Win an El Camino: Clearly, Canada Understands Us

Win something almost nearly kinda exactly sorta like this!
Win something almost nearly kinda exactly sorta like this!

I’ve been saying for a while now that Canada has a whole hell of a lot of car nuts. Heck, one of the Canadian institutions, Canadian Tire, started out as just another tire and auto-parts shop, and it’s now a huge mega-retailer, rivalling WalMart, but without all the uber-cheap Made-In-China crap. I’m not sure if there’s an equivalent in the ‘States, but if there’s not, you have my sympathy. It’s a fun place to waste an afternoon.
Canadian Tire themselves seem to have decided to step into the fray and back me up on this. They’ve just announced a contest (or, El Contesto, as they say) to win a 1964 El Camino. No, it’s not the one pictured, but it’s similar. Both the contest site and Google Image Search let me down horribly, and I have no image editing software on my Netbook. So that, up there, is an El Camino. You know, in case you weren’t sure. In which case, where have you been hiding?
As they say on the website, “Put on your Beatle boots, let your mom-top fly and take a trip back in time to the 60s. Okay, not really. It’s not a time machine, but it is a sweet ride.”
The catch, of course, is that you have to be Canadian. Sorry, everyone else. .357, Number_Six, and any other Canadians, if one of you win it, I want a ride!

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28 responses to “Win an El Camino: Clearly, Canada Understands Us”

  1. Impalamino Avatar

    You’d think the British Invasion would have caught on better than that in Canada.
    Maybe up there it was more like your pretentious cousins that you hate just came for an extended visit, bearing electric guitars and really sharp outfits. I hate them! When do I get my room back?!

  2. TechieInHell Avatar

    I’m not sure the fact that Canadian Tire’s uber-cheap crap is made in Taiwan instead of China is really what separates it from Walmart. I think the real delimiter is their computers-and-points-systems-be-damned Canadian Tire Money rewards which are still printed on paper and handed to you along with your receipt. I’m convinced that it is still poised to replace the Canadian Dollar as the national currency.

  3. small_e Avatar

    How long does it take to gain Canadian citizenship? I only have until November 12.
    Even if I felt it worthwhile, my innate American-ness means that I’m too lazy to follow through.
    Maybe if I knew that I’d win.

  4. Benito ~ I still drive excitement. Avatar
    Benito ~ I still drive excitement.

    I’m only a few hours driving from the border. How long does it take (or who do I bribe) to become a legal Canadian citizen?
    P.S. Hello everyone, I found my way here two days ago or so and have been reading when I get the chance. I’m almost caught up on my backlog of Hooniverse posts. Think of it like I’m DVR’ing a blog. So far, I love everything I’ve read. This brings me back to ’07 when, well, you know, got me more obsessed with cars then I already knew I was.

    1. superbadd75, enriched with vitamins and minerals. Avatar
      superbadd75, enriched with vitamins and minerals.

      Oh, you mean [REDACTED]? Welcome aboard, good to see ya!

      1. Formerlythegreatestdriver Avatar

        @Benito ~ I still drive excitement:
        I think this guy (superbadd75,enriched with vitamins and minerals) really meant was this:
        Oh, you mean [Jalopnik]? Welcome aboard, good to see ya!

  5. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

    Maymar deserves this. Poor guy and his J-body.

    1. Maymar Avatar

      I've done my first entry, but may have to stop off and pick up some Cadbury Eggs for another code.
      Although, for what it's worth, I'm upgrading (?) to a Hyundai shortly.

      1. FЯeeMan Avatar

        Ouch! I’d go with “updating”, not “upgrading”. 🙂

  6. ltdscott Avatar

    I would totally change the lettering to “El Camineh.”

    1. Maymar Avatar

      What about Eh Camino?

      1. "Sparky" P Avatar

        Bravo Eh!

      2. ltdscott Avatar

        I was debating which one to post.

  7. citroen67 Avatar

    CRAP! I wish I was Canadian…are you sure there are no loop-holes? I used to live in the U.P. in Michigan…that is just like being Canadian…isn’t it? 😉

  8. TechieInHell Avatar

    If you want to become Canadian, it’s not enough to simply marry one. While there won’t be a formal written exam, you will be tested orally every day. Learn these words:
    Wait in line – not stand in a lineup.
    Learn to use “Litre” (not “liter”) for something other than talking about engines.
    Here’s the new sizes to learn (in order): Mickey, Two-Six (not a fifth), Forty, Sixty, Texas Mickey
    The rest you’ll pick up as you go.

    1. pj134 Avatar

      We wait in line too…

      1. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

        Sometimes a lineup is involved, but those aren’t great days.

    2. SeanKHotay Avatar

      Don’t forget the correct pronounciations of ‘out’, ‘dollar’, ‘process’…and drop the article before ‘hospital’.
      I bought stuff at Canadian Tire (got the dollars (corrected pronounced) and owned-by-CT Partsource…Does that count?

  9. PFG Avatar

    I’m surprised to learn that GM Canada didn’t give the El Camino some crazy home-market name akin to “Acadian” or “Beaumont.” I’d call it the “MacKenzie.”

  10. CptSevere Avatar

    That’s fine. I live a lot closer to Mexico, and they like their Chevrolets probably better than the Canadians. I like me an El Camino, but I’d like to see what the guys down south about twenty miles from here could do. Talk amongst yourselves. I won’t offer what this nice Camino would look like if the guys nearby in Agua Prieta would do if they had lots of nice paint and hydraulics available, not to mention enough Tecate.

    1. superbadd75, enriched with vitamins and minerals. Avatar
      superbadd75, enriched with vitamins and minerals.

      There’s no way that thing would be all one color if it were in Mexico.

  11. joshuman Avatar

    My only experience with Canadian Tire is about 10 years ago when I popped in to get a headlight for a friend. We were skiing near Rossland B.C. I found it an odd mix of products much like G.I. Joe’s was here in the states.

  12. scroggzilla Avatar

    You just keep your filthy socialist El Camino up there in Canada, with your bacon…. and your 12 man football….free healthcare…..lax marijuana laws…televised rallying…….excellent adult interpretive dance studios…..
    ….I’m sorry. What I meant to say was
    O Canada!
    Our home and native land!
    True patriot love in all thy sons command.
    With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
    The True North strong and free!
    From far and wide,
    O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
    God keep our land glorious and free!
    O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
    O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

  13. engineerd Avatar

    Wasn’t there something in NAFTA that said we could enter Canadian contests?
    Dammit Bill Clinton! I hate you even more now!

    1. Formerlythegreatestdriver Avatar

      Canada is part of America. They just pretend they’re not (like ur avg 16yr old rebel).

  14. Charles_Barrett Avatar

    Well, Dearthair, you should be prepared to receive a slew of wedding proposals by Yanks looking to gain their Canadian citizenship thru a sham marriage. And since Canada is more enlightened, the field is open for you to take a wife or a husband. Tip: You should set your dowry requirements accordingly, and be sure to specify the pitching/catching expectations in the pre-nuptial paperwork…

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