McLaughlin-Buicks still touring Oshawa and beyond after 100 years

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Published September 28, 2021 at 4:31 pm

They’re all 80 to 100 years old now – the cars, not the drivers, though there are few spring chickens behind the wheels these days – and they’re still going strong.

Going, anyway. They’re McLaughlin-Buicks and they’re owned by members of the McLaughlin-Buick Club of Canada, which was established in 1971 on the 100th birthday of General Motors of Canada founder Colonel Robert Samuel McLaughlin.

More than 50 cars – all built between 1908 and 1942 – paraded at Col. Sam’s Parkwood Estates home in Oshawa that day and they’ve been touring the neighbourhood three or four times a year since then, including an assembly of 120 of the vehicles at Parkwood in 2008 to mark the 100th anniversary of the car.

They don’t tour that often these days – pandemic and all – but a few of the vehicles and their drivers went out for a spin last weekend, making stops at Eniskillen General Store and the Canadian Automotive Museum, among others.

After a century, the cars are still show-stoppers.

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