There will be plenty of vintage vehicles on display when the Roaring 20’s Antique Auto Club holds its classic car show in downtown Yarmouth Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21, with hundreds of cars expected to take part in the popular annual event.
The show is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. each day and go until 4 p.m. or so. To accommodate the show, Main Street will be closed to regular vehicular traffic from Grand to Forest streets between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., although this time the Collins Street parking lot will be available to the public.
“We’re not blocking that off this year,” said Brent Bullerwell, a member of the car show committee.
The club looks forward to the show each year, Bullerwell saying the car owners enjoy taking part while the spectators like to check out the vehicles.
“The support we receive has been overwhelming, the past few years especially,” he said. “We expect to have over 500 vehicles in attendance.”
As before, the club will kick off the weekend with its classic car cruise through town, which will be held Friday evening, starting at 7.
“That’s always been a great thing,” Bullerwell said. “Everyone seems to really enjoy that ... I think last year we had over 350 vehicles involved in it.”
As for the car show itself, the event has been going for 40 years, although the show’s current format – with the cars on display downtown – is much younger.
Prior to moving to its present location, the show was held on the grounds of the Yarmouth Mariners Centre.
“This is actually our sixth year downtown and it’s made all the difference in the show quality and attendance,” Bullerwell said.
Participants in the show include a “fair number” of locals, he said, with the odd one from Ontario or Quebec, or both, and there are usually a few entries from the United States too, but the participants are mostly from the Maritimes.
Asked if they get the same people taking part each year of if they see new ones, he said it tends to be a pretty good mix.
“We see some of our old friends again, which is nice, but it seems like every year we’re seeing new faces and new vehicles. They’ve changed it up or done a different project and they’re excited to show if off, which is always fun, so the quality of the vehicles and the variety of the vehicles has been very impressive over the past few years.”
Bullerwell, who works in the automotive industry, said interest in restoring old cars is growing. It’s also nice to see a younger generation getting into it, he said.
Regarding the logistics of putting on the Yarmouth show – notably the closing off of a major section of Main Street – he said, all in all, it seems to work well.
“People have become more and more understanding that that’s going to be happening,” he said. “We try to create awareness as best as we can ... Overall, it’s been a positive reception. Most people are happy to allow us to kind of go on for a couple of days to help bring money into the area and to help support the economy and to support the hobby.”
Weather-wise, event organizers have been fairly fortunate, Bullerwell said, and, of course, they’d love to keep the trend going in 2019.
“We’re hoping for good weather and hoping to see all our friends and automotive family there,” Bullerwell said.