REGINA – A record $24,115 was raised for the Regina Food Bank at Access Communications’ eighth annual Show N Shine car show on Sunday.
“The funds we raise at this time of year are critical after the summer when we’re maybe not as topical, not on people’s minds outside of the holiday season; it helps us replenish our shelves,” said Steven Compton, CEO of the bank.
Hundreds of vintage cars were on display Labour Day evening, attracting thousands of visitors.
“We’ve had [car exhibitors] from Manitoba even come and Melfort, to Saskatoon, to Warman, from all over,” said Tami Mitchell, marketing manager at Access. “They’re helping out a charity; they’re getting to show off all their hard work, and, you know, that’s the point of it.”
Ron Preikchat showed off his car, which features the engine of a 1975 Jaguar XJ6 engine. However, it was the wagon he made using over-sized tires that was more popular among the crowds.
“My grandson is six months old, so I thought there’s no time like the present to get him involved. So I built this for him,” he said.
The cars ranged in age and style. One exhibitor’s car used special paint that made the car double as a chalkboard.
“The work is phenomenal. The time that people must spend on these cars is… well, it makes me appreciate the fact that I’m retired now, and I better get on mine,” said visitor Frank Martin with a laugh.