Classic cars and charity go hand-in-hand

BY Larry D'Argis. Sep 15 04:00 am

Last weekend’s 23rd annual Flashback Weekend is now a done deal. Presented by the Fabulous 50’s Ford Club of Manitoba, the three-day event has been a longtime favourite for car enthusiasts.

The Sock Hop Social on Friday night, which drew a crowd of more than 400 to the Transcona Country Club, took people back to a time where A-line dresses, blue jean leg cuffs and slicked back hair were cool. The Marvells band ensured everyone heard their favourite ’50s and ’60s songs and the dance floor was packed the entire evening. A huge silent auction in support of the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation, raised more than $5,000 to help further their work in aiding special needs children and sent many home with fantastic prizes.

“The club would just like to thank everyone for their continued support and hope to see them back for next year’s show,” club president Albert Lannoo said.

Saturday the club led more than 80 classic and collector vehicles on a scenic car cruise departing from Garden City Shopping Centre up Main Street, to River Road and over the Locks at Lockport for an afternoon of fun and great food at the Half Moon Drive-In. A nostalgic look back, the trek was a drive many took in their youth to acquire the specialty hot dogs, burgers and ice cream treats the area is noted for.

The Sunday wrap up offered participants and spectators alike the opportunity to be part of Manitoba’s largest free car show as the south lot of the Garden City Shopping Centre took on a definite ’60s vibe. Garden City Shopping Centre has played host to the show for the past 22 years and has always been well attended by vehicle owners and spectators alike. With a day of solid sunshine and mild temperatures the lot was jammed full by 10 a.m. with a diverse selection of vehicles. There were T-shirt and hat sales, along with the Russell Lee band thumping out the tunes all afternoon. A 50/50 draw, for the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation raised $2,000 for one lucky winner. In all, more than $7,000 was raised for charity, putting the Fabulous 50’s Ford Club’s Flashback Weekend well into the $100,000-plus range for total donations to the Foundation. The show closed with Free Press Autos editor Willy Williamson and the Fabulous 50’s club presenting more than 40 awards for the various classes before a sea of shining chrome made it’s way to the Grant Park Pony Corral Restaurant and Bar for the Sunday Night Cruise.

Looking through the Manitoba Association of Auto Clubs schedule of events, there are still several great shows to attend before we close out the season. On Sunday, the Manitoba Mustang and Ford Association present their Farewell To Summer Show and Shine from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rona Home & Garden Centre, located at 755 Panet Rd. 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 and Wilton, as does Cruisin’ The Peg at the Tavern United at 826 Regent Ave. Don’t forget the 25th Annual Manitoba Street Rod Association Toy Run comes up on Sept. 24 at the Revenue Canada Taxation Centre lot on Stapon Road.