AUGUST 17, 2015: WE STEP BACK IN TIME AT THE MARKERVILLE CAR SHOW

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The weather was not perfect for the 2015 Markerville car show so I looked up the phone number for the Markerville Creamery to see if it was still a go.

 

I seriously questioned whether an actual human being would be on the other end of the line in this new age of digital recordings masqueraded as people contacts , but was surprised when a pleasant woman answered the phone.

 

The show was indeed a go and she highlighted the appeal of the show which takes place on Creamery Way, right in front of the Markerville Creamery.

 

 

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This creamery is now a historical site and connects visitors with its past as a dairy product manufacturing facility. All car show entrants were treated to a slice of homemade pie topped with ice cream and it does not get more down-home than that combination.

 

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Incidentally, Markerville is a hamlet of about 40-50 people in central Alberta and was an important part of a migration to the area by Icelandic homesteaders in the 19th century. The tiny community is very proud of its heritage and the Creamery is now a central point of interest as a museum.

 

There is a park-like setting around the Creamery with plenty of picnic tables for outdoor events, including their annual car show. The Markerville car show is small by most standards, but it packs a big punch because of its location on Creamery Way.

 

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The tree-lined street is located beside a large creek which moves at a leisurely pace during the dog days of summer. The casual water flow fits in with the pace of Markerville, where it is indeed summertime and the living is indeed easy.

 

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The organizers had a good turnout at their show, despite the cloudy weather, and I suspect most car guys are drawn to the friendly locals and this magnificent location for a car show.

 

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They will forgo a natural car guy aversion to iffy weather and attend a show where a slice of homemade pie is included in the entry fee.

 

We focused on two cars at the Markerville show. The first was a bright red 1969 Dodge Super Bee that caught our eye once we turned the corner at Creamery Way.

 

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This car was not all it appeared to be-in fact it was much more than a simple factory Super Bee. It runs in a special race class at the track and we will reveal its entire history in a future MSCC article.

 

The car parked right beside the Bee was a custom 1952 Chevy sedan. Its owner was a talented local guy with a good story to tell about how and why he turned a mild-mannered Bowtie from the Perry Como era of the early 50s into a 21st century street warrior.

 

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A 1952 Chevy maxed out with a straight six from the factory, but this ‘52 Chevy’s owner had a completely different game plan for his ride. One of the best things about our interviews with car guys is the enormous amount of talent they possess when they tackle a project.

 

This custom 1952 Chevy was no exception and you will see its story in a future MSCC article.

 

Our trip back in time at the Markerville car show is always one of our favorites on the circuit and we already look forward to 2016.

 

Jim Sutherland

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