The Sylvan Lake Customs and Classics car club held their year end supper on Thursday, October 12th at the Legion in Sylvan Lake. A large number of members and their spouses attended and enjoyed pizza, chicken wings, caesar salad, vegetables and fruit. The finishing touch to celebrate the club’s 10th anniversary was a Dairy Queen ice cream cake decorated with a picture of a hot rod.
Numerous draws were held to give away leftover goodies and t-shirts from the summer car show. Ken Scheffelmaier won a basket of car cleaning products from Sqekky Kleen Car Wash.
Special thanks go to Gord and Elaine Bredo for organizing the entire event!
The annual Radium Show and Shine was held on September 17th, 2016. Four members of the Sylvan Lake Customs and Classics car club attended the show with their vehicles, while other club members attended as spectators.
The trip to Radium for the club members traveling with their vehicles began on Friday morning in Penhold at 7:30 a.m. Bill and Deb Larratt, Bruce and Chris Semeniuk, Murray Fleming and Wendy Davidson traveled to Radium together — just in case anybody happened to break down. Fortunately, the only required stops were for breakfast in Cochrane and gas at Dead Man’s Flats.
Neighbours of Bruce and Chris’s (Dave and Linda in their 1964 Chev Impala) joined the cavalcade in Dead Man’s Flats, and the four vehicles traveled to Radium in beautiful sunshine.
Club members enjoyed watching the display of vehicles up and down the streets of Radium on Friday afternoon and evening. Burn outs galore (aided by laying down bleach) in front of the Apple Tree Motel kept spectators cheering and entertained.
Saturday morning was warm (14 degrees C), and the members of the Sylvan Lake Customs and Classics parked together at the driving range of The Springs Golf Course. The following members registered their vehicles in the show:
Murray Fleming and Wendy Davidson
Larry and Judy Komstead
Bill and Deb Larratt
Bruck and Chris Semeniuk
Once the vehicles were parked and shined up, the members enjoyed a buffet breakfast at the golf course club house.
The following members of the Sylvan Lake Customs and Classics attended the show as spectators:
Doug and Jeri Gordon
Val and Audrey Hilker
Colin and Debra McMann
The Radium show always attracts a great variety of vehicles, and this year was no different.
Approximately 1,000 vehicles registered for this event.
The following pictures showcase some of the unique entries in the 2016 show:
If anyone wants additional pictures of cars at the show — just contact Murray Fleming — he has another 200 pictures…..
The weather held for most of the day at the show, and members enjoyed a fun day.
The drive home on Sunday morning was a real treat as the trees were in full autumn regalia.
The only thing better than the beauty of the fall foliage was the ice cream at the stop off in Cochrane.
The annual Innisfail Show and Shine was held on Saturday, Sept 10, 2016 and there were between 90 and 100 vehicles on grass. The following members from the Sylvan Lake Customs and Classics car show attended the event:
Unfortunately none of the club members brought home any awards.
Twelve cars were entered by members of the Sylvan Lake Customs and Classics Car Club in the Gull Lake Show and Shine that was held on Sunday, September 4, 2016. The following members attended the event:
Gord and Elaine Bredo
Murray Fleming and Wendy Davidson
Greg and Tammy Garson
Val and Audrey Hilker
Zeke and Lyndsay Hume
Bill and Deb Larratt
Plaques were awarded for the top 10 vehicles in the show, as voted on by car show participants. Four of these awards went to members of the Sylvan Lake Customs and Classics car club — Murray Fleming, Zeke Hume, Gordie Laurent, and David Popovitch. The “Best of Show” award was won by Gord Bredo and he will be receiving a beautiful etched picture of his truck on a granite plaque.
The award for the most unusual vehicle was given to the vehicle in the picture to the left.
The car show began with a pancake breakfast that was enjoyed by over 450 people. The huge serving included two pancakes, two eggs, two sausages, ham, and lots of strawberries, whip cream and syrup. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it — and certainly, nobody left hungry.
Despite the cool weather, the car show attracted a total of 88 cars.
After the Gull Lake Show and Shine, several club members cruised to Olds to briefly attend an informal car show and enjoy a midday lunch / supper.
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
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.”
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.
On 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 collection 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.
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.
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 (email@example.com) 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!