Manitoba Car Happenings: Third Week of July, 2008

This Week:

Red River Co-op Speedway is tearing up the track twice this week!  Tomorrow  (July 17th) head down for the Super Truck Special, starting at 7:30 pm.  Then on Saturday, July 19th, come back for the Stock Car Challenge Series, at 4 pm sharp.  For more info, check out their website.

On July 18th & 19th, head down to Neepawa for the Second Annual Hamilton Street Classic Show & Shine.  Since this year is also Neepawa’s 125th anniversary, they’re going all out with a Classic Cruise Event at the Aggasiz Drive-In on Friday the 18th, followed by the show on Saturday the 19th (registration starting at 9 am).  There will also be planned events throughout the weekend, all across town.  For more info, check out their website or call David at (204) 835-2666.

If you’re headed North on July 19th, make a pitstop at Petersfield, MB, for the 7th annual Lily Pad Cruisers Show & Shine.  The show is at the corner of Highway 9 & Netley Creek, under a giant Mallard Duck (don’t worry, it’s just a statue;  your ride won’t be crushed under a giant duck dropping!)  The show runs from 11 am to 3 pm, with pork on a bun and refreshments available.  Registration will cost you just one can of grub for the local food bank (although donating more is encouraged).  The first 50 cars will receive dash plaques, and there’s 50/50 draws and a silent auction, with proceeds going to support Pallative Care in Selkirk.  For more info, contact Marcel at (204) 738-2488, or email at mlem-at-mts.net.

On Sunday, July 20th, there’s only one place to spend the afternoon: at the Manitoba Mustang & Ford Association’s 14th annual “Henry Ford Birthday Car Show” Show & Shine.  The show runs from 10 am to 4 pm at the Assiniboine Park Zoo overflow parking lot.  Registration runs from 9 am to 1 pm, and costs $10 per vehicle (spectators are free).  There’s dash plaques, grab bags, and prizes for participants.  The best part is that all proceeds go to charity.  For more information, call the Pony Line at (204) 981-PONY, or visit their website.

Next Week:

Jim’s Vintage Garage (5353 Portage Ave. in Headingly) will be the site of this year’s N.O.V.A. of Manitoba Charity Show & Shine, Saturday July 26th from noon to 4 pm.  Registration opens at 9 am to all vehicles that are at least 25 years old.  And If you’re one of the first 100 to show up, you’ll even get a dash plaque.  If seeing all the sweet vintage metal isn’t enough then (a) you may already be suffering from some sort of disease, and (b) you can stick around for the music, silent auction, food and T-shirts.  For more information, call Dave or Dell at (204) 338-6989, or novaofmb-at-mts.net.  All proceeds go to Cancer Care Manitoba.

Gimli Dragways will be home to quarter-mile mayhem on July 26th & 27th.  Saturday (the 26th) is Test & Tune day starting at 10 am, with Ironman bracket racing and junior dragsters on Sunday (the 27th).  To find out more, check out the Gimli Dragways website.

If your car is too pretty to be thrashed around a racetrack on Sunday, July 27th, you’ve got plenty of options.  In Winnipeg, check out the Legion #215’s 9th annual Car Show.  The event will be held at 3600 DeVries Road in East St. Paul.  All fast, slow, old, new, civilian and military cars are welcome to attend.  Admission is $10, and that includes parking & lunch.  On top of the cars, there’s stuff for the entire family such as an on-site restaurant, beer garden & BBQ, and children’s activities.  Registration goes from 7 am to 3 pm, with silent auction prizes being handed out at 4 pm.

Option #2 is the annual “Show In The Park,” hosted by the Legends Car Club in Altona, MB.  There’s lots of trophies and door prizes, not to mention that it’s part of Altona’s three-day Sunflower Festival.  They’re expecting 300 entries, in classes ranging from antiques to hot rods to snowmobiles and motorcycles.  The coolest part?  It’s all free!  For more info, call H.J. Stoesz at (204)324-6839, or the Legends Car Club number at (204) 324-9923.  To enter your car (or for even more info) click on the Legends Car Club website.

Options #3 and beyond are Winnipeg’s infamous Cruise Nights.  Click here for a listing of all the cruise nights and weekly events for gearheads & greasers going on in Manitoba every week of the summer.

That’s it for today, but come back anytime to see more great cars, and more great cruisin’!


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