Street Machine weekend comes to Lethbridge – Lethbridge
Classic cars. Burnouts. A need for speed. The 2022 Street Machine weekend was anything but boring.
Several thousand people attended Street Wheelers Car Club events to watch drivers test the limits of their 100-Foot Dash hot rods and get a close look at Sunday’s Show N’ Shine.
Show N’ Shine attendee Lawrence Vossler has been showing his 1962 Ford Fairlane 500—his original car from when he was 18—at Show N’ Shine for nearly a decade.
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“These Street Machine weekends are awesome,” Lawrence said. “It’s probably one of the best car shows out there.”
One car in particular got a lot of attention this year – a replica of the Ecto 1-a from the Ghostbusters franchise.
“All the lights are working, and yes, there’s the siren. That’s what everyone’s asking for,” said auto restoration enthusiast Ryan Alter.
Alter and partner Shelley Simmons traveled from Montana for their entry to Street Machine Show N’ Shine.
He bought the car at an auction in Texas a few years ago and immediately started customizing it Ghostbusters themed. And it’s not the first movie car they’ve built.
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“We have a Delorean time machine that we had here last year and we have a race car with blue fur that makes it look like Sully from Monsters Inc.,” Alter said.
“Everyone asks why we are doing this. It’s for the smiles.
Simmons said it was a more recent experience for her, but the reactions she and Alter are getting are priceless.
“I love how cars make people happy,” Simmons said. “Watching them as we drive down the road, slow down, follow along, take all the videos and photos, it’s pretty amazing.
“Smiles per gallon is the best way to describe it.”
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Alex Dewar, president of the Street Wheelers Car Club, said they were already planning the 45th anniversary next year with this year’s success.
“Forty-five is going to be a big year; Hopefully we can do more of the same,” Dewar said. “If we have a lot more of our great and fantastic sponsors to push that for next year, then hopefully it’ll be fine. I hope it’s going to be a good year next year too.
Lethbridge police said they issued 115 traffic law tickets related to the three-day event.
Most involved stunting and equipment violations.
Three Criminal Code charges were laid, eight warrants executed and one traffic warning for impaired driving.
According to police, overall the vast majority of attendees were respectful and law-abiding.
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