OBLIVION V: A Very Nice Day for a White Wedding

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On August 13, the 1980s and 1990s were back as Oblivion V transformed the St Volodymyr Cultural Centre in Oakville, into a retro-fantastic automotive and pop culture experience.
This year's theme was A Nice Day for a White Wedding-a nod to the infamous Billy Idol tune and there was a real bride and groom, complete with a retro 1985 Chrysler LeBaron limo.
Inside the building was a special display of tiny 1990s Japanese KEI vehicles, the smallest highway-legal passenger cars and utilities permitted in the country.
Second generation (1992-95) Ford Taurus SHO (Super High Output) featured a 220 hp 3.0-litre Yamaha V6 engine and five-speed manual gearbox. An automatic transmission and 3.2-litre V6 were offered from 1993 onward.
In keeping with the "White Wedding" theme. How many of us remember getting married and driving off in a car like this 1985 Chevy Impala back in the day?
When was the last time you saw two late-1980s Saab 900 convertibles of the same colour in the same place?
Sprawling grounds provided the perfect venue for Oblivion V. Even 15 years ago, it was common to see these three cars in everyday use.
A star attraction was this Lamborghini Diablo.
A rare sight today, a 1980 Mercury Capri RS
…same goes for this early 1990s Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight.
No Eighties theme event is complete without Knight Rider.
Another Eighties icon, the DeLorean DMC-12, gained a resurgence following the release of a certain film. Hint, look at the vanity plate on the car in the foreground.
If you were speeding in Ontario back in the 1980s, chances are you'd have been pulled over by something very similar to this 1986 Dodge Diplomat.
1990s mobile news crew vehicle brought back more than a few memories.
If Darth Vader had a car, the 1987 Buick GNX would be it. Only 547 were built and at the time of its introduction, it was the fastest-accelerating car in North America.
Vintage video games kept plenty of attendees occupied during the event.
Photos Huw Evans

1980s and 1990s car and cultural experience pulled out all the stops.

On Sunday, August 13, the St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre and Banquet Hall at 1280 Dundas Street West in Oakville, Ont., was transformed into a 1980s/1990s cultural extravaganza. OBLIVION V saw more than 200 period cars and trucks descend upon the grounds, while visitors also got to experience vintage arcade machines, computer games, memorabilia, as well as cool 1980s and 1990s music. Attendees were encouraged to don their favourite 1980s/1990s era clothing for the occasion and topping it off was a “Nice Day for a White Wedding” theme, complete with vintage limousines, bride, groom, and bouquet toss.

Each year, a portion of the OBLIVION event proceeds are donated to charity and this time out, the recipient was the St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre, which helps Ukrainian refugees settle into a new life here in Canada, as well as other community support initiatives.

Autosphere attended OBLIVION V and brings you a selection of images from this awesome and radical, 1980s and 1990s immersive experience.


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