August long has come and gone, and with it Kenora’s Harbourfest. A weekend long festival including live music, a boat show, and a car show.
Since Top Tier Imports’ inception back in 2012 there have been a number of import enthusiasts making the drive out to Kenora for the car show and to enjoy the rest of what Harbourfest has to offer.
This year has taken a slightly unfortunate turn as far as the import crowd is concerned. Registration had changed for the event, with the requirement that “only classic cars and visually modified special interest vehicles” apply due to limited space along the waterfront.
This deterred a large number of enthusiasts from making the drive out, much less attempt to show their car. To add to the frustration, out of the handful of cars that did make the trip only a couple were actually parked along the waterfront. Most were parked on a hill across a busy street from the rest of the vehicles.
The reason given was that in previous years lowered imports struggled to get off of the curb. This year’s parking arrangement was far worse. We saw several cars either struggle to get up the sand hill or put their bumper into the ground trying to get back down onto the road.
Don’t get us wrong though, we understand nobody is coming to a car show to see something that looks like it was just driven off the dealership lot. However, it’s hard to buy into the requirements of “visually modded special interest vehicles” when there were more than a few near stock; or entirely stock, new-model domestic vehicles that made the cut while the imports were segregated.
It’s frustrating when you can see the import enthusiasts walk around the show and appreciate the classics for what they are, but not have that courtesy reciprocated. Sure, we’re the import crowd going to a classic car show, but in years past the staff and spectators have been welcoming. This year has been a slight setback, but we hope that in years to come the segregation between import and domestic disappears.