Village Classic Car Show kicks off event season in downtown Chilliwack – Chilliwack Progress

The 2022 Village Classic Car Show will dazzle thousands on the streets of downtown Chilliwack on June 26.

“The auto show is back this year, and it’s bigger and better than ever,” said Trevor McDonald, executive director of the Downtown Chilliwack Business Improvement Association.

“The auto show will be the official kickoff to the event season in downtown Chilliwack.”

Organizers expect more than 400 classic cars and hot rods to roll through downtown.

“I think people were waiting for something special to come together. We want to make sure we start in style,” McDonald said.

One of the hundreds of attendees will be Chilliwack resident Russ Mitchell, a “hot rod guy” since he was old enough to drive.

He had race cars, dragsters and hot rods. He fell into it at the age of 16, following in the footsteps of his older brother.

“I’ve always had a passion for cars,” Mitchell explained.

For the next show, he will bring his extremely fast 1979 Chevrolet Malibu and a 1935 Chevrolet 3-Window Coupe.

“It’s very rare,” Mitchell said of the Chevy he bought finished and didn’t restore himself.

“Chevrolet hot rods are hard to find because they are made of wood. People don’t understand that behind this metal, there is a whole wooden structure that supports this car.

Unfortunately, the wood decays over the years, causing the metal to crumble.

“While a Ford of the same vintage has a lot more metal and the body seems to stay together better. That’s why you don’t see too many Chevy street rods.

His bright blue Malibu is both fast and loud, with a prominent fuel injection stack configuration.

What might the average person be surprised to learn about collecting hot rods?

“It’s a lot of work,” Mitchell replied. “It’s not enough to jump in and turn the key. You have to work to run these cars. They require a lot of maintenance and TLC.

The car show offers additional activities that are not strictly for car enthusiasts. There are all kinds of family attractions planned, like the BC Delorean Movie Car Experience, which will feature real vehicles that have appeared in popular films.

A children’s zone will be set up by Main Street Church with bouncy castles, giant jenga, foosball, crafts and a photo booth.

There will be live music played on three performance stages, including a main stage in Central Community Park.

The streets will be closed with barricades at 7 a.m. on the morning of the event. The free car show starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.

Registration for auto show attendees is 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

There will be a food court with food trucks and a vintage market, as well as a remote-controlled drag strip.

Prizes will be announced at 3 p.m.

Organizers are asking participants and visitors to bring non-perishable food items for the Salvation Army Food Bank. Vehicle owners who register with a food bank donation will be entered into a draw for the grand prize.

With some exciting attractions added this year, the event’s footprint has grown.

“We invite everyone to come experience our revitalized downtown,” McDonald said.

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