Car Show Classics: A Tale of Two Season-Opening Shows

Back in early May I was able to attend two very different shows in one day to kick off the summer driving season. One featured old school classics while the other had a much more modern vibe. This post will feature several Canadian market cars like the above tri-tone 1957 Meteor Rideau 500 as well as some more recently imported Japanese Domestic Market cars.

The first show is the annual Spring Thaw hosted by the Nifty Fifty’s Ford Club so it is not surprising to see a lot of cars from the Fifties as well as the music of that time playing. This a lovely 1958 Dodge Custom Royal with a custom horse mascot on the hood. The front end features an extra helping of chrome.

A 1956 Continental Mark II displays a more subtle front end. It is an uncommon sight with only 1,325 produced.

Speaking of rarely seen how about a very neat 1940 Chevrolet COE with a few updates.

Next up is a 1949 Lincoln two door mildly customized.

Another Canadian classic in this 1949 Mercury pickup truck sporting loads of patina.

An oddball British import in a 1950 Thames Model E83W truck. These were sold new in Canada but there cannot be too many roadworthy examples left.

Convertibles were always more rare in Canada than the United States so this 1957 Meteor Rideau 500 convertible is quite rare.

Canada also got another Ford brand called Monarch as illustrated by this very nice 1956 Monarch Richelieu sedan.

It was far from just Ford products with this chalk paint 1954 Chevrolet 210 that the owner encouraged spectators to help decorate. The interior featured a comic book motif.

A classic Mustang vs Corvair battle. This 1965 Chevrolet Corvair is wearing Jaguar wheels for a slightly different look.

Both my boys and I both loved this 1966 Jeep CJ5 firetruck.

It still sports the original equipment.

Another Canadian classic in this 1966 Acadian which is obviously Nova based.

In the AMC section this odd panel 1970 AMC Rebel SST caught my eye.

It has been a while since I have seen a Gremlin. This 1978 AMC Gremlin X was sports a surprise …

… with a manual gearbox! It was parked next to a AMC Sprint also featuring a manual transmission.

Buick Wildcat!

A top of the line 1978 Ford Mustang King Cobra with a manual transmission.

It would not be a car show without a rad rod or two. This one wears a tractor grill.

This Chevrolet Fleetline rounds out my selection from the first show which was held at Heritage Park and generally was attended by a little older of a crowd.

Our second show was quite different with younger crowd, rap music and the occasional whiff of pot smoke. This Mustang stood out as the odd car out.

This Honda Del Sol was a more typical car on display featuring aftermarket parts and often custom paint or graphics.

There were a few modern exotics like this McLaren 720S sprinkled in. It was likely one of the few cars sporting stock rims that day.

A Nissan with a 180SX look.

Many right hand drive imports like this Nissan Skyline R34.

Hood-less Datsun 620 mini truck.

One of many engine swapped vehicles. That looks like a Volkswagen four cylinder to me.

This pink Honda Civic was reported to be making a huge horsepower boost over stock.

It also featured a clear hood.

There were a few older classics as well including this second generation Honda CRX.

A right hand drive Honda RSX with custom graphics.

An interesting V to inline engine swap in this Nissan 350Z with a huge turbo attached.

Canada got an Acura EL sedan based on the Civic but never in hatchback form. This was one of two custom creations present.

Not everything was shiny and perfect.

There were several German cars around but this Porsche 914 was my favorite.

That concludes the second of two very different shows to start the 2022 season.