The first Oshawa Autofest outdoor car show took place in 1994. The inspiration came from the Motor City Car Club as Durham Region was about to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The initial event was held at General Motors head office property on Colonel Sam Drive until it moved to a new home at Lakeview Park in 2007. This year AUTOFEST celebrates its 25th show August 25, 26 and 27 with proceeds going to Grandview Children’s Centre
Over the years, participants have driven their vehicles from as far away as Victoria, B.C. and Halifax, Nova Scotia, many U.S states including Texas, and all points in between. Proceeds from these shows have been used by the Motor City Car Club to further local causes including the Children’s Ward of the Oshawa General Hospital and Grandview Children’s Centre. Autofest activities have contributed close to $250,000 dollars to assist Grandview in their work with handicapped children.
This year there is an expanded children’s area, including an obstacle course and Autofest Dragon inflatables, along with face-painting and airbrush tattooing. Special guests include the Ring Brothers, custom car builders from Wisconsin, and the Antique Automobile Club of America, who will be holding their first ever judging of antique cars in Canada.