturday to conclude the event. Check their website for further details.
June 25/2016 is the date for the Blenheim Classics Autoshow and Cruise Night and it always has an impressive lineup of vehicles of all models and makes. Automobiles have to be older than 1988 and there is only room for 100 on the Main St. Check out their website for more details and to register for the Saturday line-up on Talbot St. in Downtown Blenheim.
On July 16/2016 the Mitchell's Bay Association will holdtheir 4th Annual Antique Car, Truck, Motorcycle and Bike (Pre 1994) Show from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. Trophies are given in all four categories. There will be food vendors, entertainment, and even a childrens fishing derby some years at the Marina. If you have never been to Mitchell's Bay on the shores of Lake St. Clair, this is something you definitely want to attend this year. Watch my blog for details on this great 2016 Summer Event and check their website forfurther details. This little village is know to those of us who love it as 'the best kept secret' in Southwestern Ontario'I have sold several properties in Mitchell's Bay and the reaction from those who do not know the area is always the same. 'I did not know this existed' So treat yourself and make this a stop on your summer agenda. You will love it and I know you will come back! And in August, there is the one day Bothwell Car Show, 'Show and Shine' This is one of Canada's largest one day shows with over 1200 cars on display. It is also the largest Auto Flea Market around so if you need some rare parts for your vintage auto this is the place to go. Check their website for times and schedule as the date gets closer.The event usually kicks off with a Parade on Friday night at 7 P.M. and the event takes place inVictoria Park. Be sure to come out and include this weekend in your summer agenda.You will love it and I know you will come back!
Next, for car buffs will be the Annual WAMBO, held inWallaceburg on the banks of the Sydenham River. This annual event is the largest and foremost antique transportationshow in Canada with, motorcycles, wooden boats, airplanes and firetrucks. This is something we attend every year and would not miss it! It is scheduled for August 12 to 13th this year. Friday night there will be a Classic Car parade. The Participants will cruise up the main street in Wallaceburg to the delight of all, some honking and lighting them up as they pass, no doubt. There is usually a Steak Barbeque on the river bank at the Legion and a Kinsmen Chicken Barbeque if that is more your taste. Wander along the docks talking to some of the boat owners and enjoy seeing some Wooden Vintage Vessels. There is lots to see and do! It is always a great time. If you have never been there you are in for a real pleasant experience. If you want more information call 519-627-1603 . Hope to see you there.
Enjoy Chatham-Kent Classic Car Events this summer and stay in our unique Boutique Hotel, the Retrosuites in Historic Downtown Chatham, one of our many hotels or perhaps a Bed and Breakfast for a memorable weekend in Chatham-Kent. Contact Chatham-Kent Tourism at 1-800-561-6125.
If you are not a car enthusiast, don't worry, these are just a few of the great events happening in Chatham-Kent, the Affordable Lifestyle place to live.We have something for everyone. Follow my weekly blog and keep up to date on coming events. If you are thinking of relocating, retiring, purchasing a vacation property or looking for a great place to raise a family, Chatham-Kent is the area for you. Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage, proudly serving the people of Chatham-Kent in Real Estate since 1986. Allow me the opportunity to show you properties for sale in this great community. Visit my website for choice CHATHAM-KENT properties for sale, events and additional information on this unique community. Our MOTTO IS ' IT IS ALL HERE ALL YEAR'
This weekend in Chatham-Kent will be jam packed with family fun. It is our annual Retrofest Weekend starting with the famous Classic Car Parade on Friday Evening at 6 P.M. The Vintage Cars, Trucks and even some Motorcycles will meet on Friday night at 4 P.M. at the Bradley Convention Centre on Richmond St.. They will leave the parking lot at 6 P.M. where they will proceed down Richmond St. to the Bloomfield, down the Bloomfield to Riverview Line, out along the Thames River to the Prairie Siding Bridge, over the bridge and back to Historic Downtown Chatham via the River Road on the Dover side. Spectators line the parade route to enjoy the show of approximately 700 vehicles. You can also wander around the parking lot before 6 P.M. if you are heading downtown or to the Capitol Theatre or to King St. for some musical entertainment.
There will be a show in front of the Downtown Chatham Centre on Friday night. Also, at the Capitol Theatre on Historic Downtown King St., Studio Black Productions will present a Disney Musical Spectacular at 7 P.M. on Friday and Saturday Evenings. This is a live Concert for the whole family with music from everybody's favorite Disney movies like, the Lion King, Frozen, the Little Mermaid and more. Tickets are $20.00 for adults and only $10.00 for Children 12 and under. Some years there has been an outdoor movie but this alternative is wonderful, come rain, shine or cooler temperature.
Saturday the Classic Cars will start to line up on King St. as early as 5 A.M. vying for the best spots. It is a real celebration with the Downtown being closed off and these beautiful cars lining both sides of the street. Tecumseh Park will have amusement rides for the children, vendors, food, a beer tent and plenty of entertainment on the Bandshell. Check the website for details.
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