The 38th annual Lloydminster Auto Club Specialty Vehicle Show takes place at Lions Park on July 18.
Lloydminster Auto Club secretary treasurer Marvin Kryska says between 60 and 80 classic and custom cars will be on display, with proceeds from the event going to the Lloydminster and District SPCA. He says the show has managed to last nearly three decades because “it’s probably (the public’s) annual exposure to vehicles that you don’t see every day.”
“The only time you’ll see (specialty vehicles) in public display is at events like this,” Kryska said. “And other than that you don’t see them in a large congregation where you can look at the different varieties.”
Kryska says he has been involved with the show for the past 15 years and over that time there has been a rise in the number of custom and hot-rod vehicles joining the vintage cars on display.
“Originally, the shows were more prone to stock vehicles such as they were made in the factory,” he said.
“I think you see a bit more the what’s called the ‘restomod,’ where you have a vehicle that looks vintage from the exterior, with all its trim essentially unmodified, but the underpinnings are all modern. So you see a bit more of that but there’s still a good variety to represent the vintage component.”
Each year the non-profit club decides to raise money for a specific cause. This year the benefactor is the SPCA. Guests will have the opportunity make a donation during the course of the show.
“They’re an organization that is trying to expand and increase their services in this region, not just the city of Lloydminster,” Kryska said. “They’re trying to build another facility, so we thought, ‘Why not do it for them this year?’”
Kryska says car enthusiasts from Cold Lake and a foreign car club from Edmonton will make the journey to Lloydminster to take part in the show. He says events like these allow like-minded people to come together to learn and indulge their interests.
“Classic automobile enthusiasts and collectors, they meet at shows like that to share information about their particular vehicles, trends, developments in the hobby, preservation, restoration and customizing techniques that are always changing, and establishing new contacts with people in the hobby,” Kryska said.
“And then for the public, the event provides an opportunity for them to view the variety of vintage vehicles that are there and see the changes that have occurred over the decades that have culminated in the vehicles that we have today.”
Vehicle registration is from 9 a.m. to noon and the show runs until 4 p.m.