This is an annual two-day event, every April, at Evraz Place in Regina, Saskatchewan. Car enthusiasts from around the western provinces and the Northern United States gather to show their meticulous work of restoration and be judged on their efforts. I am no expert on cars. I went to support friends who are involved in the organization and to see the vehicles from an aesthetic viewpoint. The oldest vehicle I saw was a 1915 Model T Ford. I find the lines of the vehicles from the 1950s and 60s very impressive, especially in all the bright colours. I apologize now to any aficionados. I do not profess to know all the makes and models but I did enjoy the Thunderbirds and a bumble bee yellow four door sedan with A&W memorabilia. It reminded me of going to the A&W drive-in when I was a teenager. It got my vote for “People’s Choice Award” of the show. One vehicle of note was homage to the Saskatchewan Roughriders – the only Canadian Football League team in the province. It was decked out in the green and white team colours and presented in front of the provincial flag. The powder blue Studebaker, the 1960 Austin Cambridge A55 Mark 2, the lemon sherbet Cougar and the mandarin orange and colonial white 1956 Ford Meteor Rideau Sunliner were also very striking. A green Chevrolet Camaro Yenko SC was the Majestics Car Club Vehicle of the year.
The show is held indoors and I spent a good two hours taking in the event. In addition to the classic cars, this year there was a section devoted to motorcycles. I enjoyed seeing the 1929 Indian 101 Scout and the 1968 Triumph Bonneville 650.
In attendance this year was Jimmy Shine from So-Cal Speed Shop and Car Warriors. He was mingling with the crowd and dispensing advice. By voting in the “People’s Choice Award” I was entered in a draw for $5,000 worth of garage themed cabinets. I’m sure I won’t win. As you can tell, I would not really have a use for them in my garage, but I’m sure I’d find someone willing to take them off my hands.
Next year will mark the 50th anniversary for the club and the show promises to be bigger and better. If you are in the area, give it a try. If you’re here at a different time of year, and still want to see some classic cars, head for the Western Development Museum in Moose Jaw (its focus is transportation) and/or the Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village Museum just 8 km south of Moose Jaw. Both have good displays of classic cars.
Entrance fee was $10 ahead of time, $12 at the door. Entrance was free for anyone in a mobility chair/wheelchair.