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Pony Corral celebrates 25 years of showing & shining

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My how time flies! Throughout the summer the Grant Park Pony Corral Restaurant has been celebrating 25 great years as the city's favourite destination for classic and special-interest vehicle owners and the many fans of these cherished time machines.

The Pony's Sunday-night cruise event revved up for the first time way back in 1988 when members of the Manitoba Street Rod Association (MSRA) hosted a casual show and shine. The event has since grown to become one of the oldest and largest gatherings of classic and special-interest vehicles in the entire country.

Every Sunday from spring through fall, the Pony Corral parking lot is packed with an amazing offering of vehicles representing every genre in motordom. It is not uncommon to spot a shiny new Lamborghini parked alongside a vintage Mustang. The owners of these vehicles are always happy to share the finest details surrounding their fine rides. The weekly event was previously held at the Pony Corral's former Pembina Highway location, but in 2006 it moved to the Grant Park location, an area that has proven to be the perfect destination for a Sunday night cruise. In addition to its central location with a massive parking lot, the Pony also features a huge outdoor patio and a capable crew of seasoned staff and volunteers.

Sunday night cruising isn't just about the cars, it's a great place to catch up with old friends and make a few new ones. There's just something about the atmosphere that brings out the friendly neighbor in all of us.

Nowadays the event is hosted by the Fabulous 50's Ford Club of Manitoba, but the MSRA and its members continue to hang at the Pony and will be the guest club this Sunday. It's a sure bet a few of the cars on display were also there that first night back in 1988. Next Sunday, for the final event of the year, the Manitoba Pontiac Association will bid farewell to summer with a great offering of local collector cars. There will also be lots of prizes to be given away, courtesy of the event's many sponsors, including Rondex and Piston Ring.

willy@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 20, 2013 F2

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