August 2, 2010


For Lord & Lady Simcoe


Just what they always wanted! A Volkswagen GTI!

Actually, I took this pic back in June at Niagara-on-the-Lake, when I was partaking of a rather fun Volkswagen press trip. This little five speed beauty was a blast - and to celebrate our surroundings, I drove it here in front of Lord and Lady Simcoe, near the house where they lived. They're the reason all you Canadians are gonna start drinking earlier today. While those wheels are more suited to performance than off-road experiences, I wanted to make sure the Simcoes got a good look. A little later, I drove it all over a couple of lawns. Sometimes, you just have to make demands of your car...

The trip was packed full of historical stuff; we also heard all about Laura Secord, who was more about war time bravery than chocolate. Unlike myself. I'm all about the chocolate, oncoming armies be damned.

If you haven't been out to Niagara-on-the-Lake, it's a fun day trip. Winery tours, horse and carriage rides, bed and breakfasts. Don't confuse it with Niagara Falls, which is freak museums. Which are fun too. Actually, NOTL has my favourite cemetery. I can happily give a miss to the cheesy tourist shops and bad restaurants (hint: don't go to most obvious), but the cemetery is amazing. I like cemeteries. More than chocolate, even.

And of course, Volkswagen is making some great rides these days. Lord and Lady Simcoe have given their approval.

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9 Comments:

Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

I can attest to the lawn driving...

August 02, 2010 2:18 PM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

And remember, dear historian, Simcoe Day is only 'celebrated' in Ontario...

August 02, 2010 2:30 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Historian? I had to double-check whether 'Simcoe' had an 'e' or not...

August 02, 2010 2:34 PM  
Anonymous buzzwhack said...

Nice set of wheels, had a late 1980s Golf convertible. Not too fast, but handled like a go kart compared to any of the US rwd plows I usually fool around with. If only the wheels on "your" GTI were less ridiculous.

August 02, 2010 2:47 PM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

Start drinking earlier than what?

I ended up buying a Saturn Astra last fall because I have cheap Scottish blood in me and GM was basically giving them away in October. For free. It is as pure a European driving car as you will find in North America. Or Central. Only they forgot to put a motor in it and the hamsters seem to be a little under powered. M'lady and M'lord would not be impressed but for the teenie bit of money that I paid I cannot complain.

Rum time. Oooo... Remind me to tell you the story behind a bottle of rum I got on Grand Cayman Island. It involves three men named Richard.

August 02, 2010 3:15 PM  
Anonymous OwlSaysWho said...

Now I'm gonna have to look up Lord and Lady Simcoe . . .

August 02, 2010 3:44 PM  
Anonymous B1 said...

(OWL!!!!)

Like I need an excuse to start drinking earlier.

We have a five-speed Sunfire that is almost as much fun to drive as my TR-7 was. I wish they hadn't stopped making them. (The Sunfire, not the TR-7, which had electrics courtesy of Lucas, the Prince of Darkness.)

August 03, 2010 11:08 AM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Ah. British electrics.

And, yes! Owl!

August 03, 2010 11:35 AM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

Taking your incontinent Grandmother for a spin in this car with its low profile tires would likely necessitate a change of clothes for the old dear. Every crack and bump was felt...

August 03, 2010 12:06 PM  

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