More than 400 Antique and Classic automobiles are expected to fill Hawkesbury’s downtown over Labour Day weekend, as the Hawkesbury Auto Club holds its annual Auto Expo on September 3 and 4.
The Auto Expo runs on Saturday evening, September 3, and all day on Sunday, September 4, with a goal of raising money and food donations for the Hawkesbury Central Food Bank. Over the two days club members will be collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations. Anyone who makes a donation to the food bank will receive a ticket eligible for raffle prizes.
Classic and Antique automobiles from both local club members and from across Ontario and Québec will be on display both days and the event will run rain or shine. The event kicks off on Saturday evening at 5 p.m. with a swap meet of parts and accessories for classic car owners that will run until 9 p.m. Saturday evening will also see a Super Cruise Night, with cars parked on Main Street throughout the evening.
Live entertainment will fill the streets with music on Saturday evening, as local band Sweet Grass performs for both those displaying their cars and visitors. The first 200 participants in the evening will receive a bag of curds from Fromagerie St. Albert. A 50/50 draw will be held at the end of the evening, with proceeds going to the food bank.
Sunday, September 4, is the big day for the Auto Expo, with more than 400 cars expected to be on display throughout the day. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the event runs until 4 p.m.
“If the weather is beautiful we are hoping for over 400 cars,” said Patrick Denis, President of the Hawkesbury Auto Club, noting that the 2021 event was held under COVID-19 restrictions and beset by rain, but still attracted more than 100 vehicles. “This year with no restrictions we’re hoping if the weather permits we’ll get a full house and hopefully be able get a lot of donations for the food bank.”
As on Saturday evening, volunteers will accept food and monetary donations, with a 50/50 raffle and participation draws to be held at the end of the day. The swap meet will also continue on Sunday.
Afternoon activities will see live music on Main Street in two locations with local bands 50 PROOF and the Railroad Sinners. Prizes for the top cars on display will also be announced.
More information about the Hawkesbury Auto Expo can be found at online at the Club d’autos Hawkesbury Auto Club website at clubautohawkesbury.ca or on the club’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/clubautohawkesbury.