34th Annual Legends Show in the Park Report, July 29, 2012
This show is one of the highlights of our planned events for the year. Our venue is one of the best in the province, and has a reputation for being a great show to come to as we rope off the entries to prevent unwanted spectators to come too close to our treasures.
Advance registration helps us a lot in creating a smooth traffic flow and this year was our best ever with 48 thanks to the superb effort by our registrar, Cindy Burkitt. The winner of the advance registration won a racetrack donated by The Source with a value of $150. We also moved the Legends trailer further west (thanks Jake), to lessen any chance of a bottleneck and it went very smoothly. With her staff of 3 working feverishly, as well as a greeter meeting the cars to give them direction, it just worked well. Helping Cindy was Elfie Elias, Leila Wieler, and Leona Sawatzky. The greeters were Linda Kehler, Jake Friesen, and Russ Toews, who also put up all the signs.
We also had 2 new 4’ x 4’ signs made to direct entries into the Park as well as street greeter wearing vests and flagging people. The morning shift was done by Terry Wiebe and Henry Heppner, with Richard Neufeld helping later, and helping wherever he could, as did a lot of other members.
Parking was looked after by John Friesen and Henry Hiebert with Lyle/Daniel Dunsmore helping along with others. They also wore safety vests this year. The cold shack set up was headed up by Irv Loewen along with a cast of characters. Prizes and trophies were sorted and labelled by Eleanor Bergen and Leona Sawatzky. Richard stepped in at the last minute with a new sound system to help us communicate with our 152 entries. The music came from my new tablet computer and it wasn’t 50’s and 60’s. To those of you who complained about it, you can supply the music next year, I won’t.
Our sponsors contributed $1425 to our budget, with 3 main sponsors, West Park Motors, Rhineland Car, and Precision contributing $750, and our other 9 sponsors $675, see attached list. In addition to this, 30 other businesses contributed door prizes, see attached. Four years ago, this number was 41, but we are no longer asking for prizes if they have contributed money, unless they voluntarily contribute. We also bought door prizes both from West Park and Altona Farm Supply.
New this year was the Skills Manitoba both at the south Park entrance selling tickets on the ’33 Ford Coupe on display. They are a registered charitable organization with all the money raised going towards training youth to become skilled workers in any training or apprentice program from a beautician to a mechanic. They were very happy with their results.
We also had NRG Sales and Marketing demonstrating car care products new to this market under the brand name Emzone. It is an amazing products line well known in the western market, but just coming to Manitoba. They provided us with door prizes for coming into the show.
We added a new feature as well by having Jeff Wiebe fire up his ‘60’s nostalgic front engine dragster for the crowd. It was well received and offered us a chance to promote our upcoming Charity Drags on Aug. 18th and 19th at the Airport.
The weather was very hot with a high of +36 C reached by 2:00 PM. We gave out free water at the registration desk to prevent de-hydration which was very well received. Due to the weather forecast, a number of Winnipegers did not show up, yet the rain missed us and the day was sunny. We shut down the show at 4:00 instead of 4:30 and will do this again for next year. A number of people commented that we had too many classes, and a few years ago complained we didn’t have enough. We will look at the numbers for next year and cut it down by at least 6.
Here are the winners in each class as voted on by the participants:
Best Other Keith Klippenstein (Altona) ’72 Pantera
Street Rod Dennis Wiebe (Winkler) ’26 T Bucket
Mopar:Pre: ’70 Wes Wiebe (Altona) ’62 Dodge Dart Convert
Mopar ’71 + Brad/Sharon Hildebrand (Winkler) ’73 Challenger
Ford: Pre-70 Marv/Sara Ginter (Sanford) ’52 Ford 2 dr HT
Ford: ’71 + Marcel Thevenot (Roland) ’72 Ranchero
GM: Pre-70 Garry/Judy Campbell (Killarney) ’58 Chev Convert
GM: ’71 + Jake Dyck (Altona) ’72 Chevelle 2 dr HT
Import Cindy Burkitt (Altona) ’72 VW Convert
Truck: Pre-70 Kathi/Bev Furniss (Manitou) ’56 Ford F-100
Truck: ’71 + Cornie Wall (Winkler) 2000 S-10 Extreme
Corvette ’71 + Martha/Roy Heinrichs (Wpg.) ’08 C-6
Camaro Pre: ’70 Rick Fast (Grunthal) SS-396
Camaro: ’71 + Gilles Barnabe (Letellier) 2010 Camaro
Unrestored Harold Mankewich (Wpg) ’74 Road Runner
Race Cars Jeff Wiebe (Letellier) ’69 Chevelle
Mustang: Pre ’70 Colin Penner (Carman) ’67 GT
Mustang: ’71 + James Enns (Altona) ’69 Mach 1
Best Sled: Pre ’70 Russel Calder (Letellier) ’67 Skidoo
Best Sled: ’71 + Don McLennan (Oak Bluff) ’72 Arctic Cat 440 Panther
Best Motorcycle Tom Hesom (Winkler) ’69 BSA 650 Lightning
Furthest Distance Larry Hosaluk (Roseau, MN) ’36 Nash 400
Participants Choice Kathi/Bev Furniss (Manitou) ’56 Ford F-100
Legends Choice Rick Fast (Grunthal) ’69 Camaro SS396 (2013 Poster Car)
Announcing was done by yours truly who was reminded of his mistakes in events/dates in July that were actually August. Thanks for those corrections, and thanks to my committee of Cindy Burkitt, John Friesen, and Henry Hiebert and the rest of the volunteers who I forgot to thank formally. Submitted respectfully,
Don Elias (Chairman)