Don Druet takes a look at the new V8 engine he installed in Ray Zervini’s 1967 Chevelle Malibu. The car will be showcased at the Canada Day Classic Car Show in Hope on July 1

Revving up for Canada Day

Classic Car Show returns to Memorial Park on July 1

Local car enthusiasts are gearing up for the seventh annual Canada Day Classic Car Show in Hope.

The event will be in a new location this year, taking over the grass field in Memorial Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 1.

“Even if you’re not a car person, it’s still fun to take a look and see the generations of vehicles and how they change,” said event organizer Scott Medlock.

“I think people like coming to Hope because it’s very laid back. It’s a nice place to spend an afternoon.”

The event continues to attract cars and trucks  from around the province and Washington State. Open to all types of vehicles, the show features everything from Al Crook’s 1920s steam roller to new modified stock cars. Medlock anticipates there will be about 200 entries this year. Last year, registration was slightly down due to the mudslide near Herrling Island on Highway 1 a couple days before.

The car show is sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce, Lordco, Kal Tire and Canyon Cable.

Registration is by donation, with all proceeds going towards local Chamber of Commerce initiatives. The first 100 vehicles will receive a collector dash plaque.

A crowd favourite award will also be handed out at the end of the day.

The car show is taking place in conjunction with the B.C. Strongman Competition on Wallace Street, which begins at 10 a.m. Competitors will test their strength in numerous events including the car dead lift, truck pull, tire flip, and log press.

Mayor Susan Johnston will kick off the July 1 festivities in Memorial Park with opening remarks at 9:45 a.m. There will also be Canada Day cake, Hope Mountain Market vendors, kids crafts with The Art Machine, face painting, and an appearance by the Yale Historic Site Sasquatch. In addition, the Hope Lions Club will be running a hot dog stand in front of Sharon’s Deli.