Every car has a story
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.