Grab Your Gears!

7th Annual Bonnyville Gear Grabbers takes over the Centennial Centre Saturday.

Car enthusiasts rejoice, the 7th annual Bonnyville Gear Grabbers is taking over the Bonnyville Centennial Centre Saturday with an amazing show. This year it won’t just be cars, trucks, and motorcycles that’ll have your engines reeving; there’s also lots of activities for people of all ages. Organizer, Cayle Scherger, says along with around 200 vehicles, there’s a farmer’s market, bounce house, face-painting, vendors’ showcase and fan favourite the Dyno is back!

“We have a lot of vendors, outdoor and indoor vendors,” confirms Cayle, “for the kids we have face painting and bouncy houses. The Cenovus arena is full of bouncy houses. There’s a farmer’s market on site and we have a Dyno machine.” For the last few years, the Dyno machine has been a crowd favourite, it measures horse power. Many attendees have even tried out their vehicles on the Dyno to see how much horse power is really under the hood.

“It’s open to everyone, not just car enthusiasts,” assures Cayle, “we’ve had everything, cars, trucks, motorcycles, drag cars, even a tractor puller. Basically, it’s for enthusiasts of all kinds.” If you’re brings a vehicle to the show, registration is from 8:30-11:00 am. The main show is held outside, in the west parking lot of the C2; however there are some inside parking options. “Some like to showcase their vehicle with other accessories and it removes the weather element, because some vehicles don’t have a roof; they’re permanently convertibles.”

The show opens to the public at 11:00 am, with the awards at 3:00 pm. Pre-war vehicles are this year’s featured class (pre-1945). “Every year we pick a special class of vehicle, whether it’s a truck or muscle car or rat rod. This year we picked pre-war and we give a special award to just that class.”

For the other awards the Gear Grabbers use a Top 10 format, “based on other registrants votes,” Cayle explains that every person who enters a vehicle votes on the other vehicles in the show. The Top 10 vehicles with the most votes are awarded prizes. Other awards include; People’s Choice and People’s Choice motorcycle.

The big award of the day is a trip for two to Las Vegas. It includes airfare, accommodates and tickets to one of the biggest car auctions in the world. That prize is open to any registrant over the age of 21. It’s determined through random draw.

For anyone who registers a vehicle, under 21 years of age, there is a special prize, The Young Guns award. Also a random draw, the Young Guns win a separate award.

There is no pre-registration required to enter the car show. Bring your vehicle to the Centennial Centre in Bonnyville between 8:30 and 11:00 am on Saturday. Registration is $10 for a vehicle outside and $15 for a vehicle inside. The show is open to the public, no charge at 11:00 am.