Numbers rise in 2017 for Rangeland Derby Canvas Auction

It looks like the Calgary economy is on the rebound as the 2017 Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby Chuckwagon Canvas Auction has to be looked upon as a success. It was the 9th highest total in the 39-year history of the event, bringing in over 2.4 million dollars.

$1,985,000.00 was bid on the 29 drivers that will compete on the 2017 World Professional Chuckwagon Association (WPCA) Pro Tour, with $437,500.00 bid on the remaining 7 drivers who will compete on the Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association (CPCA) circuit in 2017.

A total of $2,422,500.00 was bid on the 36 participating wagons. It was the 7th consecutive year the Calgary Auction crossed over the 2-million dollar mark. Twelve-time GMC Rangeland Derby Champion Kelly Sutherland, who will be making his final appearance at the big show, received the high bid of $110,000.00, $10,000.00 down from 2017’s top of $120,000.00 for Kurt Bensmiller. The median bid on all 36 wagons was $66,250.00, up $11,250.00 from the median bid of $55,000.00 in 2016; the low bid was $40,000.00, up $2,500.00 from the low bid of 2016 as well.

The next chuckwagon auction will be on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Grey Eagle Casino for the bulk of the WPCA Pro Tour.

Driver Sponsor Amount Bid 2017 WPCA Drivers
Kelly Sutherland Friends of the King $110,000.00 x
Jason Glass Friends of Glass Racing $95,000.00 x
Rick Fraser Direct Horizontal Drilling $95,000.00 x
Kurt Bensmiller West Industrial Ltd. $87,500.00 x
Kris Molle $87,500.00
Kirk Sutherland Cam Clark Ford $82,500.00 x
Luke Tournier Express Employment Professionals $82,500.00 x
Vern Nolin Denton’s $80,000.00 x
Mark Sutherland The Cowboy’s Casino Posse $80,000.00 x
Chad Harden MNP/Image Distributors $80,000.00 x
Jamie Laboucane Rogers Communications $80,000.00
Layne MacGillivray LaFarge Canada $77,500.00 x
Gary Gorst Painted Pony Petroleum Ltd. $75,000.00 x
Mitch Sutherland Ghostpine Environmental Services Ltd. $70,000.00 x
Logan Gorst BD&P Put the Boots to Hunger $70,000.00 x
Troy Dorchester CARSTAR Collision & Glass Service $70,000.00 x
Chance Bensmiller Friends of the Mavericks $70,000.00
Chanse Vigen The Mavericks Chuckwagon Team $67,500.00 x
Codey McCurrach iON Secured Networks $65,000.00 x
Colt Cosgrave High River Autoplex & RV $65,000.00 x
Barry Hodgson Roadtrek Motorhomes $65,000.00
Evan Salmond Wheeler’s Transport (2001) Ltd. $60,000.00 x
Doug Irvine B & R Eckel’s Transport Ltd. $60,000.00 x
Chad Fike simons $60,000.00 x
Jordie Fike Horsepower Inc. $57,500.00 x
Cody Ridsdale Dreamcatcher Log Homes $57,500.00 x
Roger Moore Construction Group $55,000.00 x
John Walters Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick $50,000.00 x
Obrey Motowylo Homes By Us/Eagle Builders $50,000.00 x
Mike Vigen Driving Force $50,000.00 x
Troy Flad The Mavericks Chuckwagon Team $47,500.00 x
Dustin Gorst Century Casino $45,000.00 x
Ray Mitsuing Heart Lake Group $45,000.00
Dallas Dyck Manteo Group of Companies Ltd./Friends of The Brakeman  $45,000.00
Todd Baptiste Manteo Group of Companies Ltd./Friends of The Brakeman  $45,000.00
Darcy Flad The Legends $40,000.00 x
Total Amount Bid $2,422,500.00
Average Bid $67,291.67
Median Bid $66,250.00
High Bid $110,000.00
Low Bid $40,000.00
2016 Total $2,299,500.00
Difference Over 2016 $123,000.00

WPCA Press Release by Billy Melville



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