Wednesday, June 20, 2012


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Metal, Muscle and Music

Village Classic expecting hundreds of cars and vintage bikes

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f you've been dreaming about owning a classic hot rod, or just like looking at them, Five Corners on Sunday will be the place to check them out with over 300 classic show automobiles expected.


Village Classic Car Show organizers Dave van Dongen and Kathy Funk, Downtown Chilliwack Business Improvement Association (BIA) Executive Director, stopped by 98.3 Star FM Thursday to chat with morning show hosts Scott Riley and Lisa Stevens about the Village Classic Car Show on Sunday.


The following are highlights from their conversation.


"I work with cars all day so I like cars, and I thought this was a good opportunity for me to get involved in something different," said Van Dongen, Chilliwack Mr. Lube owner and brother of South Abbotsford MLA John Van Dongen.


The annual Village Classic at Five Corners draws hundreds of cars and thousands of people for a fun afternoon of metal, muscle and music and Van Dongen says they expect about 350 cars and 16,000 people.


New people are always welcome and need only show up by the courthouse entrance at Princess and Yale, pay the $10 registration fee and they're in.


Trophies are handed out in various categories.


Van Dongen says they've added a new element this year with the vintage classic motorcycle category that will be


"We're putting out an open call to anybody to bring their bikes down," says Van Dongen. "We're looking for something different, custom bikes, vintage bikes, old bikes."


While Dad is looking at the big shiny toys, mom can get the kids into some pint sized machines.


"We have the popular pedal carts coming back, kids love those,  but new this year is the Chilliwack Radio Control Club and they're coming and going to do demonstrations with their radio cars and helicopters and I think that's going to be a lot of fun," says Funk.


"The usual military and fire truck displays, everyone loves to see the old and the new. There will be lots of great vendors again and as always, PriceSmart does their hotdog sales for Children's Hospital, it's their biggest fundraiser for the year."




Funk says the stores and restaurants will be open and the BIA will have some GETMORE specials and entertainment will be happening throughout the day on two stages.


"It's going to be a great day," she said. "Sutton is sponsoring our main stage, we have Hot Rog Gurl and they were great last year, good variety and the second stage is Jambox and that will have the Chillbillies and the Pin-Up Contest."


Registration is at 9 A.M. and at the show starts at 11 A.M.


For more information, visit the events page at and




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