Classic and new rides take over Rotary Park

Rotary Wheels Car Show set to take car lovers on a trip

Mark Oakley shows off the modifications he's done to the motor in his classic 1967 Mustang convertible

Mark Oakley shows off the modifications he's done to the motor in his classic 1967 Mustang convertible

Whether they are ready to take a trip down memory lane or zoom into the future, the cars at the 20th annual Rotary Wheels Car Show will be shined up and ready to go.

The show takes place on Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in Rotary Park and features classic rides dating back a century all the way up to sleek models to those barely a few years old.

“We get everything from the real antiques right through to those that are a bit more modern with the Corvettes and the Mustangs and everything in between,” said organizer Bob Coombs.

Last year’s event hosted nearly 2,000 people and featured about 120 cars including the people’s choice winner, a 1915 McLaughlin Buick.

Admission is $2, which goes towards a $1,500 bursary for students in the automotive trade at Okanagan College. The funds also go towards other Rotary youth programs in the community like the student exchange program and the Rotary Youth Leadership Award.

This year’s show features a beer garden, a DJ and live entertainment providing some tunes for those perusing the cars.

Coombs’ 1967 Mustang Coupe will be making a familiar appearance, a ride he’s had for 29 years. He takes in half a dozen car shows around the Okanagan every year, and said there’s more to a show than just looking at cars.

“I enjoy the older cars and talking to some of the people and the stories of where they got some of their vehicles from, the restoration behind them and things like that,” Coombs said.

For more information visit www.pentictonrotary.com.