Eve­ry car has a sto­ry

Tribune Express - - COLLECTIVITÉ • COMMUNITY -

Ré­jean Ber­ge­vin knows why car shows are po­pu­lar with eve­ryone. He’s the proud ow­ner of a clas­sic car him­self and foun­der of the an­nual St-Isi­dore Car Show.

“Each ve­hicle’s got a sto­ry,” Ber­ge­vin said, du­ring a short break, Sun­day mor­ning, in his du­ties as or­ga­ni­zer of the 12th edi­tion of the po­pu­lar re­gio­nal car show.

“I’ve al­ways had a pas­sion for cars,” Ber­ge­vin said, ad­ding that his pride and joy, a 1974 Dodge Chal­len­ger, was his first choice for a clas­sic car when he bought it in 1999.

Five years la­ter he took his pas­sion for clas­sic cars and hel­ped or­ga­nize the first St-Isi­dore show ’n’ shine as part of 125th an­ni­ver­sa­ry ce­le­bra­tion of the lo­cal pa­rish. It L’oc­ca­sion est bonne pour vé­ri­fier ce qui se passe sous le ca­pot lors du Sa­lon de l’au­to Saint-Isi­dore. pro­ved so po­pu­lar that he was en­cou­ra­ged to make it an an­nual event.

“They come from all over the Uni­ted States and from Qué­bec and from the other side of Ot­ta­wa,” he said, ad­ding that this year’s event fea­tu­red more than 200 ve­hicles filling the streets sur­roun­ding the St-Isi­dore Are­na.

The car show fea­ture of St-Isi­dore’s an­nual Fête du Ca­nard et de la Plume al­so serves as a com­mu­ni­ty fun­drai­ser. At the end of the year, the pro­ceeds of the show, mi­nus ex­penses and a small fund to help co­ver the star­ting costs of the fol­lo­wing year’s event, goes to a de­si­gna­ted lo­cal cha­ri­ty or com­mu­ni­ty pro­ject like the school lunch pro­gram or some other wor­thy cause.

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