Chilliwack, BC – A new proclamation from the Province of British Columbia is perfectly timed for this month’s FREE Fraser Valley Classic Car Show – held Sunday July 19 at Chilliwack’s charming antique powerland at Atchelitz Threshermen’s Association.
Signed by Attorney General and Minister of Justice Susan Anton and Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon, the proclamation acknowledges the economic and social benefits of vintage and collector car shows before announcing July 11, 2015 and the month of July, 2015 as Collector Car Appreciation Day and Month.
The recognition is extremely appreciated, says FVCCS manager Harv McCullough.
“I’m pleased to see that we as vehicle enthusiasts and historians are being recognized for what we contribute to communities within the province,” McCullough says.
“The contributions can be as simple as teaching the younger generations the history of the automotive industry to contributing funding raised for charities and school projects. The hobby contributes to local businesses that are involved in supplying vehicle parts, body shops, restoration services, and even towing companies. On the actual car show day, dollars are spent on food, automotive regalia, lodging, and other activities, depending on the car show.”
Attracting up to 150 beautifully maintained rare vehicles from across B.C., this year’s FVCCS is free to attend, and free to enter — though registration is already almost full.
McCullough also announced the show’s VIP Judge this year will be the honorable Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation & Infrastructure.
“A special thanks to Chilliwack MLA John Martin, who started arranging all of this a few months ago,” McCullough adds.
Sponsored by Great Canadian Oil Change, the 2015 FVCCS returns to the Threshermen’s Association with venerable host Trevor McDonald, who will broadcast his popular 89.5 The Drive ‘nothin’ but 70s’ show live on site from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. before entertaining the crowd with his own live music throughout the afternoon, covering hits from the 1950s through ‘90s.
The FVCCS evolved from the longstanding Minter Gardens Classic Car Show, and classic vehicle entries from the 1910s to 1979 are rolling in (visit www.fvccs.ca for more info, or to register). A commitment to domestic and import pure classics sets this show apart from other vintage show and shines.
“These vehicles are elegant and authentic as possible, they’re not resto-rods or custom machines,” says show manager Harv McCullough.
“They’re what a car or truck would’ve looked like when manufactured in its day.”
With an eye on building community through history, entrants don’t need to be members of any clubs or associations.
The event features four classes in both domestic and import, plus the always-popular People’s Choice winner, which becomes the following year’s poster vehicle.
McCullough says all generations enjoy the FVCCS because it’s more than just a car show, it’s also a very important link to the past.
“Basically, we’re historians. Without people restoring these vehicles how would the younger generation understand how far the technology has come over the years?”
McDonald also hosted the 2014 FVCCS, and has been looking forward to this year’s event ever since.
“It’s truly one of the best cars shows in Western Canada right here in our own backyard,” he says.
“If last year was any indication, we are going to have a blast this time around!”
The FVCCS runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 19 at the Atchelitz Threshermen’s Association, located alongside Chilliwack Heritage Park, 44140 Luckakuck Way. Great food and refreshments will be available to purchase. For more information, visit fvccs.ca.
To contact organizers, use the FVCCS ‘Contact Us’ page at goo.gl/cje2xy.