White Rock eyes classic car event for 2023 – Surrey Now-Leader

The town of White Rock is eyeing the visitor appeal of vintage and classic cars and hot rods.

If Semiahmoo First Nation doesn’t want to host it at Semiahmoo Park in the future, the town would be more than happy to have the annual West Coasters Car Show as a public attraction for the upscale neighborhood.

That’s the conclusion of a staff report received for information by the White Rock council on May 30.

In his report, Director of Recreation and Culture Eric Stepura suggested the event – which typically attracts some 500 vintage and classic cars and hot rods – would be a good fit with the White Rock Farmers Market, the White Rock Blues and Jazz Festival, the White Rock Festival of the Arts, the Pride Family Day Festival, and other events aimed at increasing the Uptown’s “reputation as an attractive and vibrant area to shop and visit.”

The summer event is only restarting for 2022 after being canceled for two years due to COVID-19 measures, Stepura said, and the West Coasters club had contacted the city in early April, while SFN had yet to confirm. that the usual Semiahmoo Park site would be available.

This confirmation has since been received, so the show is taking place as usual at Semiahmoo Park on July 31.

The city had a tentative plan to host the show on the streets around White Rock Elementary (the same area usually used during the White Rock Tour) on July 31, followed by a potential parade on Marine Drive to coincide with the Sea Festival. and Semiahmoo. Days of festivities the same day.

But Stepura’s report suggests the city could consider inviting the West Coasters Car Show to be a “Class B” (city-supported) event in 2023, which would require budgeting up to $15,000 in 2023. or in the future financial plan to cover things like traffic. enforcement, road closures and marketing.

“We all knew, I think, it would be a ‘Hail Mary’ (free pass) to try to be successful this year,” the adviser said. David Chesney commented. “But I’m glad it’s on the books now, and certainly a Class B event in the coming year would be appropriate.”

Chesney noted that Langley’s Custom Car and Hot Rod Show, now relocated to Aldergrove, “draws over 100,000 people to the one-day event”.

“I think it would be a great event for the City of White Rock and a relatively easy event to adopt using the same footprint as the Tour of White Rock,” he said.


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