Ontario AACA members visit Brussels landmark - July 26, 2018
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Don McNeil’s famous shop and museum welcomed nearly 40 antique vehicles last week as part of the Antique Automobile Club of America, Ontario Region’s annual London to Brighton tour.
This tour is the 61st in the club’s history, dubbed the “Huron Shores Tour” that made its way through Kincardine and Brussels for the first time ever on its way across the province.
Member Arnold Kerry was the architect of this year’s tour and it was a friend of his in Kincardine who advised him that McNeil’s location might be of interest to members of the club.
Kerry has been a member of the club for nearly 30 years and has participated in over 20 of the club’s annual marquee rides.
In an interview with The Citizen, he said that it has travelled all across the province, most notably in the Ottawa region and even as far north as Manitoulin Island, but he couldn’t remember it ever coming to Huron County, so he was happy he was able to make that happen.
He said that in the club’s short time in the village, Brussels residents had been very nice and accommodating.
Kerry and his wife were travelling in a 100-year-old 1918 Buick that Kerry had bought in the early 1990s.
To help welcome members of the club to Brussels, McNeil invited members of the community with classic cars to be at his house when the club showed up, including Bob Richmond and others. He also made sure that hot dogs were on the barbecue and that a trio of young girls were on hand to provide some live music for the afternoon.