For one or two dollars, you can step back in time at Jim’s Vintage Garages in Headingley.
You can go back to a time when you could fill your gas tank for a few dollars, and the friendly, uniformed attendant would pump your gas and clean your windshield.
Even if antiques don’t fascinate you, you’ll be overwhelmed by the exact detail found in the recreations of White Rose, Red Indian, Imperial Esso, North Star, Buffalo and B/A service stations. There’s also a replica of a general store complete with a well-dressed female customer.
And if this memorabilia doesn’t turn your crank, perhaps the two restored antique motorcycles — a 1948 Harley Davidson and 1938 Indian Junior Scout, both of which broke speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats — will do the trick.
The museum is located at the west end of the Headingley Recreation Centre at 5353 Portage Ave. It is also a Travel Manitoba visitor centre.
Rob Nowosad, president of Jim’s Vintage Garages/Headingley Heritage Centre, said the museum opened in 2005 after longtime residents Jim and Vivian Pearn approached the municipal council offering to donate their antique collection. Since that time, volunteer members of the museum committee and other local collectors have scouted out additional items to add to the museum’s displays.
"We have people who go out and see different items, then buy stuff," he said.
Two years ago, the committee members arranged to have the museum double as a tourist centre. It’s now open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and on holidays, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Nowosad said, due to a lack of funding, the centre will close after Labour Day. However, individuals and groups can arrange private tours throughout the year, and the museum has space for meetings.
This summer, it’s also the site for some car shows. On August 11, a Euro/British car show and shine will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a tailgaters truck show and swap meet on August 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, call 204-889-3132 ext. 4.