This Friday is the 9th Annual car show at the Michener Hill Extendicare facility, and it comes with a warning.
There will definitely be a smoke show.
Sherryl Johnstone is the driving force behind this event. Sherryl (Chevy Sherryl to the locals) wanted to host a car show for people who love cars but are limited in their mobility.
A car show in their own back yard was the answer. Sherryl put the word out to the local car guys and the Michener Hill Extendicare car show was born.
They had a lot of buy-in from the facility because a parking lot full of classic iron is a great way to break up the routine in a long-term medical environment for staff and residents.
Sherryl outlined what this year’s event will feature.
The show has a great mix of cars—and trucks so residents get a full trip back in time to an era when they were young, and they owned cars that defined an earlier era.
They get to see these classics up close, and most owners are happy to answer questions and go down Memory Lane with them, because these cars are a trip back in time for the residents.
The residents also get a personal parade in their neighborhood so they can see these classics in action. This is a big deal for people who have limited opportunities to attend events other people take for granted.
The parade sounds like a tame concept on paper, but this normally quiet facility gets a lot noisier when the car owners show them what these things really sound like.
After that, the burnouts start—this may be the only medical facility on the planet where smoking tires are encouraged in the parking lot.
That’s the beauty of this event. Instead of mandating a tame and sedate tone to keep it down for the residents, this show encourages burnt rubber and noise to get them pumped up.
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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