47th Annual Auto Value Calgary World of Wheels Draws Stellar Stars, Cars and Crowds

By Bob Millard


What a comeback story! The 47th Annual Auto Value Calgary World of Wheels presented by Investment Vehicle Restorations was a great success thanks to the co-chairmen, Bill Knecht and Tom Meheden. With the help of the wives, Pat and Cathy, and a group of friends, the move-in was quick and easy, the show was great, and the move out went super smooth.

For the second year in a row, Kyle Doyle and his Big Foot monster truck were on hand, as were the Stunt Motorcycle Riders from Fort McMurray, Alberta. Kyle had the misfortune of breaking the Big Foot truck on Friday night.  With all the rush involved with fixing it and making sure it was going to be alright for the rest of the weekend, we were off on our times for the Saturday afternoon show. We apologize to any spectators that were inconvenienced in any way or upset by this.

The Kal Tire stages hosted several celebrities during the weekend including Davis Cleveland, “Flynn Jones,” from the Disney show “Shake It Up; Adam “Edge” Copeland, a former WWE wrestling star; Christopher Reed from the “Sons of Anarchy” series; and Dennis Gage from “My Classic Car.” As you can see, there was something for everyone at this year’s show.

There were quite a few special displays at this year’s event, and we had over three hundred entries in competition. The Rod Shop’s Traditional Section was in its second year, and the Diablo’s Car Club did a great job with this section, plus the Pinup Contest.  Zeeb’s Engine Build-off Competition is a bit hit every year.  This event features timed engine building competitions between different schools that are paired down to a championship on Sunday. This is a great high school competition, and it draws more excitement every year. We also had a wonderful display of Bonneville Salt Flats cars put together by Tom Racz from The Rod Shop, as well as a nice display of Diesel Powered Pickups. Championship Auto Shows would like to thank all the groups and clubs that participated at this year’s show.

In ISCA competition, Dennis Verrier, from over Winnipeg way, won the Best Rod Award with his ’35 Chevy Roadster. Best Custom went to Jason Hull with a 1967 Firebird, while Joe Seip won the Best Truck award with his 1967 Chevy C-10 pickup. Best Restored was awarded to Glen Richardson’s 1957 Plymouth Fury prepared by IVR.  Ron Vanee won Best Street Machine Comp with his Radical blown 1964 Corvette, and Jim Paul won Best Bike with a 2010 Custom. The CASI Cup, my pick at this show, went to Dugie McLean with a 1960 MSU Prinz 4. Don’t ask I don’t know what it is either, but it was cute as h—!!!

The big award of the Calgary show every year is the Jim Leslie Award. There are six entries (the ‘Six Shooters’) picked by the judges to compete for the prestigious award. This year the six were:  Joe Seip’s 1967 Chevy C-10, John Morrison’s 1940 Ford, Tom Parkyn’s 1955 Chevy two door sedan, Bryon Matlock’s 1957 Chevy 210 series sedan, Perry Jamart’s 1956 Chevy pickup and Jim Bird’s 1969 Dodge Charger. After much consideration, the Jim Leslie Award along with $2000.00 went to Tom Parkyn’s 1955 Chevy Sedan.

Ten outstanding vehicles were chosen as the Meguiar’s Top Ten:  Ron Vanee’s ’64 Corvette, George Springer’s ’32 Ford, Dennis Verrier’s ’34 Chevy Roadster, Perry Jamart’s ’56 Chevy Truck, Joe Seip’s ’67 Chevy, Glen Richardson’s ’57 Plymouth Fury, Tom Parkyn’s ’55 Chevy, John Morrison’s ’40 Ford Tudor, Chad Harlos’ ’37 Ford Pickup, and Jim Bird’s ’69 Dodge Charger.

George Springer took home the Summit Racing Equipment Kids Choice Award for his ’32 Ford Roadster, and Byron Matlock earned the Steele Rubber Products Master Builder Award with his ’57 Chevy 150.  Three vehicles received Street Rod Heaven Awards:  Chad Harlos’ 1937 Ford Pickup (First), Calvin Traub’s ’33 Chevy Master Coupe (Second), and Dave Savage’s ’40 Chevy Convertible (Third).  Wade Christianson hit the bull’s eye with his ’67 Chevy Chevelle to take the Muscle Car Shootout win, and in the Competition Insurance Club Challenge, Alberta Mustangs placed First, Alberta Iron Indians Pontiac Club took Second, and Northern Mopars finished Third.

Be sure and mark your calendar for the weekend of February 21-23 2014 as a must see for the 48th Annual Auto Value Calgary World of Wheels presented by IVR at the Calgary Stampede’s BMO Centre!!!  The Calgary World of Wheels is proud to be part of the Summit Racing Equipment Show Car Series!!



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