Most of us remember our first car – mine was a ’51 Chev, which I bought for a hundred hard-earned bucks. Fortunately, I worked part time pumping gas and the guys in the back of the garage were pretty good about helping me keep it on the road.
A few years later, after working all summer in a remote fishing cannery, I came home with enough money in my pocket to pay for my next year of university, and became the proud owner of a 1961 Chev Impala Hardtop. It was sky blue and I’ve still got lots of great memories driving that car.
The Festival of the Rolling Arts, also known as the Sleepy Hollow Rod Run and Show’n Shine is an all weekend event where we get an opportunity to walk down memory lane, remembering the cars we owned and those cars we once dreamed of owning.
Old classic cars usually start showing up in our community during the week, and on Friday the Rod Run rolls out at 6:15pm. Last year’s run had 416 classic cars winding their way for 30km, through 3-4000 spectators who lined the highway from Sechelt to Halfmoon Bay.
The drivers are always amazed at their warm welcome from the enthusiastic cheering crowds. They make signs, dress in costumes and place couches/ lawn chairs in their driveways, with a number of barbecues and house parties in full swing. I’ll be gathering on Redrooffs Road, just before the Halfmoon Bay Fire Hall, where I’ll watch and party with my daughter-in-law’s family.
The Show’n Shine starts Saturday morning in downtown Sechelt, where the main street is blocked off and lined with cars parked on both sides, stretching for several blocks. This is definitely a walk down memory lane, where you get a chance to have a closer look at these beautifully restored cars. Check out this great video by local blogger Duane Burnett
and here’s a sampling of some of our local entries:
If you haven’t seen this show then you’re in for a real treat, and if you can’t make it this year be sure to mark your calendar for next year’s event – it’s always the second weekend in August – which is always a great time to visit the Sunshine Coast.
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