Club Members attend Radium Car Show

Deb and Bill Larratt, Greg and Tammy Garson, Gord and Elaine Bredo, and Wendy Davidson and Murray Fleming left Penhold at 7:30 Friday, September 15th to travel to the 2017 Radium car show.   Despite driving through rain and snow from Canmore to Banff on Friday morning, the weekend car show turned out to be a beautiful warm weekend with bright sunshine and blue skies.  Judy and Larry Kemshead drove out a day earlier in order to enjoy some golfing with the car show.

Club Members watching Hot Rods on Friday Night in Radium
Club Members watching Hot Rods on Friday Night in Radium

Members of the Sylvan Lake Customs and Classics car club joined other car enthusiasts sitting on the main drag in Radium on Friday night and watched the never ending parade of hot rods cruising up and down the streets.

Ladies posing with the Fireman's Mascot
Ladies posing with the Fireman’s Mascot

 

 

The ladies from the car club couldn’t resist posing with the local fireman’s mascot.

 

 

The car show on Saturday  drew over 7,000 spectators to see the wide variety of cars and trucks.  Everyone enjoyed the warm sunshine and the variety of cars.

Soaking up the Sun in Radium
Soaking up the Sun in Radium
Radium Show and Shine 2017
Radium Show and Shine 2017
Sylvan Lake Custom and Classics Cars at Radium
Sylvan Lake Custom and Classics Cars at Radium

Bill Larratt won a backpack for a door prize, while Greg and Tammy won tools.

The following pictures show a few of the unique hot rods at the show:

Club members did not bring back any awards, but everyone enjoyed the beautiful day and the hot rods.  In addition, Bill worked hard at training his new dragonfly pet — which was determined to sit squarely in the middle of his shirt!

Bill Larratt and his Dragonfly Pet
Bill Larratt and his Dragonfly Pet

 

Boutin Wins Award at St Albert Car Show

Brian Boutin, Gord and Elaine Bredo and Murray Fleming and Wendy Davidson attended the 21st annual St Albert Rock’n August Show and Shine on August 12th.    For Gord and Elaine, it was a short drive from their new home in St. Albert.   Brian and Barb went up earlier in the week, and took part in the activities on Thursday and Friday night.

Brian Boutin’s Truck and Murray Fleming’s Ford at 2017 St Albert Rock’n August

As usual, the show was held at Lion’s Park, with cars on display on both sides of the Sturgeon River.  A better venue for a car show would be hard to find.

The show drew over 900 cars and specialty vehicles.   The weather was fantastic and the crowd of spectators viewing the cars was never ending.

Brian came away with an award for GM truck pre 92.

Brian Boutin’s Truck and Award from Rock’n August in St Albert

 

 

Club Members Win Awards at Saskatoon Super Run

Bruce and Chris Semeniuk, Bill and Deb Larratt, and Murray Fleming and Wendy Davidson attended the 2017 Super Run in Saskatoon that was held on Aug 3 to 6th, 2017.  They travelled from Red Deer to Saskatoon on Thursday, and attended the Hospitality Night that was hosted by the Saskatoon Draggins Rod and Custom Club.  The event was held at the club’s shop and it was very informative to learn how they ran their club and managed the projects in their large and impressive shop.

On Friday, they toured Rob Morrison’s garage and were impressed with the very exclusive FoMoCo collection.

Next, a trip was made out to the SIR Raceway for the Vintage Drag races.

There were just under four hundred cars at the show held at Prairieland Park on Saturday.   It was a hot day and the event drew numerous spectators.

Pictures of Bill and Deb’s 1951 truck and Bruce and Chris’s 1972 Oldsmobile were featured on the Saskatoon Global news in the evening (http://globalnews.ca/news/3651246/superrun-saskatoon/).

Cars from the Sylvan Lake Club at the 2017 Super Run
Cars from the Sylvan Lake Club at the 2017 Super Run

Saturday and Sunday mornings began with a $3 breakfast of pancakes and sausage.

A dinner and dance was held on Saturday evening.

Bill Larratt Wins Best Pick-up Truck Award at Saskatoon Super Run
Bill Larratt Wins Best Pick-up Truck Award at Saskatoon Super Run

 

The awards were handed out late on Sunday afternoon, and two members of the Sylvan Lake Custom and Classics car club received awards.  Bill and Deb Larratt won Best Pick-up Truck with their 1951 Chevrolet.

 

 

 

Murray Fleming wins Executive Committee's Choice Award at Saskatoon Super Run
Murray Fleming wins Executive Committee’s Choice Award at Saskatoon Super Run

 

Murray Fleming won Executive Committee’s Choice award with his 1939 Ford.

 

 

 

The Super Run returns to Red Deer next year, and club members should plan to attend this event in 2018.

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

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.

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 (onenorthernboy@yahoo.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!