April 19, 2014 2:05 pm

Draggins Rod and Custom Car Show back for 54th year

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SASKATOON – The Draggins Rod and Custom Car Show has been a staple in Saskatoon for 54 years now.

In that time, almost anything you can dream of, on wheels, has been on display. This year’s show pays tribute to an American muscle car, celebrating a milestone.

It’s an automotive emblem for many motor enthusiasts that resembles power, force and energy: the iconic Mustang.

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The Mustang’s half-century milestone was marked with the biggest display in Draggins’ history, showcasing its history.

“All of the other cars like the Camaro and the Barracuda, they all stopped for a little while, but the Mustang continued throughout the whole thing,” said Dennis Stanley, with the Saskatoon Mustang and Classic Ford Club.

With 240 vehicles on display, perhaps none is more unique than the ’56 Ford F-100, with the DNA of a Shelby, SnakeBit. The car sold at the Barrett-Jackson auto auction in January for $450,000.

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“We think that some of the exposure that SnakeBit gave to that market says ‘whoa Saskatoon where’s that? They build cars? They build cars like this? They have a car show? And they’re here,’ so,” said Bruno Konecsni, with the Draggins Rod and Custom Club.

For the past three decades the Draggins Car Show has supported Camp Easter Seal.

“We have donated in excess of $1.5 million as a result of getting proceeds from our car show and last Fall we commissioned construction of another $250,000 cabin,” said Konecsni.

“It’s fully equipped to handle all kinds of medical issues for campers with more acute conditions, so they can stay overnight at camp and not be bused in and out all the time.”

As much as the event is for charity, it’s also about the love for restoration and competition.

The popular ‘Battle of the Automotive Technicians’  features teams of two racing to assemble a V8 engine in the fastest time as they compete for their share of over $6,000 in trophies, cash and prizes.

The Draggins car show wraps up Saturday night at Prairieland Park.

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