The weather couldn’t have been better for our 2013 CAC spring outing on May 4. Not a cloud in the sky for the entire day! We gathered at the McDonalds in Toronto’s Beaches neighbourhood (Near Coxwell & Eastern Ave.) at 10 am.
We had a welcome surprise with a few new Club members showing up; notably Shawn Sramek with a lovely green and white 2CV that he restored in Czechoslovakia and imported six years ago. Very impressive car and cute as a button with its Charleston paint theme.
2CVs were the dominant model. Jeff Teerlinck gave his “barn find” 1967 2CV its first outing since acquiring it last October. Fresh tires and new battery were all it took and Jeff was all smiles! Nazar and Isabella Mishchuk made their road debut in their 1939 Traction Avant 7A they have been restoring for 2 years! Larry Lewis’ Traction 11B sported a new spotlight mounted on the windshield post.
In all we had 10 cars for the outing: 6 2CVs, 2 Tractions, 1 SM and 1 Maserati. George Klein drove the SM and Simon and Martha McBride arrived in their Maserati only because of a mishap the previous day. The hood of their DS peeled back at 80km/hr and cracked the windshield. No worries however because we had a windshield and a hood in the Club’s parts’ stock and Simon should have the DS back on the road in a week or two.
We traveled along Queen Street in the Beach and then turned north on Glen Manor Drive up past some of the lovely homes in the hilly section of the Beach. We shortly made our way to Kingston Rd. and headed east. From there we turned south onto Warden Ave and onto the Lakeshore Trail which meanders along the Scarborough Bluffs.
Eventually we made our way over to Old Kingston Rd. and out to Pickering where we turned north to enjoy the winding road through the Rouge River Valley. From there we took country roads northeast to Whitevale before heading west and making our way back toward historic downtown Unionville where we enjoyed an early afternoon lunch at the Old Country Inn Restaurant.
CAC driving events are always fun, and it is very heartening to see a line of Citroens driving along, making a distinguished contrast to the mundane automobiles that typically crowd the roads in the Toronto region.
It was a great way to kick-off the driving season and we all went away looking forward to driving our Citroëns at every possible opportunity now that the nice weather has finally arrived.