Robert Trask of Regina and George Masters of Minot, N.D., have more in common than a love of old cars.
Trask has a 1969 Ford Falcon Sport Coupe, and Masters has a 1951 Ford Woody station wagon.
Both cars were on display at Regina’s Majestics car show earlier this year — and both cars were also in Minot over the Labour Day weekend for a big car show, demonstrating how the old-car hobby knows no boundaries.
Every Labour Day weekend an event called Motor Magic is held in Minot, and includes a classic car show, a classic car auction, a historic military vehicle display and drag racing.
Trask’s ’69 Falcon Sports Coupe was sold new at Percival Mercury in Regina, and he’s had the car about eight years. It originally had a 302 V-8, and it now has a 331 and an automatic transmission.
After having it on display at the Majestics, southern Saskatchewan’s largest indoor car show held each April, Trask decided to show it off a little farther away.
“We had never taken the car to the United States, so this was the first venture going down there,” he says.
“We went down as a group, there was about 12 of us, and we went in six cars,” Trask says.
He enjoyed taking in some of the events, including the racing and the auction. He also liked seeing different vehicles.
“There were some really high-quality cars down there. They were really, really nice — magazine quality.”
George Masters of Minot loves visiting Regina. He’s been bringing different cars to the Majestics car show for the past 20 years. Among them: a 1955 Chevrolet Nomad station wagon, a 1956 Chev Bel Air four sedan, a 1956 Continental Mark II, a 1957 Chev Bel Air convertible and a 1966 Pontiac GTO.
“The Majestics Car Club treat me like a king, and members are always so friendly to help me out and welcome me every year,” he says.
Earlier this year, Masters had his 1951 Ford Woodie Wagon on display at the Majestics.
He bought the car from a Quonset in Bismarck, N.D., in 2015. The body and paint were done in Minot and in Lake Park, Minn.; the interior was done in Pelican Rapids, Minn.; the woodwork was done in Fife, Wash.; and the 408 Ford Stoker engine comes from Milborne, Fla.
His Ford was the feature vehicle on display at the Minot car show, and the first vehicle I saw when I entered the display area.
Masters enjoys seeing cars in Regina that he doesn’t see at home. Some models are only available in Canada and not in the U.S., like Meteors, Monarchs and Beaumonts, for example.
“The Beaumonts looks so much like our Chevelles — but they’re different,” he says.
Masters has developed friendships by visiting the Majestics.
“Some of those guys are old buddies and we reciprocate; they come down here, and then we go up there to Regina. We tallied up 75 hotel rooms were rented that weekend in Minot, and about 60 per cent were from Canada.”
Masters also takes cars to other shows in Canada, including Brandon and Milita, Man.
He doesn’t notice any differences between car shows in two countries. He says the hobby is all about people admiring cars, and reminiscing about when they were young and their relatives or neighbors had similar cars that now are on display.
Robert Trask says he would like to go to the Minot show again because it was fun.
“It’s an adventure, and we get to party with our friends for the weekend. There’s lots to do, and it was a fun two days. And I like the price of gas there.”
Taking in car shows out of town — or in another country — usually means seeing lots of new vehicles. While that was largely true in Minot, there were enough familiar cars — and Saskatchewan licence plates — that I knew I wasn’t really that far from home after all.
Dale Edward Johnson is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.