7 Must-See Classic Car Shows In Southern Ontario This Summer

Every summer weekend in Southern Ontario, there’s a classic car show happening somewhere. Conveniently, several of them are taking place in the GTA or just a short drive from it.

Perhaps you’re a vintage car owner or just like to admire their timeless beauty from an arm’s length. Classic car and truck shows allow you to view a wide spectrum of the vehicles of yesteryear, with each of their owners having a unique story to tell about them.

Many classic car shows also raise funds and encourage donations for local charities and community groups. This summer, experience the nostalgia and fun of one of these must-see classic car shows located in the Southern Ontario area.

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  1. Classics On The Square Car Show (Mississauga, July 3rd): This third annual event is located at Mississauga Celebration Square. Along with a wide variety of classic cars on display, there’ll be live music, Batman and other superheroes for the kids, and door prizes.
  2. Havelock Recreation & Performance Motor Show (Havelock, July 15-17): This busy three day event is taking place two hours northwest of Toronto. Enjoy the classic cars, trucks, boats, tractors, and motorcycles that will be on display. There will also be camping, a flea market and swap meet, truck and tractor pulls, live music, and boxing matches.
  3. Classics In The Park Car Show (Barrie, July 23rd): Heritage Park on Barrie’s waterfront is the picturesque setting for this classic car, motorcycle, and custom truck event. $5,000 was raised at last year’s show for Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka, which provides cancer care support.
  4. Wheels On The Danforth (Toronto, August 13th): Toronto’s vibrant Danforth area plays host to many summertime events. Included is this show featuring classic cars, custom builds, and hot rods.
  5. Autofest Oshawa (Oshawa, August 19-21): Lakeview Park hosts this 23rd annual weekend event. Classic cars, hot rods, motorcycles, and trucks will share space with modern day high performance vehicles.
  6. Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance (Kemble, September 17-18): Beautiful and rarely seen automobiles at Cobble Beach Golf Resort Community in Kemble, Ontario.
  7. British Car Day (Oakville, September 18): Hosted annually by the Toronto Triumph Club, this is the largest, one-day, all-British car event in North America.

Car lifts are a great storage solution for your classic car

Classic car enthusiasts will be out in large numbers for these summer events. But when summer ends, what’s the best winter storage solution for a classic car or truck?  There’s a smart choice that won’t take up your garage’s lone parking spot.

Silver Porsche on a four post car lift from Garage Living

A car lift allows you to double your garage’s parking space by utilizing its unused vertical space. Your classic car or truck is stored on the elevated platform of the car lift, allowing you to easily park your everyday-use vehicle underneath it. If you like being hands-on with your car’s maintenance, car lifts also let you safely work on the vehicle’s underside. A car lift is also a smarter option financially than storing your classic vehicle annually in an expensive storage facility that has no long-term tangible benefits to you.

Visit our showroom to see a car lift up close. You can also schedule a free consultation with us to learn more about how car lifts are a great storage solution for your classic car.

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3 Considerations When Choosing A Car Lift

If you’re looking to purchase a car lift, it’s important to consider a few things first to ensure you pick the best one for the job. Auto lifts come in numerous configurations, different sizes and, of course, a range of prices. This quick guide will help steer you in the right direction, allowing you to be 100-percent satisfied with whichever design you choose to install.

Four post car lift with metal ramps in a single car garage.


Some car lifts are designed primarily for storage purposes, while others can help you with car maintenance. Determine why you’re buying an auto lift in the first place to narrow your options. If you wish to maximize storage space, four-post lifts are often the best option. Scissor and portable lifts are great for mechanic enthusiasts.


Unless you’re planning to expand your garage, you’ll need to find a lift design that fits without cramping your space. Some space-saving designs like the portable lift can be moved out of the way when not in use. Four-post lifts utilize vertical space that often just goes to waste, providing you with more storage space for cars than you had before.

Grey Porsche on a four post car lift.


Installing a car lift is an investment, but the extra storage space or the ability to work on your car from home is worth the cost. Determine what type of car lift you need first and then start looking at prices to determine what you can afford.

Ready to bring a car lift to your garage? Garage Living can help. Schedule a free consultation appointment with design experts to discuss your project goals.

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5 Great Reasons You Should Buy A Car Lift

car lift is the perfect solution for the home garage that has insufficient storage space for your vehicles.

More and more, homeowners with a shortage of parking space in their garage are turning to a car lift for the convenience and practicality they offer. Car lifts take advantage of your garage’s unused vertical space by elevating your vehicle off the floor. This allows you to park another vehicle underneath it.

Silver Porsche on a four post car lift from Garage Living

A car lift is a great alternative to an expensive renovation that increases your garage’s size. Here are the five best reasons to consider one.

1. A car lift protects your investment

Vehicles are a sizeable investment. You can protect that investment by adding the ability to park your vehicles inside your home, which has several advantages:

  • vehicles parked inside a garage are much more protected from vandalism and theft
  • parking your vehicle in a garage prolongs the life of its body and, to a lesser degree, its engine

2. Store your second vehicle in your one-car garage

The majority of homes have one-car garages. If your family has two vehicles, that deprives you of the aforementioned benefits of garage storage.

With a car lift, you can now park that second vehicle under your roof. That’s particularly nice in the winter. Your vehicles will no longer require ice and snow removal, plus they’ll start easier on extremely cold mornings (especially if your garage is heated).

black Mercedes on a car lift in a single car garage

3. Off-season garage storage for your prized vehicle

Canadian winters clearly don’t provide ideal weather conditions for operating classic cars or high-end sports cars. Car enthusiasts with limited garage storage space can use a car lift to store their prized vehicle until the warmer weather arrives. This saves you the costly expense of yearly fees for keeping your cherished vehicle in an off-site storage facility.

4. Vehicle maintenance is much easier

If you’re the type who enjoys being hands-on with your vehicle’s care, then you’ll appreciate the versatility of a car lift. Maintenance and repairs on the underside of your vehicle are much easier with the excellent accessibility afforded by a car lift.

If you’re planning to work underneath your vehicle, make sure to purchase a car lift that’s been certified by the ANSI. This ensures your safety.

5. A car lift isn’t just for cars

While they’re called “car lifts”, these useful mechanisms can store much more than just sedans. Car lifts with the proper weight capacity can hold larger vehicles like SUVs, vans, and pickup trucks. They can even be used to store motorcycles and your lawn machinery or snowblower during their off-seasons.

Consider the many benefits of adding a space-saving car lift to your garage. If you think a car lift is right for your garage storage needs, schedule a free consultation with us.

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Garage Living Helps Christine Da Costa Take The One Room Challenge

Christina Da CostaIf you could choose one messy, disorganized room in your home and have it transformed into a glamorous one in six weeks, which room would you choose? If you’re Christine Da Costa, sought-after interior decorator and published writer in Toronto, you would choose the garage.

Taking on the One Room Challenge™

Christina did more than just transform a garage, she did it as part of an online event for the One Room Challenge™. Created by Linda, a New Jersey home and garden design blogger (Calling It Home), this biannual event is open to only twenty designers and decorators each round. Posting weekly updates to your blog is part of the process.

“Man caves aren’t really pretty so this One Room Challenge™ is not the usual project you will see on a website full of pretty bedrooms, bathrooms, laundry rooms”, says Christine.

“I have never done a garage before. In this case, my husband became my client and Garage Living carried out the renovation – but my husband and I created the vision of what we (or should I say he) wanted to have”, she added.

Garage renovation goals

Christine and her husband had already been discussing how to improve their garage space, so it made sense for her to choose this room for the challenge. There were seven things she wanted to bring to the garage renovation:

  • Improve organization
  • Increase storage
  • Maximize the use of vertical space
  • Create a clean, odor-free and comfortable environment
  • Design an art wall

Planning the garage renovation

After creating an initial plan, Christine reached out to the designers at Garage Living for help turning her plans into reality.

They provided a detailed 3D floor plan, which showed exactly how Garage Living planned to utilize the garage room’s high ceilings. One of the biggest changes involved adding a car lift to store her husband’s summer car, making room to store a motorcycle and second vehicle underneath.

3D drawings of garage plans for a two car garage.

The floor plan also showed where to install the cabinetry to store tools, bikes, storage bins, recycling bins and a bar fridge. After Christine’s approval, they moved on to the next stages of the project.

Flooring, cabinetry, slatwall, car lift

In week three of the challenge, Christine decided on the garage flooring, cabinetry, backsplash, countertops, and the wall color.

Christine decided on the Floortex™ Coating for the garage floor because of its durability and low maintenance. She chose the Quicksilver colour which Garage used to begin the transformation.

Christine chose Garage Living’s sleek, stylish and oh-so-practical Signature Cabinetry in a charcoal grey. The stainless steel backsplash adds a bit of style and edge to the design while a maple butcher-block countertop adds a touch of homieness.


A car lift was also installed to store an extra vehicle and maximize the storage space in the garage. Christine said that “to watch the car rise is really quite awesome. It’s like a fun elevator with no walls.”

A slatwall was added to the wall beside the car lift. The hanging storage keeps the floor area tidy and is ideal for seasonal items and bikes. If the car lift isn’t being used for a vehicle it is used as an elevator to reach the bikes hanging on the wall – very efficient.

The final reveal

After several weeks of documented planning and renovating the project was completed. Here is a look at the final reveal.

Final reveal of Christine Da Costa garage.

The result? Christine said “I am really proud of how this man cave garage turned out! Oh, and my husband is currently on cloud 9.”

For more information on this garage renovation project, including styling tips and practical advice from Christine, visit her site – Decor By Christine.

How Do I Know If A Car Lift Is Right For My Garage?

Whether you’re looking to increase the storage space in your garage or store a summer vehicle during those long winter days, a car lift provides a great way reimagine your garage space – even if you have never considered it before. To determine if installing a car lift is right for you, here are answers to some common car lift questions.lift pics_allv4lift pics_allv2












How much space do I need?

A car lift will optimize any space, so don’t fret if you’re concerned that your garage is too small. The car lift itself will fit into one bay space and it is optimal to have 11-12 feet clearance height. Garage Living also has modified garage doors to accommodate the lift. The door is modified by extending the garage door tracks to the ceiling and replacing the ceiling-mounted motor with a side-mounted Jack shaft operator.


How much can a car lift hold?

The 8,000 lbs. standard car lift supports sedans, small vehicles and sports cars, while the 8,000 lbs. long car lift also supports mid-size SUVs and pickup trucks. Finally, the 9000 lbs. standard car lift is the perfect choice for large SUVs and pickup trucks.

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How does Garage Living install the car lift in my garage?

The process generally takes half a day. Our team of 2-4 installers will arrive on-site to erect the lift. The car lift does not have to be anchored to function effectively, but it can be anchored if you prefer. Once the lift is installed, we’ll test it to make sure everything is working correctly. It runs on a 110 outlet, raises electrically and lowers hydraulically. After the car lift is installed, our team will teach you how to use the lift and make sure you feel comfortable and have your questions answered.


Is a car lift safe?

Lifts installed by Garage Living use locking pins in each post with a secondary locking mechanism. Unlike many other car lift installers, all Garage Living installers are ANSI certified to ensure customer safety.


Where can I learn more?

Our team can help you determine if a car lift is the right solution for your space, so contact Garage Living today to learn more about your options.