Retrofest kicks off what is unofficially known as Classic Car season in Chatham-Kent. This premiere event attracts thousands of classic car enthusiasts annually to downtown Chatham. Friday night, classic cars line the streets for a cruise, hosted by the Kent Historic Auto Club. This parade of vintage beauties begins at the John D. Bradley centre, and features a new route each year. Saturday morning, the downtown is then filled with hundreds if not over a thousand or more cars on King Street West and surrounding side roads until 4:00 pm Visitors are encouraged to head to Tecumseh Park, where vendors, rides and retro-fun filled activities take place.
Erieau Boulevard of Dreams
It's a feast for the eyes in Erieau along the boulevard annually in June, as vehicles of all makes and models take centre stage. More than one hundred classics and their owners are on hand for viewing. Check back for details about Erieau Boulevard of Dreams fish fry with entertainment. Visitors can then take advantage of the many eateries and shops along with the beach, creating the perfect pre-summer day along Lake Erie and Rondeau Bay.
Blenheim Classics Auto Show
Downtown Blenheim is home to more than one hundred classic and vintage cars every year in June. From 9:00 am - 3:00 pm classic car buffs can revel in the incredible sights of a variety of models from 1980 on lined up and down the streets. While the road is closed, it's a great time to visit the area merchants as well, and even take a break for a bite to eat. Don't forget, car owners love to talk about their pride and joy, so don't be shy to capture a photo with favourite and rarely seen vehicles. The Blenheim Classics Auto Show also features a Cruise Night. Stay tuned for this year's route.