HIGH RIVER 2023—THE SUN STILL SHINES ON THIS CLASSIC EVENT

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High River, Alberta, Canada closes the car show season with a spectacular event every September—this year was another great example.

The key to success with a car show is always a strong community—if you look up the words ‘strong community’, High River is at the top of the page.

Jerry Sutherland

They gamble on the weather, and they’ve lost a few times–but High River always comes back.

The show is incredibly well-organized thanks to the volunteers. In fact, they’re so organized they have a street just for Mustangs.

There were some great stories in High River. For example, Jim found a resto-mod ’59 Chevy pickup resto-mod at High River.

Resto-mod is a mild term for what was done to this classic truck, but here’s a spoiler alert—it’s insanely fast now. Jim was bragging about that one because there was a crowd around it the whole day.

Jim also spotted a ’58 Buick four-door sedan at High River.

This Buick is an anti-trailer queen because it has seen thousands of miles and its owner knows how to work on it. His wife is also a regular pilot behind the helm of this 50s land yacht. Look for its story in the upcoming months on MyStar.

There was also a ’52 Chevy two-door hardtop at High River and Jim spotted it.

There’s a long and complicated history behind this car, but Jim learned the current owner owned it back  in 1958 when he wasn’t old enough to drive. Look forward to seeing the full story on MyStar.

Jim found a 1960 Divco at High River that had some major modifications.

These Divcos were functional work vehicles back in ’60, but this one was taken in another direction because the owner wanted to drive the wheels off this truck in the real world. Here’s a clue—it’s sitting on a 2013 Chevy ambulance chassis, but you’re going to see the full story in 2024.

A 1962 Volvo 544 captured Jim’s interest—partly because Jim owned one years ago—but mostly because they’re rare and this one had some tricks done to it.

Here’s the surprise—you’ll have to wait until next year for the MyStar story behind this cool little Swede.

I found a 1953 Ford panel van at High River.

This is one of those ‘just bought it—still have things to do to make it mine’ stories, but this old Ford was already very cool. The current owner has some really good plans for it, but he has a great base already—look for its MyStar story in ‘24.

I also found a ’57 Chevy 150 two-door sedan in the George Lane Memorial Park.

The biggest thing about this ’57 Chevy was the incredibly smart game plan behind it. I can offer a few details about it—it’s fast and it had a long hibernation because the real world intruded for a few decades. You’ll learn more about it next year.

The last story I found was a 1970 AAR Cuda.

This was a unicorn story because the current owner is only the second owner of this classic Mopar muscle car. He’s the luckiest guy in the world because he’s done nothing to the low-mileage Cuda over many years of ownership. That’s how well it was set up by the last owner.

High River is always a goldmine for MyStar owners’ stories, but it also the gold standard for community  cars shows—this year’s show was no exception.     

Jerry Sutherland

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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