Ricardo Miranda, Culture and Tourism Minister has said that “I am thrilled to see such a significant piece of Canadian history reside within one of our provincial museums. “Wheeler Dealer” is an example of how Albertans and Canadians push the envelope to excel. This vehicle is a desirable addition to the Reynolds-Alberta Museum and will greatly enhance our provincial automotive racing collection.”
The Government of Alberta is proud to accept the donation of “Wheeler Dealer” to its collection as a significant piece of national heritage. The dragster and its operators put Canada on the map as a force to be reckoned with on the international race circuit during the 1970s.
“Wheeler Dealer” joins the Reynolds-Alberta Museum as the only vehicle of its kind in the provincial collection. The vehicle is being donated to the Alberta Government by owner Dr. Brian Friesen of Winnipeg, Man.
Built in 1973 and operated by Terry Capp (St. Albert) and Bernie Fedderly(Edmonton), the dragster competed directly against some of the biggest names in international drag racing history and went on to establish the careers of these two future Canadian Motorsports and Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame members.
Due to its significant value in national drag racing history and its excellent physical condition, “Wheeler Dealer” recently received Canadian Cultural Property Certification from Canadian Heritage with a value of $285,000.