A story behind every classic car

Tyler Clarke
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Behind every classic car is a story, and the vehicle owners attending Friday’s Klassic Kruizers Kar Klub show at the Marquis Road A&W were enthusiastic about sharing their tales of tinkering and nostalgia.


“Klub” member Brian Grovestine has one of the organization’s longest history with a vehicle, having owned his 1958 Ford Edsel since 1967.

“I bought that car the first day I ever came to Saskatchewan,” he said. “I came to Manitoba in an old Chevy that blew up in Saskatoon, and I bought (the Edsel) for $200 at a used car lot in Saskatoon -- Jan 1, 1967.”

It was his everyday junker car for about three years before he parked it at his in-laws for a decade, after which he started sporadically driving and fixing it, again.

The Edsel is a unique vehicle, in that Ford only made them for three years beginning with the 1958 model.

Long-recognizes as a “lemon” of a vehicle, there’s a unique community around them due in part to the fact that there are so few of them left.

Parked close to the 1958 Edsel at Friday’s car show was Bob Borrowman’s 1932 Buick, which is less from the ’30s than it is from subsequent decades.

“It was in stock form when I got it and the interior was all rotten,” he said. “There was no motor or transmission -- it was just an old car -- a mess.”

Although the frame is still original, he’s installed a modern V8 engine, automatic transmission, cruise control, a modern radio and Jaguar suspension.

“I wanted to be able to drive the car,” he explained. “If this car were in its original form you’d be afraid to leave town because they break down so easily.”

Although he wasn’t interested in owning an antique, he notes that the car’s classic 1932 body struck his fancy due to its unique qualities.

“This is a very, very rare vehicle,” he said of ’32 Buicks. “It took me 12 years to talk the guy who owned it into selling it to me, and I’ve been driving it for 26 years and never found another like it.”

He spent close to $20,000 on the vehicle -- a small fraction of what he said it’s likely worth today.

“I don’t care what it’s worth,” he explained. “I actually had an offer from a guy in Tennessee who offered to buy it for a pretty good chunk of money, but I didn’t really want to sell it to him.

I came to Manitoba in an old Chevy that blew up in Saskatoon, and I bought (the Edsel) for $200 at a used car lot in Saskatoon -- Jan 1, 1967. Brian Grovestine

“This one is so unique that it’s pretty hard to replace it, because there’s just nothing else out there that’s got the class that this one has.”

Weldon area resident Alfred Boe’s “1914-1980 scrap parts” vehicle is also a unique ride.

“I just built this one from junk,” he summarized, noting that all of the metal used was slated for melting down at a recycling depot.

A 1944 pump engine keeps the 1905-style vehicle running -- a 10-year passion project he finished in time for Saskatchewan’s 2005 centennial.

He’s since found pleasure in sharing his unique creation with others.

“Kids just love it,” he said. “When I take it to some of these sports days the kids want to ride it all the time.”

It serves as a bit of a lesson to youngsters, he said, noting that it lets them know that there was life before electronics.

“Nowadays a lot of kids don’t do anything but play electronics,” he said, punctuated with a shrug.

Klassic Kruizers Kar Klub president Les Nemish said that the club, founded in 1988, currently consists of 38 enthusiastic classic vehicle fans who meet the first Wednesday of every month, at the Prince Albert Inn during the winter and at various members’ garages during the summer.

They’re all keen on fixing up their vehicles themselves, he said, noting that he, himself, restored a 1978 Trans Am with his kids.

“You have to love doing that type of work,” he said.

“You can take it to a shop and they can do it all, but it’s the fact that you can go out to your garage, turn the heat on in the fall if you have to, and you can spend the time working on a car -- being your own backyard mechanic.”

For more on the Klassic Kruizers Kar Klub and upcoming events, visit their website at www.klassickruizerskarklub.ca. 

Organizations: Buick, Jaguar, Prince Albert Inn

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Manitoba Tennessee

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