Fat Guy’s car show sparks excitement in the automotive community (50 photos)


THUNDER BAY – A block party was in full swing Saturday as Thunder Bay’s most popular rides were on display at the 11th annual Fat Guy Car Show.

The show has closed sections of Queen Street and Fort William Road to make room for the more than 300 cars that took part in this year’s event. In addition to cars, the event featured local food vendors, a beer garden and a mechanical bull to benefit the George Jeffrey Children’s Foundation.

“That’s what we’ve been waiting for all year. The last two years we’ve had to go virtual with our car show, and this is our 11th year doing our Fat Guys car show and just look at the people who are here. We’re about an hour away and I mean the crowds are just starting to arrive. I have to thank all of our participants for coming and we do so in support of the George Jeffrey Children’s Foundation. They’re supporting two thousand local kids during COVID, they’ve had a really hard time getting funding for their organization,” said Nathan Pickard, vice president of strategic growth and operations for Fat Guys Auto Parts.

Two special guests were on hand to meet fans and talk shop. Avery Shoaf, nicknamed “Muscle Car Macgyver”, a Canadian television personality known for the Netflix series “Rust Valley Restorers”, and Constance Nunes, custom car builder, model and chief mechanic of the Netflix show “Car Masters: From Rust to Riches”

“Yeah I have to say Fat Guys normally manages to bring in special guests so we’re thrilled to have Constance Nunes here and Avery Shoaf, both of them have Netflix series, they’ve been to Thunder Bay, they’re actually been here for a few days now, attended our wholesale customer appreciation event, and now they’re just in the moment, in the excitement, I was talking to Constance this morning, she couldn’t believe it and she was doing already visits from all vehicles, just the wide variety of vehicles that this event attracts, ”said Pickard.

The show featured a wide variety of vehicles, from supercars to monster trucks, and everything in between. There was something for everyone.

“You know what, it’s a passion, and it’s a very passionate industry, and I mean people love their cars, and people love Thunder Bay, people love being part of the community, and one more times, I mean being able to support the George Jeffrey Children’s Foundation, that’s really what it’s all about,” Pickard said.

Entrants had the chance to win a range of prizes, including the grand prize of $2,500 for best in exhibit and the $1,000 prize for people’s choice. Other prizes were awarded according to the categories. Antique, Rat Rod, Street Rod, Classic, Muscle, Sports/Tuner, Truck & Under 3 Wheel. The full list of winners is available online. The show ended at 4 p.m. Saturday

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