MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR REFLECTS ON THE MIRROR CAR SHOW

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Mirror, Alberta Canada is a small hamlet of roughly 500 people located in east Central Alberta.

The community hosts a car show that is part of an annual celebration with a pancake breakfast and parade.

The car show is not big compared to others, but its small size works in our favor because we are able to connect with the owners much easier than larger events. This year’s event was no exception because three vehicles caught our attention, and it took no time to track down their proud owners at the Mirror car show.

It was a blustery day in Mirror, so much so that we lost a magnetic door sign on the way to the show. Bear in mind we recently took a 5300-mile trip into the southwestern United States and the wind speeds were much higher-plus the pace was much higher given the 80 mph freeway speeds in the US. Yet somehow one door sign on the same car blew off on the way to Mirror.

Nevertheless, there were plenty of convertibles with their tops down at the Mirror show, obviously owned and driven by people who were not overly concerned with the windy and cool conditions because it was a sunny day. That weather fact alone was enough to drop the top on their convertibles. 

One of the convertibles was a 1965 Chrysler 300 L owned by a car guy who really buys into the notion that cars were built to be driven, despite their rarity.

His ’65 Chrysler letter car will be the star of a future feature story on the electronic pages of MyStarCollectorCar.

Another convertible that grabbed our attention was a 1964 Acadian Beaumont Super Deluxe, even though the car had its roof up at the show. The car’s name is a mouthful and will puzzle many of our American readers because a ’64 Acadian Beaumont was sold only in Canada by Pontiac dealerships.

The fact the 1964 Acadian Beaumont closely resembled a 1964 Chevelle heightens the confusion for curious onlookers who did not grow up in the Canadian car hobby, so the vintage Canuck convertible’s owner is used to a barrage of questions whenever he drives to a show south of the Canadian border.

Learn about his experiences with his ultra-rare Canadian-only convertible in a future MyStarCollectorCar article.

A 1966 Plymouth Barracuda also caught our eye at the 2024 Mirror car show. The car is a member of the first-generation (1964-66) Barracuda models and has a style that still initiates a big reaction from the public and the Mirror show was not an exception.

The giant rear window seems larger than most small greenhouses in terms of overall glass space and gave the first-gen Barracuda a striking and unique style. However, not everyone loved the look of the cars, so a 1966 Barracuda gets plenty of attention at a 2024 car show.

MyStarCollectorCar was able to interview the Barracuda’s owner and he gave some surprising answers about his connection to his Mopar pony car. Learn all about the ’66 Barracuda and its owner in a future MyStarCollectorCar story.

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. 

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