Vintage car show returns to Vernon Mall

Take dad for a few hours on Father’s Day to relive his youth.

The 26th Annual North Okanagan Chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada Father’s Day Auto Show returns on Sunday, June 19, after a two-year absence due to COVID.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Parking Lot of the Village Green Mall (near Sportchek).

“We are very happy to be back and the Village Green Center is happy to have us back,” said auto show spokesman Trevor Gill, a retired heavy-duty truck mechanic and owner of a hardtop at two-door 1953 Chev Belair, which will be on display.

Originally from England, Gill grew up riding motorcycles, although his first car was a Hillman model. This vehicle is no longer produced.

On the front of the poster advertising the show is club members Wilf and Laura Courtemanche’s 1956 Dodge Mayfair, which will also be part of the show’s lineup.

To be considered vintage, the car must be 25 years or older.

“We usually have 150 vehicles participating, and we’re looking at that number again this year,” Gill said, adding that the public has the opportunity to vote for their favourites.

“There will be trophies for best car and best truck for the public to vote on.”

Most important to the club is that the show is a fundraiser for high schools in the Vernon and North Okanagan-Shuswap school districts by purchasing much-needed equipment and supplies for automotive lessons. .

Admission to the show is by donation. A concession will also be available to purchase hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks.

New club members are always welcome. Call 250-545-9075 for more information.

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