The Stratford Spectacular fan appreciation car show Thursday evening was such a success, it spilled over from the parking lot of Boston Pizza into the neighbouring lot of the Expressway Ford dealership.
Owners of classic cars, dragsters, top sportsmen racers, and even a racing snowmobile brought their polished rides to show off to the crowds amid live music, giveaways, vendors, and good food.
The event was held in promotion with the Stratford Spectacular weekend at the Grand Bend Motorplex, held Aug 9-11. The weekend, sponsored by Stratford businesses, features free admission, drag racing, funny cars, fireworks, and concerts.
One of the major draws at the Boston Pizza event was 15-year-old Braydon McCann, a junior dragster driver who races all over North America.
McCann has been donating all of his winnings to Childcan, a local charity which accommodates young cancer patients and their families by covering food, parking, and other expenses.
McCann was inspired when his cousin, Shay Gavin, was diagnosed with two different kinds of cancer in 2010.
On Thursday night, McCann was offering anyone who made a donation to Childcan the opportunity to sign his car. The nose had been painted white, and available space was filling up quickly as the number of signatures grew.
When the Gazette spoke with McCann, he had already raised $1,000. He was hoping to surpass his initial goal of $1,500.
Everyone who made a donation over $5 was also entered into a draw to win four tickets to a Buffalo Sabres game.
McCann was 11 when he began racing junior dragsters. His car is capable of reaching speeds exceeding 140 km/h.