THREE HILLS 2024—THE SUN SHONE AND THE CARS SHOWED UP

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Three Hills is located in Alberta, Canada and it’s situated in what is primarily grain and oil country–there’s a built-in work ethic in this prairie town.

They usually get good weather at Three Hills—that’s a good thing because Alberta can get pretty soggy in June. This year they had an exceptionally nice day, so the town was jammed with old cars, old trucks and hordes of spectators.  

Michener-Allen Auctioneering was there to promote their upcoming collector car auction in July.

The best part is they always bring the family’s ’76 Ford truck.

The first car I found was a 1956 Studebaker with some serious custom touches.

This wasn’t a pro-touring build because it was done long before the pro-touring concept took flight. Nevertheless, it was a pro-touring car in the early stages because it was built to drive, handle and stop—and give the driver a degree of comfort.

I also found a 1974 GTO.

These are cars I love to see because they’re not only a story—they’re an education. There were many things under the skin of this 70s’ Poncho that I didn’t expect. You’re in luck—you’ll learn them later this year when this 70s Goat becomes a MyStar owner’s story.

The next car was a 1930 DeSoto.

This was another great learning curve because the car was done the way they did things back in the 40s and 50s—with free or scavenged parts. The other cool part was found under the hood. You’ll find out how cool when this story goes live on MyStar later in 2024.

The final story I found was a 1948 Buick that looked like something out of the apocalypse.

This was more beast than car, and it was riding on what can only be described as definitely a non-GM frame–plus the engine was definitely not a small-block Chevy. With any luck it’ll be a future MyStar story.

Jim found a 1952 Dodge pickup with another major swap story.

This was a four-year build, but the blood and guts put into this truck made it a unique resto-mod. It’s so unique it could easily be called one-of-one. You’ll see the whole story on MyStar in a few months.

Jim also found a 1969 Firebird with another great story to tell.

It was a period-correct custom with some very creative touches. It also had a very unique factory vinyl roof. It could easily be called part beauty and part beast. Fortunately, you’ll get the whole story at MyStar in 2024.     

Jim was also really happy to find a 1955 Buick four-door sedan.

There’s a rule at MyStar—never walk by a four-door sedan because the story is always good. That was the case with this one. There was a deep family connection with this car because his kids love it. That’s the kind of owner’s story MyStar thrives on, and you’ll read it on MyStar in 2024.

The toughest part of the Three Hills show is coming home because I like to pump out a draft of the upcoming article on the run home.

The cars flow into Three Hills all day on the highway coming into town, so I had to choose between getting a shot of a road warrior at high speed or tapping out a story. It didn’t always work out.

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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