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This article was published 2/8/2011 (3173 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
When Mr. Q pulls up to an intersection in his car, people notice.
Travelling at a less-than-blistering 16 kilometres per hour, Matt Queau -- known to his clown friends as Mr. Q -- steered his miniature Tin Lizzie across Winnipeg city limits Tuesday.
Sporting a yellow wig and waistcoat, Queau had been driving his tiny Shriners parade car 300-plus kilometres from Dryden, Ont., to Winnipeg since Saturday to raise money for the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
The Dryden man has been turning heads and sparking smiles since Saturday morning when he first departed his home.
"I had lots of people honking and waving," Queau said.
"It was a good time."
Queau particularly enjoyed looking into the faces of drivers in the oncoming lane and watching their looks of confusion give way to smiles.
"Making people smile," said Queau, who retrofitted his Shriner's parade car with a transplanted lawn-mower engine, "that's why I did it."
Queau stopped along the way to hand out balloon animals and paint faces in Vermilion Bay, Ont., Kenora, and Prawda.
The cramped road trip was worth it, he said.
"I couldn't straighten my legs the entire time and my butt hurt," said Queau, who suffered through hot temperatures as he drove through Manitoba on Monday. "But I'm very glad that I did it."
Queau is a member of the Shriners, the charitable public chapter of the Masonic Lodge, and has raised hundreds of dollars to support northwestern Ontarians receiving care through the Shriners Hospitals for Children.