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McLaughlin Buick Club of Canada

2013 Fall Tour - Huntsville, Ontario

Congratulations to Keith and Glenda Corby for putting on such a wonderful Fall Tour. Most of us met at the Tim Hortons at Highways 12 and 7 in Brooklin, where we enjoyed a coffee and a chat prior to departing. It was too tight in the parking lot for us to line up, so we pulled out onto #12 and headed north to Manchester where we made a right turn towards Uxbridge. We were able to pull over and congregate in a line by age of Buick.
Our route took us into Port Perry and Simcoe Street #2, where we made a left turn onto Simcoe Street and followed it all the way to Manilla. The leaves were starting to turn and there was some colour as we progressed north. In Manilla we made a right turn onto #7 and then made a left turn onto #46 Victoria Road and into Woodville. We made a right turn in Woodville on our way to #6 Kirkfield Road. We turned onto #48 and made our way into Coboconk, where we had a great lunch at the "Patti House" on Highway 35. Bill and Rosalea Hamilton met us there. After lunch we waddled back out to our Buicks and headed north on #35 towards Minden. The colours were getting better the further north we drove. Our destination in Minden was Kawartha Dairy, the best ice-cream around. The local car club was expecting us and had a few vintage cars in the parking lot. They made us very welcome and admired our Buick collection. Of course, we had to have ICE-CREAM, dessert, don't you know!!! The local cars included an original Avanti and an original Marlin, along with some Ford models and a 1928 Buick, an El Camino, a 1986 Buick Wagon as well. Our 2014 Homecoming hosts Eric and Cynthia Luks joined us at the dairy driving their Mercedes.
At 11 a.m. our leader called for us to depart for the next leg of our tour. We headed west on Highway 89 for 70 Kilometers to Mount Forest. It was an impressive sight to see these Buicks all in a line. In Mount Forest, Linda had arranged for our group to have lunch at the Spot Restaurant, famous for its Butter Tart Pie. Great food and pretty good service for a large group. I think the count was 38 people. Each Tuesday evening there is a “Cruise In” at this restaurant.
We spent about an hour and half there, then we mounted up for the balance of the tour up #35 to Dwight and Highway 60 towards Huntsville. We had reservations at the Comfort Inn for the night. It was a nice hotel and was booked solid, and they sure know how to charge when the colours are changing. Our group of 24 were split as to where to eat dinner, so some of us drove to "East Side Marios" and some walked to "Crabby Joes". I think we all enjoyed our dinners.
Sunday morning, it was up early and into the breakfast room before the crowd. Then out to wipe off the dew from the cars in preparation for our planned scenic drive on back roads to Orillia and the Stephen Leacock Home and our brunch. Unfortunately, the house was not available for us to tour due to construction on the foundation. The brunch was very nice, salads, huge shrimps, roast beef, bread, eggs benedict, sausage and dessert, including a chocolate fountain.
We all had a great time and now we wait for May 30-31, 2014 and the Spring Tour. Watch for details in the Accelerator. Do not forget that Homecoming in 2014 will be August 6-9 in Bracebridge.