RM Sotheby’s & RM Auto Restoration, in partnership with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and RetroFest, are delighted to announce plans for the celebration of RM’s 40th Anniversary, set for the weekend of 21–22 June in the company’s home of Chatham-Kent, Ontario.

RetroFest, now in its 19th year, will also move to 21–22 June as well, making for the ultimate weekend destination for classic car enthusiasts in Canada. The community and attendees can expect two days filled with enhanced RetroFest programming alongside anniversary events put on by RM Sotheby’s, including special automobile displays and entertainment, featuring a performance by acclaimed Canadian act Sam Roberts Band on the evening of Friday, 21 June, at Tecumseh Park in downtown Chatham.

“RM has been making our community proud for decades,” says Chatham-Kent Mayor Darrin Canniff. “Linking RetroFest with RM’s 40th anniversary celebration is an amazing collaboration. Add in the fact that local charities will benefit, and it takes it over the top. RM choosing to celebrate with all of Chatham-Kent is a world-class move by a world-class company.”

“RM has been working with the RetroFest™ team to grow and support the event since its inception,” says Paul Shettell, Chair of the Historic Downtown Chatham-BIA. “This year, we are excited to partner with RM Sotheby’s 40th Anniversary celebration for the best RetroFest yet! The changes for 2019 will be huge and we look forward to seeing everyone on 21–22 June in downtown Chatham.”

Working with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, the 40th Anniversary celebration will give back to the community that has fostered the growth of RM over the last four decades and celebrate Chatham-Kent as the Classic Car Capital of Canada. All proceeds from the weekend’s events will go directly back into the community, supporting several important local organizations, including the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent, Chatham-Kent Hospice, and the Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.

The RM Sotheby’s team looks forward to celebrating with the Chatham-Kent and collector car community and will announce more details on the weekend’s community activities and entertainment as they become available.


If you would like to participate in the car cruise and RetroFest Car Show click the link below to register for free. Cars must be 25+ years or older.


  • The annual kick-off RetroFest Cruise, coupled with a special RM 40th Anniversary Parade that is not to be missed
  • A special performance by Sam Roberts Band on Friday night following the parade with proceeds to benefit local charities (tickets available soon, more information to follow)


  • RM Sotheby’s, alongside the Kent Historic Auto Club, will present the annual Car Show on the streets of downtown Chatham, made even more special with additional displays and activities, as well as special awards and celebrity judges, including Wayne Carini of the Chasing Classic Cars television series
  • A once-in-a-lifetime collector car display at RM Sotheby’s Headquarters featuring some of the rarest and most beautiful cars in the world, with ticket proceeds to benefit the Children’s Treatment Centre
  • An evening of entertainment with Big Sugar and Superfly at the Capitol Theatre, with proceeds to benefit local charities and details to be announced



CLICK HERE to buy concert tickets for the Sam Roberts Band or Big Sugar.