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Dream Wheels weekend coming together

Details for Dream Wheels weekend are coming together, with a hundred exotic cars arriving in Bonnyville and Cold Lake at the end of August. The show and race events will include several Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and a Maserati MC-12.
Melissa Sutton drove to 4 Wing in May for the announcement of the Dream Wheels weekend in Cold Lake and Bonnyville August 27-28.
Melissa Sutton drove to 4 Wing in May for the announcement of the Dream Wheels weekend in Cold Lake and Bonnyville August 27-28.

Details for Dream Wheels weekend are coming together, with a hundred exotic cars arriving in Bonnyville and Cold Lake at the end of August. The show and race events will include several Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and a Maserati MC-12.

“These are cars most people only see on the Internet,” said organizer Sal Naim. The organizing committee, which includes his brother Mike, Cold Lake Mayor Craig Copeland, Lt-Col Rob Carter, and Chris MacDonald, said if the event is a hit, it could become an annual occurrence.

Dream Wheels will start Friday, August 27th at 1 p.m. at 4 Wing. For $5 the public will be allowed entrance to see cars reaching or surpassing 300 km per hour on the runway, as they practice for the next day's Race the Base event. Attendees will also see more leisurely return drives to get a closer look at the cars and drivers.

“When the drivers came up [in May] they were fascinated by all the airplanes, and when the vehicles were on the base, all the military personnel were fascinated by the vehicles. I think Mike and I probably had the best show because we were fascinated by both,” Naim said.

Organizers are from Bonnyville, Cold Lake, and 4 Wing, something they say shows regional co-operation at work.

“We're much better working together,” Naim said. “None of this could of happened without everybody chipping in.”

“A critical part in all this is 4 Wing,” Copeland said. “What it shows is that for the average person in our area we take for granted what we have over there.”

A promotional video is currently available on the Internet at www.zrauto.com.

VIP tickets will be available for $500, which will include access to the designated driver area as well as meals.

Friday night, the cars will move to downtown Cold Lake for a car show near Lake City Motor Products and Original Joes. Local band Cold Tie Walker will provide free live entertainment on 50th Avenue.

On Saturday, events will begin bright and early at 4 Wing again at 8 a.m. The Race the Base event will see if some of the drivers can outdo a CF-18. The racing will be weather dependent, as any water on the runway would cause the cars to hydroplane.

People will also see the Snowbirds public relations team, which is not a typical Snowbirds performance, Carter said. The four-pilot team will do a flyover during Friday and Saturday activities. Planes, and possibly some military equipment, will be on display for public viewing.

The cars will then hit the highway to Bonnyville for a public viewing at the Centennial Centre at 4:30 p.m. Car rides from Cold Lake will be auctioned and announced prior to the event. The weekend will close with a gala fundraiser featuring Mike Plume at the C2 on August 28.

Organizers are currently looking for corporate sponsors. For information on events, call Chris MacDonald at 573-6461 or Sal Naim at 207-7368.

Proceeds will go to Hearts for Healthcare, Military Families Support Society, Bonnyville Health Foundation, and Breast Cancer Awareness.