Road trip to Cut Bank, Montana

Greg Garson, Val Hilker, Bill Larratt and Bruce Semeniuk travelled to Cut Bank, Montana to partake in the annual ‘Montana Fun Weekend’ held every August at the Cut Bank International Airport.  The weekend included such activities as a fly-in/drive-in breakfast, Friday night burnout contest, Saturday 1/8 mile drags and a pretty large vehicle show and shine.

Montana Fun Weekend at Cut Bank, Montana (August, 2016)
Montana Fun Weekend at Cut Bank, Montana (August, 2016)

The boys from the Sylvan Lake Customs and Classics car club made their way to Montana to meet up with a few fellow hot rodders that Greg knows in Cut Bank. Thanks to one of these fellows, Greg, Val, Bill and Bruce were lucky enough to get access to a wreckers in the vicinity where there are still several interesting old vehicles in the wrecking yard.  These are mostly project cars, but a day in an old wreckers is still a good day to all of us that enjoy looking at old iron.  As Bruce says, “Montana hot rodders are pretty laid back and very friendly folks”.  Their round trip covered some 630 miles of good roads and good weather.

Wetaskiwin “For the Love of Cars” car show

The first ever Wetaskiwin Seventh-day Adventist Church “For The Love of Cars” car show was held on August 21 2016.  It was held at the church grounds just north of the Wetaskiwin hospital and the proceeds went to the PHA school playground equipment.  The church put on a free pancake breakfast for all the entrants.

All totaled there were 31 vehicles that attended from several towns and cities in central Alberta.  The only member from the Sylvan Lake Customs and Classics car club was Murray Fleming.

1930 Hudson Grade 8 coupe Norm Grabatin Millet AB
1930 Hudson Grade 8 coupe Norm Grabatin Millet AB

There were trophies for about 15 classes.  Best of show went to Norm Grabatin with his 1930 Hudson ‘Grade 8’ coupe.




It was a small car show but it had several very nice cars on exhibit. The organizers hope to have the show in August again next year.

4th Annual “Cruzin 2 Cure Cancer” in Springbrook

The Springbrook Shakedown “4th annual Cruzin 2 Cure Cancer” was held on August 20th, 2016 and had 100+ registered vehicles with about 350-400 visitors to the show.

Four of the Sylvan Lake Customs and Classics members made their way to Springbrook for the event. Dave Popovitch and his ’61 bubble top Chevrolet, Gord Laurent with his new ’67 big block 4 speed Chevelle, Trevor and his ’69 SS Camaro and Murray Fleming in his ’39 Ford Standard coupe.

The morning was a little cool but the sun came out and it was a very comfortable afternoon to enjoy a car show. Once again the hamburgers over at the Hanger Pub and Grill were pretty darned good. It is a good show to take in and I would recommend it as a must for your 2017 summer car show agenda.

Boutin wins trophy at St Albert Show and Shine

Several members of the Sylvan Lake Customs and Classics car club attended the St. Albert Show and Shine on August 6th, 2016.  A perfect day attracted over 900 cars to this show that was held in the picturesque Lion’s Park located beside the Sturgeon River.  
Attendees enjoyed music, lots of food vendors, and the St. Albert farmer’s market which was held right beside the car show.   The following members from our club attended:
  • Brian and Barb Boutin
  • Elaine and Gord Bredo
  • Wendy Davidson and Murray Fleming
  • Darren Paul
Brian Boutin with his Trophy from the St Albert car show
Brian Boutin with his Trophy from the St Albert car show

Brian Boutin received one of the Top 3 Awards for Class 27 (Trucks up to 1991).  There were 49 entries in the class.  Brian says, “Barb and I were amazed that the truck won this award as there were so many amazing pickups at the show.”

Truck and Trailer owned by Gord and Elaine Bredo
Truck and Trailer owned by Gord and Elaine Bredo

Gord and Elaine Bredo brought their truck and teardrop trailer to the show, and numerous attendees were intrigued with the trailer.   The trailer was built by Gord, and he and Elaine camped in it up at St Albert for a few nights.

Tour of Pidherney’s Car Collection

IMG_2477On Sunday, August 8th, 2016 approximately sixteen members from the Sylvan Lake Customs and Classics car club drove to Rocky Mountain House to tour Merv’s Car Palace.

This is a car IMG_2451collection and museum that belongs to Merv Pidherney.  Although Merv was unable to personally conduct the tour, his employee, Shane, did a fantastic job of conducting a very informative tour, and answering many, many questions.


The museum contained automotive memorabilia such as service station signs, restored old gas pumps and antique license plates.



Members were able to view 31 different cars including the following:

The 1954 Buck Roadmaster Convertible is Merv’s all time favorite!

Members also saw Merv’s first single axle 1964 GM gravel truck and Michigan loader.

Ladies Discussing Which is the Best Car
Ladies Discussing Which is the Best Car

The women had a very serious discussion regarding which was the best car…..  and we are still awaiting their decision.

Everybody thought the tour was very informative and thoroughly enjoyed getting the opportunity to view this unique car collection.

New website being developed

The first draft of the new website for the Sylvan Lake Customs and Classics car club has been published.   Wendy Davidson and Murray Fleming are in the process of designing and building the website.  This is an interactive process and the website is a “work in progress” that will be evolving over the next few weeks as the design is adjusted based on feedback from club members.

Remember that each club member is responsible for emailing to Murray Fleming ( the following:

  • A picture of their car.
  • A description / history of the car and the member.
  • A picture of the member.  If your spouse is a member, please email a picture of both of you.

Initially, Murray and Wendy are simply going to keep adding content based on the feedback from the August club meeting.  However, if you have an idea  — or, even better, if you would like to submit some content for the web, simply email Murray with the information.

Also, we are looking for input on what should be the feature picture on the home page for the club.  Right now, we have simply selected an arbitrary picture.  Please email suggestions to Murray for what you would like to see as the feature picture.


 Please check back regularly to view the changes and updates!