In July 2015, my wife and I moved from our hometown in Brazil to Winnipeg, Canada and one of the first things we noticed was the number of classic cars on the streets on any given day. Perhaps because the cars are kept in storage for the whole winter, which here is extremely harsh and way too long, so when the springtime finally arrives the owners don’t miss any opportunity to drive them. It is not unusual to see classic cars being used as daily drivers, going back and forth to work and to grocery shopping.
Naturally, on weekends, classic car meetings happen all over town and just like any other city in North America, those gatherings happen mostly on the parking lots of shopping malls.
No worries if you miss a meeting, you can catch the cars parading up and down on Portage Avenue on a “Sunday Night Cruise”. You must get there early to find a good parking spot since it gets pretty crowded alongside the road with families having a nice tailgate party while watching the cars.
In 2016 we had the opportunity to attend a very interesting meeting called “Collector’s Day”; the organizers closed a couple of streets around a square, right in front of the Manitoba Legislative Building, for the event. The place proved to be perfect since there were lots of parking spots for the cars and even for some food trucks and the square is a very nice place to seat and take a break from walking around and enjoy an ice cream. The only thing I didn’t understand was it happened on a Friday, from 5 pm to 8 pm. Why not on a Saturday???? Anyway, here you can check some photos of the meeting (The pics were edited by my wife Estela).