Every year, in the small city of Oshawa, east of Toronto, Canada, rodders gather for a street-party car show called Fenders Day. It’s held at the home of Jeff Crawford, a car and bike builder who started it when he heard that a car-crazy little boy at the school across the street had terminal cancer. The boy wanted to visit Disney World, but there wasn’t enough time for a Make-A-Wish charity application. Jeff thought a car show could raise the money, and through prize tables, raffles and a BBQ, the trip was funded. So the next year, Jeff said, “Let’s do it again.”
Now in its eighth year, the show raises thousands that goes completely and directly to local families. Canada covers their health care, but the Fenders Day cash is for the other substantial expenses that can come with a serious illness. This year, it helped six-year-old Eamon Moxam, who suffered a brain tumor and then complications during surgery. He faces a long recovery but came to the show, where he got gifts of Hot Wheels and a ride in a fire truck. And as with every year, the wildest stuff showed up.
Fenders Day organizer Jeff Crawford and his ’26 T rod.
Something weird happens every time—in previous years, someone crushed a car with a monster truck, and a helicopter landed in the schoolyard. Why get a crane to pick up a hot rod this time around? The answer was, “Just because.” Note it’s Jeff’s car, he didn’t risk anyone else’s!
Brian Taylor’s ’54 Chevy has looked this way for the last ten years, and while he’s slowly replacing the interior, he plans on leaving the outside like this. It’s a regular driver and Taylor says “I probably get the worst mileage of anybody!”
Go big or stay home: Laurie McCulloch’s 1945 Mack was originally restored by an Army vet. It left the factory with a gasoline engine, but it’s now powered by a diesel from another ’45 Mack.
Well, it had been raining all week…Bob and Pat Clarke used their ’33 Ford to bring along their 1996 21-foot Cougar. Boat fans will recognize the 300-hp Mercury 300X bolted to the back.
Angelo Novis took nine months to build his 305-powered ’39 Chevy truck. Yes, it keeps its cool—the rad’s in the tailgate.
Fire. Fire is good. And roller skates. Also good
Kevin Ballantine had just finished lowering his pickup truck and wanted something nostalgic, and so he bought this Texas-based ’28 Ford sight unseen off eBay five years ago. It’s still as he bought it, other than tilting the radiator back “because I couldn’t see where I was going when it was up.”
Canada’s tariffs and unique dealer network resulted in some weird hybrids of U.S. models wearing Canada-specific trim. Nick Semeniuk’s 1953 is a Ford at heart, but in the North, it’s a Mercury pickup.
Cross-border shopping: Fargo was a Canada-specific model, meant for Plymouth-Chrysler dealers who didn’t have a truck as their Dodge-DeSoto counterparts did.
We don’t think Hamilton Heuvel’s ’36 Ford is REDIQLES, just cool. There’s a 385-hp Chevy crate engine inside, fed through a six-pack.
When Hamilton’s ’36 Ford developed a small fuel leak, it was no problem—he just went home and came back with his way-low 1960 Cadillac. Apparently, you can never have too many perfectly painted gloss-black rides.
Just finished in time for the show, Menny Theodorakopoulous’ 1950 Chevy has a cab that came from Saskatchewan, and a box from a truck that used to sit in an Old Navy clothing store. He can raise or lower the air suspension from an app on his phone.
Daniel Toscano has plans to put his ’52 Ford 100 on the ground. He apologized that it “isn’t yet on air,” but we don’t care—it looks great just as it is.
Stickers from the various years of the Fenders Day show, and some of the causes supported.
Everything’s welcome, including this 1987 Peterbilt, owned by Jack Logan.
Fenders Day 2017 supported six-year-old Eamon Moxam and his family. Eamon suffered complications during surgery for a brain tumor, and it’s hoped the money raised will help his family through his recovery. Each show raises thousands of dollars, and every penny goes directly to help local families.
Paul Fernley, a Toronto hot-rodding legend, arrived in “Bee-Bop,” his 1936 Ford.
Oshawa is home to General Motors of Canada, and it’s where Brian Johnston’s 1970 Chevrolet Kingswood wagon was built.
The show includes an auction of donated items. Somebody went home with some salty wall art.
“Mad” Murray Hill has had his 1936 Dodge for twenty years. There’s a small-block Chevy between the rails.
Brad Oats’ deuce has “been a hot rod forever,” but he spiffed it up eleven years ago. As good-looking as it is, it’s still a driver, and has 20,000 miles on the odometer so far.
Phil Ashmore’s shoebox ’51 Ford arrives in satin black style.
Tree 1, Pontiac 0. Sometimes you just pick a bad parking spot.
Gary Challice, a founding member of the 58-year-old Motor City Car Club in Oshawa, brought his smoothed-out 1949 Mercury.
Ron McLeister had the ’57 Cadillac bumpers in his garage, and when he saw an online photo of a truck wearing some, he liked the look and put them on his 1948 Chevy pickup.
Stock is always welcome at this hot rod show! Jamie Hamilton’s 1956 Fairlane has its original 292 under the hood.
Dana Damant bought his 1949 Anglia shell in 1990, and finally got around to putting it all together.
Well, it is Canada, and so there have to be vintage snowmobiles, too!
The Lead Kings car club takes no prisoners.
A 1947 Cadillac grille fits just fine in a Mercury.
The best shows don’t discriminate between two wheels and four.
A split-window ’65 VW van comes in for the festivities.
Jeff Crawford’s newly-acquired 1973 Coupe deVille.
Darren MacInnes’ 1964 Thunderbolt clone contains a 427 top-oiler; he and friend Phil Ashmore built it six years ago.
Who says a ’62 Buick LeSabre can’t have attitude?
“Ricky D” believes in cutting stuff up, and so do we.
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