Calgary Airport Trail Tunnel Grand Opening

Posted by: Shelton Kwan onMay 24th, 2014

The City of Calgary unveiled the Airport Tunnel, the first true tunnel in the city, to the public today by hosting a show and shine with car clubs around the city. Thousands made their way to the festivities, with huge lineups at the Westwinds C-Train station where anxious citizens waited to be packed into busses to shuttle them to the tunnel’s east entrance. Many of the local clubs were present, including ZR Auto and the Ferrari Club of Alberta. The cars lined the westbound lanes, giving a chance for Calgarians to get up close and personal with some amazing machinery.

Several of our very own members had their cars out at the show today, including the awesome Ferrari F50, powered by an engine derived from a 90’s era Formula One motor. With only 349 examples manufactured, it’s a rare sight to see on Calgary roads.

ZR Auto lined the entrance with some of the coolest exotics that the city has to offer, including one of my personal favorites, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0.

It was good to see Zahir at the show, and his now fully repaired and even more extreme Ferrari Enzo ZXX Edo Competition. You might remember this car from the Targa Newfoundland accident from two and a half years ago where it went off the road and into the water.

Many members are looking forward to driving the tunnel in the next few days (official opening date is Sunday at 5am), but be warned, the tunnel is lined with road speed sensors and cameras, so any antics might get you in trouble. Traffic is expected to be light, as the east end of the tunnel terminates at 36th Street NE, a single lane road with no shoulders that won’t be carrying much traffic until upgrades years down the road.

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