Revved up

Hop­ing to make it an an­nual event in Labrador West

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MIKE POWER

It’s no se­cret Labrador City res­i­dent Todd Kent loves his wheels.

Ru­mour has it all started with his first tri­cy­cle, then to his bike, fol­lowed by cars trucks and mo­tor­cy­cles.

But Kent, the or­ga­nizer of the re­cent auto show in Labrador West, knew that he wasn’t the only one in the area with a pas­sion for ve­hi­cles.

“I knew quite a few peo­ple who have older clas­sic cars, many of them worked on the restora­tion of the ve­hi­cles,” he told the Aurora. “Then there are the mus­cle cars, unique ve­hi­cles, and mo­tor­cy­cles as well” he ex­plained.

Kent him­self owns a clas­sic 1973 Mus­tang Mach 1 (sticker on the win­dow shows the car sold for $4,749.85) told the Aurora “there was no place for peo­ple to show their cars; oc­ca­sion­ally a few peo­ple would get to­gether for a drive or park at. The lo­cal mall, but there was noth­ing like an auto show.”

Kent calls a few of his friends with cars and they put to­gether the Auto show held Au­gust 19th at the park­ing lot of the Labrador City park­ing lot.

“We were pleased with the turnout, 55 ve­hi­cles in all, in­clud­ing some from nearby Fer­mont, Que­bec. One Chevy Mal­ibu even made the trip here from Churchill Falls,” Kent told the Aurora.

There was a good crowd there all day. There was no charge for peo­ple com­ing to view the ve­hi­cles, and no charge for peo­ple who ex­hib­ited.

Sev­eral busi­nesses with ve­hi­cle re­lated ser­vices were on hand to ex­hibit their wares, and it pro­vided the lo­cal Spe­cial Olympics com­mit­tee a chance to fundraise by of­fer­ing food and drink for sale.

Kent told the Aurora, “we had great sup­port from busi­nesses who pro­vided us with prizes for the ex­hibitors, and from the town. Some of the em­ploy­ees came in to vol­un­teer on their day off, the sup­port was tremen­dous.”

There were cars from all eras, from a ‘57 Chevy to the lat­est Corvette. Even the all-elec­tric Tesla was on dis­play.

Own­ers had chance to boast about their ve­hi­cles and of course, there were many ques­tions.

“An auto show is a type of so­cial event, car own­ers have sto­ries of their ve­hi­cles they love to tell,” said Kent.

He says they now have a data­base of the cars and their own­ers.

“We hope to make this an an­nual event, maybe meet oc­ca­sion­ally, and maybe do more pub­lic things like take part in a MADD mo­tor­cade.”

Spec­ta­tors were lap­ping up the ve­hi­cles, look­ing un­der the hood and lov­ing it when some of them let their en­gines rum­ble.

As the show wrapped up a pub­lic choice award was pre­sented to Scott Coombs. His 1958 Chev Apache pick up was voted the favourite ve­hi­cle by par­tic­i­pants.

Af­ter­wards most par­tic­i­pants formed a pa­rade that drove through Labrador City and Wabush be­fore head­ing to Fer­mont.

“We hope this is the be­gin­ning of an an­nual event that will get big­ger and bet­ter year by year,” Kent said.

Al­ready he says he’s had con­tact from sev­eral peo­ple who plan to be at the next one.

PHOTO BY MIKE POWER

This all elec­tric Tesla drew plenty of at­ten­tion and ques­tions at the re­cently held Labrador West auto show.

PHOTO BY MIKE POWER

Lots of in­ter­est and crowds gather to look and old and new ve­hi­cles at Labrador West auto show.

PHOTO BY MIKE POWER

Miekael Levesque of Fer­mont shows the 1970 fast­back Mus­tang that be­longed to his fa­ther.

PHOTO BY MIKE POWER

Pub­lic choice win­ner 1958 Chev Apache, owned by Scott Coombs.

PHOTO BY MIKE POWER

This 1957 Chevy did a 12,000 km road trip to Nova Sco­tia and the U.S. last sum­mer, ac­cord­ing to owner Gerry Hol­loway.

PHOTO BY MIKE POWER

Auto show or­ga­nizer Todd Kent, left, presents Pub­lic Choice Award to Scott Coombs.

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