Ten reasons to love collectible automobiles

Carter Haydu
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What is so great about collectible automobiles?On Sunday, the Times-Herald tried to answer this question by posing it to 10 participants at the eighth annual car and motorcycle show and shine at Besant Park & Campground.1. It's a time machine - Moose Jaw's Gary Bollinger drove a 1971 Chevelle to Sunday's show and shine and he said driving an old car gives him the feeling like he's in a previous era.

"It's just like going back in time," he said.

2. It's a creative outlet - Working on his 1949 Pontiac has been an opportunity for Moose Jaw's Derek Porter to "get creative" as he has continuously restored his antique vehicle over the past few years, and he said the restoration goes on.

He said the old car is like a toy with which he gets to play.

3. It's therapy - For Moose Jaw's Wayne Dirkson, a drama teacher for 30 years, the act of doing something completely different in the restoration of an old car after work each day was a great way to rejuvenate and get centered.

"It's a hobby, but a bit like going to the gym," Dirkson said about the healthy benefits of his pastime. On Sunday, he attended the show and shine in a 1939 Chevrolet.

4. It's inexpensive (sometimes) - While some might spend a lot of money on their collectible vehicle hobbies, Caron's Travis Parent took a thriftier approach and fixed up a 1981 Honda Bobber.

According to Parent, with something so basic and compact such as a motorbike, it's feasible to make restoration an affordable hobby.

5. It's fun to drive - Taking out his 1935 Chevrolet is the real thrill of owning a collectiblecar for Swift Current's Darryl Bakken.

"I drive it lots," he said, adding the size of the vehicle and how it was manufactured just allows it to hold the road well and makes for a great way to travel.

"It's just fun to cruise with."

6. It's all about the smiles - For Moose Jaw's Jim Hughes, the best part of driving an old car (such as the 1953 vintage replica MGTD he took to Besant Park on Sunday) is the absolute pleasure people seem to get out of just seeing an old car.

According to Hughes, when people see an old automobile it can take them back to a different time in their lives. Having owned hundreds of cars throughout his life, Hughes said people will often relay to him stories relating to the model of antique car he's driving.

"It kind of gives you the 'warm and fuzzies.'"

7. It's the camaraderie of collectors - According to Swift Current's Cory Schultz, who attended Sunday's event in a 1980 El Camino, vintage car collectors are typically a fairly relaxed bunch, which he said might come with the patience required in their choice hobby.

8. It's something different - Driving a 1968 Camero on Sunday, Swift Current's Ron Schultz said collector vehicles are different than what one would otherwise see on the highways and he feels it's a good thing to maintain that diversity.

9. It's a teambuilding endeavour - Moose Jaw's Mark Kuhn said he and his wife Joe love to work together on their collectible automobiles and he finds it to be a great couple's activity.

He said attending car shows is also fun and the couple really enjoy meeting new people through their hobby.

On Sunday, Kuhn drove a 1968 Citroen 2CV.

10. It's preserving history - Driving a 1996 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport on Sunday, Cabri's Robert Heron said maintaining a vehicle as it would have looked when it came off the assembly line is like maintaining a living piece of the past.

He said collectible vehicles let people see through a window into a particular point in history.

Carter Haydu can be reached at 691-1265

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Swift Current, Besant Park El Camino

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