ROLLING THE DICE ON THE ROAD—WINFIELD BATTLES THE RAIN

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MyStarCollectorCar likes to hit the small town shows because the community spirit drives these places like breweries drive Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

This was a roll of the dice road trip because the weather wasn’t great 60 miles from the event, and it didn’t get any better. You have to be a riverboat gambler in the car hobby—that also applies to car shows because weather can be a remorseless beast. Media guys also have to be gamblers, so that’s why Winfield became the destination despite the merciless weather.

The route goes through some very scenic parts of Alberta, plus June weather turns the whole place into a spectacular green zone. Not the political green zone eco-warriors talk about—this is a real green zone with green trees and green grass.

Alberta has a soaring economy thanks to oil, gas, grain and cattle, so even the back roads are busy. Big rigs are everywhere—that means the two-lane highway was a circus in a driving rainstorm. If you’re wondering whether a stock ’60 V-8 Dodge can answer the challenge of passing a B-train semi—the answer is yes.  

I’ve lived within 60 miles of Winfield my whole life and passed the exit many times, but this was the first time I’ve ever been there in person.

It’s a cool little town. Winfield seems more like a mountain resort place–but it’s hours away from the Rocky Mountains. There’s a small main street with a park where the show was supposed to be held.

There were a few cars on the street waiting for a verdict on the event because it was raining,windy and about 40 Fahrenheit. That’s not exactly sunburn weather.

A tour of Winfield revealed this is a hardcore car town. I heard there was a strong Mopar presence in the area and one guy sure lived up to that rumor with his car crop of vintage Mopars.

Jim talked to one guy who didn’t want to tell the story behind his car because apparently, he had a few skeletons in the closet. That ‘s good because when that happens, and the story goes live on MyStar, you get an angry email or phone call from the other person who used to own–or still owns the car. He did Jim a favor.

Jim did find a cool story about a 1973 Honda Civic. This little car was a beast—hence the roll cage and racing seats.

You’ll see the story later this year on MyStar.

Was it worth the gamble to drive 60 miles in the rain for one story? If you’re a car guy the answer is obvious. Of course it was. Any road trip in old iron—rain or shine–is a good road trip.

If you don’t get that you’re not a car guy–you’re a trailer queen car guy.

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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