The Canadian Classic Cars.ca Tour continued on Tuesday in Oshawa, Ontario. Members of the Motor City Car Club again joined us at the hotel in the morning. After our driver's meeting we made the short drive to downtown Oshawa to visit the Canadian Automotive Museum. Privately owned and funded this museum contains a huge and varied collection of autos and motorcycles dating from the earliest examples up through the modern era. The second floor of the museum is filled with autos that were manufactured specifically in Canada. With almost 100 vehicles on display the hour that we spent at the Canadian Automotive Museum went by very quickly.
Just down the street from the Automotive Museum is the famous RS McLaughlin Estate known as Parkwood. RS McLaughlin is the man credited with bringing GM to Canada in the 1920's. He was the President of GM of Canada for many years and his residence has been maintained as a wonderful example of a lavish estate of the 1920's. We had stopped and toured the home and gardens on a previous Road Tour. Its grandeur is breathtaking. This visit we decided, because of time considerations to limit the tour to the lavish gardens surrounding the home. For the first time visitors it was a real treat to get a quick look at how the wealthy lived in the 20's and 30's.
By 11 AM it was time to head for Ottawa. We had many stops planned for the day and it was a 4 1/2 hour drive from Oshawa to Canada's Capital of Ottawa. After checking in at our hotel we were met in the parking lot by our tour guide and host in Ottawa, Larry Way. Larry worked in the public relations department in Parliament for many years and now has an advertising and promotions agency in Canada. He organizes car events and works closely with our Tour sponsor Canadian Classic Cars. Larry had arranged a special tour of the Parliament building for our Road Tour group for later Tuesday evening. From the hotel we headed out about 5PM to make a stop at a cruise at the Hazeldean Mall in Ottawa. This cruise is held weekly our visit coincided with the final cruise of the summer. Our 30 vehicles made a nice addition to the regular group. There was even a cake to celebrate our visit and the end of the summer season. It was a short stop but it was fun to meet some of the local enthusiasts.
From the mall cruise we made our way to downtown Ottawa and Parliament Hill, the home of Canada's legislative body. Words cannot describe the buildings on Parliament Hill. They are enormous in size and spectacular in their architecture. We arrived about 7PM and made the walk up the hill. We were greeted by tour guides and we spent the next 90 minutes in awe as we were shown both the legislative chambers and the amazing library. As we exited the huge building dusk had fallen on the city of Ottawa and the sight was simply beautiful. It had been another fantastic day on the Canadian Classic Cars.ca Road Tour.
Wednesday started with our daily driver's meeting and then a drive to the Canada Science and Technology Museum. Larry Way again worked some magic and we were treated to a tour of the restoration and preservation section of the museum. Not open to the public, this area is where the work is done to preserve and in some cases restore the transportation vehicles that museum owns. The term transportation in this case covers everything from locomotives to some of the earliest examples of two and three wheeled bicycles. It was an extremely interesting two hours that we spent "behind the scenes "at the Canada Science and Technology Museum. Thanks to everyone who helped make this special visit happen. After a brief lunch were made our way to the Canadian Aviation Musuem. The equivalent to the United States Air and Space Museum, the Canadian counterpart houses some of the earliest examples of manned flight in Canada, the bush planes that helped the earliest explorers and adventurers and covers the supersonic era in Canadian air history. Canada's part in both World Wars and the men and women involved in those heroic efforts are duly honored in the museum. It was a very educational 90 minutes at the Canadian Aviation Museum.
We now headed to the town of Rockland about 30 minutes from Ottawa. After checking in at our hotels we drove as a group to Larry Way's home. Larry's affiliation with the show car business for many years was evident by the many poster and plaques on the garage walls of his home. Larry gave us a brief history of his involvement in our hobby over the years and related some stories of the people and events that he has been associated with during the last three decades. We also got a chance to see his collection of vehicles.
After our brief stop at Larry's it was a 20 minute drive to Canadian Classic Cars and a cruise that was being put on in our honor. Things were in full swing when we arrived with both participants and spectators filling the parking lot. There was a DJ playing vintage rock and roll and hot dogs and hamburgers were cooking on the grille. The showroom at Canadian Classic Cars was filled with some very impressive muscle cars and special interest vehicles. The walls were lined with die cast cars, hot rod clothing and NASCAR collectibles. We posed for a group Road Tour photo and we were joined by Canadian Classic Cars owners brothers Gerry, Marc and Paul Dube. It was a great ending to a fantastic day. We rolled back to the hotel by dark and we were exhausted but very happy for the privilege to be able to see such amazing things during our stay in the Ottawa area.
It is time to get to Burlington and the NSRA Northeast Nationals. Check back here for the final update as we cross back into the United States and attend the event in Burlington for the weekend.