Penticton Rotary revved up for show

17th annual Rotary Wheels Charity Car Show goes Saturday at Rotary Park on Okanagan Lake

The Penticton Rotary Club will be holding its 17th Rotary Wheels Charity Car Show Saturday at Rotary Park on Okanagan Lake.

The car show usually features between 100 and 150 diverse car entries that range from early 20th century cars to more contemporary limited-edition models. The funds raised then go to support a number of the club’s charitable works and programs.

“Initially, (the money) goes to the Rotary Club, but then it goes into the community and the world,” said Nigel Lamb, Rotary Club supporter and longtime participant in the car show. “The more money we can raise, the more help we can do.”

Funds raised go to Rotary programs such as adventures in Ottawa, where one student per year is given the chance to tour the capital, including sites like Parliament, for five days. The funds also go to a number of scholarships and bursaries at Okanagan College, with one particular $1,500 bursary going to an automotive trades student at the end of their program so they can purchase tools to get established in the workforce.

The event saw between 2,000 and 2,500 visitors last summer, and raised around $6,000 for the club.

The Rotary car show offers a different, more laid-back vibe than other car shows, said Lamb, thanks to a judging system where the winners are picked by other entrants and — aside from bragging rights — a lack of prizes. There will also be live entertainment from Dale Seaman, a DJ and others between noon and 3 p.m. As well, a number of food and car-merchandise vendors will be on hand to sell their culinary or car-related goods.

The charity car show will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entry is $2. For more information, visit