The National Firebird club had its first Annual Bandit Run and Show in Cobourg – the cars entered came from as far away as Kingston, Newfoundland, Sudbury, Windsor and Niagara. And why Cobourg? Probably because Club Founder & Canadian National President Murray R. McMillan lives here (or nearby). You also have to believe Victoria Park is a great venue. There were about 43 cars entered; probably more would have shown up if the weather was better. Although it rained for the run to Rhino’s in Bewdley, it was clear for the show in the afternoon. Cars were judged based on being most original and most detailed and while they were waiting for the result and a trophy, a large number of door prizes were handed out from local and nearby businesses. Entry was by a $20 minimum donation which went to the Children’s Wish Foundation.
The club had about 70 founding members and currently has 878 members on Facebook.
The route came back from Bewdley via Port Hope and was initially escorted by Cobourg Police and later by Hamilton District Fire Department, the OPP and Port Hope Police.
At right is a photo of some of the Firebirds in the parking lot opposite the Post Office waiting to move into the Park and below is a collection of photos of the show and a video. The “Smokey and the Bandit” photo is of “Buford T. Justice and Son”.