With close to 50 members and several car shows already scheduled for the summer, the Golden Gears Car Club Inc. is off to a roaring start.
The club, revived after a 40 year absence, originally focused on performance and speed but today’s club is aimed at the enjoyment and restoration of classic cars.
The Golden Gears began in 1963 in Iroquois when a group of young men who shared a passion for cars and high performance engines got together to swap stories and tips for improving the horsepower ratings of their engines. Now the members tend to be older and in an energy conscious era, are more interested in maintaining classic vehicles from the past, and some from the present.
Re-organized over the past winter under the direction of club president Henry Swank, the Golden Gears have developed a new set of by-laws, have been incorporated as a non-profit group and are ready to begin enjoying the hobby of classic car enthusiasts.
First on the agenda is a “Show & Shine” planned for May 25th from 6 to 8 pm at the Canadian Tire parking lot in Morrisburg.
For those unfamiliar with the term, a “Show & Shine” simply means that owners of classic and restored vehicles bring them to a central location so that other car hobbyists and the general public can wander around the lot and enjoy looking at some truly beautiful automobiles.
Music, usually rock and roll from the golden age of most of the vehicles, is part of the event. As well, there can be displays from auto related vendors, and of course, food and drinks.
The club will also stage a similar event in Iroquois in the north-west corner of the shopping plaza lot on Wednesday, June 13, from 6 to 8. With high visibility from the traffic on County Road 2, and food available from several Iroquois plaza eateries, that show is expected to be a highlight of the summer as well.
The Golden Gears have also taken some of the workload from the Iroquois- Matilda Lions Club by agreeing to run the car show that has become a large component of the Canada Day celebrations on the Iroquois Point.
Upwards of 150 cars are expected if the weather cooperates and the car club will look after registration, parking, judging and all the other aspects that make up a great car show.
Also on the summer agenda is a car show to run parallel to the Fly-In Breakfast on July 15 in Iroquois. With the encouragement of the flying club, the show will take place in the park land, directly south of Elizabeth Drive enabling visitors to walk around and view both aircraft and classic cars all in the same location.
The Golden Gears meet monthly, with the next meeting to take place under the pavilion at Iroquois Point on June 12, starting at 7.
If you’re interested in joining, why not come out and see what it’s all about? You can also check the club’s website at www.goldengears.ca.