OLDS 2024—SMALL TOWN FRIENDLY TO THE 10th POWER

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Olds, Alberta, Canada is the perfect choice for a car show because the town has all the assets for a good event.

It’s centrally located, it’s friendly, it has a great downtown, and it has a hardcore car culture.

I spotted a row of Jeeps and the rule of thumb with Jeeps is they all have great back stories–and I found two.

The first one was a 1948 Jeep owned by a young guy who has a deep connection to Jeeps in general—and old Jeeps in particular.

You’ll see this story behind it later this year on MyStar.

The second one was a 1952 M-38 Jeep.

This one was military spec and that fit like a glove because the owner was from a three-generation military family–plus his grandfather had direct experience with Jeeps back when they were the workhorses of World War Two. That’s a family heritage you can’t fake–you’ll read about in 2024 on MyStar.

The last story I found was a 1977 Ford pickup. The owner said there was no story to it because he’d just bought it at an auction in March.

I like to dig deeper into the background of a classic–that’s something I’ve learned after 15 years of interviews. My instincts were good because this Ford had a great story behind it because he drives it–this classic old truck is not a trailer queen. That’s a big deal both in the car hobby and at MyStar. 

Jim found a 1963 GMC pickup story at the Olds show.

The owner bought the GMC dirt cheap many years ago and it served as a daily working truck for a few years. There were a series of misadventures with less than honest body guys over the years, but he finally found the right combination to turn this truck into a very cool resto-mod.

Jim also took a story on 1969 Chevy 4×4.

This was another resto-mod plotline because the truck is a combination of a lot of other trucks. There’s a tribute to a buddy on this truck because he played a huge role in the project.  It’ll be seen later this year on MyStar.

Jim’s final story was a 1934 Ford street rod tribute.

This project was perfect because it was built specifically to drive. He’s put 32,000 miles on the car because so it’s not a trailer queen—that’s what makes it a good fit at MyStar. This street rod was purpose-built for fun on the road, not to sit in storage.

Olds takes pride in their event, and it shows. The whole town gets behind this show and that’s the key to success. They have the key ingredients behind a great event—small town friendliness and solid community involvement.

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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