Private Collectors Garage Tour draws crowds of vintage car enthusiasts

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

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

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

The tour was a huge success, thanks to the garage owners who opened their sites for the visitors. And there were plenty of those – in all, 870 paid visitors plus a number of volunteers. Some of the people on the tour came from as far away as Ottawa, Leamington and Hawaii, and there were even a couple of snowbirds from Stratford who winter in South Africa.

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

This tour couldn’t have happened without the combined effort of the Rotary clubs of Walkerton, Mildmay and Hanover, and the Saugeen Hospice committee.

Final figures for the financial report aren’t available yet, but anyone who viewed the collections at the sites on the tour – or watched the steady parade of spectacular classic cars in Walkerton, Mildmay and surrounding area on Saturday – can vouch for the success of the event.

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

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