Beach Cruise firing on all cylinders

Penticton and area vehicles and owners were shining brightly in the summer sun with a record turnout.

Elvis tribute artist and entertainer Jeff Bodner performs one of his songs on the final day of the Peach City Beach Cruise at Gyro Park. Behind him is this winner of the Mayor's Choice award.

Elvis tribute artist and entertainer Jeff Bodner performs one of his songs on the final day of the Peach City Beach Cruise at Gyro Park. Behind him is this winner of the Mayor's Choice award.

Penticton and area vehicles and owners were shining brightly in the summer sun with a record turnout at this year’s annual Peach City Beach Cruise on June 28.

“We had 735 vehicles in the show this year” said Wayne Wood, president Penticton Historic Automobile Society which puts on the Beach Cruise.  “People from all over Western Canada, the Pacific Northwest USA, and from as far away as Surprise, Ariz. brought their vehicles to Penticton.

“Thanks to them, to our many great local sponsors and to our wonderful volunteers, our 15th annual Peach City Beach Cruise was our best show ever.”

The two of the main awards included the Spanish Villa Resort people’s choice which went to Diane and Dale Gerry of West Kelowna for their 1948 Chev Cab Over The Cookson International Truck mayor’s choice selected by Mayor Andrew Jakubeit went to Jack Mittendorf of Clarkson, Wa. for his 1956 Chev Bel Air. To view all winners visit peachcitybeachcruise.com.

Local award winners include: 1940s Modified won by a 1941 Willys two-door coupe owned by Dave Purcha, 1949 and older Stock won by a 1931 McLauglin 65 owned by Fred Alexander, 1970s Modified won by a 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS owned by Rob Ellingsen, 1980s and 1990s won by a 1983 Chevrolet Malibu Wagon owned by Daryl and Gillian Waterman, 2000 and newer won by a 2011 Dodge Challenger owned by Tony and Lou Sloboda, Motorcycle won by a 1996 Harley Davidson Fat Boy owned by Troy and Carolina Nicolas, Special interest won by a 1965 AC Cobra owned by Judie and Paul Schinz, Tuners and  Lowriders won by a 2002 BMW M3 owned by Tommy Leung.