Oliver’s Jo Neuburger in his restored ‘46 pickup truck at Saturday’s Rotary Car Show at Rotary Park. Mark Brett/Western News

Shimmer and shine at Penticton Rotary Wheels Car Show

Rotary Park hosted the annual one-day Rotary Wheels Car Show

Rotary Park was turned into a field of dreams Saturday, at least for lovers of unique, sporty, shining, fast and just plain old four-wheel vehicles.

About 100 participants were registered for this year annual Rotary Wheels Car Show.

A notable exception to the above (at least at first glance) was Jo Neuburger’s ’46 GMC pickup #27 and listed in the street rod/resto rod.

Related: Rotary Wheels Car Show still rolling after 23 years

What looked like a rusted out oldtimer with the words “Pappy’s Hot Rod Shop” on the doors was actually hours of pain-staking airbrush work not to mention the engine and bodywork required to return the vehicle to a not-so-showroom condition.

“It looks rusty alright but it’s airbrushed,” said Neuburger. “My brother got me going on it, he did all the work, his son did all the painting I just forked out the money.”

Alex Bodden, of the Rotary Club of Penticton Sunrise, show organizers, was pleased with the turnout of both cars and crowds.

It’s going great today it’s nice weather lot of cars and the crowd’s been really good,” he said. “Everybody seems pretty happy; a lot of nice cars and there’s actually some new unique cars that haven’t been here before.”

At the end of the day came the awards ceremonies taking home the Ken Paton Award was Jim and Diane Way of Summerland for their 1957 Chev.

The Eric Ruby Award went to West Kelowna’s Jim Reimer for his 1953 Chev convertible.

Calgary’s Dave Werklund was the People’s Choice winner.

The following are the other trophy winners in their classes:

49 and older stock – Dave Werklund ’31 Cadillac.

50 to 60 stock – David Taft – ’60 plymouth – Penticton.

61-70 stock – Sandy Toker 67 -Jeepster – Summerland.

71-99 stock – Karen Sinclair – ’72 Corvette – Penticton.

50 to 99 modified -Gerry Turchak – ’67 Pontiac – Penticton.

Sport and muscle – Jon Monk – ’70 Chevelle – Penticton.

2000 and newer – Ed Lister – 2019 Corvette – Penticton.

Street rod/resto rod – Dan Schuuli – ’37 Chev Coupe.

Imports stock -Mike Gane – Kaleden

Modified imports and tuners – Ray Haddow – ’94 Volkswagen Gulf 94 – Penticton.

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This rather unusual hood ornament was on surfer dude Glenn Scott’s Town and Country Woodie. Mark Brett/Western News

People’s Choice award winner at the Rotary Car Show this year was Dave Werklund of Calgary. Brennan Phillips/Western News

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