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Last week, Willy wrongly identified Drew McRae's 1956 Ford Customline as a 1958 model. Rest assured he took his lumps for the blunder throughout the weekend at the Rodarama car show. Willy is reasonably certain this black beauty, owned by David Gray of Harley-Davidson Winnipeg, is a 1953 Ford.

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Last week, Willy wrongly identified Drew McRae's 1956 Ford Customline as a 1958 model. Rest assured he took his lumps for the blunder throughout the weekend at the Rodarama car show. Willy is reasonably certain this black beauty, owned by David Gray of Harley-Davidson Winnipeg, is a 1953 Ford.

Transcona was the place to be last weekend when the Manitoba Street Rod Association hosted its 15th annual Rondex Rodarama car show at the East End Arena.

More than 100 classic and special-interest vehicles packed both of the arena's ice surfaces. While Rondex Rodarama may lack the glitz and star power of Piston Ring's annual World of Wheels, the quality of the vehicles on display at the MSRA show is always top-notch.

When the awards were presented on Sunday, Julius Eugene took home best-of-show honours and best street rod (1935-1948) for his stunning 1941 Ford Coupe. Built right here in Manitoba, this beauty is among the nicest cars in the country. Eugene credits SanDale Fabrication with transforming his old Ford into the rolling masterpiece it has become.

Thanks to the MSRA members who volunteer their time, the vendors who service and support the hobby, the dedicated auto buffs who built and displayed their amazing vehicles and the thousands of spectators who took a step back in time to enjoy the show, the 15th annual Rondex Rodarama proves yet again that Winnipeg is the cruising capital of Canada!

 

2014 Rondex Rodarama Car Show Awards

(First Place awards sponsored by Outboard Rebore Alline Supply. Second Place awards sponsored by South Beach Casino & Resort.)

 

Street Rod (1934 & older)

1st Place: Ron Sweeney, 1932 Ford 5 window coupe

2nd Place: Duane Evans, 1932 Ford 3 window coupe

 

Street Rod (1935 - 1948)

1st Place: Julius Eugene, 1941 Ford Coupe

2nd Place: Larry Hosaluk, 1936 Nash 400 Deluxe

 

Classic Restored (25 years & older)

1st Place: Armand Beauchemin, 1970 Dodge Charger RT

2nd Place: Richard & Joanne Gregoire, 1967 Pontiac Firebird convertible

 

Unrestored original (25 years & older)

1st Place: Neil Franz, 1958 Chevrolet Impala

2nd Place: Ken Bayliss, 1970 Dodge Charger RT

 

Muscle Cars (1964 - 1973 factory production)

1st Place: Richard & Joane Gregoire, 1968 Plymouth Road Runner

2nd Place: Jim Nemeth, 1969 Ford Mustang

 

Muscle Cars (1964 - 1973 modified)

1st Place: Darryl Chody, 1968 Camaro

2nd Place: David Thompson, 1965 Ford Falcon Convertible

 

Custom Cruiser (1949 - 1960)

1st Place: Russ St. Germain, 1957 Chevrolet 2 door

2nd Place: Bob Donnelly, 1949 Ford Anglia

 

Street Machine (1961 - 1980)

1st Place: HPI Customs, 1966 Imperial

2nd Place: Lou Medeiros, 1975 Camaro

 

Trucks (25 years & older, including vans)

1st Place: Jean-Marc Lacasse, 1955 GMC Pickup

2nd Place: Dean Gauthier, 1967 GMC

 

Competition

1st Place: Paul Pellissier, 1949 Prefect

 

Special Interest Vehicle

1st Place: Dave Kolas, 2004 Ford Mustang

2nd Place: Matt Huston, 1995 Camaro Z-28

 

Work in Progress

1st Place: Bob Chapman, 1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster

2nd Place: Dayna Hammond, 1947 Dodge Pickup

 

Special Awards

Tom Milne Memorial Driver Award (sponsored by Piston Ring): Tim & Gwyn Salisbury, 1957 Chevrolet

 

Rising Star Award (sponsored by HPI Customs):

Adam Fleming, 2011 Subaru WRX

 

NAACC "Epitomizing the Hobby Award" (presented by Gord Forman):

Andy Clark, 1946 Chevrolet pickup

 

"Koolest Ol' Skool Rod or Kustom" (selected and presented by "Uncle" Bill Harrison of VaVa Voom Garage

Mark Burton, 1951 Ford Cab-Over car hauler

 

"Wish it was Mine" Award (selected by "Big Daddy" Tazz and presented by Dr. Shine Auto Spa):

Jo and Flo Bremaud, 1957 Ford Del Rio

 

A & W Choice Award (sponsored by Craig Falconer of A&W Polo Park):

Darryl Jackson, 1955 Chevrolet Convertible

 

Best Paint and Body (sponsored by Rondex):

Armand Beauchemin, 1970 Dodge Charger RT

 

Best GM (sponsored by the Gauthier Auto Group)

Russ St. Germain, 1957 Chevrolet

 

Best Ford (sponsored by Landau Ford Lincoln Sales):

Jim Nemeth, 1969 Ford Mustang

 

Best Mopar (sponsored by Eastern Chrysler Dodge Jeep):

Richard Gregoire, 1968 Plymouth Road Runner

 

People's Choice Award (sponsored by Canadian Hot Rods Magazine):

Jean-Marc Lacasse, 1955 GMC pickup

 

Best of Show (sponsored by The Trophy Connection):

Julius Eugene, 1941 Ford Coupe

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 2, 2014 F1

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