Amherstburg goes “Car Crazy” July 27


Bob Luckino’s 1956 Ford F100 pickup was the 2013 winner of the “Paulie” Award. (Photo courtesy of

Bob Luckino’s 1956 Ford F100 pickup was the 2013 winner of the “Paulie” Award. (Photo courtesy of

By Ron Giofu


Car lovers will definitely get their fix in just over two weeks.

Amherstburg’s Gone Car Crazy returns July 27 and organizing committee chairperson Eleanor Renaud said they are aiming for more classic vehicle than ever. She said they had over 600 last year and want to top that.

“This year, weather permitting, we are shooting for 700,” said Renaud. “That would be awesome.”

Renaud said in addition to the regular layout on the downtown streets, organizers have reserved Wigle Park in case more vehicles than expected turnout.

The car show is in its ninth year and has raised the entry fee for show vehicles for the first time ever. Renaud said vehicle owners have to pay $10 instead of $5 but the price for the general public to enter the show and view the cars remains free.

The entrance for show vehicles this year will be off of North St. this year.

“In order to keep the standards we try and provide, we had to break down and have a price increase,” she said.

The Rotary Club of Amherstburg will be operating the food pavilion and Renaud added the 95.9 FM will be broadcasting live from the show.

Renaud recommends that car owners pre-register in order to get into the show quicker on the day of the event. People can get a pre-registration form at or pick one up at Rags to Riches Upholstery at 41 Sandwich St. S.

“If you pre-register, that puts you in a different line and everything is waiting for you,” she said, of the process to enter the show on July 27. “If you can pre-register, that would be a good thing to do.”

There will be numerous awards handed out again this year, including the Paulie Award for best in show. She said the Paulie Award winner is featured on all advertising and flyers for the following year’s show.

“It’s quite an honour to be the Paulie Award winner,” said Renaud.

The band “Soulminers” will be performing during this year’s show.

The Amherstburg’s Gone Car Crazy show runs from 11 a.m.  to 4 p.m. for the public although registration runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for car owners. For further information, contact Renaud at 519-736-4020.

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