Thousands Attend Atlantic Nationals Car Show in Moncton – New Brunswick |

The Atlantic Nationals are back in full force.

It is the largest car show in Atlantic Canada, welcoming people from all over Canada and the US. More than 2,400 cars were registered for the weekend.

“It has been a good show. We have a lot of emotion. Lots of really good new cars, different cars. This year we split the show in two. We did an old car section and a newer car section, which helps promote the hobby in all classes,” Atlantic Nationals President Bill Doherty said.

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Thousands of people attended through Sunday enjoying classic hotrods, vintage cars and high-speed new cars.

For the past two years, the program has been scaled back, including a shortened three-day version of the program in 2021 due to COVID-19. The pandemic allowed for some interesting changes, Doherty said.

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“We moved to an online check-in format, we have point-of-sale terminals at the entrance to keep people from exchanging cash and reduce the number of places where people congregate,” he said.

This year more than 2,400 cars were registered.

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The traditional dance took place outside, according to Doherty. More than that, the two years have allowed people to work on their project cars or even buy new ones before this year’s show.

“There were a lot of cars that were bought during the COVID shutdown and there were also a lot of cars that were built,” Doherty said.

The large crowds and influx of carefully designed cars with custom features and engines is something Joe Savoie, owner of Radical Speed ​​Sport auto show, said has been happening at many shows this year; that exhibition was held in April.

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“It’s the same here,” he said. “”Crowds are great. Cars are cool. There’s a lot of new stuff and we’re seeing it at a lot of shows. People have been itching to get back out there and he’s spent the last two years, three years, working on his new stuff and it’s been great.”

He said that while people are eager to return, challenges remain, including making sure celebrity guests make it to shows, as airlines are hit hard by increased travel demand.

However, Doherty said that while there are still issues to be ironed out, it’s great to be back.

“At Atlantic Nationals, we’re all car enthusiasts, but our team and I realized that the show has gone beyond just a car show, it’s a major economic driver for the city of Moncton, for the region, around Moncton. and, indeed, for the entire Atlantic provinces.

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