A caravan of classic, new-age, custom and modified automobiles will be rolling into Brandon at the start of August for the 2019 Super Run.
The automotive show is hosted in Brandon every three years and draws automotive enthusiasts from across Canada, event organizer Dave Burba said.
The Super Run alternates each year between Alberta, Saskatchewan and Brandon.
The last Super Run was held in 2016 and drew between 600 and 1,000 cars, Burba said.
Organizers have been focused on rebuilding the show to help fuel enthusiasm for the event.
"If we can do it this time really good, I think next time it will be so much better," Burba said.
Super Run will be at the Keystone Centre grounds from Aug. 2-4.
As the event draws closer, the group has been receiving registrations for the show on a daily basis.
"We’re expecting lots of people," Burba said.
In the past, the event has been run by the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba, Burba said. The show was funded by Provincial Ex the first time around, and for the next three shows.
However, the 2019 show breaks from the practice and will instead be spearheaded by automotive enthusiasts from across Westman.
"Us car guys all got together and figured we can do it, and we’re doing a pretty good job of it," Burba said.
This year marks a significant change for the Super Run as the group has worked hard to be more inclusive, opening up the show to all makes and models of vehicles.
"We have the new-age vehicles and all the muscle cars," Burba said.
It will also include a special section for vintage campers and snowmobiles.
The group had been experiencing a decline in attendance over the last couple shows, Super Run board member Kaileea Brooks said, adding that the number of young people active in the automotive community has been exponentially growing.
"A lot of us are driving newer vehicles, imports, tuners, Mopars — all within that newer than 25 years old," Brooks said. "We were looking for ways to change numbers, and kind of shake things up."
It was decided that the best course of action was to make the event more inclusive and open it up to the entire automotive community, regardless of how old the vehicle is.
This marks the first time this has happened in a Canadian Super Run.
Brooks will be bringing a 2004 Infiniti G35 to the show, and she said it is exciting to be able to show off her vehicle after being a volunteer at the last couple shows.
"For me to finally be able to bring my car and be a part of it is such a big deal," Brooks said. "It is such an amazing feeling."
On-site registration will be available, but participants are encouraged to register ahead of time.
Cruise tours will be taking place from the Monday to the Friday in the leadup to Super Run. The cruises are open to all registrants.
"I’m looking forward to just seeing all the cars from all over Canada coming, and just mingling with all the people and hearing the stories and trips," Burba said. "That’s what the tour’s about, to get everyone acquainted."
The cruises offer a chance to build friendships before the show officially shifts into drive, Burba said.
Burba will be bringing his 1975 Tornado and his wife Joyce will be bringing her 1976 Cutlass.
A massive Cruise Night in Downtown Brandon will be held on Aug. 1, serving as a preview of the automobiles that will be on display at the show. The cruise night is presented by Brandon and Area Car Enthusiasts in conjunction with Super Run.
The group is working with the city to take over Rosser Avenue and Princess Avenue and potentially create a loop around downtown given the number of cars that are expected to attend.
"The good thing about the show is just talking to everybody," Burba said.
There will be something to do as part of the car show every day, Burba said, be it tours to different parts of the city, cruises around Westman or special events like an engine building contest, valve cover racing, a swap meet, MRA Safety Lane, pinup model competition and more.
The Super Run will be hosting its first-ever car limbo contest at this year’s show, an event Brooks is especially excited about. The contest is geared toward the low-riding imports.
"People can actually see how low their car will go," Brooks said. "It’s usually lots of laughs and lots of fun."
It will be a difficult task to take in all the sights, Burba said.
Super Run is still looking for volunteers to join the force already hard at work in preparation for the event. This includes recruiting team leaders to help with committees including the kid zone, Model-T assembly and engine rebuilding competition, and another 50 volunteers to help fill out the different areas of the event.
Those interested in volunteering or registering for the event can email email@example.com, visit the website superrunbrandon.com/ or the groups Facebook page for more information.
"This is an all-hands-on-deck project," Brooks said. "We need volunteers, we definitely need people to come out and help."
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