The Mercury Club is wasting no time making its mark on Colchester County.
The newly formed car group is preparing to host its first annual Colchester County Show n’ Shine on June 3 and 4 at the Peg, across from Masstown Market.
Riley Works formed the group with Jim Tanner one day while sitting at Tim Hortons.
“We started talking and Jim suggested we should host our own car show,” said Works. “We did some research and there wasn’t much going on so we made the decision to put something together. It all happened rather quickly. Jim had inherited a Mercury and he’s pretty fond of them so we thought it would make a good name for the club.”
Although Works and his father built a 1947 Ford pick-up rat rod complete with a Cummins diesel engine, and Mercury was once a division of Ford, the club is all-inclusive.
The same goes for the show n’ shine. Mercury Club Secretary Wendy McCallum says newer vehicles are just as welcome.
“We’re accepting registration for motorcycles, tractors, imports, rat rods and more,” she said. “We’re not just looking for antiques. We’d like to have a good mix.
The show will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Vehicle registration for the weekend is $10, which Works points out is cheaper than a lot of shows. Car enthusiasts can purchase a day pass for $5 or a two day pass for $8. Family passes are also available.
Several sponsors have already pledged their support including Upham’s Carstar Collision and Blaikie’s Dodge Chrysler. Creative Auto Images has donated an engine block barbecue and Maritime Auto Parts has donated a 1978 Ford Fairmont. Both will be raffled off over the weekend.
“The Fairmont is rustic looking for sure but when it was offered up, we couldn’t turn it down,” said McCallum. “We think people will have some fun with the idea since it’s something you don’t see every day.”
Proceeds from admission and raffles held by the Mercury Club will be split with the Cobequid Special Olympics. Works says the plan is to make the show n’ shine an annual event and each year, they’ll choose a new charity to highlight and support.
At this point, organizers are hoping to have between 400 and 500 vehicles registered for the show. Given the response to date, they believe that goal is more than realistic.
“We’re getting pretty excited,” said Works. “It’s been a lot of work. We’ve been meeting almost on a regular basis and we had a chance to walk the site and develop a plan for how we want to lay things out. Once we get through this year, things will get easier. It will be a matter of tweaking things to hopefully improve on what we did this year.”
The club is also looking for volunteers to help with ticket sales, parking and more.
Following the show, the goal is to increase the membership numbers, which currently sits at nine. If that happens, McCallum says the group could expand on its offerings in the local area.
“I think the show n’ shine will always be our main focus,” she said. “If things go well this year, we may look at doing a few more fundraising events just so we don’t have to rely on our sponsors as much. We also don’t do organized gatherings as a club yet but who knows what the future holds.”
To learn more, visit the Colchester County Show n’ Shine’s Facebook page. For those looking to volunteer or register an entry, email firstname.lastname@example.org.