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Register Now for the 2017 September Show


Our Annual September Show & Shine is the premier event of the year for car lovers in the Calgary area.

River City Classics Car Club has been staging this annual event since 2002. It has grown from a small beginning of a few vehicles located in George Lane Park to its current status where the Show takes over the whole of Downtown High River.
It isn’t unusual to see over 1100 vehicles and 50 vendors set up for the last Sunday in September. Access to Downtown is restricted on Show Day so vendors have become accustomed to arriving the evening before and locating their trailers.
Cars begin to arrive at “Front End Registration” as early as 6:00 am even though official opening is 7:00 am. Thanks to a hardy group of volunteers we are able to process the arrivals and get them to a parking space efficiently.
Parking for the Show is directed by our Parking Volunteers and is on a first come, first served basis. Sorry but we aren’t able to accommodate reserved parking locations.
Weather at the end of September is often chilly in the early morning while later in the day it can be very pleasant. We have been fortunate over the years and can report plenty of Alberta sunshine gracing our Show.
Vehicle Admission provides access to our Show area for your vehicle, and for the first 1000 vehicles, it means a commemorative dash plaque.
Starting in 2016 the River City Classics instituted a “Burn-Out” Night the evening before the Show. If you want to burn a little bit of rubber, in First gear only, then come out and register for the Burn-Out. In 2016 the Town of High River and the High River RCMP Detachment graciously allowed us to close Centre Street just north of 12th Ave. In the space of 5 long blocks we were able to create three burn-out staging areas. Participants, under guidance from our Volunteers, were able to get in as many 100 Ft runs as they could in a 2 hour period.
Close the Summer Show Season with River City Classics Car Club!!

Mark your calendars for the last weekend in September and join us in High River

If you have any questions, use the Contact Us link on the web site Menu or e-mail your query directly to our showchair@rivercityclassics.ca

2017 Canada Day Show ‘n Shine

Thanks to all who participated in the Canada Day Show. I believe that we had a total of 81 entries for the Canada 150 Event.
All proceeds from the event were donated to Rowan House Women’s Shelter.
Here’s a few images provided by Lillian Shavalier. You might have noticed her moving around the field on her hover-board powered mobile lawn chair. Oh yes… and you might have noticed her outrageous, long, red and white eyelashes.

Share and Win draw added to Eamon’s Fundraiser

A Share and Win prize consisting of a beautiful collection of summer wines has been added to the Eamon’s Fundraiser


It’s easy to get in on the draw for this wine collection!!
Simply visit Friends of Eamon’s Garage on Facebook, SHARE and LIKE our Eamon’s Garage fundraiser event and you’re entered for the prize.
The Eamon’s Fundraiser will take place on Festival Street (4th Ave SW in High River) on June.17th 2017.
Help us raise awareness for the historic Eamon’s Garage. It’s sure to become an important tourist attraction for High River!
Tickets for the event are available on this website at www.rivercityclassics.ca/event-registration

Join us June 17 for what is turning into a huge & funky High River Block Party!

Draw for the wine collection will occur at the Fundraiser.

2017 High River Trade Fair

May 5 and 6 saw RCC participate in another successful High River Trade Fair


This year’s event was again held at the Snodgrass Recreation Centre in High River. Ted Dawson coordinated our entry with support from Club volunteers.
The highlight of RCC’s entry were definitely the two vehicles. Al Millard provided his newly acquired Ford Model T, mid-door sedan and Roger Hamel his beautifully updated red pick-up.

Ted has participated in the event on many occasions and described the value returned to the Club through the visibility and recognition we gain with the general public.
Conversations at the event gave our volunteers an opportunity to describe our goals as a Club and our annual donation to local High River charities.

Pictured here are a few of the volunteers who spent Saturday morning at the RCC booth.
From the left, Al Millard, Dave Dobson, Vic Giguere, Gerri Giguere, and Al Leonhardt.

Photography courtesy of Ted Dawson

Ticket Sales open for Eamon’s Fundraiser

Ticket Sales are now open for the Eamon’s Garage Fundraiser scheduled for Saturday June 17, 2017

Inspired Events Catering is assisting RCC to present a Dinner / Dance event on “Festival Street” (4th Ave SW) in High River.

2016 Long Table Dinner

Long Table Dinner tents ready

4th Avenue SW was rebuilt in 2015 to accommodate street festivals and hence the “Festival Street” moniker.

News Update. BBQ Beef for the event will be provided by JRRR*BBQ


In the fall of 2016, Downtown High River was the site of a successful Twilight Long Table Dinner / Dance using tents and tables set up right there on 4th Avenue.
On June 17, we will be using the street for another tented event, this time in support of the Eamon’s Garage restoration project.


The historic Eamon’s Garage arrived in High River, January 2016

In the year since then, screw piles and steel beams have been installed and the building was recently moved on to its permanent foundation.
This multi-year project needs your support to succeed. The building has been neglected over the years and will need significant reconstruction.

Arrival of the dumpster

Come out on June 17. Enjoy a festival meal. Dance to a classic Rock Band.

RCC gives $10,000 to local Chairites

On December 5, 2016 River City Classics Car Club presented a total of $10,000 to local High River Charities.

Jeff Langford, our President, speaking on behalf of all Club Members, pointed out that the difficult 2016 economy had not deterred RCC from donating the same amount to Charities as we did in 2015.

2016 Charities

2016 Charities

He indicated that this is largely due to the hard work and dedication of our Members who put on a very successful Show ‘n Shine in September.
Donations were made to 18 individual High River groups.
We were very pleased to welcome a representative from 17 of those groups to our regular monthly meeting for the presentation.

2016 Charities

2016 Charities

Following a tradition established last year, each representative gave a short highlight of the purpose and direction of their organization and where possible an indication of the purpose to which the money will be devoted.

2016 Charities

2016 Charities


Organizations receiving our 2016 Donations are:

  • The Children’s Wish Foundation
  • Museum of the Highwood
  • Rotary Club of High River
  • High River Lions Club
  • High River United Church
  • Salvation Army interfaith Food Bank (High River)
  • Salvation Army Christmas Hampers Programme
  • Joe Clark School (Healthy Snacks Programme)
  • Spitzee School (Healthy Snacks Programme)
  • Holy Spirit Academy (Healthy Snacks Programme
  • 1 St High River Scouts
  • Call of the West Museum
  • High River Handi-Bus Society
  • Rowan House Emergency Shelter
  • High River Hospital Foundation
  • Foothills Country Hospice Society
  • The Narrow Road House
  • Foothills Minor Hockey

2016 RCC Christmas Party

Great to see folks at the 2016 RCC Christmas Party


2016 Christmas Party

2016 Christmas Party

As always the 2016 Party was a social success. We had an opportunity to socialize with fellow RCC members in a setting which was decidedly not car oriented.
Lesley and Larry Stadnick organized the event for us this year and took us to the High River Legion for a buffet dinner.

2016 Gift Exchange

2016 Gift Exchange

A high point of the proceedings was the gift exchange. Each of us brought along a small wrapped parcel.
That is, all except Keith Gray. He turned up with a large wooden box to which he had attached a hammer and a wrecking bar.

Ted and the Rabbit

Ted and the Rabbit

We had to imagine that the famous RCC Rabbit would be the box resident.
Sure enough, the Rabbit was revealed when Ted decided to provide him a home for the coming year. It took a little work, courtesy of the hammer and wrecking bar but you can see the results.
Jeff Langford acted as our MC during the gift exchange but who knows what role Mr. Rabbit might play for next year.

Next Year's MC ?

Next Year’s MC ?


Best of the Season to all RCC Members and their Spouses

2016 RCC Charity Donations to be announced Dec 5

This morning, November 29, our Treasurer, Ted Dawson put out the following press release, inviting local High River Media, to the RCC Charity Donations presentation next Monday, (Dec 5).


“Good Morning!
Just to let you know that the River City Classics Car Club will be making donations to a variety of different groups in the High River Area on Monday, December 5th at 7:00 PM at the ‘Call of the West’ Museum (High River Rodeo Grounds).
The donations are possible because of the work and dedication that the members of the RCC (River City Classics) put into their annual Show ‘n Shine. (September 25, 2016)
Each year we have been able to make about $10,000 in donations.
Thank you again for all your help and support! We look forward to seeing you on Monday evening.
Ted Dawson
River City Classics Car Club”

Ted’s press release included the High River Times (Sun Media), AM 1140, The Eagle 100.9 and Sun Country 99.7 (all members of Golden West Radio), plus the Town of High River.
Please join us at the Call of the West Museum to celebrate local Charities.

Charity event supporting AARC added to the Calendar

Fred Phillips, a well respected Calgary car collector, is hosting a panel discussion entitled USED CARS – EXPERIENCE KNOWS BEST.
The event, scheduled for Saturday November 26, 2016 brings together a panel of four to discuss the process of evaluating cars.
Fred is a long time supported of the AARC, Alberta Adolescent Recovery Center. AARC helps 13 -21 yr olds dealing with addiction and alcoholism reach their twenties.
An excerpt from the Event Brochure…

USED CARS – EXPERIENCE KNOWS BEST (How to spot the best)

A symposium on the DNA of a great car , examining a spectacular restoration and an incredible survivor
Maybe you are interested in cars and are contemplating a purchase or maybe you are just curious about cars. Possibly you ended up buying a car only to find out that your infatuation had put the blinders on?
After a couple thorough washes and test drives you came to the conclusion that you had bought a 3 dressed up as a 9.
Two cars from Fred’s collection will be used as the focus for the discussion. They are nearly identical in specification but couldn’t be more different.
One car led a colorful early life before being parked under a car port for almost 40 years. When discovered it was treated to some of the best talent in the automotive world and restored in magnificent fashion.
The second car led a charmed life and represents what a car looks like if you put it in a sealed cocoon and opened it up almost 50 years later. Never painted or restored, this car could very well be the poster child for preservation.
Panel members at the event will share their 100+ years of experience and the great part is their advice can be applied to any vehicle you may have interest in.

Tickets and additional details are available through Used Cars – Experience Knows Best

Fantastic day at the Annual Show today!

We couldn’t have asked for better weather or indeed for a better turnout of vehicles.
There was a good showing of bikes clustered on 4th Avenue in Downtown and that was only a small part of the contingent of over 1200 vehicles we saw today.
It was a little chilly in the early going and doing registration in the dark was a little challenging but all in all things went pretty smoothly for a Show of this size.
This year we incorporated two new offerings on the menu. Saturday evening a dedicated group from our Club put on a Burn Out evening. Reports have put the number of participants for that at 53. This afternoon the folks from Canadian Public Auctions joined us in auctioning off a collectable car and other items, such as custom hub caps from the Kounting Cars series on TV.
Here’s a look back at an earlier Post so you can have a look at the artwork on the hub caps Kount’s Kustom hub caps
Thanks to all of our dedicated volunteers who make the event possible and thanks to you car buff’s in Southern Alberta for helping us to have such a successful day.
We hope to see you again next year.