Gravenhurst Car Show Still Goes Ahead

Gravenhurst Car Show Still Goes Ahead
Despite significant rain, this year’s Gravenhurst Car Show still took place on June 15. (Photos: Huw Evans)

Despite the weather, people still came to celebrate classic cars and culture at Gull Lake Rotary Park.

It’s billed as the largest classic car event of its kind in Northern Ontario and indeed, last year’s Gravenhurst Car Show boasted a record 600 vehicles and around 3,500 visitors.

Always taking place on the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend at picturesque Gull Lake Rotary Park, this year’s event looked set to be a repeat of 2018. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate and June 15, proved to be one of the wettest on record for the region.

As a result, many participants weren’t able to make the journey. Talking with Chris Hammar, the marketing and communications coordinator for the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce (which hosts the annual car show), approximately 200 vehicles were pre-registered for the event and despite the weather, the show field had at least 60 of them in place by Saturday morning.

“Last year was our 25th anniversary event and this year we’re celebrating 100 years of Chevy Trucks, so we’ve encouraged enthusiasts with Chevy trucks to attend.” Despite the weather, Hammar said, “we’re still happy that people are here and we’re giving prizes away every hour in conjunction with our sponsors. Even with the weather we want to make sure everybody has a great time.”

Rare 1956 Studebaker was a real treat.
Cliff Taylor has owned his 1967 Chevy Impala since 1979. The licence plate 67 Plus is in reference to improvements he’s made to the car over the years, including a ’68 chassis.
Jim Costa braved the elements to bring his impressive 1975 Pontiac Laurentian—a unique Canadian model.
Another unique Canadian car was this 1966 Beaumont. Beaumonts were built in Canada from 1964 through 1969 and sold through Pontiac dealers.
Another rarity was this immaculate 1951 Hudson Hornet. The Hudson’s unique step-down design and powerful straight-six made it highly competitive in stock car racing.
A local blast from the past.
1960s style Model T hot rod featured some modern mechanical upgrades.
1968 Plymouth Road Runner was definitely not stock.
Among the activities were CPR demonstrations performed by the local fire department.

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