Airdrie car show a success despite weather scare
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 11:18 am
After Airdrie was hit by a devastating hail storm on Aug. 7, Airdrie Summer Classic Car Show Event Chairman Rob Petersen was wondering if the annual show put on by the Time Travellers Car Club of Airdrie would go ahead as planned.
“Everyone in Airdrie got hit by that storm in one way or another, and especially Nose Creek Park where the car show is held every year,” Petersen said. “When we went into the park on Friday (Aug. 8), it was a complete disaster there with all of the leaves and small branches being stripped from the trees and lying all over the place.”
“The City of Airdrie did an amazing job to get everything cleaned up around there, and they had that park looking just perfect for Saturday morning (Aug. 9),” he added. “I was really impressed by what they were able to do in such a quick amount of time.”
With a record total 418 vehicles located around the park during the show, it was another busy event for the Time Travellers Car Club, as it once again raised money for local charities.
While the final totals were not known as of press time, Petersen said that approximately $11,000 would be distributed to the Airdrie Food Bank, Airdrie Hospice Society, the Boys & Girls Club of Airdrie, the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation, and the Victory Children’s Home Life Skills Learning Program.
“The funds that we raised was a little bit down from the $15,000 we raised last year, but I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that many people that would have come out to the show were busy cleaning up the damage from the storm,” Petersen said.
“However, the amount of cars that we had was high once again, and we hope that we can continue to build on that,” he added.
For those taking part in the show, such as Ian McLeod of Rocky View County, the chance to help out local charities was something that he was pleased to be a part of.
“Any time you can help out people it’s a great feeling, and I think that’s what draws people to the show,” McLeod said. “Plus, when the weather is a good as it has been, and you have a lot of different cars to look at, it makes for a great event.”
Although the group is still finalizing the exact total of funds raised from this year’s show, Petersen and the other members of the Time Travellers Car Club of Airdrie are already working out their ideas for the 2015 car show.
“We take a lot of notes during the weekend of how things work and what we can improve on, and then we meet up shortly afterwards to discuss what we can do to make things better,” Petersen said.
“A lot of the major work starts at the end of February and early March,” he added. “That’s when we start to get our sponsors lined up for the event, along with getting the date set at Nose Creek Park.”