Red Deerians who are looking to attend the Red Deer Speed and Custom Show at the Westerner are in for another great year, officials say.
The show runs March 15-17 in the Prairie and Parkland Pavilions at the Westerner.
“We have Ian Roussel coming up this year. He is a car builder out of Los Angeles and a hot rodder too. He is pretty famous for some of his work in the creation of many hot rods and has starred on a number of television programs,” said Todd Schwindt, owner of E.G. Auctions, formally known as the Electric Garage.
Schwindt said Roussel’s involvement will be to meet and greet people as they attend and to talk about some of his car builds. It is currently in the works that Roussel may have a car to work on restoring during the three-day show.
“He’s just a really great guy to have here because there are so many enthusiasts in the area and he is a pretty big name in the industry.”
The plans for the three-day show are different every year and Schwindt said that is part of the excitement.
“There is another outfit called Piece of the Past and they will be here this year too. They are the number one authorized memorabilia outfit in North America.”
He said Piece of the Past will have signed celebrity prints, electric guitars and other product for sale at the show. The product is being sold on all three days.
Brett Wagner will also be in attendance at the event and Schwindt said a neat piece of information for the public is that Wagner has starred on the hit television show Sons of Anarchy.
In addition, Schwindt said they are always looking for new exhibitors.
“It’s just a great atmosphere and venue for companies and businesses in the vehicle industry.”
He said many people are not aware that the show is a three-in-one type of weekend.
“A lot of people don’t realize that it is a car show with $6,000 in cash prizes to be given away.”
Some of the categories include ‘Best in Show’, which is voted on by the public, ‘Best Hot Rod’ and ‘Best Competition Vehicle’.
“We have exhibitors from all across Alberta and it is a three-day collector car auction with over 125 cars up for auction alongside the no reserve memorabilia sale. There is just something here for everyone.”
Schwindt said whether people want to come down and purchase memorabilia or exhibitor product there is something to be had. “Even the auction is awesome. It’s just great entertainment and an incredible show.”
The show runs March 15 from 5- 9 p.m., March 16 from 9 a.m.- 9 p.m., and March 17 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for the day, or $15 for a weekend pass. Children 12 and under are free and paid parking will be in effect for the Westerner grounds that weekend.
“This is the only show like it and it’s the largest collector car auction in Western Canada, but it’s right here in our hometown of Red Deer so why not attend.”