For 40 years now, we have had the pleasure of hosting many automobile enthusiasts at some of the most beautiful auction venues in the world and have shown countless expert restorations at the top concours events, bringing home six Pebble Beach Best of Show wins. Today it gives us great pleasure to invite everyone to our home, the lovely and scenic Municipality of Chatham-Kent, where it all began 40 years ago, with a dream.

We have travelled from Chatham-Kent for many auctions and car shows, and we are often asked why we choose to remain grounded here, so far from most of our events. This celebration weekend, as we invite everyone to experience the warmth of our community, the hospitality of our neighbors, and the beauty of our tree-lined streets, we hope everyone will begin to understand why we are so proud to call Chatham-Kent our home.

Our 40th Anniversary celebration is set to be an unforgettable weekend in Chatham-Kent, and we invite all car lovers and local, regional, and national car clubs to join us and display their cars in hopes of bringing thousands of automobiles to Chatham-Kent on 21–22 June and celebrate with us in making this the best collector car weekend that Canada's ever seen!

Join us in the celebration!

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.

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

For more information or for assistance in booking a room at one of our host hotels, please email us directly and one of RM Sotheby's representatives will be happy to assist you.


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 behind the Chatham-Kent Civic Centre, presented by RM Sotheby's and 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 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.


Now in its 19th year, RetroFest is a nostalgic celebration of the 1950s and '60s featuring classic cars and themed events in Historic Downtown Chatham. Fans of transportation must experience this first-rate automotive festival where hundreds of collector cars gather on the streets of Chatham’s historic downtown core. This family-friendly event features a car cruise Friday evening and activities in Tecumseh Park.

Chatham's downtown transforms into a showcase of classic cars on Saturday. Joining the selection of exceptional automobiles will be a number of fun activities, including a Car Cruise, amusement rides, live entertainment, beer garden in Tecumseh Park, soap box derby, and a host of other nostalgic fun for the entire family!

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.

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

If you are interested in 2019 RetroFest™ please contact the office at 519-352-8387


Canadian singer/songwriter Sam Roberts released his debut in 2002, following a popular independent demo recording he had made in Montreal. Before that point, he had been a violin player who eventually moved on to guitar and started a rock band with his friends. The Inhuman Condition was released and became the best-selling independent EP in Canadian history. In 2003 he released his first full-length album, We Were Born in a Flame. The Certified Double-Platinum selling album was a huge hit in Canada and won the Juno Award for Album of the Year, Rock Album of the Year, and Artist of the Year. He continued to release hit albums for the remainder of the decade. For his 2011 release, Collider, Roberts changed from using his name to using Sam Roberts Band. In 2014, Lo-Fantasy was released to great acclaim. Lead single We’re All In This Together reached the top of both Canadian rock radio charts, followed by Top 10 hits Human Heat and Shapeshifters. In 2016, TerraForm was released, the band’s 6th studio album. Most recently Roberts released We Were Born In A Flame 2018 Deluxe Edition, which included previously unreleased tracks on 3 LPs.

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


Led by vocalist Gordie Johnson and his signature double neck Gibson guitar, the leaner, cleaner, present day Big Sugar still rock the house! Whether performing new songs like “Anything is Possible” from their latest album “ETERNITY NOW” or certified hits, “Ride Like Hell” or “Diggin A Hole”, Big Sugar is sure to keep fans dancing and playing air guitar.

Proceeds from the concert will support Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation and will be used to provide end-of-life hospice care to families in the Chatham-Kent community.

On sale dates for the Big Sugar performance will be announced in the coming weeks.

CLICK HERE to buy concert tickets for Big Sugar.


Formed out of a love for Canadian music, Walkin’ 47 has been playing the southwestern Ontario music scene since 2007.

Walkin’ 47 has been fortunate enough to be part of many fundraising events and festivals within the Windsor, Sarnia, London, and Chatham corridor. In the process, the band has helped raise well over $300,000 for worthwhile causes. 

With a shared passion for Canadian rock, their set list is filled with great Canadian classics and they have been honoured to open up for bands such as The Trews and Sloan.  Their original music can be found on Spotify and Apple Music. 

The guys in Walkin’ 47 are like family and consist of Scott Aarssen (rhythm guitar, harmonica), Steve Bellan (drums), Brian Cox (lead guitar), Jason Denys (bass guitar), and Drew Varsava (lead vocals and rhythm guitar).

CLICK HERE to buy concert tickets for Walkin'47 and the Sam Roberts Band.


Superfly is a 7 Piece Funk band from Chatham Ontario. We play a distinct blend of Funky dance hall classics, Motown standards, horn infused Classic Rock, Blues, and Jazz-Funk that will keep your toes a tappin’. The band has been entertaining the Chatham-Kent area for almost 14 years through a variety of events and settings. For info on booking email info@superflyband.com or visit www.superflyband.com for updates, information on availability, videos, and merchandise.

The band features the following members:
Byron “Big Daddy” Harrett –Saxophone, Flute, Vocals Matthew “Keepin’ it Funky” Brunke – Trumpet, Vocals
Seth “Last Call” McNall – Trombone, Vocals
“Tricky” Nicky Novosad – Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals
Nick “Junior” Sennema – Drums
Justin “The Juice” McMath – Bass
Steve “Kid Dynamite” Walker – Guitar, Vocals

CLICK HERE to buy concert tickets for Superfly and Big Sugar.