8 a.m., July 17)
car enthusiasts gather at Cumberland Heritage Village
By Fred Sherwin
resident Lionel Finance stands up through
the sun roof of his 1965 Renault Dauphin during
the Cumberland Heritage Village Classic Car
Show on Sunday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Cumberland Heritage Village Museum held its annual Classic
Car Show on Sunday and more than 60 classic car owners
used the occasion to show off their prized possessions.
Blanchet drove all the way from Cornwall to be at the
show with his 1962 Mercury Monterey convertible. He bought
it after the previous owner had medical issues and couldn’t
drive it anymore.
had been working on the candy apple red convertible for
three-and-a-half years and didn’t want to see it passed
on to a stranger. Even so he is now looking to sell it.
don’t have space for it,” said Blanchet who also owns
a 1938 McLachlan Buick Roadmaster he affectionately refers
to as his “baby”, and a 1970 Buick Lasabre convertible.
“Those two are keepers. This one’s got to go.”
also has a 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado sat home which he
hasn’t started working on yet. He started restoring cars
when he owned a body shop in Cornwall and has kept on
restoring cars since retiring 10 years ago.
very first car was a 1953 Buick Skylark convertible which
he drove every second weekend between Toronto and Cornwall.
Roger stands in front of his 1966 Ford Galaxy 500 at the Cumberland Museum on Sunday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
was pretty proud of that car. I put quite a few miles
on it,” said Blanchet
Roger from Casselman brought his 1966 Ford Galaxy 500
to the show. He bought the car just over a year ago to
mark his upcoming 80th birthday.
needed a new toy. My wife thought I was crazy, but she
comes out with me in it all the time,” said Roger. “I’ve
always been a car guy so I said what the hell.”
various times Roger has owned a ‘51 Ford, a ‘71 Torino
and a ‘78 Olds.
first car he ever owned was a 1941 Plymouth that used
to blow head gaskets on a regular basis. It wasn’t until
1971 that he bought his first new car.
resident Lionel Finance brought his all-original 1965
Renault Dauphin to the show.
from France, Finance had always dreamed about owning an
antique car and a Dauphin in particular.
is my big crush,” said Finance. “It reminds me of the
found it in a small town in southern Ontario after the
owner responded to a want ad Finance had posted on Kijiji.
The small car is fitted with a sun roof and still has
the original engine and original paint..
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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