Legion car show displays array of collectible vehicles
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.”
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Bill Hrechka with people’s choice winner