“I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time,” explained Henry Swank, who, with fellow enthusiasts Jeff Beaupre and Brian Erratt, is now in the process of organizing a revival of The Golden Gears, a local car club that was very popular in this area in the 1960’s.
Beaupre has located the original Golden Gears logo and their original charter. The three organizers have been finding more and more pictures and other memorabilia from the Golden Gears. “It seemed to us like everything for reviving a car club was all falling into place,” Swank said. “And some of the original club members are still in the community.”
The history of the Golden Gears really caught the imagination of the three organizers. “These original members were often very mechanically inclined, and they regularly worked at souping up their cars,” Swank commented. “I think they were a little more into speed than showing cars. Our purpose will be to meet new people in South Dundas who share a real passion for cars. We want to provide them with a social network to promote antique, classic and special interest vehicles, old or new.”
Swank pointed out that car shows in South Dundas have always been very popular. “We’ve been working on the idea of a car club, and looking at plans for about six months now. We want to revive this strong enthusiasm for cars in South Dundas and to give people a venue where they can talk cars and discuss shows, cruise-ins and other car related activities at monthly meetings. You don’t even have to own a vehicle to join this club. All you have to be is 18 and enthusiastic.”
The organizers are hoping for a large turnout at their first public meeting, which will take place on February 16, at 7:30 p.m., at the Iroquois Legion. Anyone with a keen love of cars is invited to attend this start up meeting. “We’re bringing the idea of a car club to the whole community to see if the interest is out there,” Swank said. “We hope it is.”
If you are interested in participating in the new Golden Gears, but can’t make the initial February 16 meeting, contact Jeff Beaupre at 613-652-4340.