Cross-Canada vintage car tour rolls into Essex County
Vintage car enthusiasts celebrating Canada 150 by driving from Victoria, B.C. to St. John's, N.L.
When Victor and Kristy Leger roll into St. John's, N.L. on August 30, they'll have crossed the continent not once, but twice in their Canadian-built 1951 Chevrolet pickup truck.
The couple from Allison, N.B. are part of an armada of roughly 100 vintage cars travelling from Victoria to St. John's this summer as part of the Canadian Coasters Car Club.
To get to the starting point, the Legers left home June 5, choosing to get to the west coast through the U.S. in order to avoid doing the same trip twice.
On Friday, the tour rolled into the field behind the Canadian Transportation Museum in Kingsville, where they will spend the night. While some stay in hotels, most opt to tow their accommodations with them.
The Coasters Car Club, which bills itself as "the only car club in the world that travels coast to coast" embarked on its first tour in 1967. A tour has taken place roughly every decade since.
"[The tour is] actually from ocean to ocean," Victor Leger said. "We touched our wheels [in Victoria] ... when we get to Newfoundland, we'll touch our wheels there."
Each participant gets a detailed itinerary for the entire trip, which is complete with letters of welcome from provincial premiers. Despite being on their first journey with the club, the Legers helped organize the itinerary for their home province, which they expect to reach on Aug. 8.
"The most wonderful thing is that I'm getting to meet a lot of fellow Canadians," Leger said. "Car people have a real brotherhood. They're all the same no matter where I go — it's like my neighbours."