Summer Tour: Tudhope Centennial Tour

Friday, August 17 to Sunday, August 19, 2012 (arrival on Thursday, August 16) Please set aside these dates now, and plan to come to Orillia for some summer touring, and help the Orillia Heritage Centre celebrate the Centennial of the 1912 Tudhope cars.

We’ll do a Thursday evening meet and mingle, and tours on lovely, rural paved roads on Friday and Sunday. On Saturday, we’ll have special group parking at the huge downtown Orillia Car Show, and during the course of the day we’ll celebrate the Tudhopes’ Centennials with lots of pomp and circumstance. We also plan to present HCCA Century Awards to eligible cars up to and including 1912. The HCCA is not typically a car show group, but this is one of the best shows in the province and it is an excellent opportunity for other car enthusiasts and the general public to see our cars up close and in person.

Those who don’t want to look at hundreds of collector cars will enjoy the excellent shopping, great restaurants, delightful waterfront, or maybe even a boat cruise. Over the course of the weekend, we’ll enjoy a barbecue in an idyllic rural setting, visit
a world class collection of stationary gas engines, feast on tea and scones on a shady lawn, and much more.

Daily mileages will not be long, so those with one and two cylinder cars may wish to bring them. Orillia Heritage, owners of 1912 and 1909 Tudhope cars, are trying to raise their
profile in the community and are part of an initiative to redevelop a lovely old school building and campus as a heritage and culture centre, and a permanent display place for their many wonderful artifacts.

Having a substantial group of Really Old Cars at the Saturday show will really be a great help. So on behalf of Orillia Heritage and all the local HCCA members, I will say that we are making every effort to make this event a truly enjoyable one, so please be part of it. Watch for entry forms in the new year.

John Smith (Chair, Orillia Heritage)

PS We’re also planning an “Honour Guard” of fifty (or so) cars with an Orillia area connection. Of interest are vehicles built before 1983 that were either bought new in the area, or “lived” here for a long time. My Model T is a good example, as it was bought new in 1913 by Win Bessie, a mailman in Oro Township. It delivered mail every day in the summer until after World War Two. My Model A would be eligible, too, as it has been in the community since 1957, well over half its life. If you have, or know of, an “Orillia” area car let me know so we can arrange for it to be in the Tudhopes’ Honour Guard.