Yvon Guindon stands with his 1968 Plymouth and the A&W Root Bear as he accepts the first prize of the day. Guindon says he bought the vehicle 11 years ago and had to completely tear it down and rebuild it. He purchased it in 1993, and took on the project of restoring it in 2000. “It’s a 440 that’s in there now,” said Guindon. “The original engine was a 383 which I have, it came with the car when I bought it. It’s completely stock except for the 440 that’s in it.” Guindon has a host of characters that travel with him, including Wile E. Coyote, the Road Runner, and a vintage lunchbox featuring these characters on the front.

Many show up to look and admire at car show

Polished up and ready to roll, classic cars owned by various automobile enthusiasts from around Vancouver Island, packed the parking lots

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.


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