Private Collectors Garage Tour draws crowds of vintage car enthusiasts

WALKERTON-MILDMAY – This was a dream come true for vintage car enthusiasts – a unique opportunity to view private collections of vintage and classic cars, and much more.

The July 16 Private Collectors Garage Tour was a fundraiser for Saugeen Hospice and the Rotary Clubs of Mildmay, Walkerton and Hanover.

Throughout the day, visitors, many driving their own classic or vintage cars, toured eight private collections, starting with the Hawkins Collection in Mildmay and continuing to Walkerton for several special collections. The tour ended with a smoked pork chop dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Walkerton.

The visit was a huge success, thanks to the mechanics who opened their sites to visitors. And there were plenty of them – in all, 870 paying visitors plus a number of volunteers. Some people on the tour were from as far away as Ottawa, Leamington and Hawaii, and there were even a few Stratford snowbirds wintering in South Africa.

The smoked pork chop dinner prepared by the Rotary Club of Walkerton served 288 dinners.

This tour would not have been possible without the combined efforts of the Rotary Clubs of Walkerton, Mildmay and Hanover and the Saugeen Hospice Committee.

Final figures from the financial report are not yet available, but anyone who saw the collections at the tour sites – or watched the regular parade of spectacular classic cars in Walkerton, Mildmay and surrounding areas on Saturday – can vouch for the success of the event.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times

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