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Rockland road rally roars to success

not show up alone. “They find the event very pleasant,” said Dupuis, “and they’re bringing friends who also have Mustangs.” At 8 a.m. sharp, the first wave of Mustangs rolled out, including the lead car driven by Chantal Lafontaine, this year’s special guest cancer survivor, followed by the sponsors’ car driven by Pascale Bazinet, represen- ting all of the regional caisse populaires. The autographed lead car, driven by special guest cancer survivor, Chantal Lafontaine, includes signatures from dozens of caisse populaire employees. This year’s rally saw drivers from as far as Drummondville QC take part. The herd of Mustangs raced east along the highways and byways of Prescott-Russell, towards the turnaround point in Hawkes- bury. They circled around to finish back in Rockland by mid-afternoon at the Parc Du Moulin, where the drivers lined up their cars for all to admire as part of the feature attractions during this year’s Ottawa River Festival. This year’s Mustang Classic raised about $25,000 for breast cancer research. Dupuis said the pledges are still coming in as of Mon- day so the final tally won’t be available until later when organizers present a cheque to officials from the Canadian Cancer Society. The event also raised $7400 for the City of Clarence-Rockland’s Building the Heart of the Community Foundation, which supports local community projects and programs.


It was a blustery Saturday morning for a Canada Day weekend. But in Rockland the engines roared in a mob of Mustangs as drivers prepared to roll out for the annual Rockland FordMustang Classic Poker Run,

Chantal Lafontaine is ready and raring to go at the wheel of her autographed hot magenta Mustang Saturday morning. She is this year’s special guest cancer survivor participant in the annual Rockland Ford Mustang Classic Poker Run for breast cancer research. —photo Gregg Chamberlain

to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. “It was a success,” said Sylvain Dupuis, during aMondaymorning post-rally phone interview.

He noted that the annual road rally has become a very popular event for Mustang fans, especially the drivers. The 116 parti- cipants in this year’s event included a large number of returning entries and they did

On the road again, the Rockland Ford Mustang Classic rolls out to support breast cancer research. —photo Gregg Chamberlain


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