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Weather a Factor in Low Turn Out at Annual Automotion Sunday - VIDEO

Good News Though, $3,000 Raised for United Way!

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Numbers were down due to weather at this year's Automotion held at Blockhouse Island in Brockville Sunday. - Photo by Matthew Blair, BNTV News

Brockville - The weather was a major factor for the low turnout of entries and spectators at the 26th annual Automotion hosted by the Thousand Islands Street Machine Assiciation (TISMA) on Sunday at Blockhouse Island in Brockville.

TISMA President Paul Gardiner told BNTV news that there were only 250 vehicle entries this year compared to other years where the car show would see over 500 cars on display.

With the storm that hit Brockville early Sunday morning and the Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for the day, it kept a lot of the entries from making the trip to Brockville.


Even though it didn't rain much while the show was on, the amount of spectators coming through the gates on Sunday was also down from previous years, estimated to be only around 1,500, according to Gardiner.

"We still had more vehicles that the other year that it rained. We really appreciate people bringing their cars out despite the weather. Two rain outs in 26 years is still not bad odds." said Gardiner.

The annual car show did manage to raise $3,000 for the United Way of Leeds and Grenville from this year's show.

The Grand Champion of this year's Automotion was George Pezoulas from Ottawa with his 1968 Firebird.

Saturday night, prior to Sunday's Automotion was the annual Poker run. That event had better weather with close to 100 participants in various types of vehicles starting from A&W in Brockville, with 3 cards stops and two different routes before finishing up at Boston Pizza in Brockville.

One of the cards stops was the Rosedale Retirement Residence, where many of the residents sat outside Saturday to watch the many different cars and trucks stop by. Some of them were even waving at the drivers as the drove into the parking lot of the Rosedale.

The winning hand was a four of a kind, with the winner taking home a car stereo supplied by Superior Cellular.