On July 12 the DDB hosted it’s first ever Nostalgia Nights event, drawing thousands of spectators into the downtown area. The day began with free train rides from the L&PS Station and the unveiling of the brand-new DDB coach car. 70 feet long and seating 120, the car acts as a unique moving billboard with it’s vinyl wrap portraying City Hall, the L&PS Station, the Talbot Street east and west entrance signs, Jumbo the elephant, and Clark McDougall’s painting, “1964”. The train car is part of a five-year marketing plan in partnership with Railway City Tourism and the Elgin County Railway Museum. The initiative focuses on promoting the downtown. This is the first appearance of many as the coach will be seen at other events including A Day Out With Thomas and the Ironhorse Festival.
The “Art in the Park” component of the day took place out front of the L&PS Station where over a dozen vendors displayed and sold artifacts. Two local bands entertained as well as a disc jockey who played classic tracks from the 50s and 60s.
Over 400 vintage cars participated in the Car Show, exceeding the expectations of those who organized the night. Talbot Street from Mondamin to John Street and the L&PS Corridor were lined with beautiful, eye-catching vehicles that many gathered around to see. Every participating car owner also received 5 Downtown Dollars to spend.