From old cars to new cars, shiny cars to sparkly cars, to Lego cars – the Canada Centre Building at Evraz Place is packed with cars and car lovers this weekend for the Majestics Car Show.
Some of the cars have traveled across the country and the continent, but Robert Woodley’s has traveled across ‘the pond.’
Woodley bought his 1952 Vauxhall high-rider when he was still living in England about 45 years ago. When he moved to Canada in 1982, the car didn’t come with. Ten years later, Woodley and the car finally reunited, with it traversing the 6,500 kilometres to get here.
He had a friend still in England get the car onto a ship, which docked in Halifax. The car was then transferred to a train, and Woodley picked it up with a truck in Winnipeg and brought it to Regina.
Woodley said he just couldn’t get rid of the car.
“People always say, you know, ‘I shouldn’t have sold that car.’ ‘My first car was my best car.’ Well I’ve still got, basically, my first car … “I just had a love affair with it I guess, probably I could be retired now if I didn’t have that car,” Woodley joked.
He did a complete ground-up rebuild on the car three times, and now drives it around Regina every summer.
On the other side of the hall is a bright orange 1928 Ford Roadster. Ernie Welta has had the car for quite a while.
“I actually got the car in the early 60s, got the body, paid $5 for it, and built a hot rod.”
Welta said the Roadster has been re-done completely about three times, with his two sons lending a hand sometimes
“It belongs to our family ‘cuz everybody’s done some work on it at some time … We really like it, it’s been a fun car, it’s been dependable.”
At this show his sons are showing their own creations, right next to their dad’s.
Welta had some good memories in his car, like driving down to the Bonneville salt flats for the speed trials.
The Roadster was put on display in the third ever Majestics car show – now it’s on display at the 50th. Welta said to compare the two shows, there are more cars this year, with higher quality and more variety. He said he thinks it’s also more popular.
The show runs Saturday until 10 p.m. and Sunday until 5 p.m.