A sea of smiling faces will flank an awesome array of shining chrome as the Manitoba Street Rod Association presents its 14th annual Rondex Rodarama car show this weekend at the East End Arena in Transcona.
Both ice surfaces will be packed with a spectacular selection of classic and special-interest vehicles. In addition to a large number of pre-1949 modified street rods, the show always manages to feature something for everyone, including customs, muscle cars, restored classics and modified late-model machines.
In addition to all the beautiful vehicles, Rodarama also features an eclectic group of local vendors that cater to the ever-growing automotive hobby.
Generally referred to as a traditional car show, Rodarama brings spectators and participants back in time with a healthy dose of classic cars, nostalgic rock 'n' roll and a distinct focus on family fun.
The MSRA is among the largest and oldest car clubs in the province with roots back to the early 1970s. Today, the club has more than 100 members who share a passion for cool cars and cool friends.
"We are always hoping to have at least 100 cars on display and we've met that goal again this year," said long-time MSRA member and Rodarama car wrangler Brian Jackson. "We have quite a few cars that haven't been in our show before and all of the vendor spots have been sold out."
The true definition of a street rod is a pre-1948 car or truck that has been modified. The enhancements can be as simple as some flames on the fenders or fancy wheels, or as sophisticated as massive fire-breathing engines and big-buck paint jobs.
Although the MSRA receives and accepts applications from owners of newer modified vehicles, Jackson added that at Rodarama it's all about the classics.
"We are street rodders and as much as we appreciate the newer stuff we are all passionate about old cars and try our best to fill the show with a nice variety of vintage vehicles," he said.
That doesn't always mean it's grandpa's old hotrod, though, each year more and more young guns enter the hobby and share the passion for old cars with the more seasoned MSRA members.
"We're seeing many young people getting into the hobby and fixing up old cars," added Jackson. "They are the future of the hobby and we always strive to make them feel welcomed."
The doors open tonight at 6 p.m. and there will be a social for the participants and volunteers later in the evening that will feature a silent auction in support of the Rehabilitation Centre for Children Foundation, beneficiaries of this year's Rodarama.
MSRA 'RONDEX RODARAMA'
APRIL 26, 27, 28
EAST END ARENA,
517 PANDORA AVE. E, TRANSCONA
FRIDAY 6 P.M. TO 10 P.M.,
SATURDAY 10 A.M TO 10 P.M.,
SUNDAY 12 NOON TO 5 P.M.
ADMISSION: $9.00, KIDS UNDER 12 FREE.