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Lab West auto show organizer pleased with first endeavor


LAB WEST - It's no secret that Labrador City resident Todd Kent loves his wheels. Rumor has it; it all started with his first tricycle, then to his bike, followed by cars trucks and motorcycles.

But Kent, the organizer of the recent auto show in Labrador West, knew that he wasn't the only one in the area with a passion for vehicles.

“I knew quite a few people who have older classic cars, many of them worked on the restoration of the vehicles,” he told the Aurora. “Then there are the muscle cars, unique vehicles, and motorcycles as well" he explained.

Kent himself owns a classic 1973 Mustang Mach 1 (sticker on the window shows car sold for $4749.85) told the Aurora “there was no place for people to show their cars, occasionally a few people would get together for a drive or park at. The local mall, but there was nothing like an auto show.”

Kent calls a few of his friends with cars and they put together the Auto show held August 19th at the parking lot of the Labrador City parking lot.

"We were pleased with the turnout, 55 vehicles in all, including some from nearby Fermont, Quebec. One Chevy Malibu even made the trip here from Churchill Falls,” Kent told the Aurora.

There were lots of people there all day. There was no charge for people coming to view the vehicles, and no charge for people who exhibited.  Several businesses with vehicle related services were on hand to exhibit their wares, and it provided the local Special Olympics committee a chance to fundraise, by offering food and drink for sale.

Kent told the Aurora, "We had great support from businesses who provided us with prizes for the exhibitors, and from the town. Some of the employees came in to volunteer on their day off, the support was tremendous.”

There were cars from all eras, from a ‘57 Chevy to the latest Corvette. Even the all-electric Tesla was on display.

Owners had chance to boast about their vehicles and of course, there were many questions.

Kent told the Aurora" An auto show is a type of social event, car owners have stories of their vehicles they love to tell.”

Kent says they now have a database of the cars and their owners.

"We hope to make this an annual event, maybe meet occasionally, and maybe do more public things like take part in a MADD motorcade," Kent told the Aurora.

Spectators were lapping up the vehicles, looking under the hood and loving it when some of them let their engines rumble.

As the show wrapped up a public choice award was presented to Scott Coombs. His 1958 Chev Apache pick up was voted the favorite vehicle by participants.

Afterwards most participants formed a parade that drove through Labrador City and Wabush before heading to Fermont.

"We hope this is the beginning of an annual event that will get bigger and better year by year," Kent said.

Already he says he's had contact from several people who plan to be at the next one.

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