Pretty Successful Sale At The 2016 Calgary Stampede Canvas Auction

Kurt Bensmiller 2015 Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby Champion


By Billy Melville,

In a year of economic uncertainty, the 2016 Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby Chuckwagon Canvas Auction has to be looked upon as a success. Bringing in just a tick shy of 2.3 million dollars, it was still the 9th highest total in the 38 year history of the event.

$1,969,500.00 was bid on the 30 drivers that will compete on the 2016 World Professional Chuckwagon Association (WPCA)  Pro Tour, with $330,000.00 bid on the remaining 6 drivers who will compete on the Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association (CPCA) circuit in 2016.

$2,299,500.00 was bid on the 36 participating wagons. It was the 6th consecutive year the Calgary Auction crossed over the 2 million dollar mark. Two-time defending GMC Rangeland Derby Champion Kurt Bensmiller received the high bid of $120,000.00 from Tsuu T’ina Nation, $50,000.00 down from Bensmiller’s high bid from 2015. The median bid on all 36 wagons was $55,000.00, down $20,000.00 from the median bid of $75,000.00 in 2015; the low bid was $37,500.00 down $7,500.00 from the low bid of 2015 as well.

The next chuckwagon auction will be on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at the Grey Eagle Casino for the bulk of the WPCA Pro Tour.

Billy Melville


2016 Calgary Stampede GMC Rangeland Derby Canvas Auction Results


    Driver                  Sponsor               Amount Bid

Kurt Bensmiller Tsuu T'ina Nation $120,000.00

Logan Gorst PCL Construction Management Inc. $115,000.00

Kelly Sutherland Friends of the King $100,000.00

Jason Glass Glass Racing $95,000.00

Vern Nolin Denton's $90,000.00

Jamie Laboucane Rogers Communications $90,000.00

Mark Sutherland The Cowboy's Casino Posse $85,000.00

Luke Tournier Express Employment Professionals $85,000.00

Troy Dorchester CARSTAR Collision & Glass Service $85,000.00

Gary Gorst BD&P Put the Boots to Hunger $80,000.00

Rick Fraser The Mavericks Chuckwagon Team $80,000.00

Layne MacGillivray ATB Financial $75,000.00

Colt Cosgrave High River Autoplex & RV $70,000.00

Doug Irvine B & R Eckel's Transport Ltd. $65,000.00

Mike Vigen Rae and Company $62,500.00

Kris Molle $62,500.00

Codey McCurrach iON Secured Networks $55,000.00

John Walters The Brakeman Foundation $55,000.00

Jordie Fike Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick $55,000.00

Roger Moore Lake Louise Ski Area $52,500.00

Chance Bensmiller Western RV Country $52,500.00

Obrey Motowylo US Flood Control $50,000.00

Kirk Sutherland Ghostpine Environmental Services Ltd. $50,000.00

Chanse Vigen Jason Adair & Friends $47,500.00

Mitch Sutherland Manteo Group of Companies Ltd. $45,000.00

Chad Harden Chariot Express $45,000.00

Chad Fike Homes By Us $45,000.00

Layne Bremner Friends of the Mavericks $45,000.00

BJ Carey Professional Excavators $45,000.00

Darcy Flad The Legends $45,000.00

Ross Knight The Chickwagon $45,000.00

Ray Mitsuing Prairie Advisory Corp.  $42,500.00

Rae Croteau Jr.T otal Golf $42,500.00

Jim Knight Elegant Tributes $42,500.00

Evan Salmond Horsepower Inc. $42,000.00

Dallas DyckCalgary Auto Mall$37,500.00



 Total Amount Bid$2,299,500.00


 Average Bid$63,875.00


 Median Bid$55,000.00


 High Bid$120,000.00


 Low Bid$37,500.00


 2015 Total$2,782,000.00


 Difference Over 2015-$482,500.00