Jim Bateman

Bill Parker

I started being interested in vehicles at a early age by building and driving go carts using Mom’s gas washing machine motor.  Took it out and put it back into machine several times.  Mondays was wash day so motor had to be back in working condition by Sunday night.  Only forgot once and a trip to the woodshed cured that. Then came older family members who were able to get their cars so lots of discussions on how to fix and repair those were overheard until the day I got my first car.

A 1966 Plymouth satellite, yellow in color became my first car and many of a mile was put on it in Salmon Arm B.C.  In 1972 I joined the RCMP and a first posting to Banff, Alberta took place.  While in training the Plymouth was very tired so a 1969 yellow Pontiac GTO became my daily driver, and had this car until 1980 when life and family decided that a 2 door car for a family of 4 just did not work.

Fast forward to 1993 and found another yellow 1969 Pontiac GTO which I still have and have added a 1971 Pontiac Lemans Sport that has gone a total frame off resto-mode rebuild to a GTO. Over the years I also have had a interest in CHEV/GMC 1960-1964 trucks owning at least 4, favourite being a 1964 GMC 1 ton single axle, 9 foot grain box with hoist, and a step-side unit.

I am a founding member of the Cold Lake Cruisers car club currently just as a member, and a member of the Alberta Iron Indians Pontiac Car club—Edmonton Chapter. I have been active in setting up car shows, air shows with a car show, drive in movie nights with cars, and music nights with vehicles attending in the covid times.

I’m retired but really not ready for the rocking chair yet so active attending shows with the car art from artist Micheal Irvine.  This art work covers vehicles from the 1960-1980 in limited edition prints which I sell under Willie’s Art and in spare time I make wooden cars and trucks which are sold through the Farmer’s Markets under Wee Willies Workshop. In 1977 a lady named Janet said she would put up with me and has since then.  We have 2 children and now have 5 grandboys in family who all like to ride in Papa’s car whenever they can.  They really enjoy the Covid cruises that are done locally and the Tiger horn sound gets played a lot.