Start scheduling your 2016 show and shines
The weather in our area isn’t quite to the point where people are pulling the covers off of their classic or restored cars, yet. However, that just means it’s time to pull out the calendar and start planning this season’s 2016 classic car events near Edmonton, AB. Many of the bigger events don’t really start to get going until May. However, those willing to travel a fair distance may have more options sooner. An excellent resource for classic car events all over North America is provided by the Specialty Vehicle Association of Alberta on the group’s events webpage.
We have cherry-picked a few events that are a short road trip from Edmonton. Even if you don’t own a classic or specialty vehicle, you may see one of the features from our weekly Custom Cruise Friday posts.
Leduc West Antique Society Swap Meet
A trip south to Leduc, Alberta could be a full day adventure for automotive fans of all types. Not only is the Leduc West Antique Society hosting a swap meet featuring collectables, car parts and various memorabilia on May 21. The May Tractor Pull will also be under way.
Okotoks Car Auction
The last weekend in May will host the three-day Okotoks Car Auction. This could be a chance to find the classic vehicle or parts car you have been looking for. Call 403-938-4139 for more information.
Calgary Firebird Charity Show & Shine
4630 McLeod Trail, South Calgary
Anyone that would like to display their project car, truck or motorcycle is welcome to pay the $10 registration to the Calgary Firebird Show & Shine. Donations will be made following the May 29 event to Children’s Wish Foundation. Contact Dave Holmes at 403-686-6048 or George Farris at 403-660-6462 for more information.
5 St. Ann Street, St. Albert
The annual Autorama Show & Shine, on May 29, is one of the most popular events for many of our Custom Cruise Friday subjects. You’ve seen them on the Don Wheaton Blog, now you can see some of these vehicles up close. Contact Ron Trettler at 780-945-7329 or Bob Fischer at 780-718-2257 for more information.
Coaldale Custom Cruisers Show & Shine
2113 – 13th Street, Coaldale
Also happening on May 29, the Coaldale Show and Shine will be raising money with registration fees and other activities. Contact Gary Klassen by calling 403-330-4598
International Antique Auto Meet
All of the best classic vehicles in the province should be in show shape by the time the 55th International Antique Auto Meet comes to Leduc June 30 through July 3. This is a great chance to network with other classic vehicle owners as well as show off all the hard work that has been put into these vehicles. The Edmonton Antique Car Club will be hosting several tours and other activities at the event. Contact Ken Huff at 780-484-2559.
Don Wheaton would still like to learn about your modified or restored General Motors vehicle. Please send a few photos and important details about the vehicles to Don Wheaton Brand Manager, Melina Kawecki – by email – firstname.lastname@example.org.