Work is underway for the premier car show on the prairies, Super Run, scheduled for next year’s August long weekend.
Road Rebels president Dave Burba said the enthusiasm for the 2022 Super Run was palpable during the first official planning meeting Sunday at Murray Chevrolet.
“Everybody is very, very excited to get Super Run on the go,” Burba said. “It’s coming along very nicely.”
Automotive enthusiasts have been eagerly awaiting the return of the show, Burba said, and organizers have been diligently working behind the scenes to ensure the 2022 event finds success.
Brandon hosted the last Super Run before the COVID-19 pandemic and will host the first returning event as public health measures are lifted. Super Run typically runs in three-year cycles between Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
The 2022 Super Run will be reminiscent of the 2019 event with one marked change — it will now be taking place at the Grand Valley Campground in place of the Keystone Centre.
Burba said the area is the perfect spot for the show because it’s a picturesque location and offers a more casual atmosphere.
“It gives us a little more flexibility in what we want to do and build Super Run to be,” Burba said. “We’re pretty excited about being out there.”
Having the event at Grand Valley Campground will allow people to bring trailers or tents to stay on-site.
“We’re hoping that this will encourage some of the vintage campers to come out,” Burba said.
Along with the new location, new sets of wheels will also appear at the 2022 Super Run in the form of vintage motorcycles. The motorcycles will join the fleet of vintage snowmobiles and camper-trailers that appear at the show.
Burba said the key philosophy of the Brandon Super Run remains to celebrate special vehicles and the people who create them. There is no age limit to cars, trucks, hot rods and everything in-between as long as the vehicle boasts a unique aspect.
“There’s a lot of younger people coming into the hobby and a lot of older people too who have ended up buying newer vehicles because of all the creature comforts,” Burba said. “We decided to open it up to all ages of vehicles but they do have to be somewhat special to be part of Super Run.”
The 2019 edition of the show saw about 650 vehicles register. Volunteers are hoping to see the 2022 show grow to 800 to 1,000 rides. Burba added they expect the show will be in high demand because COVID-19 has halted Super Run events and other car shows for the past two years.
Super Run 2022 will include the popular downtown cruise night, car tours to points of interest in the Westman area, a Saturday night supper and Sunday breakfast at the campground, along with the popular show and shine.
“It’s a nice family-type atmosphere for all the car people,” Burba said. “A lot of people like the tours because they get to see different things in this part of the province, and it also gets people to link up and start making friends earlier in the week.”
He added Super Run will be a great economic boost for Brandon because it brings car enthusiasts from across the country and the United States to the Wheat City.
“It brings a lot of dollars into Brandon,” Burba said. “We’re trying to make this the premier event in Manitoba out of all the car shows. This is the one you have to make it to.”
Super Run organizers are currently focused on building the base for the car show, including recruiting new volunteers and sponsors to ensure the event finds success and runs smoothly.
“Everybody is really excited; we’re really building off of 2019 that was a super-duper show. Everything went relatively well and the response was great from everybody who attended,” Burba said. “Everyone seems super eager to participate in this [upcoming Super Run].”
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Chelsea Kemp, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brandon Sun