Polished up and ready to roll, classic cars owned by various automobile enthusiasts from around Vancouver Island, packed the parking lots of A&W and I.D.A Island Pharmacy on Sunday, Aug. 26.
In support of Cowichan Lake Community Services, A&W and RBC partnered up to bring this event to Lake Cowichan.
A $5 entry fee for each participant, along with a 50/50 draw, and proceeds from A&W merchandise went to support Community Services and the youth programs the centre provides.
“And then both RBC and A&W top the amount up to a round figure,” said RBC Lake Cowichan branch manager Meghan Major. “Last year it was about $600 . . . and then we topped it up to $1,000.”
Major says that this car show started two years ago as a joint venture between RBC and A&W.
Local A&W owner John Wolters, says he never knows how many cars will show up. “I have no idea what’s going to happen.”
The event was open to anyone, owners of motorcycles, specialty cars, newer modified vehicles, and trucks.
Dustin Mayo was representing Community Services for the day, and manned the prize and merchandise table. He says he just joined the organization after Christmas, and because he has not been able to make many of the meetings, he is happy to help out with events such as this.
Among the cars not picured here was a 1966 black Chevelle owned by Derreck Dillabaugh from Chemainus.
“It’s got a 406 [engine] in it with a 2010 Camero interior.”
It took Dillabough three years to get it to its current condition. He says he found the car in Alberta and brought it home in a trailer. This was his first time participating in the event.
Another vehicle worth mentioning was a 1939 orange Fargo owned by Tom Murchie.
Murchie rebuilt this vehicle from scratch, having to replace rotting side panels, and a canvas roof with a metal one. He says it took 11 different vehicles to get it to where it is now.
“The engine’s out of a ‘64 New Yorker. It’s a 413 wedge in it. The transmission’s out of a ‘62 New Yorker, the rear end’s out of a ‘60 Fargo pick-up,” said Murchie.
There were 35 cars registered in the show this year. All of the owners were glad to make it home ahead of the rain at the end of the day.