North Bay resident Francis Lipp didn’t originally plan on buying his black 1981 Corvette.
When visiting family down south, he dropped by a classic car dealership looking for a Chevelle SS muscle car.
“I saw this Corvette, fell in love with it and I said ‘I think that’s the car that I want,’” Lipp says. “When I saw the car it just drew me in. So I took it for a ride and I wanted that machine.”
One week later the car was sitting in his driveway.
Lipp and other enthusiasts were out at the Part Source Charity Car and Bike Show Sunday. Located in the parking lot of the Part Source store on Shirreff Avenue off of Algonquin Avenue, it brought together classic cars, muscle cars, newer cars, and even some bikes.
Registration fees and donations went towards Jumpstart, a charity which provides less fortunate youth with the chance to play in organized athletic activities.
For Lipp, owning a classic car has been a lifelong dream.
“It brings me back to seventies when we were young and everything, those cars are the cars you wanted when you’re young but you couldn’t afford it…and I said ‘someday I’m going to own one.’”
He’s not the only one whose had such passion.
Paul Trudeau from Sunridge has also been a big muscle car fan starting from his childhood.
“All the way from back when I was a kid, first chance I got, I got into a muscle car and just recently about another one again and I’m starting to enjoy the life again, polishing, cleaning, all the love and labour of it,” Trudeau says.
This is only Trudeau’s second car show but he already loves the community as well as the chance to show off his all-original 1972 Plymouth Cuda.
“The camaraderie with the cars is awesome, you strike up a conversation with anybody it’s all good people,” he says.
His wife, Mary Trudeau, commented on how the event brought back “old memories even just looking at some of these cars.”
And for Steve Vidal, from North Bay, who was there with a 1931 Ford Model A Roadster, charity car shows are a way to give back.
“I just enjoy coming to these, especially if you can raise money for the kids,” Vidal says.
But even enthusiasts can’t drive their cars all the time. Lipp says he stores his car for the winter and never takes it out in the rain, with Paul Trudeau admitting that he drives Camries and Tacomas in day-to-day life.
Still, Lipp says, nothing beats driving the car in beautiful weather, talking to some people and showing the car off.
“It’s all good. It’s a good way to spend a day like that.”