CHESTERMERE – Mike and Elaine Smart have organized the Chestermere Car Show for nine years. Although they enjoy meeting up with other auto-crazy people in town once per year, they decided spur-of-the-moment to start up a club instead – the Car Nutz.
“Without much thought I said ‘There are lots of car nuts out in Chestermere’, and with that we had our name,” said Elaine Smart. “So, we put an ad on Kijiji looking for members, and within days we had enough interest from people to form a club.”
They held a busy first meeting on February 22, electing Don Lemna as president of the club, with Vini Coco as vice president and director of special events.
Carol Smailes of the CRCA has joined and agreed to act as treasurer, with Mark Taffs of Langdon acting as the director of recruitment and membership, while Paul Graham has taken on the role of director of advertising and sponsorship.
“The main purpose of the club, as with any association, is to promote an opportunity for friendly and social activities,” Smart says.
The Smart’s favorite day of the year, the annual car show, always takes place during the summer in conjunction with the Chestermere Water Festival.
This year, the show will be on July 23, and once again all the money raised will be donated to charitable organizations such as last year’s pick, the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS).
Smart says that the Car Nutz hope to do the same thing as much as they can throughout the year.
“We are all intent on focusing on our main interest, autos, but as a sideline we want to give back to the community by raising funds for local and other charities wherever possible,” she says.
“Our one goal is to try to get lots of sponsorship for the car show; the more money we can bring in, the more we can give to the charities we choose.”
The club is open to anyone who is in love with their car, motorbike, truck, or almost anything else with wheels and an engine.
“We welcome more people to join; the only requirement is to have a sense of humour and be prepared to have some fun times, talking a lot of car talk.
“It is an open invitation to all types of vehicles and all people from any part of Alberta,” Smart says.
Currently, the club is making use of the lounge at the recreation centre in Chestermere, and will hold their third meeting there on April 3 at 6:30 p.m. Anyone who is interested in joining is encouraged to stop by.
Smart says: “Once the warm weather arrives we will be able to get out into the parking lot with our rides and talk cars ’til the cows come home.”
For more information about the club, e-mail Elaine and Mike Smart at firstname.lastname@example.org.