Hot days, hotter rides all summer long

by Larry D'Argis . Aug 24 2018
Larry D’Argis / Winnipeg Free PressWayne Franz, from Kenora, brought his stunning 1956 Chevrolet resto-mod to the Falcon Lake Show and Shine. The event has been an annual treat for aficionados for the past several years.

Larry D’Argis / Winnipeg Free Press

Wayne Franz, from Kenora, brought his stunning 1956 Chevrolet resto-mod to the Falcon Lake Show and Shine. The event has been an annual treat for aficionados for the past several years.

The dog days of summer offer a great chance to take in classic and special-interest vehicle events throughout Manitoba.

Many of these show-and-shine events are well-established and enthusiasts flock to them annually.

The shows taking place outside the city are always a big draw — getting there is half the fun — and organizing tours or club runs keeps the anticipation level and the enjoyment flowing.

The Falcon Lake Show and Shine has been an annual event for several years.

Bringing people out to enjoy the lake and surrounding area, it has also raised money for the St. Amant Foundation.

Event organizer Manny Damata and many local sponsors wanted to add another component to the event. So, along with the car show, silent auction and 50/50 draw, they added a concert.

This year, the Shake At Falcon Lake included the car show and a sold-out benefit concert, which raised money for the St. Amant Foundation and Feed The Furbabies, an organization providing food and funds for stray pets around Manitoba.

Musical performances included headliner Cole Bradley and a special appearance by the Staggering Haggards.

The show-and-shine event drew cars from Southern Manitoba and the Lake of The Woods area — including Wayne Franz, from Kenora, with his stunning 1956 Chevrolet resto-mod.

“With the success we’ve had this year, we’ll continue to grow the event,” Damata said. “We have plenty of room for more vehicles and we can set up the park with more seats for the concert.”

The big question this Sunday is whether you want to head east or west?

On Aug. 26, the 27th annual Shades of the Past Car Show takes place in Beausejour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the 32nd annual Show and Shine, in conjunction with the Morden Corn and Apple Festival, will take place at Morden Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Both events are free to participants and spectators and open to all classic and special interest vehicles and motorcycles.

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