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SOCR St. Catharines Engine Plant Tour #348927
08/08/15 11:40 PM
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The Southern Ontario Canada Region participated in a show and tour of the St Catharines Engine Assembly Plant. GM Canada organized the day, and all we had to do was show up!

Jane & I left Bolton at 6:15am with the car on the trailer and headed to Nana's place on the Lakeshore to drop off Abby. A day with Nana meant that Jane & I get to ride together in the '50 on the tour. We arrived at the Worron's house at 8:00am, then headed for Timmie's in Binbrook to meet up for the drive to the plant.

Meeting at Tim Hortons were the Worron's, 1979 Impala, Pearce's, 1950 convertible, Gajdacs, 1961 Impala sedan, Pettitt & Boyes, in Randy's '58 Apache, and Franden's in their '61 Impala convertible. A little late to the party after some mis-communication were the Lampkin's in their '64 Impala convertible. Meeting us at the show were the Rozon's in their '31 roadster.

Morning meet up...



Waiting for the train to pass...



Lampkin's '64...


Last edited by brewster; 08/09/15 12:13 AM.

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Re: SOCR St. Catharines Engine Plant Tour [Re: brewster] #348928
08/08/15 11:45 PM
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The tour through the factory was interesting. We were not allowed to take pictures inside, but they had a display of components and engines that are made there outside.

Cutaway of a 6.2 L Camaro V-8...



Components made for Camaros...



Completed 6.2L LT1 Camaro engine...



Those accustomed to the finest...find it in Chevrolet.

1951 2dr Deluxe Sedan
1950 Deluxe Convertible
2011 Equinox
2008 GMC SLT 4X4
Re: SOCR St. Catharines Engine Plant Tour [Re: brewster] #348929
08/08/15 11:52 PM
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The show was open to all GM cars, or GM powered cars. A few GM powered Fords snuck in, but the show was full of beautiful GM restorations and customs. There must have been 300+ cars there. Here's some of the VCCA relevant ones...

1939 sedan...



1957 Corvette...





1943 CMP (Canadian Military Pattern) truck...



1958 Wagon...



Those accustomed to the finest...find it in Chevrolet.

1951 2dr Deluxe Sedan
1950 Deluxe Convertible
2011 Equinox
2008 GMC SLT 4X4
Re: SOCR St. Catharines Engine Plant Tour [Re: brewster] #348930
08/08/15 11:57 PM
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My '50 Deluxe...



1954 Belair Convertible...



1956 Belair Sport Sedan...



1963 Impala Convertible...



1953 Belair Hardtop...



1962 Belair...



Those accustomed to the finest...find it in Chevrolet.

1951 2dr Deluxe Sedan
1950 Deluxe Convertible
2011 Equinox
2008 GMC SLT 4X4
Re: SOCR St. Catharines Engine Plant Tour [Re: brewster] #348933
08/09/15 12:11 AM
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Part way through the day we were surprised by a couple of special announcements. The President of GM Canada, Stephen Carlisle, was on hand to announce an investment in the St. Catharines plant of $13.5million to continue production of GM engines. Then he unveiled for the first time in Canada, the new 2016 Camaro! What a beautiful car!





Afterwards, we were back to sitting around the cars, and a gentleman that collects hood ornaments dropped by to check out Paul's roadster. He pulled this out of his satchel...



That's Paul Rozon (1931roadster, here on Chat) taking a picture of an October of 1927 sales award for Chevrolet salesmen.

The end of the day rolled around and all of the trophies were handed out. They were all decided by peoples choice ballots. The 1st runner up Best Chevrolet was Paul Rozon & Maggie Ross, in their 1931 Roadster! What a beautiful car!


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Those accustomed to the finest...find it in Chevrolet.

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1950 Deluxe Convertible
2011 Equinox
2008 GMC SLT 4X4
Re: SOCR St. Catharines Engine Plant Tour [Re: brewster] #348969
08/09/15 01:02 PM
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Thanks Brewster -- Really enjoyed the photos and the story.

All the Best, Chip


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