Car auction and speed show this weekend

All auto-junkies in the area are gearing up for the ninth annual Red Deer Collector Car Auction and Speed Show, presented by the Electric Garage.

The auto extravaganza is a three-day event that will take place at the Westerner from March 13th-15th. Specific times are available on Weekend passes are $20, single day admission is $12 and children 12 and under are admitted free.

“There is the collector car auction that begins Friday evening and runs through the weekend. Saturday is the main event of the collector car auction, where we will have about 100 vehicles to be auctioned off from the block. There is everything from early classic cars, to antiques, to exotic cars, muscle cars – that runs right through until Sunday,” said Todd Schwindt, president/owner of EG Auctions in Red Deer.

“In conjunction with the car auction, we have a black carpet speed lounge in the Prairie Pavilion – that’s 50,000 square feet of exhibitors who will show and sell their products.”

Along with the auto auction and product show, there will be a ‘Piece of the Past’ exhibit coming all the way from Las Vegas, where attendees can purchase special edition prints and memorabilia prints.

“We just have some fantastic stuff going on. There are lots of cars to look at and all different sorts of things to buy. We’ve got exhibitors from throughout Alberta there and it will hopefully be a really good show,” he said.

“We’ve got some new celebrities coming in this year. On Saturday, we have Rick and Kelly Dale from the hit TV reality series of History Channel American Restoration. On Sunday, we have the auctioneers from Storage Wars (A&E show), Dan and Laura Dotson. They will be there signing for fans and photos and things like that in our sponsor booth – the Wheelhouse Garage Exhibit.”

Each year a number of celebrities attend the event. Joining the Dales and the Dotsons will also be Speed Channel’s Brett Wagner. Each of the celebrities plays an interactive role at the shows, and fans will be able to do meets and signings, said Schwindt.

The auction carries a huge variety of vehicles, from a 1966 Ford Mustang Coupe to a 2008 Pontiac Soltice GXP. There is a large breadth of selection ranging from coupes, to pick-up trucks, to customized vehicles.

“It’s a really exciting atmosphere. We have fantastic stage presentation. Our feature auctioneer is a world champion auctioneer.

“Dan and Laura Dotson will be auctioneering a few items on Sunday between 12:30-1:30 p.m. We also have our car announcer, Brett Gardner, who is the Canadian Rodeo champion announcer for the last three years.”