The parking lot and grounds of Branch 25, Royal Canadian Legion on Great Northern Rd in Sault Ste. Marie,Ont. were transformed into a Gallery for Classic Cars and Motorcycles. This event was undertaken to bring funds and attention to a very special project.
The Sgt. John Wayne Faught Fieldhouse. Lucia Reece, Director of Education for Algoma District School Board, and Donna Crosson, Sgt. John Faughts’ mother, were present for the event, sharing “The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 25 is supporting the ongoing fundraising efforts of The Faught Fieldhouse through this event today. A portion of the funds realized from today’s event will be donated to the building of The Faught Fieldhouse.”
There were classic cars and motorcycles of all shapes, sizes and colours on display Saturday afternoon, July 4th, 2015. Barry Heise, who is the proud owner of a ‘Dneper’ motorcycle, shared “The Dneper is named after a river in Kiev.” Kiev is the capital and largest city in Ukraine. The frame of his motorcycle is from 1940, and the motor is from 1979. Barry completely restored the Dneper.
Another fellow motorcycle rider is Steve Scott. He was at the Classic Show with a motorcycle called ‘Ural’. “This is one of only 25 made for the Canadian market” shared Steve. The Ural is also known as the northern cruiser, and has been used in extreme cold climates. Sometimes referred to as ‘The Russian BMW’, the Ural can even traverse snowy conditions.
The event saw a good turn-out of folks of all ages who appreciate classic cars, motorcycles and the timeless elegance they conjure.
The Faught Fieldhouse is a legacy project for the whole community. Raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Sgt Faught attended Bawating Highschool, where he was a member of the football team. He was the recipient of the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) South-West Asia Service Medal (SWASM) and Afghanistan Bar, Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal, and Commander-in-Chief Unit Commendation.
On January 16, 2010, an improvised explosive device killed Sergeant Faught, a member of 1st Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, during a security foot patrol south of Kandahar City, Afghanistan.
To learn more about the gofundme campaign, and the Algoma District School Boards’ ongoing work to build The Faught Fieldhouse, visit http://www.fundthefieldhouse.com/
Check out more photos in the Gallery
Photos by Josh Rogers, Additional photos by Lynne Brown