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McLaughlin Buick Club of Canada

2012 Spring Tour - Burlington, Ontario

Bill and Carol selected a great hotel for our overnight stay, the Best Western Plus in Burlington, a nice quiet hotel, even though it was a full hotel with lots of young people (hockey teams?). In the morning we set off on an interesting day of touring on some very scenic roads along the Niagara Escarpment. Our first stop on Saturday was at Springridge Farms on the Bell School Line Road. This is a neat place to visit, especially later in June when the strawberries are out. They have a self-pick area and also sell baskets of fresh berries. No berries today, but some great bakery items and lots of nice gift items.
Second stop was the Legendary Motorcar Company in Milton, a large family owned business specializing in Classic and Performance automobile restoration.This business has been restoring cars for over 20 years and moved to this new 55,000 sq. ft. facility on 20 acres in Halton Hills in 2002. It is also the home of the TV show, “Dream Car Garage”. Visit them on the internet at www.legendarymotorcar.com.
They have a large inventory of cars for sale; the showroom was packed so tight it was hard to get around. We only saw one Buick for sale, a 1969 Skylark Stage One Gran Sport. It could be yours for only $39,500.00. Or if exotic cars are more your style there was a special sports car for only $2.3 million.
We had visited there in 2003 on our mini Homecoming and there was evidence of many changes in the business. Of course there was no work being performed but we could see what projects were underway; Mustangs, a Plymouth GTX, Cobras etc. Lots of money being made here!
From LMC we headed to the village of Glen Williams where we enjoyed our lunches in one the two eateries. Then there was time to tour the area and watch a girl’s soft ball game in the park.
When we all regrouped, it was time to fire up the cars and head for our next stop, The Halton County Radial Railway on the Guelph Line near Rockwood. This is a really neat place to visit. You get to ride on 3 or 4 different rail cars, and one was built in 1893 and operated in Toronto. There are many vintage street cars and busses to explore and a great gift shop. We had a really great driver, who kept us informed on the history of these vehicles.
This facility is operated by volunteers. They work on the rail cars, doing the restorations, driving and acting as conductors. It’s a really big hobby. It sure is nice that there are so many people in the country with different hobbies and we get to share them as they do with our hobby. The people there sure enjoyed our Buicks.
After an hour or so there riding the rails, it was time to head back to the hotel to clean up for our dinner at the Mandarin. Boy talk about a license to print money, this place was PACKED, but as usual the food was wonderful, no reason to go hungry here.
Sunday’s tours were to be on our own as Bill and Carol had an unforeseen family event. They provided maps and information to some suggested places for us to visit: Dundurn Castle in Hamilton, just a short drive from the hotel, The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mount Hope, The HMCS Haida on Hamilton’s water front and Aberfoyle Flea Market.
Wendy and I chose the Flea Market as did Wes and Lois and Harold and Verna. This is a huge flea market on highway #6 north off the 401. We have visited there many times on car tours and it is always interesting to wander around and see things you used to have in your home.
Bill and Carol, thanks for a great weekend tour. We sure enjoyed ourselves.