For some oldtimers, the community spirit at the Historic Downtown Thorold Car Show seemed to satisfy a sentimental yearning for a nostalgic return to the days when Chevy Bel-Airs cruised along Front Street in bygone summers.
On a drive down memory lane on Saturday, July 20th, the Historic Downtown Thorold Car Show filled the heritage district with nostalgia. More than 150 vintage vehicles were showcased along Front Street for car buffs to reminisce. An eye-catching display of antiques, roadsters, coupes, muscle cars and exotic beauties inspired fond memories. Hot cars that captured our attention included a a mighty fine display of Mustangs, Camaros, Corvettes, Chevelles, as well as the Nova SS, Polaris, Ford Flex, among other gems.
Showcasing his eye-catching red 1954 Chevrolet Bel-Air, Brian Anderson from St. Catharines was the proud winner of the Mayor’s Choice Award presented by Thorold Mayor Terry Ugulini.
The Thorold Business Improvement Area (BIA), Lions Club, Youth Unlimited, and City of Thorold, and other groups collaborated to produce the 15th annual community event. Valet Bike Parking was provided by volunteers with the Thorold Active Transportation Advisory Committee (TATAC). The valet service encouraged visitors to ride their bike to the event and trust that it would be safeguarded while enjoying the show.
The Thorold Lions handled the event registration and door prizes, in addition to offering assistance with the Youth Unlimited draw. Groups of YFC Youth Unlimited volunteers raised their team spirit as they strolled through the show to sell tickets for the 50/50 draw, which will support their summer camp. Door prizes were also presented to rev up the fun at the free community event.
Downtown stores such as Henderson’s Pharmacy and A Yellow Flower Basket also promoted show deals to give customers a special shopping experience during the event.
We enjoyed conversations with many friends in the community including a nice chat with Dr. Preston Zuliani and wife Debbie. It was a pleasure to take a break to snap a photo of the local couple in front of the Thorold Family Medical Centre where their healthcare team takes care of patients in our community. See the featured photo at the top of this blog.
The Thorold Community Credit Union fired up their barbecue to grill hot dogs and hamburgers. Proceeds from their sales will be donated to Community Care.
A kids’ fun zone including an inflatable and face painting by the YFC volunteers was an attraction for families with little ones.
Anthony, the DJ from Spirit of Sound pumped up the volume on the Oldies music for a blast from the past on a scorching hot summer day.
Look for more event coverage and photos by Paul Carfagnini in snapd, August edition.