18th Annual Car Rendezvous  

18th Annual Car Rendezvous

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Rendezvous at Wilderness Edge

In the fur trade era it was common for the voyageurs from west and east to meet up each spring for an exchange of stories, trading of goods and renewal of old friendships. This was known as The Rendezvous. The biggest and most famous of these was held at Fort William, now present day Thunder Bay.

A number of years ago a few of those voyageur's descendents who drove LBCs (Little British Cars) decided to re-create the spirit and name of the Rendezvous. Enthusiasts of British sports cars from Manitoba, Ontario, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota gathered for a weekend of camaraderie, hospitality, demonstration, and skill-testing events. Since then, a Rendezvous has been held every spring, rotating between Thunder Bay, Manitoba, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. A hundred people or more, along with their LBCs, gather at a hotel or lodge in the host city for a three-day weekend.

This year it is Manitoba's turn to host the event. There are three Manitoba auto clubs that join forces to organize the location, events and lodging every fourth year. They are the Mid Canada Mini Group, the Triumph Driver's Club of Manitoba, and the Austin Healey Club of Manitoba. The planning for the 18th Annual Vintage Sports Car Rendezvous has been in progress for many months, but the first decision that was made was to hold the event at Wilderness Edge Retreat And Conference Centre in Pinawa June 5th to 8th .

The member events that will be held include our Meet & Greet at the Pinawa Golf Club Thursday evening; local tours, Pinawa Artisans and Artist Display & Sale, and a car rally on Friday. On Saturday June 7th the club would like to extend an invitation to the public to watch the club members best each other at a Funkhana in the morning (9:30) and check out the Show & Shine (2:00pm) in the afternoon, both to be held on the Pinawa Mall parking lot.

All the participants in this year's Rendezvous are looking forward to enjoying the town of Pinawa and meeting as many people as possible. Since it is very likely that some of those voyageurs of long ago paddled past Pinawa on their way to a Rendezvous, it is fitting that a modern Rendezvous be held there.