A well-preserved classic car can provide a glimpse into the past.
Allan Gillis and his family have been running the show n' shine at South Cooking Lake's Trail Days since it became a feature of the annual event.
"Each year escalates and there's always more cars," said Gillis. "It all kind of depends on the weather."
This year, Gillis had one of his own cars in the show. His brother had eight. Car collecting is a family hobby for the Gillis' that began back in their home of Cape Breton Island.
"It started with my oldest brother having a 1967 Dodge Coronet years ago when I was a kid... I kind of restarted it with my family. I've had probably about six different classic muscle cars and my brother keeps saying that he's buying another one for his wife," Gillis explained. "That's his means of gaining acceptance of having another classic car."
Between all of Gillis' family and close friends at the show n' shine, he estimated that there were about 15 cars.
While his family plays a big part in keeping the South Cooking Lake car show alive, car enthusiasts from throughout the area are what really make it a special occasion. "We get people from Edmonton to Fort Saskatchewan to Tofield," said Gillis. "In the Sherwood Park area, there's a lot of classic cars that people have in their garage or in their barn... some people like to go to the smaller show n' shines."
The show n' shine was not the only big draw at Trail Days. There were also a variety of activities to be enjoyed by all age groups.
As for Gillis' personal favourite car - it's his own 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS.
"Different people like different cars and you'll find that it almost becomes a part of them," he mused. He went on to say that, although he also loves his 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, he feels that the Chevelle holds the ultimate crown. "My 1970 Chevelle, to me, is three times the car that any Camaro would be."
This was the seventh annual show n' shine at Trail Days.


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