Pump up the VOLUME

BY Larry D'Argis. Mar 18 04:00 am

Piston Ring’s 42nd annual World of Wheels car show kicks off today at 3 p.m., and this year the big story is volume. The newly renovated RBC Convention Centre has increased to 110,000 from 49,000 square feet and now offers room to display more than 235 vehicles — nearly double the number on display in past years.

Included among all those great rides are 18 feature vehicles such as Gary and Marilyn Reimer’s muscular 1969 Chevrolet Camaro from Steinbach, Alden Miles from Lakeville, Minn., and his wild 1948 Anglia, and Don and Connie Lee from Grand Forks, N.D., and their gorgeous 1963 Chevrolet Impala.

Other special displays include the Muscle Car Café presented by Lake Marion Collision, featuring high-performance rides from the muscle car era, the Color Me Gone display presented by Hawk Auto and Truck Accessories, featuring vehicles painted in bright colours so prevalent in the late 1960s and early ’70s, the Fire Pit, a red-hot display featuring an assortment of flamed vehicles, and Beetlemania, a collection of VW Beetle and Microbus models presented by St. James Volkswagen.

Bob Marvin from The Shed in Warroad, Minn., is showing three specially prepared Yenko Super Cars from 1969: a YSC Camaro, Chevelle and Nova.

Also making the trip is a 1969 Camaro Z28 constructed by legendary racer Smokey Yunick and an Alice Cooper tribute Harley-Davidson custom chopper.

On the local front, there will be 10 Manitoba car clubs competing in the Club Challenge. The Corvette Club of Manitoba is presenting C1 through C7 model Corvettes, there will also be a display of some of Winnipeg’s finest tuner cars, and keep your eyes peeled for a locally built, original replica 1966 Batmobile. There’s also a Manitoba Motorsports Hall of Fame display, with 2008 inductee Al Ducharme’s 1916 Ford T-Bucket.

On the star front, the Pony Corral Restaurant & Bar presents the 2016 Celebrity Showcase with guest appearances by actress Peyton List, noted for her role of Emma Ross on the Disney Channel’s comedy series Jessie. Shifting gears to the car side, is airbrush artist extraordinaire, (Horny) Mike Henry from History Channel’s Counting Cars.

Still want more volume and vehicle related products? Vendor space has increased 30 per cent this year and should offer a great cross-section of everything wanted by custom car aficionados. Add to this several awards from specialty shops including Manitoba’s best presented by Rondex, most outstanding Manitoba entries for Ford, Dodge and General Motors, presented by Gauthier Automotive Group, mid-Canada’s finest five street-driven award from Total Performance, and Space Age Tire’s annual Maple Leaf Cup presentation.

For maximum volume, organizers will turn it loud with a special live concert tonight at 7 p.m. featuring Danny (The Count) Koker, star of the History Channel’s Counting Cars and his band, Count’s 77.

The entire weekend is chock full of creative talent, custom cars, trucks, street rods, bikes and a fresh new venue that pumps up the volume with Winnipeg’s largest ever indoor car show!

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