By Trish Adams
Video by Peter Sanderson
As with everything else in the last 2 years, the All British Car Day was absent from our annual events due to Covid lock-downs and restrictions. It was great to see it back on the calendar this year, with the Ottawa Valley Triumph Club taking over the organization and management of the event, and a new location: Clarke Fields Park on Strandherd Road.
Close to 100 beautiful cars of British heritage were registered by owners from as far away as Arnprior, Yarker (if you’ve never heard of it, it’s about 35Km north west of Kingston), Kingston, Morrisburg, Chesterville, Limoges, Montreal, Gatineau, and all places in between.
Exhibitors enjoyed chatting with friends, old and new, as they walked around the show. Knowing it was going to be a hot and humid day, many had brought portable gazebos for shade – others found shady places under trees where they enjoyed their packed lunches.
Lots of spectators, old and young, came to enjoy the show, and mingled with the exhibitors, discussing the finer points of British style and engineering, or just admiring the cars on display. Some spectators were encouraged by owners to sit in their cars for photo ops, which seemed to go down well – maybe sowing the seeds of future classic car owners.
Mike Solonynko and the OVTC team will be reviewing how the day went in readiness for when they start planning next year’s ABCD. Many thanks to them all for a most enjoyable day, and a shout-out to Randy and Dawn McKendry, who ran the show for its first 10 years, creating a legacy which we hope will be continued for years to come.