Monday, July 6, 2015

International car show hosted by Pincher Creek

Toni Lucas

If you saw some unfamiliar antique cars in the area recently it is because Pincher Creek hosted the Southern Alberta Antique and Classic Auto Club (SAACAC) 54th Annual International Antique Car show from Thursday, July 2 to Saturday, July 4. The event included cars and owners from clubs as far away as Saskatoon.  Others came from all over Alberta, Washington State, and Montana.

Tour and Events Coordinator Mike Yakubowski was very pleased with how the show turned out. "Most of them drive in," he explained, adding that even with close to 100 cars in the show there were only five cars that were trailered to the event.  Part of why the club chose Pincher Creek was because all the amenities required for the 4 day event are here, and Pincher is a central location for a variety of area day trips for the enthusiasts to take side excursions. "We even planned trips for tomorrow, (Sunday), there is so much in the area."  Some of the trips included Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village, Heritage Acres, September Springs Ranch, Pincher Creek Hutterite Colony, Frank Slide, Leitch Collieries, Bellevue Underground Mines, Remington Carriage House, as well as local UNESCO World Heritage sites of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump.

Mike Yakubowski in front of his '58 Buick Special

The show is a chance for car enthusiasts to get together and share their passion with each other and the people in the area while enjoying a driving vacation. Yakubowski siad he believed 17 of the cars in the show were local. The formal part of the event culminated in the Show and Shine held to the south of the Heritage Inn where all were welcome to join, followed by the evenings banquet where the winners were announced.


Youngest driver - Mark Saunders 21 years old from Champion, Alberta driving a 1960 Austin.

Oldest Driver - Ted Seale 87 years old from Calgary, Alberta driving a 1940 Buick special.

Pete and Jean Zacharias' 1958 Mercury Montclair Turnpike Cruiser
Longest Distance Driven - Pete Zacharias from Hague, Saskatchewan - 1000 km driving a 1958 Mercury Montclair Turnpike Cruiser

Hard Luck Story - Mauricio Francois from Ohaton, Alberta in a 1946 Fargo that had to replace a broken windshield. 

'52 Nash Healey owned by Ron and Judy Brookes (Hinton)
People's Choice Award - Ron and Judy Brookes from Hinton Alberta for their 1952 Nash Healey.  They also the Slovenia award - 1949 and newer.

Dorothy and Lawrence Gould's 1926 Model T
Robertson Memorial Award - Lawrence Gould from Innisfail Alberta driving a 1926 model T.

The next International meet is scheduled for June 30 to July 3 2016 in Edmonton Alberta

Jim Dormaier (Medical Lake, Washington) with his '56 Chev Bel Air
Robert King-Brown (Lethbridge) with his '38 Chrysler Royale

Garnet Heinzig (Pincher Creek) with his '30 Model A Standard Coupe

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