Drumheller, Alberta Canada is the heartland of dinosaur country because it’s located in the Badlands—a place where dinosaurs breathed their last breath.

They also host a great car show.

That makes a great backdrop for automotive dinosaurs and Drumheller didn’t disappoint. The first car was an exceptionally nice 1962 Pontiac SD 421 tribute.

This car had everything going for it from the dog dish hubcaps to the hood scoop—all in tribute to a legendary Pontiac street/track machine. Look for the story later this year on MyStar. This black beauty made you king of the hill back in ’62.

The next car was a 1971 Impala two-door hardtop.

This big Chevy hit me right because it’s the kind of car broken-nose car hoodlums drove in pursuit of legendary TV detective Jim Rockford. You just don’t see these cars anymore—this one was solid. It’s going to be a welcome future MyStar owner’s story because of the history and the unique nature of the Impala.

There was a one-of-one 1969 Ford Fairlane at the Drumheller show.

This car had an option no other ‘69 Fairlane ever built had–plus it was also a one-owner vehicle. I would have taken the car story on its own merit, but the back story is even better. You’ll see it in the next few months on MyStar.

The last car I found was a 1954 Lincoln Capri two-door hardtop.

This classic had the right owner because it’s not a trailer queen. It goes on long road trips over periods of weeks, so the owner is firmly in the non-trailer queen camp. Call it another win for 2024 MyStar owners’ stories.

Jim found a 1970 Plymouth Sports Satellite wagon with a distinct Brady Bunch vibe.

The owner bought it 20 years ago because he had a matching ’70 convertible and sedan. He likes to drive this Brady-era era soccer mom car because it was built for the highway. This will be another future MyStar owner’s story.

Jim also spotted a 1953 GMC pickup at the Drumheller show.

This was an old farm truck and it’s all original—that’s unusual in 2024 because very few owners keep the factory six-cylinder. It’s still working as a hauler–winter and summer.  This truck story will be a welcome addition to the vast MyStar library.

The last car Jim found was a 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL.

It was one of those father-son connection stories so that made it an instant MyStar owner story. The plot writes itself and the car is a beautiful example of a ’64 Ford two-door hardtop. Look for it in the fall at MyStarCollectorCar.

The Drumheller people run a good show. They’re proud of their community and it shows–plus they’re incredibly well-organized. The dinosaur thing is embraced on every corner downtown plus they had an Elvis impersonator who looked a lot like the King in profile.

If I had to sum up Drumheller  2024 in one word it would be this.

By: Jerry Sutherland

Jerry Sutherland is a veteran automotive writer with a primary focus on the collector car hobby. His work has been published in many outlets and publications, including the National Post, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Regina Leader-Post,  Vancouver Sun and The Truth About Cars. He is also a regular contributor to Auto Roundup Publications.

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