SUNDRE—THE RODEO GROUNDS BECKONED

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Every car show I’ve been to in Sundre has been set in the downtown area, but this year was different because they moved it to the Sundre rodeo grounds.

It definitely worked. Sundre is in west central Alberta so it’s close to the foothills and mountains. You won’t find nicer scenery and the grass is a bonus. The rodeo grounds are the hub of this town because Sundre is also in the heart of cattle and oil country.

The only downside came when Jim tried to hyper mile in the old Dodge.

People are polite in Sundre—the car stalled on their main road in and out of town and they simply drove around with civility you never see in a big city. Fortunately, there was a can of gas in the trunk—mandatory for old cars.  

The first car I found was an extremely rare 1964 Pontiac hearse/ambulance with a great story behind it.

There’s a deep family connection with this car, plus it houses a beast in the engine compartment. You’ll learn how deep the connection is when the details come out. You can’t make up the plot, but I can tell you about this Poncho long roof later this year in a MyStar owner’s story.

I also found a 1970 Challenger T/A story.

These cars are Holy Grail vehicles to Mopar guys, so this one drew a big crowd. It’s another story waiting to happen at MyStar—look for its story in 2024. This was a textbook example of a classic E-body muscle car.

Jim found a 1972 Monte Carlo at the Sundre car show.

It’s a California car and it was Door Number Two for the current owner. You’ll find out how this story ends on the MyStar site in 2024.Monte Carlos are examples of cars that are rising in value because they represent an era of the 70s that was specific to the 70s—the personal luxury car.

Jim also found a 1940 Ford truck story at the Sundre show.

The Ford was a massive project, but the results are spectacular. The back story will be worth reading when it goes live on MyStar because this truck was not an easy save. You’ll learn whether it’s still stock or modified—either way it’s a cool truck.

There was another pending story at Sundre.

This one is about a 1948 REO Speedwagon. Jim is going to track down the owner because this truck was clearly not 100 per cent stock. There’s one rule at MyStar—when you see an REO Speedwagon–you take the story. You’ll learn more about this truck  once Jim talks to the owner, because anything that cool deserves some time in the My Star spotlight.  ***Update–the owner contacted Jim so the story is a go.    

I mentioned the downtown location at previous Sundre car shows because it made for a solid comparison to the new location. They have a great downtown in Sundre but it’s hard to beat the grass and facilities at the rodeo grounds. This is a high standard for a car show location plus they are very well organized In Sundre.

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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