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CTMHV rolls out the red carpet for British vehicles

by Sylene Argent

On Sunday, many foreign-built vehicles were parked along the pathway that winds throughout the grounds of the Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village (CTMHV) to participate in the All British Car and Bike Show.

The CTMHV first hosted this event a few years back, which included a small handful of British-made vehicles that were displayed on the front lawn. After hosting this annual event for a few years, the show has grown to include many head-turning, locally-owned cars on display.

This event is co-hosted with the Windsor-Detroit MG Club.

Richard Fox of Amherstburg was one of the many car enthusiasts who participated in the All British Car and Bike Show, taking the opportunity to show off his own fleet.

Fox is the proud owner of a 2000 Land Rover and a 2001 Land Rover Discovery 2. He said he had been in search of this type of vehicle for quite some time, and was pleased to come across these gems recently. In the short-time he has owned the cars, he said he has been slowly fixing them up.

What Fox likes about the Land Rover is that the vehicle is unique, capable of off-road use, and is just an over-all comfortable car to drive.

He hoped being at Sunday’s car show would spark an interest in others towards what he said is a fairly rare vehicle in the area.

Mark Arsenault of Lakeshore was another classic vehicle owner onsite at the CTMHV’s car show. He was proud to show off his 1959 MGA Twin Cam. He said this vehicle is a pretty rare model as only 655 were made in North America; of which he believes 12 are still around in Canada.

He bought the car after posting an online ad, and purchased this vehicle from a man in the Niagara area.

In the three years he owned the car, he has put on new tires, breaks, top, and carpet since it had been sitting untouched for around 25-years.

Arsenault is a member of the local MG Club, and enjoys showing off his vehicle at area car shows.

Mickey Moulder, CTMHV’s Vice-Chairperson, said plans are in the works to continue to grow the event to include all European vehicles next year, which is sure to attract even more cars for display and add more for event visitors to see.

On July 21, the CTMHV will host its annual Festival of Cars & Auto Flea Market.

Visit to learn more about the local museum or on how to become a volunteer.

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