Going forward into 2012, Randy and Kristi considered starting up an informal club, but after talking to a couple of other car guys decided to just "keep on keeping on".
Cliff and Dawn offered to help put on the Poker Run, including a short cruise (23 km) out to the Ferry Landing at Francois Lake
Chris and Stacey again plan to help at the Show & Shine, as do a few other volunteers.
And new also this year is "semi-formal" Cruise Nights! Instead of just hoping for the best, we decided to set some Cruise Night dates on the calendar and JUST DO IT. Hopefully it will catch on and others will come out as well! Most nights are just short visits at the Burns Lake A & W, but some nights include a Dinner Cruise - travel out to Endako, Houston, Fraser Lake or Topley with the other classic cars!
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, the Show & Shine was moved to the Overwaitea parking lot at the east end of town.
Well, the parking lot was better, and easier to manage, but car owners missed the connection with A & W, so in 2009, the Show returned to A & W, in a different area of the parking lot.
Dealing with the local shoppers proved frustrating, so in 2010 and 2011, the Show & Shine was moved to its current location - the beautiful Burns Lake Spirit Square, located behind the Tom Forsyth Memorial Area.
One of the best parts of this Show is the barbecue afterwards. Free to all participants, the barbecue is hosted by Dave and Verna Hopper. They have a great venue for it - and the lake makes an awesome backdrop for a photo op!