Racers set to start their engines during car show

Three, two, one go for the Ultimate Ponoka Car Show on July 26 and 27. One of the many events planned for the event is the 100 Footer Association Races on July 27 starting at 11 a.m. at Calnash Trucking.

In 2007 the Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce hosted their first Car Show with events such as burnouts above. The show is back again this year July 25 and 26.

By Tiffany Williams


Three, two, one go for the Ultimate Ponoka Car Show on July 26 and 27. One of the many events planned for the event is the 100 Footer Association Races on July 27 starting at 11 a.m. at Calnash Trucking.

Ponoka resident Bob Moss is especially looking forward to the races as he will be racing a 1973 Chevy Vega. It has a bigger motor-400 cubic inch chevy motor and nitro oxide, which adds 100 horse power at the flip of a switch and bigger tires for better traction.

Moss feels that it is a fun event, it brings a lot of people into town and it’s a chance for him to share the camaraderie with other racers.

“It’s a really good thing that Ponoka is doing this and it’s a good family event,” said Moss.

He recently competed in the races at Rimbey where he made it to the final three with a time of 2.4 seconds. Moss has been into cars all of his life and is a mechanic by trade.

“It’s a legal race, I can open my exhaust system, spin my tires and make lots of noise without being in legal battles,” said Moss.

For Moss it will be a true family event as his oldest son, Brian will also be racing and his other son Levi, 14 will be watching the race. Moss worked with Brian to rebuild his 1976 Nova to race with a project that took over a year to complete.

Tara Newton and Deb Schneider are organizing the show this year and are both very excited about the forthcoming event. They both think that some of the changes to the 100 footers race will add to the excitement.

“It’s the side by side racing that attracts the driver,” said Schneider. “It encourages people to race in a safe environment.

They are hoping to have 100 cars and encourage people to come and register their supped up cars and everyday cars.

“It’s loud and exciting,” said Newton. “It’s like the old fashion racing but it’s legal, safe and entertainment.”

New this year is a car cruise. Newton says that it is a way to join all the cars from the weekend together. It will run from 3 to 5 p.m. starting at the Ponoka Town Show parking lot stopping at various locations through town and ending at the Old Iron Horse.

They think that the drive-in on July 26 brings you back to the old and this year they will be showing Disney Pixar’s Cars.

The Show and Shine will take place on July 26 at the Ponoka Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and will have many great cars on display and the RPM band.

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