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But when Roberge mashes the gas pedal in this beast, it quickly becomes apparent that this is not your grandpa’s grocery getter. Built for only two years, in 2003 and 2004, the Mercury Marauder is a limited production muscle machine packed with performance goodies.
Under the hood, the car features a 4.6L DOHC V8 engine that produced 302 hp and 318 lb. ft. of torque when it left Ford’s St. Thomas,
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Apparently all that wasn’t enough for Roberge, who has commissioned K Auto Services in Selkirk to install a number of performance modifications including a high flow exhaust system complete with headers, a ram air intake and several suspension upgrades to enhance handling.
Unlike the Grand Marquis, the Marauder also features blacked out headlights and corner lights and its grille is painted body color instead of chrome. The car also features 18 inch aluminium wheels, factory installed front bucket seats and a floor shifter with a center console.
In two years of production, just 11,052 Mercury Marauder models were built, with only 470 produced for the Canadian market. Golden Anniversary Show. 50 years for MCAAC. Show open to all antiques, classic and special interest vehicles. Registration is free but spectators and participants are encouraged to bring a donation for Winnipeg Harvest. There will be music, food and awards. For information call Wolf Fohr 224 3152 or Paul Horch 586 2265. Contact John at 204 476 2739 (cell 204 476 6167) for more information.
Chrome in the Trees held at the Keystone Center in Brandon in conjunction with the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba. Entry is free and the driver receives free entry to the fair. Prizes awarded. Open to all cars, trucks and motorcycles.
Cruisin the Island. (Rain date is June 20). Admission for participants is a non perishable food item for the Salvation Army Food Bank. Dash plaques for the first 150 participants, silent auction, 50/50 draw, music man and a concession stand run by Cancer Care Manitoba. All antique, classic, special interest vehicles and motorcycles welcome. Proceeds from the show go to local charities. Free admission for spectators.
FOR a few glorious hours last Sunday evening the clouds broke and the sun magically appeared over our soggy city just in time for Dennis Gage, the host of the hit television series My Classic Car, to get an up close look at what cruising in Winnipeg is all about.
Gage, arguably one of the best known car guys on the planet, was brought here by Pony Corral Restaurant Bar owner Peter Ginakes to join us for the weekly Sunday night cruise festivities. Following a well attended brunch at the Pony’s Pier 7 location,
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“After witnessing all of the great cars and fantastic people your city has to offer I can now say with complete confidence that Winnipeg is the cruising capital of Canada,” said Gage, amid loud cheers from the crowd. “You have an amazing variety of unique and beautiful cars in your city and the way you folks come together to celebrate the hobby is truly inspiring.”