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Rodarama car show invades Transcona this weekend

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This weekend, the Manitoba Street Rod Association's 13th annual Rodarama Car Show will pack the East End Arena in Transcona with a great variety of antique, custom and special-interest vehicles.

Rodarama is sponsored by autobody and paint supply company Rondex Limited, and is widely regarded as the province's most traditional indoor car show and offers both casual fans and all-out auto buffs a unique opportunity to view more than 100 locally owned special-interest vehicles.

You can expect to see a wide variety of Manitoba metal on display ranging from street rods, muscle cars, custom trucks and even a few late-model cruisers.

In addition to the fantastic variety of vehicles, Rodarama also features a wide assortment of vendors who cater to the automotive hobby.

This year's Rodarama also kicks off the Manitoba Street Rod Association's 40th anniversary. The club was founded in 1972 by a group of fun-loving folks with a passion for cool old cars. A street rod is essentially any vehicle manufactured prior to 1949 that has been altered, either to improve drivability or looks, or in many cases both.

My father, Dave, was one of the club's early members. Many of my fondest childhood memories involve folks from the MSRA and of course, their amazing vehicles. The club hosted the Canadian Street Rod Nationals way back in 1974 and in 1977, I vividly remember participating in an event billed as the "World's Longest Rod Run." Street rodders from all across Canada met at the old Ramada Inn on Pembina Highway and rolled out together en route to the NSRA Street Rod Nationals in St. Paul, Minn.

It seemed like thousands of cars to my youthful eyes, but there were easily more than 100 old cars in that cavalcade of chrome, including my father's 1939 Ford Coupe. Our car was cramped, with camping gear and my front-seat-hogging big brother, Allen, but I lucked out and hitched a ride with a cool 20-something dude named Darwin who drove a slick '33 Ford. As a 10-year-old, this is quite likely where my lifelong love of old cars was cemented.

Like today, back then the MSRA members were a close-knit group with a focus on family fun.

Rodarama allows kids 12 and under into the show free when accompanied by an adult, and the Take a Kid to a Car Show promotion is back again this year. By simply clipping the coupon from this article, future auto enthusiasts between the ages of 13 and 16 receive free entry when accompanied by an adult.

Whether you're a hard-core auto enthusiast or simply want to check out some amazing cars and spend a few hours with some nice folks, the 13th annual Manitoba Street Rod Association Rondex Rodarama promises to be an awesome show, and as an added bonus it supports the Children's Rehabilitation Foundation.

Rondex Rodarama Car Show

Hours: Friday: 6 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: East End Arena, 517 Pandora Ave. East

Admission: $9; children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult. Teens 13 to 16 free when accompanied by an adult when they present the Take a Kid to a Car Show coupon.


Chicken Fest

Why did the Chickenmobile cross the road?

Because Kris Vincent, director of operations with Chicken Delight of Canada, has been busy delivering lunches to local businesses in the iconic Chickenmobile to raise both funds and awareness in support of the upcoming Chicken Fest.

On Tuesday, May 1, 2012 an evening of fun and entertainment at Canad Inns Polo Park is planned. By simply purchasing tickets for $15 each you will be treated to live entertainment, appearances from local celebrities and a silent auction. You will also receive your choice of either a three-piece chicken dinner or a chicken ceaser salad and a soft drink. You can also order meals for takeout. The fun runs from 4-9 p.m.

Over the past 60 years, the Rotary Club of Winnipeg West has donated more than $1 million to local and international charities and groups. This year, the club is supporting the Children's Rehabilitation Foundation.

For more information and tickets to Chicken Fest, contact any Winnipeg West Rotarian or call (204) 897-3690

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 27, 2012 F2

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