Feature Story                                                                                                         Tuesday, July 1, 2014

 

Heavy Metal

Huge crowd fills downtown Chilliwack to capacity for the annual Fortin's Village Classic Car Show

Staff/Voice photos

 

A Dodge Viper sits on the tarmac ready for lift-off at the car show last week.

 

ortin's Village Classic Car Show is the mother of all show n' shines in the Fraser Valley. Last weekend, the event hosted by the Chilliwack Business Improvement Association (BIA), drew over 300 lovingly restored vintage and new vehicles, and approximately 10,000 people to Five Corners in Chilliwack.

 

There was an array of every kind vehicle imaginable; hot rods, rat rods, cruisers, classic and modern muscle cars, kit cars, specialty cars, new cars and motorcycles. A pink Barbie car was one of the stars of the show.

 

BIA Executive Director Kyle Williams said he couldn’t have put on the show without their sponsors and was 100 per cent pleased with the turnout.

 

There’s no pre-registration, so the key to getting a large crowd was having good weather the day before the show.

“When I saw the sunshine yesterday, I knew it was going to be a busy day Sunday,” said Williams. “We had the cars lining up nice and early and they overwhelmed our registration crews because there were so many people there.”

"There's a Willys wagon over there that I just love," he said when asked if he had a favourite. "But I'll take some time and go look at everything. There's so many great vehicles here, it's hard for me to pick one."

Vintage vehicle owners spend countless hours and dollars rebuilding their dream vehicles from the ground up. Come show day, they’re as pristine as the day they rolled off the assembly line. Every nook and cranny has been painstakingly detailed, with engines so clean you could eat off them.

Langley mechanic Brad Wolton helped a friend work on his 1967 Camaro.  

"The weather’s perfect for the car show, just a wonderful day," he said.

They originally dragged the Camaro home with a seized motor and slowly took the car apart, every nut and bolt and pieced it back together again over a period of about 3 years.

Bartons Insurance generously handed out a truckload of bottled water to crowds of very appreciative people.

Connect with the BIA on Facebook. For more information, visit the Downtown BIA website here. www.downtownchilliwack.com

 The Winners Circle

• Downtown Chilliwack People's Choice - Ed McEwen - 1949 Plymouth Woody

• Fortin’s Home Hardware and Fortin’s Supply Sponsor's Choice - Stan Zink - 1946 Chevy truck

• City of Chilliwack Mayor's Choice - Bill Hynes - 1933 Ford Cabriolet

• HUB International / Barton Insurance Sponsor's Choice - Steve Eremenko - 1911 Ford Model-T Touring

• Mertin GM Sponsor's Choice Bryan Sargeant - 2010 Corvette ZR1

• O'Connor Dodge Chrysler Jeep Sponsor's Choice - Peter Banman - 1971 Dodge Deman

• Chilliwack Ford Sponsor's Choice Vic Massey - 1957 Ford Fairlane

• Great Can. Oil Change & Winmar Property Restoration Specialists Sponsor's Choice - Dennis Neels - 1968 Pontiac Firebird

• Save On Foods Downtown Chilliwack Sponsor's Choice - Dave Akehurst - 1966 Chevy Two

 

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