Le­gion car show dis­plays ar­ray of col­lectible ve­hi­cles

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Hun­dreds of car lovers and en­thu­si­asts vis­ited the Le­gion car show and shine to see a va­ri­ety of re­stored ve­hi­cles from the early 1900s to the 1960s.

Don McDon­ald of Moose Jaw was show­ing off his red 1967 Me­teor Mont­calm. “I like to get my car out ev­ery year to as many shows as I can,” said the Moose Jaw res­i­dent. “The weather is nice. It’s not rain­ing so here we are.”

He’s been to the Le­gion show for three or four years.

Ex­cept for fen­der skirts the car is the same as the day it was bought for $3,007. He has the orig­i­nal bill of sale and a let­ter to the owner from Ford Mo­tor Com­pany thank­ing the buyer for the sale.

McDon­ald was look­ing for “an old junker” as he calls them and couldn’t find one here so he went on­line to the Ki­jiji site and bought one from Cape Bre­ton Is­land, which is his orig­i­nal home.

“There’s a lit­tle his­tory there. I found out it was bought by a guy who gave my brother his first mort­gage who sold it to a guy who worked as a me­chanic with my brother-in­law.”

The car still has the orig­i­nal en­gine. “It’s pretty pow­er­ful, no prob­lem pass­ing.”

Built with a 289-horse­power en­gine, it was num­ber 1,349 of 3,103 built in Canada. Be­fore he bought it he had the 17.5-foot ve­hi­cle mea­sured “to make sure it fit my garage.”

McDon­ald has a for sale sign on the car. “I’m itch­ing for some­thing with a big­ger en­gine. I’m not al­lowed to have an­other car un­til I sell this one. That’s a house rule.”

A Volk­swa­gen camper van from the ‘hippy’ days of the 1960s owned by Rick and Char Span­jer of Moose drew con­sid­er­able at­ten­tion.

De­signed with a smile on front, the wagon was re­stored inside to mod­ern util­ity with a mi­crowave, fridge, DVD player and cen­tral vac. An ac­ces­sory, a toaster with a VW de­sign, makes toast with the VW logo stamped on it.

“We saved all the old stuff in case we sell it one day and some­body wants it like it was,” said Rick.

Bought in Florida, the West­phalia wagon had only one owner be­fore them and has been driven 42,000 kilo­me­tres

“We drove it into a fes­ti­val at Be­sant and we were mobbed,” he said. “They thought we were hip­pies.”

Herb Grams of Regina brought his aqua-coloured 1957 Chev truck to the show. “I just like car shows and I take in three or four ev­ery year.”

Win­ner of the peo­ple’s choice award was Bill Hrechka’s white 1958 Chev Im­pala.

Hrechka is one of the founders of the an­nual Le­gion car show. “Ac­tu­ally a friend of mine started it,” he said. “We thought it would be a good ac­tiv­ity for the Le­gion.”

The first show 12 years ago had 18 cars. Fifty-six were dis­played this year.

“There’s a lot of vis­it­ing, ca­ma­raderie. That’s the best

part of it.”

Ron Wal­ter can be reached at ron­joy@sask­tel.net

Bill Hrechka with peo­ple’s choice win­ner

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