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Local car show’s future stalled for the moment

1941 Buick Special

Darrel Fraser inspects a 1941 Buick Special at the 2010 Spring Breakout show ‘n' Shine in Fort Macleod. The 2011 event is in jeopardy.

There’s not going to be a Spring Breakout in Fort Macleod this year . . . unless someone comes to the rescue.
The Southern Alberta Drag Racing Association, show organizers for the last two years, has decided it will not put the show on this year.
A Fort Macleod rite of spring for years, the show and shine usually attracts a multitude of auto buffs who check out the many vintage vehicles lined up along Main Street on the third Saturday in April.
Mayor Shawn Patience is hopeful the show could yet materialize, though time is running short.
The show and shine — perhaps without a dance — wouldn’t take a lot of organization.
“The car show is always a well-attended event, and while the town doesn’t put on the car show we have always done what we can to facilitate clubs looking to bring events to our community, and we’ll continue to do so,” Patience said.
Chamber of Commerce president Emily McTighe said the car show has been a Fort Macleod spring tradition for 20 years.
It was organized originally by the now defunct Crossroads Cruisers before they passed the torch to the Southern Alberta Drag Racing Association three years ago.
“Bill Featherstone and his Crossroads Cruisers put a lot of work into this show over the years,” McTighe said. “It would be sad to see it lost.”
The Southern Alberta Drag Racing Association decided in a recent meeting they were not able to host the show, at least for this year.
“It was lack of interest by the club. Everyone is just too darned busy at the moment,” association member Kevin MacMillan explained. “We’re going to try again next year. We can’t let it die completely.”
“I was hoping SADRA would keep the automotive presence in Fort Macleod,” said MacMillan, owner of Heads Up Machine and Speed. “But the dance end of it sucked the wind out of our sails. It’s a lot of work arranging that. That put the damper on the show.”
Former Crossroads Cruisers club member Ted Buzunis tried to get the show going but couldn’t muster enough help.
“I’d like to see this car show go,” Buzunis said. “This is important to Fort Macleod. But I couldn’t round up enough help.”
There are a couple of other car clubs showing interest in Fort Macleod, Patience said.
“If this year’s Spring Breakout is a bit up in the air at the moment, car enthusiasts may be in for some other unique and interesting events in the coming months.”
“We’ve been working with two others groups interested in bringing car-related events to our town this year,” Patience said.
The Southern Alberta Solo Sport Club out of Calgary is working with the Town of Fort Macleod to put on 13 events this year using the airport runway.
These are timed course events running from April through October.
The club is also looking at the possibility of hosting the nationals here in September.”
“Meanwhile our staff is also in discussions with the Foothills Model T Club,” Patience added.
The Foothills Model T Club approached the Town of Fort Macleod with the desire to put on a Main Street display of 80 to 100 Model Ts on Canada Day.

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