(Organizer Gil Valley has turned the Classics Car Show in support of the Make A Wish Foundation into an annual staple in Windsor, Ontario. Photo above by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.)
In less than six years, the annual Classic Car show in support of Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario has mushroomed from fledging to a staple on the local antique car circuit. Initially there were 80 cars on display, this year over 200.
Organizer Gil Valley told Eyes on Windsor he was pretty certain the Saturday event, on the grounds of Farrow Customs Broker on Huron Church Road, will generate enough money to fund at least one wish for a child. He was optimistic that there could be more wishes but didn’t want to speculate until the proceeds are counted. (Editor’s note: the event raised over $24,000).
Valley has worked with Farrow, the largest independently owned customs brokerage in Canada, and local auto interior and exterior accessories firm Ground Effects and other companies, including Provincial Chrysler, to put on an event known for attracting a wide range of vehicles, from restored classics to classic recreations.
One of the most popular of the latter was a 1928 Ford Model A Roadster. In 1981 some 5,000 were produced by the Shay Motors Corporation of Detroit. Like all cars with a Ford badge, it was sold through participating dealerships.
Owner Norm Taylor proudly displayed his pride and joy in the 2018 Canada Day Parade down Ouellette Avenue. But, he says, there are those who are a little less than enthusiastic about the car. They have been heard describing it as “Tupperware” or saying it is “just not a car,” because of its replica status. To them, he argued it was produced by Shay on a production line and sold at Ford stores.
Local band Bad Moustache kept the grounds filled with a mix of popular music from a number of genres, along with a few originals. One, “Put the Phone Down,” was inspired by recent economic conditions in the region, in particular the closure of Leamington’s Heinz plant. It is one of many the three man group’s songwriter Denny plans to include in an upcoming album. Apparently there is no shortage of songs, with over 50 in the hopper.
The Southwestern Ontario chapter of Make-A-Wish is one of eight regional units raising money to grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses. Since 1980, more than 450,000 children have seen their dreams activated.
For more information or to make a donation to Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario please visit https://makeawishswo.ca
Article by Robert Tuomi
For over a decade, Robert has covered local news and community events. Initially as a contributor to CBC Radio’s local morning show and then as the long-time producer and host of CJAM’s The Rest of the News and as a journalist at the Windsor Square. A graduate of the Nikon School of Photography he enjoys illustrating his reports with what he sees through his camera’s lens.