Ready to rumble

BY Larry Dargis. May 06 04:00 am

Last weekend, the weather finally broke and car enthusiasts had the opportunity to get out and enjoy the beginning of the 2016 cruising season. From Friday to Sunday the Manitoba Street Rod Association (MSRA) hosted its 17th annual Rondex Rodarama car show, featuring more than 100 great classic and special interest automobiles at the East End Arena in Transcona. It also amped it up with a car corral of for sale vehicles.

According to show organizer Tom Hancock, “the membership wanted to add the Saturday car corral to the weekend event to give the people attending an added attraction.”

About 20 vehicles of various makes and models were lined up outside of the newly expanded arena. All polished up and waiting for a new owner, the selection was loaded with ready-to-drive classic and collector cars.

Inside, the show vehicles took centre stage with a wide array of hot rods, vintage, classic and collectable vehicles on display. There was also a nice assortment of works in progress that showed where the hobby is headed. This year’s Rodarama featured mostly new builds, with fewer than 10 entries seen from previous shows. Returning this year was a stunning display of five vehicles from Bob Marvin, who owns The Shed in Warroad, Minn. Marvin drew from his unique and iconic 98 vehicle collection preserved in his 24,000-square-foot garage.

In addition to delighting local car lovers, Rodarama also gives the MSRA the chance to give back to the community by donating some of the proceeds of the show to supply needed funds to the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation.

Looking ahead, the Manitoba Classic & Antique Auto Club’s 19th annual Red River Valley Swap Meet is set for May 15 at Red River Exhibition Park.

This is an annual ritual where vendors and sellers have the opportunity to meet up and trade those elusive and often hard-to-locate pieces. The swap meet not only helps folks find parts for a restoration or specialty car build, there is also a chance to find your dream project among the many classic and specialty vehicles offered for sale. There’s also a great appearance of vehicles at their impromptu show and shine.

May 15 is also the kickoff for Winnipeg’s legendary Sunday night cruise events — the Cruisin’ the Peg show and shine at Tavern United at 826 Regent Ave., and Sunday Cruise Night at the Pony Corral Restaurant located at the corner of Grant Avenue and Wilton Street both kickoff a summer of great fun and are open to all owners and fans of classic and special-interest vehicles.

The time has come to end the hibernation. Pull off those car covers, detail that ride and get ready to take in what promises to be one of the best Prairie summers on record.

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