Mark Clairmont | MuskokaTODAY.com

GRAVENHURST — “Cool car! Haven’t seen one of those for years.”

At least two years to be exact.

That sums up Day 1 of the Muskoka’s Father’s Day weekend car shows in Gravenhurst and Bracebridge.

After COVID’s Zoom, Zoom shows chambers of commerce show off their shine one more time.

In the Gateway community today Gull Lake Rotary Park was a traffic jam with hundreds of classic cars and trucks of every make and model worth well over a million dollars and that most hadn’t seen in two years — if not decades.

All that gleaming chrome glistening under the sun in centre field was a sight for sore eyes.

All tucked under pine boughs and rounding every base on the ball field.

This show was a real home run that began with cool cars in the morning and by noon became hot rods field of dreams.

With what it costs to buy a litre of gas today the original owners of many of these beauts could cruise all day.

From the shores of Gull Lake today all roads lead to Manitoba Street Sunday for the second half of this weekend’s wheels of fortune fest.

The Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce Car Show was field of dreams today at Gull Lake Rotary Park as it roared back from COVID.
Lianne and Tony Jankovic, of Muskoka Car Care — who offer home car care and mechanical services at your doorstep for all types of vehicles — specialize in foreign vehicles. So they were in auto heaven today.
Red hot cars and red hot deals that had to be seen in person to be believed. One other, a Mercedes convertible, was on offer for $259,000.
Lion Dave Durant joked that this was a “sushi sausage” Japanese exchange student Mihina Ilia was selling the club’s brat booth.
MPP Graydon Smith, who isn’t resting on his recent political laurels after wining the June 2 election, is getting out the local events a lot and was in Gravenhurst after a week of orientation at Queen’s Park. He bought a couple of pillows to rests up on as he prepares for busy political career ahead. The former Bracebridge mayor will back in his hometown for their car show Sunday before spending the rest of Father’s Day on his boat with his family. He’s being sworn in next month.

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