Rock ‘n’ roll music provided the perfect background for the vintage cars rolling into Pas Ka Poo Park July 6 for the Rimbey Historical Society’s annual Show ‘n’ Shine.
The turnout of 44 vehicles, almost twice as many as last year, indicates the event is gaining in popularity.
“It went really well,” said Lloyd Schmuland, who helped organize the event. “It is the biggest we’ve ever had.”
Schmuland, who brought his 2004 Thunderbird to the show, loves old cars.
“I’ve always been a sucker for old cars,” he said, pointing out only 197 of the 2004 Thunderbirds with the matching soft tops were built, and only nine were built in Canada.
He said the car, which was the event’s newest entry, handles well and he has driven it to Banff with his wife as a passenger.
Rick Schmuland from Edmonton was also at the Show ‘n’ Shine with his 1980 Triumph. He and his dad, Lloyd, rebuilt the car together and were enjoying the chance to spend time at the car show.
Trevor and Chris Comfort brought out their 1957 Chevy and matching holiday trailer. The couple, who won for having the most unusual car and trailer, own Comfort Collision and Restoration out of Red Deer.
“I have been rebuilding cars since I was a teenager,’ said Trevor Comfort. “And now, my body is tired, but up here (in my head), it’s still telling me to keep going.’
Eric Hornsey from the Rimbey Historical Society carefully drove the 1912 Auto Wagon back to its home in the Smithson Tuck Museum after the Show ‘n’ Shine.
Tapping the wooden wheels gently, he explained they can become lose as the wood dries out and the utmost care and attention is required to keep it in tip-top shape.
A 1935 International truck was also on display. The truck is significant because 1935 is the first year the International truck was made.
Cheryl Jones, Pas Ka Poo Park administrator, said this year’s event attracted people from Edmonton, Rocky Mountain House, Calgary and surrounding areas.
Trophies were given out for the best truck, won by L. L. Wheeler with his 1952 yellow Chev; the winner of the trophy for the best car went to Elle Jamart from Calgary with her 2002 SS Camaro; and the trophy for the best modified vehicle went to Phil Matosevic with his 1966 Pontiac Parisian. Bill Kenney’s 1946 Studebaker was the oldest vehicle entered.