A million horsepower?

So have you ever wondered what a million horsepower looks like? I’m thinking the fine 20180929_105119folks at Rayzer Automotive already know the answer…it’s their annual (sports)car show held the last weekend in September.

Vipers, Porsches, Mustangs, Nissans, several Mazdas, a Lamborghini Gallardo, a Merkur XR4Ti, a few Camaros, a Challenger, a Sunfire, and of course a full selection of sweet ‘Vettes; you name it, it was there. Oh and did I mention there was even a Ford GT decked out in full race wrap? Check my Flickr gallery for proof!

20180929_104459_Burst01My quick estimate put that sub-total at about 999 800 horsepower, so it was a good thing my V6 Firebird added another 200 to push the grand total to the one million mark, lol!

With proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society, the BBQ and raffle tent was hopping. Unfortunately I couldn’t stay too long with a hundred other chores to do but I will say this: the hour I spent there was definitely the highlight of my day!

And with that, my car show season is over. I’m sure I’ll still take the ‘bird out here and there (sure beats driving a minivan) but nothing too serious. Time to consider what changes/upgrades/mods can be done over the winter.

RDW

 

 

 

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11th Annual Reaume Car Show & Cruise

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Reaume Chevrolet, LaSalle ReaumeOne

Full Disclosure…I am a loyal and longtime Reaume customer so YES this review will be biased!

Aside from my hometown Gone Crazy car show, this is the one I had been waiting for all season long.

Turns out, I wasn’t the only one. Some three hundred and fifty or so other gear-heads (most of whom got there way before I did) packed the front, side, and rear parking lots at Reaume. It was so full that I was actually relegated to ReaumeMethe gravel overflow lot!

Not that I minded, this just meant there were tons of cars to see and people to meet up with. Like my buddy Jason who pocketed the $880 50-50 draw. So happy for him!

The highlight of the day for me was having my dad join me on the cruise portion of the show. Led by a brand-new Camaro SS 1LE, we motored out of town, through River Canard, and into downtown Amherstburg before returning to the Reaume lot. It was a great chance for the two of us to kick back and talk cars; and it certainly brought back memories of me riding in his classic Mustangs during the ’80s.

Back at the show, we wolfed down a super tasty hot dog while fending off this season’s unruly hordes of bees. Also had a nice chat with the ONDR lady about their classic 1982 Glendale mini motorhome.

As for the good people of Reaume, well, I bumped into and/or saw many of them: Craig, Steve, Jenn, John Mc, Sandy, Paul, Debbie and probably a few others I’ve forgotten to mention. Great job folks!

RDW

Labour Day Parade Show

September 3, 2018

Fogolar Furlan Club

While the calendar may be suggesting the “unofficial” end of summer, Mother Nature definitely has a different viewpoint – as evidenced by the scorching heat and humidity FFleadmyself and some 145 other collector car lovers endured at today’s show.

Hosted by Chuck Fram of RaceWindsor Promotions, this event coincides with the annual Labour Day parade as a feature attraction at the Fogolar Furlan Club; otherwise known as the finish line.

It was great to see several new cars that I hadn’t yet seen this car show season. That’s one of my favourite things about this hobby – you just never know what to expect. The second-best thing about today’s show was the influx of parade walkers who (after some free hotdogs and soft drinks) strolled through the rows of cars taking in all that there was to see.

Since this was my first go-round here, I was quite disappointed though when we had to use a rickety wooden ramp to enter the show grounds (normally a soccer field); thankfully Chuck found an alternative exit so all of us with ground effects could get out easier than it was to get in.

Finally, a quick shout-out to FFendmy old Sutton Creek Golf buddy Leo who drives this awesome Buick here. I hadn’t seen his ride for a couple of years but it’s just as nice as ever; and definitely “not your father’s Buick”!

RDW

 

 

Windsor Weekend @ Grand Bend Dragway

Not exactly the silver streak!

Here I am setting up (and letting my car air out) in the pits at Grand Bend Dragway. DSC_1330Twas an early rise and shine in order to be there at 9:30 a.m. when time-trials were supposed to begin. As it turned out, things didn’t really get cooking until closer to 11. And by cooking, I also mean hot and humid; definitely not the best conditions to be racing a bone stock, V6 Firebird with 187xxx kilometres on the clock!

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However when my good buddy (and best man) Dave told me he and his wife Pam were heading up for the day with his super fast, would-be-sleeper if not for the rims and tires, supercharged 2017 Ford Mustang GT, I just couldn’t resist!

As this was a bracket-racing event (I entered TROPHY class in hopes of racing only street cars), I knew for sure I would get a minimum of three runs. The first two were time trials – they help you determine what number to dial in – and the last one was an actual race. For anyone who cares to know the brutal truth, these Firebirds sure look sporty but with only 200 HP and 225 lbs-ft of torque, they’re by no means fast…

  • R1     16.123 @ 83.51 mph     lost to mid 80s Mustang GLX V8 convertible (TT)
  • R2     16.031 @ 82.47 mph     win against 07 Pontiac Grand Prix 3.8 (TT)
  • R3     16.069 @ 83.17 mph     lost to vintage Chevy Nova (Round One and done)

Now all things considered it was a really fun day but honestly, I was hoping my car could break into the high 15s. I’ve read elsewhere on the ‘net that back in the day factory-fresh  V6 Firebirds and Camaros were capable of it. A bit of wishful thinking twenty years on, I know.

At any rate, guess this just means I’ll have to soup it up a bit eh?

RDW

 

London Trans Am Club Show

Steve Plunkett Estate

Sunday, August 12, 2018

WideShotFirebird and Trans Am enthusiasts from all over Southwestern Ontario gathered just outside of London to share their appreciation for Pontiac’s finest sports cars.

Though I never did hear the final tally, by my rough count, some 80 or 90 proud owners came out to play with all four generations of models being represented.

This was the 6th edition for this particular show and I heard from several past attendees that each year it keeps getting bigger and better. A special appearance by Sheriff Buford T. Justice (and his son) re-enactors spiced things up for fans of the Smokey and the Bandit movie franchise. Collector

The best part of the show for me, personally, was seeing all kinds of collector cars represented from rough-around-the-edges daily drivers right up to and including top-notch, high dollar restorations.

The low part of the show, of course, was the twenty minute shower we had to endure while seeing otherwise blue skies all-around us. The emcee’s claim that it was nothing more than a little helpful “dust abatement” garnered a few hearty chuckles from the faithful.

WinnersAs before, show attendees were asked to vote for their favourite Firebird or Trans Am for each of the four generations. This year’s winners were very deserving with four really great cars making it up on to the podium; or in this case, up on to the hill. Oh, and if anyone’s keeping score, I correctly identified two of the four winners with my votes!

Special thanks to Mr. Steve Plunkett for offering up his estate grounds to give this event such a fine setting. Special thanks to Mr. John Hockley, the club’s friendly president, for organizing the show. Special thanks to the scout troupe who came out to supply us WS6Verthungry car owners with some fine hotdogs, hamburgs, and even french fries.  And lastly, special thanks to all the non-owners (fans) who came out share in our Pontiac passion!

RDW

Amherstburg’s Gone Crazy Car Show

Sunday marked the 13th annual edition of the Amherstburg GONE CRAZY car show. Doors opened at 7am for the eager beavers, though truth be told, I got there at 7:12 and was promptly handed registration card number 127!

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As this is my hometown show, I’ve tried to attend each and every one of them either as a participant or a spectator. Previously I showed my dark cherry red, 40th Anniversary, 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP.

This year, however, I debuted my new-to-me 1998 Pontiac Firebird. Though it’s “only” a six cylinder, the appeal of this car is undeniable as was evidenced by the large number of show-goers who stopped to take a closer look.

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In terms of the show itself, I can’t imagine it could have gone any better. The weather was perfect, the streets were packed, the ice cream was delicious, and best of all…rumour has it… there were more than 700 cars on display. WOWZERS!

I’d like to send a special thank you to all those people who organized, volunteered, and sponsored the event. I’m already looking forward to next year.

RDW