Beach Cruise continues to be a roaring success

The 15th annual Peach City Beach Cruise June 26-28 is already shaping up to be a roaring success with registration already exceeding 600.

Peach City Beach Cruise director Jim Bailey (centre) keeps a careful eye on Cruise president Wayne Wood (right) and past president Ron Muzzillo as they put a shine on his 1966 Cadillac DeVille in front of the SS Sicamous this week. The 15th annual Peach City Beach Cruise takes place June 26-28 and is promising to be one of the biggest ever.

Peach City Beach Cruise director Jim Bailey (centre) keeps a careful eye on Cruise president Wayne Wood (right) and past president Ron Muzzillo as they put a shine on his 1966 Cadillac DeVille in front of the SS Sicamous this week. The 15th annual Peach City Beach Cruise takes place June 26-28 and is promising to be one of the biggest ever.

Buckle up and start your engines.

The 15th annual Peach City Beach Cruise June 26-28 is already shaping up to be a roaring success with registration already exceeding the 2014 total of 600.

“We’re well over a 100 cars beyond that so we’re having to go to our contingency plans and sometimes the contingencies of the contingency plan,” said president Wayne Wood of the Penticton Historic Automobile Society which puts on Beach Cruise. “It’s going to be fantastic.”

Organizers also preparing for a special visit on June 27 by 100 vehicles participating in the Supercar Tour.

The exotics in the parade include AMG Mercedes, Aston Martin, Audi R8, BMW M series, Bentley, Bugatti, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Maserati and McLaren.

The combined value of the cars is over $2 million.

An added feature this year is the six big rig trucks including a vintage Kenworth truck and motorhomes.

Also taking part will be a feature of vintage and collector vehicles along with hot rods and custom cars from as far away as Texas and Arizona.

The show vehicles will line the length of Lakeshore Drive.

The Old Boys with Toys showing off their vintage tractors, machinery and stationary engines in Lakawanna Park will also be back.

Activities will include the registered show vehicle tour of local wineries and the challenge of the winding road cruise, both on June 27. Owners are encouraged to dress in the period costume of their vehicles vintage.

Also on that day the Penticton Lakeside Resort will be hosting the Mackee Auctions in conjunction with the Beach cruise presenting a “southern style” collector car auction.

“There is a circuit of shows that the real car addicts go on ours is one of those shows now that you may not go every year, but it’s one you have to go to at least once,” said Wood. “The setting with the lakeshore and the improvements, there’s nobody that can compete with that except maybe Pebble Beach.”