Fifth Annual Barrhaven Classic Car Show A Big Success

The sun was shining, the smells of barbecue filled the air, and everyone was having a great time at the fifth annual Barrhaven Classic Car Show Sun., Aug. 20.

More than 100 cars took part in the annual show, held at Clarke Fields at a fee of $10 each, with all proceeds going to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

“There was a great turnout of cars, and of people who just love coming to the show,” said co-organizer Darrell Bartraw. “There were five or six different classic shows in Ottawa on the same day, so we are happy with the turnout we got for this year’s event.”

Darrell Bartraw, middle, and his team fed the masses for a donation to CHEO at the Barrhaven Classic Car Show.

Bartraw also held a free barbecue with hot dogs and hamburgers available for free with an optional donation to CHEO. By the day’s end, the event raised $2205 for CHEO.

Music was provided for the event by Gypsy River Trio.

Gypsy River Trio

“They were fantastic,” Bartraw said. “Everyone loved them. We are hoping to have them back for our Barrhaven Canada Day celebrations next year.”

The classic car show has become a popular event in the community. Some were joking during the event that the cars were older than most of Barrhaven. “Old Barrhaven” was established in the 1960s with many of the neighbourhoods coming decades later.

The people’s choice award went to Tom Egan for his 1950 Pontiac Fleetleder. Julie Mckenzie was second for her 1967 Volkswagon. Stephen Heney’s 1931 Ford Model A was third.

“We would like to thank everyone who came to the car show this year, especially all the proud car owners,” said co-organizer Keith Goebel. “As well, a huge thank you is extended to the many spectators who attended the event. We had a total of 130 cars attending.”

Goebel also had praise for the people who helped make the event happen.

“We are very appreciative of all the volunteers who helped out this year. We would like to extend a sincere thank you for all your help in making the car show a big hit. We have had a lot of positive comments about the show and its location.”