Car show shines in Lamoureux Park

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Published on August 25, 2014

Bigs and Littles: Leo Pilon and six-year-old Gabriel are pictured judging a 1969 Pontiac Firebird at the second Kinsmen in Motion: Show & Shine on Sunday, August 24.

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Spectators at the 2014 Kinsmen in Motion: Show & Shine were revved up about this 1980 Pontiac Trans Am.

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The Cornwall Area Mustang Club was out in full force at Lamoureux Park on Sunday, August 23.

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All eyes were on this 1970 Chevrolet Camaro at the Show & Shine in Cornwall.

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This vintage Chevy Camaro was ready for an intense staring contest.

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There's no room for backseat drivers in this cherry ride. (A shot from the Chevy Camaro pictured in the previous two photos.)

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This blue 1930 Ford Vicky was a real crowd-pleaser.

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Trevor Williams and Eric Lamontagne stand with their beloved Nissan Altimas at the 2014 Kinsmen in Motion: Show & Shine.

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Ron Lemieux was flexing his knowledge of muscle cars at the second Kinsmen in Motion: Show & Shine. Lemiuex is pictured beside his fully restored '69 SS Camaro.

By Adam Brazeau 
CORNWALL, Ontario - Thousands of gearheads and car enthusiasts buckled up for a full-throttle ride at the second annual Kinsmen in Motion: Show & Shine.

A fleet of hot rods, vintage vehicles, muscle cars, and motorcycles lined Cornwall's Lamoureux Park on Sunday, August 24.

Registration fees ($10) from all 145 participants went directly to the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Cornwall & District.

"We had a great time, great weather and this event is a fun, free way to get people into the park to enjoy it," said event director Eric Smellie. "Attendance is up and we're very pleased with how it all turned out."

The Show & Shine managed to keep its momentum despite being down five vehicles from last year and competing with the Golden Gears Car Club third annual car show in Iroquois.

Smellie, a member of the Kinsmen Club of Cornwall, doesn't see any signs of the event slowing down.

Over two thousand spectators enjoyed the car show, food vendors, Hot Wheels race track, and live music by Jamie Heath, SwitchGear, and The Johnny Cash Experience. Awards and prizes were also handed out to the top participants.

Ray Eady, vice-president of the Kinsmen Club of Cornwall, thanked local car dealerships Notman Chrysler Dodge, Cornwall Honda, Cornwall Nissan, Kia of Cornwall, as well as Mac Tools for helping to build the event into a car lover's paradise.

A huge shootout went out to Mocktails Patio in Cornwall for kicking off the car show in style the Saturday night before with a drive-in theatre movie viewing.

Over a dozen Kinsmen and 30-plus BBBS volunteers worked together to make the event a big deal for a group of Littles, youth waiting to be paired with a mentor.

Teamed with a Big, local youth judged the competition.

"This is a whole different type of fundraising," said Amanda Brisson, BBBS executive director. "The car show is a great opportunity for Bigs and Littles to get out together. And it's not a serious judging, it's about family and community."

Check out our slideshow to see the best of this year's Kinsmen in Motion Show & Shine.

Geographic location: Lamoureux Park

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