Annual Gear Grabbers just around the corner

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Bonnyville’s gearing up for the car show of the summer.

The Bonnyville Gear Grabbers’ eighth annual Classic Show and Shine event is on July 14 at the C2.

President of the local car club, Cayle Scherger, explained the event is free to the public, and has featured hundreds of cars over the years.

“It’s open to all kinds of cars,” said Scherger. “We’ve had up to 200 cars in the past, and the vehicles have ranged from motorcycles to military cars, anything really.”

Registration starts the day of the event at 8 a.m., and is open to anyone interested.

All vehicles involved will be entered to win a trip to Las Vegas, including hotel and air fare, and passes to major car auctions.

Ashton Karas, long-time participant in the car show, plans to bring his ‘79 Cuda. He enjoys the sense of community the event brings.

“It brings together car culture people from the area,” he explained. “Lots of people talking about cars, enjoying the day, and everything that’s happening.”

During the event there will be bouncy houses, face painting, a DJ, farmers’ market, and a barbecue with proceeds going to the Bonnyville SPCA.

According to Schreger, there’s one attraction that really gets the engines revving. The mobile dyno is a device that weighs the power and torque of a vehicle, and is always a hit with drivers.

Whether there’s not a cloud in the sky or a threat of rain, the event is on.

“Cars will be on display inside and outside,” he said. “That’s what makes it a rain or shine event.”

Gear Grabbers is a car enthusiast group that is always open to new members, and Scherger encourages people who are considering signing up to attend the event to see what they’re all about.

“It’s a great opportunity for anyone interested in joining Gear Grabbers to meet members, learn about the club, and find out about the types of events we’re involved in,” he said.

Scherger added owning a car isn’t a prerequisite for becoming a member, the club is open to all car enthusiasts whether they own a set of wheels or not.

For safety reasons, Gear Grabbers has asked that skateboards, bicycles, and pets not be brought to the event.

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