CANNING, N.S. - The man behind Canning’s Green Goblin Customs and the annual Rockabilly Weekend says he’s living the Canadian dream doing what he likes most.
Chad Hiltz is getting ready to host the eighth annual Rockabilly Weekend at his property just outside of the village. The action gets underway at 9 a.m. on Aug. 19 and continues until 4 p.m. Aug. 20.
“This year, the biggest thing is that we’re giving away a ’32 Ford,” Hiltz said.
Admission is $20, including a ballot for the Ford draw, or $5 without being entered into the draw. The truck will be given away on Aug. 20.
Hiltz said the event is essentially a lifestyle show involving antique cars, live music, dance, tattoos by Everlasting Ink, a pin-up contest and more. It’s all about having a good time. He said the show gets bigger and better every year, both in terms of participation and the number of spectators it draws.
There will likely be in excess of 300 antique cars and trucks on hand each day. Hiltz expects to see thousands of visitors from across the country over the course of the weekend, resulting in positive economic spin-offs for area businesses.
“I hope people catch on to that because, if they don’t, they’re losing out,” Hiltz said.
He said that when he bought his property on Highway 358, he wanted to open a shop to do restoration work and create custom vehicles.
Hiltz said that when he saw how expansive the property is to the back, his first thought was that he someday wanted to host a car show there. He worked toward that goal, clearing off the land and making it a suitable venue.
With regard to Green Goblin Customs, the business continues to gain momentum with each successful project. Hiltz is currently building a special car for girlfriend Jolene MacIntyre.
“I’m building Ralph Lauren’s $40-million Bugatti from scratch,” Hiltz said. “I just started it this winter and I’m building it for her.”
They’re producing videos about this and other projects that they share on the business’s Facebook page on Fridays. The energetic videos routinely garner in excess of 100,000 views and Hiltz recently signed a holding agreement for a TV show.
“I’m going to probably chop something or make something here in the garage (during Rockabilly Weekend) so that people can see,” Hiltz said.
For more information, visit the Rockabilly Weekend event page on Facebook.