The mission of the Sylvan Lake Customs and Classics car club is “To get people together who have a common interest in vehicles. To share information on restoration projects, have fun and help promote the hobby.”
The club meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion in Sylvan Lake. Meetings are held from May to October.
A Show and Shine is organized by the club on the second Saturday of July each year which usually attracts over 200 cars. The club awards unique Trophies to the top ten picks, as voted on by the show participants. The Show and Shine usually also features a silent auction, a beer garden, food concession, DJ music and free fun activities for the children. The public is invited to come and enjoy the show for free. Part of the proceeds of the car show are donated to a local charity each year.
The club organizes many other activities including:
- road trips to Show and Shines in the US, British Columbia and numerous locations in Alberta.
- club BBQs once or twice a year.
- tours of vehicle related facilities such as Merv’s Car Palace.
New members are always welcome to the club. The annual membership fee is $25 per person, and $40 per couple. The club encourages members to join with their spouse and / or significant other. If you are interested in joining, download the following form, complete it and bring it to the next general meeting.
The Sylvan Lake Customs and Classics car club was formed in 2006. Gord and Elaine Bredo had volunteered at the Show and Shine organized by the Sylvan Lake Chamber of Commerce. At the car show, they asked a number of attendees if they would be interested in a forming a car club, and were impressed at the positive response. Gord and Elaine placed an ad in the local paper for an organizational meeting, and rented a room at the Sylvan Lake library. Gord remembers telling Elaine not to put more than 8 or 10 chairs out in case only a few people showed up. Much to their surprise, the meeting room was full and the Sylvan Lake Customs and Classics car club was born. Since it’s inception, Gord Bredo has been the president and Elaine Bredo has been the secretary. When asked what makes the Sylvan Lake Customs and Classics unique, Gord’s reply is “The participation by couples in the club. By having both guys and gals in the club, it has made it a very social club with lots of activities that everyone participates in”.