When you go to the 2019 version of the Draggins Rod and Custom Car Show being held at The World Trade Center at Prairieland Park, make sure you stop and talk to Bob Grunow or his knowledgeable assistant, Jennifer Moore.
This year, when many of us struggle to get one car ready for the show, Grunow has four in his display, a few more in the Saskatoon Antique Car Club display and two in the swap meet.
Grunow has obviously been a busy man, which his friends and associates tell me is about normal. He is a lifelong car enthusiast.
His first car was a red and white 1957 Fairlane (Ford) two-door hardtop. Working around his automotive passion over the years, Grunow started and sold five businesses. He will tell you that he is retired and all he does is show up at Car Collector Canada, drink coffee and talk about cars.
Car Collector Canada is business No. 6. He said Moore and master fixer Kelvin Janzen — Grunow said Janzen can fix anything — do most of the heavy lifting and repairs. He does the buying and selling for the business.
Currently his collection is about 25 cars, mostly from the 1950s.
In talking with Grunow, it soon became apparent that being in the Draggins show covers all the bases. Grunow is proud of what his cars look like and of what he has achieved.
The Draggins have made their show one of, if not the largest, club-run shows in Canada. It is a great place for car fans to view classic vehicles and to meet like-minded people.
The Draggins support the Saskatchewan Abilities Council, so being involved gets help to adults and kids that need our support. All of that makes the frenetic activity of the show worthwhile for club members.
An added bonus at the show is a Project IX, a Restomod — Restomod stands for a restoration that uses modern parts like suspension and brakes so that it complies with modern standards. The 1964 Mercury Parklane two-door convertible will be on display and raffle tickets for the car are $2 each. The draw is on April 23.
At the show, make sure you stop and talk to Grunow or Moore. Their enthusiasm is infectious.
The Draggins Rod and Custom Car Show will be held April 19-20 at World Trade Center at Prairieland Park from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for youths aged six to 15.