Wheels

And look­ing great, too!

More of Our Canada - - Content - By George Sam­ple, Ve­gre­ville, Alta.

My wife Velma and I are en­joy­ing our 1951 Pon­tiac Chief­tain Stream­liner very much, and en­ter it often in Show & Shine events. We pur­chased it in 2004 and it only had 68,000 miles on it. It was built in Pon­tiac, Mich., for the Pon­tiac com­pany’s 25th an­niver­sary. Shortly af­ter the pre­vi­ous owner put new tires on it, one of its rear fend­ers got bashed up. That was back in 1976. It was put in stor­age af­ter­wards—for 25 years!

Af­ter buy­ing it, we re­paired the fender and did some other mi­nor work. The ex­te­rior paint, as well as the in­te­rior are all orig­i­nal. It has a flat­head straight eight en­gine in it, which has never needed over­haul­ing.

The car drives nicely and even came with the orig­i­nal in­struc­tion book in the glove com­part­ment.

One of the first Show & Shines we en­tered was in Bat­tle­ford, Sask., and it won awards in three cat­e­gories: Orig­i­nals, Peo­ple’s Choice and The ’50s. It’s still do­ing well, but it has never won that many tro­phies at one time since.

Our car has trans­ported a few prom­i­nent peo­ple in its day, in­clud­ing a Ukrainian or­tho­dox bishop and a lo­cal MLA who treated us to lunch so she could en­joy a ride in the car on the way. One time, we sat on the back bumper with the trunk open, en­ter­tain­ing some car ad­mir­ers with Velma play­ing her fid­dle and me on my har­mon­ica. All of­fers to pur­chase our ’51 Pon­tiac are re­fused be­cause we are en­joy­ing the ve­hi­cle so much our­selves. n

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