Showcase for a ‘classic car’ lifestyle

FIRST CLASS – Pictured here is a 1969 Mustang Boss 302

Classic car enthusiasts will be heading to Westerner Park this weekend for the next major auction hosted by the Red Deer-based The Electric Garage Inc.

The third annual Fall Finale Classic Car Auction runs Sept. 24-25 in Westerner Park’s Prairie Pavilion.

On Friday night, there will be a memorabilia sale along with the car auction starting at 7 p.m. Folks can begin previewing the cars at 4 p.m.

On Saturday, doors open at 9 a.m. and the auction begins at 10:30 a.m. along with a no reserve memorabilia auction. A collector car auctions starts at 11 a.m.

Vehicle check-in runs Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Todd Schwindt, president/owner of the Red Deer-based company, said there’s something to suit virtually every taste at the show, and it’s a great outing even for those with little intentions of making a purchase.

He said there’s plenty of sophisticated, high-calibre cars to look over this year as well. Many are also unreserved, meaning the highest bid will buy the car.

“They’re coming in left and right,” said Schwindt recently as he was putting the finishing touches on the upcoming show. He also pointed out that the Central Alberta market, particularly Red Deer has lot of folks who are very enthusiastic about the classic car industry.

Highlights this weekend include a 1948 Lincoln Continental Coupe V12 a 1957 Lincoln Continental Mark 11 Coupe and a 1969 Mustang Boss 302. All are in stunning, first-rate condition, he said.

All the cars can also be viewed at www.TheElectricGarage.com.

The Electric Garage markets classic cars to new and repeat Electric Garage collectors all over the world via live collector car auctions, internet marketing, classified advertising as well as professional Ebay auction hosting. They also arrange to ship the vehicles to wherever the buyer lives, handling the necessary paperwork.

Another feature to this weekend’s show is the chance to bid on some exciting memorabilia, including electric guitars signed by rockers including Aerosmith and Metallica among others plus signed hockey jerseys including one signed by the ‘Great One’ himself, Wayne Gretzky.

“It makes for a lot of great entertainment.”

Meanwhile, The Electric Garage’s presence continues to grow in the region, said Schwindt. Touted as a ‘one of a kind auto extravaganza’ the Red Deer Speed and Custom Show was held this past spring at Westerner Park as well. For Schwindt, there just couldn’t be a more fascinating line of work.

“I love the industry – it’s been in my blood for a long time,” he said. “Our show in Red Deer is also such a strong event – it’s fantastic. The classic car industry in Red Deer is huge.

“You also get to meet all kinds of people in the industry and the community is really supportive.”

For more information, check out www.TheElectricGarage.com or call Todd Schwindt at 403-396-0304. He can also be reached via email at antique.auto@shaw.ca.

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