Car Happenings in the ‘Peg, May 7 2008


The speed trap on Bishop Grandin westbound before the St. Vital bridge, is still there. On Monday, there were actual police manning the trap, so it looks like they’re pretty serious.

And don’t forget to pick up the latest copy of Canadian Hot Rods & Classics Magazine before they’re gone. Chapters at St. Vital has extra copies, and Dominion News on Portage might still have a couple left…

Canadian Hot Rods & Classics Magazine

This Weekend:

Legends Car Club is hosting the 2008 Legends Cancer Drive this Saturday, May 10th. The drive starts first thing in the morning in the Altona Co-op parking lot, leaving there at 10 am, and meeting at the Ridgeville Community club at 11:30 for registration. After that, the convoy stops at St. Malo and Niverville, before winding up with a BBQ at West Park Motors in Altona. Registration is only $10, and additional donations to Cancer Care Manitoba & the South Central Cancer Resource can be made at at any stop. To sweeten the pot, everything you donate is tripled by the Manitoba government. If you want to be there, contact Dennis Wiebe at (204) 325.5071, or Tim Stoesz at (204) 829.3669

Blue oval fans rejoice–the Manitoba Mustang & Ford Association is holding the “All Ford Spring Breakout” this Saturday, May 10th from noon-4pm. The show is, obviously, for Ford and Ford-powered vehicles only (although the odd Mercury or Lincoln product might sneak in). Contrary to what I said last week, the show will be held at the Kildonan Place Shopping Centre parking lot in Transcona. Best of all, there’s no admission fee for spectators or entrants.

Hot rods at World of Wheels

And on Sunday (the 11th), check out the Manitoba Classic & Antique Auto Club’s Red River Valley Swap Meet at the Red River Exhibition Grounds (3977 Portage Avenue). Admission is a measly $3, and free for kiddies under 12. Gates open at 6.30 a.m. for exhibitors, and 8 a.m. for the general public. There’s also a show & shine for street rods, modifieds, and special interest vehicles. The organizers will also be taking donations for Winnipeg Harvest at the gate. Contact Gord Brunette at (204) 222-2298 or Mort McKechnie (204) 889-9970 for more info

Finally, don’t forget the Red River Co-op Raceway’s Thursday Night Race. This week (May 15th) is the Modified Special, starting at 7.30 pm. Rain date will be Friday, May 16th. Check their website for more info.

Modified Stock Car at World of Wheels 2008

Next Weekend:

If you’re up for the drive to Carman (or if you’re already there) MADD is taking over the Carman Co-op parking lot for the Signs of Summer BBQ Show & Shine on Friday, May 16th from 4 to 9 pm. Along with the cars there will be live bands, a silent auction, and a raffle for a weekend getaway. All proceeds go to MADD Winnipeg and the Patrick Mowbray Memorial Fund. If you want to know more, call Doug Mowbray at (204) 343.2006.

If the cruise to Carman didn’t wear you out, head on down to the Richer Inn in Richer, Manitoba for the Kustom Classics Cat Sass Show & Shine. It’s open to everyone, rain or shine. There’s an onsite restaurant for beverages and food, or stay for the hog roast. Richer is only 30 minutes east of Winnipeg on Highway #1, just past the floodway. To find out more, contact Trevor (204) 422-6145, Russ (204) 388-6258, or John (204) 233-0115.

Gimli Dragways is making May 2-4 weekend louder & faster with three days of great drag racing. Test & Tune is on Saturday May 17th, followed by bracket racing on Saturday and Sunday. All events start at 10 am.

Gimli Viking

OK, so there won’t be any vikings at Gimli Dragways. That’s not to say you can’t drive into downtown Gimli to see this giant viking statue.

South Beach Casino is holding their third annual car show on Sunday May 18th, from noon to 4 pm. There’s cash prizes for Casino Choice and Participant’s Choice, with random cash draws throughout the afternoon. Registration opens at 9 am, with a free Tex-Mex breakfast for participants. For more info, contact Jim Robinson (204) 955-7106, Tick Rowson (204) 766-2100 ext 2007, or Mark Robinson (204) 766-2100 ext 2104.

And finally, when you get back to the city check out the first official “cruise nights” of the year. Both shows are on Sunday the 18th, from 6-10 pm:

The Pony Corral Restaurant at Grant Park Mall and Willy’s Garage is hosting the best that the west side of town has to offer. This show is so good, it’s been featured nationally in Canadian Hot Rods & Classics Magazine. All antiques, classics, and special interest vehicles welcome.

And in this corner (aka Transcona) Tavern United is hosting the first “Cruisin’ the Peg” night of the season, in the parking lot of the Canad Inn Transcona. All classics, antiques, muscle, sports, and specialty cars welcome.

Pony Corral Cruise Night

That’s it for now–see ya Friday!

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