FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following statement was issued by Culture, Tourism and Healthy Living Minister Trevor Holder in recognition of New Brunswick Automotive Heritage Week, July 8 – 14:

I am happy to acknowledge publicly the past and present contributions of Canadians to the economic, social and cultural development of the province, and I am happy to recognize July 8 – 14 as New Brunswick Automotive Heritage Week. During this week, we will reflect on the importance of the automobile and the essential role of automobile clubs as well as celebrate their ongoing success.

New Brunswick hosts a number of well-attended car shows each year. This year, the Atlantic Nationals will be held July 12-15 in Moncton. The event is being organized by the City of Moncton and the Greater Moncton Hot Rod Association.

This event and similar ones have many positive impacts on tourism in New Brunswick. They are a way to remember the impact automobiles have had on the history of travel, vacationing and changing lifestyles.

We hope that New Brunswick Automotive Heritage Week will foster an appreciation of automotive heritage and highlight a legacy of understanding and enjoyment for future generations. Recognition of the role that automobiles play in our lives is well recognized by automobile enthusiasts. It is hoped that the official declaration of a week to celebrate automobile heritage will bring the importance of the automobile to the front of mind among all New Brunswickers.