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Local NewsKinsmen Club of Brantford’s annual car show takes attendees back in time

Hundreds of classic cars filled the Paris Fairgrounds for the 47th annual Kinsmen Club of Brantford Annual Car Show & Swap Meet on Sunday, September 18. 

“Attendance this year went extremely well, with hundreds of vehicles for the spectators to admire and talk with proud owners,” said Norm Philpott, chair of the Brantford Kinsmen. “It was a wonderful day with sun and clouds all morning.”

Classic car owners soak up the sun at the 47th annual Kinsmen Club of Brantford Annual Car Show & Swap Meet on Sunday, September 18. Photo courtesy of Kinsmen Club of Brantford and Jody Phillips.

Rain clouds rolled in after noon and organizers presented awards in a number of different categories. 

Philpott said that registered owners came to the show from Cambridge, Burlington, Lyndsay, London and Woodstock, along with many locals from Paris and Brantford. The event is one of southern Ontario’s largest annual car shows. 

“The Kinsmen Club of Brantford Annual Car Show & Swap Meet has been going since 1970 when it was a 3-day event held at Ontario Park on Highway 24,” he said. “Our Car Show & Swap Meet originated from the Piston Pushers when Brian Heap brought it to our Club. Over the years it has become a one-day event held at the Paris Fairgrounds.”

Hundreds of classic cars filled the Paris Fairgrounds at the 47th annual Kinsmen Club of Brantford Annual Car Show & Swap Meet on Sunday, September 18. Photo courtesy of Kinsmen Club of Brantford and Jody Phillips.

The show is one of the Kinsmen’s largest fundraisers of the year, alongside the group’s annual Ribfest in August. The group could not provide a total amount raised at this year’s event, however the funds will go towards supporting a number of local causes.

“The proceeds of the Car Show & Swap Meet, as well as our other projects, are directed to charities including Cystic Fibrosis, Hal Rogers Scholarship Bursaries and the Bellview Community Centre,” he said. 

Philpott thanked the event’s many sponsors for making the day possible. 

A member of the Kinsmen Club of Brantford presents the People’s Choice award at the 47th annual Kinsmen Club of Brantford Annual Car Show & Swap Meet on Sunday, September 18. Photo courtesy of Kinsmen Club of Brantford and Jody Phillips.

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