World of Wheels 2016 – Part 3

Part 3! Today’s post is the conclusion to the World of Wheels coverage, picking up where Part 2 left off. I don’t see the need for a wordy intro this time around so let’s just get started!

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The Alberta Mustangs Auto Club had quite an elaborate display, with Minions and various other Despicable Me props all over the place. All of their cars were either yellow or blue, save for one which I’ll show a few photos down.

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Not only did the club have on display an authentic Shelby Cobra 427 S/C,…

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…they also had this ’69 Shelby GT350 Sportsroof complete with Carroll’s signature on the passenger sunvisor! Reading the spec sheet, apparently this was originally a Hertz car and therefore wore the black paint/gold stripe combo.

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This was the only car that strayed from the blue and yellow theme. Naturally it was accompanied by the matching evil minion.

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I always enjoy checking out cars that are in progress. The colour on this Dart will probably divide opinions but I won’t lie, I like it.

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When I saw the wing from a few rows over I immediately started making my way towards this Charger Daytona. The Charger Daytona and its Superbird twin are among my all-time favourite cars. I admire them for their historical significance and performance, but also for just how in-your-face they are with the aero.

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This particular car had been rolled – at 100MPH reportedly – back when it was almost new and underwent extensive repairs to bring it back from the dead. To be fair, in a way it’s not the same car as the floor pan was the only panel to be reused, but it’s great to see that it was brought back.

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Next to it were two more Chargers – a new Hellcat and a rather detailed General Lee replica.

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In case anyone can’t make it out – the last lines on the info sheet list people the owner extends thanks to, and one is nicknamed Mopar Yoda. Fellow Mighty Car Mods fans may get a chuckle out of that one.

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We quickly stopped to watch the Battle of the Techs as they raced to reassemble two engines. While doing so, Alex managed to find the proverbial needle in a haystack and spotted an Acura baseball cap in the collection of merchandise on the ground. As a running joke we kept looking for Acura-related items for sale from the vendors, faking our surprise when we couldn’t find anything.

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Easily my favourite display of the entire show was this one – as a model builder myself I really enjoyed the approach taken with this. Not only was there a giant ‘model box’ behind the Jimmy, but some parts had been mocked up with PVC (?) pipe to look like model kit parts affixed to the sprues. Note that they even got the stray marks of orange paint on the sprue in the foreground, as would happen when painting kit pieces.

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Many of us have the mini Remove Before Flight tags as keychains. This guy had the full-size version, on his parachute. His is cooler.

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This thing was seriously impressive but we did have a little chuckle about how it was advertising window tinting…

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…yet had probably the least glass of anything at the show, short of a bike. Seriously though, this was really cool.

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Compact Tuning Lab seemed to have a blue theme going, starting off with this ’05 RSX-S. I remember not being a fan of the facelifted RSXs when they first came out but now, I have to say I far prefer them. Sorry Dave.

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I was actually surprised by the relatively short spec list for this ’15 WRX. Simple but effective changes made it a head-turner.

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This BRZ was another one of my favourites from the show so I took a number of shots. It took me a second to realize I was looking at KM4SH flares – I had never seen any in person before.

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The fact that it wore World Rally Blue paint helped it become one of my favourites as for me, it’s THE colour to have for these cars.

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Wicked little VW Caddy, which I have shown before in GE coverage. That fitment though!

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This Chevy Apache had nothing in the way of paint, save for clear coat over its raw steel. Who says vehicles even have to have paint? This looked amazing.

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And last but not least, this International (I assume from the badge on the hood) which was just insane. Raw, and rough, and awesome for it.

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Finding ourselves back at the entrance, we confirmed we had seen everything and decided it was time to head out. I’m really glad I attended this year and I hope that you all have enjoyed going through the photos from the day! It was definitely worth the trip down and got me excited for the events coming up that we’ll be attending. To make it just that much better, the night before I had won a little bit of money at a work party and it happened to just cover parking and entrance to the show!

Looking ahead, we’ll be returning to the Stampede grounds before long for the Calgary Auto Show and I can’t wait for that – I’m really hoping that a Focus RS is on hand so fingers will be crossed for a chance to see that. Even if it isn’t, it’s always fun to go look at the new machinery and of course, collect as many free brochures as possible. Haha

-Bill

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