By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express
In just a few days, Lakeview Park will roar with the sound of engines as Autofest, hosted by the Motor City Car Club, makes its return to Oshawa.
The event, now entering its 24th year, is as big as ever, says Motor City Car Club past-president Doug Stapleton.
With 1,400 entries expected for this year’s event, the park will a veritable wonderland for classic car enthusiasts.
Stapleton estimates roughly 10,000 people will attend Autofest.
Registration kicks off this Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., with a full slate of events over the weekend to follow.
Events scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday include the classic Show and Shine and Tunerfest, which displays the best of the modern modified car scene, a silent auction of automobile collectibles with all funds going to support Grandview Children’s Centre, the Up-High Down-Low Truck Nationals and a ‘vendor’s row’ which will feature something for everyone.
On Saturday, Aug. 26, exhibitors will partake in a poker run beginning at 10 a.m. and the Corburn’s Parade of Champions at 4 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 27 will feature the Oshawa’s West Lions Club 50-50 draw and North Oshawa Lions Club draw for a 1968 Camaro SS.
The event’s ‘kid zone’ has been expanded this year, and will feature a bouncy castle, the Oshawa Boys Scouts Kub Kars, and the Durham Region Children’s Safety Village.
Overall, $5,000 in cash prizes will be handed out over the weekend.
Proceeds raised from Autofest support Grandview Children’s Centre in Oshawa.
Grandview is a not-for-profit organization and the only children’s treatment centre in Durham Region providing specialized programs, outpatient clinical treatment and support to thousands of children and youth with special needs and their families.
Over the past two-and-half decades, Autofest has raised approximately $250,000 for the centre.
“If anybody ever tours the centre, they’ll completely understand why we support it, ” Stapleton says. “The staff and facility and the work they do with children is just amazing.”
Prestone Products Corporation, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, will have a major presence at Autofest.
Prestone will be on-site with its truck and trailer to showcase a variety of products, interact with fans and will have giveaways as well.
“We take pride in participating in events that help bring communities together,” says Randy Fisher, VP of marketing for Prestone. “At Autofest, you can find great people, unique classic cars and proceeds go to a very deserving charity. We couldn’t be happier to support this event.”
For more information, visit autofestoshawa.ca