Antique auto tour on P.E.I.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

A cross-Canada tour of 108 antique ve­hi­cles is driv­ing into P.E.I. this week­end.

The Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Au­to­mo­bile Clubs of Canada tour, which left Victoria, B.C., in June, will set up a car show in Marco Polo Camp­ground in Cavendish Sun­day.

The show will in­clude a dis­play of the tour par­tic­i­pants’ cars as well as ve­hi­cles from the P.E.I. Antique Car Club. Other lo­cal auto en­thu­si­asts and car col­lec­tors are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate in this car show and put their cars on dis­play, 4-7 p.m. There is no reg­is­tra­tion fee, and ad­mis­sion will be by do­na­tion with all pro­ceeds go­ing to the Crohn’s and Coli­tis Foun­da­tion and the Prince County Hospi­tal Foun­da­tion.

As well, the Prince Ed­ward Is­land Antique Car Club will host a sup­per for the vis­i­tors and PEIACC mem­bers. Later in the evening there will be en­ter­tain­ment in the Marco Polo Land Hall.

On Mon­day, the drivers will par­tic­i­pate in tours of the Is­land, one go­ing to the O’Leary area to visit the Cana­dian Potato Mu­seum and MacAus­land Woolen Mill, while a sec­ond tour will visit the eastern end of the Is­land, stop­ping at Ros­sig­nol Win­ery in Lit­tle Sands, as well as Mon­tague and the Myr­iad View Dis­tillery in Rollo Bay. The evening will be fin­ished off with a meal at Fish­er­man’s Wharf Lob­ster sup­per in North Rustico.

On Tues­day, Aug. 15, par­tic­i­pants will be vis­it­ing the Farmer’s Bank Mu­seum and Green Gables in the morn­ing. In the af­ter­noon, they will visit a lo­cal dairy farm in Ir­ish­town and a potato op­er­a­tion on the Gra­ham’s Road. In the evening, some mem­bers of the tour will at­tend a per­for­mance of “Anne of Green Gables-The Mu­si­cal” at Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre, while oth­ers will take in Old Home Week races.

On Wed­nes­day, the tour de­parts for Nova Sco­tia.

Is­land tour co-or­di­na­tor Rudy Cro­ken of Kens­ing­ton says it is fit­ting for the tour to come to P.E.I. dur­ing the 150th an­niver­sary for Canada and the 50th an­niver­sary of the first Coast-to-Coast Antique Ve­hi­cle Tour in 1967.

Cro­ken says Prince Ed­ward Is­land and the Rustico area played an im­por­tant role in sev­eral im­por­tant events in early au­to­mo­tive his­tory in Canada. Fa­ther Ge­orges-An­toine Bel­court of Rustico was the first Cana­dian to buy a car, the first Cana­dian to im­port an au­to­mo­bile into Canada and the first Cana­dian mo­torist in 1867, when he drove his horse­less car­riage at the St. Jean de Bap­tiste Day cel­e­bra­tions in Rustico.

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