Let’s face reality – The Beatles were right because it’s been a long winter for car guys so there is a good chance most of them are experiencing cabin fever.

Typically, there are only two options available – head south or tough it out until car show season arrives.

Fortunately, there is a third option to fight the long winter blues.

Jerry Sutherland

The North Peace Bracket Association track is based out of Beaverlodge in northern Alberta, Canada so they know all about winters that stretch over several months.  

Sheri Carter is a volunteer with NPBRA so she was happy to explain the history behind this unique car show.”The Spring Spectacular Indoor Car Show is celebrating our 5th year in 2020. We started this car show as a major fundraiser for the North Peace Bracket Racing Association; we are all volunteers and the money we raise goes to upkeep and upgrades to the track. We have been so fortunate to have a great community of sponsors, vendors, participants and spectators. We have grown to double the size from our first year. Three years ago we were provided an opportunity to bring our Celebrity Guest Dave Kindig, two years ago we had Dave Kindig return with Kev Dogg and this year we are ecstatic to bring to Alberta Steve Darnell and Barber Dave from Velocity TV’s Welder Up.”

Because the Alberta weather is hit or miss we found an Indoor Show to be most effective. The biggest place in Grande Prairie to host us is the Tara Centre at Evergreen Park. Last year we were able to fit in 165 vehicles and had 6000 people come through the doors. We have had cars, trucks, motorcycles, vintage snowmobiles, trikes, golf carts and a mini Peterbuilt and Mac trucks. We have welcomed cars from all over Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.”

Our show dates are April 24th 4-9pm, 25th 10-5pm, 26th 10-5pm to be open to the public. Friday night we host a private celebrity dinner, Steve Darnell and Barber Dave will be at this event, offering stories, question and answer period, private signing and private viewing of the cars. Tickets are available through Sheri at 780-832-2927. Steve Darnell and Barber Dave are available on the show floor to the public for autographs on Saturday ONLY. Saturday night is our gala event, we hand out our awards, have a silent and live auction and open the show floor again privately. Limited tickets are available for this event (reach out to Sheri).”

Besides all the vehicles at the show, we have many vendors attend as well, offering their car related items or services. You can find cleaning kits, photography, magazines, special automotive items and local dealerships at our show vendor booths. We also have a Swap Meet and Vintage/Collectible Sale. People come from all over to sell and to find that special item they are looking for, you never know what you will find at the swap meet and Vintage/Collectible Sale.

“The Spring Spectacular Organizing Committee consists of Dennis Sandboe, Robert Balcom, Sheri Carter, Dale Stevenson, Bill Laramore, Todd Parsons, Barry Chorney and Karen Winterburn. Besides the committee there are countless others who volunteer all weekend. All profits from the show go directly to the track and none of our event would be possible without volunteers.”

As you can see, there are many reasons why the NPBRA Spring Spectacular is a great reason to break out of your winter blues and see some cool iron in a weatherproof environment.

Call it mental therapy for car guys.        

BY: Jim Sutherland

Jim Sutherland is a veteran automotive writer whose work has been published by many major print and online publications. The list includes Calgary Herald, The Truth About Cars, Red Deer Advocate, RPM Magazine, Edmonton Journal, Montreal Gazette, Windsor Star, Vancouver Province, and Post Media Wheels Section.