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'Coasters' cruising in here tomorrow


The “Canadian Coasters” finally will begin cruising into town late tomorrow morning.

Heading into their third week of their two-month cross-Canada tour, the group is stopping in Fort Frances for a few days as a break from their travels.

The 112 classic cars are expected to start arriving as early as 11 a.m. to participate in the local International Early Iron Car Club's annual “Scott Street Show and Shine,” which is running tomorrow from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The 100-400 blocks of Scott Street will be closed off for this event.

The day will be capped off with a sponsor and entrant meet-and-greet at the Memorial Sports Centre, where the majority of the “Coasters” will be staying for their two-night stay here.

Local car club president Al Smith has arranged for the parking lot to be transformed into a giant campground.

He noted many of the car owners have matching trailers hitched to their vintage cars that they stay in.

Thursday will start with a second car show from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. by the Sorting Gap Marina.

All of Front Street, from the bass tent to the east end of Scott Street, will be blocked off for the show.

As well, 41 trophies will be handed out to the most deserving cars starting at 2 p.m. (there will be different categories for certain models of vehicles).

Third and fourth gear sponsors of the car show also each will have their own trophy to present to their favourite vehicle.

“All of the trophies have been made be students at Fort High in the manufacturing classes,” noted Smith.

With organizers expecting almost 250 cars at this show, there will be overflow parking at the corner of Minnie Avenue and Front Street, as well as in the Resolute wood yard.

Not only will all 112 “Coaster” cars be here but Smith is anticipating vehicles from Kenora, Dryden, International Falls, Warroad, and Winnipeg, along with local cars from across Rainy River District.

“It's not too late to register your car for the [shows],” Smith stressed.

He noted people can register for $15, which will get your vehicle into both the “Scott Street Show and Shine” and the one at the Sorting Gap.

The registration booth tomorrow will be located at the corner of Scott Street and Portage Avenue while the booth on Thursday will be set up at the corner of Front and Minnie.

The “Canadian Coasters” visit then will culminate with a '50s dance Thursday night under the big tent, featuring live music by Thunder Bay band The Sensational Hot Rods.

Admission for this event is $10, with advance tickets available at Carl's Eatery, From the Grind Up, the Fine Line Art Gallery, and Flint House here, as well as Norlund Oil in Emo.

The “Coasters” are scheduled to leave Friday at noon as their trek to the East Coast.

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