Tremendous Sale For The 2018 GMC Rangeland Derby Canvas Auction

Auctioneer Rob Bergevin Handled A Great Sale For
The 2018 Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby

Photo By Ed Wittchen

If the 2018 Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby Chuckwagon Canvas Auction is a barometer for the economy in Western Canada, it looks like things are on the rebound. The 2018 Calgary Stampede Chuckwagon Canvas Auction was a tremendous success with the 5th highest total in the 40-year history of the event, bringing in over 3.2 million dollars. Twelve drivers eclipsed the $100,000.00 mark.

$2,562,500.00 was bid on the 28 drivers that will compete on the 2018 World Professional Chuckwagon Association (WPCA) Pro Tour, with $675,500.00 bid on the remaining 8 drivers who will compete on the Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association (CPCA) circuit in 2018.

A total of $3,238.000.00 was bid on the 36 participating wagons. It was the 8th consecutive year the Calgary Auction crossed over the 2 million dollar mark. Defending GMC Rangeland Derby Champion Kurt Bensmiller received the high bid of $130,000.00, $20,000.00 above 2017's top bid of $110,000.00 for Kelly Sutherland. The low bid for the sale was $60,000.00 which was also $20,000.00 above 2017's low bid of $40,000.00. The median bid on all 36 wagons was $89,000.00, up $22,750.00 from the median bid of $66,250.00 in 2017.

The next chuckwagon auction will be on Friday, April 6, 2018 in Grande Prairie, Alberta for the Grande Prairie Stompede.

Billy Melville

Driver Sponsor Amount Bid 2018 WPCA Drivers
Kurt Bensmiller Versatile Energy Services $130,000.00 x
John Walters Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick $120,000.00 x
Logan Gorst SRDL Business Group $120,000.00 x
Dustin Gorst BD&P Put the Boots to Hunger $105,000.00 x
Layne MacGillivray Spray Lakes Sawmills $105,000.00 x
Troy Dorchester CARSTAR/Friends of the Brakemen $102,500.00 x
Chad Harden MNP/Paul Brandt Buckspring Found/Kubota $100,000.00 x
Gary Gorst Painted Pony Energy Ltd. $100,000.00 x
Jason Glass Friends of Glass Racing $100,000.00 x
Mark Sutherland Air Canada $100,000.00 x
Obrey Motowylo League Projects $100,000.00 x
Barry Hodgson Roadtrek Motorhomes $100,000.00  
Mitch Sutherland The Cowboy's Casino Posse $90,000.00 x
Rick Fraser cleo energy corp. $90,000.00 x
Vern Nolin Dentons Canada LLP $90,000.00 x
B.J. Carey Midwest Group $90,000.00  
Chance Bensmiller Century Downs Racetrack and Casino $90,000.00  
Jamie Laboucane West Industrial Ltd. $90,000.00  
Wayne Knight Graham Group Ltd. / LaFarge Canada Inc. $88,000.00  
Kirk Sutherland Ghostpine Environmental Services Ltd. $87,500.00 x
Chad Fike La Maison Simons $85,000.00 x
Codey McCurrach iON United $85,000.00 x
Luke Tournier Express Employment Professionals $85,000.00 x
Ross Knight The Legends $85,000.00 x
Darcy Flad PBR Bullriding $82,500.00 x
Chanse Vigen The Mavericks Chuckwagon Team $80,000.00 x
Cliff Cunningham Nova Analytics Inc. /Friends of the Brakemen $80,000.00 x
Doug Irvine B & R Eckel's Transport Ltd. $80,000.00 x
Evan Salmond Mint Smartwash $80,000.00 x
Jordie Fike Ranchman's/Friends of the Brakemen $80,000.00 x
Kris Molle Big Hearted Mavericks $75,000.00  
Todd Baptiste Manteo Group/Friends of the Brakemen $75,000.00  
Cody Ridsdale Welland Energy Services $72,500.00 x
Mike Vigen United Rentals Inc. $67,500.00 x
Ray Mitsuing Heart Lake Group of Companies $67,500.00  
Roger Moore PCL Construction & Partners $60,000.00 x
  Total Amount Bid $3,238,000.00  
  Average Bid $89,944.44  
  Median Bid $89,000.00  
  High Bid $130,000.00  
  Low Bid $60,000.00  
  2017 Total $2,422,500.00  
  Difference Over 2017 $815,500.00