Entrant impressed by uniqueness of MacNeil Car Show

Frank Gale fgale@thewesternstar.com
Published on July 28, 2014

“I’m a Mopar man!”

That was Carl Reid of Reidville’s remark when asked about his interest in old cars.

He’s the owner of a 1972 Plymouth Duster 340 that was one of 112 vehicles entered in the Joe MacNeil Antique and Unique Car Show on Saturday in Stephenville.

It’s the second time now for him having his car entered in the show and he said the event was super with excellent weather, good organization and lots of people who had lot of interest in antique and unique vehicles.

Reid has had his Duster for five years now, picking it up from Nova Scotia; however, it was originally in California. The most he’s had to do with it is regular maintenance and he said the car has never spent a night outdoors or seen a raindrop.

The Joe MacNeil Car Show is a little bit unique in that it takes place right on Main Street, an idea Reid really likes.

“I don’t think it’s a big inconvenience for anyone and it’s fabulous to see the town has such an interest in this event,” he said.

Sitting in a chair on the sidewalk adjacent to his car, Reid said he talked to hundreds of people and most shared an interest in older cars.

The Joe MacNeil award this year, for a vehicle owner and entrant that has a keen interest in restoring cars, went to Ed Bannister of Corner Brook who completely restored a 1955 red and white Chevrolet.

The Terry Penney award, which was given out for the first time this year in honour of Penney, who died recently, for his support of this car show, went to Stan White for the amount of labour he puts into working on old vehicles.

Motorcycle show

As part of the event this year, the Firefighters Local 1852 held a motorcycle show in aid of the Southwest SPCA with 34 entrants.

Dillan Pearce took great pride in being there with his father’s fully rebuilt 1130 cc 2002 Harley Davidson V-Rod.

His dad, Darren Pearce died in a tragic motorcycle accident on Indian Head in Stephenville on Aug. 23, 2007.

“This motorcycle was his (Darren’s) pride and joy and that’s why we (Dillan and his mom Carla) decided to get it fully restored,” Dillan said.

He said his father put countless hours into the bike before his untimely accident and that Sean and Todd Herritt have done a great job on rebuilding the bike, which included doing the whole front end over, along with a new paint job.

A new seat, made of alligator skin, was done by Ralph Abbott and put on the bike.

Pearce, who turns 20 this week, stood by the bike as its chrome gleamed in the sun and said he plans to be riding the bike soon, especially now that every modification that could be done on the bike has been completed.

Jerry MacQuarrie, with his 2012 Harley Davidson trike, was selected as the people’s choice winner in the motorcycle show.