Car scene in full swing this weekend

BY Willy Williamson. May 13 04:00 am

The grass is green, the streets are clean and this weekend thousands of Manitoba motorheads will finally hit the road with their classic or special interest cars, trucks and motorcycles. Here’s a trio of events guaranteed to kick-start another great cruising season.

On Saturday, the crew at Harley-Davidson Winnipeg, 1377 Niakwa Rd. East, will host their annual swap meet. The parking lot will be filled with a huge assortment of motorcycle parts for sale or trade from both the dealership’s vast stock and local bikers looking to sell off spare parts.

The event is free for shoppers — if you want to set up a table to sell items the fee is $10, if the HD Winnipeg crew set up a table for you it’s $15 (please call ahead to pre-book a table). The swap meet runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information or to reserve a table call 204-254-3974.

On Sunday, the Manitoba Classic and Antique Auto Club hosts its 19th annual Red River Valley Swap Meet. This fun-filled event runs rain or shine from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Red River Exhibition Park. Admission for adults is $5, kids 12 and under are free. If you want to rent space to sell off a few treasures (junk is a four letter word), the fee for vendors is $15. You will need to bring your own table, but thanks to the large area, people can also simply pull up in vehicles and sell goods from the trunk of a car or the bed of a pickup. Vendor set up begins at 6:30 a.m.

There will also be a car corral on site with vehicles for sale as well as a show and shine that’s open to all vehicles 25 years and older, street roads, modified and special-interest vehicles. The swap meet is co-hosted by the Red River Exhibition Association and supports Winnipeg Harvest. All visitors are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or donation. For more information call 204-889-9970.

On Sunday from 4 to 10 p.m., the Grant Park Pony Corral hosts the first cruise night of the season. Hosted by the Fabulous 50’s Ford Club of Manitoba and Willy’s Garage, this legendary local hot spot will be hopping as local cruisers show and shine a bevy of beautiful classic and special-interest vehicles. Highlights include great food and a nice variety of prizes — one lucky vehicle owner will also be presented with the Cruiser of the Week award.

Wherever the road takes you this weekend, drive safely and have fun!

willy@freepress.mb.ca