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June 30th 2012
Great Race in Barrie

For roughly three and a half hours on the evening of Monday June 25th Simcoe St., downtown Barrie, was shut down for the day's completion of the Great Race. The large inflatable Great Race gate was at the Lakeshore Mews end while the street was blocked off at Bayfield.

Between the street and the parking lot next to it was a gathering of collector and specialty cars I choose to call the Honour Guard. Somewhere around a couple of dozen cars were gathered. To tell you the truth, I was expecting many more people and cars on hand. Long gone are the days you could not get a Hemmings publication up here, and I am guessing they promoted the event in all of their magazines. I had expected to park a couple of blocks away because the parking lots next to Heritage Park would be full of either collector cars or empty to take in the Great Race participants. I parked in the adjacent lot where there were plenty of empty spaces.

I was happy with the ability to get close to the gate.

Gate at the east end of Simcoe St.
Many eating and drinking establishments were just a short walk away.
The weather was threatening all evening but only rained for a few minutes.

I could not believe I could get so close to the gate
Behind me were others gathering on the centre median
And of course there were programs and T-shirts.
I was going to get a program closer to the end of the evening but they packed up and left!

Corkey Coker, owner of Coker Tires, and his wife come in for the evening show in his Coker Special Buick 8

Corkey Coker and Brian "MotorMouth" Goudge were the MC and Announcer for the evening

The first car in was car #52, a 1967 Jaguar XKE owned by D & C Tilly

Car #33 1930 Riley-Ford Racer Driven by Wallace/McIntosh

Car #78, 1958 Rolls Royce Driven by Peterson/Carr

Car #48, 1963 Jaguar XKE Driven by Edward & Richard Overmyer

This may not be British but it probably spurred on the British car industry
This is the oldest car in this year's Great Race
Car #9, 1907 Renault Driven by A & M Travis

Wednesday while driving a stretch of I-90 one of the drivers side rear wheel came off. They fixed it and completed the day.







About 8PM the cars started dispersing. The Riley came in with some starter problems. It needed a push start that just seemed to go on forever. Eventually the car started and off it went.

Those were the British car entries in a field of somewhere around a hundred. But those were not the only British cars in attendance. In the Honour Guard, Brit cars came from the Georgian Bay British Car Club and the Kincardine Area British Car Club.

1949 MG TC, I have no idea who owns it.

1973 Triumph TR6 owned by Bob Muir

1982 Triumph TR8 owned by Eric Taylor

1976 MGB owned by Bud McCannell

1971 Triumph TR6 owned by Rick & Cheryl Crawford

1965 MG Midget owned by Tom Hall

Sometimes shiny reflections just work

There may just be a little too much shine here :o)

Derek Nesdoly brought this beautiful 1949 Ford Prefect. This was a truly spotless car, bought by his Grandfather. Derek worked all of the car to restore it to its present condition. He hooked up with the OECC out in BC; I am persuading him to come over to us, the "Dark Side".

The car is spotless on the outside, no cheese was found

The lighted semaphores worked perfectly.

Any surface in the engine bay could be eaten off of.

The interior is as clean and fresh as any car I have ever seen

If you notice, the driver's seat is pulled all the way back.
Derek is not a short person

The boot contains tools that originally came with the car

Video and still cameramen rode the Chrysler Imperial and caught this picture. If you can find me you will have won the prize of having good eyes




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