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.