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2016 Chevrolet Silverado more muscular

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2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71. Available fall of 2015.

Chevrolet pickup sales in Canada are up 28 per cent so far this year. Chevy hopes to strengthen this momentum with significant updates for the 2016 Silverado 1500 full-size pickup.

Joe De Stefano, brand manager of Chevrolet Trucks in Canada, said the redesigned 2016 Silverado will feature a more muscular appearance and offer new customer-focused technologies.

"Silverado's new front-end designs with bold horizontal elements, sculpted hoods and dramatic lighting reflect the strength and refinement that have helped make Chevrolet the fastest-growing pickup brand this year." De Stefano wrote in a news release.

Other changes for 2016 will include expanded use of eight-speed automatic …

Willy gets a charge out of Smart electric car

The Winnipeg Free Press' Autos editor, Willy Williamson, is all charged up about the 2015 Smart Electric Drive. This micro-machine is powered entirely by an electric motor that is energized by a battery sandwiched in the car's floorboards. With a price tag of $26,990 (rebates and discounts may apply) and a range of approximately 100 kilometres on a full charge, Willy was thrilled with the Smart Electric Drive's zippy acceleration and sharp handling. He had a blast scooting around town, but was understandably concerned with not having enough juice to get home to his rural hideaway.

This is the first of …

Wheels of life

Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad ready to roll

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Jason Halstead / Winnipeg Free Press Motorcyclists leave Polo Park to take part in last year�s Ride For Dad. Organizers anticipate about 1,600 riders will take part in the ride tomorrow that travels from Winnipeg to Gimli to raise funds and awareness in the fight against prostate cancer.

More than 1,600 local motorcycle enthusiasts will band together tomorrow for the seventh annual Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad (MFRD) in support of prostate cancer research and education. To date, the local leg of this national event has raised more than $860,000, with all proceeds staying right here in Manitoba.

The ride raises funds and awareness for the fight against prostate cancer. The first ride took place in Ottawa in 2000 and has since grown to become the biggest motorcycle fundraising event of its kind, with rides in nearly 40 Canadian cities. Nationally, an estimated 265,000 men, women and children have …

Swap meet set for Sunday willy williamson / winnipeg free press files

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THE Manitoba Classic and Antique Auto Club and the Red River Exhibition Association on Sunday present the 18th annual Red River Valley Swap Meet. You can expect to find a huge assortment of automobile and motorcycle parts, collectibles, memorabilia, vintage toys and literature at this massive outdoor sale.

The event takes place at Red River Exhibition Park, rain or shine, on Sunday May 10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event includes a swap meet, a corral of vintage vehicles for sale, and show-and-shine car show.

Vendor spaces for the swap meet and vintage vehicles for sale spaces are $10 each …

Motoring through time

Manitoba Motorsports Hall of Fame inducts three new members

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The 2015 Manitoba Motorsports Hall of Fame inductees, left to right, Warren Schettler, Paul Germain and Ken MacKenzie. The trio were inducted at Piston Ring�s annual World of Wheels car show.

Ken MacKenzie

The name Ken MacKenzie is synonymous with drag racing in Manitoba; he has been involved in the sport for more than 60 years. MacKenzie began his working career in the parts department at Carter Motors. He then worked for Boeing, Air Canada and Controlled Environment and was later a self employed project and operations management consultant, before officially retiring in 2004.

MacKenzie's love for cars began before he got his driver's licence. In 1957 he purchased a 1946 Ford and then a 1931 Chevrolet five window coupe that was a homebuilt hot rod. This was one of Winnipeg's …

Final Sunday night cruise at Pony Corral

The final cruise event of the season takes place Sunday at the Pony Corral's Grant Park location. Organizers anticipate more than 500 antique, classic and special interest vehicles, as well as a sweet lineup of motorcycles, will pack the lot. Hosted by the Fabulous 50's Ford Club of Manitoba and Willy's Garage, the event runs from 4 p.m to 10 p.m. In addition to all the beautiful vehicles, you can also expect great food, classic music and a sea of smiling faces. For the final event of the season the front parking lot will feature vehicles owned by members of …

Ready, set, GO!

Tomorrow evening Red River College will host its annual alumni banquet, aptly titled GO! This year the theme is transportation and the event will be held at the college's Heavy Equipment Transportation Centre (HETC), located at the Notre Dame campus.

Tickets are $75 per person with proceeds being donated to HETC. The doors open at 6 p.m., and the bash is open to all RRC alumni. Highlights will include live music performed by RRC students and alumni, dinner stations featuring food prepared by RRC Chefs of Distinction and a slider competition where guests can vote on their favourite mini burger created …

Wide Open House

Tomorrow the crew at Harley-Davidson Winnipeg, located at 1377 Niakwa Rd. East, is hosting their annual Wide Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to an opportunity to tour the dealership, the event will also feature a live band and a show and shine that is open to all makes and models of motorcycles. Owners of classic and special interest vehicles are also encouraged to attend. The entire day is free for both spectators and show and shine participants. Everyone entered in the bike show has a chance to win trophies in more than a dozen categories. …

Paws to the Pedal

Anh Ly, at left with German Shepard puppy Bruno, is the brainchild behind Paws to the Pedal, a car show that is encouraging vehicle owners and spectators to bring along their furry friends for a day of fun. "So many people in the local car scene have pets, so it just seemed like a natural fit to create an event where people can show off their amazing cars and their beautiful pets while raising money for the Winnipeg Humane Society," said Ly. The show takes place tomorrow at the parking grounds between Ikea and Cabela's on Kenaston Blvd. The fun …

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European Health Spa. We have made repeated attempts to speak with you regarding your long-overdue account, but you have chosen to ignore our calls. As a result, we are cancelling your membership and this matter has been handed over to our collection department.

It had been months since I’d stepped foot in the spa, but they still wanted their money. Who could blame them? I’d signed up for their special “lifetime membership” and was on the hook for several hundred monthly payments of $9.99.

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