The Rock’n Red Deer Super Run is back in 2018.
Some you may be unfamiliar with this show but it can be summed up as a week where a city of 100,000 people is overrun with some of the coolest old iron in North America.
The streets are full of classics during Super Run but to really dig into the show you have to consult one of the long term organizers so Gerry Paquette volunteered for an MSCC Five for Friday Q&A session.
What is the history of Super Run in Red Deer?
“The idea of a Super Run was first conceived in 1996 by a group of 12 car clubs from Red Deer, Calgary, Edmonton & Ponoka, Wetaskiwin, etc.”
“Wild Rose Rod & Custom, Wetaskiwin Shadows, Henry’s Haulers, Nifty Fiftys Ford Club of Calgary, Mainstreet Cruisers, Touring Tin, Northern Alberta Corvette Club, Edmonton Street Rod Association, Foothills Street Rod Association, The Cruisers Club of Red Deer, Ponoka Piston Poppers, Fifty 567 Club. Some of these clubs are still operational and some are gone but The Dropsicles joined in 2012 .”
Who were the organizers?
“I was not involved at that time so I don’t recall the original executive but some of them are still involved as executive as of today. Dick Wallace was President and remained President until after the 2015 Run. Soren Hansen was an original and would be a wealth of information.”
How is Super Run funded?
“Sponsorship was sparse at the beginning, don’t think there was any in 1997, a local car dealer got partially involved in 2000 with the sponsorship of hats but did not get on the poster. For the 2003 Super Run they were approached to be a major sponsor which I accepted and remained the Title Sponsor up to and including the 2015 show. First Choice Collision stepped up to become the Title Sponsor for 2018, Thank You.”
How did Super Run evolve into a week-long event?
“It started off as a 4-day event, Thursday Meet & Greet, Friday downtown Red Deer Cruise Night, Sat & Sunday Show & Shine for the public as a fundraiser at the Westerner Grounds. The initial recipients of the fundraiser were STARS & the Red Deer Food Bank and now it has been earmarked for STARS only.”
“With all the registrations coming in from out of town and some of them coming early the executive made a decision (not sure when) to provide some sort of entertainment for the early arrivals in the form of a daily guided cruise on Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs to some of the local attractions in Central Alberta. It has turned out to be very well attended.”
What are the details?
“SuperRun 2018 will be held July 30 to Aug 3rd 2018, all agenda activities for registered participants can be found on the website www.rocknreddeer.com under the Agenda Tab. You can also so find the registration, who we are, galleries etc. on the website.”
“Here is what the registration gives you, ALL INCLUSIVE REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDES: 1 vehicle, 2 adults, children under 12 years free and includes all events: 5 Days of early bird tours and cruises, Thursday Welcome party and possibly a drive in movie, Friday Downtown Cruise Nite, PLUS Saturday AAA Beef Banquet, Rock’n Roll Dance, Sunday free breakfast, Kids Zone games and fun. Great Value for the price. The registration was $95.00 till May 1 and from May 1st on will be $115.00, there is no one day or weekend packages, one price only.”
Does Red Deer and area get behind the show?
“Red Deerites seem to get behind the Super Run show big time and it’s nice to see, the Tourist Information Bureau has been a big advocate of Alberta SuperRun Rock’n Red Deer as has been the Downtown Association and the new Red Deer City Council.”
“Here is what the registration gives you, ALL INCLUSIVE REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDES: 1 vehicle, 2 adults, children under 12 years free and includes all events: 5 Days of early bird tours and cruises, Thursday Welcome party and possibly a drive in movie, Friday Downtown cruise nite, PLUS Saturday AAA Beef Banquet, Rock’n Roll Dance, Sunday free breakfast, Kids Zone games and fun. Great Value for the price. The registration was $95.00 till May 1 and from May 1st on will be $115.00, there is no one day or weekend packages, one price only.”
There you have it—five questions about a very cool car show.
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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