Classic and cool cars roar into Barrie

The seventh annual Classics in the Park Car Show is coming to Heritage Park in Barrie on July 22 from 8 am to 4 pm. It will showcase hundreds of classic and collector cars and trucks and is open for all to enjoy.

Established in 1974, the event brings together people of all ages for a special day on the shores of Kempenfelt Bay. Nostalgia will be everywhere as people view classic cars, listen to 50’s and 60’s music with a D.J. and get to spend time with old friends as well as meet new ones.

According to John Olthuis, Vice-President of the Barry Thunder Classics and show organizer, all proceeds will go to Gilda’s Club of Simcoe Muskoka, for the fourth year in a row. He says that the Car Show is “ good for tourism, helps a great cause, helps promote Heritage Park and the Downtown Business Association and promotes the waterfront as well as Canada 150”.

Attendance is free for walk-ins and $10 per car, with registration taking place on the day of the show. Each entrant will receive a free T-shirt and a ticket eligible for prizes that will be drawn throughout the day with the final draw of a grand prize at the end of the show. Goodie bags will be handed out to the first hundred people to arrive. There will be trophies and plaques handed out at the end of the day as well as door prizes and a 50/50 draw. Food and drinks will be available from vendors on site.

The President of the Barry Thunder Classics, Tom Carlos, will be displaying a 1967 Dodge Monaco 500 that originally belonged to his father. Some other cars on display include exotic ones, like Lamborghinis and Ferraris as well as modern Super Muscle Cars. There will even be a Tesla that has been modified for the owner who is disabled.

If you own a car that is classic or “cool” that you would like to exhibit, here is your chance. For further information about the Classics in the Park Car Show, go to


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