Festival of Cars brings out the classics

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A-1948-red-Federal-Truck-is-the-museum’s-latest-acquisition by Adam Gault

The Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village (CTMHV) hosted its ever-popular annual Automotive Flea Market and Festival of Cars event this past Sunday that thrilled visitors of all ages with hundreds of different automobiles representing all eras of automotive history.

With the sun breaking through the mid-morning clouds and the smell of a BBQ in the air, visitors began to arrive by the hundreds. The parking lot quickly filled with guests looking to visit the more than 40 vendors selling unique auto parts, and admiring the vehicles for display and trade.

Harry Bergman, Chairperson of the Transportation Museum, said it’s the love of cars and the social setting that’s kept the crowds coming over the last quarter century.

“It’s a nice setting, with breakfast, a beer tent. Everyone likes to come here to relax and look at lots of beautiful cars,” Bergman said.

As one of the region’s largest automotive shows, it attracts visitors from across Southwestern Ontario and parts of Michigan.

A red 1948 Federal truck was the centrepiece of this year’s festival. Having been only recently acquired by the Museum, the Festival of Cars was its public debut in all its restored glory.

An incredibly rare vehicle, with its manufacturer ceasing operations in 1959, the near 70-year old Federal Motor Truck vehicle looked as if it had just rolled off of the assembly line and could be put to work tomorrow.Vehicles-of-all-eras-are-represented

Bergman also explained the annual event was an important fundraising event for the Museum to help alleviate some of the high operating costs as well as support the Heritage Village’s many educational programs for youth.

“Everything goes towards the Museum,” Bergman explained, regarding how funds raised from admissions and vendor fees will be utilized.

“We’re still fighting high hydro costs.”

To learn more about upcoming events, log visit: ctmhv.com.