Feature Story Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Huge crowd fills downtown Chilliwack to capacity for the annual Fortin's Village Classic Car Show
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.
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