Oshawa, Ontario – The Canadian Automotive Museum in Oshawa, Ontario has received a $25,000 donation on behalf of the Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association (OARA).
The donation was issued by 400 Auto Wreckers of Holland Landing, Ontario. It was made possible through the participation of OARA members in the Retire Your Ride vehicle recycling program, which wrapped up on March 31, 2011 and rewarded drivers for taking older, higher-polluting cars off the road. OARA donated over 60 per cent of the revenues received from its members for vehicles acquired through the Retire Your Ride recycling program to a variety of charities throughout Ontario, and to date, has delivered over $1.2 million to over 60 charities.
The Canadian Automotive Museum contains what is believed to be the world’s largest single collection of uniquely Canadian vehicles, including McLaughlin, Tudhope, Galt and Manic, along with other historic vehicles including some used for Royal visits. The Museum plays a significant role in providing educational programs for students on the development of the automotive industry, and the donation will fund some of the costs associated with enhancing the programs, as well as improving access for the disabled and providing preservation supplies for the museum’s extensive library.
“I chose the Canadian Automotive Museum because I have been a vintage automobile enthusiast for 42 years and have been a supporter of the museum as a fundraiser for a number of years,” said Tom Huehn of 400 Auto Wreckers. “400 Auto Wreckers has been doing business in Toronto and Holland Landing since 1967, and working with a great association like OARA and a program like Retire Your Ride has given us the opportunity to give something back to the community.”