PHOTOS: Rain didn’t stop July 1 classic car cruise, fireworks show

A group of classic cars made their way down Park Street, ending their experience of Hope’s July 1 car cruise.                                Emelie Peacock/Hope StandardA group of classic cars made their way down Park Street, ending their experience of Hope’s July 1 car cruise. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
Classic cars including this AMC Eagle braved the rain to come to Hope’s car cruise, organized as the car show could not be held due to pandemic restrictions on large gatherings. Emelie Peacock/Hope StandardClassic cars including this AMC Eagle braved the rain to come to Hope’s car cruise, organized as the car show could not be held due to pandemic restrictions on large gatherings. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
Locals also took part in the cruise, including Adam Keil of Mountainview Brewing and family in their brewery truck which used to be a firetruck in Japan.                                 Emelie Peacock/Hope StandardLocals also took part in the cruise, including Adam Keil of Mountainview Brewing and family in their brewery truck which used to be a firetruck in Japan. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
Classic cars braved the rain to come to Hope’s car cruise, organized as the car show could not be held due to pandemic restrictions on large gatherings. Emelie Peacock/Hope StandardClassic cars braved the rain to come to Hope’s car cruise, organized as the car show could not be held due to pandemic restrictions on large gatherings. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
Not only the humans cruised in the July 1 car cruise through Hope. Emelie Peacock/Hope StandardNot only the humans cruised in the July 1 car cruise through Hope. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
Many different ‘whips’ braved the rain to come to Hope’s car cruise, organized as the car show could not be held due to pandemic restrictions on large gatherings. Emelie Peacock/Hope StandardMany different ‘whips’ braved the rain to come to Hope’s car cruise, organized as the car show could not be held due to pandemic restrictions on large gatherings. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
Classic cars lined up in the rain, ahead of and after cruising through Hope July 1, 2020. Emelie Peacock/Hope StandardClassic cars lined up in the rain, ahead of and after cruising through Hope July 1, 2020. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
Classic cars braved the rain to come to Hope’s car cruise, organized as the car show could not be held due to pandemic restrictions on large gatherings. Emelie Peacock/Hope StandardClassic cars braved the rain to come to Hope’s car cruise, organized as the car show could not be held due to pandemic restrictions on large gatherings. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
A fireball shot up behind the Hope curling rink after the last fireworks had been set, on Canada Day 2020. Emelie Peacock/Hope StandardA fireball shot up behind the Hope curling rink after the last fireworks had been set, on Canada Day 2020. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
Hope Motorsports group put on a 15-minute fireworks show from the 6 Avenue ball park, and encouraged people to watch from home or from their cars.                                 Emelie Peacock/Hope StandardHope Motorsports group put on a 15-minute fireworks show from the 6 Avenue ball park, and encouraged people to watch from home or from their cars. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
Cheers and honking horns could be heard after the Hope Motorsports Group shot off their last fireworks of the night during Canada Day 2020. Emelie Peacock/Hope StandardCheers and honking horns could be heard after the Hope Motorsports Group shot off their last fireworks of the night during Canada Day 2020. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
Hope Motorsports group put on a 15-minute fireworks show from the 6 Avenue ball park, and encouraged people to watch from home or from their cars. Emelie Peacock/Hope StandardHope Motorsports group put on a 15-minute fireworks show from the 6 Avenue ball park, and encouraged people to watch from home or from their cars. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Despite a slightly subdued, COVID-19 era Canada Day, the reality of a pandemic and rain did not stop the Hope Motorsports Group from putting on a car parade and a fireworks show.

It was a rainy July 1, yet a small but dedicated group of classic car enthusiasts from down-Valley came cruising to and through Hope.

Classic cars, hot rods and motorcycles made their way to town, picking up a route map and a bottle of water from volunteers camped out in the blustery weather at Memorial Park.

The route took the drivers, who were from North Vancouver, Surrey, Langley and elsewhere, from downtown Hope, out to Kawkawa Lake and Silver Creek. Some drivers even cruised with their tops down, although they remarked as they slowed to a stop that it was getting a little cold.

The car cruise was a new way of doing a car show, amid the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on gatherings. Yet Scott Medlock, organizer with the motorsports group, and Dan McMillan with the bright yellow Camaro agreed this could become a recurring part of Canada Day in future years. One idea, McMillan said, was to bring people out to Hope the night before the car show, cruise around town, and stay overnight.

At 10 p.m. that night, residents were treated to a 15-minute long fireworks show. Also organized by the motorsports group, the display was a ‘high elevation’ show where people could either stay home and watch, watch from their cars or come by the 6 Avenue ball park, provided that they kept physically distanced from others not in their family or friend group ‘bubble.’

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