Daphne Ziegler and her husband

Daphne Ziegler and her husband

Jewel-tones colour Donalda’s fields during Auto Daze

The day was full of clear skies and sunshine for the annual Auto Daze in Donalda, bucking the trend of cold and rainy weather of late.

The day was full of clear skies and sunshine for the annual Auto Daze in Donalda, bucking the trend of cold and rainy weather of late.

It ended up being a perfect day for the event, which saw auto aficionados bring out their rides, buff them up, and put them on display in the park alongside Donalda’s giant lamp.

The damage done by a drunk driver last year had all been tidied up, and everything was pristine for the event.

People travelled from all over Alberta to have their vehicles on display, with some coming from as far as from beyond Edmonton, right into the roots of the Rockies.

For Terry Ziegler and his wife, it wasn’t as long a journey. The duo drove up from Stettler in their restored 1956 Chevy Bel-Air. A friend of Terry Ziegler’s found the car in Medicine Hat, and let him know about it, and the Stettler mechanic snapped it up in a jiffy.

The car was barely more than a frame when it was brought home. The drive train was gone, the inside was gutted, and the classic car was in tough shape.

Restoring the engine, the vehicle’s interior and exterior, took the Stettler man about six years of labour, labour he put in on his own, as he had the skill. He didn’t have to fabricate parts, but managed to find them out on the market, through no easy effort.

“I used to drive one,” he said of his car. “I just thought I should have it.”

The car, which has been in Terry Ziegler’s care now for about a decade, comes out for the special events, and the occasional drive. Otherwise, it’s kept safe in a garage, where weather will leave it be.

One unique vehicle, which travelled from beyond Edmonton at Seba Beach, was an old Ford truck from the 30s. The vehicle, which is still roadworthy, had an interesting take on a vacation vehicle with a wooden camper built on the back, and decorated with hanging long johns, a woman’s brassiere, and a giant chain saw.