AUTOMOTION Special Edition

BROCKVILLE’s WATERFRONT CAR SHOW hit a quarter century Sunday July 31st 2011.

This year’s AUTOMOTION CAR SHOW marked a milestone in any organized event’s history -- 25 years! The famed Brockville Waterfront Car Show has been in operation since 1986. The memories that the members of the 1000 Islands Street Machine Association (TISMA) have of all the shows since 1986 are amazing. In 1986, a few good friends organized a get together, told their stories, showed off their vehicles and shared improvements. TISMA was born. There wasn’t much grey hair and we certainly, well let’s just say, we didn’t have to watch our weight as closely.

In retrospect, let us just take a moment and go back to the year 1986. I am sure we can all remember what was going on in Brockville and other parts of the world. The Brockville Braves won the CHJL Championship. The Colorado Avalanche (Quebec Nordiques) won the Stanley Cup.  In the box office, Crocodile Dundee, Top Gun and Highlander were the big shows. Paradise City by "Guns N Roses" hit the airwaves. Starship, Peter Gabriel, Robert Palmer, Whitney Houston and Madonna were some other big names in music.

In the Automotive world, Porsche had just released its awesome 959. This production vehicle was named fastest production car in the world. The 959 would top out at a low 317 kph or 197 mph, and you could get groceries in this thing, ouch! In North America the Buick Grand National had acquired bragging rights as the fastest production vehicle. The Buick had app. 235 HP and over 300 foot lbs of torque. The Grand National would go on to spark controversy and a bit of a performance war within the ranks at GM. Chevrolet had it’s nose out of joint as the Corvette was considered the flagship of General Motors. The famed Carroll Shelby had stepped away from his roots with Ford, and was now found designing vehicles for Dodge that would carry the Shelby logo.

Locally, the band "Bravestation" had just completed a successful tour within the United Kingdom, completing their spring summer tour in Brockville at Riverfest. The Canadian Forces Snowbirds were to wow the crowd with their full performance at Riverfest, the Fabulous Bel Airs were formed, and last but not least, the first AUTOMOTION CAR SHOW was delivered to the City of Brockville at Blockhouse Island.

The members of TISMA even have a hard time believing 25 years have gone by. Since 1986, AUTOMOTION has become one of Ontario’s premier automotive events. In 1986, 300 to 400 vehicles graced the landscape of Brockville’s beautiful Blockhouse Island. In 2010, AUTOMOTION welcomed 750 beautiful examples of patience, craftsmanship, pride and showmanship. These amazing examples of automotive history graced Blockhouse Island as they have for many years. The one day total for participants and visitors exceeded 8000.

On July 31st 2011, 25 years later, the milestone of a quarter of a century was achieved. The members of TISMA have aged; they all have the same hair color "grey" or "none"! We all wear a bit larger clothing and most have a bit of a hard time reading those tiny labels on the bottles. I won’t mention that some of the members have to stay away from loud music, or it messes up their hearing aids. The one thing that hasn’t changed in 25 years is the 1000 Islands Street Machine Association members’ love of AUTOMOTION and Blockhouse Island. This event helps us give back to Brockville and support our community. The fact that AUTOMOTION is now a premier Ontario automotive event known from Toronto to Montreal and deep into New York State, is just simply the icing on the cake for the members of TISMA. Brockville’s Blockhouse Island is considered the premier location on the car show circuit.

AUTOMOTION is a family event and the members of TISMA vow it always will be. TISMA’s main charity is the United Way of Leeds and Grenville, but it doesn’t stop there. AUTOMOTION and TISMA will continue to support our local OSPCA, Brockville Lions Club, Loaves and Fishes, Child ID Program, The Canadian MS society and a number of others within our community. To date AUTOMOTION has donated over $50,000 to area charities and we are committed to continue this. To top our 25th year off, in 2010, AUTOMOTION was the very proud recipient of The Brockville Chamber of Commerce Award of Excellence for tourism.

This year’s AUTOMOTION invited OdessaMater to join in the fun, Thunder Dome radio control car racing returned, along with a jammed packed vendor and memorabilia area and 700 of the nicest vintage cars, hotrods, muscle cars, trucks and tuner cars in the area. Specialty vehicles such as the 2011 SLP Camaro at 700 HP or the new Ford Boss 302 Mustang, Chevrolet’s wicked ZR1 Corvette and some very sweet Dodge Hemi Challengers were all at AUTOMOTION.

On Saturday, July 30th was a cruise through the streets of Brockville to give everyone a sneak peak for Sunday. The cruise started at 6pm at A&W, Brockville, and finished up at Boston Pizza around 8PM.

TISMA invited everyone in and around Brockville to come out and help us celebrate our 25th anniversary, help us kick off the next 25 years in style, enjoy the live band, have a hotdog, lemonade, or maybe some ice cream, pick your favourite car out of the many choices, and remember AUTOMOTION is Brockville’s Waterfront Car Show!

Thank You Brockville! We could not have done it without you.

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