Joyce Ericson presents the People’s Choice award and prizes to Roger Grypiuk for his 1967 Camaro at the 24th Rotary Wheels Car Show on Aug. 2. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Local cars shine in Penticton Rotary Wheels Show

The 24th annual fundraiser for the Rotary Sunrise Club of Penticton saw close to 100 cars

It takes a lot of time to make a car look good.

“I don’t know how many man-hours, we don’t count those,” said Roger Grypiuk, whose 1967 Chevy won both people’s choice and the muscle car categories at this year’s show. “Between the parts and paint, there’s probably 160,000 in her.”

The Camaro was an eye-catcher at the show, with a distinctive look that started with the paint on its sides.

“People have been coming up all day, and their first question is about the colour,” said Grypiuk. “It’s a burgundy wine.”

Locals Don and Joyce Smith took home the prize for best pre-1949, with Bessy. A 1931 Ford, it took six years to make Bessy from a pile of parts and into a car worthy of being in a show.

“We’ve been at almost every show,” said Don Smith. “We’ve only missed a few because we were touring. It’s always beautiful out, and it’s great to see all of the old cars out. I hope that there a lot more of the older cars here next year.”

The car show helps raise funds for the Rotary Sunrise Club of Penticton and goes towards supporting their many programs and other local organizations, including the OSNS, Rotary youth exchange program, and more.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Pre-1949 stock: Don and Joyce Smith from Penticton for their 1931 Ford.

1950-1960 stock: Don Gigliotti from Penticton with his 1956 International Harvester.

1961-1970 stock: Stuart Scott of Abbotsford with his 1967 Beaumont

1971-1999 stock: David Gatrell of Naramata with his Avanti 1984.

1959-1999 modified: Frances Zimmerman of Summerland for his 1955 Chevy Belair two-door hardtop.

Sport and muscle: Roger Grypiuk from Vancouver/Penticton for his 1967 Camaro. 2000 and newer: Ken Swanson from Kamloops for his 2015 Corvette. Street/Resto Rod: Ken Smith from West Kelowna for his 1965 Acadian Canso.

Imports stock: Cecily May from Naramata for her Morris Minor 1000. Modified imports and tuners: Louie and Cheryl Colangelo from Kelowna for their 1973 Toyota Celica

Trucks: Ron Dickie from Summerland for his 1948 Chevy Pickup.

Ken Paton Memorial Trophy: Bruce Coffin for his 1967 Chevy II.

Eric Ruby Memorial Trophy: Estelle Sankey for her 1966 Volkswagen. People’s Choice: Roger Grypiuk from Vancouver/Penticton for his 1967 Camaro.

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Don and Joyce Smith stand next to Bessy, their 1931 Coupe. Bessy won for Pre-1949 in the 24th Rotary Wheels Car Show on Aug. 2. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

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