Mike Lindell Memorial Show & Shine

Yesterday was the third annual Mike Lindell Memorial Show & Shine in Warren, Manitoba.  It turned out to be a great day in the small town, even though the turnout was only 35 cars, including this ’64 Impala SS:


Although the hood wasn’t open to show off the car’s guts, what we could see of this bow-tie beauty was built to go-go-go!  Additions like chromed cut-outs, big rear tires, and a Hurst shifter turned this car into a contender.

1969 Plymouth Satellite

Speaking of contenders, this 1969 Plymouth Satellite was built for nothing but speed.  The giant hood scoop could smuggle a family of illegal immigrants across the border, but instead it funnels air into a 440 big-block, cranking out well over 600 horsepower. The interior looks stock, save for a dinner-plate sized tachometer and roll bar from Sandale Fabrication, and is immaculate.  According to the owner, the “BADMOPR” (see license plate) ran a quarter mile at 11.30, and has received lots of upgrades since its last run.  Best of all, it’s for sale–that’s right, this streetable beast can be yours for a meagre $30,000 OBO.  Leave a message below, and I’ll email you with the seller’s contact info.

49 Monarch

Local resident Danny Granger took home the People’s Choice award with his ’46 Monarch sedan.  Lots of attention to detail mixed with a lot of details make this a restoration that dreams are made of.


Just to prove that simple can be beautiful, this ’67 Mustang 2+2 coupe dropped in.  The white stallion must have recently received an intense restoration, with everything from the chrome decals to the gold painted air cleaner done up perfectly.  Of course, perfection can always be improved upon, which is why the backseat has been replaced with a set of huge-by-wide subwoofers, and the middle of the dashboard pops up to reveal an aftermarket CD player.

37 Chevy

Red seemed to be the colour of the day, with an unusually high number of bright red paint jobs in attendance.  The paint on Gary Griffin’s ’37 Chevy pickup really sparkles when it’s combined with this minimalist amount of chromework.

1967 VW Beetle

“Elegant” and “Volkswagen” aren’t normally heard in the same conversation, but this little beetle combined both.  The beauty of the subtle yellow paint is really brought out with the white accented hood and the extra chrome bits.  Plus, the second bar on the bumper changes the attitude of the entire front end; it’s as if the car is giving you the warm assuring smile of an old friend, instead of the huge toothy grin from that creepy lady down the street.

Buick RoadMonster

Remember what I said about red?  This Buick Roadmaster came to the party, aptly renamed the “Road Monster.”  The loud & proud paint clashes perfectly with the fake wood panelling, and the chrome steel wheels and hood scoop round out the great “made you look” style.  It’s not the first ‘suped up station wagon that’s been seen on this site, and surely it won’t be the last.

Chevy Nova SS

And finally, here’s Mike Lindell’s own pride and joy–a classic Nova SS coupe (photographed after the show).  Mike put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this grey beast, as well as a big-block Chevy engine.  In the four years since he tragically passed away, his loving family has maintained this car, making it the centrepiece of this year’s Mike Lindell Memorial Show & Shine.  Let’s hope it will be the star of an even bigger & better show next year!

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Just one final side note–the latest issue of Canadian Hot Rods & Classics is on its way to newsstands right now.  This month’s issue is packed with goodies like an interview with Chip Foose, a Pontiac panel delivery (with matching camper), how-to’s, and World of Wheels show coverage from yours truly.  Check out your local Chapters or Dominion News on Portage to get a copy today!


4 Responses to “Mike Lindell Memorial Show & Shine”

  1. June 17, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Very nice blog, great posts! If you have not yet visited me, come on over. My set up is very much like yours. I love car shows, show n shines etc. My shots are from Western Michigan. I think I could learn something from your descriptions. Very colorful and well done. I will be back. I came via “Wheels and Rubber” Mike

  2. June 17, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Seem like a great event. The photo’s are great.

  3. June 22, 2008 at 7:36 am

    Thanks for the comments, guys. And Mike, I just checked out your blog. You’ve definitely got a great site going on, with some great pics and great cars. I’ll leave a comment with more on your site!

  4. 4 Terry & Fran Lindell
    September 1, 2008 at 9:03 pm


    We are currently on holidays in BC and
    just found your site. Pictures are great
    and look forward to seeing you next year.

    We are setting up a website for the event
    and would like to use some of your pictures.
    The person setting it up is Faye Fossey at
    F3 designs. Her e-mail is faye@f3designs.ca
    if you have time to contact her or we will
    contact you when we get back.

    Terry & Fran Lindell

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