One proud Edmontonian is revving his engines in anticipation of the Capital Ex Parade and Honda Indy race in just a few weeks.

Northlands president Ken Knowles on Thursday announced Olympic curling champ Kevin Martin as the honorary grand marshal for this year’s Capital Ex Parade and the Honda Indy Edmonton.

“It’s very much an honour to be here as the marshal,” Martin said. “I was always in awe of those first few cars (in the parade) when I was a kid. I couldn’t wait to see the Eskimos and for some reason, the premier is someone I really wanted to see, and now, all these years later, to be in that first car is pretty cool.”