A fantastic flashback to the '50s

BY Larry D'Argis. Sep 16 04:00 am

The 22nd annual Fabulous 50’s Ford Club of Manitoba’s Flashback Weekend went off without a hitch.

The Sock Hop Social on Friday drew a crowd of more than 400 to the Transcona Country Club.

The hall was decked out like a Buddy Holley concert and a pair of classic cars flanked the stage.

The dance floor was packed all night thanks to an endless stream of ‘50s and ‘60s hits performed by The Twilights band.

The huge silent auction in support of the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation was also a terrific hit.

Saturday saw club members escort more than 70 classic vehicles on a scenic cruise from Garden City Shopping Centre up Main Street to River Road and onto Lockport for an afternoon of fun and great food at the Half Moon Drive-In.

The cruise mirrored a drive many of us took in our youth to enjoy the delicious hot dogs and ice cream treats the area is noted for.

The weekend concluded Sunday at the Garden City Shopping Centre with the largest free car show in Manitoba.

The Garden City location has played host to the show for the past 21 years and has always been well attended by vehicle owners and spectators alike.

With sunshine and mild temperatures, the lot was filled with guests by 10 a.m.

There were T-shirt and hat sales, along with the Russell Lee band thumping out great tunes all afternoon.

It was a parking lot party like no other.

A 50/50 draw saw one lucky winner take home nearly $1,800 and the draw for a retro car club jacket was won by Gordon Weibe.

In all, more than $5,000 raised for charity.

With the help of their sponsors and Free Press Autos editor Willy Williamson, the club presented more than 40 awards for various classes of vehicles. The show closed out with a cruise to the Pony Corral Restaurant and Bar for the Sunday night cruise.

As we look at closing out the season there are still plenty of shows to attend.

Sun., Sept. 18, the Manitoba Mustang and Ford Association presents its Farewell to Summer show and shine from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kildonan Place Shopping Centre, 1555 Regent Ave. W. Open to all makes of cars and trucks, the show is free to enter and spectators are welcome.

Cruise Night at the Pony continues each Sunday evening at Grant & Wilton, as does Cruisin’ The Peg at the Tavern United at 826 Regent Ave.

Don’t forget the 24th annual Manitoba Street Rod Association Toy Run, taking place Sept. 25 at the Revenue Canada Taxation Centre lot on Stapon Road.

57ford@mymts.net

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