Sidney will be host to hundreds of classic cars again this August with the return of The Coast Capital Insurance 2015 Auto Extravaganza Classic & Special Interest Show & Shine, hosted by the Torque Masters Car Club. Every year Beacon Avenue and its side roads are closed down to allow unique vehicles of all shapes and sizes to take over.
It’s not just a show for car owners though, everyone should come to this show! Classic and special interest automobile owners can enter their cars, motorbikes and trucks with the chance of winning door prizes or one of many category specific trophies. As for spectators, everyone is welcome to come and see some of the best classic and special interest automobiles that Vancouver Island has to offer. There are things to see and do for the whole family.
With a variety of automotive related vendors as well as 350 to 400 plus collector and special interest vehicles it can be hard for spectators to choose their favourites for the ‘People’s Choice’ Award. Some of the entries have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars restoring their cars, bikes, and trucks: awesome paint jobs, shiny chrome, polished aluminum and if some Rat Rods show up you may even see some classy rust …
Start your day with the Sidney Lions’ Pancake Breakfast held on the corner of 4th and Beacon Ave at 8.30 a.m. The Torque Masters Car Club will have been hard at work outfitting the town with speakers so that 50s, 60s and 70s music can play throughout the day. There will be mini donuts, 50/50 draws and automotive related vendor displays.
The show is free to spectators. Enthusiasts who wish to show their automobiles pay $20.00 per entry. The majority of the money raised at the show goes to local charities and a portion goes to operating the car club to enable them to continue having great events like the Auto Extravaganza. In the past the Torque Masters Car Club has donated money to many charity groups such as soup kitchens, Sidney Lions Food Bank, Cops for Cancer, as well as giving bursaries to high school students going into the automotive industry, local families in need, and the Saanich Police Drag Car Program.
If you can only go to one car show this summer, you should probably make it The Coast Capital Insurance 2015 Auto Extravaganza. On Sunday August 23, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. period music will fill the air and people will fill the streets. Come out and spend the day in Sidney, have lunch at one of the many great restaurants, take part in the 50/50 draw and check out the many automotive related vender displays. As you wander the streets you can daydream about the car you owned in your misspent youth, or perhaps imagine the car you might enter in next year’s show!