Burns Lake Classic Cars 

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Classic Cars in Burns Lake

History in the Making

It all got started in 2006, when Southside resident Kent Lambert organized a small Show & Shine at the west end of town, in the old Nordic Ford parking lot (then owned by Lakes District Maintenance).


Randy and Kristi Rensby came on board the following year, organizing the show with Kent's help at the local A & W on the main highway, in the center of Burns Lake.  While it was a lot of fun, the small and awkward parking leaves a lot to be desired at the A & W, so in 2008 it was decided to switch the show to July, in the Overwaitea parking lot at the east end of town.


Again, 2008 was a fun show (in spite of a few rain showers that had one car owner scrambling for his car cover at every rain drop!).  But we felt like we had lost the Cruisin`the Dub feel, so in 2009, the Show returned to A & W, in a different area of the parking lot.


Also new in 2008 was the addition of the barbecue for participants.  Hosted for a number of years by Dave and Verna Hopper at their beautiful spot on the lake, this special part of the event provided a great chance for the car guys to visit without the busy-ness of the general public.  The lake also made for an awesome backdrop for a photo op!

Dealing with the local shoppers near the A&W proved frustrating again in 2009, so beginning in 2010, the Show & Shine was moved to its current location - the beautiful Burns Lake Spirit Square, located behind the Tom Forsyth Memorial Area. 

Everyone was pretty pleased with the new venue!  Pretty setting for photos, a bricked walkway for those with strollers, lots of space, and best of all – a separate parking area for the spectators.  The Spirit Square provided a win-win for the spectators and the car owners.


Starting up an informal club was considered, but after talking to a couple of other car guys it was decided to just "keep on keeping on".  A Poker Run was added to the show, a Dinner Cruise was added the night before, all in all the car guys have shown incredible support of this fun and informal show.  Different people have jumped in to help organize, the barbecue has moved a couple of times but is always a huge drawing card, and the Poker Ride is always entertaining!


Over the years, we've varied from around three dozen cars to over 80 (that was the 2015 show, the 10th annual) and usually average around fifty.  Cars typically attend from Terrace through Prince George, with additional cars dropping in from Mackenzie, the Lower Mainland, Hixon, Quesnel, and Washington state.  

 

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