We created Sessanta Miglia Niagara to raise funds for the new West Lincoln Memorial Hospital (WLMH) – a much needed replacement for the current hospital that opened its’ doors 75 years ago this year.
The story of this event began 50 years ago. A few friends decided to take their classic Aston Martins for a drive from Toronto to the Niagara Region and a love for the region and driving events was born.
Since 2015 we have driven for a cause – raising funds for a much needed hospital replacement in West Niagara. With the new facility now approved and ground-breaking scheduled for 2022 – our fundraising efforts will intensify as we work to make a difference in
After a one-year hiatus due to the global challenges of 2020, this year we are excited to be back with a Covid-safe program and are honoured to invite Corporate Sponsors to ride alongside us. Each of you are invited to be part of an on-going legacy event that is equal parts passion for driving, and passion for a healthcare provider in need of our support now more than ever.
Sessanta which means ‘60’ in Italian will see participants drive 60 miles each day on a tour that commences in Grimbsy and ends in the Niagara region. Our event pays humble homage to Mille Miglia of Italy – the epic Italian driving event for the world’s most exotic cars.
Our event is comprised of just 80 vehicles. Drivers and navigators each share a passion for driving, the art of rally, and supporting a local cause that matters. All vehicles possess a unique automotive pedigree, ranging from a 1938 Lagonda to the latest McLaren super-cars.
The experience commences on Friday August 6th with a driver reception. Registration opens Saturday morning at 9:00 A.M. and concludes late Sunday afternoon on August 8th. The cost is $400 per car until June 15th, and $500 per car from June 16th onward.
From the start and finish staging area, to the eight static gathering spaces each day, you will be provided an excellent opportunity to meet fellow drivers, navigators and our corporate sponsors.
Each day there is a 60-mile/100-km route. Three to four cars are sent out every few minutes along our route to manage for safe traffic-flow and to stagger gathering space arrivals and departures to adhere to public health measures for social distancing.
We will adhere to the protocols and regulations in affect at the time of the event. Masks, sanitizer and distancing for all will be practiced as a minimum. The tour route on public roads is designed with safety in mind.
Refined, sporty, exotic, sophisticated, rare, celebrated. From a postwar MG T-Type to an F8 Tributo, they’re all coming.
Friday, August 6th (optional)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 6TH
For those travelling from out of town, or those who looking for a night out with fellow enthusiasts, this reception is optional. Hosted at the Casablanca Winery Inn in Grimsby, Lake Ontario you are welcome to join us.
Saturday, August 7th
SATURDAY, AUGUST 7TH
Hotel check-out for those from out of town, and arrival into Grimsby for all others. Doors to the Peach King Arena open at 8:30am with registration to start at 9:00 A.M. followed by a public viewing of all cars, introductions and your drivers meeting.
First group departs. Cars will be sent out in small groups in 3 minute intervals.
First cars arrive for lunch.
First cars depart for afternoon drive.
First cars arrive for wine tasting.
Hotel check-in. Please see the Q&A section for the latest information about available accommodations.
Dinner at Coppalla’s Cucina in St. Catharines. Note: shuttle transportation will be provided if desired.
Sunday, August 8th
SUNDAY, AUGUST 8TH
Breakfast in the Vines, located on the property of one our founders. Just three km’s from most of the Niagara-on-the-Lake hotels, a continental breakfast will be provided and your Sunday’s Driver’s Meeting will be hosted here.
First group departs Niagara-on-the-Lake. Cars will be sent out in small groups in 3 minute intervals.
First cars arrive for light lunch.
First cars depart for afternoon drive.
First cars arrive for tour at Flatrock Cellars.
First cars depart for final leg of Sessanta Miglia 2021.
First cars arrive at Limani Restaurant at Fifty Point Conservation Park on the shores of Lake Ontario in Winona. At our Fiesta at the Fifty reception, we will offer a few awards, provide some recognition to those that deserve it and share a few laughs before wrapping up Sessanta Miglia 2021.
Depart for home.
Sessanta Miglia Niagara puts you and your product in front of the right people — passionate fans of fine automobiles intent on great driving and raising money for a great cause. Select sponsorship opportunities available.
With 100% of the net proceeds gifted to the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Building Campaign, we will also welcome In-Kind sponsors to provide items of real value for our auction. To optimize the yield, items will be valued at wholesale cost against the sponsorship cost, and promoted at the Retail price to maximize the donation to the WLMH.
You’ve done the hard work. Now you just need to send a few dollars.
Open your mobile banking application on your preferred device.
Send money via Interac e-transfer within your app. You will need to add ‘Sessanta Miglia’ as a contact and our email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once the contact has been added, follow the prompts in your banking application to send $400 before June 15th (and $500 after).
Once you submit payment, you will receive an email from ‘W HATTIN’ the shows proof of payment.
COVID has created planning challenges for all - hotels, restaurants, and us. It is a call-out for you to plan ahead this year and not wait until closer to event day to maximize your experience this August.
You will need to make your own reservations and are welcome to stay anywhere you’d like in Niagara region. If you would like to stay near the Saturday start area (Grimsby), you can book at the Casablanca Inn or the Super 8 right off the highway. There are room blocks of ten each hotel. Reference code of ‘Sessanta car’ will unlock preferred rates of $105/night for either based on first-come, first-served basis.
On Saturday evening, we have holds of 20 rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn (use ‘SMB21’ to unlock a rate of $199) with overflow at the Holiday Inn Express next door (use ‘SMB’ to unlock a rate of$279). As the Henley Regatta is on the same weekend, we recommend you reserve a room soon.
Here are the list of additional options for your consideration. If you have a CAA or CARP membership, they will provide you with the best savings per room night.
Additional options include VRBO, AirBnB and no shortage of Bed & Breakfast options. Please note that accommodation costs will be paid directly by you.
You have a small boot? No need to pack lightly. We travel with a chase vehicle to safely and securely transport any larger items. This service will be provided on a first come, first served basis, so if you can, please notify us early if this is one of your requirements.
We are asking if you anticipate coming to each of the dinners now so we can ensure we can provide a range to each venue. One week before the event, you will be asked to firmly commit either way so that we can fully commit to each restaurant. Once they are fully confirmed, we will provide the link to the restaurant website so you can view their menu. For theSaturday evening dinner, we will decide on one group menu that ideally provides adequate choice for all palettes. Food and beverage costs will be paid directly by you.
Niagara is the capital of tourism. From the Falls, to the Warplane Heritage Museum to the Welland Canal, search Tourism Niagara in Google and you can start planning where you’ll add pictures to Memory Lane.
There is perhaps no better way for any of us to socially distance than from inside our own vehicles enjoying the best driving roads in Niagara. For Sessanta Miglia 2021, we will accept a maximum of 80 cars.
With each of us eager to get out and explore, we expect a waitlist this year. We will take payment for the first 80 cars and build a list of all those interested in joining us should someone in the first 80 need to cancel.
The cost is $400 per car until June 15th and $500 per car from June 16th onward. Please note that we rely heavily on volunteers to keep your investment down and our donations to the hospital up.
Firstly, this is a rain-or-shine event. While we expect Ontario to be more accessible and open in August, the 2021 challenges of COVID in Ontario have been more unpredictable than we could have imagined as we entered this year. Should government restrictions come into play that require us to host less drivers, we will prioritize participation based on the order in which payment is received.
In practical terms, some portion of your registration fee could be at risk based on the dollars we may have invested in the program by that moment in time. Please remember that unpaid volunteers are organizing this event for your enjoyment and to raise funds.
Barring government regulations, Sessanta Miglia 2021 will go on, rain or shine. Should government restrictions prevent the event from occurring, we will return the registration fees minus out-of-pocket expenses to that date, or, if preferred, hold your place until we can hold the event later in 2021; or, hold it for Sessanta Miglia 2022.
As per the note in one of the previous questions above, in practical terms, some portion of your registration fee could be at risk based on the dollars we may have invested in the program by that point in time. Please remember that unpaid volunteers are organizing this event for your enjoyment and to raise funds.
Sending 80 cars at once would make for an unwieldy, slow and rather uninteresting parade. So, we send out cars in groups of 3 or 4 and space them a few minutes apart and about 45minutes from front to back.The groups will be of similar era cars.
It is more art than science and our attempt to prevent unsafe bunching. It will also ensure each group thinks about some navigation and also give our visiting venues a chance to serve everyone better by spreading out the cars. Departure times will be in your Driver’s Package, but will be sometime around 10 am, each morning.
We keep similar vintages of cars together so that we do not mix McLarens with MGs, or Cobras with QVales. Within classifications, we will balance new friends and different cars, and if you are coming with a friend and wish to drive with them, we will accommodate. There will be 3 or 4 cars in each group. The 4th may be a sponsor to whom we are all happy for their contribution.
The winery visits during the drive are Navigator Tastings. All drivers are expected to follow the rules around alcohol consumption. Drivers will sign a waiver acknowledging compliance and you are your own liquor control board.
For the dinners after the drives each day, everyone acts to their own accord. We will arrange transportation if required to and from venues depending upon final arrangements.
Car numbers are special to drivers for many reasons. All numbers from 0 to 99 are available at no additional cost on a first come, first served basis. If a driver wants a 3-digit number, they are also available on a first come, first served basis in return for a donation to the charity. Should this interest you, please email Rob Hattin directly at email@example.com.
There will be driving notes consisting of where to turn (approximately 40 turns) each day. Some approximate distances may be given as a courtesy, but this is more about you staying alert and having some fun. We will also provide some waypoints to meet up as a group.
We expect to keep our unblemished record for no incidents, accidents or illness. There will be protocols for COVID regulations in effect at the time, traffic safety, and general decorum. We will provide sanitizers and masks, and encourage proper distancing if/as required.
Each driver will sign a standard event waiver, show insurance, and agree to adhere to all Highway Traffic laws. It should come as no surprise, but we will have zero tolerance for impaired, distracted, or stunt driving.
Although we will do our very best to provide mechanical assistance on the road, a properly prepared vehicle is the responsibility of the driver. Our sponsor Hagerty will be providing flatbed service for any breakdowns along the route. There are a number of drivers who have some mechanical aptitude, so we urge you to meet them on event day. CAA Niagara will also be apprised of the event, so if you have a troublesome vehicle, you might want to renew your membership, otherwise we’ll do our very best to be there for you.
If required, call 911 or Emergency Services as appropriate. Health and Safety is above all else. Once settled, call the Event Organizer to report the incident and to see if other help can be supplied or changes to the event are required. All incidents should be recorded with pictures. Please note that we will not intercede in disputes, and ask that you act responsibly to ensure no-fault accidents will be minimized.
By participating in Sessanta Miglia 2021, you will agree to allow us and fellow participants to take photographs for publicity and promotionalpurposes only, including posting on our website or other social media applications.
We ask our entrants to make generous use of their camera phones and Go Pros. We will provide a site to upload/download the pictures and videos.
We will have:
People’s Choice Awards for various classes of cars.
The Modest Accomplishment Awards.
The best dressed male and female participant Awards.
Judging will be by the public and our own entrants.
All proceeds to date have been donated directly to West Lincoln Memorial Hospital (WLMH) Foundation, where, to date, we have raised $12,000. With 800 babies a year born at our community hospital, our funds have been directed toward supporting obstetrics.
This year, our fundraising goal is to raise $20,000 to bring our total funds raised to $32,000. We are committed to fund OB-GYN equipment that can be used in the short term and moved into the new hospital when it opens in late 2024. We will provide participants with visibility into the total funds raised at our closing dinner.
We are currently gathering unique items both products and experiences that will appeal to our audience. These will be presented at the beginning of the event, and raises will be done silently over the course of the weekend. All items will have minimum bids due to the value of the items.
Items to date include: a two-car lift; a personally commissioned painting of you and your car; a romantic dinner for two among the vines at a Niagara winery; curated cases of rare wines; and much more.
Donors will also receive a CRA tax receipt for a portion of the registration (approximately $200 - $250), any donations made, and from any auction items purchased.
Absolutely. There will be a drop-down on the ticketing page once the e-commerce component of the site goes live on May 21st. As well, staff from the WLMH Foundation will be on hand at the Saturday morning gathering.