Car Show Races into the Western Fair District

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The London Car and Speed Show took place on March 19th and 20th and it was quite the show. Car lovers and enthusiasts came from all walks of life down to the Progress building at the Western Fair District to look at the classics and the currents.

From a 1931 Roadster to a 2016 Corvette, the show went included cool classic and flashy new models. On top of it being a visual spectacle- for obvious reasons- the show provided information about local car shops and mechanics for your repair needs.

One of the most intriguing people there was Bob Goldner. Goldner is the proud owner of a beautiful 1964 Ford Fairlane. The red classic has been his for nine years now, and he keeps it show ready.

Goldner offered up the fact that his Fairlane might not be something as rare as a different make of the car.

“Ford only made 110 for strictly racing (that’s why) they’re so rare.”

“..these cars a good one on the market is half a million dollars- original.”

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There are more than 110 Ford Fairlanes in the world of course. What Bob was talking about was the Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt, built back in 1964 for strictly drag racing. The Thunderbolt had a V8 engine and raced like a dream, making them invaluable (or about $500,000) in today’s vintage car market.

Bob says there is always room for a little TLC on his classic, with new interior next on the docket for a touch up. After all, this was the sixth show he entered the car in.

Another sweet ride came in the form of a  jet black 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle. This puppy has been cruising around car shows for close to a decade, a veteran of car show polish.

The owner Phil Henkey was less than surprised at the attention the black beauty attracted.

“It’s just a part of the weekend for her.”

Henkey credits the car upkeep and tweaks to his favourite mechanic, saying they are as important as any screw you have installed in  your car.

The building was packed with people and festivities. There was a corner blocked off specifically for a go kart track where patrons lined up to take a few laps around the track, with the race official waving the checkered flag.

The car show has been an integral part of the year for everyone involved or just interested in cars. If you couldn’t get out or didn’t know about it this year, it is certainly something to make a trip down to the Western Fair District for next year.

London Car and Speed Show

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