Fall Colours Provide Great Background for Radium Show and Shine

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.

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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.

Vehicles from the Sylvan Lake Customs and Classics at the 2016 Radium Show and Shine
Vehicles from the Sylvan Lake Customs and Classics at the 2016 Radium Show and Shine

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
  • Noel Bower
Panoramic Shot of the 2016 Radium Show and Shine
Panoramic Shot of the 2016 Radium Show and Shine

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.

Member of the Sylvan Lake Customs and Classics car club at the 2016 Radium Show and Shine
Member of the Sylvan Lake Customs and Classics car club at the 2016 Radium Show and Shine

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.

Enjoying Ice Cream in Cochrane
Enjoying Ice Cream in Cochrane

Members Attend Innisfail Show and Shine

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:

  • Shaun Adkins
  • Noel Bower
  • Val Hilker
  • Zeke Hume
  • Bruce Semeniuk
  • Chad Weiler

Unfortunately none of the club members brought home any awards.

 

Members Receive Five Awards at Gull Lake

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:

  • Dustin Borrowman
  • Noel Bower
  • Brian Boutin
  • 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
  • Gordie Laurent
  • Darren Paul
  • David Popovitch
Sylvan Lake Customs and Classics Car Club Members receive Awards at 2016 Gull Lake Show and Shine
Sylvan Lake Customs and Classics Car Club Members receive Awards at 2016 Gull Lake Show and Shine

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.  IMG_7015

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.

 

 

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.