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County residents flock to see the wheels

Dave Hepditch with his 1967 Shelby GTO 500.
Dave Hepditch with his 1967 Shelby GTO 500. - Kevin Adshade

NEW GLASGOW

Dave Hepditch does what every man should do on his wedding anniversary: he bought himself a cherry hot rod.

The Little Harbour resident had his 1967 Shelby GTO 500 on display at the annual show and shine on June 8, put on by the Pictou County Antique Car Club and held at the Scott Weeks sports complex in New Glasgow.

“I bought it on our 28th wedding anniversary, down in Columbus, Ohio,” says Hepditch, who has been married to Freda for 49 years.

“I love the way it looks, I love the way it handles, I love the way it sounds. I’ve loved that (model of) car my whole life, and when it came that I could afford to buy it, I bought it.”

His was one of about 200 vehicles on display on this day: cars, pickups, a few motorcycles and even a handful of antique snowmobiles.

Bruce Rodgers is one of the founding members of the Pictou County Antique Car Club. “There were five or six of us who started the club back then,” he said.

He has owned his 1930 Ford pickup truck for about 50 years and has restored it three times (the original owner of the truck was Maritime Tel & Tel).

In the year 2000, he and a couple hundred others attempted to drive from Canada’s west coast to the east. It took him six weeks to rattle his way from Vancouver, B.C. to St. John’s, N.L. but he got there.

“Not all of them made it, but I did, though,” he says.

The antique car club puts on the show and shine every spring, and all money raised will be distributed to various local charities.

Club president Sandy Duggett said around $10,000 was expected to be raised this year, helped by sunny skies overhead on both days of the shown ’n shine (June 8-9).

Orrin Works of New Glasgow checks out this 1964 Ford Galaxie.
Orrin Works of New Glasgow checks out this 1964 Galaxie.

 

Bruce Rodgers is shown with his 1930 Ford pickup.
Bruce Rodgers is shown with his 1930 Ford pickup.

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