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 posters 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 ’n’ 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 photo and 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.

On Thursday the time had come to get to Burlington and the NSRA Northeast Nationals Plus. At the morning drivers’ meeting I was presented with a framed picture of myself at the very first drivers’ meeting of the CanadianClassicCars.ca Tour the previous Monday morning. Everyone on the tour had signed the picture and it will go in a special spot on my office wall.

It was a short 30-minute drive to Cornwall where we planned to cross back into the United States. Everyone had their passport ready and after a few questions from the border agents we were again back on American soil. We had been welcomed in Canada and been shown incredible hospitality but as Dorothy once said to Toto: There’s no place like home.

Our drive to Burlington took us on U.S. 11 then south on U.S. 2. U.S. 2 is beautiful as the islands are joined by bridges along the various waterways. The sky was blue and the scenery was fantastic. We arrived at the event headquarters’ Sheraton Hotel by 3 p.m. It had been a short but very interesting and scenic day. Our timing was perfect as the heavy rains rolled into Burlington about 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Friday at the Champlain Valley Exposition Center was a bit cold but the rain had stopped. The skies cleared by about 4 p.m. on Friday. Saturday was a beautiful day and the grounds were filled with both participants and spectators. A new NSRA Northeast Nationals Plus attendance record was set with over 1,660 registered vehicles.

We want to thank Steve Plunkett, the Motor City Car Club, all of the great guides and hosts during the week, Larry Way, and especially CanadianClassicCars.ca for making it all possible. When we posed for the group photo at the tent in Burlington on Friday everyone agreed that they would definitely travel on another road tour in the future.

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