Stratford Shine

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Saturday, August 11, 2018
(Raindate Sunday, August 12, 2018)

At the Stratford Perth Museum

About Us

Shine On – The Dave Blackburn Memorial Car Rally & Show is a joint venture by The Rotary Club of Stratford and the Stratford Perth Museum, featuring North American models up to 1975.

This inaugural fundraiser is also a tribute to the late Dave Blackburn, a former Stratford Rotarian and an exceptional community leader.

The event promises to be family-friendly, fit for everyone – whether you’re crazy for classic cars or simply out for some classic fun and entertainment.

The day includes the car rally, show & shine, food, games, music, and a beer garden.

This event will take place for the first time Saturday, August 11, 2018 is a joint venture by The Rotary Club of Stratford and the Stratford Perth Museum, featuring North American models up to 1975. The day includes the car rally, show & shine, food, games, music, and a beer garden.

Both organizations were considering running a car rally and car show for a couple of years.

The two organizations have a great relationship and have partnered on a number of projects over the years so, it just made sense they would join forces to create what we think will be a great event not only in 2018 but for years to come.

Besides being a fundraiser for the Rotary Club, this event is also a tribute to the late Dave Blackburn, a former president and proud member of the Rotary Club of Stratford and an exceptional community leader.

For the Stratford Perth Museum, the rally is a perfect fit as it has a historical element. The rally will take participants to a number of historically significant locations around Perth County.

In addition, the rally concludes at the Stratford Perth Museum grounds and that is also the venue for the Show and Shine.

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Dave Blackburn 

April 9, 1959 – October 8, 2013

“Intense, sincere, concerned and very funny – all at the same time,” is how one friend describes the late Dave Blackburn.

A long-serving Rotarian, banker, devoted family man and quintessential ambassador for the community. That is how Dave is remembered.

It was during a trip to Portugal in 2013 with his wife Katherine Hahn that Dave was first inspired by the possibility of an antique car rally as a potential new fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Stratford.

Dave was always coming up with new ideas to improve his club and his community. He was the driving force behind the creation and implementation of all sorts of local projects, including Junior Achievement, the revitalization of the Block Parent program, the Gift of Life program in El Salvador and the introduction of the Rotaract Club. He was also passionate about bringing new members to the club and one year received the award for having the highest membership increase in the district.

In 2012, he was recognized by the business community and presented with the Stratford & District Chamber of Commerce Personal Excellence Award.

While TD Canada Trust is known for encouraging community involvement, during Dave’s 19 years as Stratford’s branch manager he consistently went beyond even the company’s expectations. “He had so much to give and he gave it so willingly,” says a friend. “He cared so much.”

Rotary runs deep in Dave’s family. He had been a member since 1994 and was past president. His late father was a Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow, the highest honour bestowed by Rotary. His mother is a Rotarian and his son Daniel a founding member of Rotaract, the club for 18- to 30-year-olds. It was also through Rotary that Dave met his wife Katherine, also a member.

Dave was a leader and he led by example. He believed if you worked hard, were moral, ethical and considerate, good things would happen.

It is in his memory that the Rotary Club of Stratford, in partnership with the Stratford-Perth Museum, has launched SHINE ON, The Dave Blackburn Memorial Car Rally & Show. With Dave in mind, we are moving forward with commitment, optimism and a sense of fun.

A fellow Rotarian speaks for us all. “He is gone from our midst but not from our hearts”.

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The Event

General admission:  $10 person (children 12 and under free)

Car rally:  $75(includes admission to the Show & Shine, plus a box lunch for two)

Show & Shine only:$Free

The car rally begins at 10 a.m., with staggered departures from Avon Public School in Stratford (31 Huntingdon Ave.) The roughly three-hour route includes seven stops, all of them with a designated person on site. Each stop will also include a quiz question (with clues) to test your knowledge and powers of observation.

The Show & Shine officially begins at 3 p.m.  (Set up any time after 1.30 p.m.)

Winners will be announced and awards presented at 4:20p.m.

Food trucks will be on site during the day and corn on the cob will be available at TBC.

Rockin’ good times with THE NEW BOYS
Performing at Shine On – The Dave Blackburn Memorial Car Rally & Show

The New Boys have a large and devoted following in the Stratford area. Some say they’re legends on the local music scene.

These musicians have been performing together for over 20 years, playing everything from ‘50s and ‘60s tunes, to classic rock, country and top 40. They do it all and they do it well.

The New Boys, beginning at 5:30 p.m. (You might want to bring your dancing shoes.)

Band members, from left, Barry Walls, Wayne Brown, Katherine Luckhardt, Mike Harmer, Terry Carroll.

The event wraps up at 9 p.m.

How to register  

Register early (by June 30, 2018) and we’ll put a picture of your vehicle and up to a 200-word story about it in our official program. These are both DUE WHEN YOU REGISTER. Please email your story as a Word document and attach your photo in a jpeg format which is 300 dpi or larger.

Final Car Rally registration deadline is July 31, 2018

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Katherine Hahn
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