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July 14, 2016 12:00 AM

The Lloydminster Auto Club's Specialty Vehicle Show is going into its 38th year and will be taking place at Lions Park July 16.

The Lloydminster Auto Club’s Specialty Vehicle Show is drawing near, and as per usual, will offer some shiny eye candy for local gear heads to take in and admire.
“The show is a traditional display of vintage vehicles, customs and what people may have in their collections,” said Marvin Kryska, secretary treasurer of the Auto Club.
“It’ll feature vehicles of various ages, mostly centred in the 50s and 60s and into the 70s, but you get an occasional one that is pre-war, so that’s the usual cross section there.”
This will be year 38 for the Specialty Vehicle Show and year 50 for the Dodge Charger, a vehicle that’ll be recognized and celebrated at the event.
The Charger made its debut in 1966, so organizers at the show will have the ‘66 model and the 2016 version on display, so people can see how the vehicle has evolved in its half century of existence.
Other than that, Kryska said it’ll be a chill day without any distractions from the featured attractions, which of course are the automobiles.
“The focus is on the vehicles and interaction with the owners and the public around those vehicles,” he said.
“And there’ll be some vendors there as well, showing some of their products onsite, and in addition to that we will have some of the local dealers bringing some of the new examples of what they now have.”
The vendors onsite will be local businesses engaged with the automotive sector, selling accessories and novelties, as well as eight or nine Lloydminster auto dealerships that were invited to show off some of their products.
Kryska said the show brings in people from all over the region and different parts of the province, and even draws in some surprises like foreign groups with foreign sports cars on their way from Edmonton to shows in Saskatoon.
“It’s a variety and you never know from year to year what will be there in addition to the local vehicles that we have,” he said.
Depending on the weather, anywhere from 80 plus vehicles can be expected, with last year’s count breaching the 100 mark, and roughly 1,500 people coming through the gates to check them out. 
Kryska said it draws car enthusiasts from old folks who once owned the vintage cars when they came on the market, to younger people who want to see the vintage rides because the styling has changed so much.
“It’s the usual,” he said.
“It’s a show that’s dedicated to appreciating vehicles of the past and that doesn’t change, so we don’t go much beyond that, because we don’t want to distract from that interest.”
The Lloydminster Auto Club Specialty Vehicle Show will take place July 16 at Lions Park from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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