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Checkmates Car Club brings vintage vehicles to Fort Macleod’s Main Street

Fort Macleod’s historic Main Street will be an automotive showcase Saturday, June 18.

The Checkmates Car Club is hosting its first show ‘n’ shine following two years of pandemic shutdown.

“We’ll get over 100 cars, depending on the weather,” Checkmates president Bill Jenkins said. “If the weather is nice guys will come out of Claresholm, Pincher Creek, Picture Butte, Coalhurst, Lethbridge.”

“If the weather is nice we’ll have Main Street filled.”

The Fort Macleod show topically attracts a wide range of vintage and custom vehicles, from Model Ts to Lamborghinis — and everything in between.

“We’ve had as many as 160, but we’ve been gone for a couple of years.”

The public health restrictions put in place during the pandemic made it difficult for most car shows to be held.

The shutdowns did provide car enthusiasts with some extra time to work on their vehicles, and the results could be evident in Fort Macleod on Saturday.

 “There was a lot of guys building cars and now they’re ready to go,” Jenkins said. “They’ve got their new wheels ready to come to the 2022 show.”

Vehicles will begin arriving as early as 9 a.m., with registration starting at 10 a.m. (File photo)

Vehicles will begin arriving as early as 9 a.m., with registration starting at 10 a.m.

Prime viewing time is about 11 a.m.

“Everybody will be fully registered, we’ll have the ’50s rock and roll playing,” Jenkins said.

The show runs until 3 p.m.

Nanton holds its car show the same day as Fort Macleod’s but it attracts vehicles owned by people in Calgary, Okotoks, High River and other places to the north, so the shows don’t really compete.

“It works out good,” Jenkins said. “It’s really hard to schedule a weekend when there isn’t somebody competing with you. There are just so many car shows. Every weekend from now to September there’s a car show somewhere.”

Entries in the Checkmates Car Club’s show will be reviewed by independent judges, with the Top 10 placings receiving a trophy and $100.

Vehicles entered by the Checkmates Car Club members are not eligible for judging.

The first 50 people who register and pay the $10 fee for the show receive a goodie bag filled with donated prizes donated by Fort Macleod and district businesses.

“The first 50 who come, they’re going to get a nice little grab bag,” Jenkins said.

The Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce is hosting its antique, art and gun sale and show the same weekend.

It is anticipated that people attending the car show will take in the antique sale, and vise versa.

“It actually compliments us,” Jenkins said. “It’s a good thing.”

All the major automotive brands are usually represented on Main Street during the Checkmates show ‘n’ shine. 

“It’s a real good little show,” Jenkins said. “Being on Main Street kind of highlights everything.”

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