Crowds crave “Car Crazy”


By Jonathan Martin

The 13th annual Amherstburg’s Gone Car Crazy Show (AGCC) has revved up a record number of autophiles.

An estimated 700 cars, old, new, big and small lined Amherstburg’s streets last Sunday while throngs of automotive enthusiasts crowded around them for a look at the details.

The event featured live music, food, drinks, games and contests in addition to the rumbling main attractions.

Doug Bardeau examines the interior of a car at the 2018 Amherstburg Gone Car Crazy Show. Bardeau traveled down from London, Ontario to spend the day at the festival. (Photo by Jonathan Martin)

The day’s success was bitter-sweet for AGCC organizer Eleanor Renaud, though.  After 13 years, she’s stepping down as coordinator.

“Our first show had 125 cars,” she said.  “We were so thrilled.  And every year after that it’s grown.  I think that’s what I’m most proud of.”

Renaud said that with around 700 cars rolling in this year, 2018 marks the most successful AGCC show yet.

She added that she’s not worried about next year in the least.

“This event is a well-oiled machine,” she said.  “There’s not going to be much for my successor to figure out, unless they want to add to it.  Of course, I’ll be there to guide them along the way as well.”

Renaud said the reason she’s decided to step down is that 13 years was enough for her.

A 1936 Chevy Standard, owned by Rob Downie, drove away with the Paulie Award for best in show at the Amherstburg’s Gone Car Crazy show. Mayor Aldo DiCarlo makes the official presentation. (Photo by Jonathan Martin)

“I’m tired,” she said.  “It’s time for me to move onto something else.”

It seems that Renaud will be leaving behind quite a mark.

Richard Mallat has been bringing his vehicles to various car shows for years.  He said that, in his mind, none of them compare to Amherstburg’s.

“You go to some shows and it’s in a parking lot,” he said.  “Here, you get the atmosphere and the trees and the volunteers are just fantastic.”

One of the day’s highlights was the award ceremony.  Renaud announced the winners from each category and Amherstburg mayor Aldo DiCarlo handed out the plaques and trophies.

Throngs of patrons buzz around the more than 700 cars that showed up for the 13th annual Amherstburg’s Gone Car Crazy Show.

Favourite Cruiser:  1947 Cadillac Suite owned by Lenn Rule


Favourite Mopar: 1970 Dodge Challenger owned by Kirk Perry


Favourite Interior: 1932 Buick Vicky owned by Gale and Ken Reader


Best Original: 1969 Camaro Z28 owned by Joe Cappelino


Long-Distance Award (traveled 303km): Bob Ward


Sweet 70s: 1970 Plymouth Duster 340 owned by Larry Limpki


Sexy 60s:  1963 Corvette Split-Window owned by George Fedex


Favourite GM: 1969 Chevy Camaro owned by Lunzio Santafora


Favourite Ford: 1961 Ford Starliner owned by Russ Hazel


Favourite Engine: 1965 Oldsmobile 442 owned by Glen and Ellen Ross


Favourite Pickup: 1954 Ford Pickup owned by Peter Dyck


Nifty 50s: 1956 Ford Thunderbird owned by Harry Hutch

Richard Mallat stands with his vehicle that was part of the Amherstburg’s Gone Car Crazy Show held July 29.

Favourite Corvette: 1970 Corvette owned by Brad Laporte


Coolest Ragtop: 1957 Chevy Bel Air Convertible owned by Sean Dennis


Mayor’s Choice: Fairlane 500 owned by Richard and Carol Martin


Participants’ Choice: 1955 Chevy Handyman Wagon owned by Mark Gilbot


Paulie Award: 1936 Chevy Standard owned by Rob Downie


50/50 Draw Winner ($1,609): Pauline Bates






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