Antique car club rolling through Prince County

Colin MacLean
Published on August 29, 2014

The Maritime pre-war registry car club is rolling through P.E.I. this long weekend with their antique cars. From left are some of the club drivers: Buckey Hiltz, Tim Shair, Gary McLeod and Bob Mackinnon. Colin MacLean/Journal Pioneer

SUMMERSIDE – If a 19-year-old Clarence Foster could have stepped forward in time and had been in the Slemon Park Hotel parking lot Friday morning, he might have fainted for joy.

Foster has loved cars since he was a kid, and though he might not be 19 anymore ( that was a lot of kilometers ago) he still has a deep love of the cars, especially the classics.

Which is why he’s a part of the Maritime pre-war registry, a pre-Second World War themed car club that takes their rigs on tour every summer.

“It was a hobby you had to get involved in, if you’re father was in it you had to join. I think it’s the same for everybody, they started when they were kids,” he said.

They club rotates a visit to each province and this year is P.E.I.’s turn. There are more than a dozen cars participating in this year’s tour, which wraps up on Sunday.

“It’s better than sitting in a tavern smoking cigarettes,” laughed one participant. 

The oldest car in the group is more than 100 years old, a 1905 Model F Cadillac.

Foster’s rig is a 1930 Model A.

Foster said they’re going to be touring different parts of the Island and anyone who sees them out around (they have banners on their cars) is welcome to waive or stop and chat if they can.