Just about every weekend in summer, there?s a car show, a cruise or an exhibit built around cars, trucks and motorcycles being held somewhere.
Here are just some of the things taking place this August. Please mark them down on your calendar.
> Fans of classic British cars might consider driving out to Port Perry tomorrow (Sunday), where the annual Brits on the Lake Classic Motoring Revival will take place.
The quaint main street of the town on the shores of Lake Scugog will be taken over by vintage cars and motorcycles from Britain, with names like Jaguar, Austin Healey, MG, Triumph, BSA, Norton and Matchless.
Learn more at www.britsonthelake.com
> For the past four years, Wheels on the Danforth has provided free family fun for all ages at the Crossroads on the Danforth, where Danforth Rd. and Danforth Ave. intersect.
On Sat., Aug. 16, the fifth annual festival will again be held with all proceeds going to the Hospital for Sick Children. Located in Oakridge Park, there will be live music, food and cars. Lots of cars.
This year?s show, complete with trophies and other prizes, will feature classics, exotics, tuners, muscle cars, rods and motorcycles. Gates open at 11 a.m. and there is no admission charge. More info at wheelsonthedanforth.com.
> The Brampton Motorcycle Association will hold its 33rd annual Toy Ride Parade this year on Sat., Aug. 23.
The association collects new, unwrapped toys for the Salvation Army?s Toys for Tots program and 100 per cent of all cash collected goes to the Brampton Civic Hospital Pediatric Ward. Last year, $8,000 was raised for the hospital and 350 toys were collected for the kids.
The 30-km parade through the streets of Brampton ? complete with police escort, by the way ? gets under way at 11 a.m. with registration starting at 8 a.m. at the Brampton Soccer Centre at Dixie and Sandalwood ? Dixie Rd. parking lot. There will also be a pancake breakfast, BBQ, silent auction, 50/50 and door prizes.
For details, contact Mike Davis at 905-456-2968 or go to www.the-bma.org
> The Oshawa Autofest will be held in Lakeview Park the weekend of Aug. 23 and 24. Upwards of 1,200 classic cars (pre-1984) are expected to take part. A downtown party on Fri., Aug. 22, will kick things off. Gates open both days at 9 a.m. and admission is $12. All proceeds go to the Grandview Children?s Centre and, last year alone, Autofest raised $20,000 for the facility. More info at autofestoshawa.com
> The Boot ?n Bonnet British Car Club of Belleville and Kingston will hold a car show and BBQ at the Waupoos Winery in Picton on Wed., Aug. 27, from 3 p.m. till dusk. There will be food, wine tasting and chocolate available. Call Ron Hicks at 613-476-3704 for details. Proceeds will go to the Salvation Army Food Bank.
Okay, here?s a change of pace.
Tickets for the 2014 Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary Induction Ceremonies, presented by Canadian Tire, are now on sale at www.cmhf.ca
Come and rub shoulders with Tracy, Maxwell, Mansell et al on Sat., Sept. 27. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Glenn Gould Studio Theatre in the CBC Building at 250 Front St. West, Toronto.
This year?s inductees are Diana Carter, John Magill, Scott Maxwell, Paul Tracy and Norris McDonald, which is me. The International Inductee is Nigel Mansell. (People ask me if Mansell is really coming and I can tell you right now that he is.)
Tickets are $85 ? it?s a fund-raiser for the Hall, remember – and can be ordered online. Or, tickets can be ordered by mail by printing and completing the form at cmhf.ca and mailing it and a cheque to 1 Hickory Court, Innisfil, Ont., L9S 1N1, attention CMHF.
For more information, call 705-431-7544.