|Herald photo by Nick Kuhl
Street Wheelers club president Raymond Huppee sits in the driverÕs seat of his 1974 Volkswagen, while the back seat is full of donations for local food banks, Sunday afternoon at the inaugural Street Wheelers Winter Indoor Charity Car Show at Exhibition Park.
They may not have been cruising up and down 3 Avenue, but some of the city's best cars were on display this weekend.
The inaugural Street Wheelers Winter Indoor Charity Car Show ran from Friday until Sunday at Exhibition Park's North Pavillion, featuring 75 vehicles on display.
The $5 admission from the thousands of entrants benefitted a variety of charities including the local food banks, the Humane Society, the Boys and Girls Club of Lethbridge, MADD and Prairie Pitbull Rescue.
"We're trying to help out a little bit here, a little bit there - we're just trying to help out everybody," said Caylee Gorzitza, one of the Street Wheelers Club's 35 members.
"It's been a really good turnout. We weren't sure with the weather what was going to happen so we're really impressed everybody brought their cars down here," she continued.
"We had people driving through snowstorms just to be here. We've even had a few phone calls this week asking if they could put their cars in, but we had to tell them next year."
Saturday was the busiest day as more than 1,100 people came through the doors. Final numbers had yet to be calculated as of Sunday.
The club's president, Raymond Huppee, also shaved off a beard he had been growing since Oct. 31 on Saturday. He raised $800 specifically for the Humane Society as a result.
"I'm sure they will really appreciate it," he said.
"The big event in the summer (Street Machine Weekend) doesn't really allow us to make this money for charities. Economic Development figured two years ago it was $2.2 million it brought into the city. But that's hotels and restaurants. You can't tap into that and give it to these charities."
The 35th annual Street Machine Weekend will take place July 12-14.