Car Culture: A Look at Calgary’s Summer Show ‘N’ Shine Scene

For auto aficionados, summer means it’s time to shine up that prized vehicle and show it off at one of the many events happening in and around town.

Photo by Steve Collins.

Old School

The Bearspaw Lions annual Classic Car Show & Shine draws a range of vintage vehicles like a 1937 Ford panel delivery truck, along with hot rods and “rat rods,” classic ’50s cars (organizer Grant Kitzul shows his ’57 Chevrolet convertible) and motorcycles. Now in its fourth year, the show takes place at the Bearspaw Lions Hall just northwest of Calgary. This year’s event is on Saturday, July 20, with food trucks, a beer garden and Best in Show prize. Proceeds help support the Veterans Association Food Bank.

Photo by Jared Sych.
Photo by Jared Sych.
Photo by Jared Sych.
Photo by Jared Sych.

 

Tune In, Peel Out

Annual motorsports festival Tunerbash is an all-ages (and entirely legal) gathering for owners and lovers of “tuners” — cars that have had multiple parts switched out for the purpose of making them faster. Held locally at the Airdrie Air Park, the combination car meet, drag race and drift expo is like stepping onto the set of a Fast and the Furious film, with best-in-show awards to cap off the day.

Photo by Chris Landry.
Photo by Chris Landry.
Photo by Chris Landry.

 

Golden Oldies

Last summer, luxury retirement residence The Edward organized a classic car show on the grounds of neighbouring facility CSpace Marda Loop in the community of South Calgary. The event drew stunners such as a 1951 MG TD and doubled as a fundraiser for the Calgary Food Bank. The second-annual show will take place this summer on Aug. 18, with a free meal for all car exhibitors.

Photo by Steve Collins.
Photo by Steve Collins.
Photo by Steve Collins.
Photo by Steve Collins.
Photo by Steve Collins.
Photo by Steve Collins.

 

A Drive Down Memory Lane

The longstanding family-run Italian Supermarket has been hosting a car show on the last Sunday in August on and off for the past decade. These days, it doubles as a memorial for patriarch Emilio Di Gaeta, who passed away in 2022. According to son Marco Di Gaeta, Emilio was a “car nut,” who owned a ’68 Corvette and ’97 Ferrari. Along with the business, the Di Gaeta family inherited Emilio’s love of cars and carry on his legacy by welcoming likeminded car aficionados to their lot each year.

Photo by Steve Collins.
Photo by Steve Collins.
Photo by Steve Collins.
Photo by Steve Collins.
Photo by Steve Collins.
Photo by Steve Collins.

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This article appears in the July 2024 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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