Victoria Day weekend is fast approaching and, as the unofficial start of summer for most of the country, gearheads across the nation will be hauling out their seasonal rides or taking the winter tires off their year-round dailies.
Just today, your author spotted a Civic Type R and WRX
STI having fun with each other in traffic. Yep—summer's around the corner.
Another surefire way to gauge the approach of warm weather? The appearance of car shows, naturally.
Here in the east, show season is headlined by the Atlantic Nationals, now in its 19th
year. Annually held on the first weekend of July, it's grown to attract nearly 2,000 cars, all of which are on proud display in and around Centennial Park in Moncton, New Brunswick.
Do you like Corvettes? There will literally be a field of them. Sport compacts? Yep, there's an expansive section for those, too. Along the way, you'll find Jeeps winched up hills to be displayed at gonzo angles, along with plenty of live music and food vendors.
The place is packed with an outrageous amount of American muscle, too. Main show days at the park are Saturday and Sunday.
With this much activity, you know the place attracts a few celebrities looking to get in on the action. Dennis Gage has filmed more than one episode of My Classic Car
at the event. This year, legendary automotive builder Gene Winfield will be in the house, along with Hollywood hotshoe Andrew Comrie-Picard.
Everyone who enters a car into the show gets a chance to win prizes from a huge giveaway pool, the grand prize of which is a custom '50 Ford.
Splitting the weekend on Saturday night is one of the best cruise nights east of Montreal. The entirety of Mountain Road, a main drag in Moncton, is filled with hot rods and collector cars oozing their way into the night. The street is a four-lane thoroughfare, with cruisers sticking to the outside lanes and gearheads lining the sidewalks hoping to get a glimpse of some sizzling metal. It's an electric party atmosphere—'cept this party stretches about five kilometres long
This year, the action at Centennial Park is on July 6 and 7. Pro tip: get there mid-morning Saturday, as all hands usually skedaddle out of the show area by 5:00pm that day.
Summer's here, baby. We'll have boots on the ground at events like these this year, so stay tuned for some cool stories about some hot cars.