IROQUOIS — One of the sure signs that summer is drawing to a close is the annual car show and concert presented by the Golden Gears Car Club. After an amazing day last year with over 400 cars present, the club is hoping to repeat or exceed that number for 2016. The event takes place on Sunday, Aug. 28 at the Iroquois Locks park, and again this year, visitors will enjoy free admission and the good-time music of Eddy & the Stingrays — although visitors will be encouraged to make a donation to help defray the costs of the event.
Cars will begin arriving before 8 a.m. but the show officially runs from 9 till 3; the band will perform from noon till 2:30 on the covered stage at the Iroquois Locks. Early birds will be able to enjoy breakfast at the food concession operated by Terry Palmer of the South Mountain area. His crew can handle a crowd with speed and precision, offering beef or pork on a bun, sausages and more.
This will be the fifth year for the car show, and as the organizers become more experienced, the show offers even more to car owners and spectators. A special arrangement with the Iroquois Golf Club has enabled the club to offer golf cart tours of the show to those with mobility issues. A larger area for accessible parking will also be available.
For classic car owners who want to show their vehicle, there are plenty of door prize and trophies for various categories of vehicles, and everyone can take part in the 50-50 draw. For those who arrive early, South Dundas firefighters from the Iroquois station will be doing a vehicle rescue demonstration at 11 a.m., using the Jaws of Life, always a fascinating presentation for the youngsters.
The long range weather forecast looks promising, meaning even more classic and specialty vehicles to enjoy. There will be tents to provide shelter from the sun [or even rain] and the band will be playing on the covered stage. Remember to bring your lawn chair.
The Golden Gears Car Club now boasts over 80 members, made up of classic car owners and car enthusiasts. The group is a reincarnation of a club that operated in the Iroquois area from the mid-sixties to the early 1970s. The club was revived early in 2012 with a two-fold mission: the preservation and restoration of classic cars, and a desire to help the community.
The Golden Gears have hosted several show-and-shine events throughout the summer and have been visiting similar events hosted by other clubs. Group members have brought home trophies from shows in Brockville, Cornwall and Quebec to name a few.
In addition, the club operated the annual car show at the Canada Day celebration at the Iroquois Locks on behalf of the local Lions Club. The club also held a food drive in Morrisburg on Tubie weekend with proceeds going to the Dundas County Food Bank, and have made substantial cash donations to food banks in both Dundas and Grenville Counties. As they did in previous years, the club will be participating in the Labourfest activities in Cardinal coming up in a few weeks. The Golden Gears crew are also slated to make a donation on Labour Day to the Cruise-in for Cancer at the Docksyde in Morrisburg. good reasons to be generous on the 28th when the folks at the entry gate ask for contributions.