Nostalgia comes alive through car show

By Geoff Lee

July 12, 2017 2:18 PM

  Kids and cars go hand in hand at the annual Lloydminster Auto Show on the grass at Lions Park. This year’s family show takes place on July 22 with a featured 1967 Camaro and Firebird. FILE PHOTO

The year 1967 will be revisited at the upcoming specialty vehicle show, hosted by the Lloydminster Auto Club.
As a reminder, 1967 was Canada’s Centennial, and the last time the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup.
The nostalgia will be stimulated by the sight of at least one model Chevy Camaro and Pontiac Firebird from 50 years ago, when the vehicles pull into Lions Park on July 22.
“We’re featuring the Camaro and the Firebird from 1967,” said Martin Kryska, the club’s secretary-treasurer.
“We’re also thinking of having a 2017 Camaro on display as well.”
The two vintage muscle cars will be part of a collection of 70 to 100 classic vehicles with the actual number dependent on the weather.
The show is open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. with proceeds from gate donations going to local charities.
Last year, the event raised $3,000, more than the approximate $2,450 base price of a Camaro coupe in 1967.
The vehicles on display come from all over Western Canada including those owed by the 14 Lloydminster and area members of the local auto club that dates back to 1978.
“It’s the main event of the year for us,” said Kryska.
He’ll be showing off one of his five or six classic Plymouths.
“The cars I have are the cars I once had,” he said, noting they’re not the exact models.
He said that’s in keeping with the brand mentality of his fellow collectors.
“All this starts for most collectors and most auto enthusiasts with a vehicle that they had when they were younger, or a vehicle their parents had, or a vehicle they happen to like from whatever era,” he said.
Kryska believes people are attracted to the vehicle show because certain models incite a flashback to memories of a different time in their life.
“I’ve had people come and look at the vehicles I have for most of the afternoon, off and on, because it brought back so many memories,” said Kryska.
He said they sit in it, they look at it, and they tell you what they had back in the day.
Kryska, a retiree, picks up groceries in his 1991 Pontiac Bonneville that he’s owned for 26 years.
Older cars like his spark a lot of conversation between their owners and onlookers and families who flock to the Lloydminster show every year.
Kryska said parents bring their younger children and they explain to them how these vehicles operated versus how vehicles operate today.
“It’s a history lesson from the parents to the younger generation,” he said.
He noted teens enjoy looking at them as well, because the styling is so much more different and varied than what the styling is today.
Having the cars displayed on grass also makes it cooler to walk around if it’s a hot day.
While the Camaro and Firebird will turn a lot of heads, they may not be the only show stoppers.
Kryska said you never know what’s driving through the gate until the last minute.
“It’s like Pawn Stars,” he said, referring to the American TV series.
“We can get anything from the 1920s or the teens right up to a new vehicle that somebody thinks a lot of that is somewhat different.”

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