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Nearly 250 cars displayed during Spring Fun on Wheels car show

by Sylene Argent

The 29th annual Spring Fun on Wheels car show was in full swing at the Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village (CTMHV) on Sunday, giving car enthusiasts a chance to show off their custom, classic, or antique rides, or trade and swap parts in the car corral.

  Though the forecast called for rain, the weather held out for the event. As a result, nearly 250 vehicles registered to be a part of the show.

  CTMHV Vice President, Marvin Baumgartner, admitted he was sweating bullets, hoping the rain would hold off. He was pleased it did, and that the show was a busy site, having attracted a lot of foot traffic.

  Visitors were given a chance to get up close and look at the hundreds of unique cars parked onsite, along the path that winds through the Heritage Village, visit food booths, and look for unique parts and equipment in the vendors’ area.

  The first 200 registered cars onsite received a commemorative plaque. Participants also had the chance to win one of six awards, which were given to the oldest original vehicle and to the one that travelled the longest distance to get to the show. In addition, the show chairman, show attendees, participating car show entrants, and the President of the Historic Vehicle Society of Ontario group, which operates the Museum, picked their favourite vehicle, from the fleet onsite, for a top choice award.

  Looking ahead, the CTMHV will collect food donations for the upcoming June 27 Miracle Food Drive. Donations can be dropped off up at the Museum until the day before the collection date. From there, the donations collected will be forwarded to the St. Vincent de Paul.

  It will also host its Butterfly Festival on July 3 and its first sporting show on July 16 and 17, which will bring together an array of dealers and sellers of anything outdoorsy, such as RVs, campers, boats, trailers, and fishing equipment.

  Baumgartner hopes the CTMHV’s first outdoors show is a success. He is also looking forward to hosting more flea markets on the Museum grounds in the coming months and plans are in the works to host the 46th annual Fall Fun on Wheels car show on the Labour Day weekend.

  “That’s a real big show for us,” Baumgartner said, noting typically the vendor area for this event is quite large.

  For more information about the CTMHV, or to learn how to become a volunteer, log onto


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