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Mopars moves forward smoothly under guidance of KCDCPosted: July 30, 2012

Mopars in the Rockies Car Show (July 20/21) opened with a bang and closed with plenty of positive feelings from the 114 entries.

(See photo tour of event at bottom.)

The annual classic/vintage car show, held at Cranbrook’s Moir Park, had a rough start July 20.

With only a few car owners on hand at Moir Park for the Friday night Junk in Your Trunk sales event, with most of the rest keeping clear due to roiling, angry clouds that brought thrashing devastation to much of the city, it wasn’t the best of beginnings for new event organizers, Kootenay Child Development Centre (KCDC).

But the organizers didn’t let a few micro-bursts spoil their big weekend, nor did participants who once again enjoyed a bountiful sunny day on Saturday, with many hundreds of people taking in the sights at Moir.

“Even with the Friday night storm, we were still able to host the drive-in movie night featuring the movie ‘Grease.’  Although we did have to cut short our ‘Junk in Your Trunk’ swap meet on Friday.  We had a lot of positive feedback about the event, participants left quite happy and pleased about many things, including the great selection of prizes and their goodie bags,” remarked KCDC’s Patricia Whalen.

The KCDC is looking forward to making Mopars a successful annual event, she added.

“This will continue to be an annual fundraiser for us – I have not got the figures yet on how much was raised, but I am sure it is in the thousands.  Our committee has some great ideas for future Mopars to make it bigger and better,” she said.

“A few suggestions were made as to what we could do for up and coming years, for example bringing back a dance.  The public was very generous in making donations to the centre when coming through the gates at Moir during the car show. The City of Cranbrook was very helpful in setting up the venue for us. We had huge support from our volunteers and the event’s success can be tracked right back to their dedication and time commitment to the event,” Whalen stated.

“We had a wonderful amount of sponsorship from businesses, for example, Cranbrook Dodge, A & W, ABC Country Restaurant, Freightliner of Cranbrook, Giant Tiger and Teck were very kind in sponsoring the Drive-In Movie nights, Brother’s Insurance Agency sponsored our volunteer t-shirts and Bridge Interiors sponsored our ‘Best Seats in the House’ auction. We had a large number of other businesses that donated door prizes, silent auction items and goodie bag items,” Whalen outlined.

All funds raised from the event will go to the Kootenay Child Development Centre to finish off its $1.1 million capital project and help enhance programs and services.

The following are the judges’ results of the car show.


1st place – Audrey Prazinak – Cranbrook, BC – trophy handcrafted by: Rocky Mountain Diesel (pictured at the top with event volunteers.)

2nd place – Lora Daughton –  Nelson, BC – trophy sponsored by: Farbrook Auto Wreckers

3rd place – Chris Taylor – Cranbrook, BC – trophy sponsored by: Kootenay Import Auto Group

4th place – John & Barb Curran – Nelson, BC – trophy sponsored by: R & G Bell Holdings Ltd.

5th place – Clarence Oosterlee – Calgary, AB – trophy sponsored by: Bryan’s Trucking


1st place – Sam Picicci – Spokane, WA – trophy sponsored by: Farbrook Auto Wreckers

2nd place – Priscilla Penner – Cranbrook, BC – trophy sponsored by: Kootenay Import Auto Group

3rd place – Jason Thom – Cranbrook, BC – trophy sponsored by: R & G Bell Holdings Ltd.

4th place – Elaine Whieldon – Cranbrook, BC – trophy sponsored by: Bryan’s Trucking

5th place – Orville & Val Roberts – Spillimacheen, BC – trophy sponsored by: Mopars Committee


Lora Daughton – Cranbrook, BC – trophy sponsored by: Mopars Committee


Maureen Whieldon – Cranbrook, BC – trophy sponsored by: Cranbrook Auto


David & Diane Hern – Cranbrook, BC – trophy sponsored by: Model “A” Inn


Clarence Oosterlee – Calgary, AB – trophy handcrafted by: Farbrook Auto Wreckers.

Please click on images to enlarge and to begin self-directed slide show.

Carrie Schafer/Through My Eyes Photography

Ian Cobb/e-KNOW


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