by George Dyke

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Our CAC Fall outing to Prince Edward Country on September 25 was most enjoyable. Organized by Jim Sciberas, those coming from Toronto met at my house for a convoy to the Big Apple (just beside HWY 401at Colborne), and then onto Picton for lunch.

We had a good turnout.  Participants included John McCulloch and Chris Deja, Jeff and Nicole Teerlinck, Ruth and Marijke Dyke, Prakash “Raj” and Divea Raja, Andy Lamb, Simon Walker, Angus MacDougald and Kay McGuinness, Roland Voegele, Bernard Laborde and Agnès Sesboue.

As we neared our destination Raj spotted an SM in a driveway and flagged us all over to investigate. The SM turned out be Cliff Back and Donna McFadden’s. They were home and were pleased to tell us about the car and how it came to be that it was lying in their driveway needing a thorough restoration.   They once lived in Toronto, and a jealous neighbor set the back of the car on fire. Good reason to move to a more pleasant location like Picton! Cliff and Donna were so thrilled to see Citroëns on the road that they also joined us for the outing!

After we had a delicious lunch in downtown Picton, Neil and Ruth Bryson joined us. They had travelled from their home on Wolfe Island in their trusty 2CV Truckette. We then drove to nearby Lake on the Mountain where we met a charming couple out for a weekend drive in their 1909 Oakland. The Oakland was the forerunner of Pontiac and General Motors.   It was in very nice shape, but still original, which made it all the more appropriate to use for a practical road tour.

We then ventured on to two wineries, Del-Gatto Estates and Waupoos County Cider Company Estate Winery, before dropping  by CAC member Dave Kane’s legendary farm where Citroën’s and Renault Dauphines abound in open fields.

Some of us heading back to Toronto stopped in at Coborg for wonderful dinner at the Mill Restaurant and Pub.   All in all a great day and an opportunity to explore another wonderful region of Southern Ontario that is just a couple of hours from Toronto.


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