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Weekend Project –

Welcome to the first edition of “Weekend Project,” where we bring you a new project every week.  And by “Project,” we mean “car you can buy, take home, and do what you will.”  You know, as opposed to the “projects” your teacher would give you for homework every Friday.

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Class of 2009-Sneak Preview #3


**UPDATE** Our fearless retailer, McNally Robinson, is now stocking “Class of 2009” in their online store.  Click Here to order your copy today!

There’s some good news for anyone looking for a convenient way to get their hands on our first book, “Class of 2009.”  McNally Robinson booksellers has agreed to carry this title at their Polo Park and Grant Park stores, as well as their online store.  We’ll have links up as soon as everything is ready to go, making it easier to purchase the book for anyone who can’t make it to a car show or cruise night around Winnipeg.

And now, on to the pictures!

Dodge Musclecars

Kyle's "Blue Flame" Camaro

Paulo Callisto's 1965 Mustang FastbackThis is Paulo Callisto’s super-sleeper 1965 Mustang Fastback.  Everything about this car screams awesome, including the cast-iron modular V8 engine that makes up to 825 horsepower.  Even the subdued grey paint is the same Aston-Martin silver used on several James Bond cars.

Harold Hiebert's 1968 Dodge ChallengerThere’s two kinds of 1968 Dodge Chargers-those that are painted like the General Lee, and those that aren’t.  Harold Hiebert’s vinyl-top beauty definitely isn’t.

Godzilla TorinoThe vanity plate on this Ford Gran Torino sums up the attitude of this big-engined beast.

Three Wise DatsunsThe three wise Datsuns line up against a beautiful prairie sunset at a Pony Corral cruise night.

Pete Kroeker's "California Dreaming"This is Pete Kroeker’s soon-to-be legendary “California Dreaming” 1960 Impala.  Currently in California, the car was painted by none other than Gene Winfield, one of the greatest hot rod builders of our time.

1973 AMC Gremlin XAccording to the sales brochure, ” In 1973, you can  have a fun ride in a compact car.”  According to the owner of this little yellow beast, you can have fun in a compact every day.

Mario BelcikMario Belcik’s 1964 Impala SS lowrider jumps around in ways Kangaroos could only dream of.  Pictured here at the now-demolished Midway Chrysler-Dodge dealer.

That’s it for today, but don’t forget to come back tomorrow for more teasers from “Class of 2009.”  After all, this is only a sample of what you get-just imagine what the rest of the book looks like!

Don’t forget to join the official Facebook group.  It’s a great way to meet fellow gearheads & share pictures and now see exclusive car show coverage that you won’t catch anywhere else.  At this moment, you can catch images from last weekend’s MCAAC Swap Meet & Car Show.  Just Click Here to see the great deals you missed, and the awesome rides that showed up to catch them.

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Free Wallpaper Friday #9

So I’m a bit late with today’s free wallpaper, but hey, better late than never (or so they tell me).  Sadly, I found myself addicted to another website (other than this one) called Freiburgers Junkyard.  It’s a great place for gearheads to hang out and talk about their latest projects, the newest toys, and how automaker bigwigs have arranged the deck chairs on their Titanic.  And when you’re done there, sign up for the Sunday Cruise Fever group on Facebook.  You can meet other gearheads, upload your own pics, and tell the world about your own rides….

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That’s it for today, but come back Tuesday for more history & hot rods!


There’s Bad, There’s Badass, and there’s Paulo’s ’65 Mustang

Full Disclosure:  Aside from blogging about cars every week, I also write professionally-or at least as professional as I get-for Canadian Hot Rods & Classics, a Victoria, BC magazine that covers every aspect of the hot rodding scene in Canada.  Being that CHRC is one of a very few print magazines that’s thriving in Canada right now, it’s really an honour to be a freelance contributor to them.  Today’s post is an extension of an article I wrote for the current issue, available on news stands across the great white north.

Being bad-ass in today’s day and age is something of a misnomer.  From crappy action movies like the XXX franchise, to extreme gardening, it seems like anything that was boring last week is now marketed as being for the righteous motherf*****rs of the world.  It seems like being a badass just isn’t what it used to be.


That’s what makes Paulo Callisto’s ’65 Mustang fastback so truly badass.  To look at it just makes you think that someone really did a great restoration and threw a reasonable body kit on it.  Sure, it sits a lot lower, but that’s an easy enough fix on any car.  Besides that, it’s a grey car for crying out loud.  No, not dark silver-it’s definitely grey.


At least, that’s what you think before Paulo cranks up the motor.  All peace and quiet is lost as the rumble of a V8 motor turns to a roar, along with the high-pitched scream of a centrifugical supercharger.  It’s enough to scare the hedge clippers right off of an extreme gardener.


The sound you’re hearing is that of a 331 cubic inch Iron Horse V8 engine, which Paulo built from the ground up.  The block, a cast-iron version of the Ford Aluminator advertised in magazines, was brought into Canada at a cost of $20,000.  Yes, just for the block.  Add to that a Holley Systemax fuel injection setup, fed by a Vortech supercharger.  All that fuel/air mixture is sparked off by an MSD ignition setup, and vented by as little muffler as possible.  In total, the motor spits fire to the tune of 750-825 horsepower, depending on the amount of boost.


Nothing else is what it seems, either.  To someone who doesn’t know Mustangs, the interior looks stock.  To anyone who knows how sparse an original 60’s interior should be, it’s a hospitality suite at the Hilton.  Not only are there comfy leather seats all around, the new console (and all the gauges) take up every inch of space not used for legs.  The B&M shifter controlling a C4 automatic is tucked into this console so perfect that it looks factory, much like the stereo and the billet inserts around the speedo and tach.  In fact, the only thing that didn’t look factory-Ford built this day was Paulo’s cellphone, which he left on the seat.

There isn’t an inch of this ride that doesn’t scream “Bad Ass MoFo” in one way or another.  Even the grey paint is a shade from Aston-Martin’s colour book, recently seen on James Bond’s DBS in Casino Royale.  Even the big stereo (to compete with the big motor) hides its huge subwoofers in the trunk.


Cars that scream “look at me!” are easy to find in parking lots, and easier to find in rear-view mirrors.  It’s cars like Paulo’s-hard to find and impossible to catch-that give our passion a positive direction for the future.  Because if we aren’t building’em like this, the extreme gardeners win.

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of Canadian Hot Rods & Classics before they’re sold out.  Or better yet, visit their website to order your subscription.  And if you still have room on your bookshelf, get yourself a copy of the first book, “Class of 2008.”  It’s jammed full of amazing cars, trucks, and bikes, including pictures of this bitchin’ Mustang.  Available online from December 1st!

Want this unique content in your magazine, newspaper, newsletter or website?  Contact Jordan Morningstar at (204) 997.8827, or to find out about licensing images and text for your media outlet.


Manitoba Car Happenings: 4th week of July 2008


This Week:

Jim’s Vintage Garage (5353 Portage Ave. in Headingly) will be the site of the N.O.V.A. of Manitoba Charity Show & Shine, this Saturday July 26th from noon to 4 pm.  Registration opens at 9 am to all vehicles that are at least 25 years old.  Be one of the first 100 to show up, and 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  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 three options.  Option #1 is the Legion #215’s 9th annual Car Show.  The event will be held at 3600 DeVries Road in East St. Paul, just oustide of Winnipeg.  All fast, slow, old, new, civilian and military vehicles 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.

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Next Week:

Red River Co-op Speedway is burning up the dirt track on Thursday, July 31, with the Modified Special and 4-cylinder stocks.  Green flag drops at 7:30, with more info available at their website.

The Yellowhead Road Runners Auto Club is starting off August the right way, with the 6th Annual 1/8th mile Drag Races.  The event takes places on Saturday, August 2, 2008, at the Neepawa Municipal Airport.  Expect to see lots of great action, even though the event is limited to 85 cars.  Participation costs $50 for a full day of drag racing, with the gates opening at 8 am for racers & crew (10 am for everyone else).  For more info, including directions and admission fees, check out their website, or call David at (204) 835-2666.

If Neepawa is too far away, Gimli Dragways is hosting the Ron Phillips Memorial Weekend, August 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.  The weekend gets underway with Test & Tune on Saturday the 2nd, followed by a free BBQ.  Bracket racing will be on Sunday and Monday, the 3rd and 4th, respectively.  The action starts at 10 am on all three days.  For more info, check out their website.

Kenora might be in Ontario, but the Kenora Harbourfest Car Show on Sunday, August 3rd is still worth the trip.   Registration runs from 8 to 11 am, with the show running from 11 am to 4 pm at the Kenora Harbourfront.  For more info, email Bill Richards at

Southbeach Casino is welcoming the hot rodders back again on August 3rd, with another Show & Shine.  Registration opens at 9 am with a complimentary breakfast for all participants, and open to the public from noon to 4 pm (the public has to buy their own breakfast).  There’s great cash prizes, as well as random cash draws all afternoon.  Live entertainment and a BBQ round out a great out-of-town afternoon.  For more info, contact Jim Robinson at (204) 955-7106 (, Tick Rowson at (204) 766-2100, ext 2007 ( or Mark Robinson at (204) 766-2100 ext. 2104 (

And just in case that’s not enough options for you, head south for the Borderland Auto Club’s 29th Annual International Antique-Classic Show & Shine on Sunday, August 3rd.  The show runs from noon to 4 pm at the International Peace Garden, just south of Boissevain, MB.  There’s no registration fee, and the first 75 vehicles get a dash plaque.  While you’re in the area, stick around for the Peace Garden’s Summer Festival.  If that doesn’t turn your crankshaft, head back to Boissevain to check out the giant Tommy the Turtle statue, the wildlife museum, and the huge murals painted on buildings all over town.  For more info, contact Charles Tosch (Brandon) at (204) 728-7228, or Dick Johnson (Dunseith, ND) at (701) 263-4564.

When that’s all over, check out the cruise nights happening at the Pony Corral and Tavern United.  Click here for more info on both these wicked weekly events.

That’s it for now, but come back Friday for more great automotive eye candy from across the ‘Peg.  Until then, keep it shiny side up!

Can you believe that this beautiful Model T is a one-owner car?  Well, kinda one-owner.  Bob Rosendahl and his wife Ruth currently hold the keys to this little roadster pickup, which was originally purchased by Bob’s father for $345.00.  It’s a shiny, clean little wonder of a car with most of the original parts.  According to Bob, the “wonder” part comes in when he tries to figure out why his father kept the car around.  “It was total rustbucket” he reminisced over the tiny wooden pickup box.  “It sure wasn’t this shiny back in those days.”

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More from the MCAC Swap Meet!

Dear Julie:

Julie, Will You Marry Me?

(See picture below if you can’t read the sign)

Julie, Will You Marry Me?

You better have said yes!!

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As promised last week, here’s more from the MCAC swap meet and car show:

55 Ford Convertible

This ’55 Ford was pulling in just as the ’60 Chev in the background was pulling out. I’ve seen this white-on-blue beauty before–Here’s hoping it’ll be a regular fixture at car shows & cruise nights this summer.

Chevy Apache TruckThe last thing a bug sees…

Mustang II & El Camino

Even though there wasn’t space on the side of this chunk of road for a drag race, it’s easy to imagine what would happen if this Boss 302 Mustang pulled up next to this bitchin’ red 396 SS El Camino. Both colourful cars were gathering their fair share of attention at the MCAC swap meet.

One of the most interesting vehicles was this original-paint ’53 Chevy Suburban. According to the hand-painted lettering on the side, it was originally the property of Canadian Army Recruiting Services.  It even had the crown still painted on the driver side door!

That’s it for this week, but don’t forget about the first official Pony Corral and Tavern United cruise nights of the season.  Each one runs from 6 to 10 this Sunday, and every Sunday until Thanksgiving.  See ya there!

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Volunteers Needed For “Rod Run” Photoshoots

Now that spring is finally here, it’s time to shine up your car/truck/bike, and get out on the open road. For me, this means a chance to photograph some awesome rides after a winter of staring at the mud-mobiles that every car in Winnipeg turns into:

Winnipeg MudMobile

So that’s why I’m looking for some volunteers. As some of you know, I also do paid photography work–that is, people hire me to make their cars (and trucks) look beautiful on film (well, digital film, actually). I’ve shot everything from Ferraris to Ford GT’s, and rat rods to farm equipment. Of course, this costs money that you’d probably rather spend on some go-fast goodies for your vehicle. That’s why I want to make it easier and cheaper for everyone to get the kind of pictures I’d shoot for, say, Canadian Hot Rods & Classics Magazine.

Mustang Fastback at the Pony Corall, 2007

What I’m doing is, for $100 you get a day-long photoshoot with you, your car, and 5-10 friends. We’ll shoot in various locations (and maybe even between locations), with or without owners in the picture. When it’s over, you get twenty prints and a CD or DVD with all the pictures from the day. And as an added bonus, your wheels will be featured right here on this blog, where hundreds of people will see and admire your ride.

\'31 Chev Business Coupe at the Pony Corall, 2007

This is where the volunteers come in. Since it’s still a new idea, I want to do a trial run free of charge. Everything but the prints are included, and the only catch is (a) being in the Winnipeg area, and (b) having to get up early (the best car photos are shot first thing in the morning).

So, if a photo session with one of Canada’s up & coming photographers sounds like it’s worth a day out cruising, give me a shout at 997.8827, and we’ll talk. What I’m looking for are cars that are something special to look at–sorry, no rusty Cavaliers or Ford Fiestas with plastic spinners. Just awesome rides that deserve awesome pictures.

Awesome ride:

Ford Pickup at Pony Corall, 2007

Awesome ride:Saleen Mustang in Toronto

Awesome ride:

2007 Corvette C7 near Canmore, Alberta

Not an awesome ride:

Not an awesome ride...

(well, at least it’s not a Leafs license plate….)

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