8th Annual Rodarama Car Show

Story by Liz Kitzul
Photos Courtesy of Bob Workman

If you want to come out to a real small time car show, something like you remember from the 70’s, then I have just the show for you. Strangely enough this show doesn’t feature wrestlers, soap stars or scantily clad women, instead it features real classic cars, hot rods, street rods, antiques and some late model kool cars, most of which are driven daily in summer. The 8th Annual Rodarama Car Show held in Wpg at the East End Arena is always the last week of April. Utilizing 2 hockey rinks with about 55 vehicles per rink, this show is tooted as one of the best in Manitoba. Hosted by The Manitoba Street Rod Association, the registration for the show is still frozen at $20. which includes entry for 2 adults, a draw ticket on a Chevy engine, a trany ticket; as well as a free Friday night social. The well-organized & meticulous Frank Fazio was again Car Show Chairman and he did a splendid job of setting up the show committee as well as handling the budget. Gord Forman handled the vendors while Dakota Collegiate’s Adam Castle donated a SB Chevy, which Competition Engine freshened up for us. The 350 trany was donated by Trans Tech and tidied up by member Ronnie Marshall. Admittedly one of the big prizes was the bar fridge donated by Brian Jackson of Accurate Washer & Appliance with the custom hot licks applied courtesy of Richard Roy of Maniacal Expressions in St.Pierre, MB. Draw tickets for this sold like hot cakes.

After a few TV interviews and a stint on the Breakfast Show, Rodarama welcomed an eager crowd Friday at supper time. The place filled up as this is the best day of the weekend with so much going on. Brian Jackson handled vehicle registration and his wife Diane set up the goodie bags using the Hotrod Hotline Yellow flamed bags – so handy! Wagon Master Doug Bedford positioned the cars between the two rinks with room to spare. Robin Carruthers & Jerry Saunders had promotions and advertising under control, while George Knight handled numerous volunteers for the weekend’s 24 hr security. Dana and Kathy Milne took in registration funds and sold event T-Shirts as well as handing out the goodie bags. Each bag had one event T-Shirt, tickets on the engine and trany and other miscellaneous stuff you can’t live without. Once loaded you were then directed over to the Prize Patrol window to see yours truly & Bob Garrett for your “Instant Prize”. Members Mike Ward and Andrew Pearase had run all over the city picking up donations and cheques for the show and with the continued support of hundreds of businesses, our goal was to supply each entry with a prize pkg worth at least twenty bucks.

Companies like Adam’s Premium Car Care Products; American Autowire; A & W Canada; Bob Forzley, Bunzy’s Auto Body; CSRA; Custom Crankshaft; Daryl Reid MLA; Bidhu Jha; Brunswick Steel; DMK Customs, F.B. Automotive; Fountain Tire; Frontier Toyota; Gauthier Automotive Group; Griffin Canada; Heart Exhaust; Heidt’s Hot Rod Shop; Heritage Impressions; Horton’s Hot Rod Parts; HotRodHotLine; House of Silver; IDC Communications; ISCA Lechman Family; Kern Hill Co-Op; Main St. IGA; Kustom Kris Framing; Lucas Racing; Millennium Eden Bed & Breakfast; Minute Muffler Main St. & Portage Ave; Mothers Wax; NSRA; Panago Pizza; Paul Salinowski’s 1320 Art; Parr Automotive; Piston Ring Auto Service; Pony Corral; Rogers Auto Artworks; Rondex Limited; Softy’s Speed Shop; The Battery Man; Va Va Voom Garage; Willys Garage at the Free Press had all donated goods and services.

Friday night we held the vendor/volunteer/participant only social (get together) upstairs at East End Arena. Silent Auction proceeds went direct to the Rehabilitation Centre for Children Foundation and raised a few hundred bucks. MSRA & East End Arena supplied hot roasted chicken while Panago Pizza graciously donated piping hot pizzas by the truckload. Some music, and many door prizes later we called it a wrap.

Saturday morning Bob Garrett and myself handed out prize packages even delivering some right to the cars. The T & D music show (Tom Milne & Dick Brasher) ran all day and well into the night. The crowd came and went and many participants enjoyed the hospitality room in the basement ran by Sandra Knight. Piping hot soup, donuts, coffee and munchies were always available. Sunday the day flew by with the awards getting underway around four. A framed pencil drawing by 1320 Art Paul Salinowski went to Long Distance winners Dee & Jack Stattine of Grand Forks; with 2nd contender Don Coulter taking home some goodies also. The Best GM Award, sponsored by the Gauthier Auto Group went to Gord Gaudes with his 65 Pontiac GTO. Gord also received a Hand painted GM toilet seat by Maniacal Expressions and a Shop Vac courtesy of Minute Muffler. The Rising Star Award (person under 25 & must be vehicle owner) went to Brant Palmer. A $100 cash award donated by the Lechman Family; a $50 cash prize from Bob Forzley of Forzley Chassis as well as a whopping 415-piece toolset courtesy of Southside Auto Body accompanied this award. The People’s Choice Award sponsored by Wayne Hamel of Main Street IGA went to Ron Baxter with his 1938 Ford Coupe; Ron also received a ladies necklace from A&A Jewelers and an 80 Piece toolset courtesy of MSRA member Tom Hancock. Lastly Best of Show Award was sponsored by B & B Trophies and went to Al & Sandi Bodnarchuk with their 1932 Ford 3 window coupe. Al & Sandi also received a painting of their car by Roger Lusty of Roger’s Auto Art Works, a complete detailing kit from the DriWash Guy and a ladies necklace donated by A &A Jewellers.

Undeniably a whopping success thanks to the many participants; sponsors, vendors and lastly all the volunteers who donate their time to host this show. For next years show registration call Brian Jackson at 204-338-8429 or checkout the MSRA web site at www.msra.mb.ca and mark April 25-27thon your calendar. Come and get a taste of our Friendly Manitoba hospitality – tell em’ Liz sent ya.

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One of the big prizes was this bar fridge courtesy of Accurate Washer & Appliance with hot licks by Richard Roy of Maniacal Expressions.

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Bill & Lorraine Powell own this fine Crimson Red 53 Chevy 2 dr hardtop. Nosed and decked it features a 296 with a 4 brl, headers, buckets & a 54 Grill.

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This 39 Chevy Master Deluxe features a frame off resto with a 350/350, Mustang 11, Cragars with BFG’s, exhaust by Extreme Performance & PPG Pewter w/ghost flames by Colin Anderson. Owners are Darlene & John Zwarych of Wpg.

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    Can you say Nostalgic? Jack & Dee Stattine of Grand Forks, N.D. brought their 51 GMC Pickup with a 270 bored to 280 cu in, old Isky Cam, milled heads, Howard Intake, Fenton Headers, 5 Stromberg 97’s and a homemade nitrous system.

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George Knight, Tom Hancock & John McCreanor are some of the backbone of this car show.

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    The show spilled over to the parking lot where we found this Big Bad Orange 70 AMC Javelin – one of only 16,000 made. Owners are Karen & Robin Carruthers of Wpg.

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The hottest artist in the Midwest goes to Richard Roy of Maniacal Expressions, St. Pierre, MB. Richard airbrushes realistic flames like on this boudoir seat, which went as an award prize.

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Jack at Main Street Minute Muffler and Vern at 3226 Portage are well known vendors and have been with the show since the beginning.

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Tim & Jo McCrae found this pumpkin orange 49 Austin in Yorkton, Sask. Their son Drew & friend Carl Holly helped replace the engine and paint it – it has a full flip front end.

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Selling this white 55 Chev Pickup with the narrowed rear is Darrell Van Mol of Wpg. Darrell dropped in a blown 454 with a Turbo 400 & Unique Auto Works handled the orange and yellow hot licks, which are seen under the hood & inner fenders.

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Marlene & Dave Moist of IDC Communications hunted down their Chev 2dr after a local speed shop closed up. Wayne Richardson installed the Mustang II front while Mickey Delisle laid the paint.

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Heard the phrase “An Iron Fist and a Velvet Glove”? That was Buick’s sales tag back in 63 for this beautiful Buick Riveria. Features include a Wildcat 445 engine, A/C, tilt, Cruise, Power Windows, seats & trunk, shaved handles, air bag suspension, red leather interior & House of Kolors Candy Apple Red Paint splashed on by Sterling Collision.

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Larry Baert sold his 68 Nova in favour of this Dupont Royal Plum Purple 37 Ford 2dr Humpback with a 9” rear. It has Vintage air & heat, 350/350, cruise, Mustang II front end and he says it’s the best decision he’s ever made.






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