Classic Car Festivals 2018

RetroFest, Chatham

May 22-23

Thousands of people flock to downtown Chatham every May to take in Retrofest for this celebration of nostalgia. This family friendly event features a car cruise Friday evening and activities in Tecumseh Park Friday and Saturday. Chatham's downtown transforms into a long showcase of classic cars on Saturday as well. 

Blenheim Classics Auto Show

June 22-23

Annually in May, more than one hundred classic and vintage vehicles descend on downtown Blenheim along with thousands of local car buffs. Featuring a cruise night on Friday, visitors to this event are also encouraged to take in a BBQ, car theme movie and food and entertainment at Talbot Trail Park.

Erieau Boulevard of Dreams 

June 24

It's a feast for the eyes in Erieau annually in June as the Erieau Car Show takes centre stage. This relatively new show features all makes and models and includes food and music. 

Mitchell's Bay Antique Car, Truck, Tractor and Bike Show

July 21

Mitchell's Bay Park is the perfect venue for this family fun event. Along with a great selection of vintage vehicles, there is plenty of entertainment for the kids including food, a bouncy castle, and face painting. The beach and splash pad are also available to cool off in the hot sun. 

Bothwell Old Autos Car Show

August 10-11

Enjoy two days of car show fun every August at Victoria Park in Bothwell, beginning with an Automotive Swap Meet on Friday Night. Saturday, enjoy one of Canada’s largest daylong shows displays more than 1,200 vehicles. Families will also find food and entertainment available. 

WAMBO (Wallaceburg Antique Motor and Boat Outing)

August 10-11 

Wallaceburg plays host to Canada’s largest and foremost antique transportation show featuring more than 500 displays of cars, fire trucks, boats, motorcycles and airplanes annually in August. The arrival of the boats of the Sydenham River is a sight not to miss, while there are plenty of things for families on both days including activities, entertainment and a toy and model show. 


Gray Dort on Display 

Chatham-Kent Museum

image of a gray dort car

A Chatham-manufactured Gray Dort is on display at Chatham-Kent Museum showcasing the region’s ties to the automotive industry in Canada. This 1919 touring model is one of the last few in existence.