Families of fallen Mounties are getting help from Premier Brad Wall and his new charity car restoration project dubbed ‘Project Cypress’.
He’s taking a 1970 Dodge Charger and customizing it with parts from a 2015 Dodge Charger SRT then painting it matte black with a Mountie red stripe.
It will be unveiled in events across Canada including Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary and either Toronto or Ottawa, then auctioned off next summer.
It’s called Project Cypress because the first fort for the RCMP was built in the Cypress Hills. Proceeds go toward the RCMP National Remembrance Fund and to also support the RCMP Heritage Centre.
“We’re pretty proud of the fact that every RCMP member has trained here, that this is the home of the Mounties,” said Wall.
About $350,000 worth of work will go into the monster-sized customization project according to Pat Mengel of Advance Collision.
“We’re basically going to make a Franken-Charger. We’re going to take the new car and fuse everything into the old car,” Mengel explained.
Money will also be raised through 50/50 raffles and partially through ticket sales during the NHL pre-season game in Saskatoon between the Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild on Sept. 26.
You can find more information on Project Cypress here.