Story and images by Russell Purcell
The township of Mission, B.C. was the place to be on Father’s Day as thousands of car enthusiasts made the annual pilgrimage to picturesque Fraser River Heritage Park for that community’s annual car show, Old Car Sunday in the Park.
The popular event takes place on the rolling terrain of the hillside park each and every June, and motor-heads from all over B.C., Alberta and Washington State roll in to display their cars, trucks and motorcycles under the trees and share tales with like-minded car folk. This year’s event was held under a sky populated by ominous looking clouds, but luckily the rain held off and the flat light made for excellent photographic opportunities.
The tranquil park setting makes for a refreshing environment for a car show, which typically take place in large parking lots or low traffic side streets. Photographers relish this event as the displayed vehicles are beautifully framed by snow-capped mountains, lush greenery, and the storied Fraser River.
This mega-show features just about everything on wheels - a wide selection of vintage and antique classics, hot rods, mild to wild customs, and all manner of special interest cars, trucks and motorcycles. With the recent announcement of the cancellation of the Langley Good Times Cruise-In, the Mission event becomes the biggest car event in the region for 2010 and with a final car count well north of 1,300 vehicles, this year’s event was a huge hit. I must admit that the variety of types, shapes, sizes and colours of vehicles was truly astounding.
The show has become so popular that many of the attendees are so excited to show off their prized possessions that there are many “projects” on display far from being complete. Lots of entrants also see the show as a good way to market their car-building or restoration skills, or as a way to even showcase a car they may have for sale. With so much automotive talent on site you are sure to find a car, truck or something on wheels to spark your own build idea or bring back a flood of memories.
Good music, tasty food, and a host of family-friendly activities makes this event one of the highlights of the local car scene, and one that every car fanatic should ensure is marked on their calendar.
Looking to participate in 2011?
If you have a vehicle that you want to display next year, there is no rush to register, as the registration process is handled at the entrance gate on the day of the event. The entry fee is a very low $10.00, and the first 1,000 vehicles through the park’s gate receive a commemorative dash plaque.
If you just want to stroll in and check out the four-wheeled talent, admission is by donation, making it an inexpensive way to spend some time with your father, as well as a few thousand other car buffs. The event runs rain or shine from 8:00AM to 3:00PM. Make a day of it as there is always lots to see, plenty of entertainment, and a good selection of food and refreshments on site.
For more information please contact (604) 463-4298. Directions, maps and vendor information are available online at http://www.rumbleseat-vintage-cars.com/oldcarsunday.html