Cruisin’ Under the City Lights


Last Wednesday’s City Lights Cruise Night brought out a lot of great cars and great people, even if it was a school night (gasp!)  Everything from shiny new Mazdas to classics like this ’57 came out to be seen.

Craig Churchman’s ’31 Chevy business coupe looks good from any angle.  The six shooter nestled under an imaginary hood, the big whitewalls, and the miniature beer keg let the world know what kind of a hot rod this is.  Once you get past that, it’s details like the radical pinstriping (below) that makes eyes pop out of their sockets.

Here’s another wicked ride, but with 100% more fender!  Brent Piper brought this little Model A Roadster out for a spin, along with Griff Gill.  Together, they make up two-thirds of the Lucky Devils Car Club-“The biggest little car club in Winnipeg.”  Their collective collection has thirteen cars in total, including Brent’s “so historically accurate it hurts” ’48 Ford pickup.

Just to prove that there’s one of every vehicle known to mankind in Winnipeg, here’s an American Motors-built Eagle from the early 80’s.  Yes, that’s the proper ride height, and yes, those big BFG’s are supposed to be on the front.  The Eagle division of American Motors (which became a part of Chrysler for a short time) produced several variations of 4×4 cars, including a wood-paneled station wagon with factory mudder tires.

This bad-ass ’78 Monte Carlo was the cooler part of Nick Kowalyk’s education.  While taking an autobody painting class at Winnipeg Tech high school, Nick wanted to do something beyond just painting it black.

Now, don’t get me wrong; the deep glossy black on the back half of the car looks good on its own.  But adding the unique red & yellow flames makes it really stand out from the crowd.  Nick’s not even close to done with the car yet;  he’s planning on swapping out the tired 305 small block and re-vamping the interior.

Now that Nick is out of highschool and doesn’t have access to Winnipeg Tech’s painting tools, he’s purchased an airbrushing kit for his next project–learning to make True Flames.  The only catch is that Nick is also the proprietor of his own car detailing business, and needs something to jazz up the menopausal-yellow ’99 Chrysler Town & Country minivan that he works out of.  Will the “Mad Monte” get the new paint hotness or will the tool hauler benefit from Nick’s skill?  Only time will tell….

That’s it for me, but make sure to check out today’s installment of Willy’s Garage in today’s Winnipeg Free Press (read the online version here).  Paul Williamson (aka “Willy”) is one of Winnipeg’s best automotive writers, not to mention the friendliest local celebrity in town.  Just show up at any Sunday Night Cruise at the Pony Corral, or the Wednesday night City Lights Cruise Night, and he’ll be there checking out your ride.

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2 Responses to “Cruisin’ Under the City Lights”

  1. 1 Nick Kowalyk
    July 11, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Hey Jordan, Its nick the guy with the flamed monte carlo, love the article, buts is winnipeg technical College not high school.

  2. July 11, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Sorry about that Nick, I’ll change it as soon as I get a chance. And thanks for stopping by the site!

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