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“The Doug Gilmour Car”- Believe it or Not Carleton Place?

“The Doug Gilmour Car”- Believe it or Not Carleton Place?




My son who owns Motorhouse on Highway 7 has collected things since he was a child. In fact we were always worried he would start another collection if we gave him two of something. He had signed hockey photos and pucks, and even a prize reply letter from famed children’s book author Robert Munsch. To this day I still don’t know what happened to that letter. After Schuyleur found out Munsch had a cocaine problem he immediately flew down to the bottom of Sky’s admiration food chain.

Sky brought in a Corvette to his lot awhile ago that had a story– a real big story that it once belonged to Doug Gilmour of the Toronto Maple Leafs. A few of us (like his Mother) didn’t want to doubt him– but behind closed doors whispers were abound. A lot of whispers–in fact we compared the “John Voight” car that George had on Seinfeld to this whole story. Each time we saw the Corvette Steve and I would quote Seinfeld.

JERRY: You bought a car because it belonged to Jon Voight?

GEORGE (defensive): No, no…

JERRY: I think yes, yes. You like the idea of telling people you’re driving Jon Voight’s car.

GEORGE: Alright, maybe I do. So what.




It’s not that we didn’t love the car, we just thought the story was far fetched. We kept asking my son if he had  found a chewed up pencil that belonged to Doug Gilmour in the glove compartment. Sky would always  ask us why would he make up something like that? Of all the names he could pick, why settle on Doug Gilmour? Joking I asked him to check out if it wasn’t owned by Doug Gilmour of  Perth. Or better yet,  do a car search and we’ll see whether or not you’re selling the real Doug Gilmour’s car!

This week we noticed that the car was gone and Steve asked me to ask my son what happened to it. The car had been sold, so I now have to eat crow and no more John Voight jokes. The car had indeed belonged to Doug Gilmore from the Toronto Maples Leafs and he had leased it from Roy Foss in Thornhill, Ontario when it was new. The original colour of the car was blue but later painted black. This was the very car Doug drove when the Maple Leafs made their run to the Conference Final 1992-1993.

So who bought the John Voight Doug Gilmour car? Well none other than Carleton Place Canadians ‘man of the hour’  and head coach of Team Canada East in 2015–Jason Clarke. So Schuyleur, as George Constanza once said,“It’s not a lie if you believe it!” and boy you not only believed it, but your defence came in for the win. Maybe we should all be siting in the penalty box right now. 🙂

Everybody’s talking at me
I don’t hear a word they’re saying
Only the echoes of my mind…..


Motorhouse Mitsubishi
10446 Hwy 7
Carleton Place, Ontario
(613) 253-5550






Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.



Yes the Storyland Bunnies Are still Alive and Well I might Add…

It’s What My Son Said….

Something Really Spells Funny on Highway 7

The Mystery of My Smelly Car — Seinfeldism

Are You Getting Creepy Messages on Your Starbucks Coffee Cup?

Touring in the Back Seat of a 1973 Buick Electra Limited

Never Let Your Kids Eat Chicken Stuffed Kale Balls


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Yes the Storyland Bunnies Are still Alive and Well I might Add…


Supergirl Jess Irvine sent me this video from today’s Kiss 105.3 Ottawa  morning show. She missed most of the interview– but they were chatting about the former Storyland Bunnies. I have written about them until the cows come home, as they were part of many childhoods from the Ottawa Valley and need to be remembered.


If you live in the Carleton Place area, or are even driving up Highway 7 you can see the original Storyland Bunny on the lot of Motorhouse car dealership staring at the Thruway Restaurant. Why is he staring at the Thruway Restaurant? Quite simple– there were those among us that felt the iconic bunny was scary or disconcerting. Excuse me? So my son Schuyleur Seccaspina, who owns that bunny, moved it from the front of the lot to the side to please the folks. The perfect location would be in my yard– but he is having none of that.



My sons Schuyleur and Perry 1990 at Storyland–Linda Seccaspina

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Here they are again Photo–InsideOttawaValley.com 2013

Nicki LaFramboise has the second bunny at the first ‘glamping’ site in Eastern Ontario. ELEMENTS LUXURY TENT CAMPING  is located on the former STORYLAND site, about a hour west of Ottawa– so no one need to worry–the  bunnies are in good hands–but again one of them ( I am looking at you my son) would look great in my front yard. (nudge nudge wink wink say no more say no more)


Nikki’s Bunny- Photo–CTV Ottawa News – CTV News

It was a sad day when that auction happened in 2013. It poured rain all day as each item was auctioned off piece by piece. I documented it as I wanted people to remember what we once had. After all, sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.


Photo-Linda Seccaspina

So thanks to Kiss 105.3  for bringing up what was once great and be thankful we had childhood memories like these before technology took over.


Photo-Linda Seccaspina

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News

You can see the original Storyland Bunny at: 


Address: 10446 Hwy 7, Carleton Place, ON K7C 3P2
The Second Bunny

Elements Luxury Tented Camp & Nature Spa is closed for the season now but you can see him next year

Address: 793 Storyland Rd, Renfrew, ON K7V 3Z8


Storyland Memories–Facebook

The Day That Storyland Died (takes time for photos to load)

It’s What My Son Said….

Storyland bunny finds new home

For Glam’s Sake –Storyland Reinventing the Old Privy

Gone glamping in Renfrew

The Elements of Storyland-Are Those Bunnies Now in Bali Ha’i ?

Meet Carleton Place’s Female Mechanic — Melissa Gaumond-Harriet



Motorhouse Mitsubishi in Carleton Place services all makes and models of vehicles. Russ Moxam, their service manager and Brian, their head technician, have been servicing vehicles in the Carleton Place community for more than 50 years combined. Garages are basically a mens-only club, so what is special in that Mitshubi dealership garage situated on Highway 7?

For almost a year now I have been watching Melissa Gaumond-Harriet apprenticing at Motorhouse. I am pretty vocal, and think it is pretty awesome to have a female mechanic in our area. You can tell right away she knows what she is doing and she blends in like she is one of the guys. Am I biased because she is a female? Maybe:)


What do I know about mechanics? Not one heck of a lot, but I know you just can’t take a course and be a great mechanic. I watched my youngest son Perry work his heart out changing his first motor. It took him a whole day, a lot of frustration, and a case of Diet Pepsi. But after that, even at a young age, he was changing complete motors like magic. He had a natural ‘kavorka’ as Kramer from Seinfeld would say with the mechanics of a car like Melissa does.  Good mechanics can achieve success learn from schooling, but hands-on experience is something you can’t buy.

So how does one go from dolls to cars? Is it a special gene some of us didn’t get? Her father had a garage in my old home town in Cowansville, Quebec. At 6 she was tinkering around cars with her Father, and at 13 she did her first engine swap and she was hooked.

She tried to stay away from the field and took Forensic Anthropology at John Abbot. She was even a fitness instructor, but the smell of oil and grease kept beckoning her back. To feed her soul she took a mechanics course at Algonquin where it wasn’t that easy being a female in the industry. Women are still not freely accepted in some garages, and she has to work harder than men to prove she is qualified. Melissa got out there, got her hands dirty, and showed everyone she wasn’t afraid to sweat. Her Mother was always behind her and in Melissa’s words her Mum just looked at her and said,

Go for it!”

Melissa admits that a lot of people still do not trust a woman with their car. She and I both find that personally and technically insulting. I asked her how hard it was to get a job apprenticing with Motorhouse. She said she just walked up to Russ, the service manager and asked. Fortunately, Russ trusted his instincts, and the rest is history, as Melissa is well on the road to building her reputation.


There is no doubt watching her that she is good at what she does. One of the other mechanics, Josh admitted quite freely,

Melissa is awesome, and one of the best apprentices I have ever seen.”

Guys don’t lie, and I am so proud that Motorhouse Mitsubishi understands and promotes the fact that women are not stupid, and should be welcomed in a male dominated field.

The old saying is,

If you’ve got it, you’ve got it” – and Melissa is running circles around those words. She is young, talented and doing it! You go girl!

Motorhouse Mitsubishi

10446 Hwy 7, Carleton Place, ON K7C 3P2