If you want to see a thousand cars in Calgary, it’s easy – just drive anywhere during rush hour. But if you want to see a thousand unusual cars – exotics, classics, hot rods, muscle cars, and cars that have been lowered, chopped, lifted, and stanced – then head to Show Your Ride for Brandon. This year’s car show-off meet on August 28th could feature well over 1,000 vehicles, displayed by proud owners who love the beauty, power, uniqueness and quirks of their rides.
There will also be food, music, prize drawings, trophies, and thousands of people milling around viewing the colourful chariots of Alberta’s car and truck enthusiasts.
But don’t bring alcohol. This annual event is held in memory of Brandon Thomas, who was killed by an impaired driver in 2012, and was conceived to promote sober driving. To that end, alcohol and drugs will not be tolerated.
In addition, don’t expect to see any fender-benders on YouTube – burnouts and stunts are also prohibited.
What you will see, in addition to the aforementioned treats, are people gathering signatures for Families for Justice, an organization comprising families of drunk driving victims. The group supports minimum mandatory sentencing for impaired driving that results in injury or death. There will also be a time-out to remember Brandon Thomas.
Show Your Ride for Brandon will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 28th in Lot 10 on the corner of Collegiate Blvd. and Collegiate Rd. N.W. at the University of Calgary. Funds from the event will go to charity. For more information, see their Facebook page or the Show Your Ride for Brandon website.
If you love cars and driving, be there. It’s a fun way to support the cause of sober driving in Calgary.