Air Canada Flies Mark Sutherland To #1 At WPCA Tarp Auction In Grande Prairie

Cathy Redekopp, senior manager of Air Canada teams up with Mark Sutherland
for the 2018 Grande Prairie Stompede.

It was a full house at Maddhatters Restaurant and Lounge in Grande Prairie Friday night as companies came out to bid on 36 WPCA drivers who will be racing at the Grande Prairie Stompede May 30th to June 3rd, 2018.

When the lights went down it was Air Canada flying Mark Sutherland to the top of the auction with a bid of $11,000.00. This was $3,250.00 higher than the top bid of 2017. Overall it was a very successful auction, with the total up $78,700.00 over the total in 2017.

3 Time Calgary Stampede Champion and 2017 World Champion Kurt Bensmiller cracked the $10,000.00 bid mark as he teamed up with Trans Peace Construction.  Joining the $10,000.00 bid mark were Jason Glass (Birchcliff Energy); Troy Dorchester (PureChem Services); Gary Gorst (Northstar Hydrovac) and Cody Ridsdale (Envolve Energy Services).

Rookie driver Josh Hrynyk attend his first WPCA Tarp Auction and it was the Grande Prairie Chuckwagon Heritage Foundation winning the bidding on Josh with a bid of $6,000.00.

Obrey Motowylo is the 2017 Grande Prairie Stompede Champion and will start his title defense May 30th when the 2018 WPCA Pro Tour kicks off.


2018 Grande Prairie Stompede Canvas Auction Results
Driver Sponsor Amount Bid
Mark Sutherland Air Canada $11,000.00
Cody Ridsdale Envolve Energy Services $10,000.00
Gary Gorst Northstar Hydrovac Inc. $10,000.00
Jason Glass Birchcliff Energy Ltd. $10,000.00
Kurt Bensmiller Trans Peace Construction Ltd. $10,000.00
Troy Dorchester PureChem Services $10,000.00
Chanse Vigen Driving Force $9,500.00
Codey McCurrach Distribution Now $9,500.00
Mitch Sutherland Happy Trails RV $9,000.00
Cliff Cunningham Beaut Energy $8,000.00
Obrey Motowylo H & E Oilfield Services Ltd. $8,000.00
Mike Vigen Sundown Oilfield Services $7,000.00
Roger Moore AFD Petroleum $7,000.00
Dustin Gorst Grande Prairie Airport $6,750.00
Doug Irvine B & R Eckel's Transport Ltd. $6,500.00
John Walters BJ Enterprises $6,500.00
Kirk Sutherland Daler Pressure Services Ltd. $6,500.00
Luke Tournier Barrack Energy Services $6,500.00
Dayton Sutherland Nordic Energy $6,000.00
Evan Salmond Debolt Contracting $6,000.00
Josh Hyrnyk The Grande Prairie Chuckwagon Heritage Foundation $6,000.00
Jordie Fike H & M Meats $5,500.00
Troy Flad Maximum Tank Truck Services $5,500.00
Vern Nolin Colbourne Capital Corp $5,500.00
Blaid Flad Compass Access Solutions $5,000.00
Chad Fike BRAND $5,000.00
Chad Harden Spartan Controls $5,000.00
Layne MacGillivray Cascade Energy Services $5,000.00
Logan Gorst Global Bus Lines $5,000.00
Rick Fraser Friends of Team 23 $5,000.00
Darcy Flad Ken Sargent GMC $4,750.00
Bob Van Eaton I Recover $4,500.00
Kelly Morin The Gangsters $4,100.00
Curtis Morin The Gangsters $4,000.00
Jim Knight CIMS Corp $3,600.00
Ross Knight Dynamic Energy Group/Community Tarp $3,500.00
  Total Amount Bid $240,700.00
  Average Bid $6,686.11
  Median Bid $6,250.00
  High Bid $11,000.00
  Low Bid $3,500.00
  2017 Total $162,000.00
  Difference Over 2017 $78,700.00



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