This year’s Olde Town Okotoks Show and Shine is celebrating the era that brought us the Little Deuce Coup, Mustang Sally and the Little GTO – both the cars and the songs.
The 2014 installment of the popular event on Aug. 17 is ‘50s and ‘60s rock and roll.
Event organizer Keith Gray said it’s a period where there was a deep connection between music and car culture. It was also a time when some of the most iconic automobiles were first seen.
“It was the start of the hot-rods, which were starting to get popular, the muscle cars were coming out in the ‘60s,” said Gray.
Some of the iconic cars of the era include the ’55 Thunderbird, and some of the ‘60s muscle cars like the GTO, The Camero and the Firebird. You can expect to see a few of them at this year’s show and shine.
“You’re going to see a lot of Mustangs, GTOs, Cameros,” he said. “You’ll see anything from the ‘50s and ‘60s come out.”
The show will also feature the finest in cars, trucks and vans ranging from Corvettes to Corvairs. Saliken estimates there will be more than 425 cars at the show. They will be parked up and down Elizabeth Street in Okotoks.
The vehicles will be looking their finest after receiving TLC from the proud owners.
With several blocks of vehicles on display, the organizers want to ensure they are seen. Volunteers will be offering rides in golf carts to who need transportation up and down Elizabeth.
There will be at least three bands playing at various venue locations. The music will range from the blues to good old rock n’ roll. There will also be a number of vendors joining the cars lining the street, many of them geared towards car buffs.
As in previous years this celebration of cars will be preceded the day before by a Poker Rally. Stanley said it is a fun event, which allows the participants cars to be driven in the Okotoks area — resulting in a lot of “oohs” and “aahs” from pedestrians.
No pre-registration is required for people wanting their car included in this summer celebration of automobile. Vehicles will be registered on the day of the event in the downtown core. The show and sign starts at 10 a.m. in Olde Towne Okotoks and continues through to 4 p.m. See the group’s newly redesigned website at www.okotoksshowandshine.ca for more information.