Grand Bend, Ontario, is a popular area for holiday makers from across the globe, not least because of its 30 miles of continuous beaches. It's also a location enjoyed by car show organizers and fans. Shows for 2011 include one that takes place on the beach. Another is planned for a park just two minutes away. Several others take place at the famous Grand Bend Motorplex and a four-day hot rod event tours the area.
Drive 'n' Jive
The Grand Bend Drive 'n' Jive car show, dinner and 50s / 60s dance was due to be held on June 18, 2011, at Grand Bend's main beach. Car show registration was from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., with cars on show throughout the day. Dinner began at 6 p.m. and there were prizes for the best dressed '50s or '60s table. Proceeds went to support the Grand Bend Optimist Club youth projects.
Field of Dreams
The 2nd annual Field of Dreams car show is due to take place on Sept. 10, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The venue is Port Blake Day Park, a couple minutes north of Grand Bend by the water treatment plant. It costs $5 per car, with all proceeds being donated to the Southwestern Ontario chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. As well as cars, there will be music, goodie bags, prize draws and several food vendors.
Grand Bend Motorplex
The Grand Bend Motorplex schedule for 2011 began in May, and as of June 2011, there are car events planned until the end of September. These include Test & Tune races, Hully Gully Summer Sizzler and Rocky's Harleys by the Beach. The IHRA MOPAR Nationals are also on the cards. These are International Hot Rod Association Motor Parts events. Gates open at 3 p.m. on Fridays and 8 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, unless otherwise indicated.
For an event elsewhere in Ontario, Canadian Rodder will be running its Canadian Hot Rod Tour event from July 29 to Aug. 1, 2011. Starting in the Greater Toronto area, the tour will travel north to Huntsville, where it will stay for one night. From there, the action moves to Sudbury where an activity-packed weekend is planned with the Sudbury Street Rod Association as well as the Sudbury Classic Cruisers.