Atlantic Nationals rock!
xby Debbie Grady
Last year was my first experience at the Atlantic Nationals, this year’s event ran from July 12th to the 15th. I said I’d be back to Canada’s largest car show and I was; this time, on a hot, sunny Friday to check out the Main Street All-Day Cruise-In. I enjoyed seeing so many beautiful cars parked side by side by side by side, well, you get the picture. There was a sea of shiny chrome and vivid colours.
All of Moncton’s downtown Main Street was shut down and it was abuzz with car enthusiasts. Everyone showed up from Stewie the dog to kids admiring the shiny colours to Eddie the customized auto portrait artist to vendors to all the proud owners and everyone you can imagine in between.
OWNER AND CAR, STARTING TO LOOK ALIKE!
Walking down the street, I caught a man talking to himself and it turned out to be Dennis Gage of TV’s ‘My Classic Car’ setting up a scene for a segment on his show. The cameras, by the way, were atop a tall building, so I bet the shot was spectacular. We’ll have to check it out! Cars from every decade were present. The paintwork was fabulous; quality customized paint jobs can make all the difference.
DENNIS GAGE OF TV'S 'MY CLASSIC CAR'
There were a number of classes and categories present - coups, a military jeep, racing cars, dragsters, trucks, hot rods and dune buggies. Some of the cars had a little extra flash. Jimi Hendrix was represented on the hood of one purple car. The Hulk also made an appearance, as did gargoyles, skulls and flames.
PROUDLY ON DISPLAY BY THE MONCTON MARKET
There were even two (plush toy) monkeys enjoying popcorn in the back seat of one car with a drive in movie speaker next to it. I talked to some of the proud owners. I saw the Rusty Nuts group from Ontario, a man from New Jersey and a woman who matched her outfit to her orange beauty. I also chatted with Scott from Dartmouth who had a customized kiddie car to match his 1960 Bel Air. I love the car community. Everyone is so friendly and very happy to chat about their spectacular cars. It goes beyond being a hobby for them.
RACING FANS WERE NOT DISAPPOINTED
On another note, there were great prizes to be won as well during the show. Glenn Walker of Bridgewater, NS won the “NAPA-CASTROL F1 DREAM WEEKEND” - (All-expenses paid trips for two to the Montreal F-1 Grand Prix in June 2008), and Kevin LeBlanc of Memramcook, NB walked away with a NAPA Tool Cabinet (full of tools!) worth over $3,000. The NAPA Tool chest was the grand prize as part of a big radio promotion with C-103 FM Moncton. NAPA PEDAL TOW TRUCKS to: Ron Reid, Cape Breton, NS and Francis MacArthur of Hammonds Plains, NS.
CARS CAME IN ALL SIZES!
Record crowds poured into Centennial Park on Saturday & Sunday to look at all the vehicles, take in the exhibits and enjoy the great weather. The Atlantic Nationals has become the largest outdoor car show in the country with over 1700 registered vehicles. The weather was perfect for the 7th Annual and plans are already underway for the 2008 edition.
As I left Friday, I saw the NAPA sound stage being set up. I wasn’t able to stick around for the festivities but I’m sure those who did had a blast. I’ll have to check that out next year because I will most certainly be back!!
More photos in the print edition of Auto Atlantic.